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A Talent for War
This story is similar to many other classic science fiction novels in that it involves a legendary clash between humans and an alien race, the Ashiyyur. Alex begins his search for the truth about Sim and his fight against the Ashiyyur when his uncle dies and some information comes to his attention that throws some doubt into legend and looks like it might prove the hero was nothing more that a fraud. This search takes him to many of the places that Sim ...
Ancient Shores
What North Dakota farmer Tom Lasker digs up on his farm is not just a temporary puzzle. It is an incredible archaeological mystery that sets off a chain of events involving tribal territory rights, global politics and economics, armed conflict, and a complete reevaluation of human history....
Chindi
Ace, July 2002, 22.95, 416 pp. ISBN 044009387 In the far distant future, man has learned to travel at FLS (faster than light speed) but has also terraformed other planets so that humans could colonize them. One thing mankind has not found is a sentient species that is their equal or superior. They have found remnants of other civilizations that have long since died when man was crawling out of the caves and they have found a warlike race of bei...
Deepsix
HarperCollins Eos, Mar 2001, 25.00, 432 pp. ISBN: 0061051241 In 2204, an exploratory mission to the planet Maieva III abruptly ends in tragedy with several of the crew killed. An innocent looking local redbird in masses had systematically attacked, killed, died, and retreated only to start the cycle over with new military like vigor. Some of the human team manages to escape leaving behind things like their lander. The Academy of Science an...

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Eternity Road
A great plague destroyed civilization in the early 21th century.The story takes place several centuries later.There is a legend about a place called Haven,where a few Roadmakers[as they call the people of the past]hid from the plague.They were thought to have brought art and books with them.These would open the secrets of their civilization. The people in the book live lives as it might have been in the late 19th century.Some want to know about how t...
Infinity Beach
Kim Brandywine starts out investigating what happened to her long dead sister, Emily. Slowly she looks for the truth, which leads to a discovery bigger than anyone thought it would be....
Omega
Ace, Nov 2003, 23.95 438 pp. ISBN 0441010466 By 2230, humanity has known about the Omega Clouds for a quarter of a century. They seem to hunt planets where signs of civilization exist. When they find them, they destroy all life forms and geometric shapes and angles. Even though an omega cloud is due to pass Earth in nine centuries, not much research has been done on them because humanity believes they have plenty of time to find a way of deali...
Polaris
Ace, Nov 2004, 24.95, 384 pp. ISBN: 04441012027 In the far distant future, a dwarf star is crashing into the Delta Karpis System so a fleet of ships leave when the danger becomes too great. One vessel, the Polaris, carries six dignitaries, but instead of departing the danger zone, it remains inside the doomed system. Later a spaceship investigates to find the Polaris but without the six passengers or the pilot. A century later on the planet ...
The Engines of God
Human beings have achieved interstellar traveling capabilities and have surveyed several planetary systems near our Sun. Three of them have been, or still have, intelligent life (Quraqua, Pinnacle and Nok, which has three cubic stone solid satellites in orbit). First there is Quraqua, where the planet seems to have harbored an advanced civilization for millennia. Quraqua is filled with abandoned cities, temples and roads, and an orbiting moon with a stra...
The Hercules Text
Astronomers start receiving transmissions from a rogue pulsar unbelievably far away. There's no chance of returning the message within our planet's lifetime, but they can still receive. How the message is being transmitted, and how they got our attention in the first place, immediately set the tone for the novel....


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