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A Prince of the Aerie
Aspect Jan 2003, 6.99, 316 pp. ISBN 0446610828 Fifteen hundred years into the future, mankind has not only reached the stars, humanity has tamed them. Mercury is mined for the precious metals needed by the rest of the galaxy and most people live past three centuries. Marik Space station is the hive and the Aerie house billion of people living on many artificial worlds. Politics remain much the same in the thirty-sixth century as it does in t...
Candle
The main character hunts down using high tech equipment a man that has unplugged from a colllectivist net that uses technology to control your thoughts and emotions. The hunter becomes a captive of the hunted. And his prey must decide what to do with him....
Finity
This was an intriguing alternate timeline adventure/quest type science fiction novel centering around the US losing in WWII and then seemingly disappearing from the face of the earth. The only thing that wasn't too enjoyable was the long descriptions of abductive mathematics. Some really neat ideas on how to jump between alternate timelines....
Gaudeamus
Tor, Nov 2004, 24.95, 320 pp. ISBN: 0765303299 Private detective Travis Bismark visits his college friend, science fiction writer Professor John Barnes in Gunnison, Colorado after the writer spent time on the Internet with a cartoon, Gaudeamus. Travis spins some wild tale about “goddies” pills that enhance sex and telepathy and also describes a baffling technology called Gaudeamus that people are killing one another to gain control. Not long ...

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In the Hall of the Martian King
Aspect, June 2003, 6.99, 296 pp. ISBN 0446610836 By the thirty-sixth century mankind has spread all over the universe. Jak Jinnaka has finally graduated from the Hive and was employed by the Protectorates Administrative Service Corps, stationed on Mar's outer moon Deimos. He is actually a double agent working to further the Hive's interests and goals. When his supervisor leaves him in charge of Deimos, he is given a mission that will take him ...
Kaleidoscope Century
Josh wakes up on about the year 2100 at the age of 140 with no memory. Formally a spy/assasin (along with other occupations), josh attempts to recreate his past century with bits of memory and the help of very random conflicting notes on his computer. Barnes' future earth is very bleak and wracked with war, contributing to a very dark feel to this book, in addition to the evil events the protaginist himself has undertook...
One for the Morning Glory
Prince Amatus, as a child, manages to drink the Wine of the Gods, of which it is said that "He who drinks the Wine of the Gods before he is ready shall thereafter be only half a man". The entire left half of his body disappears. His father, King Boniface, has the prince's minders executed. A year and a day later, the minders are replaced by four strangers who come to the kingdom. These new minders are somehow linked to Amatus regaining his missing le...
The Merchants Of Souls - Thousand Cultures 3
Tor, Nov 2001, 25.95, 398 pp. ISBN: 0312890761 Among the Thousand Cultures that make up the galaxy, earth already has a decadent reputation for misusing things. The latest movement on earth involves what most other worlds would say are the misuse of the recordings of the psypyx. Most of the worlds relish sharing their minds with the recordings of the deceased, but on earth the push is to place the recordings into games as virtual toys. The...
The Sky So Big and Black
Tor, Aug 2002, 24.95, 315 pp. ISBN: 0765303035 In 2095, the One True controls humanity at least those living on the earth in a hive like collective intelligence. Mars is one of the few locales in which mankind retains free will though the environment still requires terraforming to make it more habitable. On Mars, Teri Murray informs her father Telemachus that she wants to drop out and marry her boyfriend Perry, but needs her dad's permission, a...


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