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Annotation:When Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyper-spatial expressway, Arthur Dent becomes a galaxy-hopping hitchhiker and joins with galactic tour guide Ford Prefect in a race to save the universe. Goofy, silly, classic.
Annotation:While warring factions prevent working toward solutions and a massive dust cloud threatens an annihilating ice age, scientists prepare to store all human knowledge and minds in a virus-infected computer.
Annotation:Vergil Ulam creates viral computer DNA and injects himself with it to protect his experiment from being shut down and the astonishing result is horrific as the virus spreads to other people.
Annotation:A crash landing on an uncharted planet forces the Streaker crew, both human and dolphin, to fight aliens not only to survive but also to protect the mythical Progenitors – the First Race whose knowledge feeds the stars.
Annotation:The life of Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and the birth of her damaged, genius son Miles are dramatized in this omnibus edition, setting the stage for Miles’ further adventures in the long-running Vorkosigan saga.
Annotation:A dying human race is offered another chance by the Oankali – the opportunity to create a completely new type of human/alien by combining their DNA – in a future society that may rue its choice.
Annotation:With the help of genius Ariane Emory, scientists on Cyteen have learned to replicate humans. Emory’s replicate risks murder on her rise to power in a society rife with political and personal betrayal.
Annotation:A celebrity whose mind links directly into cyberspace; a young girl and a kidnapping plot; the shadowy Japanese mafia manipulating people at will: all create a poetically gritty story set against Gibson’s revolutionary cyberspace.
Annotation:Tracing William Mandella’s military career as he fights in a thousand-year war, this early novel of space travel illustrates the physics of relativity as past and present seem to occur simultaneously for Mandella.
Annotation:Leisha Camden was born without the need to sleep. But as prejudice builds against the hyper-intelligent, hyper-productive Sleepless, Leisha faces more challenges than her talents prepared her for.
Annotation:Famous space prospector Bob Broadhead meets regularly with his robot analyst, whom he calls Sigfrid von Shrink, but avoids talking about his past. What really happened to him on his last mission?
Annotation:In 21st-century America we’re all plugged into virtual reality simulations. Can Hiro Protagonist draw on Sumerian culture to save us from a computer virus threatening the technology and a drug threatening human health?
Annotation:A plague has suddenly destroyed nearly the entire human race. Isherwood Williams, strangely immune, sets forth to explore a world apparently devoid of man. Part post-apocalyptic tale, part meditation on the meaning of life.
Annotation:With the sun red and dying, Earth’s inhabitants die out until all that remain are the misfits, the magical and the strange. These stories encompass the wilds of a world without sunlight and the resurgence of magic.