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Raising Steam

Written by Terry Pratchett


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6920-2 (0-8041-6920-9)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER 

Steam is rising over Discworld. . . . 

 
Mister Simnel has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements—earth, air, fire, and water—and it’s soon drawing astonished crowds. To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork’s formidable Patrician, Lord Vetinari, no one is in charge of... Read more >

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The Science of Discworld
A Novel
Written by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6894-6 (0-8041-6894-6)

Not just another science book and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

Can Unseen University’s eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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His Dark Materials
The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
Written by Philip Pullman
Preface by Philip Pullman
Introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95783-2 (0-307-95783-7)

The only hardcover omnibus of the best-selling and award-winning fantasy trilogy, in a Contemporary Classics edition.

Philip Pullman's trilogy is a masterpiece that transcends genre and appeals to readers of all ages. His heroine, Lyra, is an orphan living in a parallel universe in which science, theology, and magic are entwined. The... Read more >
Also available as a boxed set.

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The Wolf Gift
The Wolf Gift Chronicles (1)
Written by Anne Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74210-0 (0-307-74210-5)

When Reuben Golding, a young reporter on assignment, arrives at a secluded mansion on a bluff high above the Pacific, it’s at the behest of the home’s enigmatic female owner. She quickly seduces him, but their idyllic night is shattered by violence when the man is inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he... Read more >

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The Sheriff of Yrnameer

Written by Michael Rubens


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45514-7 (0-307-45514-9)

In the spirit of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, The Sheriff of Yrnameer is sci-fi comedy at its best—mordant, raucously funny, and a thrilling page-turner.

Meet Cole: hapless space rogue and part-time smuggler. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy’s most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Female Man

Written by Joanna Russ


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 17, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6299-9 (0-8070-6299-5)

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she’s a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man’s world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women... Read more >

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Children of God

Written by Mary Doria Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00483-8 (0-449-00483-X)

In Children of God, Russell establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today.

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the So-ciety of Jesus calls... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Charon's Claw
Neverwinter Saga, Book III
Written by R.A. Salvatore


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6223-5 (0-7869-6223-2)

In the 3rd book of the Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt draws his swords once more to aid his friends. His lover, Dahlia Sin’felle, can speak of nothing but the moment she will face the Netherese lord Herzgo Alegni once again. Drizzt has already followed a trail of vengeance beside Dahlia. Can he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stone of Tymora
Forgotten Realms
Written by R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6224-2 (0-7869-6224-0)

Meet Maimun–an orphan who couldn’t imagine how unfortunate it would be to discover a stone that makes him forever lucky. Fleeing a powerful demon named Asbeel, Maimun stows away aboard the ship Sea Sprite, where he encounters a cast of characters well-known to Salvatore fans: Captain Deudermont, Drizzt Do’Urden, Wulfgar, Catti-brie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Store of the Worlds
The Stories of Robert Sheckley
Written by Robert Sheckley
Edited by Alex Abramovich and Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-494-4 (1-59017-494-1)

Robert Sheckley was science fiction’s in-house reply to the black humorists of the 1950s and 60s: Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and the young Thomas Pynchon were his none too-distant relatives; Mort Sahl’s comedy, Charles Schultz’s cartoons, and Tom Lehrer’s songs all mined similar veins. Sheckley targeted the conformity and consumerism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Original Frankenstein

Written by Mary Shelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47442-1 (0-307-47442-9)

Working from the earliest surviving draft of Frankenstein, Charles E. Robinson presents two versions of the classic novel—as Mary Shelley originally wrote it and a subsequent version clearly indicating Percy Shelley’s amendments and contributions.

For the first time we can hear Mary’s sole voice, which is colloquial, fast-paced, and sounds more modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Vampire Vol. 1

Written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King
Illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2830-9 (1-4012-2830-5)

This volume follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King. Snyder’s story is set in 1920's LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European Vampires who tortured and abused her... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Superman: Earth One

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Illustrated by Shane Davis


Format: Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2468-4 (1-4012-2468-7)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Clark Kent, fresh out of school, moves from small town Smallville to big city Metropolis to find his place in the world. Isolated and alone, an orphaned alien with super powers that keep him apart from the rest of the world, he struggles to... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

Written by Elizabeth Stuckey-French


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3486-4 (1-4000-3486-8)

Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs. In 1953, the good doctor gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent, and Marylou has been plotting her revenge ever since. When she discovers his whereabouts in Florida, she hightails it to Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Dreaming Jewels

Written by Theodore Sturgeon


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70373-7 (0-375-70373-X)

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Life Achievement Awards

"One of the masters of modern science fiction."
The Washington Post Book World

Eight-year-old Horty Bluett has never known love. His adoptive parents are violent; his classmates are cruel. So he runs away from home and joins a carnival. Performing alongside the... Read more >

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To Marry Medusa

Written by Theodore Sturgeon


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70372-0 (0-375-70372-1)

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More Than Human

Written by Theodore Sturgeon


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70371-3 (0-375-70371-3)

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Selected Stories

Written by Theodore Sturgeon


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70375-1 (0-375-70375-6)

Theodore Sturgeon was a genuine American master. Praised, revered, and even envied by the likes of Bradbury, Vonnegut, and King, his short stories contain some of his best work.

In "Thunder and Roses," soon after a nuclear Holocaust, a starlet gives one final performance during which she makes an odd request of... Read more >

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Venus Plus X

Written by Theodore Sturgeon


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70374-4 (0-375-70374-8)

Charlie Johns has been snatched from his home on 61 North 34th Street and delivered to the strange future world of Ledom. Here, violence is a vague and improbable notion. Technology has triumphed over hunger, overpopulation, pollution, even time and space. But there is a change Charlie finds even more shocking... Read more >

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Exegesis

Written by Astro Teller


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70051-4 (0-375-70051-X)

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Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 14:27:39 (PST)
From: edgar@cyprus.stanford.edu
To: Alice@cs.stanford.edu
Subject: Hello
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Hello, Alice. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tolkien Reader

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
On Sale: November 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-34506-6 (0-345-34506-1)

This rich treasury includes Tolkien's most beloved short fiction plus his essay on fantasy.

CONTENTS:

Publisher's Note: Tolkien's Magic Ring by Peter Beagle

The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorthelm's Son

Tree and Leaf

Farmer Giles of Ham

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Read more >

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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

Written by Yasutaka Tsutsui


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38915-2 (0-307-38915-4)

An irresistible mix of imagination, satire, and humor, these stories by acclaimed Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui imagine the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide.

The opening story, “The Dabba Dabba Tree,” details the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when placed at the foot... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century

Edited by Harry Turtledove


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43990-1 (0-345-43990-2)

In this definitive anthology of alternate history stories-each presenting chilling “what if” scenarios from the last one hundred years­-science fiction’s most visionary writers offer fourteen of the most mind-bending tales imaginable. Including alternate versions of the American Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam by such authors as Poul Anderson, Greg... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century

Edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43989-5 (0-345-43989-9)

A collection of thirteen of the finest military science tales of the 20th century-the only definitive anthology of its kind-this spellbinding work presents science fiction’s best talents and their most powerful stories about warfare, victory, conquest, heroism, and overwhelming odds. This must-read collection is sure to shed new light on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Spark
A Novel
Written by John Twelve Hawks


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53867-1 (0-385-53867-7)

Edgy, hard-core, and wildly imaginative, this new thriller from New York Times bestselling author John Twelve Hawks (The Traveler, The Dark River, The Golden City) features an assassin-narrator unlike anyone we've seen before, set in a present-day dystopia.

Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department... Read more >
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