Red planet blues by Sawyer, Robert – Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush. Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers – lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies
The empire of time by Wingrove, David – Christburg, 1236AD. Otto Behr, supplicant of the Teutonic Order of St. Mary’s Hospital in Jerusalem, is more than just a medieval Knight, he’s a German agent, a time-travelling operative tasked with fighting the Russians across three millennia of history. When his fellow Knight falls in battle, he returns to 2999AD and the German base, a bunker in ‘no-space’ and the last refuge in the fight against the Russians. Harsh realities of time travel leave their mark, as evidenced by Otto’s best friend who, supervising operation ‘Barbarossa’, attempts to change the course of World War Two and prevent the long war.
Cat’s cradle by Vonnegut, Kurt Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut’s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it
Robot uprisings – compilation. Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry?
Jupiter war by Asher, Neal – lan Saul is now part-human and part-machine, and our solar system isn’t big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can’t leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul’s human side won’t let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue, but mutiny is brewing on board. Meanwhile, The Scourge limps back to Earth, its crew slaughtered, its mission to annihilate Saul a disaster. There are survivors, but while one seeks Galahad’s death, Clay Ruger will negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity’s greatest prize – seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen gene-bank data will come at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity’s future?
Heaven’s queen by Bach, Rachel From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’s life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood and an incurable virus that’s eating her alive. Now, with the captain missing and everyone – even her own government – determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but she’s never been one to shy from a fight, and she’s getting mighty sick of running. But with all human life hanging on her actions, the price of taking a stand might be more than she can pay
Age of Shiva by Lovegrove, James -Zachary Bramwell, better known as the comics artist Zak Zap, is pushing forty and wondering why his life isn’t as exciting as the lives of the superheroes he draws. Then he’s shanghaied by black-suited goons and flown to Mount Menu, a vast complex built atop an island in the Maldives. There, Zak meets a trio of billionaire businessmen who put him to work designing costimes for a team of godlike super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu from Hindu mythology
Evening’s empires by McAuley, Paul -In the far future, a young man stands on a barren asteroid. His ship has been stolen, his family kidnapped or worse, and all he has on his side is a semi-intelligent spacesuit. The only member of the crew to escape, Hari has barely been off his ship before. It was his birthplace, his home and his future. He’s going to get it back