Up Against It

By M. J. Locke

Geoff and his acquaintances stay in Phocaea, asteroid colony at the sunlight System's frontier. they're your easy high-spirited teenagers, having fun with such hobbies as hacking subject compilers to provide dancing skeletons that prance in the course of the low-gee communal components, utilizing their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away whilst the colony brings in an enormous (and important) rock of the stuff, and knowing the best way to keep away from the ever-present surveillance motes which are the million eyes of 'Stroiders, a reality-TV express whose Earthside manufacturers have paid handsomely for the privilege of spying on each aspect of the Phocaeans' lives.

Life isn’t pretty much as good because it turns out, notwithstanding. A mysterious act of sabotage kills Geoff's brother Carl and places the whole colony in danger. And briefly order, we find that the whole lot could have been cooked up by way of the Martian mafia, as a method of executing a coup and turning Phocaea right into a client-state. as though that wasn't undesirable sufficient, there is a rogue AI that was once spawned through the business emergency and slipped in the course of the distracted safeguards, and an immense x-factor within the type of the Viridians, a transhumanist cult that lives in Phocaea's bowels.

In addition to Geoff, our tale revolves round Jane, the colony's source supervisor -- a bureaucrat engineer answerable for protecting the plumbing working on a man-made island of humanity poised at the knife-edge of difficult vacuum and unforgiving house. She's greater than a century previous, and sturdy at her task, yet she is torn among the technical calls for of the colony and the political realities of her scenario, during which the fishbowl impact of 'Stroiders is compounded through a name financial system that turns all people right into a attractiveness contest competitor.  Her manoeuverings to maintain politics and engineering in concord are the center of the book.

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Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)

By Randall Jarrell

Beneath the unassuming floor of a revolutionary women’s collage lurks a global of highbrow satisfaction and pomposity waiting for devastation through the pens of 2 really good and appalling wits. Randall Jarrell’s vintage novel used to be initially released to overwhelming severe acclaim in 1954, forging a brand new usual for campus satire—and immediately yielding comparisons to Dorothy Parker’s razor-sharp barbs. Like his fictional nemesis, Jarrell cuts throughout the earnest conversations at Benton College—mischievously, yet with mischief nowhere extra depraved than whilst crusading opposed to the vitriolic heroine herself. 

 

“A such a lot literate account of a gaggle of such a lot literate humans by way of a author of energy. . . . A satisfaction of real understanding.”—Wallace Stevens

 

“I’m tremendously inspired via the genuine enjoyable, the incisive satire, the closeness of statement, and after all via a type of sympathy and human heat. It’s a notable book.”—Robert Penn Warren

 

“Move over Dorothy Parker. Pictures . . . is much less a singular than a chain of toxic pics, set items, and ceaselessly quotable put-downs. learn it much less for plot than sharp satire, Jarrell’s forte.”—Mary Welp

 

“One of the wittiest books of contemporary times.”—New York Times

 

“[T]he father of the trendy campus novel, and the wittiest of all of them. amazing to imagine that ‘political correctness’ was once so deliciously dissected 50 years ago.”—Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

 

“A sustained exhibition of wit within the nice culture. . . .

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From Time to Time

By Jack Finney

The manhattan Times Bestseller -- Jack Finney's long-awaited sequel to his vintage illustrated novel Time and Again.
Simon Morley, whose logic-defying journey to the hot York urban of the Eighties in Time and Again has enchanted readers for twenty-five years, embarks on one other journey around the borders of time. This time Reuben Prien on the mystery, government-sponsored venture desires Si to go away his domestic within the Eighties and stopover at ny in 1912. Si's project: to guard a guy who's touring around the Atlantic with very important files which may circumvent global struggle I. So one fateful day in 1912, Si reveals himself aboard the world's most famed ship...the Titanic.

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The Great Monster Joke Book

By Amanda Li

What kind of jokes do werewolves like best?
Howlers!

What's worse than being surrounded by way of large nice frightening monsters?
Being surrounded by way of lousy JOKES approximately MONSTERS!

Think you could abdominal hundreds and hundreds of and ghastly gags? those monster gags may have you screaming for extra! From gnarly knock knocks to ugly groaners, you can find every thing to tickle your monster fancy.

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The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda, Book 1)

By Richard Phillips

For sixty years, the nationwide Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the robust applied sciences of a broken alien craft, an attempt dubbed the "Rho Project." Now, the yankee executive is able to percentage the Rho venture discoveries with the realm. yet because the international scrambles to undertake the alien applied sciences, 3 excessive schoolers make one other surprising discovery: hidden inside of a collapse the recent Mexico barren region lies one other unidentified flying object. because the pals discover the second one send, they start to resolve a decades-long mystery related to an extraterrestrial conflict, govt cover-ups, and mystery experimentation utilizing alien expertise on people. A conflict has all started, and the secrets and techniques of the second one send could be the key to humanity's final likelihood for survival.

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Axis (Spin)

By Robert Charles Wilson

Wildly praised via readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won technology fiction's maximum honor, the Hugo Award for top Novel.

Now, in Axis, Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world subsequent door"―the planet engineered by way of the mysterious Hypotheticals to help human lifestyles, and hooked up to Earth in terms of the Arch that towers enormous quantities of miles over the Indian Ocean. people are colonizing this new world―and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its assets, mainly huge deposits of oil within the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a tender lady trying to discover the secret of her father's disappearance ten years previous. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. they arrive jointly whilst an infall of cometary dirt seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. quickly, this likely hospitable international becomes very alien indeed―as the character of time is once more twisted, via entities unknown.

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Happy All the Time (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Laurie Colwin

Guido and Vincent are early life top friends—third cousins, really—living in Cambridge and dreaming approximately their futures. Guido plans to put in writing poetry whereas Vincent feels convinced he'll win a Nobel prize for physics. while Guido spots Holly whereas exiting a museum, he can instantly experience that she's going to tricky, quirky, and difficult to reside with. He loves her on sight. Vincent, open-minded and joyful, meets Misty at paintings. notwithstanding she is a  bored and misanthropic brunette, he reveals himself wanting to comprehend her. via courtship, jealousy, estrangement, and different perils, Happy forever follows 4 sane, clever, and good-intentioned those that be capable to locate love even with themselves.

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New Amsterdam

By Elizabeth Bear

Abigail Irene Garrett beverages an excessive amount of. She makes scandalous liaisons with irrelevant males, and if in her formative years she used to be a well-known attractiveness, now she is either ambitious and infamous! She is a forensic sorceress, and a devoted officer of a Crown that doesn't deserve her loyalty. Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever recognized. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, or even the 12 months during which he used to be born, if he ever knew it. yet he nonetheless recalls the girl who made him immortal. In an international the place the sunlight by no means units at the British Empire, the place Holland ultimately ceded New Amsterdam to the English simply through the Napoleonic wars, and the place the growth of the yankee colonies was once halted through the warfare magic of the Iroquois, they're exiles within the new international - and its basically desire for justice!

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