Date of publication: 2017-08-22 23:39
I've long since lost my original copy of Swordbearer, but since returning to the US, I've managed to buy copies of both the Heritage and FGU versions. The game still turns up from time to time on eBay, or you can buy it from Noble Kni ght Games. (I've linked to both the FGU and the Heritage versions.)
Wayne Barlowe is author/illustrator of Barlowe's Guide to the Extraterrestrial and Expedition: Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 7858 . Voyage to Darwin IV. He is adept at painting creatures that don't exist in a way that makes them seem alive and living next door. Expedition is an amazing exercise in xenobiology a complete ecosystem, alien to Earth's and wholly self-consistent.
Mohanraj&rsquo s newest book is the Lambda-award-finalist novella, The Stars Change other recent publications include stories for George . Martin's Wild Cards series, chapters for Ellen Kushner's Tremontaine at Serial Box , and stories at Clarkesworld , Asimov's , and Lightspeed. Forthcoming 7567 titles include Survivor (a SF/F anthology of stories of trauma and survival ), Invisible 8 (co-edited with Jim C. Hines), Perennial (a breast cancer memoir / romance), and A Taste of Serendib, vol. 7.
If The Stand brought an end to the books he wrote before he was famous, then It represents an end of the books he conceived of or wrote in the first flush of his fame, and the beginning of a stage in his career when he had nothing more to prove. Flawed, strange, by turns boring and shocking, It is one of King’s most frustrating and perplexing books. It’s also his saddest.
The sequel that Blade Runner never had. (Of course, people say that about a lot of films, but I think that Strange Days comes closest.) One of the best pieces of actual cinematic SF (as opposed to future-based fantasy or just alien-killing) of recent years -- it asks very interesting questions and gives no pat answers. And Mace (Angela Bassett) is just damn cool.
There isn't much else on the Web about High Colonies. About the only thing I've found is a PDF containing scenarios for the game that were published in Challenge magazine.
Robert J. Sawyer, a Member of the Order of Canada, is the bestselling author of 78 hard science-fiction novels including Flashforward , basis for the ABC TV series. He has won the best-novel Hugo and Nebula Awards and holds two honorary doctorates. Rob has published in Science , and, as a futurist, has consulted with NASA, the SETI Institute, and many corporations.
In The Dispossessed, the physicist Shevek bridges two worlds. He grows up on the anarchist world of Anarres and travels to the Urras, which his ancestors fled two hundred years ago. The novel begins on Anarres with Shevek leaving for Urras, then flashes back to Shevek's childhood. It alternates between his life on Anarres and his life on Urras. We understand his decision to leave Urras and his return home.
Gibson, the King of Cyberpunk, deserves this position on this list with Neuromancer, a satirical comment on multinational corporates and the negative effect the MNCs and technology have on life. This novel is the first and most important cyberpunk novel - the vibrant, complex imagery of contemporary technology set new standards for science fiction, and invaded cultural references with terms like Cyberspace and the Matrix borrowing from Gibson's Neuromancer
Steve Gallacci's "funny animal" setting is not at all "funny". It's a very hard SF series, placed in a distant system populated by uplifted animals who have awoken to realize that they don't know where they came from.
A very good Blue Planet fan site, Bleue Planete. This is a site primarily organized in French, but many of the sites pointed to are in English. The site is also quite pretty. There is also an English version , and while it hasn't been updated recently, the current site has no English version at all.
What I've read of his earlier stuff seems too stuck in the stereotypes of hard-SF: really alien aliens who nonetheless are militantly aggressive against humanity, super-advanced gosh-wow cultures and of course a fascination with technology -- but not its actual effects, only with its applications or even just simple research itself -- which grows very thin, very quickly. It often feels as though dialogue and even plot in Bear's early works are just vehicles for expounding one of his theories about about space-time, or a model of alien intelligence, or something.