Set on the desert planet arrakis, dune is the story of the boy paul atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for...when house atreides is betrayed, the destruction of paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. and as he evolves into the mysterious
Flamboyant, theatrical and ambitious, margaret cavendish was one of the seventeenth century's most striking figures: a woman who ventured into the male spheres of politics, science, philosophy and literature. the blazing world is a highly original work: part utopian fiction, part feminist text, it tells of a lady shipwrecked on the blazing world where she is made empress and uses her power to ensure that it is free of war, religious division and unfair sexual discrimination. this volume also includes the contract, a romance in which love and law work
When an army of invading martians lands in england, panic and terror seize the population. as the aliens traverse the country in huge three-legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of martian rule.inspiring films, radio dramas, comic-book adaptations, television series and sequels,the war of the worlds is a prototypical work of science fiction which has influenced every alien story that
Six days ago, astronaut mark watney became one of the first people to walk on mars. now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. the
Change or die. these are the only options available on the planet jeep. centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit jeep–and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. in the face of this crisis, anthropologist marghe taishan arrives to test a
Soon to be an apple tv+ series, coming 9/24/21 - nominated as one of america's best-loved novels by pbs's the great american readfor twelve thousand years the galactic empire has ruled supreme. now it is dying. but only hari seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. to preserve knowledge and save humankind, seldon gathers the best minds in the empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur dna has been discovered. now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. creatures extinct for eons roam jurassic park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. until something goes wrong. . . . in jurassic park, michael crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
A long time ago, the vanderchucks fled the growing climate disaster and followed their neighbours into the underground. jesse vanderchuck thought it was the end. of the world. of life. eventually, jesse’s little sister, olivia, ran away and jesse started picking through trash heaps in toronto’s abandoned subway tunnels. day in, day out. now, years later, jesse meets a talking dog. fighting illness and the hostile world aboveground, jesse and doggo embark on a fool’s errand to find olivia — or die trying. along the way, jesse spins a series
Selected by the modern library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, slaughterhouse-five, an american classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. centering on the infamous firebombing of dresden, billy pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
Brave new world is a dystopian novel by english author aldous huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. largely set in a futuristic world state, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist.
This is the first volume in the series of novels doris lessing calls collectively canopus in argos: archives. presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet shikasta, clearly the planet earth, to be used by history students of the higher planet canopus and to be stored in the canopian archives. for eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. johar, an emissary from canopus and the primary contributor
A mysterious disaster has stricken the midwestern american city of bellona, and its aftereffects are disturbing: a city block burns down and is intact a week later; clouds cover the sky for weeks, then part to reveal two moons; a week passes for one person when only a day passes for another. the catastrophe is confined to bellona, and most of the inhabitants have fled. but others are drawn to the devastated city, among them the kid, a white/american indian man who can't remember his own name. the kid is
In reality, hiro protagonist delivers pizza for uncle enzo's cosonostra pizza inc., but in the metaverse he's a warrior prince. plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. snow crash is a mind-altering romp through a future america so bizarre, so outrageous… you'll recognize it immediately.