World Without Children: When humans can live for thousands of years, will it doom itself to extinction?
The Earth Quarter: Why did the aliens on a remote planet keep all the humans locked inside a section of the city? Humans are used to be the top dog wherever they are—what are they going to do about it? (This novella also published alone as “The Sun Saboteurs,” and this collection of two stories also published as “Two Novels.”)
(Also available as an ebook from another publisher)
In a world where humanity has colonized the solar system and begun to explore more of the local galaxy, a vast audience follows real-life stories presented by wealthy media mogul Duncan Chalk. To satisfy his audience’s voyeuristic needs—and his own appetite for others’ pain—he pairs Minner Burris, an emotionally withdrawn space explorer who was captured and freakishly surgically altered by aliens, with Lona Kelvin, a suicidal seventeen-year-old girl who donated eggs for a fertility experiment that produced one hundred babies, none of whom she has been allowed to adopt or even see. Chalk promises to solve their personal problems in return for a joint performance tour.
Though the love affair doesn’t last, Chalk keeps the couple on the hook by making new offers. While Minner and Lona struggle to cope with their newfound celebrity and Chalk’s broken promises, they will uncover the true nature of their manipulator—and risk everything to regain the humanity that has been stolen from them…
An early exploration of media exploitation and a deep look at freak-show entertainment on a mass scale, this novel was one of the earliest of Silverberg’s mature masterworks.
“Masterful… This is a sophisticated novel, beautifully written, intelligent and insightful, with wonderful dialogue and a satisfying conclusion.”
“Silverberg’s brooding, post-utopian, rumination has the makings of a great science fiction novel…. A worthwhile read which rambles along a dark path… Well done.”
—Science Fiction Ruminations
A spectacular analysis of science fiction by the masters of the genre!
Based on a 1957 lecture series at the University of Chicago.
Does science fiction have any real effect as a force of social criticism? This question has been given much thought and discussion, but until the publication of this volume there was no definitive inquiry available in book form. Here are four sharply different analyses of the question: a positive “yes,” a positive “no,” a literate “maybe,” and perhaps most surprising, a revealing look at the inner workings of an author.
These four broadly ranging essays by Robert A. Heinlein, C. M. Kornbluth, Alfred Bester, and Robert Bloch illuminate the successes and failures of science fiction considered as social criticism and as education for social change. Kornbluth’s essay includes his famous explication of Orwell’s 1984.
Above all, The Science Fiction Novel is entertaining as well as informative and useful. As Basil Davenport says in his introduction, “This book has given me the pleasure, all too rare since my college days, of being a book that I could argue with. No one can agree with all these papers, since they do not agree with each other; but where you disagree you will find yourself wanting to say exactly how far and why. That is my idea of a really stimulating and enjoyable book.”
Please note that because of inventory issues, the 1974 printings of the paperback and hardback editions are only available directly via the Advent:Publishers’ web site. (Same edition and contents.)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by Basil Davenport
“Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults and Virtues” by Robert A. Heinlein
“The Failure of the Science Fiction Novel as Social Criticism” by C. M. Kornbluth
“Science Fiction and the Renaissance Man” by Alfred Bester
“Imagination and Social Criticism” by Robert Bloch
From acclaimed fantasy author John Gwynne comes The Shadow of the Gods, an epic of wild lands and wilder magic, where not all monsters fight with tooth and claw…and the treasures of the gods come at a price. Watch a review.
From one of the most exciting new storytellers in epic fantasy, Son of the Storm is a sweeping tale of violent conquest and forgotten magic set in a world inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa.
InThe Dragon of Jin-Sayeng,the queen of a divided land must unite her people against the enemies who threaten to tear her country apart in the epic conclusion to K. S. Villoso’s Chronicles of the Wolf Queen trilogy.
Need plans for the long weekend? These scintillating mysteries and thrillers will provide endless excitement.
THE LATEST THRILLS
A queen, a castle, a dark and ageless threat—all await Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in this chilling new adventure.
The queen is Marie of Roumania: the doubly royal granddaughter of Victoria, Empress of the British Empire, and Alexander II, Tsar of Russia. A famous beauty who was married at seventeen into Roumania’s young dynasty, Marie had beguiled the Paris Peace Conference into returning her adopted country’s long-lost provinces, singlehandedly transforming Roumania from a backwater into a force. READ MORE »
“An exceptional, fast-paced thriller featuring a tech-empowered assassin whose pattern and objective you’ve never seen before, chased by a heroine with tenacious grit.”—David Brin, author of The Postman and Existence
Quinn Mitchell is a nine-to-five spy—an intelligence analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. READ MORE »
Richard stood outside Charles’s house with a heavy rain crashing against his face. A rain so thick that, earlier tonight, Charles appeared to vanish, after exiting Richard’s car, like he’d stepped through a wet curtain. The pair had had a decidedly weird night, or rather Richard was the one who suffered the strange; Charles’s night must have been something more . . . liberating.
They’d spent many hours parked downtown, at the corner of Lily and Neptune, as all that Goblin rain came furious against the windshield. The wipers of Richard’s Dodge Dart remained asleep, and the water poured down the glass like at the car wash on Samhattan Street. Charles unloaded some things he didn’t feel like keeping secret anymore. Richard, the good friend, had listened. And now, long after Charles stepped through that curtain (and Richard was left with the story), Richard stood under that very rain, staring into the eyes of the life-sized topiary of Charles himself. It was one of Wayne Sherman’s finest, most Gobliners agreed. But Richard wasn’t thinking of the fabled proprietor of The Hedges. Rather, he weighed whether or not he had to turn his old friend in to the Goblin Police. He could phone Mayor Blackwater directly. That felt right, somehow. The mayor’s tie to this city went further back than any bond between its citizens ever could.
“A police procedural with real imagination and heart, and a marvelous lightness of style and wit.”—Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy
Newly married and navigating life with a preschooler as well as her adopted adolescent son, Manon Bradshaw is happy to be working part-time in the cold cases department of the Cambridgeshire police force, a job that allows her to potter in, coffee in hand, and log on for a spot of Internet shopping—precisely what she had in mind when she thought of work-life balance. READ MORE »
Discover the “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) debut novel that “announces the arrival of a literary supernova” (The New York Times Book Review),“a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate” (Chigozie Obioma). READ MORE »
The Supernatural Webcomic from REM and Bikkuri Comes to Life!
Devil’s Candy, Vol. 1
At Hemlock Heart Academy, science wiz Kazu Decker shows off his skills by creating a humanoid girl named Pandora. But in a world of monsters and mayhem, surviving high school is harder than getting good grades, and lessons often turn violent. Fortunately for them, Pandora’s stoic nature and seemingly limitless strength, paired with Kazu’s luck, knowledge and friends, get them out of trouble almost as often as they get mixed up in it!
A Mysterious Sci-Fi Adventure from the Eisner Award-Winning
Author of Cats of the Louvre
No. 5, Vol. 1
In a world where most of the earth has become a harsh desert, the Rainbow Council of the Peace Corps has a growing crisis on its hands. No. 5, one member of a team of superpowered global security guardians and a top marksman, has gone rogue. Now the other guardians have to hunt down No. 5 and his mysterious companion, Matryoshka. But why did No. 5 turn against the council, and what will it mean for the future of the world?
Fifty recipes for delicious bento boxes featuring your favorite Disney characters! Create masterpieces for any meal, including snack time, with Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Anna, Winnie the Pooh, and more! Transform your lunch box with Disney Bento and enjoy the magic wherever you go!
Magic is everything—everyone can use it. Deep in the forest, oblivious to the ways of the world, lives Mash. Thanks to his daily training, he’s become a ﬁtness god. When Mash is discovered, he has no choice but to enroll in magic school, where he must beat the competition without revealing his secret—he can’t use magic!
Sick of being targeted, Fuuko and Andy decide they would rather be the hunters than the hunted. So, they set their sights on joining the ten-member Union. But to snag the second seat they need, they’ll have to defeat their would-be assailant, Unchange!
With the Olympics around the corner, the Japan Defense Forces have their hands full. So Jissoji enlists Asa and Kasuga’s help to find, identify and deal with the mysterious creature that decimated Asa’s hometown.
To pursue missed chances at love and success, 31-year-old Chikage Deguchi takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to how she looked at age 15. Hanami has left Tokita at the altar. As Tokita deals with the fallout, Haru takes the opportunity to woo Chikage.
The Phantom Thieves are celebrating successfully reforming mob boss Kaneshiro when they’re suddenly called out by the international hacker group Medjed! Akira is further confused when he receives a mysterious message from a person claiming to have knowledge of Medjed, who offers the Phantom Thieves a special deal…
Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Yuna’s insecurities about herself resurface on her first Valentine’s Day with Rio, and Akari’s plan to give Kazuomi chocolates is thwarted. Find out if the girls be able to salvage this special day!
The battle against Lord Tensen has forced everyone to push their bodies to the limit, accessing new abilities and taking desperate measures to secure their escape. The bandit Aza Chobe and Gabimaru the Hollow have the highest chances of beating the enemy, but they may pay a dear price for their victory!
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Clarke Center for Human Imagination
The Future of Health
How new generations will look if born in microgravity — or on different planets?
Dr. Erik Viirre, Director of the Clarke Center, will join First to Rise on Thursday, June 10th at 5:30 pm Pacific (8:30 pm Eastern) to share some new outcomes that have emerged from his latest studies. These include:
The research of brain and stem cell replication Dr. Erik Viirre has conducted on the International Space Station
The future of health and how it is regulated.
The role of wearables in the future of healthcare
Dr. Viirre will also discuss current trends and provide a framework for upgrading the way we perceive healthcare for good.
Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has been since 2001 a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main contributions have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity. He also contributes to cosmology, through his proposal of cosmological natural selection: a falsifiable mechanism to explain the choice of the laws of physics. He has also contributed to quantum field theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, theoretical biology, the philosophy of science and economics. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers and numerous essays and writings for the public on science.
Weston Ochs announces new releases
June is a big month. Not only did I just have ALIENS: Infiltrator get published to incredible acclaim, but I am announcing a brand new book in the newsletter. See below.