The Brentford Triangle

      Robert Rankin
The Brentford Triangle

'Omally groaned. "It is the end of mankind as we know it. I should never have got up so early today" and all over Brentford electrical appliances were beginning to fail...'

Could it be that Pooley and Omally, whilst engaged on a round of allotment golf, mistook laser-operated gravitational landing beams for the malignant work of Brentford Council?

Does the Captain Laser Alien Attack machine in the bar of the Swan possess more sinister force than its magnetic appeal for youths with green hair?

Is Brentford the first base in an alien onslaught on planet Earth?


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    The Moralist

      Jack Taylor
The Moralist

The Moralist is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Jack Taylor is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Jack Taylor then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

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    To Invade New York....

      Irwin Lewis

To Invade New York.... is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Irwin Lewis is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Irwin Lewis then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

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    The Marooner

      Charles A. Stearns
The Marooner

The Marooner is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Charles A. Stearns is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Charles A. Stearns then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

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    The Trap

      Betsy Curtis
The Trap

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

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    The Animated Pinup

      Lewis Parker
The Animated Pinup

The Animated Pinup is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Lewis Parker is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Lewis Parker then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

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    Gulliver of Mars

      Edwin Lester Linden Arnold
Gulliver of Mars

Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - Dare I say it? Dare I say that I, a plain, prosaic lieutenant in the republican service have done the incredible things here set out for the love of a woman - for a chimera in female shape; for a pale, vapid ghost of woman-loveliness? At times I tell myself I dare not: that you will laugh, and cast me aside as a fabricator; and then again I pick up my pen and collect the scattered pages, for I MUST write it - the pallid splendour of that thing I loved, and won, and lost is ever before me, and will not be forgotten. The tumult of the struggle into which that vision led me still throbs in my mind, the soft, lisping voices of the planet I ransacked for its sake and the roar of the destruction which followed me back from the quest drowns all other sounds in my ears! I must and will write - it relieves me; read and believe as you list. At the moment this story commences I was thinking of grilled steak and tomatoes - steak crisp and brown on both sides, and tomatoes red as a setting sun!

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    The Speed of Dark

      Elizabeth Moon
The Speed of Dark

In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

Lou Arrendale is a member of that lost generation, born at the wrong time to reap the awards of medical science. Part of a small group of high-functioning autistic adults, he has a steady job with a pharmaceutical company, a car, friends, and a passion for fencing. Aside from his annual visits to his counselor, he lives a low-key, independent life. He has learned to shake hands and make eye contact. He has taught himself to use “please” and “thank you” and other conventions of conversation because he knows it makes others comfortable. He does his best to be as normal as possible and not to draw attention to himself.

But then his quiet life comes under attack. It starts with an experimental treatment that will reverse the effects of autism in adults. With this treatment Lou would think and act and be just like everyone else. But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself? Would he still love the same classical music–with its complications and resolutions? Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the world–shades and hues that others cannot see? Most importantly, would he still love Marjory, a woman who may never be able to reciprocate his feelings? Would it be easier for her to return the love of a “normal”?

There are intense pressures coming from the world around him–including an angry supervisor who wants to cut costs by sacrificing the supports necessary to employ autistic workers. Perhaps even more disturbing are the barrage of questions within himself. For Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that might completely change the way he views the world . . . and the very essence of who he is.

Thoughtful, provocative, poignant, unforgettable, The Speed of Dark is a gripping exploration into the mind of an autistic person as he struggles with profound questions of humanity and matters of the heart.

From the Hardcover edition.


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    The Servants of the Storm

      Jack Campbell
The Servants of the Storm

A Storm that will wreck a world threatens Dematr. Only Mari, one of the Mechanics who control all technology through their Guild, has a chance to stop it. She and Mage Alain have survived numerous attempts to kill them and have gained many more followers, but the Storm of chaos, born of centuries of enslavement, grows ever closer.
Mari leads an army now. She and Alain must fight together to bind back the Broken Kingdom and build a force strong enough to defeat the might of the Great Guilds. But the Storm has many Servants who seek to preserve or gain personal power or wealth, or fear the New Day that Mari seeks to bring to the world.
And Mari knows that victory will mean nothing if the precious knowledge brought long ago to their world is destroyed. In order to save it, Alain and Mari will have to pierce through the heart of their enemies' power and confront once more a place of ancient nightmare.


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    Troubled Waters

      C. J. Cherryh
Troubled Waters

As winter's deadly cold threatens those who dwell on and around Merovingen's dank waterways and dark, twisting byways, the various forces seeking to wrest or retain control of the city are busily plotting new and desperate plans of treacherous betrayal.

And seeking a weapon with which to blackmail Thomas Mondragon into doing his bidding, Chance Magruder - ambassador, spy, master assassin, and chief strategist for the fantastical Sword of God - has seized the opportunity to kidnap Altair Jones. But what Magruder doesn't know is that by imprisoning Jones he and his allies in crime, the slavers of Megary, may have unleashed a new force in the power games of Merovingen, a force which, its anger once roused, may prove completely unstoppable in its quest for revenge!

Includes:
"Troubled Waters" essay by C.J. Cherryh
"A Tangled Web We Weave" novella by Mercedes Lackey
"By a Woman's Hand" novelette by Nancy Asire
"Strange Bedfellows" novelette by Lynn Abbey
"Nessus' Shirt" novelette by Roberta Rogow
"Treading the Maze" novelette by Leslie Fish
Afterword: "Epilogue (Troubled Waters)" essay by C.J. Cherryh
"Raj's Letters (Troubled Waters)" essay by uncredited
"The Prisoner" novelette by Janet Morris
"Saying Yes to Drugs" novelette by Chris Morris
"Merovingian Pharmacology 103, or, Poison in Jest" essay by uncredited
Merovingian Songs: "Partners" poem by Mercedes Lackey and C.J. Cherryh
Merovingian Songs: "A Song for Marina" short fiction by Mercedes Lackey and C.J. Cherryh


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