Klasyczna opowieść SF, jeden z najczęściej filmowanych w Hollywood utworów SF (4 ekranizacje). Historia żony profesora uniwersyteckiego, która praktykuje magię voodoo, aby dopomóc mężowi w karierze naukowej. Niestety, okazuje się, że żony konkurentów męża do stanowisk na uczelni, to także czarownice. Konflikt jest nieunikniony.
|Ma gli androidi sognano pecore elettriche?||Дик Филип Киндред|
|Machine Learning||Kress Nancy|
A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best-selling author of the Silo trilogy
Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel Wool, and then with other enthralling works such as Sand and Beacon 23.
Now comes Machine Learning, an impressive collection of Howey’s science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time. These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story.
Howey’s incisive mind makes Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories a compulsively readable and thought-provoking selection of short works—from a modern master at the top of his game.
Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe. But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty-first century. By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelievable tool brought the whole universe of wonders to man’s doorstep. The macroscope was seen by many as the salvation of the human race. But in the hands of the wrong man, the macroscope could be immensely destructive — infinitely more dangerous than the nuclear bomb. By searching to know too much, man could destroy the very essence of his mind. This is the powerful story of man’s struggle with technology, and also the story of his human struggle with himself. This novel takes us across the breathtaking ranges of space as well as through the most touching places in the human heart. It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. It is the story of man’s desperate search for a compromise between his mind and his heart, between knowledge and humanity.
Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1970.
A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers — a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack.
Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood’s unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world and holds up a skewed mirror to our own possible future.
|Atwood Margaret||MaddAddam Trilogy|
|Made in||Томан Николай|
When Milo Morai’s Confederation forces defeated the army of the tyrannical King Zastros, the High Lord offered a peace settlement his defeated foes could scarce believe, welcoming them as full members of the newly formed Confederation of Eastern Peoples. Sending some of his most trusted agents before him, backed by those doughty warriors, the Horseclansmen, Milo hoped to see the decimated kingdom rapidly reorganized into a thriving realm. But neither he or any of his allies had bargained for the evil hidden within the very heart of the land’s new government—an evil fueled by Milo’s most ancient and hated enemies, an evil that might well destroy all of Southern Ehleenohee and become a dread weapon against the Confederation itself!
An enormous tidal wave on the West Coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged homeless of the Asian world who have gotten only this far in their attempt to reach America. Is she a monster or a goddess? One thing is for sure: all hell is breaking loose. This dark, fast-paced, hard SF novel returns to the story begun in Starfish: all human life is threatened by a disease (actually a primeval form of life) from the distant prehuman past. It survived only in the deep ocean rift where Clarke and her companions were stationed before the corporation that employed them tried to sterilize the threat with a secret underwater nuclear strike. But Clarke was far enough away that she was able to survive and tough enough to walk home, three hundred miles across the ocean floor. She arrives carrying with her the potential death of the human race, and possessed by a desire for revenge.
Maelstrom is a terrifying explosion of cyberpunk noir by a writer whose narrative, says Robert Sheckley, "drives like a futuristic locomotive."
Maestro del passato
Il “migliore dei mondi possibili” è Astrobia, pianeta costruito sul modello dell’Utopia, dove agi e ricchezze sono a disposizione di chi li vuole. Ma proprio quando il sogno sta per realizzarsi ecco scoppiare una crisi inspiegabile: perché la gente volta le spalle al benessere e sceglie di vivere nel pericolo, negli stenti? I capi di Astrobia non lo sanno, e decidono di chiedere aiuto al passato, cercando nella Storia un leader che possa salvare la loro civiltà perfetta. Inizia così uno dei romanzi più ironici e profondi degli ultimi anni. Un’opera inesauribile, allegorica e umana, che mostra realtà e sogno, mostri e astronavi, assassini meccanici e individui programmati. Un futuro di paria e di dominatori, dove il sublime si alterna al mediocre e dove sovrastano sulla scena figure misteriose: il Rimrock, la creatura oceanica, Evita, la strega bambina, e soprattutto il fondatore e insieme il più grande avversario dell’Utopia: Thomas More, il “Maestro del passato”.
Nominato per il premio Hugo in 1969.
|Lafferty Raphael A|
|Magic, Inc||Heinlein Robert A|
|Magic Street||Card Orson Scott|
Majestic – Die Saat des Todes
Eine fremdartige Macht droht die Menschheit zu vernichten.
November 1963. Die Ermordung Kennedys erschüttert die Welt. Doch die Menschheit ahnt nicht, wie nah sie am Abgrund steht: Eine außerirdische Macht hat sich der wichtigsten Entscheidungsträger in Washington bemächtig und will die Weltherrschaft erringen. Der junge Regierungsmitarbeiter John Loengard weiß von der Gefahr, aber als er das ganze Ausmaß der Verschwörung begreift, ist es fast zu spät. Zusammen mit seiner Geliebten Kimberley mobilisiert er in letzter Sekunde Kräfte, die denen seiner Gegner ebenbürtig scheinen. Bis er auch in den Augen eines vertrauten Menschen die Saat des Todes entdeckt...
1947 in einer Wüstengegend im Westen der USA: Alles, was in Regierung und Militär Rang und Namen hat, ist unter dem nächtlichen Himmel versammelt – Truman, der junge George Bush und die Generäle der US-Armee. Plötzlich landet ein Raumschiff von einem fremden Planeten, eine Tür öffnet sich, und die Menschheit hat zum ersten Mal Kontakt zu Außerirdischen.
1963: Der Agent John Loengard und seine Freundin Kim wissen, dass die Aliens sich bereits Washingtons wichtigster Entscheidungsträger bemächtigt haben. Die Wesen aus dem Weltraum wollen die Welt ins Chaos stürzen und die Weltherrschaft übernehmen. John und Kim hatten einen Gesprächstermin bei Präsident John F. Kennedy, um ihn vor der Verschwörung zu warnen, doch dieser wurde kurz vor dem Treffen in Dallas ermordet. Sollte verhindert werden, dass er die Wahrheit über die Außerirdischen erfährt? Nur John und Kim können die Menschheit vor einer grausamen Übernahme bewahren, doch sie wissen nicht, wem sie trauen können. Vielleicht sind alle, die ihnen Hilfe anbieten, bereits Agenten der Außerirdischen?
Dieser Roman ist die Fortsetzung zu Dark Skies – Das Rätsel um Majestic 12 (01/10.860).
|Hohlbein Wolfgang||Dark Skies|
Major Operation is a 1971 science fiction book by author James White and is the third volume in the Sector General series. The book collects together a series of five short stories, all of which were originally published in New Worlds magazine.
“Invader” — A series of clumsy accidents at the hospital lead Conway to suspect an alien presence.
“Vertigo” (1968) — a spinning ship (from the planet later nicknamed 'Meatball') is 'rescued' and brought to the hospital.
“Blood Brother” (1969) — Meatball's natural doctors are discovered.
“Meatball” (1966) — Additional investigation reveals more about Meatball’s doctors.
“Major Operation” (1971) — A gigantic patient on Meatball fights medical treatment.
|White James||Sector General|
In this tour de force, Doctorow (Little Brother) uses the contradictions of two overused SF themes—the decline and fall of America and the boundless optimism of open source/hacker culture—to draw one of the most brilliant reimaginings of the near future since cyberpunk wore out its mirror shades. Perry Gibbons and Lester Banks, typical brilliant geeks in a garage, are trash-hackers who find inspiration in the growing pile of technical junk. Attracting the attention of suits and smart reporter Suzanne Church, the duo soon get involved with cheap and easy 3D printing, a cure for obesity and crowd-sourced theme parks. The result is bitingly realistic and miraculously avoids cliché or predictability. While dates and details occasionally contradict one another, Doctorow's combination of business strategy, brilliant product ideas and laugh-out-loud moments of insight will keep readers powering through this quick-moving tale.1.0 — создание файла
It's an offer you can't refuse. Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and the bank next door? It's a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long. The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There's something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mintruns at a loss. A 300 year old wizard is after his girlfriend, he's about to be exposed as a fraud, but the Assassins Guild might get him first. In fact lot of people want him dead Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies. Everywhere he looks he's making enemies. What he should be doing is ...Making Money!
|Pratchett Terry||, Discworld|
||Сапковский Анджей||Скачивание и чтение запрещены по требованию НП "АЗАПИ"|
Ill luck made Roger Torraway the subject of the Man Plus Programe, but it was deliberate biological engineering which turned him into a monster — a machine perfectly adapted to survive on Mars. For according to computer predictions, Mars is humankind's only alternative to extinction. But beneath his monstrous exterior, Torraway still carries a man's capacity for suffering.
Won Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1976.
Nominated for Hugo, Locus, and Campbell awards in 1977.