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  • The book which started a legend. 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 man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.Cover art by Gerry Grace.
  • All over the world there are fantastic ruins and objects that cannot be explained by conventional history, archaeology or religion. In the ground-breaking Chariots of the Gods, Erich von Daniken provides answers to these questions...why do religious texts often refer to Gods who descend from fiery chariots? Why do modern space launch sites look like constructions on the plains of Nazca in Peru? Was God an astronaut? By looking at human history and the ruins of ancient civilisations with an open mind, Erich von Daniken offers a new solution to these eternal mysteries in Chariots of the Gods. Why do the world's sacred books describe Gods who came down from the sky in fiery chariots and always promised to return? How could an ancient Sanskrit text contain an account which could only be of a journey in an alien craft?  In order to understand the mysteries which von Daniken has catalogued, we must go back to these ancient relics with an open mind. We must call in the resources and experience of sciences other than archaeology. Chariots of the Gods is a provocative attempt to explain some of the universe's most interesting mysteries.  Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Twenty-six science fiction stories, complete in one volume, originally published before 1939 (when the Golden Age of SF began), with autobiographical remarks by Asimov before each story. Contents: Introduction; Part 1: 1920 to 1930 by Isaac Asimov. Part II - 1931: The Man Who Evolved, Edmond Hamilton: As man evolves what changes will he undergo in a thousand years? A million or more? The Jameson Satellite, Neil R. Jones: When a scientist knows he must die, he conceives a brilliant idea for the preservation of his body... the result of which even exceeded his expectations. Submicroscopic: A ray is invented that causes both miniturisation and enlargement; Awlo Of Ulm, Captain S. P. Meek: Could an atom be a miniature solar system - and if so, what of our own?  Tetrahedra Of Space, P. Schuyler Miller: Three different civilisations meet in a struggle to the death.  The World Of The Red Sun, Clifford D. Simak: A pair of adventurers  leave Denver in their flying time machine, intending to travel five millennia... but they land five million years later in a desolate world ruled by the evil and cruel brain, Golan-Kirt. Part III - 1932: Tumithak of the Corridors, Charles R. Tanner: In the fifty-third century, two millennia after Earth has been invaded by the shelks from Venus, mankind has been driven underground into a maze of deep tunnels. Tumithak, a young man, determines to venture to the surface and kill a shelk and on his way, discovers other societies that have evolved.  The Moon Era, Jack Williamson:  An insufficiently tested space ship delivers its lone passenger to the Moon of the distant past, where he will play a role in the final episode of a ruthless, genocidal war. Part IV - 1933: The Man Who Awoke, Laurence Manning: Elderly banker Norman Winters puts himself into suspended animation for 5,000 years at a time - and has adventures through Time.  Tumithak In Shawm, Charles R. Tanner: Tumithak leads a party of warriors back to the surface to defeat the shelks.   Part V - 1934: Colossus, Donald Wandrei: As an apocalyptic atomic world war breaks out, a man leaves Earth in a experimental spaceship, hoping to reach the ends of the known universe. Born of the Sun, Jack Williamson: The Sun is a sentient being, and planets and moons are its eggs - and now the eggs are beginning to hatch, including the egg shell known as 'Earth...'.  Sidewise in Time, Murray Leinster: As 'time-quakes' reveal parallel universes, a professor and a team of students attempt to establish themselves as masters of a time-fractured world.  Old Faithful, Raymond Z. Gallun: Martian civilisation is slowly dying and Martian 774 is informed - as is the custom - that he has forty days left to live and his work of establishing communication with Earth is not relevant to saving the Martian race. So...Martian 774 hitches a ride on a passing comet...Part VI - 1935: Parasite Planet, Stanley G. Weinbaum: Tidal locking keeps one side of Venus perpetually facing the Sun, creating a barren desert. Towards the planet's twilight zone the temperature drops below the boiling point of water and the Hotlands begin: a place inhabited by parasitic native life forms.  Proxima Centauri, Murray Leinster: The starship Adastra is in sight of its goal, Proxima Centauri with a crew that is half loyal officers and half mutineers. And when a young mutineer is promoted for picking up signals from  Proxima, a loyal officer is enraged...and he doesn't seem to realise the communications are less than friendly. The Accursed Galaxy, Edmond Hamilton: The force field prison of an immortal Energy Being lands on Earth and the secret of why other galaxies flee the Milky Way is revealed.  Part VII - 1936: He Who Shrank, Henry Hasse: The greatest scientist ever has invented a new means of exploring the world of the infinitely small - and sends his devoted assistant on a mind-boggling series of adventures exploring the infinite series of concentric universes.  The Human Pets of Mars, Leslie F. Stone: The  Martians land on a golf course and capture a small group of humans, transporting them back to Mars, where they are kept as pets.  The Brain Stealers of Mars,  John W. Campbell, Jr.: Two rogue inventors break the law to create an atomic powered space ship. On Mars, they find two life forms - one of which can become anything it likes...Devolution, Edmond Hamilton: A variant on the creation myth, where perfect beings devolve into lesser beings in all ways - including morally.  Big Game, Isaac Asimov: A drunk man in a bar  tries to convince his audience that ten years ago, he built a time machine and travelled back to before the extinction of the dinosaurs, where he met an intelligent race of humanoid dinosaurs with the ability to communicate telepathically. Part VIII - 1937: Other Eyes Watching, John W. Campbell, Jr: A non-fiction piece on the solar system, focusing on Jupiter.  Minus Planet, John D. Clark, Ph.D.: Humanity is endangered by the approach of a world composed of pure antimatter.   Past, Present and Future,  Nat Schachner: Kleon, not content to be worshipped as a god by the Mayans, will sleep the centuries away...until a careless explorer succumbs to the sleeping gas. Together, explorer and Kleon awake to the even more distant future: the Age of the Olgarchs. Part IX - 1938: The Men and the Mirror, Ross Rocklynne: A cop and a crook become trapped in a frictionless, mirrored bowl. Escape depends on co-operation - and ingeniously applied physics.  Cover art by Christian Vankeer.
  • Uncanny deaths...Unearthly incidents...futures foretold...mystifying murders...they're all here, explored by John Pinkney, lifelong student of the bizarre and inexplicable, founder of the Victorian UFO Research Society and writer for The Age and The Australian. In this volume: The Corpse, The Duke and The Nazi Spy - Murder in the Bahamas; 'Don't Disturb The Dead' - Enigma Of The Iceman's Curse; The Man Who Vanished From The Sky - Strange Disappearances And Deaths; The Book That Foretold Diana's Doom - Premonitions In Book And Film; Did A White Lie Avert World War III? Nightmare In The Garden - Reports From Reality's Edge; The Secret Agent And The Uncanny Cloud - Wartime Mysteries; Seashells In The Trees - Skyfalls and Other Riddles;  Insane Egotist - The Multi-Murderer Who Adored Publicity; The Dead Sailor Who Invaded A Photo - Ghost Mysteries; Did Amelia Die Or Did The Government Lie? Pilot Puzzle; Triangular Evidence - The Geometric Markings on UFO Victims' Skins; The Woman Who Slept for 32 Years; Hell From Within - The Flames That Killed Jaqueline; Did James Leininger Live Before? Riddle Of The Reborns; Jewels From Jupiter - Forest Search For A Space Treasure; The Strange Case Of The Separated Sisters - Astonishing Coincidences; The Dream That Proved A 'Dead' Man Was Alive - Sleep And The Seventh Sense. 
  • A feast for sci-fi fans of the 'Old Masters'.  In this volume: Foundation (Foundation I): For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying, and 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 mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary The Foundation.  Foundation And Empire (Foundation II): Led by its founding father Hari Seldon, and utilising science and technology, the Foundation survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Now cleverness and courage may not be enough. For the Empire - the mightiest force in the Galaxy - is even more dangerous in its death throes. Even worse, a mysterious entity called the Mule has appeared with powers beyond anything humanly conceivable. Who - or what - is the Mule? And how is humanity to defend itself against this invulnerable avatar of annihilation? Second Foundation (Foundation III): The Foundation lies in ruins - destroyed by a mutant mind bent on humanity’s annihilation. But it’s rumored that there’s a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established as insurance to preserve the knowledge of mankind. Now a desperate race has begun between the survivors of the First Foundation and an alien entity to find this last flicker of humanity’s shining past - and future hope. Yet the key to it all might be a fourteen-year-old girl burdened with a terrible secret. Is she the Foundation’s savior - or its deadliest enemy? The Stars, Like Dust (Galactic Empire I): Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father, the highly respected Rancher of Widemos, has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father’s death, and becomes entangled in an intricate saga of rebellion, political intrigue and espionage. The Naked Sun (Robot II): A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history:  the colonisation of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.  On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants.  To this strange planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.  The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection.  Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on.  Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities:  Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots - unthinkable under the laws of Robotics - or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence... I, Robot (Robot I):  A robot must not harm a human being; a robot must obey human orders; and a robot must protect its own existence - as long as that protection does not conflict with rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities - and unforeseen risks. For the scientists who invented the earliest robots weren't content that their creations should remain programmed helpers, companions, and semi-sentient worker-machines. And soon the robots themselves, aware of their own intelligence, power and humanity, aren't either. As humans and robots struggle to survive together - and sometimes against each other - in earth and in space, the future of both hangs in the balance. Here human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world. And both are asking the same question: What is human? And is humanity obsolete?