The Coming of Vertumnus: And Other Stories

The Coming of Vertumnus: And Other Stories
And Other Stories

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0575114819
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A collection of science-fiction short stories by the author of "Lucky's Harvest". They feature dozens of characters, a new way of travelling between the stars, a strange planet, magical powers, bravura set-pieces, and manoeuvres of narrative.

Sunstroke: And Other Stories

Sunstroke: And Other Stories
And Other Stories

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 0575114762
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This second collection of Watson's short stories further demonstrates his seemingly inexhaustible imagination. In 'The Thousand Cuts' the entire human race finds its consciousness blanked out for varying periods, but life seems somehow to have gone on in the missing days, and indeed, previously intractable problems have moved towards a solution. In 'Sunstroke' a doctor blinded accidentally during the voyage to a seemingly benign new world becomes gradually aware of disturbing changes afflicting her sighted companions. These stories, and many others, confirm Watson's place in the forefront of contemporary SF writers.

Short Story Index

Short Story Index
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1999
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Embedding

The Embedding
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 0575114525
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Ian Watson's brilliant debut novel was one of the most significant publications in British SF in the 1970s. Intellectually bracing and grippingly written, it is the story of three experiments in linguistics, and is driven by a searching analysis of the nature of communication. Deep in the Brazilian jungle, an isolated tribe face eviction from their ancestral lands - and the psychedelic fungus that makes their religious language possible. In a British laboratory, a brilliant linguist conducts cutting-edge experiments - but does his search for answers come at too high a cost? And in the ultimate test of linguistics, First Contact presents a challenge unlike any humanity has faced before . . . Fiercely intelligent, energetic and challenging, The Embedding immediately established Watson as a writer of rare power and vision, and is now recognized as a modern classic of SF.

The Gardens of Delight

The Gardens of Delight
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0575114606
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Gardens of Delight Ian Watson boldly lands a starship within the hallucinatory terrain of Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, a medieval masterpiece which enchants and horrifies all who see it, for the picture shows what looks to be a paradise of pleasure yet it also displays a terrible hell of torments. And so the ship's psychologist, Sean Athlone, and two women companions explore the luxurious landscape of giant fruits and birds and strange towers and naked celebrating people, in quest of the godlike alien intelligence that has transformed a planet according to Bosch's vision, populating it with the colonists from a previous starship.

The Flies of Memory

The Flies of Memory
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 0575114703
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Charles Spark is an expert on body language, a bestselling author and a consultant (or walking lie detector) much in demand with industry and government. So when the aliens arrive, who better to join the team that will attempt to understand them? But even though these insectoid aliens - the "Flies" - in their pyramid-ship speak both English and Russian, they seem unreadable. "We have come to your planet to remember it," they say and at first they seem indeed to be a bizarre group of intergalactic tourists. When human beings start to interfere, things begin disappearing. The Dome of St Peter's in Rome is the first to go, followed by downtown Prague, old Mombasa, Münich, the heart of New Orleans. In an effort to understand what has happened, Spark, and a strange group of pilgrims, embark on a bizarre journey to Mars - where the city of Münich has reappeared in a canyon. And where time, and memory, have become manifest.

The Fallen Moon

The Fallen Moon
Mana Book 2

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 546
  • ISBN : 0575114517
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The second and concluding volume of Ian Watson's extraordinary epic, The Book of Mana. Kaleva is Earth's first and only interstellar colony, discovered by Lucky Sariola who was transported there by an Ukko, a mysterious asteriod-like entity that responds to stories told to it - in Lucky's case, those of her Finnish grandmother. Now Queen Lucky, half-mad and newly widowed, is obsessed by relocating that Ukko - but this is potentially disastrous, as the snakelike alien Isi are also on its trail as part of their design to enslave humans. Understanding this, one of Lucky's daughters (with obsessions of her own) crowns herself rival queen. A summer turns into unseasonable winter and elysian peace turns to bitter civil war and Ukko, once more, has a role to play in the history of Kaleva.

The Book of Ian Watson

The Book of Ian Watson
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN : 0575114851
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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British Science Fiction award winner Ian Watson graces us here with a brilliant new collection of short stories and essays. Though he dazzles the reader with his footwork in the kaleidoscope intensity of his vision, each piece is plainly the work of a master craftsman. Whether he is dealing with a future culture where whales control us ("The Culling") or taking a hilarious poke at the matter of government funding ("The President's Not for Turning"), his concepts are clear and undeniably logical. True to the highest ideal of science fiction, Watson carries present tendencies of our society to possible conclusions in "Roof Gardens under Saturn," and points a warning finger at the consequences of alienation from the environment. In an innovative style which borders on the experimental, Watson explores in "The Pharaoh and the Mademoiselle" the horrors of fascism. Ian Watson's writing stays with us. He entertains and he makes us think. If in some future and better world politicians were to take advice form writers, Watson should be one of them.

Hard Questions

Hard Questions
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN : 0575114711
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Meet Qua, the quantum computer with the immense power capabilities that tunes into pathways in parallel universes to operate at lightning speed. But with such power comes the threat of catastrophe, and as government agents, cult disciples, and computer criminals learn what this computer is capable of, Cambridge researcher Clare Conway makes every attempt to safeguard herself and society from the realities she discovers about Qua. For all of the power this computer offers, it threatens to spark a civil war in America, a danger unlike any other that history has ever known.

Miracle Visitors

Miracle Visitors
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN : 0575114584
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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John Deacon uses hypnosis to research altered states of consciousness. One of his subjects, Michael Peacocke, is unusually susceptible and in their first session together he recalls a Close Encounter which took place some years before. Deacon is sceptical of UFOs and dismisses Peacocke's story as an adolescent sexual fantasy. But then inexplicable things happen - the tape of the session is mysteriously erased, Deacon's dog is killed, he and Michael see a pterodactyl, Michael's girlfriend is menaced by Men in Black - and Deacon is forced to reconsider. Could UFOs be symbols projected from the collective unconscious? Are they messages from the biomatrix? Does the mind have the ability to project tulpas, objects and people which are physically real yet somehow illusory?

Alien Embassy

Alien Embassy
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN : 0575114576
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lila Makindi grows up in East Africa in a peaceful and harmonious 22nd century world, which has succeeded our own age of extravagance, environmental damage, and warfare. Its citizens know that the Space Communications Administration, better known as Bardo, is guiding the planet benevolently, thanks to contact with wise aliens by means, not of grandiose spaceships, but of psychic travel powered by the sexual techniques of tantric yoga. Wonderfully, Lila is chosen for psychic starflight. But she discovers that in reality mental starflight is spinning a web of protection around the world to safeguard the human race from a malign alien energy force, the Starbeast. Yet is this the true reality? Only when Lila travels to Tibet does she discover the actual, unexpected purpose behind Bardo.

The Very Slow Time Machine

The Very Slow Time Machine
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN : 0575114754
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Very Slow Time Machine arrives on earth in 1985. Its sole inhabitant is old and mad. Soon it becomes apparent that for him, time is going slowly backward. With every day, he is getting younger and saner. The world, and its whole concept of time, science and philosophy, must wait for him to speak. But while the world waits, it changes...

Lucky's Harvest

Lucky's Harvest
Mana Book 1

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 537
  • ISBN : 0575114509
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When she was a young girl Lucky belonged to a space-going mining commune which came upon an asteroid whose caves concealed the bones of serpentine aliens and humanoids. It was Lucky who discovered that the rock was an Ukko, a mysterious entity which would respond to stories told to it. Centuries later Lucky, altered by the Ukko, is still alive, though capricious and sometimes crazy. By mating with her, her consort Bertel has had his life prolonged for centuries, as will the men who first bed her daughters - Lucky's harvest.

The Book of the River

The Book of the River
Black Current Book 1

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0575114479
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The river cuts right across the known world, from the impassable Far Precipices to the sea. The people on one bank are cut off from those on the other, for the black current has the power to stop them crossing. Only women can travel repeatedly up and down the river, but when Yaleen joins the boating guild and becomes a riverwoman, she is singled out to follow an even more extraordinary path...

The Fire Worm

The Fire Worm
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN : 0575114665
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Psychiatrist John Cunningham is secretly also "Jack Cannon", author of popular horror novels. Under hypnotic regression, John's patient Tony reveals a bizarre and horrifying tale of a "past life" lived on Tyneside in the 1950s, involving two schoolboys and a weird creature with paranormal powers lurking in caves beneath Tynemouth Castle. As John regresses Tony through earlier lives as far back as the 14th century it begins to seem that the local legend, captured in folksong, of a malevolent Lambton Worm may have had a basis in fact: that it was, in fact, the salamander of alchemical belief, summoned by an alchemist known as Raymond Lully, and possibly still locked below Tynemouth Castle And while John Cunningham is exploring Tony's multiple personalities, he begins to experience personality problems of his own, as Jack Cannon beings to assert his own individuality.

The Jonah Kit

The Jonah Kit
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 221
  • ISBN : 0575114533
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When a young Russian boy disappears from a top-secret Soviet research establishment and turns up in Tokyo, he presents a major problem for the American security officials. For the boy appears to be part of a sophisticated experiment and to have the mind of a supposedly dead astronaut imperfectly imprinted on his own. If the boy is to be believed, then the experiment has been extended to a whale. In Mexico, ground-breaking research by Nobel Prize winner Paul Hammond has shown that what we perceive as the Universe is no more than the ghost of the real thing. Signals received by his radio telescope have shown him that the Universe God created no longer exists. Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1977

The Martian Inca

The Martian Inca
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 299
  • ISBN : 0575114568
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Mars Probe has crashed. A triumph of Soviet technology, the first two-way interplanetary probe performed brilliantly until the final stage of its return. Then something went wrong: rather than following its programmed course to a soft landing in its country of origin, the probe crashed in the Peruvian Andes. Now a weird infection beyond the understanding of medical science has wiped out an entire village - except for one man, who, alone and undiscovered by medics, survives. He has awakened to find himself become his own ancestor, and a god. Suddenly the flames of an Indian revolution are spreading South America; he is the Martian Inca.

The Book of the Stars

The Book of the Stars
Black Current Book 2

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN : 0575114487
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Trapped by the evil Edrick in a locked room, Yaleen is cold-bloodedly murdered. But it is not the end of Yaleen's story, for she is given a second life - a reincarnation on Earth as a 'cherub'. Soon she encounters Godmind, the megalomaniac artificial deity which controls life on Earth - and maintains a brutal labour colony on the Moon for any who dare to rebel. Bit by bit, Yaleen comes to understand the horrifying project of the Godmind...

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
A Book

by George Mann

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-03-01
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 1780337043
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This encyclopedia is the most up-to-date, concise, clear and affordable guide to all aspects of science fiction, from its background to generic themes and devices, from authors (established and new) to films. Science fiction has evolved into one of the most popular, cutting-edge and exciting fiction geners, with a proliferation of modern and classic authors, themes and ideas, movies, TV series and awards. Arranged in an A-Z format, and featuring a comprehensive index and cross-referencing system, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is also the most accessible and easy to use encyclopedia of its kind currently available.

God's World

God's World
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 0575114592
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The sudden appearance of angelic beings bearing a mystical space drive and a summons to ''God's World'' launches an international crew of scientists on a voyage to the far limits of space. There they become embroiled in an alien war that will decide the fate of all creation . . .