Science Fiction

Final Diagnosis

By James White

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"It's a massive hospital space station on the Galactic rim--384 levels, a staff of thousands--where human and alien medicine meet. But Patient Hewlitt, new to Sector General, doesn't want to meet alien medicine--or alien doctors, or alien nurses, or aliens of any kind. Which is just too bad; he's an interesting case, and he'll have to get used to it. In the meantime, it's always been an article of faith among Sector General's multispecies staff that infections can't pass from one alien race to another. But in this season of anomalies, it looks like they might have their first-ever interstellar virus on their hands, their tentacles, their cilla...."

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Darwin's Radio

By Greg Bear

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Molecular biologist Kaye Lang's theory -- that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can return to life -- has become a chilling reality. The shocking evidence: a "virus-hunter" has tracked down a flu-like disease that kills expectant mothers and their offspring.

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Brain Plague

By Joan Slonczewski

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An intelligent microbe race that can live symbiotically in other intelligent beings is colonizing the human race throughout the civilized universe.

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The Land that Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Torpedoed by a German U-boat in the South Pacific during World War I, a group of adventurers find themselves marooned on Caprona, a hidden and impregnable island seemingly suspended in time, inhabited by dinosaurs, Neanderthals, scattered bands of humans, and cities of fierce humanoids. As they explore this otherworldly place, the protagonists struggle to unlock the fabulous secret at its heart.

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The Lost World

By A. Conan Doyle

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"'You said that you wanted danger, didn't you,' says McArdle, the editor of the Daily Gazette. And he sends his young reporter, Malone, on a strange journey into South America with the famous Professor Challenger. Challenger believes he can find a lost world full of dinosaurs in the middle of the Amazon forest. But this world is dangerous to reach, and, once the Professor and his small group of explorers arrive, things get even more dangerous for them. Will they return alive?"

A 19th-century classic from the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

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Ship of Magic

By Robin Hobb

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Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships--rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her--a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.

But the fate of the Vestrit family--and the ship--may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will....

First of the Liveship Traders series.

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Privateers

By Ben Bova

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"America Has Ceded The Heavens To The Tyrants -- And The Renegades. The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph -- possessor of the largest privately owned company in space -- intends to weaken the stranglehold the new despotic masters of the solar system have on the lucrative ore industry. But when the mineral-rich asteroid he sets in orbit around the Earth is commandeered by the enemy, and his unarmed workers are slaughtered in cold blood, the course of Randolph's life is changed forever. Now cataclysm is aimed at the exposed heart of America -- a potential catastrophe that Randolph himself inadvertently set in motion. And the maverick entrepreneur must use his skills, cunning, and vast resources to strike out at his foes hard, fast and with ruthless precision -- and wear proudly the mantle that fate thrust upon him: space pirate!"
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Pirates of Venus

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Astronaut Carson Napier plunges into swash-buckling adventures when he is stranded on Venus. Classic (1932) science fiction from the writer who brought us Tarzan and John Carter of Mars.

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Operation Chaos

By Poul Anderson

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In a war waged against Black Magic, the fact that Steve is a werewolf and his wife is a highly skilled witch is not unusual. But their adventures prove very unusual, even for their world, when they are given the task of neutralizing an enemy's ultimate weapon--the world's most powerful demon. Also look for the sequel, Operation Luna.

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Ritual of Proof

By Dara Joy

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On a distant planet, where women have all of the power, and men have little choice in their future, Marquelle Green Tamryn marries Nobleman Jorlan Reynard to protect him from her enemies. Will their love survive the forces conspiring against them?

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