Lady of Mazes

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780765350787

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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When the human civilization of Teven Coronal is threatened by powerful invaders, brilliant but troubled Livia Kodaly attempts to safeguard the ringworld's fragile ecologies and human diversity. By the author of Ventus and Permanence. Reprint.

Lady of Mazes

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 146680758X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8707

Karl Schroeder is one of the new stars of hard SF. His novels, Ventus and Permanence, have established him as a new force in the field. Now he extends his reach into Larry Niven territory, returning to the same distant future in which Ventus was set, but employing a broader canvas, to tell the story of Teven Coronal, a ringworld with a huge multiplicity of human civilizations. Brilliant but troubled Livia Kodaly is Teven's only hope against invaders both human and superhuman who would destroy its fragile ecologies and human diversity. Filled with action, ideas, and intellectual energy, Lady of Mazes is the hard SF novel of the year. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Lady of Mazes

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0765312190

Category: Fiction

Page: 286

View: 479

When the human civilization of Teven Coronal is threatened by powerful invaders, brilliant but troubled Livia Kodaly attempts to safeguard the ringworld's fragile ecologies and human diversity. By the author of Ventus and Permanence. 12,500 first printing.

Ventus

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466800070

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 1840

Ventus is a large-scale Hard SF adventure novel in the tradition of Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, and Arthur C. Clarke. Karl Schroeder, a physicist and writer, is a winner of Canada's Aurora Award. His first novel was called the best first fantasy of the year by Science Fiction Chronicle, and now his first SF novel launches a major career in SF. Young Jordan Mason, on the terraformed planet Ventus, has visions. Kidnapped by Calandria May--a human from offworld sent to investigate the AIs (the Winds) of Ventus--Jordan is desperate to find the meaning of his visions, desperate enough to risk calling down the Winds that destroy technology to protect the created environment, who descend and wreak havoc. As a result Jordan escapes from Calandria and sets out to discover his destiny on his own. Calandria and others, both human and AI, search for Jordan, who holds the key to catastrophe or salvation. Ventus is an epic journey across a fascinating planet with a big mystery--why have the Winds fallen silent? It is one of the major, ambitious SF novels of the year and the international launch of an important new hard SF writer. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Pages of Pain

Author: Troy Denning

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

ISBN: 0786962046

Category: Fiction

Page: 265

View: 7915

The Lady of Pain. She rules the city of Sigil from behind a veil of perfect silence. Feared by mortal and gods alike, she flays her worshipers alive and casts her foes into inescapable labyrinths of despair. Only fools dare ask her to speak. And the Amnesian Hero has come with a question. When the god Poseidon tells a man with no memory how to recover his past, the unwitting warrior seeks out the Lady of Pain and finds himself banished to the Mazes. With the help of a beautiful - but dead - tiefling sorceress, a horned fiend with a dark disposition, and a deranged wind-priest who claims top be the center of the multiverse, he must discover the secret of the Lady's past - or confront a memory so horrifying it could tear him apart! The Silence is Broken.

Big Book of Mazes and Labyrinths

Author: Walter Shepherd

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780486229515

Category: Games

Page: 112

View: 6491

The path least traveled makes all the difference in this volume, especially when you find yourself crossing bridges, escaping from caves, lighting firecrackers, spelling out passwords, and untangling snakes. These 50 challenges include classic, solid, and ripple mazes, along with short-path and avoidance labyrinths and other intriguing problems. Solutions.

Permanence

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429980397

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 5642

Young Rue Cassels of the Cycler Compact -- a civilization based around remote brown dwarf stars -- is running for her life from her bullying brother, Jentry, who has stolen her family inheritance and threatens to sell her into slavery. Fleeing in a shuttle spacecraft from the sparsely populated and austere comet-mining habitat she has lived in her whole life, she spots a distant, approaching object, and stakes a legal claim to it. It is not the valuable comet she hoped for but something even more wonderful, an abandoned Cycler starship. Since the discovery of a faster-than-light drive, unfortunately operable only between larger stars, the Cycler Compact civilization has gradually dwindled. It's much cheaper for the star-based civilizations of the new Rights Economy to bypass the stops that can't be made with the new technology, and the civilizations of the brown stars are gradually sinking into anarchy and chaos. It has been decades since the last Cycler ship passed anywhere near the system in which Rue grew up. Her discovery unleashes a fury of action, greed, and interstellar intrigue as many factions attempt to take advantage of the last great opportunity to revitalize-and perhaps control--the Compact. This is the story of Rue's quest to visit and claim this ship and its treasures, set against a background of warring empires, strange alien artifacts, and fantastic science. It is a story of hope and danger, of a strange and compelling religion, Permanence, unique to this star-faring age, and of the rebirth of life and belief in a place at the edge of forever. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Sun of Suns

Book One of Virga

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429938051

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 7835

It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity. Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances . . . At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Up Against It

Author: M. J. Locke

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780765354211

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 1389

Managing utilities on a future asteroid colony, bureaucrat-engineer Jane discovers that a water crisis may have been orchestrated by the Martian mafia and that the colony is also being threatened by a rogue artificial intelligence and a transhumanist cult.

A Maze of Death

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572441

Category: Fiction

Page: 202

View: 9410

A Maze of Death is a sci-fi murder mystery set on a mysterious planet, with a twist ending that leaves the reader wondering just what they've been witnessing the whole time.

Lady Oracle

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451686862

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2454

Joan Foster is the bored wife of a myopic ban-the-bomber. She takes off overnight as Canada's new superpoet, pens lurid gothics on the sly, attracts a blackmailing reporter, skids cheerfully in and out of menacing plots, hair-raising traps, and passionate trysts, and lands dead and well in Terremoto, Italy. In this remarkable, poetic, and magical novel, Margaret Atwood proves yet again why she is considered to be one of the most important and accomplished writers of our time.

The Maze at Windermere

A Novel

Author: Gregory Blake Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735221944

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 7504

“Staggeringly brilliant….. [and] extraordinary. You’ll start The Maze of Windermere with bewilderment, but you’ll close it in awe.” -- The Washington Post “Pitch perfect… The different strands of the narrative are skillfully braided.” -- New York Times Book Review Gregory Blake Smith’s spellbinding tale of five intersecting worlds weaves a brilliant tapestry of ambition and desire, charting a voyage into the maze of the human heart. A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest—the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress’s diamond necklace—launches an odyssey that braids together three centuries of love and ambition, aspiration and adversity. A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune; the young writer Henry James, soon to make his mark on the world, turns himself to his craft with harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British officer during the American Revolution carries on a courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport’s earliest days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited. In The Maze at Windermere Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart.

The maze and the warrior

symbols in architecture, theology, and music

Author: Craig Wright

Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 351

View: 934

A tourist visiting the famous cathedral at Chartres might be surprised to discover an enormous labyrinth embedded in the thirteenth-century floor. Why is it there? In this fascinating book Craig Wright explores the complex symbolism of the labyrinth in architecture, religious thought, music, and dance from the Middle Ages to the present. The mazes incorporated into church floors and illustrating religious books were symbolic of an epic journey through this sinful world to salvation. A savior figure typically led the way along this harrowing spiritual path. Wright looks at other meanings of the maze as well, from religious dancing on church labyrinths to pagan maze rituals outside the church. He demonstrates that the theme inherent in spiritual mazes is also present in medieval song, in the Armed Man Masses of the Renaissance, and in compositions of the Enlightenment, including the works of J. S. Bach. But the thread that binds the maze to the church, to music, and to dance also ties it to the therapeutic labyrinth that proliferates today. For as this richly interdisciplinary history reveals, the maze of the "new age" spiritualists also traces its lineage to the ancient myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. While the hero of the maze may change from one culture to the next, the symbol endures.

The Complete Virga Series

Sun of Suns, Queen of Candesce, Pirate Sun, Sunless Countries, Ashes of Candesce

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1250206332

Category: Fiction

Page: 1696

View: 2158

Futurist Karl Schroeder groundbreaking space opera series envisions a world of endless sky, with no land, no gravity. This is Virga, a fullerene balloon universe three thousand kilometers in diameter. In this saga, we are given a rare and penetrating look into the post-human condition. Beginning in the seminal science fiction novel Sun of Suns, the saga of Virga introduces us to the people of stubborn pride and resilience who have made this world their home. But lurking beyond the walls of Virga is the mysterious threat known only as Artificial Nature. Virga is hard science fiction space opera taken to the next level. The Complete Vigra Series discounted ebundle includes: Sun of Suns, Queen of Candesce, Pirate Sun, Sunless Countries, Ashes of Candesce “Schroeder is a master.” --Cory Doctorow Tor books by Karl Schroeder Lady of Mazes Permanence Ventus Lockstep The Million At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Freedom Maze

Author: Delia Sherman

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763669806

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5415

Thirteen-year-old Sophie isn’t happy about spending the summer of 1960 at her grandmother’s old house in the bayou. Bored and lonely, she can’t resist exploring the house’s maze, or making an impulsive wish for a fantasy-book adventure with herself as the heroine. What she gets instead is a real adventure: a trip back in time to 1860 and the race-haunted world of her family’s Louisiana sugar plantation. Here, President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is still two years in the future and passage of the Thirteenth Amendment is almost four years away. And here, Sophie is mistaken, by her own ancestors, for a slave.

Lockstep

A Novel

Author: Karl Schroeder

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 146683336X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6564

When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he's orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he's surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still—that he's been asleep for 14,000 years. Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation. Here cold sleeps can last decades and waking moments mere weeks. Its citizens survive for millennia, traveling asleep on long voyages between worlds. Not only is Lockstep the new center of the galaxy, but Toby is shocked to learn that the Empire is still ruled by its founding family: his own. Toby's brother Peter has become a terrible tyrant. Suspicious of the return of his long-lost brother, whose rightful inheritance also controls the lockstep hibernation cycles, Peter sees Toby as a threat to his regime. Now, with the help of a lockstep girl named Corva, Toby must survive the forces of this new Empire, outwit his siblings, and save human civilization. Karl Schroeder's Lockstep is a grand innovation in hard Science Fiction space opera. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.