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Why would an artificial intelligence conceive and execute that most heinous of human crimes?

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Golden
Fleece
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Mystery
 
Winner
of the Aurora Award for best novel of the year. Named best novel of
the year by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

 

 


MURDER
IN SPACE

 

 

Starcology
Argo. A superstarship on a mission to a distant world. Controlled by
a monumental computer named JASON, the Argo proceeds flawlessly . . .
until death strikes its sleek decks with sudden and mysterious
precision.

 

 

Astrophysicist
Diana Chandler is dead of radiation. Her body lies in the Argo’s
ramfield — where hydrogen ions are funneled into the engines.
Chandler’s death has been deemed suicide. But her ex-husband, Aaron
Rossman, isn’t so sure. As he probes further, he becomes certain that
Diana’s death is a matter of murder — and that the murderer is
JASON!

 

 

Now
Rossman must face the unthinkable: why would an artificial
intelligence conceive and execute that most heinous of human crimes?
And if so, can a mortal mind take on a cunning computer . . . and
survive?

 

 

 

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End
of an Era
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Fantasy
 
Paleontologist
Brandon Thackeray is eager to find out what killed the dinosaurs.
With a newly developed, still-experimental timeship, he will be able
to do what no human being has ever done: stand face-to-face with a
living, breathing dinosaur. But he and his partner (and rival) Miles
“Klicks” Jordan discover that they are not the only
intelligent creatures on Earth at the end of the Cretaceous. There’s
a war going on and the dinosaurs are right in the middle of
it.

 

 


Please
note that this book is not part of The Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy.
It is a stand-alone novel set on Earth.

 

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Starplex
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Adventure
 
The
only novel of its year to be nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula
Awards. Starplex won Canada’s Aurora Award for best novel of the
year.

 

 


For
nearly twenty years Earth’s space exploration had exploded outward,
thanks to a series of mysterious, artificial wormholes. No one knows
who created these interstellar passages, yet they have brought the
far reaches of space immediately close. For Starplex Director Keith
Lansing, too close.

 

 

Discovery
is superseding understanding. And when an unknown vessel — with no
windows, no seams, and no visible means of propulsion — arrives
through a new wormhole, an already battle-scarred Starplex could be
the starting point of a new interstellar war . . .

 

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Frameshift
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi Thriller
 
Frameshift
won Japan’s Seiun Award and was a finalist for the Hugo
Award.

 

 


Pierre
Tardivel is a scientist working on the Human Genome Project with the
Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Burian Klimus. A driven man, Pierre works
with the awareness that he may not have long to live: he has a
fifty-fifty chance of dying from Huntington’s disease, an incurable
hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. While he still has
his health, Pierre and his wife decide to have a child, and they
search for a sperm donor. When Pierre informs Dr. Klimus of their
plan, Klimus makes an odd but generous offer: to be the sperm donor
as well as to pay for the expensive in vitro fertilization. Shortly
thereafter it transpires that Klimus might be hiding a grim past: he
may be Ivan Marchenko, the notorious Treblinka death-camp guard known
as Ivan the Terrible.

 

 

While
digging into Klimus’s past with the help of Nazi hunter Avi Meyer,
Pierre and his wife discover that Pierre’s insurance company has been
illegally screening clients for genetic defects. The two lines of
investigation begin to coverage in a sinister manner, while they
worry about the possibility of bearing the child of an evil, sadistic
killer . . .

 

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Factoring
Humanity
by
Robert J. Sawyer
Genre:
SciFi
 
In
2007, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system.
Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather
Davis a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department,
has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged
husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial
intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum
effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations
simultaneously.

 

 


When
Heather achieves a breakthrough, the message reveals a startling new
technology that rips the barriers of space and time, holding the
promise of a new stage of human evolution. In concert with Kyle’s
discoveries of the nature of consciousness, the key to limitless
exploration — or the end of the human race — appears close at
hand.

 

 

This
edition includes a reading group guide.

 

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Robert
J. Sawyer
 — called “the dean of Canadian science
fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just
about the best science-fiction writer out there these days”
by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one
of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all
three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the
year:
the
World Science Fiction Society’s 
Hugo
Award
,
which he won in 2003 for his novel 
Hominids;the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 
Nebula
Award
,
which he won in 1996 for his novel 
The
Terminal Experiment
;and
the 
John
W. Campbell Memorial Award
,
which he won in 2006 for his novel 
Mindscan.
According
to the US trade journal 
Locus,
Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a
science fiction or fantasy novelist. Recent honors include the
first-ever 
Humanism
in the Arts Award
 from
Humanist Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
from the Governor General of Canada, the 
Hal
Clement Award
 for
Best Young Adult Novel of the Year (for 
Watch),
and a 
Lifetime
Achievement Aurora Award
 from
the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association — the first
such award given to an author in thirty years, and only the fourth
such ever bestowed.
The
2009-2010 ABC TV series 
FlashForward was
based on his novel of the same name, and Rob was a scriptwriter for
that series.
Maclean’s:
Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine
 says, “By any
reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors
ever,” and The New York Times calls him
“a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific
extrapolation.” The Canadian publishing trade journal Quill &
Quire
 named Rob one of “the thirty most
influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian
publishing” (the only other authors making the list were
Margaret Atwood and Douglas Coupland).
Rob’s
novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada,
appearing on the 
Globe
and Mail
 and Maclean’sbestsellers’
lists, and they’ve hit #1 on the science-fiction bestsellers’ lists
published by 
Locus, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk,
and 
Audible.com.
His twenty-three novels include 
Red
Planet Blues
, Triggers, Calculating
God
,
and the “WWW” trilogy of 
Wake, Watch,
and 
Wonder,
each volume of which separately won the 
Aurora
Award
 —
Canada’s top honor in science fiction — for Best Novel of the Year.
Rob
— who holds honorary doctorates from the 
University
of Winnipeg
 and Laurentian
University
 —
has taught writing at the 
University
of Toronto
, Ryerson
University
, Humber
College
,
and 
The
Banff Centre
.
He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public
Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public
Library’s 
Merril
Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
, Berton
House
 in
Dawson City, the 
Canadian
Light Source
synchrotron,
and the 
Odyssey
Workshop
.
Rob
has given talks at hundreds of venues including the 
Library
of Congress
 and
the 
National
Library of Canada
,
and been
keynote
speaker
 at
dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo,
Beijing, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives
just west of Toronto.
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On her own; wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space for 53 years

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Serengeti
by
J.B. Rockwell
Genre:
SciFi Adventure
 
It
was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution
Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel
decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti—a Valkyrie
class warship with a sentient AI brain—on her own; wrecked and
abandoned in an empty expanse of space. 

 

 


On
the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She
herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into
space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the
cryogenically frozen crew inside.

 

 

Then
a scavenger ship arrives to pick Serengeti’s bones clean.

 

 

Her
engines dead, her guns long silenced, Serengeti and her last two
robots must find a way to fight the scavengers off and save the crew
trapped inside her.

 

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Serengeti 2:
Dark and Stars
 
Fifty-three
years Serengeti drifted, dreaming in the depths of space. Fifty-three
years of patient waiting before her Valkyrie Sisters arrive to
retrieve her from the dark. A bittersweet homecoming follows, the
Fleet Serengeti once knew now in shambles, its admiral, Cerberus,
gone missing, leaving Brutus in charge. Brutus who’s subsumed the
Fleet, ignoring his duty to the Meridian Alliance to pursue a
vendetta against the Dark Star Revolution.

 

 


The
Valkyries have a plan to stop him—depose Brutus and restore the
Fleet’s purpose—and that plan involves Serengeti. Depends on
Serengeti turning her guns against her own.

 

 

Because
the Fleet can no longer be trusted. With Brutus in charge, it’s
just Serengeti and her Sisters, and whatever reinforcements they can
find.

 

 

A
top-to-bottom refit restores Serengeti to service, and after a rushed
reunion with Henricksen and her surviving crew, she takes off for the
stars. For Faraday—a prison station—to stage a jailbreak, and
free the hundreds of Meridian Alliance AIs wrongfully imprisoned in
its Vault. From there to the Pandoran Cloud and a rendezvous with her
Valkyrie Sisters. To retrieve a fleet of rebel ships stashed away
inside.

 

 

One
last battle, one last showdown with Brutus and his Dreadnoughts and
it all ends. A civil war—one half of the Meridian Alliance Fleet
turned against the other, with the very future of the Meridian
Alliance hanging in the balance.

 

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Hecate
Prequel to Serengeti
 
Black
Ops—the intelligence arm of the Meridian Alliance Fleet came
calling with an offer Henricksen couldn’t refuse: a ship—an
entire squadron of ships, actually—and crew to command. A chance to
get back to the stars.
 

 

Too
bad he didn’t ask more questions before accepting the assignment.
Too bad no one told him just how dangerous this particular skunkworks
project was.


 

They
call the ship the RV-N: Reconnaissance Vessel – Non-combat, Raven for
short. A stealth ship—fast, and maneuverable, and brutal as hell.
On the surface, Henricksen’s assignment seems simple: train his crew,
run the RV-Ns through their paces, get the ships certified for
mission operations and job done. But an accident in training reveals
a fatal design flaw in the Raven, and when an undercover operative
steals classified information from a Black Ops facility, the Fleet
Brass cancels the tests completely, rushing the faulty ships and
their half-trained crew into live operations. On a mission to recover
the Fleet’s lost secrets.

 

 

Out
of time and out of options, Henricksen has no choice but to launch
his squadron. But a ghost from his past makes him question
everything—the ships, their AI, the entirety of this mission, right
down to the secrets he and his crew are supposed to recover.

 

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J.B.
Rockwell is a New Englander, which is important to note because it
means she’s (a) hard headed, (b) frequently stubborn, and (c) prone
to fits of snarky sarcasticness. As a kid she subsisted on a steady
diet of fairy tales, folklore, mythology augmented by generous
helpings of science fiction and fantasy. As a quasi-adult she dreamed
of being the next Indiana Jones and even pursued (and earned!) a
degree in anthropology. Unfortunately, those dreams of being an
archaeologist didn’t quite work out. Through a series of twists and
turns (involving cats, a marriage, and a SCUBA certification, amongst
other things) she ended up working in IT for the U.S. Coast Guard and
now writes the types of books she used to read. Not a bad ending for
an Indiana Jones wannabe…

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An Odyssey to the edge of the universe

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Earth Escape:
Odyssey to the edge of the universe
By Real Laplaine
Genre: SciFi Adventure

book

About the Book
Earth Escape is a sci-fi thriller set in the very near future, bordering on a dystopian age where geopolitical powers on Earth are edging toward nuclear war, and meanwhile, the interstellar ship, Evolution, and its captain, Jim Tale and his Ai companion, CASS, are light years away in search of a new home and answers to the dilemma facing mankind. Was it the Big Bang, Divine creation or were we put here for reasons we have forgotten? In this thrilling space odyssey, Jim Tale, a misfit – a man haunted by demons of his past and plagued by these existential questions, faces the most brutal truths about who we are and the creation of the cosmos and the role he must play if he hopes to save Earth from an imminent apocalypse.

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https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Escape-Odyssey-Edge-Universe-ebook/dp/B01LX1OEWT/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479848747&sr=1-1&keywords=Earth+Escape%3A+Odyssey+to+the+edge+of+the+universe+By+Real+Laplaine