The Silver Gryphon


Author: Mercedes Lackey,Larry Dixon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101127308
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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A dozen years of peace have passed in the city of White Gryphon - providing well deserved and much needed security for the people who had lost their homes in the magical Cataclysm which killed the Mage Urtho, creator of the gryphons. But the inhabitants of White Gryphon have not forgotten their long struggles, and have trained an elite guard force, the Silver Gryphons, to protect their city, and if necessary, to join with the army of the Black Kings for mutual defense.

The Silver Gryphon


Author: Gary Turner,Marty Halpern
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781930846159
Category: Fiction
Page: 330
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A smorgasbord of fantastical, mysterious, and horrifying stories In celebration of Golden Gryphon Press's 25th book, writers who contributed to the first 24 books were asked to write a story that best defines them as writers. The result is an anthology of stories ranging from fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and horror to genres that are often a combination of all four. Warren Rochelle portrays a struggle between magical and normal humans. George Zebrowski questions how to reclaim one's life when thrust two and a half years into the past. Andy Duncan combines literary style with southern heritage in a strange tale of courtship on a ghost trolley car. Michael Bishop spins the sad tale of a dead Vietnam soldier who won't die and continues to lay down his life to help others. James Patrick Kelly paints a world where people are regulated, even in their ability to become parents, and there is no place for dissenting views. The wide range in style, tone, and content in these tales provides genre fans with a diverse spectrum of short fiction.

The White Gryphon


Author: Mercedes Lackey,Larry Dixon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101127933
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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It has been ten years since the magical Cataclysm, which destroyed the twin strongholds of the two world's most powerful Mages, killing Urtho, creator of the gryphons, and sending his forces into exile. Now Urthro's peoples--human and non-human alike live in a terraced city carved into the face of a gleaming white cliff on the edge of the Western Ocean. Secure at least, ...until the fleet of the mysterious Black Kings appears in their harbor, bringing envoys who inform the residents of White Gryphon that their newfound home lies on the northern perimeter of lands claimed by this powerful kingdom. Desperate not to lose their hard won home, Skandranon, along with his longtime friend Amberdrake--agree to accompany the envoys back to the Court of the Black Kings, hoping to negotiate an alliance. ...When a high ranking noble who opposes this alliance is found murdered--Skandranon and Amberdrake realize that they are up against unknown enemies who will stop at nothing, even the use of diabolical Blood Magic, to destroy White Gryphon.

The Black Gryphon


Author: Mercedes Lackey,Larry Dixon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101127292
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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It is an age when Valdemar is yet unfounded, its organization of Heralds yet unformed, and magic is still a wild and uncontrolled force. Skandranon Rashkae is perhaps the finest specimen of his race, with gleaming ebony feathers, majestic wingspan, keen magesight and sharp intelligence. Courageous, bold, and crafty, Skan is everything a gryphon should be. He is the fulfillment of everything that the Mage of Silence, the human sorcerer called Urtho, intended to achieve when he created these magical beings to be his champions, the defenders of his realm--a verdant plain long coveted by the evil mage Maar. Now Maar is once again advancing on Urtho's Keep, this time with a huge force spearheaded by magical constructs of his own--cruel birds of prey ready to perform any evil their creator may demand of them. And when one of Urtho's Seers wakes from a horrifying vision in which she sees a devastating magical weapon being placed in the hands of Maar's common soldiers, Skandrannon is sent to spy across enemy lines, cloaked in the protective of Urtho's powerful Spell of Silence.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection


Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1429903848
Category: Fiction
Page: 704
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The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17


Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780332653
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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Widely regarded as the essential book for every science-fiction fan, The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17 continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories from the previous year. This year's volume includes not just a host of established masters but also many bright, young talents of science fiction. It embraces every aspect of the genre - soft, hard, cyberpunk, cyber noir, anthropological, military and adventure. Plus the usual thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.

Foundation

Book One of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel)
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101117767
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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The long-awaited brand new novel in the bestselling Valdemar series. In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's bestselling world, a thirteen year- old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

The Best of Joe R. Lansdale


Author: Joe R Lansdale
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
ISBN: 1616960051
Category: Fiction
Page: 369
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Godzilla’s in a twelve-step program. A soul-sucking Mummy stalks Elvis and John F. Kennedy. Joe Bob Briggs has a moral dilemma: If your girlfriend turns zombie on you, what do you do? And that’s the tame stuff. In this red-hot collection from world-champion Mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, you’ll find his best, most outrageous stories. The high priest of Texan weirdness does it all: horror, mystery, satire, suspense, and even Westerns. Prepare to be offended, shocked, and cackling like a crazed redneck. Featuring five Bram Stoker Award–winning stories, this career retrospective contains some of Lansdale’s rarer work, his nonfiction forays into drive-in theaters and B-movies, and the novella Bubba Ho-Tep, later made into a cult-classic major motion picture. Come on in—the weirdness is fine.

Gods and Pawns

Stories of the Company
Author: Kage Baker
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429945806
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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In the Company, you're either a God or a Pawn, but sometimes you have to be both. The eight stories, reprinted for the first time in this collection delve further into the history and exploits of the Company and its operatives, including Mendoza, Lewis, and Alec. The book opens with the novella, "To the Land Beyond the Sunset," starring Lewis and Mendoza, and involving a strange tribe in Bolivia whose members claim to be gods. Their ability to grow a small tropical paradise in the middle of the desert certainly seems godlike, and it's Mendoza's job to figure what their secret is."Standing in His Light" features Van Drouten, and her role in the career of the artist Jan Vermeer. The story illustrates how, with a little help from the Company, lost masterpieces can be found (or created) easily. Other stories include "Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst," which opens up intriguing questions about The Company, and the original novelette, "Hellfire at Twilight," which concludes the volume and tells of Lewis infiltrating the famous Hellfire Club in the England of the 18th century. This book is a compelling read for every Baker fan, and essential for Company addicts At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Rewired

The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
Author: James Patrick Kelly,John Kessel
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
ISBN: 1892391627
Category: Fiction
Page: 424
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Cyberpunk is dead. The revolution has been co-opted by half-assed heroes, overclocked CGI, and tricked-out shades. Once radical, cyberpunk is now nothing more than a brand. Time to stop flipping the channel. These sixteen extreme stories reveal a government ninja routed by a bicycle repairman, the inventor of digitized paper hijacked by his college crush, a dead boy trapped in a warped storybook paradise, and the queen of England attacked with the deadliest of forbidden technology: a working modem. You’ll meet Manfred Macx, renegade meme-broker, Red Sonja, virtual reality sex-goddess, and Felix, humble sys-admin and post-apocalyptic hero. Editors James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology) have united cyberpunk visionaries William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan with the new post-cyberpunk vanguard, including Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Jonathan Lethem. Including a canon-establishing introduction and excerpts from a hotly contested online debate, Rewired is the first anthology to define and capture the crackling excitement of the post-cyberpunks. From the grittiness of Mirrorshades to the Singularity and beyond, it’s time to revive the revolution.

Crossroads

Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic
Author: Brett Cox,Andy Duncan
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466838485
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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As William Faulkner once observed, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." And the past of the American South lives on in a long literary tradition where fantasy and reality blur. It is evident in the writing of giants such as Faulkner himself, Flannery O'Connor, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Manly Wade Wellman, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, and many others. Steeped in this tradition and proud to be its inheritors, storytellers and editors F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan have gathered together stories of the unseen and magical American South by some of the most brilliantly talented Southern writers of our time. From darkly imagined, powerful tales by Bret Lott, Lynn Pitts, Kalanu ya Salaam, Brad Watson, and Don Webb to a deeply affecting and sensual story by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, to atmospheric works by Richard Butner, James L. Cambias, and Jack McDevitt, to wildly funny stories by Scott Edelman and Michael Swanwick, these original fictions will delight readers who appreciate the unique wealth and breadth of the Southern literary tradition and its natural affinity for the fantastic. With the addition of wonderful reprinted stories by Michael Bishop, Fred Chappell, Andy Duncan, John Kessel, Kelly Link, Sena Jeter Naslund, Daniel Wallace, and Gene Wolfe, this collection is a crossroads of styles and themes where Southern and Fantastic literary traditions meet. Together these stories paint a wide canvas of the real and mythic South in all its fabulous, terrible, joyous, chaotic uniqueness. They are set in all the Southern landscapes of the mind, from the shores of South Carolina to the city of New Orleans, from small-town Mississippi to the streets of modern Atlanta, from the ghosts of ante-bellum splendor to the shadows of what might be. The contributors range from realistic to Gothic, from magic realists to satirists. What they share in common is the South and the endless stories it inspires. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar


Author: Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101524374
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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An original short fiction anthology set in Mercedes Lackey's bestselling world of Valdemar-featuring heroic Heralds and their horselike companions-and including an all-new novella by Lackey herself, as well as stories by masters such as Mickey Zucker Reichert, Judith Tarr, Tanya Huff, and others.

Neutrino Drag


Author: Paul DiFilippo
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1473206448
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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With twenty tales, a bold lack of restraint, and amazing stylistic diversity, Di Filippo makes strange bedfellows of a range of characters-from Jayne Mansfield to Pythagoras to Disney "imagineers" to the Virgin Mary-fit together inside a bountiful collection of surprises, humor, and the very, very strange.

Wake of the Golden Gryphon


Author: Lyle A. Way
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1617777382
Category:
Page: N.A
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The threat of death is all in a typical day for iron-willed Raddisson Steele, captain of the Golden Gryphon. While smuggling some top-secret cargo in Asian waters to Korea, he's stealthily followed by insidious Captain Babineaux, a fearsome Cajun pirate. Unaware of the value of the cargo and the many countries and governments after his ship, Captain Steele plans to dump his load and cash in, avoiding confrontation if possible. Meanwhile, among his own slimy crew, Captain Steele's got some strange passengers aboard: there's Stormy, a battle-hardened Chinese prostitute on her way to Vietnam, Tucker, an undercover CIA agent assigned to track the Golden Gryphon, and the mysterious and powerful cook, Abisha. Will these unlikely passengers spell trouble for Captain Steele? What about Babineaux? Will he make it to Korea and his prize? Find out in Lyle Way's suspenseful thriller,The Wake of the Golden Gryphon.

Novels by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey, the Black Gryphon, the Outstretched Shadow, the Dragon Jousters Series, When Darkness Falls,
Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 9781230484778
Category:
Page: 46
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 44. Chapters: Mercedes Lackey, The Black Gryphon, The Outstretched Shadow, The Dragon Jousters series, When Darkness Falls, The Sleeping Beauty, The Phoenix Unchained, Magic's Price, Arrow's Flight, Fortune's Fool, Magic's Promise, The Black Swan, Elemental Masters, Magic's Pawn, By the Sword, Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Fall, Winds of Fury, One Good Knight, The Fire Rose, Winds of Fate, Mercedes Lackey Collections, The Fairy Godmother, The Wizard of London, The Serpent's Shadow, The White Gryphon, Alta, Brightly Burning, Reserved for the Cat, The Gates of Sleep, Storm Warning, Firebird, Exile's Honor, Owlflight, Phoenix and Ashes, Take a Thief, The Snow Queen, Mage Winds, The Silver Gryphon, Winds of Change, Exile's Valor. Excerpt: Mercedes "Misty" Lackey (born June 24, 1950) is a best-selling American author of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores. Her other main world is one much like our own; but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work incredible magics through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar-driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a wiccan who combats evil. Lackey was born in Chicago, an event that prevented her father from being called to serve in the Korean War. She places her meeting with science fiction at age 10 or 11, when she happened to pick up her father's copy of James H. Schmitz's Agent of Vega. She then read Andre Norton's Beast Master and Lord of Thunder and continued to read...

A Gryphon Year


Author: Priscilla Thomson Jackson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1467873128
Category: Fiction
Page: 596
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This historic year is vividly pictured as a young American surgeon and Canadian wife dare to enter exotic Manchu (Ch'ing) Empire only a decade after the Empress Dowager's 'Boxers' massacred foreigners. Admired as missionaries, deeply in love, Nell – on the ocean liner - begins to doubt James' judgment. James, eager to bring modern medicine to antique China, is shocked by the shabbiness of his assigned Hospital-of-Last-Resort with only male apprentices as aides. He faces poor patients with monstrous tumors, plague, stones, does operations never observed, is opposed by unbelievable superstitions. Astonishingly, the 'foreign doctor' (true) is called to Military Headquarters where the Vice-roy of the two Kwang Provinces -- as large as Germany -- has called brilliantly robed Mandarins – Ministers of Army, Navy, Law, Treasury, Literary chancellor. Why? Unknown anarchists tried to assonate the Tartar General! Is Revolution brewing? On return, James' sedan chair is waylaid by Ming Secret Society dissidents. Different Chinese factions seek James' USA support. Pretty teacher, impetuous Stephanie, sponsors 'returned student' radicals. Medical assistants-- for Republic therefore anti-Manchu (very dangerous) -- hide a rebel in his 'neutral' Hospital. Chinese Officials in Manchu Administration expect support for their Self-Strengthening moderates. Meanwhile Nell struggles with her new house knowing no Cantonese, then with intelligent cook-helper knowing no English. Sir Gladwyn, British diplomat, takes her to ancient pagoda; she climbs inside! Shocked at primitive child-birthing in this 'medieval' village, she's chased as Blue-Eyed Witch! Visiting the British Yamên they hear a threatening rocket. Returning to Hospital, James is captured by the Manchu General, is horrified at cruel but brilliant strategy, watches Manchus win historic Battle of Seventy-Two Heroes. Mr.Colocott, Hong Kong tea exporter, Mr.Paronel, British consul, M.Zinôt, disillusioned but fluent French liaison, Mr. Fa, Hospital pharmacist, argue with the North Americans, fearful and fascinated, as this tumultuous year -1910 - will change World History.

La notte del tempo


Author: Robert Reed
Publisher: Delos Digital srl
ISBN: 8867757172
Category: Fiction
Page: 21
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RACCONTO (21 pagine) - FANTASCIENZA - Ritorna la Grande Nave nel suo eterno viaggio per la Via Lattea "La Notte del Tempo" è apparso per la prima volta nel 2003 sull'antologia "The Silver Gryphon" della Golden Gryphon Press (piccola casa editrice che ha pubblicato molte splendide raccolte dedicate ai migliori autori della fantascienza attuale). Ancora una volta Reed ci racconta una vicenda oscura a bordo dell'immenso vascello cosmico in viaggio per la Galassia, e ci parla di un uomo misterioso che utilizza macchinari antichissimi e portentosi per recuperare i ricordi perduti dei suoi clienti. E stavolta sarà assunto da un'entità aliena con un immenso patrimonio di memoria storica, ma che ha dimenticato un dettaglio piccolo ma assai significativo." " Nato il 9 ottobre del 1956 a Omaha, nel Nebraska, Robert David Reed ha vinto il premio Hugo nel 2007 con il magnifico romanzo breve "A Billion Eves" ("Un miliardo di donne come Eva", Delos Books) ed è considerato in patria come uno dei massimi scrittori di fantascienza viventi. Eclettico e multiforme, Reed ha al suo attivo più di una dozzina di romanzi (tutti inediti in Italia) e circa duecento racconti e romanzi, tra cui vanno ricordati, oltre al già citato "A Billion Eves", anche "La verità" ("The Truth"), apparso anch'esso su Odissea Delos, e "Celacanti" ("Coelacanths"). Una particolare importanza riveste, all'interno del suo opus letterario, il ciclo dedicato alla Grande Nave, un'immensa astronave che viaggia da millenni attraverso la Galassia, popolata da innumerevoli culture e civiltà umane e aliene. All'interno di questo ciclo si collocano "Falsa Identità" ("Camouflage", 2005), considerato dai critici uno dei momenti più significativi dell'intera serie (che abbiamo già pubblicato in questa collana), e questo "La Notte del Tempo" ("Night of Time", 2003).

Alien Contact


Author: Marty Halpern
Publisher: Start Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1597803596
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Are we alone? From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out. Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today's most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a broad range of scenarios: from the insidious, to the violent, to the transcendent.

Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples


Author: Luigi Palma di Cesnola
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108078613
Category: History
Page: 498
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This 1877 work sketches Cypriot history and customs as well as describing discoveries made by a controversial Italian-American amateur archaeologist.