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ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK! The debut of a stunning new talent. A poor, young woman rises to the heights of a crumbling empire, where she must speak hard truth to power in order to save a world from chaos.
Everybody Wants Answers. No One Wants the Truth.
The Arunkel empire has stood a thousand years, forged by wealth and conquest, but now rebellion is stirring on the borders and treachery brews in the palace halls. Elsewhere, in a remote mountain village, a young mother sells the prophesies of her sister, Amarta, in order to keep them and her infant child from starving. It's a dangerous game when such revelations draw suspicion and mistrust as often as they earn coin.
Yet Amarta's visions are true. And often not at all what the seeker wishes to hear.
Now in a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta has become the key to a ruler's ambitions. But is she nothing beyond a tool? As Amarta comes into her own as a seer, she realizes she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.
A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING SERIES FROM MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD! Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny.
Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.
Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated – his own mother.
Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science-fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.
Sixteen-year-old Randy Knox has vague memories Earth before the aliens came and destroyed life as we know it. Now a member of the New Hampshire National Guard, Randy does all he can to resist what appears to be humanity’s inevitable defeat. Just as things look their worst, a ray of hope cuts through the darkness. But before victory can be declared, Randy must complete one final mission. Along the way, he’ll learn that his skills in combating aliens may not be enough to survive the dark conspiracies of his fellow humans.
When the diplomatic embassy from the United States of Europe was freed from the Tower of London during the Baltic War, most of its members returned to the continent. But some remained behind in Britain: Oliver Cromwell and a few companions, including the sharpshooter Julie Sims, her Scot husband Alex Mackay, and Cromwell’s Irish-American self-appointed watchdog Darryl McCarthy.
Soon, the hunt is on for the most notorious rebel in English history, with King Charles himself demanding Cromwell’s head. The new chief minister Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, brings over from Ireland a notorious crew of cutthroats led by the man called Finnegan to track down and capture the escapees from the Tower.
The hunt passes through England and into Scotland, where the conflict between Cromwell and his companions and their would-be captors becomes embroiled in Scotland’s politics, which are every bit as savage and ruthless as Finnegan and his men. To make things still more conflicted and confused, the time Darryl McCarthy spends fighting alongside Cromwell forces him against his will to admire and respect—and even like—the man, despite Cromwell’s demonic reputation among all self-respecting Irish nationalist families like Darryl’s own.
It’s a Gordian knot anywhere you look—until Julie Sims brings out her rifle. Now it’s the turn of Scot partisans and English lords and Irish toughs to learn the lesson already learned on the continent:
A safe distance isn’t what you think it is. Not after the American angel of death spreads her wings.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Due to a fluke of quantum mechanics, no one can remember Nat Morgan for more than a minute after he's gone. It's a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists.
Nat's attempt to steal a quantum chip prototype is thwarted when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology for the Russion mob.
Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.
It is now quite a few years on, in the New Time Line. The effect of the people from the future, the "Americans," has been huge. In this edition’s stories, our authors explore that effect from many different angles.
In our serial, "Painted into a Corner, Part 3" by Robert Waters and Meriah Crawford, we see what happens when a famous and accomplished painter tries to come to terms with the fact that his career in the Original Time Line is not even mentioned in the up-timers’ books. How do you change your life so that you avoid obscurity?
In "Engines of Change: The Miller’s Tale" by Karen and Kevin Evans, a young man thinks enough sideways to realize that up-timer technology can be used to save the family business, a windmill, when the windmill’s access to wind is interrupted by the building of a big house.
In Nick Lorance’s "Sergeant Whatsisname" we find a man dedicated to upholding the true military virtues, honor, dignity, self-sacrifice, in the face of the shenanigans of a group of troublesome recruits from the Committees of Correspondence—who see themselves as revolutionaries, but without the ethics.
"The Grantville Two-Step" by David Dove reveals a man who is slowly coming out of his shell after his wife was left up-time and is as much as dead to him as if she had been shot.
In "The Monster Among Us" Eric S. Brown gives us LARPing, 1632 style!
"The Doom of Sallee" gives us a look into another society than Western European—the Sallee Rovers and their corsair republic founded by Muslims expelled from Spain. Andy Rogers tells the tale of a young woman on a mission and the Moroccan chieftain who gets in her way. Once again, this is a story where up-time history books play an enormous role.
In the "The Ice Queen" a few well-spoken words change the future of two people—and those words are in Klingon.
"Penitence and Redemption" has a young English man running up against Grantville’s 20th-century justice, and learning and growing as a person because of it.
We also feature "Sexuality in the Seventeenth Century," by Virgina DeMarce, whose personal motto is "Time Passed in the Past." Kristine Katherine Rusch provides the wisdom of early adopters in her column, "Notes from the Buffer Zone: Adopting."
In the Time Spike Universe (another Ring of Fire split off from our own universe) Garrett Vance gives us "First Cavalry of the Cretaceous, Part One: A Conspiracy of Ravens" which is just as weird a scene as you can imagine from the title. Spaniards, cowboys and Indians, oh, my!
Finally, in the Universe Annex, we have a fine science fiction story, "The Flood" by Jose Iriarte.
Welcome to the world of 1632!