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Seeds Of Earth

Author: Michael Cobley

Publisher: Orbit (2010)

Then with a fingertip he traced one of the pattern lines, a long curve with several small loops, feeling the rounded edges and the rougher stone on either side ... Next thing he knew a bright gleam appeared in the groove beneath his finger and began to race along it in both directions. He snatched his hand away but it kept spreading like a silver thread dividing and coiling and entwining and surrounding. Seized by dread he stood, intending to head for the gap in the low wall ... and was stopped by an invisible barrier. Fearful, he turned, took a step and came up against another one. It was solid and entirely transparent: shining his torch at it caused a faint ripple effect that quickly faded. Trying not to panic, he turned, pointing his torch, and saw an open area but before he could take a step he heard Chel speak urgently nearby: 'Gregori, as you value your life stay exactly where you are - don't move!'

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Shadow Of The Hegemon

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Orbit (2003)

SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON is the second volume in the new Ender series following ENDER'S SHADOW. Ender Wiggin and his fellow pupils at Battle School have defeated the alien forces in an extraordinary military operation. Ender's destiny among the stars awaits him, but for his young army it is time to return to Earth. One by one, however, they are disappearing. Earth faces a new danger, only this time the enemy is much closer to home. Compelling, compulsive reading, SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON is certain to thrill all fans of the original series, and attract a new generation of readers.

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Shadow Puppets

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Orbit (2002)

Orson Scott Card's award-winning Ender series is a genuine classic of science fiction. In SHADOW PUPPETS, the third book in the new series following ENDER'S SHADOW and SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, he follows the fates of Ender's fellow pupils from Battle School - now facing terrible new challenges, both personal and political. Manoeuvring through international politics and war, Peter Wiggin and Achilles are each determined to defeat the other and become Hegemon. When cloned embryos carrying Bean's brilliant intelligence fall into the hands of Achilles' people, the race to protect the world has only just begun ...

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Shadowrun: Choose Your Enemies Carefully

Author: Robert E Charrette

Publisher: Roc fantasy (1991)

The action of "Shadowrun" novels takes place in an altered near future earth where man meets magic and machine. This second novel in the trilogy continues where "Never Deal With a Dragon" leaves off.

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Skylark Duquesne

Author: E E Doc Smith

Publisher: Pyramid Books (1970)

Scientists Dick Seaton and Marc DuQuesne were the deadliest enemies in the galaxy. Their feud had blazed among the stars and challenged the history of a thousand planets. But now a threat from outside the galaxy drove them into a desperate alliance as hordes of strange aliens stormed through space on a collision course with Man. Seaton and DuQuesne fought side by side to fend off the invasion - as Seaton kept constant, perilous watch for DuQuesne's inevitable double-cross.

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Skylark Of Valeron

Author: E E Doc Smith

Publisher: Panther (1976)

As the mighty spaceship Skylark roamed the intergalactic spaceways, scientist Richard Seaton and his companions found a world of disembodied intelligences. A world of four dimensions where time was insanely distorted and matter obeyed no terrestrial laws - where three-dimensional human intellects had to fight hard to thwart malevolent invisible mentalities...

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Skylark Three

Author: E E Doc Smith

Publisher: Panther (1974)

Seaton and Crane return in this exciting sequel to "The Skylark of Space!" In Skylark Three, Seaton has developed a "Zone of Force" to protect his ship, the Skylark. But with the Zone up and running, he can no longer control his vessel. Can this new invention help them prevail against the Fenachronians, with their advanced technology...and their determination to conquer the galaxy, starting with the destruction of Earth? And what of DuQuesne and his villainous plans?

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Smoke

Author: Dan Vyleta

Publisher: Weidenfeld And Nicolson (2016)

IF SIN WERE VISIBLE… WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE LIKE? SMOKE opens in a private boarding school near Oxford, but history has not followed the path known to us. In this other past, sin appears as smoke on the body and soot on the clothes. Children are born carrying the seeds of evil within them. The ruling elite have learned to control their desires and contain their sin. They are spotless. It is within the closeted world of this school that the sons of the wealthy and well-connected are trained as future leaders. Among their number are two boys, Thomas and Charlie. On a trip to London, a forbidden city shrouded in smoke and darkness, the boys will witness an event that will make them question everything they have been told about the past. For there is more to the world of smoke, soot and ash than meets the eye and there are those who will stop at nothing to protect it...

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Snapshot

Author: Brandan Sanderson

Publisher: Gollancz (2018)

From New York Times #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery—until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse. The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.

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Solar Lottery

Author: Philip K Dick

Publisher: Legend (1990)

As faith in economic stability and the old social order crumbled, a new basis for society had to be found by the governments. Minimax supplied that need-a sort of elaborate solar lottery based on quiz games that spanned the nine planet system. A lottery that offered power and social status rather than consumer goods as its prize-with the ultimate prize being the post of Quizmaster himself. Yet even the Quizmaster had to fight off constant challengers and public assassins. The only real safety lay on the legendary tenth planet of the Sol System-that fabulous world beyond the known universe ...

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