By Charles Stross
Brought to readers within the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a mystery British executive company charged with fighting darkish interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in "Overtime," the Laundry is on a skeleton employees for Christmas—leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands among the realm and annihilation by means of the article That Comes Down Chimneys. Written specifically for Tor.com's vacation season, Charles Stross's novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award. Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning writer of a few of the main acclaimed novels and tales of the final ten years, together with Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Halting nation, the "Merchant Princes" sequence starting with The kinfolk exchange, and the tale collections Toast and instant
By Richelle Mead
By way of jobs in hell, being a succubus turns out beautiful glamorous. a woman should be something she desires, the cloth cabinet is killer, and mortal males will do whatever only for a slightly. Granted, they typically pay with their souls, yet why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's lifestyles is much much less unique. at the least there's her day activity at an area bookstore--free books; the entire white chocolate mochas she will drink; and simple entry to bestselling, attractive author, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She may supply whatever to the touch yet Can't.
But dreaming approximately Seth should wait. whatever depraved is at paintings in Seattle's demon underground. And for as soon as, all of her scorching charms and drop-dead one-liners won't aid simply because Georgina's approximately to find there are a few creatures available in the market that either heaven and hell are looking to deny. . .
By James Lovegrove
The date is four Jaguar 1 Monkey 1 apartment; November twenty fifth 2012, by way of the outdated reckoning. The Aztec Empire ideas the area, within the identify of Quetzalcoatl – the Feathered Serpent – and his brother gods.
The Aztec reign is certainly one of merciless and ruthless oppression, fuelled through typical human sacrifice. within the jungle-infested urban of London, one guy defies them: the masked vigilante referred to as the Conquistador.
Then the Conquistador is recruited to spearhead an rebellion, and discovers the poor fact in regards to the Aztecs and their gods. The clock is ticking. Apocalypse looms, until the Conquistador may help assassinate the mysterious, immortal Aztec emperor, the nice Speaker. yet his project is advanced via Mal Vaughn, a police detective who's on his path, made up our minds to carry him to justice.
By Chris Bunch
Peirol of the Marshlands is a touring gem service provider. however the jewels he seeks are the gemstones of darkness, the dear stones that males -- and demons -- have fought and died over. Now, he's on a quest for the final word jewel: the Empire Stone, a gem so robust it's going to provide its proprietor the harmful skill to manage others. touring a long way past the recognized global to a urban torn through earthquake and hearth, he'll locate the Empire Stone -- and unharness its hellish strength
By Tom Kratman
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Five hundred years from now, humankind has chanced on a hyperlink to a remarkably Earth-like planet and settled there, dividing –as people will -- into dozens of geographical regions. The Federated States of Columbia has consolidated energy and risen opposed to the oppression of Earth's corrupt Caliphate. but if Salafi madmen bent on a brand new jihad kill FSC Captain Patrick Hennessey's kinfolk in a cowardly assault, they convey an enemy that may express even much less mercy than they do.
A mythical warrior is born: Carrera, the scourge of Salafism. he'll forge a military from the decrepit is still of an army in a failing kingdom. He will locate those that killed his kinfolk. he'll smash them totally. And he'll test like hell not to develop into precisely just like the enemy he's combating.
in simple terms while he's accomplished will there be peace: the peace of an empty wind because it blows throughout a wasteland strewn with the bones of Carrera's enemies.
By Aaron Allston
Leader of country Natasi Daala has been overthrown, and the Jedi Order has taken keep watch over of the Galactic Alliance. yet whereas the recent governors dismantle Daala’s draconian regime, forces nonetheless unswerving to the deposed respectable are mobilizing a counterstrike. or even the Jedi’s new authority is probably not adequate to save lots of Tahiri Veila, the previous Jedi Knight and onetime Sith apprentice convicted of treason for the killing of Galactic Alliance officer Gilad Pellaeon.
Meanwhile, Luke and Ben Skywalker are relentlessly pursuing Abeloth, the strong dark-side entity bent on ruling the galaxy. yet as they nook their big quarry on the earth Nam Chorios, the 2 lone Jedi also needs to face the fury of the Sith loss of life squadron bearing down on them. And whilst Abeloth turns the tables with an insidious ambush, the Skywalkers’ quest threatens to develop into a suicide venture.
By Philip K. Dick
In 2203 an individual can develop into the ruler of the sunlight procedure. There are not any elections, no interviews, no must haves whatsoever—it all comes all the way down to the random turns of a big wheel. but if a brand new Quizmaster takes over, the previous one nonetheless retains a few rights, particularly the precise to rent an endless flow of assassins to try to kill the recent leader.
In the wake of the latest swap in management, staff of the previous ruler scurry to discover an murderer who can get earlier telepathic guards. but if one worker switches facets, troubling evidence in regards to the lottery method come to gentle, and it simply may not be attainable for someone to win.
By Susan Schneider
"Science Fiction and Philosophy brings components jointly and right into a discussion: philosophy holds the fantasmatic delight in technology fiction to account for its illusions and outstanding chances whereas technology fiction reminds philosophy that each one cause and no play makes idea a truly boring factor certainly. confidently, this quantity will locate its manner into the arms of these who desire to realize anything in regards to the hugely technological world-view and horizon of which means of our present epoch." (Discover journal, November 2010)"Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time go back and forth to Superintelligence (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009), Schneider mines time shuttle, man made intelligence, robotic rights, teleportation, and genetic amendment to debate the character of area and time, unfastened will, transhumanism, the self, neuroethics, and reality." (Discover, December 2010)
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By Philip K. Dick
Chuck Rittersdorf est programmeur de simulacre pour le compte de l. a. CIA, un travail médiocre et répétitif dont il s'accommode parfaitement. Ce n'est cependant pas le cas de sa femme, Mary, une brillante psychologue qui a décidé que son mari devait business enterprise ses skills créatifs à de meilleures fins. Hélas, sa demande de divorce ne produit pas sur Chuck l'électrochoc espéré, initiant au contraire une longue et pénible déchéance qui le mène au bord du suicide. Sur le aspect de commettre l'irréparable, le programmeur start alors à entrevoir l. a. vérité: et si tout cela n'était que los angeles partie émergée d'un bad complot? Quels liens existent entre l. a. CIA, Mary, un fongus ganymédien, et les terribles clans de l. a. lune alphane?
By Paul Kozerski
Trennt was once a courier for the U.S. executive ahead of sun convulsions and seismic upheavals wrecked havoc at the Earth's vegetation and the soundness of governments around the world. Now Trennt has a brand new project: to carry samples and records again from a mystery undertaking in Wyoming that holds the major to the recovery of the us yet a perilous govt faction stands in his way…