The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age [Audiobook]
27 June 2013, 15:06
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 35 mins | 263.47MB
A brilliantly crafted collection of stories from celebrated science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem.
Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.
Playfully written, and ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Stanislaw Lem's vast talent and remarkable ability to blend meaning and magic into a wholly entertaining and captivating work.
Stand on Zanzibar [Audiobook]
06 May 2013, 15:54
2011 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 21 hrs 15 mins | 879.06MB
Norman Niblock House is a rising executive at General Technics, one of a few all-powerful corporations. His work is leading General Technics to the forefront of global domination, both in the marketplace and politically - it's about to take over a country in Africa. Donald Hogan is his roommate, a seemingly sheepish bookworm. But Hogan is a spy, and he's about to discover a breakthrough in genetic engineering that will change the world...and kill him.
These two men's lives weave through one of science-fiction's most praised novels. Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions and society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of our present time and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.
02 May 2013, 14:04
2009 | MP3@128 kbps | 18 hrs 01 min | 987.49MB
In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.
Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy.
Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.
Matter is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.
29 April 2013, 11:54
Audible Ltd | 2012 | ASIN: B008DDWTR8 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 48 mins | 809.11MB
Ian Macdonald's River of Gods, painted a vivid picture of a near future India, 100 years after independence. It revolutionised British science fiction for a new generation by taking a perspective that was not European or American. Brasyl will do the same for South America's largest and most vibrant country.
This is a story that begins in the favelas, the slums of Rio, and quickly expands to take in drugs, corruption, and a frightening new technology that allows access to all the multiple worlds that have slipped into existence in other planes every time we make a decision. This is rich, epic science fiction that opens our eyes to the world around us and posits mind-blowing alternative sciences. It is a landmark work in modern science fiction from one of its most respected practitioners.
The Aylesford Skull [Audiobook]
03 March 2013, 08:25
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00B5OWGKM | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 58 mins | 329.82MB
A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid's wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards an old museum. All while an eccentric inventor - he Sleeper - dreams of a passage to the centre of the hollow earth. And by dreaming, brings the passage into being...
Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches and murder, Katherine Perkins and her two cousins must descend into the depths of the hollow earth in order to return the Sleeper to his ancestral home on the shores of Lake Windermere. But to awaken him might mean the end of his dream, the closing of the Windermere Passage, leaving the three intrepid explorers marooned in a savage land forgotten by time itself.
Zeuglodon, set in the world envisioned in James P Blaylock's The Digging Leviathan, is a landscape of colour, mystery, and adventure, in which reality and fantasy are shifting currents, and nothing is quite what it seems to be.
James P Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk along with fellow writers and friends Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter. He has won the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Awards. Blaylock lives in Orange CA with his wife, they have two sons.
Tomorrow's Crimes [Audiobook]
03 March 2013, 08:17
DH Audio | 1994 | ISBN: 0886465060 | MP3@96 kbps | 6 hrs 02 mins | 252.38MB
The author of original and literate suspense novels, Westlake excels also at creating mystery adventures in science-fiction settings. The selections in this volume, nine short stories and a book-length story, Anarchaos , originally appeared in SF magazines.
Anarchy/chaos is the condition of society on the planet where Rolf Malone arrives from Earth after serving time for murder. While he lacks most human emotions, Rolf does love his brother Gar who was killed on Anarchaos, and he is bent on vegeance. Westlake conveys unbridled horror as the lone Earthling, though cunning and violent, is outnumbered by creatures of Hell, the city where events reach a climax. Both the novella and a much shorter cautionary tale, "Hydra," carry an implied warning about future life in a polluted world. Other entries relieve the grimness, displaying the author's sense of humor, particularly in a sendup of Hammett's fat man seeking the fabled bird and Poe's detective spotting the missing paper, "The Ultimate Caper: The Purloined Letter."
First off, I'm a HUGE audio book fan -- I've got seven shelves of them in my house and plan to continue collecting. Out of all of them, I truly enjoyed "Future Crimes" the most. The stories are very clever, yet engaging and easy to follow (a must for an audio format). Westlake combines imaginative visions of the future with very down-to-earth human perspectives, keeping the sci-fi elements of these tales from feeling unrealistic or confusing. The reader, Theodore Bikel, gives a captivating performance of each, drawing you into the little worlds Westlake creates with ease of an master hypnotist. Beyond the exceptionally good stories and wonderful performance, "Future Crimes" stacks up very favourably to other audio titles in that it can be fully enjoyed during your first listening, yet doesn't lose its charm on subsequent listens. Several of the other titles I have are either too complex to appreciate the first time out, or hinge so heavily on the "twist" at the end that there's little point in hearing them twice (which should be considered in light of the high cost of the audio book format). If you are at all a fan of sci-fi, mystery, or horror; I heartily recommend finding a place for "Future Crimes" on you bookshelf. If you as big a fan of the audio book format as I am, your sure to appreciate how well these tales utilize the format. And if you not yet a fan of audio books, this title may well make you one. Happy Listening! -- from Amazon's Customer Review
27 February 2013, 08:08
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B00761HJVO | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 45 mins | 268.93MB
In 1870s London, a city of contradictions and improbabilities, where living men are willing to risk all to steal a carp. Here, a night of bangers and ale at the local pub can result in an eternity at the Blood Pudding with the rest of the reanimated dead.
A dead man has been piloting a mysterious decaying airship across the foggy skies of the city for some years, arousing the interest of many: the Royal Society, a fraudulent evangelist named Shiloh, the vivisectionist Dr. Ignacio Narbondo and of course the scientist and explorer Professor Langdon St. Ives.
St. Ives and his friends of the Trismegistus Club are more concerned with the inheritance of Jack Owlesby, a fine young fellow affianced to Dorothy, the beautiful daughter of toymaker/inventor William Keeble, who builds jolly boxes for space aliens, oxygenators, and gigantic emeralds. Jack's late father bequeathed him just such a gem, but also left behind dark knowledge related to the evil Narbondo. St. Ives suspects that Narbondo and his assistant, are using this knowledge to raise the dead, possibly for nefarious purposes. When poor Bill Kraken steals what everyone assumes to be Owlesby's emerald in a fit of alien-induced madness, ambitions, greed and heroism collide turning Hampstead Heath into a carnival of flying skulls, crumbling ghouls and crashing spaceships.
This rip-roaring, highly entertaining steam punk classic is the second book in the Narbondo series, written by Blaylock, one of the literary pioneers of the Steampunk movement. Set in the same world, the series need not be read in order.
Kiln People [Audiobook]
25 July 2012, 15:10
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B008563QPW | MP3@64 kbps | 23 hrs 27 mins | 967.37 MB
In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of their decadent masters, life is cheap. No one knows that better than Albert Morris, a brash investigator with a knack for trouble, who has sent his own duplicates into deadly peril more times than he cares to remember. But when Morris takes on a ring of bootleggers making illegal copies of a famous actress, he stumbles upon a secret so explosive it has incited open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.
Dr. Yosil Maharal, a brilliant researcher in artificial intelligence, has suddenly vanished, just as he is on the verge of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough. Maharal's daughter, Ritu, believes he has been kidnapped - or worse. Aeneas Polom, a reclusive trillionaire who appears in public only through his high-priced platinum duplicates, offers Morris unlimited resources to locate Maharal before his awesome discovery falls into the wrong hands.To uncover the truth, Morris must enter a shadowy nightmare world of ghosts and golems where nothing -and no one - is what they seem, memory itself is suspect, and the line between life and death may no longer exist.
The Practice Effect [Audiobook]
25 July 2012, 14:52
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B008563MK6 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 16 mins | 336.17 MB
Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds - alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own - with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.
25 July 2012, 14:40
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B008COYAH0 | MP3@64 kbps | 32 hrs 30 mins | 890.8 MB
Best-selling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.
Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact". Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer - a message in a bottle, an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.