Sci Fi - Masterworks Titles 1999
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New Sci Fi - Masterworks Titles 1999
The Drowned World
J.G. Ballard The Drowned World Pbk published September 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-883-3
In the 2lst century, fluctuations in solar radiation have caused the ice-caps to melt and the seas to rise. Global temperatures have climbed, and civilization has retreated to the Arctic and Antarctic circles. London is a city now inundated by a primeval swamp, to which an expedition travels to record the flora and fauna of this new Triassic Age.
'There are those (I am among them) who would back Ballard as Britain's number one living novelist' John Sutherland, Sunday Times
'This novel, with its brilliant descriptions of an inundated London and an ecology reverting to the Triassic, gained Ballard acceptance as a major author'
'Ballard is one of the brightest stars in post-war fiction. This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad' Kingsley Amis
'Powerful and beautiful and clear... Ballard's potent symbols of beauty and dismay inundate the reader's mind. It's most haunting' Brian Aldiss
'The originality and appropriateness of his vision continue to ensure his standing as one of the most important writers ever to have emerged from SF' The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction

About The Author
J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, China where his father was a businessman. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ballard and his family were placed in a civilian prison camp. They returned to England in 1946. After two years at Cambridge, where he read medicine, Ballard worked as a copywriter and Covent Garden porter before going to Canada with the RAF. It was here that Ballard became interested in SF. He started writing short stories in the late 1950s, while working on a scientific journal. The Drowned World (1962) was his first major novel. Ballard continued to write SF throughout the 1960s and 1970s, publishing perhaps his most controversial work, Crash, in 1973. In 1984, he wrote Empire of the Sun, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg.

Alfred Bester The Demolished Man Pbk published July 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1857988221
See Review by Jay Russell - one of the greatest talents the horror industry has produced for some time… (Black Tears)
In a world in which the police have telepathic powers, how do you get away with murder?
Ben Reich heads a huge 24th century business empire, spanning the solar system. He is also an obsessed, driven man determined to murder a rival. To avoid capture, in a society where murderers can be detected even before they commit their crime, is the greatest challenge of his life.
MASTERWORKS is a library of the greatest SF ever written, chosen with the help of today's leading SF writers and editors. These books show that genuinely innovative SF is as exciting today as when it was first written.
'An amazing list - genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF' lain M. Banks

'Bester's two superb books have stood the test of time. For nearly fifty years they have held their place on everybody's list of the ten greatest science-fiction novels." Robert Silverberg
'From the opening nightmare to the nightmarish conclusion, The Demolished Man pulls you along with a runaway freight train of a plot and Bester's trademark classy-yet-crazed prose. Wordgames abound. A cool cop hunts a beguilingly mad bad-guy across the EEG landscape of a psychic twenty-fourth century. Pulp fiction meets literature in a giddying fusion of wonder and excess, and yet, in the Demolition scene towards the end, The Demolished Man also contains what has to be one of the scariest and most haunting passages in all of SF" James Lovegrove
'"It is the pace, the staccato style, the passion and the pyrotechnics that make the novel extraordinary. The future society is evoked in marvellously hard-edged details; the hero is a driven, resourceful man whose obsessions are explained in Freudian terms that might seem too glib if they were given straight, but are evoked with the same New Yorker's painful, ironic scepticism that informs the whole novel.' Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

About The Author
A scriptwriter and journalist by profession, Alfred Bester (1913-87) set the science fiction field alight in the 1950s with two novels, The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination, and a succession of extraordinary short stories. His work was an inspiration both to the SF New Wave of the 1960s and the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s.

Stand on Zanzibar
John Brunner Stand on Zanzibar Pbk published August 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-836-1
There are seven billion-plus humans crowding the surface of 21st century Earth. It is an age of intelligent computers, mass-market psychedelic drugs, politics conducted by assassination, scientists who burn incense to appease volcanoes ... all the hysteria of a dangerously overcrowded world, portrayed in a dazzlingly inventive style.
'Brunner was an angry man, angry at injustice and cupidity and cynicism - and this desperate novel, along with its companion The Sheep Look Up, was meant to be a wake-up call to a world slumbering in the opium dream of consumerism; in the hazy certainty that we humans were in charge of nature.'
'Science fiction is not about predicting the future; it’s about elucidating the present and the past. Brunner's 1968 nightmare is crystallizing around us, in ways he could not have foreseen then.'
'If the right people had read this book, and acted in accordance with its precepts and spirit, our world would not be in such precarious shape today. Maybe it's time for a new generation to read it' Joe Haldeman
'An enormously ambitious novel... still one of the mightiest chunks of 'future reality' which any SF writer has given us to chew over' Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels
'The resulting vision has a cumulative, sometimes overpowering effect' The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction
'An interesting experiment, because it marks a stage along the road, midway between pulp and social commentary' Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree
'A well conceived book - a satisfyingly complete vision' Mike Harrison, New Worlds
'The first true science fiction novel' Judith Merril, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
'Takes your breath away. It is beyond detailed quibble' Algis Budrys, Galaxy
'Stand on Zanzibar is a brilliant and dangerous book' Norman Spinrad, Amazing Stories

About The Author
John Brunner was born in 1934. His first novel (Galactic Storm) was published in 1951 under the house name of Gill Hunt. In 1953 he sold his first story to Astounding Science Fiction as John Loxmith. With the sale of Threshold of Eternity (1959) and The Hundredth Millennium (1959) to Ace Rooks in the US, he took up writing full time both under his own name and as Keith Woodcott. During the next six years he managed to write an astonishing 27 novels for Ace along with work for other publishers. As the 1960s progressed, Brunner's stories became more ambitious and experimental, culminating in Stand on Zanzibar in 1968 This was to win the Hugo award in 1968, the British Science Fiction Award in 1970 and the French Prix Apollo in 1973. His next three major novels (The Jagged Orbit (1969), The Sheep Look Up (1972) and The Shockwave Rider (1975)) explored different dystopian futures, making the four books a series of sorts. During the 1970s his health suffered and this slowed down his output subsequently. He died in 1995 while attending the World Science Fiction Convention at Glasgow.

Philip K. Dick A Scanner Darkly Pbk published October 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-847-7
Substance D - otherwise known as Death - is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorientation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user...
'Explores the implications of drug-taking with an almost hallucinated vehemence' the Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction
'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac'

About The Author
Philip K. Dick was born in the USA in 1928. His twin Sister Jan, died in infancy. He starred his writing career publishing short stories in magazines. The first of these was Beyond Lies the Wub in 1952. While publishing SF prolifically during the fifties, Dick also wrote a series of mainstream novels, only one of which, Confessions of a Crap Artist, achieved publication during his lifetime. These included titles such as Mary and the Giant and In Milton Lumky Territory. During the 1960s Dick produced an extraordinary succession of novels, including The Man in the High Castle, which won a Hugo award, Martian Time-slip, Dr. Bloodmoney, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?and UBIK. In the 1970s, Dick started to concern himself more directly with metaphysical and theological issues, experiencing a moment of revelation _ or breakdown _ March 1974 which became the basis for much of his subsequent writing, in particular Valis, as he strove to make sense of what had happened. He died in 1982, a few weeks before the film Blade Runner opened and introduced his vision to a wider audience.

The Forever War
Joe Haldeman The Forever War Pbk published January 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-808-6
Private William Mandella is a reluctant hero, drafted into an elite military unit to fight in a distant interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy. Mandella will perform his duties and, as he survives, rise through the ranks, but his greatest test will come when he returns to Earth. Because of the effects of relativity, every time he comes home after a few months' tour of duty, centuries have gone by on Earth, making him and his fellows ever more isolated from the world for whose future they are fighting.
Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Award as best SF novel of the year.
Joe Haldeman was born in the USA in 1943. At college he studied physics and astronomy. He then served as a combat engineer in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 He was severely wounded during the war and received a Purple Heart. Haldeman's first SF story was 'Out of Phase', published in 1969. The Forever War was published in 1974 and became a huge success, winning both a Nebula award in 1975 and a Hugo in I976. He wrote two other novels in the 1970s, Mindbridge and All My Sins Remembered, before starting the Worlds sequence in 1981. A novella version of the Hemingway Hoax (1990) Won both Nebula and Hugo awards in '90 and '91 respectively. More recent titles include None So Blind and 1968. Haldeman now combines his writing career with a position as adjunct professor teaching writing at MIT. His latest novel, Forever Peace, won the 1998 Hugo award, and will be published in 1999 by Millennium. He is presently working on a sequel to The Forever War, entitled Forever Free.
SF MASTERWORKS is a library of the greatest SF ever written, chosen with the help of today's leading SF writers and editors.
'An amazing list - genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF' Iain M.Banks

'I first read this twenty years ago, and have never forgotten the wonder and fury it kindled at the time. Anyone who talks about the glory of war has obviously never read it. A beautifully detailed and intensely personal account of a conflict which lasts for over a thousand years, as told by the one grunt who lives through it all. Only a writer as skilful as Haldeman could use war's dark glamour to lure the reader in and then deploy that same fascination to show the effect of this orchestrated barbarism on the human soul. A book about corruption, atrocity, hope, stupidity, and triumph. Throw in faultless advanced military technology, fascinating aliens, and a dangerously believable future Earth, and you have a book that's near perfect.' Peter F. Hamilton
'[The Forever War] deserved a Pulitzer, for it is to the Vietnam War what Catch-22 was to World War II, the definitive, bleakly comic satire' Thomas M. Disch
'An almost polemical work, frighteningly convincing in its descriptions of future military technology. The novel is both a product of a particular historical moment and a work of contemporary relevance' Waterstone's Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
'A vastly entertaining trip' The New York Times
'His prose is as clear and engaging as his ideas' The New York Times Book Review
'Among the best ... The Forever War has all the authenticity of a good war novel - the dialogue, people, training and barracks mentality' Newsday
'An engrossing, poignant epic... Mandella is one of the most memorable characters science fiction has ever produced' San Francisco Examiner
'A brilliant novel' Booklist

Ursula,K. Le Guin The Dispossessed Pbk published August 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-882-5
The Principle of Simultaneity will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres.
Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres's sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.

'Le Guin is a writer of phenomena power. She sets up enormous challenges and meets them fully; she invites, as Tolkien does, total belief' Observer 'A firmamental sincerity and the solid fuel of a first-rate narrative' Observer
'A well-told tale signifying a good deal; one to be read again and again' The Times
'Miss Le Guin writes tellingly of the different kinds of society... and of the individual's response to them' Daily Telegraph
'Embodies the most thoroughgoing utopian vision in modern sf’ Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels
'A deeply imagined work of art' The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction

About The Author
Ursula K. Le Guin was born in 1929 into an academic household - her father, A. L. Kroeber, was an eminent anthropologist, while her mother, Theodora Kroeber, was a writer. She herself obtained a Masters degree in Romance Literature following her undergraduate degree. Her first story was published in Fantastic magazine in 1962. Her first novel was Rocannon’s World (1966), set in her Hainish universe. Her fourth novel, The Left Hand of Darkness was critically acclaimed and won both the Nebula Award (in 1969) and the Hugo Award (1970). She repeated this feat with The Dispossessed (1974)· Between these two books she wrote The Lathe of Heaven (1971), Which was adapted for television in America, and the Earthsea Trilogy (A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1971) and The Farthest Shore (1972)), a fantasy originally written for children. In 1985 Le Guin published the ambitious Always Coming Home. She returned to the world of Earthsea with her novel Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea (1990). As well as writing SF, she has written SF criticism; she received the Pilgrim Award for her critical work in 1989.

I Am Legend
Richard Matheson I Am Legend Pbk published January 99 by Millenium at £6.99
Robert Neville is the last living man on earth ... but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive like this?
I Am Legend already exists in two film versions (starring Vincent Price and Charlton Heston), with a third version, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in pre-production.
Richard Matheson was born in 1926. He began publishing SF with his short story 'Born of Man and Woman' which appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950 I Am Legend was published in 1954 and subsequently filmed as The Omega Man , starring Charlton Heston. Matheson wrote the script for the film The Incredible Shrinking Man , an adaptation of his second SF novel The Shrinking Man (published in 1956). The film won a Hugo award in 1958. He wrote many screenplays (e.g. The Fall of the House of Usher) as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. He continued to write short stories and novels, some of which formed the basis for film scripts, including Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971. Further SF short stories were collected in The Shores of Space (1957) and Shock! (1961). His other novels include Hell House (1971) (filmed as The Legend of Hell House in 1973), Bid Time Return (1975), Earthbound (1982) and Journal of the Gun Years (1991). A film of his novel What Dreams May Come (1978) was released in 1998, starring Robin Williams. A collection of his stories from the 1950s and 1960s was released in 1989 as Richard Matheson: Collected Stories.
SF Masterworks is a collection of the greatest SF written, books which show that genuinely innovative writing is as exciting today as when first written. Millennium asked top contemporary writers to nominate their all-time favourites. The series was compiled with the help of recommendations from such names as Stephen Baxter, Greg Bear, Arthur C Clarke, Peter F.Hamilton, Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett and Kim Stanley Robinson among many others.

'I Am Legend is a thoughtful, meditative exploration of solitude and despair. It also pulls off that difficult trick of successfully marrying two genres, in this case Horror and SF. It is, by turns, scary, thrilling, tragic, witty, and - ultimately - uplifting.' James Lovegrove
'One of the most important writers of the twentieth century' Ray Bradbury
'The author who influenced me most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Books like I Am Legend were an inspiration to me' Stephen King
'A long time ago I read I Am Legend and I started writing horror about the same time. Been at it ever since. Matheson inspires, it's as simple as that' Brian Lumley
'I Am Legend (one man against a world of vampires) is, in its obsessive images of persecution, perhaps the very peak of all paranoid sf' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Michael Moorcock Behold the Man Pbk published November 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-848-5
Meet Karl Glogauer, time traveller and unlikely Messiah. When he finds himself in Palestine in the year 29AD he is shocked to meet the man known as Jesus Christ - a drooling idiot, hiding in the shadows of the carpenter's shop in Nazareth. But if he is not capable of fulfilling his historical role, then who will take his place?
'Glogauer is as eloquent an ambivalent figure as SF has coined, swimming through self-doubt and illusion to the core of religious belief. This is the most accessible of Moorcock's best work'. Gregory Benford
'The Time Machine as Wells would never have dreamed it ... In its psychological portrait of Glogauer, Behold the Man is a superbly written mainstream novel concerned with how character is determined by event and vice versa’ Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree
'He is so easily able to move from contemporary realism to futuristic fantasy; both worlds share the colour of dreams and follow an imagination that conceives the world in symbolic terms ... (he has) a mythic, romantic sense of life' Peter Ackroyd, The Times
'Can gleefully give you all the formulae of every kind of story there ever was, because he's tried and tested all of them ... the master story-teller of our time' Angela Carter
'Here is a writer of rare talent who has stumbled on an idea so dangerous and brilliant that scarcely any living writer could do justice to it' Guardian
'Writes like an angel. A mod, apocalyptic angel' Daily Telegraph
'One of the most original authors of our time' Sunday Telegraph
'Exhilarating and disturbing' Observer
'Brilliant, fantastic talent!' Sunday Times
'A great novelist ...original and ambitious ...resolutely British' The Modern Review

About The Author
Michael Moorcock was born in London in 1939. He started writing at a young age, producing a variety of fanzines during his teenage years. After leaving school he began contribute stories to Tarzan Adventurer, a magazine that he went on to edit briefly from 1957-8. By the early 60s he was writing for SF Adventures and Science Fantasy. These stories were the first to feature his most well known character, Elric of Melnibone. His first novel, The Sundered Worlds, was published in 1965. In 1967, his novella Behold the Man won the Nebula Award. By the late 60s he had become quite prolific, often producing several novels a year. He combined his writing with the editing of New Worlds, a SF and fantasy magazine which under his reign was to become hugely influential, publishing stories by many of SF's more literary writers such as Brian Aldiss, Samuel Delany, Thomas Disch and M. John Harrison. When the magazine ceased publication, he continued to edit a series of anthologies by the same name until 1976. His novel The Condition of Muzak won the Guardian Fiction Award, and Mother London was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. As well as his fiction, he has also written a study of fantasy called Wizardry and Wild Romance (1987).
He has written for and performed with the rock groups Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult, scripted films and an interactive live-action computer game. He and his wife Linda divide their time between Austin, Texas, London and the Mediterranean.

Frederik Pohl Gateway Pbk published June 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1857988183
Winner or the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the John W.Campbell Award.
Gateway: an artificial spaceport, full of working interstellar ships left behind by the mysterious, vanished Heechee. They are easy to operate, but impossible to control. Some come back with discoveries which make their intrepid pilots rich; others return with their remains barely identifiable. It is the ultimate game of Russian roulette, but in this resource-starved future there is no shortage of desperate volunteers. MASTERWORKS is a library of the greatest SF ever written, chosen with the help of today's leading SF writers and editors. These books show that genuinely innovative SF is as exciting today as when it was first written.
'An amazing list - genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF' Iain M.Banks
A professional SF writer and editor for nearly 50 years. Frederik Pohl first achieved fame for the series of novels he wrote in the 1950's in collaboration with C.M. Kornbluth, notably The Space Merchants and Wolfbane. He grew up in New York, but now lives near Chicago.

'This novel has all the elements for a great read: humour, drama, tragedy, great one-liners, a marvellously quirky central character and a great supporting character in the form of a robotic psychologist' Garry Kilworth
'Frederik Pohl, one of the old pros of the genre, never takes unnecessary risks. For him, science fiction is a form of play - an excusable indulgence since he plays it so much better than most people. His new novel is based on a wonderfully satisfying SF premise' New York Times Book Review
'The plot combines mystery and adventure with an excellent profile of a very lucky anti-hero. An outstanding work which is highly recommended.' Library Journal
'Pohl has indicated that he feels this is his best book to date, and I agree with him.' Analog Magazine
'Major Pohl and one of the season's more worthwhile events.' Kirkus Reviews
'Pohl neatly combines two narratives -- one outer space, one inner space, both fascinating... ; makes for compulsive reading." Chicago Daily News
'When an author of the stature of Frederik Pohl says that his new novel Gateway is the best thing he has ever written, it deserves careful attention ... Get this one." Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

About The Author
Frederik Pohl was born in 1919. He was a member of the New York SF group, The Futurians, and much of his early work was written with other members (such as C. M. Kornbluth) under pseudonyms. Many of these stories were published in Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories while Pohl was editing both magazines from 1940-1943. After World War Two he became a literary agent, representing most of the major names in SF at the time. He started publishing under his own name in 1953, when he wrote The Space Merchants with Kornbluth. Pohl continued to publish under a variety of names while he was working at Galaxy Science fiction and If. He was editor of both magazines from 1961 to 1969, and during this period, If won three Hugos for Best Magazine (1966-68). Pohl's many short stories were collected and published in a series of books starting with Alternating Currents (1956). He continued to work with Kornbluth; novels from this period include Search the Sky (1954), Gladiator-at-Law (1955) and Wolfbane (1959). Pohl took up full time writing in mid 1969. His navel Man Plus (1976) won the Nebula award and the following year Gateway won the Hugo, the Nebula and the John W Campbell Award. From 1974 to 1976, Pohl was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. One of the most cosmopolitan and widely-travelled of SF writers, he was president of World SF from 1980 to 1982.

New" Robert Silverberg The Book of Skulls Pbk published December 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-914-7
Four students discover a manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which reveals the existence of a sect, now living in the Arizona desert, whose members can offer immortality to those who can complete its initiation rite. To their surprise, they discover that the sect survives, and is willing to accept them as acolytes. But for each group of four who enter the rite, two must die in order for the others to succeed.
'Buy it at once and read it repeatedly… it's so unobtrusively, flawlessly written that even at its most puzzling it comes as perilously close to poetic beauty as any contemporary SF novel I've ever read' James Blish
'Could be his finest book so far' Greg Bear

About The Author
Robert Silverberg was born in 1935. He began to write while studying for his BA. By 1956 he was publishing prolifically and he was given the Hugo Award for Most Promising New Author in that year. For the next three years Silverberg turned out short stories under numerous pseudonyms for Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Science Fiction Adventures and Super-Science Fiction. While continuing a prodigious output of SF novels (usually re-written short stories), Silverberg branched out into non fiction during the 60's with such titles as The Golden Dream (1967) and Mound-Builders of Ancient America (1968). In the late 60's Silverberg started writing more stylized and intense work, such as Thorns (1967) and The Man in the Maze (1969). A Time of Changes (1971) won the Nebula Award, as did several of his novellas. He was awarded a Hugo in 1969 for the novella Nightwings which was later expanded into a novel of the same name. Having written solidly for so long, Silverberg quit for four years after Shadrach in the Furnace (1976), disenchanted and exhausted. He resumed his work with Lord Valentine's Castle (1980) and has continued to write ever since. Throughout his career he has also contributed to the field of SF with the many original anthologies he has compiled. The most highly regarded of these was New Dimensions, which ran to 12 volumes, finally finishing in 1981.

The Rediscovery of Man
Cordwainer Smith The Rediscovery of Man Pbk published June 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1857988191
The strangest future imagined by any SF writer... An interstellar empire ruled by the Lords of the Instrumentality, whose access to the drug stroon from the planet Norstrilia confers on them virtual immortality. A future in which wealthy humanity is served by the underpeople, genetically engineered animals turned into the semblance of people. A future in which great ships sail the stars. A future of wonder and myth, and extraordinary imagination.
MASTERWORKS is a library of the greatest SF ever written, chosen with the help of today's leading SF writers and editors. These books show that genuinely innovative SF is as exciting today as when it was first written.
'An amazing list - genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF' Iain M.Banks

'Smith's Instrumentality is the most complex and lyrical of all future histories, redolent with future antiquity. It is a history of a mankind transformed, oddly convincingly, by a relentless series of changes - war, genetic engineering, interstellar travel; immortality - and Smith's remarkable, rich prose gives shivery hints of a darkly imagined universe extending far beyond the boundaries of the stories. Lush, strange, unique, a treasure.' Stephen Baxter
'Cordwainer Smith's stories were an amazement to me when I first read them. Forty years later, they still are ... exuberant language, brilliant invention and hallucinatory imagery' Ursula le Guin
'The eerie and distinctive science-fictional cosmos that Cordwainer Smith created in these strange stories has never been matched for visionary intensity and narrative power.' Robert Silverberg
'Read this. Cordwainer Smith is timeless.' Terry Pratchett
'Cordwainer Smith made wonderlands. And he made us believe they could be real.' Frederik Pohl

About The Author
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-66), who wrote science fiction as Cordwainer Smith, had a Ph.D in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and was able to speak six languages by the age of 23. He spent part of his childhood in China, and was the godson of Prime Minister Sun Yat-Sen. He served in the American Army Intelligence Corps in China during World War II and was later an advisor to the British Forces in Malaya. His book Psychological Warfare (1948) was for many years a standard text. He was Professor of Asiatic Politics at Johns Hopkins, and a leading member of the American Foreign Policy Association, as well, as being an advisor to President Kennedy. Linebarger published his first SF story at the age of 15, and wrote novels under two other pseudonyms. His first Cordwainer Smith story, 'Scanners Live in Vain' appeared in 1950, and immediately made his reputation. His sparse but regular output of science fiction consisted chiefly of short stories, the best of which are collected in this volume, and one novel, Norstrilia.

Olaf Stapledon Star Maker Pbk published November 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-807-8
One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun.
Even Stapledon’s other great work, Last and First Men, pales in ambition next to Star Maker, which is nothing less than a history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.

'There is nothing else in all of literature quite like Stapledon's two cosmological novels. Every few pages contain all the material of an ordinary science fiction novel, condensed to something like prose poetry; and their profound view of our place in the scheme of things is a joy to experience.' Kim Stanley Robinson
'A prodigious novel' Jorge Luis Borges
'It is magnificent. It is almost unbearable' Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree
'Olaf Stapledon was one of the most creative thinkers of our time. His influence on philosophy and science fiction is incalculable' Greg Bear
'His future scenarios still remain awe-inspiring' Arthur C. Clarke
'The visionary fantasies of Olaf Stapledon are an overflowing fountain of dazzling speculative ideas. In forty years of reading science fiction I've never encountered anything to match the range and fertility of his universe-roving mind' Robert Silverberg
'Stapledon's literary imagination was almost boundless' Jorge Luis Borges
'There has been no writer remotely like Stapledon and there is no one like him now' Doris Lessing
'It seems to me that you are grasping ideas that I have tried to express, much more fumblingly, in fiction. But you have gone much further, and I can't help envying you as one does those who reach what one has aimed at' Virginia Woolf (letter to Olaf Stapledon after reading Star Maker)
'His influence, both direct and indirect, on the development of many concepts which now permeate genre science fiction is probably second only to that of H. G. Wells' Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction

About The Author
Olaf Stapledon was born in 1886 near Liverpool. After going to Balliol College, Oxford, he started work in the family shipping office in Port Said. This experience, along with his time spent during World War I as a member of the Friends' Ambulance Unit, was to influence his ideas on 'true community' and pacifism. In 1914 he had a small book of verse published called Latter Day Psalms. In 1925 he took a doctorate in Philosophy at Liverpool University and in 1929 his first non-fiction work, A Modern Theory of Ethics, was published. This was followed in 1930 by his first novel, Last and First Men, which was a critical success, praised by such contemporaries as Arnold Bennett and J. B. Priestley. He had never heard of 'science fiction' and later was quite surprised to find that both Last and First Men and Star Maker (1937) were held in such regard by SF writers and fans. He continued to write and lecture until his death in 1950.

Jack Vance Emphyrio Pbk published October 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-885-X
Far in the future, the craftsmen of the planet Halma create goods which, unknown to them, are the wonder of the galaxy, Their society is harshly regimented - any use of machinery is punishable by death - and its religion is unforgiving. When Amiante Tarvoke is executed for processing old documents with a camera, his son Ghyl rebels, and decides to bring down the system. But first he must interpret the ancient story of the legendary hero Emphyrio.
'All Vance's novels have exotic locales and cultures, resourceful heroes, and vigorous action, but in Emphyrio they are raised to the pitch of perfection, making the novel a tremendous pleasure to read, and giving it also a mysterious beauty' Kim Stanley Robinson
'Mr. Vance has written a fine book. Reading Emphyrio is like looking at the world through the wrong end of a telescope… and this combination of strange things seeming familiar and familiar things suddenly becoming strange is the oddest and the finest in the world… I really cannot do it justice. Mr. Vance knows about childhood, grief, love, social structure, idealism, and loss, but none of these breaks the perfect surface of the hook; everything is cool, funny, and recognisable while at the same time everything is melancholy, real, and indescribably strange.' Joanna Russ, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
'Jack Vance is our greatest living SF writer, and Emphyrio is one of his very best books, a magical tour de force of mystery, marvel, invention, incident, world building, and wordplay. But be warned: reading Vance is addictive' George R. K. Martin
'Jack Vance has been for half a century central to both sf and fantasy. He has a genius of place’ Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction
'Nobody… paints the kind of pictures or worlds and societies that Jack Vance does' P. Schuyler Miller, Analog

About The Author
Jack Vance is the version of his name used by John Holbrook Vance. Vance was born in 1916 in the US. He studied engineering, physics and journalism at the University of California. During WWII he served in the Merchant Navy and was torpedoed twice. He wrote his first SF story during the war, and published it in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1945· For the rest of the forties and early fifties he published a considerable amount of short fiction in the pulp magazines. His first novel, The Dying Earth (1950) was influenced heavily by the work of Clark Ashton Smith. Vance has continued to write of increasingly elaborate and highly individual worlds ever since. His first SF award was a Hugo for the novella The Dragon Masters, published in 1963 The Last Castle (1966) was to win both a Nebula and a Hugo in 1966 and 1967 respectively. The most notable of his sequences have been the 'Demon Princes' series (published between 1964 and 1981), the 'Alastor' sequence (1973-'978) and more recently, the Lyonesse stories, the third of which, Madouc, won the World Fantasy Award in 1990. Vance has also written several detective novels, one of which, The Man in the Cage (1960) won an Edgar Award. Given his large body of work, it is not surprising that Vance has received both the World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement award (1984) and the Grand Master Nebula for Lifetime Achievement (1996).

Kurt Vonnegut The Sirens of Titan Pbk published September 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-884-1
When Winston Niles Rumfoord flies his spacecraft into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he is converted into pure energy, and only materializes when his waveforms intercept Earth or some other planet. As a result, he only gets home to Newport, Rhode Island, once every 59 days, and then only for an hour. But at least, as a consolation, he now knows everything that has ever happened or that will ever happen.
'A work of great scope and staggering originality ... It's an experience not to be missed' Books and Bookmen
'Here's a classic, ripe with wit and eloquence and a cascade of inventiveness. Alpha plus.' Brian Aldiss
'A very funny novel about the Meaningless Of It All' David Pringle, Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels
'He is doing something unique to genre science fiction... there is nothing at all comparable outside the field' TLS
'Will support Kingsley Amis's fight to win recognition for Science Fiction as a serious art form. In the midst of much wildly funny invention the hook carries a genuine satirical criticism of humanity's nastier habits' Sunday Times
'A fine and complex satire about the folly of mistaking good luck for the favour of God' The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction

About The Author
Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis. He studied biochemistry and anthropology at Cornell University, but his education was interrupted by the Second World War. He was a PoW in Dresden during the infamous firebombing of the city. Upon return to the US, he started writing, publishing his first SF story in 1950. Player Piano was his first SF novel, published in 1952. He gained popularity during the 1960s with novels such as God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965). After publishing his novel Hocus Pocus in 1990, he retired as a writer, declaring that he had nothing more to say - that is until 1997 when he wrote Timequake.

The Time Machine
New" H.G. Wells The Time Machine Pbk published December 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-887-6
and The War of the Worlds
Wells's two masterpieces are still the definitive treatments of the themes of time travel and alien invasion.
In The Time Machine Wells's Time Traveller journeys to the world of 802,701 AD, where humanity has divided into the effete, beautiful Eloi and the brutal subterranean Morlocks. In The War of the Worlds, the Martians - intellects 'vast and cool and unsympathetic' - send their war machines to wreak havoc across the world.

'The founding father and presiding genius of UK science fiction' The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction
'The greatest science fiction writer of them all' Thomas M. Disch
'The Prospero of all the brave new worlds of the mind, and the Shakespeare of science fiction' Brian W. Aldiss

About The Author
H. G. Wells was born in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil teacher, he won a scholarship to study biology, and graduated with a first class honours degree. He resumed teaching before starting to write as a journalist. His first novel was The Time Machine (I895), launching his literary career. As well as writing what he termed 'scientific romances', Wells also continued to write non fiction and largely autobiographical novels; one of his most notorious was Ann Veronica (1909), which promoted a socially and sexually liberated 'New Woman'. In 1903 he joined the Fabian Society, but having failed to take command he withdrew in I908. He continued his social crusades, becoming active in the League of Nations movement during the First World War. He travelled widely during the interwar period, lecturing to such institutions as the Petrograd Soviet, the Sorbonne and the Reichstag. His non fiction in his later years boosted his reputation as a popular educator. In 1933 he wrote The Shape of Things to Come (1933), which was subsequently made into a film, scripted by Wells, in 1936. In the late 1930s he helped produce the 'Sankey Declaration of the Rights of Man', a precursor to the United Nation's Charter on Human Rights. He died in 1946. 'One of the great imaginative minds' Henry Sheen, New Statesman
'Wells saw as clearly as anyone into the secret places of the heart, but he also saw the universe, with all its infinite promise and peril' Arthur C. Clarke

Roger Zelazny Lord of Light Pbk published May 99 by Millenium at £6.99 ISBN: 1-85798-820-5
Winner of the Hugo Award for best SF novel of the year (1968)
A distant world where gods walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world? Their names include Brahma, Kali, Krishna and also he who was called Buddha, the Lord of Light, but who now prefers to be known simply as Sam. How has the colonisation of another planet become a re-enactment of Eastern religion and mythology?
The MASTERWORKS is a library of the greatest SF ever written, chosen with the help of today's leading SF writers and editors. These books show that genuinely innovative SF is as exciting today as when it was first written.
'An amazing list - genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF' Iain M. Banks

'No outline gives more than a slight idea of the brilliance of Lord of Light, of the mimicked Hindu culture which is both splendidly described and splendidly explained in the purest science - fiction terms' Joanna Russ, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
'It is a unique blend of myth and mirth, legend and jarring anachronism' Analog
'An authentic, and rare, work of the SF imagination' Sunday Telegraph
'Zelazny's most sustained single tale, richly conceived and plotted, exhilarating throughout its considerable length' John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

About The Author
Roger Zelazny (1937-1995)
Few writers have made a more immediate impact on SF than Zelazny, each of whose first three novels won a major sf award. Altogether, in the course of his career, he won six Hugo awards and three Nebula awards. Born in Ohio in 1937, he lived for most of his writing life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Roger Zelazny's first published story was 'Passion Play' which appeared in Amazing Stories in 1962, the same year he graduated from Columbia with his MA. For the next five years, Zelazny was a prolific writer, sometimes resorting to the pseudonym of Harrison Denmark. He rose quickly to prominence, winning Nebula awards in 1965 for 'He Who Shapes' (published in 1966 as The Dream Master) and 'The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth'. He followed this with a Hugo award in 1966 for the novel This Immortal (originally titled '...And Call Me Conrad'). In 1967 he started writing full time. That year he published Lord of Light, which went on to win a Hugo in 1968. His 1969 novel Damnation Alley was adapted as a film of the same name in 1977. During the 70s he started to focus more on his fantasy sequence, the Amber series, although he never stopped writing SF. His short fiction continued to receive acclaim; he received a Hugo and a Nebula for 'Home is the Hangman' in 1976, and further Hugos for 'Twenty-Four views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai' in 1986, 'Unicorn Variation' in 1982 and 'Permafrost' in 1987. He died in 1995.