By Gregory Benford
A small cube of black rock has been unearthed in a 3500-year-old Mycenaean tomb.An incomprehensible object in an impossible place; its age, its purpose and its origins are unknown.Its discovery has unleashed a storm of intrigue, theft and espionage, and is pushing nations to the brink of war.Its substance has scientists baffled. And the miracle it contains does not belong on this Earth.It is mystery and madness - an enigma with no equal in recorded history. It is mankind's greatest discovery ... and worst nightmare.It may already have obliterated a world.Ours is next.For more information on this or any other Orbit book, visit the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
By Gregory Benford
A billion years into the future, a human female is recreated from data held within the vast archives of the Library of Life. But the Earth to which she is born is far different to that of her long-extinct race. Finding it impossible to adapt to this timeless and rigid society she flees her creators and her home world.A rogue element in an increasingly unstable universe, she draws the attention of a mysterious alien breed. Already masters of travel between parallel universes they believe this girl is the key to changing all reality. And if they track her down, the effects on the galaxy will be cataclysmic.
The Cassini Division
By Ken MacLeod
Ellen May Ngwethu is a young woman with centuries of experience, no morality and the true knowledge. The world she knows is about to end.The Cassini Division, elite defence force of the Solar Union, sends her on a search for the man whose knowledge could save it. A search that takes her from space to the ruins of London, and back; from the margins of her socialist-anarchist world to its most dangerous edge. The Division's orbital forts around Jupiter are the front line in a centuries-long conflict with post-human AIs, whose intentions are unknown but whose powers once extended to shattering Ganymede and building a wormhole bridge to the far future. Their radio-borne viruses blanket the Solar System, keeping most of its resources from humanity's grasp.But are the post-humans less hostile than they seem?
By Marianne de Pierres
Jamon Mondo may be dead, but don't think that makes Parrish Plessis' life any less complicated. Sure, she's got a shape-changing psycho off her back, but at what cost? The media have a price on her head so high that every scumbag from the Tert to Viva City Central is out to get a piece of her. The neighbouring ganglords are getting antsy for a share of the territory she just liberated. And Cabal Coomera reckon Parrish owes them a blood debt - one that can only be repaid by assassinating Loyl Daac, the only guy to ever majorly interest her. One thing's for sure ... Parrish is gonna need some bigger guns ...
By Allen M. Steele
Two decades have passed since the revolution that won Coyote's independence from Earth. The colony may be free, but its aging computers, aircraft, and medical equipment are badly in need of replacement. The colony's survival is now in question, and help from Earth is imminent. But there are those who fear that aid from the mother world may be more hindrance than help. . .As the second generation of colonists prepare to face the prospect of another battle with Earth's forces, a larger question looms: can humanity settle a new planet without repeating the problems of the world it left behind? An answer must be found soon. Coyote's future hangs in the balance. . .
By Ken MacLeod
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH?Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft. Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can't identify or explain the phenomenon. And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred? Is it the political revolutionaries, is it the government or is it aliens themselves who are creating the cover-up? Or does the very idea of a cover-up hide the biggest secret of all?
The Digital Plague
By Jeff Somers
THIS IS AN ASSASSINATION. NOT YOURS. BUT AN ASSASSINATION NONE THE LESS.'Avery Cates, criminal 'king' of New York, has climbed his way to the top of a heap of trouble. On his knees in the snow, with a gun to his head, Avery thinks this must finally be it. Instead, he is injected with nanotech and left confused but alive. Then everyone around him starts dying.With every moment bringing humanity closer to extinction, Cates finds he will be either executioner or saviour of an entire world.
Dinosaur Planet Omnibus
By Anne McCaffrey
DINOSAUR PLANET: On Earth they had died out 70 million years ago. But on Ireta they ruled in all their bizarre splendour. The Dinosaurs. Relics from a forgotten age, they roamed a planet as mystifying as any in the galaxy. And the expedition sent to explore it was trapped within its toils as quickly and mysteriously as their relief ship disappeared. And worse. For the Heavyworlders, half the expedition's personnel, reverted to type, and as predatory carnivores systematically hunted down their colleagues. Only the frozen sleep of cryogenics offered an escape. But for how long?SURVIVORS: Much time has elapsed - how much is hard to tell, but at least two generations - and the survivors emerge from their hibernation. Ireta, the Dinosaur Planet, has changed. A rescue ship is on its way, but even as hope begins to spring, new problems arise. What are the motives of the mysterious Theks? Above all, what could possibly be the cause of the mindless hostility of the Heavyworlders?
The Dog From Hell
By Chris Bunch
While escorting a group of privileged and wild girls from a finishing school on Earth to one of the luxury worlds, the Star Risk Ltd. team crosses paths with Cerebus Systems - a huge, much-feared security firm that destroys its competition without a second thought. Cerebus has just put Star Risk, Ltd. at the top of their enemies list - but if the Star Risk operatives have anything to say about it, this is one hostile takeover that could put Cerebus's accounts deep in the red.
The Doublecross Program
By Chris Bunch
M'chel Riss and the Star Risk, Ltd. team find themselves in the middle of a strange assignment: a staged bank robbery that involves putting money back. But the job soon takes an even stranger turn when they get caught up in a full-fledged war over an addictive new consumer product. The roguish mercenaries will need to rely on every resource possible to make a buck and make it out alive - in this fast-paced tale of hard-hitting action and a double-cross or three ...
By Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
Sten embarks on the ultimate treasure hunt: the search for the source of the Eternal Emperor's power. But his quest uncovers the dark secret of the emperor's past - and Sten finds himself questioning his loyalties - and whether the only way to save the human race is to destroy the Empire he vowed to protect.For more information on this or any other Orbit book, visit the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
The Ethos Effect
By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Van C. Albert is a commander in the Republic Space Force of Taran. His bravery led to the defeat of a larger enemy ship but caused the inadvertent destruction of a civilian liner. Although his name was cleared, he now seems doomed to a life of backwater postings. He can only watch as a simmering cold war erupts into a fierce interstellar war, fuelled by the pull of religious fanaticism, economic and political rivalry.Van is seriously wounded on assignment, and wakes from a coma to find that he has been decorated and summarily retired from military service. Desperate to escape boredom, he jumps at the chance to fly a starship for the Integrated Information Systems foundation. Seemingly harmless, the IIS's influence is far reaching and Van soon finds himself at the centre of the action, a key player in a war which will shake all human worlds.
Fleet Of The Damned
By Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
Sten's luck seems to have deserted him. He had barely scraped through Imperial flight school when he was assigned a tacdivision in the Fringe Worlds, where the Imperial officers were concerned with anything other than honing their fighting skills.The enemy couldn't have picked a better time or place to launch their long-planned attack against the Empire. But Sten won't give up without a fight ...More information on this book and others can be found at the Orbit webste at www.orbitbooks.co.uk