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.
By Philip Palmer
Flanagan (who is, for want of a better word, a pirate) has a plan. It seems relatively simple: kidnap Lena, the Cheo's daughter, demand a vast ransom for her safe return, sit back and wait. Only the Cheo, despotic ruler of the known universe, isn't playing ball.Flanagan and his crew have seen this before, of course, but since they've learned a few tricks from the bad old days (being particularly bad if you happen to have been one of the myriad sons or daughters the Cheo let die rather than give in to blackmail) and since they know something about Lena that should make the plan foolproof, the Cheo's defiance is a major setback. It is a situation that calls for extreme measures. Luckily, Flanagan has considerable experience in this area. . .
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 ...
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 Death Of Sleep
By Anne McCaffrey, Jody Lynn Nye
Like every other citizen of the Federation of Sentient Planets, Lunzie Mespil know the so-called 'planet pirates' were capable of terrible things. But - also like every other citizen of the Federation - she never in her heart of hearts believed that anything would happen to her.When pirates attack the space liner on which she is a passenger, Lunzie does not panic. Keeping her head, she makes it to a lifeboat and decides not to worry. She will spend a month or two in cryogenic statis awaiting inevitable resuce, and then proceed with her life. Only it might not be a month or two...