La Zone du Dehors
Author: Alain Damasio
Publisher: La Volte
2084. Orwell est loin désormais. Le totalitarisme a pris les traits bonhommes de la social-démocratie. Souriez, vous êtes gérés ! Le citoyen ne s'opprime plus : il se fabrique. A la pâte à norme, au confort, au consensus. Copie qu'on forme, tout simplement. Au coeur de cette glu, un mouvement, une force de frappe, des fous : la Volte. Le Dehors est leur pays, subvertir leur seule arme. Emmenés par Capt, philosophe et stratège, le peintre Kamio et le fulgurant Slift que rien ne bloque ni ne borne, ils iront au bout de leur volution - et même au delà, jusqu'à construire cette vie de partage, rouge, que personne ne pourra plus leur délaver. Premier roman de l'auteur de La Horde du Contrevent, la Zone est un livre de combat contre nos sociétés de contrôle (prix Utopiales européen 2007).
Author: Sansal Boualem
A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomus thought is forbidden. It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan—named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah—citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not—the heretics—are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life. "[In 2084] Sansal dared to go much further than I did," said Michel Houellebecq, the controversial novelist most recently of Submission. 2084 is a cry of freedom, a call to rebellion, a gripping satirical novel of ideas, and an indictment of the religious fundamentalism that, with its hypocrisy and closed-mindedness, threatens our modern democracies and the ideals on which they are founded. WINNER OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY GRAND PRIX
Author: Jonathan Littell
Life is cheap in riot-torn Paris, and no one knows it better than the Livewires, a doped-out gang of bio-enhanced delinquents. When Lynx, a Livewire, becomes involved with an Uptown heiress, their relationship sparks a war between Uptowners and Downtowners that could completely destroy their city!
Faces of Fear
Author: Graham Masterton
Publisher: A&C Black
Why won't you look in the mirror at midnight? What are you afraid of? Your own face? Or the thought that you might see something more than your own face, something dark and terrible and strange... Award-winning horror writer Graham Masterton brings you a collection of fourteen stories as fourteen mirrors reflecting unimaginable secrets and unknown cruelties. Look closely, and see the tempting face of the girl who refuses to die. Look closer still, and see the greed-filled face of the man who craves the most terrible meal of all, and the ashen-grey faces of the men who returned home long after they were buried and, if you dare, the heart-stopping face of the guardian of the woods.
Winner of the 200 Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Academie Francaise Short Story Award (2000) “Gavalda sees through ordinary appearances to people’s hidden longings. The characters in I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere . . . are graced (as is their author) with the Gallic virtues of dry wit and almost involuntary elegance . . . crystalline portraits of diverse human types, united in their solitude, fear of death, and search of love.” –Vogue “This collection of short stories is a pure diamond. Cutting humor . . . revealing an inner truth which makes them suddenly essential. What makes Gavalda so good is that she writes with both feet firmly planted in reality and yet hers is a sideways, caustic look at thing.” –Le Soir
Holiday Folding Stories
Author: Christine Petrell Kallevig
Publisher: Storytime Ink International
Holiday stories are used to help demonstrate how to do nine different origami projects; includes activities for Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
La Horde du Contrevent
Author: Alain Damasio
Publisher: La Volte
« Imaginez une Terre poncée, avec en son centre une bande de cinq mille kilomètres de large et sur ses franges un miroir de glace à peine rayable, inhabité. Imaginez qu’un vent féroce en rince la surface. Que les villages qui s’y sont accrochés, avec leurs maisons en goutte d’eau, les chars à voile qui la strient, les airpailleurs debout en plein flot, tous résistent. Imaginez qu’en Extrême-Aval ait été formé un bloc d’élite d’une vingtaine d’enfants aptes à remonter au cran, rafale en gueule, leur vie durant, le vent jusqu’à sa source, à ce jour jamais atteinte : l’Extrême-Amont. Mon nom est Sov Strochnis, scribe. Mon nom est Caracole le troubadour et Oroshi Melicerte, aéromaître. Je m’appelle aussi Golgoth, traceur de la Horde, Arval l’éclaireur et parfois même Larco lorsque je braconne l’azur à la cage volante. Ensemble, nous formons la Horde du Contrevent. Il en a existé trente-trois en huit siècles, toutes infructueuses. Je vous parle au nom de la trente-quatrième : sans doute l’ultime. »
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary is a science fictional tale that examines a branch of science rarely encountered in genre fiction: historiography. How and why should our understanding of history change if eyewitness accounts by observers sent from the future are prioritized over contemporaneous documents? A finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon awards, this story also won the Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Story in Spain. Ken Liu has called it the story he's most proud of having written.
Author: Ellen Klages
Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages, and a finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Author: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Del Rey
When Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the greatest science fiction writer ever, teams up with award-winning author Stephen Baxter, who shares Clarke’s bold vision of a future where technology and humanism advance hand in hand, the result is bound to be a book of stellar ambition and accomplishment. Such was the case with Time’s Eye. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel, Clarke and Baxter draw their epic to a triumphant conclusion that is as mind-blowing as anything in Clarke’s famous Space Odyssey series. SUNSTORM Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth’s history. Why did the Firstborn create Mir? Why was Bisesa taken there and then brought back on the day after her original disappearance? Bisesa’s questions receive a chilling answer when scientists discover an anomaly in the sun’s core–an anomaly that has no natural cause is evidence of alien intervention over two thousand years before. Now plans set in motion millennia ago by inscrutable watchers light-years away are coming to fruition in a sunstorm designed to scour the Earth of all life in a bombardment of deadly radiation. Thus commences a furious race against a ticking solar time bomb. But even now, as apocalypse looms, cooperation is not easy for the peoples and nations of the Earth. Religious and political differences threaten to undermine every effort. And all the while, the Firstborn are watching... From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Nancy Amphoux, Paul De Angelis
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
"An original and significant writer, whose fiction can be as engaging as it is surprising." The Times Literary Supplement
La croisée des souffles
Author: Stéphane Martin, Colin Pahlisch
Author: David Gemmell
Publisher: Del Rey
All of Waylander's instincts had screamed at him to spurn the contract from Kaem the cruel, the killer of nations. But he had ignored them. He had made his kill. And even as he went to collect his gold, he knew that he had been betrayed. Now the Dark Brotherhood and the hounds of chaos were hunting him, even as Kaem's armies waged war on the Drenai lands, intent on killing every man, woman, and child. The Drenai soldiers were doomed to ultimate defeat, and chaos would soon reign. Then a strange old man told Waylander that the only way to turn the tide of battle would be for Waylander himself to retrieve the legendary Armor of Bronze from its hiding place deep within a shadow-haunted land. He would be hunted. He was certain to fail. But he must try, the old man commanded--commanded in the name of his son, the king, who had been slain by an assassin... Waylander was the most unlikely of heroes--for he was a traitor, the Slayer who had killed the king...