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  • Author:
    Wells, H. G.
    Summary:

    In The War in the Air, the astonishingly prophetic vision of H. G. Wells reveals how one invention can change the world. Before the World Wars, Wells predicted that airplanes would be used for bombing, that urban areas would become especially vulnerable to aerial attacks, that dogfights and stealth attacks by air fleets would become a normal part of warfare, and that distance and the expanse of oceans no longer would be guarantors of safety for America or other countries. Visionary in its time and chillingly relevant a century later, The War in the Air continues to remind us that humankind's greatest evil lies in devices of its own making.

  • Author:
    Liu, Cixin
    Summary:

    A short story collection from New York Times bestselling author Cixin Liu. The title story, "The Wandering Earth," was a blockbuster international film, currently streaming on Netflix. These 11 stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, are a blazingly original ode to planet Earth, its pasts, and its futures. Liu's fiction takes the listener to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu's stories show humanity's attempts to reason, navigate, and above all, survive in a desolate cosmos. A Macmillan Audio production from from Tor Books.

  • Author:
    Robertson, John
    Summary:

    By the latter half of the third decade of the twenty-first century AD, ten years after the Paris Agreement on climate change, humankind has begun to make meaningful progress in curtailing its greenhouse gas emissions. Will it be enough to hold global warming to the agreed limit of 2.0 degrees Celsius, and ideally the more ambitious target of 1.5 degrees? Despite significant technological advancements and investment in sustainable energy production, it appears that more radical measures may be required to prevent the ever-expanding energy demands of the developing countries from countering the progress of the developed countries. As scientists and policymakers consider this dilemma, some are beginning to fear that an even more immediate and greater danger - insufficient fresh water - may overshadow the risk of global warming. Then, an unusual object approaches the Earth from the far reaches of the solar system, and there is yet a third candidate for the greatest threat that humankind faces, and one which in no way stems from either our own activities or our ever-increasing multitudes.

  • Author:
    Light, Alex
    Summary:

    When Becca Hart is teased for not having a boyfriend, she impulsively pretends she's been secretly seeing someone. Overhearing the lie, Brett steps in. It's the perfect solution: until the line between real and pretend begins to blur.

  • Author:
    Fadugba, Femi
    Summary:

    During arguably the worst week of Esso's life, an accident knocks him into an incredible world, a place beyond space or time, where he can see glimpses of the past and future. But if what he sees there is true, he might not have much longer to live, unless he can use his new gift to change the course of history.

  • Author:
    Guin, Ursula K. Le.
    Summary:

    Outer Space, Inner Lands includes many of the best known Ursula K. Le Guin nonrealistic stories (such as "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Semley' s Necklace," and "She Unnames Them") which have shaped the way many readers see the world. She gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power-- all the time maintaining her independence and sense of humor. Companion volume Where on Earth explores Le Guin's satirical, risky, political and experimental earthbound stories. Both volumes include new introductions by the author.

  • Author:
    Le Guin, Ursula K.
    Summary:

    Volume 1 of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories explores her earthbound stories which range around the world from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.

  • Author:
    Brody, Jennifer
    Summary:

    Captain Aero Wright leads a group insurgents from the Second Continuum to overthrow his rival, Supreme General Vinick, and unite his space colony's military forces while Seeker takes on a secret mission back to her home colony to reinforce Earth's defenses and protect the First Continuum against an even greater threat. Meanwhile, Myra's nightmares have become a reality as the Dark Thing hurtles toward Earth with designs on eradicating the planet's fledgling populace. The only thing standing in the way are the three Carriers and those who would join them to fight against a second coming of the Doom.

  • Author:
    Irvine, Alexander
    Summary:

    The alien shapeshifters called the Chitauri were defeated by the Ultimates in a decisive battle, but suspicious activity leads the Ultimates to believe that not all of the aliens were destroyed in that cataclysmic attack. Stark Industries has developed means of quickly and easily detecting Chitauri DNA, but the federal government refuses to adopt the technology, claiming that if the tech is widely available, the Chitauri will find a way to fool it. Frustrated by the government's seeming unwillingness to protect its own people, Captain America takes matters into his own hands, leaking the technology so that it can be manufactured and distributed throughout the country. His radical actions sow discord among the Ultimates and, within the highest levels of government, raise a troubling question: Could disunity and chaos be playing right into the Chitauri's hands? Meanwhile, Hank Pym, who desperately wants back on the Ultimates team, has been feverishly experimenting with his ants in the hopes of finding his own alternate method of detecting the Chitauri. When he appears to be successful, it could spell doom for the alien menace-but only if the Ultimates can finally set aside their differences long enough to recognize their true enemy. GraphicAudio® Production.

  • Author:
    Friedman, Michael Jan
    Summary:

    The Ultimates-the first government-sponsored cadre of Super Heroes-was assembled to face threats to humanity too insanely powerful for other operatives to handle. Led by a general who gave an eye in the service of his country, the super-powered roster includes a billionaire playboy in a high-tech suit of armor, a World War II super-soldier whom fate has thrust into the twenty-first century, an environmentalist icon who claims to be an ancient Norse god, and a scientist whose mutant powers allow her to shrink to the stature of an insect. But even the Ultimates are unprepared for a quintet of mysterious visitors who appear in the midst of the team's top-security base of operations, claiming to be emissaries from the future. These "Tomorrow Men" say Earth's civilization are at a crossroads-on the verge of enslavement by a secret, immensely efficient organization known in the future as Tiber. Only the Ultimates have the skills and the firepower to ferret Tiber out of its nests around the world and crush its plans for global conquest. But there is much more the Tomorrow Men will not say. After all, they don't want to alter the timeline any more than they have to. But wealthy Tony Stark, A.K.A Iron Man, is dying by degrees of an incurable medical condition. For him, the temptation to make an additional change in the timeline may be too great to ignore-even though mankind's future might be damaged in the process. GraphicAudio® Production.

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    Summary:

    This gripping new anthology has over a dozen original tales starring the top-selling mutant heroes, the uncanny X-Men, dealing with their greatest foes as well as the day-to-day trials of being mutants-trying to protect the world they've sworn to protect, a world that hates them for what they are! From eluki bes shahar's story of the X-Men's fight against a mutant who can alter reality to Dave Smeds's look at what would have happened if the X-Men never were, from Ashley McConnell's chronicle of Wolverine's trek across the frozen tundra to Dean Wesley Smith's tale of Gambit in his hometown of New Orleans, and much more-these are spectacular tales of mutant adventure!

  • Author:
    Lee, Stan
    Summary:

    This exciting new anthology has over a dozen original tales starring the vicious foes of Marvel's superheroes: Greg Cox's chronicle of the Super-Skrull's conflict with the Avengers, Michael Jan Friendman's story of evil Loki's latest attempt to snare his stepbrother Thor, Adam-Troy Castro's tale of a mutant who brings Magneto and X-Men's Professor X together in a unique manner, Glenn Greenberg's pairing of Venom and the Absorbing Man in an unlikely jailbreak, plus stories featuring Typhoid by Ann Nocenti, Carnage by Robert Sheckley, Kang the Conquerer by Richard Lee Byers, Mephisto by Robert L. Washington III, and many more villainous exploits!

  • Author:
    Hunt, Angela Elwell
    Summary:

    When Laura Godfrey decides to have her dead husband's child, she sees it a God's way of giving her what they were both cheated out of when her husband died. She's willing to use every tool of modern genetic science to assure that the baby is healthy and normal. But a billionaire plans to use the baby to restore the Biblical perfection of the human race.

  • Author:
    Savage, Melissa
    Summary:

    A boy and his best friends set out to discover the aliens who crash-landed next to their Roswell, New Mexico, farm in this charming novel packed with adventure and heart, perfect for fans of Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish and Jennifer L. Holm's The Fourteenth Goldfish. Mylo never really believed in Martians, unless they had a starring role in one of his comic books. But then a flying saucer crash-lands next to his Roswell, New Mexico, ranch, and he starts to hear voices'like someone is asking for his help. With his best friend Dibs and crush Gracie by his side, and his Cracker Jack superhero membership card, a slingshot, and a small American flag'for peace'in tow, Mylo sets out on an epic adventure to investigate the crash and find the Martians. But he and his friends end up discovering more about the universe than they ever could have imagined.

  • Author:
    Carey, M. R.
    Summary:

    Koli never planned to set foot outside his small village. He knew that beyond its walls lay a fearsome landscape filled with choker trees, vicious beasts, and Shunned men. But when he was exiled, he had no choice but to journey out into this strange world where every moment is a fight for survival. But if he can find lost London, there may still be a way for him to survive.

  • Author:
    Roth, Veronica
    Summary:

    The first of four new short stories told from the perspective of everyone's favorite Divergent love interest! More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by The Transfer, the first of four new short stories told from Four's perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

  • Author:
    Falksen, G. D.
    Summary:

    The year is 1908. Seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace's blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily de Vere, has come to an abrupt end, which is fine with Rosalind. She was getting tired of being high society Cecily's American "pet." Her industrialist father is unveiling his fabulous new Transatlantic Express, the world's first underwater railway. As a publicity stunt he has booked her on the maiden voyage-without asking. Rosalind is furious. But lucky for her, Cecily and her handsome older brother, Charles, volunteer to accompany her home. Fun turns to worry when Charles disappears during boarding. Then, deep under the sea, Cecily and her housemaid, Doris, are found stabbed to death in their state room. Rosalind is now trapped on Father's train-fighting to clear herself of her friend's murder, to find the killer, and ultimately to uncover the sinister truth behind the railway's construction.

  • Author:
    Roth, Veronica
    Summary:

    Complete your Divergent library with the Four stories! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be excited by Four: The Traitor, the fourth of four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, set in the world of Divergent and told from Tobias's point of view. The Traitor takes place two years after The Son and runs parallel with the early events in Divergent ... In this robust story, readers follow Tobias as he uncovers the details of an Erudite plan that could threaten the faction system, and makes plans of his own to keep Abnegation safe. At the same time, Tobias is getting to know a new transfer initiate: Tris Prior.

  • Author:
    Dickinson, Robert
    Summary:

    When a tour bus takes a group to the mall, it is expected to be a normal excursion, until the tour rep notices one person missing. Most disturbingly, she is a woman who, according to the records, did not go missing.

  • Author:
    Barnes, John
    Summary:

    Blending alternate history, time travel, and detective thriller, the "able and impressive" Nebula and Hugo Award nominee gives us Nazis, Tories, and togas (The Washington Post). An attack by time-hopping terrorists turns Mark Strang's life upside down, and the Pittsburgh art historian discovers his calling as a bodyguard for hire. Strap yourself in for a ride through alternate timelines in this action-packed series that combines sci-fi, time travel, alien invasion, and high-tech adventure. Patton's Spaceship: When he learns the aliens behind the terrorists who destroyed his old life are trying to take control of timelines and subject them to totalitarian rule, Mark Strang will journey to a not-too-distant past to stop them-and get revenge. But he lands in a timeline where America lost World War II. He can help the resistance with his knowledge of future technology, but is he permanently trapped in a Nazi-controlled past' Washington's Dirigible: With the inhuman Closers still threatening timelines, Strang joins forces with their enemies, the ATN. He and time agent Chrysamen ja N'wook travel to an alternate colonial America to locate a missing operative and find that the colonies are on friendly terms with England and George Washington reigns as Duke of Kentucky. But he has one real enemy here-himself. Caesar's Bicycle: On assignment in ancient Rome, Mark Strang discovers the Closers have infiltrated the timeline and Julius Caesar is under their influence. Even as the Closers rewrite history to tip the scales in their favor, Strang is reluctant to assassinate an important government figure. But as he delays, his life-and those of his companions-hang in the balance, and they face a gruesome demise.

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