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Dark Light
by Ken MacLeod Details
Matt Cairns, once a citizen of 21st-century Edinburgh, has found himself apparently rendered immortal and transported to the Second Sphere, an interconnected web of civilizations located thousands of light-years from Earth. The humans and two other advanced species who inhabit the Second Sphere are the descendents of intelligent beings kidnapped from Earth over the ages. Matt and his friends travel to the planet Croatan in search of answers to the mystery behind the Second Sphere's existence, but it soon becomes clear that their presence may well trigger a planetary revolution.
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Engines of Light
Dune
by Frank Herbert Details
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, "Dune" is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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Dune Chronicles
Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card Details
Child hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
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Ender Wiggin
Explorer
by C.J. Cherryh Details
This final installment to the second Foreigner sequence of the Hugo Award-winning author's most successful series follows a human delegate trapped in a distant star system facing a potentially warlike alien ship. Featuring human-alien relationships, interstellar voyages, and diplomatic missions, this book is a must for any science fiction fan.
Hidden Empire
by Kevin J. Anderson Details
In the distant future, humans are one of only three known intelligent species. One of the others, the Klikiss, has inexplicably vanished. But they left behind extraordinary technology that allows humankind to form new suns from gaseous planets. The first experiment is a success, but it quickly becomes clear that humans have awakened a wrathful, previously unknown species.
Patriots
by David Drake Details
The corrupt Earth government is sending an army to Greenwood to remove the pioneers who discovered and settled the planet Though the rugged individualists of Greenwood may be fractious and disinclined to agree on most things, the greedy politicians of Earth will learn a harsh lesson if they think the settlers won't join together to save their livelihoods and homes.
Speaker for the Dead
by Orson Scott Card Details
In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening . . . again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery . . . and the truth.
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Ender Wiggin
The January Dancer
by Michael Flynn Details
Drawing on themes from classic space opera works, a fast-paced tale follows the adventures of Captain Amos January and a host of rivals struggling to obtain an ancient pre-human artifact of great power that incites murderous actions in those who seek it.
Updated 01/03/2013
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