Once there was unlimited magic, but reckless magicians have used up the "mana", the power behind the magic. Larry Niven opens his world to the storytelling talents of Poul Anderson, Steven Barnes, Mildred Downey Broxon, and Dean Ing with stories that tap the hidden reserves of mana and uncover the forgotten places of power.
"Not the best effort"
When China and India join forces to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, one young man discovers, in the chaos that follows, that the only people who can survive in the new world order of the 1990s are killers. Systemic Shock is a vivd and disturbing look at what life could look like in postapocalyptic America.
"WOW what a read"
Reissued to tie-in with Cats in Space, this single volume contains materials previously published in The Man-Kzin Wars and Man-Kzin II.
"Fantastic Story great narration"
America thought it was safe from the dreadful plague of terrorism scouring the rest of the world. Somehow, the cruel violence could never pass our borders. Somehow, the oceans, or God, would spare us. But jets do not stop for oceans, and the northern and southern borders of the United States are wide open. And while there may be some small effort at security on the East or West coasts, in the heartland there is none. Americans don't like security measures. Americans are going to like Hakim Arif even less.
Ted Quantrill is a human weapon. He has been a soldier, a commando, and, finally, a hit man for the United States government. But a man can grow tired of killing, and Quantrill has turned his back on the past. In the rugged wilderness of the Southwest, he plans to make a new life for himself and the woman he hopes to marry. But yesterday won't let him alone. To preserve his life, he'll have to kill again. And his target is a good friend, as well-trained and deadly as he is...
On a future Earth wracked by strife and shortages, Roy Cos buys into a lifetime of ease through the Deathwish Policy, but his privileged status makes him a target for killers hired by the elite Worldgov.
"Good and Bad"
The exciting sequel to Systemic Shock from the best-selling author of The Ransom of Black Stealth One. The nuclear war against China and India has left America victorious, but devastated, and a strong and survival-minded government has seized control of what's left.
Harve Rackham is a bounty hunter and race-car driver whose best friend is a hunting cheetah. Ready for "dirty" bombs from terrorists, or full-fledged nukes from a rogue nation, he has turned his California home into a survival shelter. He intends to pull through. Shar McKay is Harve's sister. She intends for her husband and kids to all pull through. Ernest McKay, engineer, has the knowledge and skills to save his family. With his help they'll all pull through. Kate Gallo, runaway, forger, a tough street survivor, is trouble - but when real troubles come down, Kate will always pull through.
"Starts well, turns tedious."
Today they seem to be boring old men, telling wild stories to anyone who will listen, but once they were the hottest pilots in the Pacific--men who could fly anything, anywhere, any time. And they've just been handed the chance to end their lives as millionaires. A dying comrade has a secret he doesn't want to take to the grave....He knows where to find a cache of old Japanese air force planes--not wrecks lying all over the floor of some jungle, but planes in pristine condition, properly moth-balled and stored before the end of the war.
Island One, the U.S.'s first space colony and symbol of an American renaissance, is in trouble. Low morale, shoddy workmanship, unexplained malfunctions, and avoidable accidents have become a way of life, and nobody seems to know why. Is it the Russians? Home-grown anti-technologists? Arabs afraid of cheap solar power from space - or something even more sinister?
The Ransom of Black Stealth One is about a breakthrough in stealth technology - an ultralight, ultrasleek plane that is not only invisible to radar, but can vanish without a trace through the use of computer-controlled technology. When a renegade engineer steals a plane, and takes the niece of a CIA chief hostage, the intelligence community mobilizes all its resources in a desperate race to keep Black Stealth One out of the hands of foreign agents.
In the time of the Anasazi, a group of parasitic aliens arrives in the Southwestern US, searching for hosts. Later on, the story moves to the 20th century and the repercussions of this invasion. Also includes two other short stories by Dean Ing.
It began high in the Albanian mountains with a load of gold - stolen by the Nazis, wanted by the Communists and held by fierce Gheng freedom fighters. Today the battle rages on in a small California town. Tomorrow it will end in a shoot-out that could cost more than a few innocent lives.
In Puerto Vallarta to escape the pain of a failed marriage and the death of her infant son, Teresa 'T.C.' Conteras has the unbelievable misfortune of stumbling onto a murder/kidnapping. In minutes she is on the run across Mexico with an eight-year-old boy. A team of mercenaries track the pair all the way into the States where T.C.'s only hope is to get to Ross Downing, a burn-scarred ex-agent - and the only man she can trust.
John Peel is a hardnosed engineer and business tycoon whose innovations in air transportation threaten the status quo. Now the trucking industry, the unions and certain Middle Eastern terrorists want him dead.
"I MICROWAVE LIKE CRAZY"
When a Columbian drug kingpin flies a billion dollars in cash and a plane full of hostages out of Las Vegas into Mexico, only one man can stop him - US agent West Hardin. With the help of his gorgeous pilot, Coleen Morrison - and his ultra-light, solar-powered, high-tech spy plane, Nemesis - he plans on stinging the drug lord, stealing his loot, and hitting the Cartel right where they live.
The author of The Ransom of Black Stealth One returns with an international thriller about a fighter plane, known as the Butcher Bird, that is designed to assassinate with a laser beam that targets and boils a human brain in seconds.
The author of the best-selling thriller, The Ransom of Black Stealth One delivers a story of espionage and murder about a ring of killers that targets intelligence agents for their "spooker" survival kits.
Rob Tarrant is a genius at designing flying things, and his work for General Standards Corporation has yielded more than one patent for the aviation giant. But Tarrant's hobby is building miniature UAVs - Unmanned Arial Vehicles, tiny remote controlled drones. They could be toys, but Tarrant's latest version is so small, and so stable, that he thinks he might be able to mount other miniaturized technology on board: chemical analyzers, or listening devices.