Garrett's detective, Lord Darcy, investigates a classic locked-room murder in an unconventional setting - a sorcerer's convention held in barely recognizable London. Gambling, espionage, and mind reading enter the solution.
"Great book, average reading"
When a super-robot named Snookums discovers how to build his own superbombs, it becomes obvious that Earth is by no means the safest place for him to be. And so Dr. Fitzhugh, his designer, and Leda Crannon, a child psychologist acting as Snookums’ nursemaid, agree to set up Operation Brainchild, a plan to transport the robot to a far distant planet. Mike the Angel has devised the power plant that is to propel the space ship Branchell to its secret destination, complete with its unusual cargo.
Murder and Magic is a collection of short stories by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy. First published in 1979, it has been reprinted many times since. The four stories here ("The Eyes Have It", "A Case of Identity", "The Muddle of the Woad", and "A Stretch of the Imagination") are set in an alternate world whose history diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart.
"Wonderful book, not so wonderful narrator"
The stunning conclusion to the Gandalara Cycle, this book reveals the nature of the world Ricardo Carillo (now Rikardon) and Antonia Alderuccio (now wholly Tarani) were thrust into. They come face to face with the reason they were brought to Gandalara and must accept the responsibility of saving the world that gave them a second life.
"A rather anticlimactic ending"
Successfully accomplishing their quest to Ka, Rikardon and Tarani brave the perils of Gandalara and the treachery of the evil High Lord Indomel to establish Tarani's right to the throne of Eddarta.
When the fireball hit the cruise ship, Ricardo Carillo was already on his way out - a terminally ill language professor. He regained consciousness as a well man in the desert...only it wasn't a desert on Earth, and he was called Markasset, a master swordsman, son of a powerful leader, and a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious, sacred jewel. With the aid of Keeshah, a great war-cat with which he shared a telepathic link, he set out to clear his newfound name....
"So glad these have come to audio books"
For Ricardo Carillo, taking over the life of the swordsman Markasset on the desert world of Gandalara had its compensations: a strong young body, a beautiful fiancée, and a mighty telepathic warcat named Keeshah, who obeyed his every command. It also had its problems. Markasset had many enemies, and one was out for blood. So Ricardo and Keeshah left Raithskar to join the Sharith (the warrior brotherhood of warcat riders). But trouble followed....
"Just as good as I remember."
This is a collection of short stories featuring the alternate history detective Lord Darcy. The four included here ("A Matter of Gravity", "The Ipswich Phial", "The Sixteen Keys", and "The Napoli Express") were first published in the magazines Analog Science Fact & Fiction, Fantastic, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
Somewhere in Eddarta, stolen by a treacherous assassin, lay the Ra'ira, the most precious jewel of the burning desert world of Gandalara. Armed with the steel sword of Serkajon, Rikardon and his telepathic warcat Keeshah seek the sacred stone. With the aid of Tarani, a beautiful illusionist with a mysterious past, they make a daring raid on Eddarta's royal citadel - to rescue the gem before its awesome powers can be used for destruction.
"It still has it"
Sci Fi Shorts is a collection of classic science fiction stories from the "Golden" age of space stories. This group of nine unabridged short stories by seven authors covers such adventures, as hidden aliens on earth, a conquered humanity, super villains made by super science and time travel.
"Great Quick Stories"
Abaria and Ofrid were opposing nations on Tarth, twin-planet to Earth lying beyond the sun. Abaria defeated Ofrid by treachery and leveled the nation to the ground, Retoc of Abaria killing Queen Evalla of Ofrid after fiendish torture. But Portox, the Ofridian scientist, transported Bram Forest, Evalla’s infant son to Earth where the prince grew to manhood in suspended animation and then returned to Tarth - a full grown man - to avenge his mother. As he arrives, Retoc has just slain Jlomec, brother of Bontare and Volna, rulers of powerful Nadia.
Rikardon and Tarani, along with Keeshah and Yayshah, search for the lost city of Ka to find an enchanted sword and to prove Tarani's claim to the throne of Eddarta.
Bearing the Ra'ira, Raithskar's most sacred gemstone, Rikardon and Tarani flee their ruthless enemy across the burning deserts of Gandalara. Protected by the swordsman's mighty warcat Keeshah and the mystic bird Lonna who obeys the illusionist's commands, the two discover the smoldering passion they have long denied. But when Keeshah leaves them to answer his mating instinct in the Valley of the Sha'um, Rikardon and Tarani must risk death in the Well of Darkness to fulfill their destiny.
These two famous sci-fi authors, who, together wrote the best-selling Brain Twister have another incredibly imaginative science fiction/fantasy story with Pagan Passions. As they describe it, this book is "Adult Science Fiction, with the supernatural making complete sense." The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome had returned to Earth - with all their awesome powers intact, and Earth was transformed almost overnight. War on any scale was outlawed, along with boom-and-bust economic cycles, and prudery....
An alien crash lands on Earth, and for ten years terrorizes the planet, hiding, periodically killing and eating people, and stealing materials for some unknown purpose. The only hope is Bart Stanton, a medically-engineered superman, designed for the sole purpose of confronting the “Nipe”.
Forced to make love to beautiful women, this is adult science fiction at its best. The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome had returned to Earth - with all their awesome powers intact, and Earth was transformed almost overnight. War on any scale was outlawed, along with boom-and-bust economic cycles, and prudery - no change was more startling than the face of New York, where, for instance, the Empire State Building became the Tower of Zeus!
"BUT THERE WASN'T ANYTIME FOR THINKING"
Can a spaceship go crazy? Well, yes it can if it has a brain. And the new MG (magnetogravitic drive) experimental robot space ship does indeed have a 'brain'. Completely bewildered as to why the first six models of their supposedly perfect new ship model, the MG-YR, nicknamed the McGuire, have gone totally bonkers after activation and before they could ever be used, the company has called in the services of Daniel Oak.
Gheviel of Archeron a four-eyed traveler from outer space discovers a walled fortress that appears easy taking because of the primitive defenses. But…
When he came to my office with his gadget, I heard him out, trying to appear both interested and co-operative - which is good business. But, I am forced to admit that neither Howley nor his gadget were very impressive. He said the gadget was designed to cause minute, but significant, changes in the velocities of small, moving objects. He wanted to know if it was illegal.