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150 Delicious Squares

by Jean Paré

Call your friends. Brew some coffee. Make some squares . . . company's coming! Each completed square can be frozen. Full-color photos.
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The Blue World

by Jack Vance

This is classic Vance: a carefully thought-out world, a stratified society, and a man in conflict with its rules. During the space of twelve generations, the descendents of a crash on a water-covered planet have managed to adapt to the marine culture. But they are always at the mercy of the kragen, giant, squidlike monsters. The colonists can communicate with the biggest of these, King Kragen, and must appease him. But finally, one man has had enough of this life of slavery and sacrifice. Can he convince his fellow citizens that they must kill King Kragen? But...how can they do it in a world without weapons?
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The Color of Distance

by Amy Thomson

The award-winning author of Virtual Girl creates a strange new world of infinite possibilities where honor, sacrifice, and friendship between humans and aliens can mean many different things at once.
Philip K. Dick
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Through Alien Eyes

by Wesley H. Bateman

The accounts given by extraterrestrials in this volume are about events that occurred in our solar system many millions of years ago. In that ancient time the solar system consisted of four planets and four "radiar systems" that orbited the central sun. The four planets of the solar system are known today as Venus, Earth, Mars and a now-totally shattered world that was called Maldec.

The term "radiar" applies to the astronomical bodies we presently call Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The original satellites of these radiars are generally called moons by Earth astronomers, but the extraterrestrials prefer to call them planetoids.

This book reflects the personal views of a number of different types of extraterrestrials regarding the state of the local solar system and the state of the Earth.

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Earth Unaware

by Orson Scott Card

A hundred years before Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, humans thought they were alone in the galaxy. Humanity was slowly making their way out from Earth to the planets and asteroids of the Solar System, exploring and mining and founding colonies.

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

But the ship has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big. There are claim-jumping corporates bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. This is humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin.
Earth Unaware is the first novel in The First Formic War series by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.

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Ring of Swords

by Eleanor Arnason

For half a century, Earth has been on the brink of total war with an implacable alien race. Biologist Anna Perez is the first to discover the truth-the hwarhath have segregated their society strictly along gender lines, to prevent the warlike males from harming women and children. In their eyes, humans are a dishonorable and barbaric race who may require extermination...
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Becoming Alien

by Rebecca Ore

"In this first book, we meet a young Tom Gentry. On his Virginia farm he encounters drug lords, rude locals, and other strange creatures (specificlly, a young alien by the name of Mica). Shortly after meeting Mica, Tom has a run-in with the local consabulary, which leads him to believe that a trip out of town mig be beneficial. So he ran ... He never knew you could run so far." --- Roy Sloan (Amazon Review)
Philip K. Dick
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StarBridge

by A.C. Crispin

WE ARE NOT ALONE, AND WE’RE ABOUT TO MEET OUR NEIGHBORS.
After more than a hundred years of space travel, a stray radio signal indicates the possibility that alien life might exist. The crew of the Désirée has no training in interstellar diplomacy and a minor dispute turns to disaster that could escalate into a full scale war.

Can the bond formed between two very different friends be strong enough to bridge their differences and save their people? Come along in this first book in the StarBridge Series in an exciting journey across the stars in a desperate gamble to save both their worlds.

PRAISE FOR THE STARBRIDGE SERIES
“This is the type of rousing adventure story which Heinlein made so popular a generation ago…Excellent!” — Andre Norton

“An interesting supporting cast of aliens and a strong theme of understanding and acceptance among races” — Booklist

“A great success…An adventure novel with some thought in it!” — Vonda N. McIntyre

“Crispin’s aliens are a diverse and fascinating lot…She’ll be the leading candidate for the title of the ‘the Norton of the 1990s!’” — Dragon Magazine

BOOKS IN THE STARBRIDGE SERIES
Book 1: StarBridge - Earth discovers they are not the only sentient beings in the universe and their first contact turns deadly in an unfortunate turn of events.

Book 2: Silent Dances - Deaf since birth, Tesa is the perfect ambassador to the alien Grus whose sonic cries can kill. Has earth made its own discovery of a new sentient species?

Book 3: Shadow World - A young man learns how to cope with death from a golden-eyed race of beings with tragically short lives.

Book 4: Serpent’s Gift - A young girl creates a mind-link with the StarBridge computer, and a series of deadly accidents threatens all life on the asteroid.

Book 5: Silent Songs - Amphibious beings from a distant world land on the planet Trinity, threatening the native creatures and the StarBridge ambassadors.

Book 6: Ancestor’s World - When a member of an archeological team on the planet Na-Dina is brutally murdered, Mahree Burroughs arrives to find the killer, no matter the cost.

Book 7: Voices of Chaos - The feline beings known as Arrekhi have requested admission into the Cooperative League of Systems, but they are harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.
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Little Fuzzy

by H. Beam Piper

THE H. BEAM PIPER MEGAPACK collects 33 novels, novellas, and short stories by H. Beam Piper, including such classics as LITTLE FUZZY, SPACE VIKING, and "He Walked Around the Horses."


Complete contents:


INTRODUCTION: MEET H. BEAM PIPER

TIME AND TIME AGAIN (1947)

HE WALKED AROUND THE HORSES (1948)

POLICE OPERATION (1948)

THE MERCENARIES (1950)

LAST ENEMY (1950)

FLIGHT FROM TOMORROW (1950)

OPERATION R.S.V.P. (1951)

DEAREST (1951)

TEMPLE TROUBLE (1951)

GENESIS (1951)

DAY OF THE MORON (1951)

ULLER UPRISING (1952)

NULL-ABC (1953)

THE RETURN (1954)

TIME CRIME (1955)

OMNILINGUAL (1957)

THE EDGE OF THE KNIFE (1957)

THE KEEPER (1957)

LONE STAR PLANET (1958)

GRAVEYARD OF DREAMS (1958)

MINISTRY OF DISTURBANCE (1958)

HUNTER PATROL (1959)

CROSSROADS OF DESTINY (1959)

THE ANSWER (1959)

FOUR-DAY PLANET (1961)

OOMPHEL IN THE SKY (1960)

NAUDSONCE (1962)

LITTLE FUZZY (1962)

A SLAVE IS A SLAVE (1962)

SPACE VIKING (1962)

THE COSMIC COMPUTER (1963)


OTHER WORKS (NOT SCIENCE FICTION)

REBEL RAIDER (1950)

MURDER IN THE GUNROOM (1953)


And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the other volumes in this great series, from science fiction to ghost stories to mysteries...and much, much more!


NOTE: This is version 3.0 of this ebook, and corrects a number of typos from previous versions.

Hugo
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A Woman of the Iron People

by Eleanor Arnason

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Lixia and the members of her human crew are determined not to disturb the life on the planet circling the Star Sigma Draconis which they have begun exploring. But the factions on the mother ship hovering above the planet may create an unintended chaos for both the life on the planet and the humans exploring it. As the anger increases on the ship, the ground crew becomes more and more affected by the conflict and begins to rely on their instincts to keep the project moving forward. Unexpected danger plagues the mission as Lixia is determined to expand her knowledge. 
John W. Campbell
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