Surviving the Spike
Just before her eighteenth birthday Roberta Jennings finds out that she was born in an illegal experiment in genetic engineering. In the cover-up that follows, she gets sucked into a warped version of a witness protection program. Roberta ends up working for a private intelligence firm which immerses her in a world defined by the ambitions of the wealthy and powerful, and the technological pursuit of transcendence. She struggles to get her old life back, but cannot escape the intrigues surrounding her, which culminate in the mystery around a Medieval sword she has been ordered to deliver to an anonymous client – while being pursued by a team of killers determined to stop her. (You can preview the book here.)
The year is 1992, and the Soviet Union has just collapsed. Intelligence officer Nick McNab, wondering where his career will go with the Cold War over, finds himself approached by D.C.-based company Argus Consulting to go to Russia to try and infiltrate a secret Soviet-era military research program, the prizes from which may be up for grabs in the chaos. The assignment at first seems like a snipe hunt, but while in Russia Nick learns of the ellipton, a mysterious weapon of mass destruction which agents from several countries are pursuing. His bosses at Argus promptly assign him to get it, embroiling him in a covert international competition that has already turned bloody, and unknown to him, is exhuming a secret battle thought long over. (You can preview the first chapter here.)
Paris in the Twenty-First Century and Other Stories
Paris in the Twenty-First Century and Other Stories presents ten pieces of previously unpublished short fiction set in the same universe as the author's first book, Surviving the Spike. Besides the novella "Paris in the Twenty-First Century" this volume includes "Tales From the Singularity," the novella with which Surviving the Spike began.
Three of the book's stories – "Tales From the Singularity," "Paris in the Twenty-First Century" and "Crossroads" – are available as separate e-books.
After the New Wave: Science Fiction Since 1980
After the New Wave: Science Fiction Since 1980 presents ten of Nader Elhefnawy's previously published essays on science fiction in revised and updated editions, along with other material old and new. Dealing with topics ranging from the politics of post-cyberpunk to the Victorian roots of the techno-thriller, from the boom in steampunk to the evolution of the space opera, the book offers a big picture view of the genre's evolution during the last three decades.
For anyone interested in knowing where science fiction has been "after the New Wave," and where it is going now, this book is essential reading.
The Many Lives and Deaths of James Bond: From Casino Royale to Skyfall
The Many Lives and Deaths of James Bond: From Casino Royale to Skyfall looks at both the James Bond novels, and the James Bond films, and how they have related to each other, and to pop culture generally, from the place of Ian Fleming in the history of the spy novel, to how the James Bond films have shaped the action movie, to how the series has responded to six decades of cultural and political change.
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