Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel´s dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries. In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth´s military. Captain Maddox of Star Watch Intelligence wonders if the ancient legend could be true. Would such an old starship be able to face the technology of the New Men? On the run from killers, Maddox searches for a group of talented misfits. He seeks Keith Maker, a drunken ex-strikefighter ace, Doctor Dana Rich the clone thief stuck on a prison planet and Lieutenant Valerie Noonan, the only person to have faced the New Men in battle and survived to tell about it. Maddox has to find a place hidden in the Beyond and bring back a ship no one can enter. If he fails, the New Men will replace the old. If he succeeds, humanity might just have a fighting chance... 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stifel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026030/bk_acx0_026030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An unabridged audio collection spotlighting the ´´best of the best” science fiction stories published in 2017 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In ´´My English Name”, by R. S. Benedict, an intelligent alien, who parasitizes an English teacher in China, falls in love. After a victorious space battle, an indentured robot finds a refugee who makes an offer it can’t refuse in ´´Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, by Tobias S. Buckell. In ´´The Moon Is Not a Battlefield”, by Indrapramit Das, an Indian soldier retires on Earth after spending most of her life on the moon. A young woman joins the US Army to fight terrorists after aliens arrive on Earth bearing tech gifts unevenly dispersed to humans in ´´Dear Sarah”, by Nancy Kress. In ´´An Evening with Severyn Grimes”, by Rich Larson, a gifted hacker uses cyberspace to extract payback on the rich businessman who put her in prison. Set in the author’s hexarchate universe, an ex-Kel super soldier is enlisted to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction stolen by a rogue general in ´´The Chameleon’s Gloves”, by Yoon Ha Lee. In ´´The Martian Obelisk”, by Linda Nagata, on a dying Earth, an architect remotely building a monument to mankind on Mars receives a message from an abandoned Mars colony. A petty meat counterfeiter is blackmailed into forging T-bone steaks for an anonymous thug in ´´A Series of Steaks”, by Vina Jie-Min Prasad. In ´´The Residue of Fire”, by Robert Reed, a torturer tries to cope with one of his alien victims who witnessed a pivotal moment in the lives of two immortals, in this Great Ship tale. And finally, in this Revelation Space tale, a starship captain wakes from hibernation with her ship stalled next to an alien artifact and a mutiny in progress in ´´Night Passage”, by Alastair Reynolds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Dheere, Nancy Linari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/atxt/000546/bk_atxt_000546_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rick Shelley’s Federation War trilogy begins with a novel that takes you through the barracks corridors and the trenches of war, bringing the war of the future home with a combination of battlefield action and home-town heroics. For Doug Weintraub of the Buchanan Planetary Commission, it begins with a fuzzy call, quickly cut off. Federation troops have invaded his world. The battle they’ve long feared and tried to avoid is coming. Now it’s time to seek help, to launch a rocket into Q Space, and hope for Second Commonwealth troops to arrive - and soon. Aboard the Starship Victoria, it begins differently. It’s a short, unexpected message on the screen for Sergeant David Spencer of the Royal Marines. New orders - surprising ones - that will send him and his men to an independent frontier world that’s become a new front in the war between the Commonwealth and Federation. Doug Weintraub and David Spencer soon find themselves in unexpected roles - a skilled warrior in the Royal Marines side-by-side with a back-world farmer. They’ll need each other to keep the Federation at bay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007887/bk_adbl_007887_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.