Sunday, July 7, 2013

Content Index For "The Sci-Fi Bundle" By StoryBundle


These are the items that were included in "The Sci-Fi Bundle" sold by StoryBundle around July of 2013.

Disclaimer: All content was taken directly from the StoryBundle page and is listed here for historical and reference purposes only. Bundle Index is not associated with StoryBundle.

We just like buying eBook bundles but often find that once we've purchased the bundles we often have a hard time knowing which book to read (especially if it's long after the sale has ended).

Read on past the jump for the index.

Quick Index:


Standard Books included in The Sci-Fi Bundle:

Hopscotch by Kevin J. Anderson


"Suppose you could switch bodies with another person. What exciting new experiences would you choose to explore? What forbidden desires would you indulge?

Suppose someone stole your life? Stole your body? How far would you go to get it back?

HOPSCOTCH is a pure adrenaline thriller of hijacked identities, elusive motives, and deeply buried secrets. Four friends on a journey through a futuristic world where body-swapping is commonplace and the very definition of humanity has been changed: one an artist who wants to experience every aspect of life, one a seeker looking for her soul, one an inadvertent murderer who has to swap from body to body, always on the run ... and one the friend who must hunt him down."

Author

"Kevin J. Anderson is the author of over 115 books, 51 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, and New York Times Notable Book.

Kevin has coauthored fifteen books in the DUNE saga with Brian Herbert. Kevin’s epic SF series, "The Saga of Seven Suns," is a 7-volume opus that topped international bestseller lists. He has written numerous STAR WARS projects, including the Jedi Academy trilogy, Darksaber, the Young Jedi Knights series (with Moesta), and Tales of the Jedi comics from Dark Horse. He wrote three X-FILES novels, including the #1 bestseller GROUND ZERO, and he also collaborated with Dean Koontz on the novel FRANKENSTEIN: PRODIGAL SON, which sold a million copies in the first year of its release."

Reviews

“Ingenious SF Fantasy”
–Kirkus Reviews

“HOPSCOTCH is cracking good—swift, sure storytelling, with more plot twists than a snake and twice the bite.”
–Gregory Benford, Nebula-award-winning author of Timescape

“Anderson delivers a taut, imaginative tale of SF acxtion and intrigue that blends a noir atmosphere with personal heroism and courage”
–Library Journal


In Hero Years...I'm Dead by Michael A. Stackpole


"In Hero Years... I'm Dead is New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole's first Digital-Original novel. It's Superhero-Noir—what you'd get if Dash Hammett had written The Watchmen®.

Twenty years ago someone stole him away from Capital City. Having been released from captivity he returns to find everything changed. The great heroes of his day, men who could move planets or tear apart criminal syndicates, have all retired. A new breed of hero has sprung up to deal with a perplexingly new brand of villain. It's a world that makes no sense, and a world which, if he persists in playing the hero, will surely see him dead.

In Hero Years... I'm Dead mixes action, dark humor, satire and strong characters into a thrilling page-turner. It's superheroes facing challenges both in costume and out, battling a cunning enemy bent on destroying all they have worked so hard to preserve.

The Deluxe Edition of In Hero Years... I'm Dead includes a long essay about the story's genesis and the author's process in writing it. It's full of insights about the labors of producing a novel and is a rare chance to look behind the scenes at how a book comes together."

Author

"Michael A. Stackpole is a NewYork Times bestselling author and award winning podcaster, novelist, editor, graphic novelist, screen writer, computer game designer and game designer. His best known novels— I, Jedi and —are set in the Star Wars ™ Universe. He’s written over forty-five novels, and his work has been translated into ten languages. His latest novel is set in the World of Warcraft™ universe: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.

When not working, he enjoys dancing and has great fun cultivating a taste for expensive Scotch whisky. You can read more about him, his work, and the occasional Scotch review at his website: stormwolf.com or you can follow him on Twitter via @mikestackpole."

Reviews

Yet In Hero Years…I’m Dead is a different kind of story. This isn’t Star Wars; this is superheroes. There is no fighter combat; there is hand-to-hand combat. But the characters are still deep, flawed, and completely compelling. For fans of Superman, Batman, or any other superhero franchise, this is right up your alley.
–Skuldren for Roqoo Depot

“Very good. Yet another fine novel that your garden variety characters didn't know what to do with.”
–Blue Tyson for Not Free SF Reader

“The book is very fun and Stackpole (who is perhaps best known as a New York Times best-selling author for his work in the Star Wars universe) is clearly at home in the fights and tights genre. He adds a dystopian twist to the genre not seen played this well since Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.”
–Bryan Young for Big Shiny Robot


On My Way to Paradise by David Farland


"In a world of ever-worsening crisis, Angelo Osic is an anomaly: a man who cares about others. One day he aids a stranger. . .and calls down disaster, for the woman called Tamara is also a woman on the run, the only human with the knowledge that will save Earth from the artificial intelligences plotting to overthrow it.

Fleeing the assassins who seek him as well as Tamara, Angelo seizes the only escape route available: to sign on as a mercenary with the Japanese Motoki Corporation in its genocidal war against the barbarian Yabajin. Jacked into training machines that simulate warfare, Angelo "dies" a hundred times. . .and is resurrected to fight again. In a world of death, he dreams only of life--and the freedom to love once more."

Author

"David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times Bestselling Author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for "Best Novel in the English Language" for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise, and has won the Whitney Award for "Best Novel of the Year" for his historical novel In the Company of Angels, and he has won the International Book Award for "Best Young Adult Novel of the Year" for his fantasy thriller Nightingale."

Reviews

"I hesitate to tell you that this is Dave Wolverton's first novel. The book is so mature in its sensibility and so strong in its artistry, so deep in its invention that most of us who write fiction would be proud to have such a novel as the culmination, not the beginning, of our career.
–Orson Scott Card, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Wolverton paces the action smartly, and in the final chapters introduces a surprise revelation that throws the motivation for Angelo's decision, as well as its consequences, into complex relief. By keeping his moral vision firmly wedded to a gripping plot, Wolverton creates speculative fiction with both emotional depth and resonance.
–Publisher's Weekly

The author's profound insights into the brutal reality of modern warfare, as well as his faith in the triumph of human compassion, make this first novel an excellent selection for most sf collection.
–Library Journal


Santiago by Mike Resnick



"“They call him Santiago.”

So opens this international bestseller by 5-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick, which has been continuously in print since its initial publication in 1986. It is about myth and legend and all those things that can fire the imagination, now or 4,000 years from now, as the very best bounty hunters in thegalaxy close in on the elusive King of the Outlaws, and suddenly unexpected circumstances force equally unexpected decisions from them."

Author

"Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. When you add in novels and non-fiction books, he stands 4th on the all-time list. He is the winner of 5 Hugos from a record 36 nominations, plus other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Croatia, Spain, Catalonia and Poland. He’s the author more than 70 novels, more than 250 stories, and 3 screenplays, and the editor of 41 anthologies. He is currently editing the Stellar Guild line of books and Galaxy’s Edge magazine. Mike was the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon."

Reviews

“Santiago is a first-class space opera, maybe the best ever written.”
–Fantasy Review

“Space opera, yes – but also a work that ranks with Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.”
–Science Fiction Review

“Santiago is an explosion of creativity, bursting with life and wonder and glorious adventure!”
–South Bend Tribune

“This one is a definite don’t-miss. If you remember your childhood yarns at all fondly, and you have any taste for fables, complete with morals, you will be delighted.”
–Analog

“Santiago belongs in your hands, in your library, in your memory.”
–Orson Scott Card


Swarm by B. V. Larson


"Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet!

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there....

SWARM is the story of Earth's annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war and faced with extinction. SWARM is an 88,000 word novel of science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson."

Author

"B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of over twenty novels. Most of his work is Fantastic in nature and spans from Military Science Fiction to Epic Fantasy. A California native, B. V. Larson's stories has three kids and currently teaches college. He writes textbooks as well as fiction."

Reviews

On top of a solid premise, what takes Swarm and the entire Star Force Series to the next level is Larson’s polished style. He cares about his craft enough to provide a well-edited, tightly written tale that keeps the pages turning.
–Indie Book Reviews

When you pick up this book, physically or digitally, be prepared to be unwilling to put it down until you finish it!
–Amazon Reviews

The military style space battle with the hard-core sci-fi background in this book really comes true, without the excessive jargon. This book brings you everything required to make for a good sci-fi book.
–SciFiFix.com


The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch



"The Disappeared is Flint’s very first adventure, the story that turns him from a police detective in the Armstrong Dome on the Moon into a Retrieval Artist. In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child. Now three cases have collided: a stolen spaceyacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run, trying to Disappear to avoid alien prosecution. Flint must enforce the law—giving the children to aliens, solving the murders, and arresting the woman for trying to save her own life. But how is a man supposed to enforce laws that are unjust? How can he sacrifice innocents to a system he’s not sure he believes in? How can Miles Flint do the right thing in a universe where the right thing is very, very wrong?"

Author

"International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won or been nominated for every major award in the science fiction field. She has won Hugos for editing The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and for her short fiction. She has also won the Asimov’s SF Magazine Readers Choice Award six times, as well as the Anlab Award from Analog Magazine, Science Fiction Age Readers Choice Award, the Locus Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. Her stand-alone sf novel, Alien Influences, was a finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. I09 said her Retrieval Artist series featured one of the top ten science fiction detectives ever written. She writes a second sf series, the Diving Universe series, and she writes a fantasy series called The Fey. She also writes mystery, romance, and fantasy novels, occasionally using the pen names Kris DeLake, Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott."

Reviews

One of “the top ten greatest science fiction detectives of all time.”
–Io9

The SF thriller is alive and well, and today’s leading practitioner is Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
–Analog

Rusch is a great storyteller.
–RT BookReviews


On July 10th the following book was added as a regular part of the bundle.


Lightspeed Magazine by Lightspeed


In our June 2013 issue, we have original fantasy by Megan Arkenberg ("The Huntsman") and Christopher Barzak ("Paranormal Romance"), along with fantasy reprints by Theodora Goss ("Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon") and from Shawn Speakman's new all-star charity anthology, Unfettered, we have a new story from Carrie Vaughn ("Game of Chance").

Plus, we have original SF by Sarah Grey ("The Ballad of Marisol Brook") and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley ("Alive, Alive Oh"), and SF reprints by Paul Park ("Get a Grip") and Ken Liu's current Hugo Award finalist ("Mono no aware").

Our featured novella reprint this month is "The Fool's Tale" by L. Timmel Duchamp, and our featured novel excerpt is from Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey.

And of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Nalo Hopkinson and Robert J. Sawyer.

Author

Lightspeed is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales.

Reviews

“Outstanding. These stories make it clear why Adams and the magazine have already separately been nominated for Hugo awards. Years of work on F&SF; and numerous lauded reprint anthologies have clearly honed Adams’s talents and prepared him to be a major force in the field.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Highly recommended.”
—SF Signal

"A testament to how much science fiction remains relevant to our lives and our imaginations. It's a firm rebuttal to those who say ‘the future is already here, no need to write about it anymore.'"
—Examiner.com

“First-class. Lightspeed's accolades are well deserved.”
—Tangent Online


Bonus Books included in The Sci-Fi Bundle:

High-Opp by Frank Herbert


"A never-before-published novel by Frank Herbert, author of the international bestseller Dune.

EMASI—Each Man A Separate Individual!

That is the rallying cry of the Seps, the Separatists engaged in a class war against the upper tiers of a society driven entirely by opinion polls.

Those who score high in the polls, the High-Opps, live in plush apartments, with comfortable jobs, every possible convenience. But those who happen to be low-opped, find themselves crowded in Warrens, with harsh lives and brutal conditions.

Daniel Movius, Ex-Senior Liaitor, rides high in the opinion polls until he becomes a casualty, brushed aside by a very powerful man. Low-opped and abandoned, Movius finds himself fighting for survival in the city’s underworld. There, the opinion of the masses is clear: It is time for a revolution against the corrupt super-privileged. And every revolution needs a leader."

Author

"Frank Herbert, the visionary author of Dune, wrote more than twenty other novels, including Hellstrom’s Hive, The White Plague, The Green Brain, and The Dosadi Experiment. During his life, he received great acclaim for his sweeping vision and the deep philosophical underpinnings in his writings. His life is detailed in the Hugo-nominated biography Dreamer of Dune, by Brian Herbert.

Other Frank Herbert novels available from WordFire Press include Destination: Void, The Heaven Makers, Direct Descent, The Jesus Incident (with Bill Ransom), and his last-published novel, Man of Two Worlds, coauthored with his son Brian Herbert."

Reviews

“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”
–Chicago Tribune on Dune

“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.”
–Sir Arthur C. Clarke on Dune

“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed…A story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas…An astonishing science-fiction phenomenon.”
–The Washington Post on Dune

“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”
–Robert A. Heinlein on Dune

“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”
–Louisville Times on Dune


The Stars in Shroud by Gregory Benford



"The alien Quarn struck suddenly at the heart of Earth's interstellar Empire; their weapon a deadly plague, a soul-twisting assault that stripped away the veneer of civilization, and sent its victims fleeing back a million years to the safety of the ancestral caves.

No one knew how the Quarn spread the plague. No one knew why they wanted to destroy humanity.

But Captain Ling Sanjen had thought of a way to stop them…"

Author

"Gregory Benford, author of top-selling novels, including Jupiter Project, Artifact, Against Infinity, Eater, and Timescape, is that unusual creative combination of scientist scholar and talented artist; his stories capture readers - hearts and minds - with imaginative leaps into the future of science and of us.

A University of California faculty member since 1971, Benford has conducted research in plasma turbulence theory and experiment, and in astrophysics. His published scientific articles include well over a hundred papers in fields of physics from condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas and mathematical physics, and several in biological conservation.

Often called hard science fiction, Benford's stories take physics into inspired realms. What would happen if cryonics worked and people, frozen, were awoken 50 years in the future? What might we encounter in other dimensions? How about sending messages across time? And finding aliens in our midst? The questions that physics and scientists ask, Benford's imagination explores."

Reviews

"Zowie, the themes in this one. Crippling, contagious agoraphobia as a weapon! Humanity's desire to explore and expand! Religion!"
–Goodreads

"Can't really sum this one up. It has perfectly horrifying moments, like the housing used by the folks mentioned with the above malady. Here's a hint, it's called "The Slots"."
–Goodreads

“Likely to be considered one of the best SF novels of the year…a powerfully evocative book.”
–Algis Budrys

“Benford is a rarity: a scientist who writes with verve and insight not only about black holes and cosmic strings, but about human desires and fears.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Typical Benford virtues…a gritty, three-dimensional future, a believable hero, a real flair for the alien.”
–Publishers Weekly

“A confident grasp of the workings and consequences of bio technics, a gift for action scenes and an ability to conceive of a creature as awesome and wondrous as his Aleph. A worthy successor to Timescape.”
–Booklist

Conclusion

So there you have it. The content index for "The Sci-Fi Bundle" by StoryBundle.

We hope this index will be useful as you either make your way through the books in the bundle and/or help you pick and choose which to read.

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