♥ Book Title : Too Many Magicians
☯ Full Synopsis : "Set in an alternate reality where Richard the Lionheart’s descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire, the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. In this late 20th century world, people still travel through pea fog by horse and carriage, but magic has made levitation and enchantment spells the norm, especially at a sorcerer’s convention. The International Sorcerer’s Convention is in full swing. Until London’s Chief Forensics Sorcerer, Sir James Zwinge, is found dead inside a locked room, that is. Master Sean O Lochlainn had been at odds with Sir James over competing breakthroughs in incision-free surgery, making him the prime suspect. It’s up to Lord Darcy to solve Sir James’ murder and exonerate his own forensic sorcerer and trusted assistant. But the mystery deepens when the murder of a Naval spy is connected to that of Sir James’ death. Conflict with Poland, a dominating world power, changes the game and suddenly there is a lot more at stake than the freedom of Lord Darcy’s old friend. Too Many Magicians was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1967, and the complete Lord Darcy series later won the Sideways Award for Alternate History."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Anchorite
☯ Full Synopsis : "There are two basic kinds of fools—the ones who know they are fools, and the kind that, because they do not know that, are utterly deadly menaces! The mountain was spinning. Not dizzily, not even rapidly, but very perceptibly, the great mass of jagged rock was turning on its axis. Captain St. Simon scowled at it. "By damn, Jules," he said, "if you can see 'em spinning, it's too damn fast!" He expected no answer, and got none. He tapped the drive pedal gently with his right foot, his gaze shifting alternately from the instrument board to the looming hulk of stone before him. As the little spacecraft moved in closer, he tapped the reverse pedal with his left foot. He was now ten meters from the surface of the asteroid. It was moving, all right. "Well, Jules," he said in his most commanding voice,"we'll see just how fast she's moving. Prepare to fire Torpedo Number One!" "Yassuh, boss! Yassuh, Cap'n Sain' Simon, suh! All ready on the firin' line!" He touched a button with his right thumb. The ship quivered almost imperceptibly as a jet of liquid leaped from the gun mounted in the nose of the ship. At the same time, he hit the reverse pedal and backed the ship away from the asteroid's surface. No point getting any more gunk on the hull than necessary."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Gandalara Cycle
☯ Full Synopsis : "Transported to the desert world of Gandalara, Rikardon and Tarani search for the lost city of Ka and the Ra'ira, the magical gem of Dyskornis"Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Takeoff!
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♥ Book Title : The Glass of Dyskornis
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ricardo Carillo wakes after a meteor explosion in a new body—and in a strange land of desert and danger named Gandalara, where a stolen gem holds the power to control or destroy. Ricardo, now renamed Rikardon, has cleared himself of accusations that he stole the sacred Ra’ira. But he still has enemies, especially in Gandalara’s seamy, dangerous underbelly. A powerful moneylender is threatening Rikardon’s loved ones to ensure a debt is repaid. For their safety, Rikardon leaves the city of Raithskar for Thagorn, home to the Sharith—a brotherhood of warcat riders like himself. Thagorn is expecting another new arrival too—an illusionist named Tarani, whose uncle, Volitar, is a famed glassblower with information on the Ra’ira’s whereabouts. Rikardon is drawn to the beautiful, intriguing Tarani, though she appears to be plotting against him. Tracking down Volitar forces them into an uneasy alliance... and into the path of a murderous villain intent on using the gem’s power to rule Gandalara, no matter what the consequences may be..."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Occasion for Disaster
☯ Full Synopsis : "A very small slip, at just the wrong place, can devastate any enterprise. One tiny transistor can go wrong ... and ruin a multi-million dollar missile. Which would be one way to stop the missiles.... "We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the causes of disaster." Theodore Roosevelt I n 1914, it was enemy aliens. In 1930, it was Wobblies. In 1957, it was fellow-travelers. In 1971, it was insane telepaths. And, in 1973: "We don't know what it is," said Andrew J. Burris, Director of the FBI. He threw his hands in the air and looked baffled and confused. Kenneth J. Malone tried to appear sympathetic. "What what is?" Burris frowned and drummed his fingers on his big desk. "Malone," he said, "make sense. And don't stutter." "Stutter?" Malone said. "You said you didn't know what it was. And I wanted to know what it was." "That's just it," Burris said. "I don't know." Malone sighed and repressed an impulse to scream. "Now, wait a minute, Chief—" he started."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Randall Garrett Megapack
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Randall Garrett Megapack" (and its companion volume, "The Second Randall Garrett Megapack") together encompass 42 classic-era science fiction tales by Randall Garrett. Readers interested in works by the author of the Lord Darcy and the Queen's Own F.B.I. series will find much of interest here! [Note that we omit one story--an early magazine version of a novel included in the second volume--as unnecessary.] "The Randall Garrett Megapack" -- focusing primarily on shorter words --collects 25 stories from the pages of Astounding Science Fiction Stories, Analog, and Amazing Stories. Included are: BELLY LAUGH HEIST JOB ON THIZAR THE MAN WHO HATED MARS THE JUDAS VALLEY THE PENAL CLUSTER DESPOILERS OF THE GOLDEN EMPIRE CUM GRANO SALIS BUT, I DON’T THINK DEAD GIVEAWAY ...OR YOUR MONEY BACK THE DESTROYERS IN CASE OF FIRE THE MEASURE OF A MAN DAMNED IF YOU DON’T BY PROXY THE HIGHEST TREASON A SPACESHIP NAMED McGUIRE HANGING BY A THREAD FIFTY PER CENT PROPHET HAIL TO THE CHIEF THE BRAMBLE BUSH ...AFTER A FEW WORDS... ANCHORITE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO THE UNNECESSARY MAN If you like this volume, you will definitely want to add "The Second Randall Garrett Megapack" too. (Available on this ebook store.) And don't forget to search for "Wildside Megapack" in this store to see the whole series, ranging from science fiction and fantasy to westerns, mysteries, ghost stories -- and much, much more!"Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Second Randall Garrett Megapack
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Second Randall Garrett Megapack" is the follow-up to "The Randall Garrett Megapack." Together, these two volumes encompass 42 classic-era science fiction stories by Randall Garrett. [Note that we omit one story--an early magazine version of a novel included in the second volume--as unnecessary.] This volume includes 5 of Randall Garrett's novels (cowritten with Laurence M. Janifer) and 14 short stories, including entries in the Queen's Own F.B.I. and Lord Darcy series. More than 1,300 pages of great science fiction reading! Complete contents: INSTANT OF DECISION (1953) TIME FUZE (1954) SUITE MENTALE (1956) QUEST OF THE GOLDEN APE (1957) PAGAN PASSIONS (1959) VIEWPOINT (1960) WHAT THE LEFT HAND WAS DOING (1960) PSICHOPATH (1960) THE ASSES OF BALAAM (1961) THE FOREIGN HAND TIE (1961) NOR IRON BARS A CAGE... (1962) UNWISE CHILD (1962) WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED (1963) BRAIN TWISTER (1962) THE IMPOSSIBLES (1963) SUPERMIND (1963) A WORLD BY THE TALE (1963) THIN EDGE (1963) THE EYES HAVE IT (1964) And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see all entries in Wildside's Megapack series -- including volumes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, westerns, and much, much more!"Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Return to Eddarta
☯ Full Synopsis : "After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body—and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra’ira grants its owner the power to rule—or to destroy... Victory is sweet—but for Rikardon and Tarani, it is all too brief. Although they have retrieved the sword of the Kings from the lost city of Kä, a savage battle with the vineh mars their journey back to Raithskar. These ape-like creatures were once controlled through the power of the Ra’ira. Now they pose a threat both to the cat-like sha’um and humanoid Gandalarans. To restore order, Rikardon and Tarani must travel to Eddarta, where Tarani can use the Ra’ira against the increasingly vicious vineh. First she must face her treacherous brother, Indomel, and convince the Council to name her High Lord in his place. Indomel will not take such betrayal lightly, but another danger is about to reveal itself—a sinister and ambitious traitor who has been hiding in plain sight all along."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Despoilers of the Golden Empire
☯ Full Synopsis : "I In the seven centuries that had elapsed since the Second Empire had been founded on the shattered remnants of the First, the nobles of the Imperium had come slowly to realize that the empire was not to be judged by the examples of its predecessor. The First Empire had conquered most of the known universe by political intrigue and sheer military strength; it had fallen because that same propensity for political intrigue had gained over every other strength of the Empire, and the various branches and sectors of the First Empire had begun to use it against one another. The Second Empire was politically unlike the First; it tried to balance a centralized government against the autonomic governments of the various sectors, and had almost succeeded in doing so. But, no matter how governed, there are certain essentials which are needed by any governmental organization. Without power, neither Civilization nor the Empire could hold itself together, and His Universal Majesty, the Emperor Carl, well knew it. And power was linked solidly to one element, one metal, without which Civilization would collapse as surely as if it had been blasted out of existence. Without the power metal, no ship could move or even be built; without it, industry would come to a standstill."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Lord Darcy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Welcome to a world where the Plantagenet kings survived, the laws of magic were discovered and the physical sciences never pursued. In the resulting Anglo-French Empire, a detective like Lord Darcy needs more than a keen mind and an observant eye. Luckily, Darcy can call on the aid of Master Sean O'Lochlainn, forensic sorcerer. This omnibus contains all of the Lord Darcy stories as well as the only Lord Darcy novel, TOO MANY MAGICIANS, and has a new introduction by Michael Dirda."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Murder and Magic
☯ Full Synopsis : "This Sidewise Award-winning series starring detective Lord Darcy and his sorcerer sidekick, Sean O Lochlainn, takes us into an alternate reality where Richard the Lionheart’s descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire and the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. Murder and Magic, comprised of the first four stories of the acclaimed Lord Darcy series, finds Lord Darcy solving murders using his wits, a keen eye for observation, and a few choice magic tricks. In “The Eyes Have it,” Lord Darcy must figure out who killed the taciturn playboy, the Count D’Evreux. In the political thriller “A Case of Identity,” Lord Darcy picks apart the disappearance of the Marquis of Cherbourg, especially mysterious considering the escalating cold war with Poland. Lord Darcy and Master Sean investigate a body coated in blue paint already occupying a coffin built for the late Duke of Kent in “The Muddle of the Woad.” Literary humor is at the heart of “In a Stretch of the Imagination,” where the head of an important publishing house commits suicide under suspicious circumstances."Article| Randall Garrett| Statement ..."