The sequel to Bellamy’s Looking Backward where a young man falls asleep in 1887 and wakes in a utopian year 2000, where all social ills are solved. This novel continues the thread of his utopian vision.
Equality begins when Julian West returns to the year 2000 to continue his education. The book describes an ideal society in that year.
Julian West had been put into a hypnotic trance and placed in a sealed room. Then the house burned down and he was forgotten…until he awoke forty years later. It was the year 2000, and it seemed like Utopia.
But would it be Utopia for Julian West? He was a man of the past, totally unable to adapt to the unbelievable social, political and cultural changes; totally unable to assimilate the explosive advances in all branches of knowledge.
Julian West was a child, lost among the wonders of the Twenty-First Century – but he would have to adapt and learn if he wanted to survive.
Brilliant invention, a rich sense of humour, an equal facility for describing ideas and technologies – these are the ingredients of Knight’s extraordinary talent as an SF writer. This collection of stories takes the reader from the death bed of the last man on earth to the unlikely demise of a vegetable vampire – and proves that Knight was at the top of his form.
Shrouded – perpetually shrouded – by a blanket of clouds, the planet of Nidor made its slow way through space. A year on Nidor was equal to 3000 Earth-years. To the Nidorians change was unthinkable. Until the Earthmen arrived. And then a change cataclysmic, and the first for many a millennium, hit Nidor. A change that was to split the planet against itself.
Pacifica was a monument to freedom and equality-until the off-worlders came. The Femocrats, a party of female separatists, and the Transcendental Scientists, an institute of technofascists dedicated to male supremacy. Carlotta Madigan, Pacifica’s prime minister, and Royce Lindblad, her handsome young lover and media adviser, had to find a way to stop the Pink and Blue War-without becoming casualties themselves.
Meet David Falkayn, sharpest young trader in the Polesotechnic League and susceptible only to the lithe curves of unwary space-girls. In three ingenious, fast-paced tales of interplanetary adventure and intrigue, Falkayn shows himself equally handy with his wits and a blaster. See him untangle alien taboos, outwit alien invasions, manoeuvre adroitly through alien revolutions – and then twist everything up again for his own crafty purposes.
Three travellers find six very different worlds await their choice – if they have the courage to leave Eden…
On awakening in an idyllic tropical paradise, Rex is disoriented and possibly afflicted with amnesia. He knows his name, but the particulars are curiously missing. He spends his first week exploring, and discovers that his Eden-like paradise is surrounded by a huge unscalable wall 50 miles in circumference. Furthermore, there are six gateways at roughly equal intervals, but there is no way to climb up there and see where they go…
A chilling and mysterious voice becomes audible to Sanie shortly after she and her husband Jackson move into the decaying antebellum mansion that is the Bullard ancestral home in rural South Carolina. At first, she wonders if the voice might be a prank played by Jackson’s peyote-popping brother Will or his equally off-kilter sister Louise.
But soon Sanie discovers that the ghostly voice is merely a single piece of the decadent, baroque puzzle that comprises the Bullard family history, rank with sensuality, violence, repression and madness.
Revenge was all Leadford could think of as he set out to find the unfaithful Nettie and her adulterous lover. But this was all to change when a new comet entered the earth’s orbit and totally reversed the natural order of things. The Great Change had occurred and any previous emotions, thoughts, ambitions, hopes and fears had all been removed. Free love, pacifism and equality were now the name of the game. But how will Leadford fare in this most utopian of societies . . . ?
A fantasist without equal, Patricia A. McKillip has created worlds of intricate beauty and unforgettably nuanced characters. For many years, she’s drawn readers into her spell, spinning modern-day fables with a grace rarely seen.
Now she presents a book of short stories, full of beautiful dragons, rueful princesses, and handsome bards, and written in the gorgeous – and often surprisingly funny – prose she’s known for. This is her world, wrapped up in the finery of fairy tales