Series Flinx of the Commonwealth
Illustrator Tim White Author Alan Dean Foster Year 1979 (first published 1977) Publisher New English Library/Ballantine ISBN 0-450-04304-5
Three entire planets are about to vanish and the Commonwealth’s scientists can do nothing to save
The disappearance of several small spaceships has proven the existence of a vast collapsar, an all-devouring black hole that is carving its way across the Galaxy. To evacuate the three planets in its course would be impossible. To stop such an incomprehensible astronomical force is not even worth contemplating.
There is a slim chance, a remote possibility that the key to survival lies with a strange and seemingly insane creature named Ab that Flinx adopts as his pet. No one knows or understands what Ab is or what powers he has. All Flinx knows is that he is suddenly very important — and with a death sentence on his head, he could soon be very dead.
Following THE TAR-AIYM KRANG and ORPHAN STAR THE END OF THE MATTER is the third book in Alan Dean Foster’s brilliant sequence featuring Flinx of the Commonwealth.
Illustrator Michael Whelan Author Alan Dean Foster Year 1982 Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine ISBN 0-345-29141-7
In The Beginning…
Before Man and insectlike Thranx had become allies, when the reptilian AAnn were just occasional raiders of Thranx colony worlds, one young Thranx agricultural expert lived a life of quiet desperation.
A dreamer in a world of sensible, stable beings, Ryo buried himself in his work—reclaiming marshland from a tenacious jungle—until he came across a letter describing a relatives encounter with horrid, two-legged, soft-skinned space-going beasts… Continue reading →
Illustrator Michael Whelan Author Piers Anthony Year 1984 (first published 1983) Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine ISBN 0-345-30518-3
THE MAN WHO MURDERED DEATH
Shooting Death was a mistake, as Zane soon discovered. For the man who killed the Incarnation of Death was immediately forced to assume the vacant position! Thereafter, he must speed over the world, riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others.
Zane was forced to accept his unwelcome task, despite the rules that seemed woefully unfair. But then he found himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved.
He could see only one possible way to defeat the Father of Lies. It was unthinkable— but he had no other solution! Continue reading →
Illustrator Gray Morrow Author Cordwainer Smith Year 1978 (first published 1975) Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine ISBN 0-345-27800-3
ROD McBAN THE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIRST
The Richest Boy in the Galaxy
He passed the test of the Garden of Death, but was still a telepathic cripple—a danger to Norstrilia his enemies claimed, as owner of the guarded planet’s key landholding: the Station of Doom.
The only road to safety, his computer told him, was to become the richest man in the universe… and he did, in one crowded, unbelievable night.
The computer’s logic was faultless… but Man isn’t logical. And now Roderick Frederick Ronald William MacArthur McBan 151st had a galaxy of people—and other beings—out to rob him, to use him… or to kill him!
Illustrator Darrell K. Sweet Author James P. Blaylock Year 1983 Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine ISBN 0-345-30376-8
INTO DARKEST BALUMNIA
Life as a man of leisure was becoming a bit dull for Jonathan Bing, Master Cheeser, so he welcomed Professor Wurzle’s invitation to visit the empty castle of Selznak, the Evil Dwarf. There they chanced upon a treasure map!
Soon Jonathan, his wonderpooch Ahab, Professor Wurzle, and Miles the Magician set off by boat for the location of the treasure… the unknown city called Landsend.
But between them and their goal lay the Case of the Missing Squire, the Attack of the Headless Oarsmen, a mysterious witch, some evil goblins—and the Secret of the Purloined Globe…