У кнігу Людмілы Рублеўскай увайшлі прыгодніцкія, дэтэктыўныя і фантастычныя творы. Фантазія аўтара пераносіць чытача то ў таямнічыя старасвецкія маёнткі, дзе жывуць ваўкалакі і захоўваюцца пёры сініх птушак, то ў сучасны студэнцкі інтэрнат для будучых мастакоў, дзе таксама ёсць месца таямніцы і рамантычнаму каханню, то ў фантастычны горад Б*, дзе пераплятаюцца антычныя міфы і беларуская гісторыя. Героям твораў даводзіцца праходзіць праз нялёгкія выпрабаванні, але вернасць, мужнасць і сумленнасць заўсёды перамагаюць хцівасць і падступнасць. Важнае месца ў прозе Л. Рублеўскай займаюць рамантычная гісторыя Беларусі і выхаванне любові да Радзімы.
Пярсцёнак апошняга імператара
Сэрца мармуровага анёла
Старасвецкія міфы горада Б*
Жаніх панны Данусі
Мастак: А. I. Карповіч
Do románu Lezvije britvy (Ostří břitvy, 1964; č. 1967) vložil autor množství hypotéz z oboru biologie, psychologie, etiky, estetiky atd.
Dobrodružný román nabízející exotiku, tajemství a napětí. Příběh, jehož děj je motivován honbou za černou korunou — starobylou památkou indické země. Napínavé vyprávění o cestě skupiny dobrodruhů, kteří se snaží indický poklad nezákonně získat a dostávají se na této cestě až do ticha indických klášterů..
Wie die Romane von George Orwell und Aldous Huxley, die von dem russischen Schriftsteller Jewgenij Samjatin beeinflußt wurden, gehört Wir zu den großen visionären Romanen dieses Jahrhunderts.
Schon 1920 entwarf Samjatin (1884–1937), von der Revolution enttäuscht, in seinem Roman die alptraumhafte Welt eines totalitären Staates. D-503, Bürger des Einzigen Staates und Konstrukteur des Raketenweltraumschiffes Integral, berichtet in seinem Tagebuch vom Leben in einer strahlenden, kristallen durchsichtigen Stadt, in der die Bürger als uniformierte Nummern leben. Von der Arbeit bis zur Liebe ist das Leben streng nach mathematischen Gesetzen organisiert, jede Regung wird beobachtet und kontrolliert. Doch D-503 entdeckt in sich dunkle Triebe aus einer längst vergangenen Zeit — bei ihm hat sich »eine Seele gebildet«. Die ganze seelenlose Ordnung der technischen Welt gerät durcheinander…
Es läuft nicht gut für Louis Rosen und Maury Rock – ihre Firma, die elektronische Klaviere und Orgeln produziert, steckt in einer tiefen Krise. Da ersinnt Maury eine völlig neue Geschäftsidee: Er will die Fabrik auf die Produktion von Simulacra umstellen – künstliche Menschen, die weltweit bereits für Hilfsdienste und niedere Tätigkeiten eingesetzt werden. Maury jedoch hat etwas anderes vor: Seine Simulacra sollen Kopien berühmter historischer Persönlichkeiten sein, gerade so, als wären diese Menschen nie gestorben. Mit der ersten dieser Maschinen – eine Kopie von Edwin M. Stanton, Kriegsminister unter Abraham Lincoln – scheint alles perfekt zu laufen. Doch dann beschließt Maury, den legendären Präsidenten selbst nachzubauen – und zunehmend geraten die Ereignisse außer Kontrolle…
Was ist ein Mensch? Mit dieser Frage hat sich Philip K. Dick zeit seines Lebens befasst, diese Frage hat er in etlichen seiner Romane – nicht zuletzt »Blade Runner« – thematisiert. Ist es möglich, dass wir eines Tages Maschinen erzeugen könnten, die nicht nur wie Menschen aussehen, sondern sich auch menschlich verhalten? Vielleicht sogar menschlicher als wir?
Titel der amerikanischen Originalausgabe
WE CAN BUILD YOU
Anton ist Soziologe und lebt getarnt als Adliger namens Rumata auf einem fremden Planeten, welcher sich noch tief im Feudalismus befindet. Er darf sich als Wissenschaftler von der Erde eigentlich nicht in die gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen des Planeten einmischen. Angesichts der menschenunwürdigen Lebensumstände seiner Mitbürger fällt ihm diese Neutralität aber sehr schwer. Der derzeitige Innenminister Don Reba nutzt die allgemeine Schwäche des Fürsten weidlich aus um ein fast schon faschistisch zu nennendes System aus Folter, Denunziantentum und Mord zu installieren, welches für volle Kerker und kurzweilige Hinrichtungen sorgt. Hier brennen nicht nur die Bücher; auch die Autoren kommen mit auf den Scheiterhaufen. Rumata kann durch Bestechung und Erpressung einige verfolgte Intellektuelle retten, aber das Leiden des Volkes kann er so nicht entscheidend lindern. Immer mehr beginnt er an dem Sinn dieser Nichteinmischung zu zweifeln…
In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly balanced equation. Primitive passions and instincts have been subdued. Even nature has been defeated, banished behind the Green Wall. But one frontier remains: outer space. Now, with the creation of the spaceship Integral, that frontier—and whatever alien species are to be found there—will be subjugated to the beneficent yoke of reason.
One number, D-503, chief architect of the Integral, decides to record his thoughts in the final days before the launch for the benefit of less advanced societies. But a chance meeting with the beautiful I-330 results in an unexpected discovery that threatens everything D-503 believes about himself and the One State. The discovery—or rediscovery—of inner space… and that disease the ancients called the soul.
A page-turning SF adventure, a masterpiece of wit and black humor that accurately predicted the horrors of Stalinism, “We” is the classic dystopian novel. Its message of hope and warning is as timely at the end of the twentieth century as it was at the beginning.
A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.
Set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.
Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. Miller's follow-up work, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, was published posthumously in 1997. (Wikipedia)
When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents—and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.
To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.
When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets—and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.
It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER’S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary teenage life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.
K-PAX is a novel about a psychiatric patient who claims to be from another planet (K-PAX), his relationship with his doctor (Gene Brewer), and with the other patients at the hospital, some of whom show remarkable improvement after speaking with "prot" (rhymes with "goat"). The novel was first published in March, 1995 by St. Martin's Press (New York), and subsequently in 20 countries around the world. K-PAX was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1996. Reviews have been excellent (see Amazon.com). The paperback version appeared in March, 2001.
About 65 million years ago, it is supposed that dinosaurs disappeared from Earth. But what if they had not been?
From a master of imaginative storytelling comes an epic tale of the world as it might have been, a world where the age of dinosaurs never ended, and their descendants clashed with the humans. The story is set in the Americas, where a clan of native humans survives by hunting and fishing. Suddenly they clash with a new race that comes from across the ocean — the lizards who are a much more advanced civilization, progressing not through technology, but through animal-breeding.
They breed new kinds of animals, each one serving as a machine designed for a specific purpose. A human teenager is caught by the lizards and survives in their city, first as an animal, then as a prisoner, then as a member of society. Still, his human instincts takes over and he betrays his masters, escapes and leads the humans to destroying the lizard city and driving them back across the sea.
This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.
The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
In this 1970's book, the author explores a society in the near future which totally controls and represses all members. Difference between members is negated to the point that all members of the society are considered alike - actually genetic manipulation has taken place to make everyone of equal height, skin color, etc.
Even worse is the mind control which extends to every portion of life - and is augmented by chemical infusions. There are only four names for girls and four names for boys. A frequent theme for the youth is winning and losing are t he same- it is the game. The only heroes of this world are Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei
Gradually, the protagonist, Li (or Chip - his forbidden name given by his grandfather) - begins to seek a way out of this stifling atmosphere.
His trials and tribulations - backsliding to the safe norm - and eventual fate make for one of the most exhilarating but depressing books I have ever read - given that it was written in 1970, it is amazing how much of the total control can be seen to be something that could actually happen.
J. G. Ballard is a British writer who has been called a “poet of death.” But Ballard, especially in the early part of his career, also wrote excellent extrapolative science fiction on social themes, and this haunting story is one of his finest.
Here Ballard speaks of the enslavement of the unconscious, of an economic system that forces people to consume against their will through the use of technology. Ballard makes an important assumption-the belief (at least implicitly) that people would not want to consume at high rates if they were not “forced” to do so. In a profound sense, “The Subliminal Man” is a basic critique of the underlying dichotomy that pervades the concept of advertising-that of needs versus wants. We all have basic needs like food, sex, clothing, and shelter. Almost everything else (including the book you are now reading) is wants, often artificially created by the culture in which we live. Think how much more difficult resistance would become if the technology of subliminal advertising were forced upon us. This threat goes beyond the financial difficulties that families would be in. We would also be threatened with dehumanization, for it is the ability to think and chose that separates us from the rest of the animal world.
Ballard’s story also assumes that industry will continue to manufacture products that will easily and quickly wear out, or if this is not the case, then it will find ways to make us dissatisfied with the products we now have. There is little evidence that things will change for the better.
This inventive fantasy from bestseller Fforde (The Eyre Affair) imagines a screwball future in which social castes and protocols are rigidly defined by acuteness of personal color perception. Centuries after the cryptically cataclysmic Something That Happened, a Colortocracy, founded on the inflexible absolutes of the chromatic scale, rules the world. Amiable Eddie Russett, a young Red, is looking forward to marrying a notch up on the palette and settling down to a complacent bourgeois life. But after meeting Jane G-23, a rebellious working-class Grey, and a discredited, invisible historian known as the Apocryphal man, Eddie finds himself questioning the hitherto sacred foundations of the status quo. En route to finding out what turned things topsy-turvy, Eddie navigates a vividly imagined landscape whose every facet is steeped in the author's remarkably detailed color scheme. Sometimes, though, it's hard to see the story for the chromotechnics.
Plant yourself under the covers and get ready for Seeds of Fear, fifth in the ground- breaking Hot Blood erotic horror anthology series. Pinup queen Brinke Stevens delivers the Introduction, and 19 original stories cultivated by editors Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett follow. Terror and titillation reach full, florid bloom as Bentley Little invites you to “See Marilyn Monroe’s Panties!” Ronald Kelly introduces a “Scream Queen” you won’t soon forget, Edward Lee follows his Stoker-nominated “Mr. Torso” (HB4) with “Grub-Girl” and award-winning author P. D. Cacek (Stoker, World Fantasy) welcomes her “Devil With a Blue Dress.”
These top-name horror writers bring you the freshest works guaranteed to raise goosebumps and scald the blood.