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Matthias Ranay has grown up in the low gravity and great glass citadels of independent Luna—and in the considerable shadow of his father, a member of the council that governs Luna’s increasingly complex society. But Matt feels weighed down on the world where he was born, where there is no more need for exploration, for innovation, for radical ideas—and where his every movement can be tracked by his father on the infonets.
Matt and five of his friends, equally brilliant and restless, have planned a secret adventure. They will trick the electronic sentinels, slip out of the city for a journey to Farside. Their passage into the expanse of perpetual night will change them in ways they never could have predicted… and bring Matt to the destiny he has yearned for.
The Wars of the Roses have put Edward IV on the throne of England, Lorenzo de’ Medici’s court shines brilliantly, and Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza plots in Milan. But this is a changed world, and medieval Europe is dominated by the threat from the Byzantine Empire. Sforza, the Vampire Duke, marshals his forces for his long-planned attack on Florence, and Byzantium is on the march. A mercenary, the exiled heir to the Byzantine throne, a young woman physician forced to flee Florence, and a Welsh wizard, the nephew of Owain Gly Dwr, seem to have no common goals but together they wage an intrigue-filled campaign against the might of Byzantium, striving to secure the English throne for Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and make him Richard III.
Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poems written over the course of two decades. It includes award winners and award nominees, as well as some rarities, amusements, and astonishments.
Here are short stories such as “Chromatic Aberration,” “Preflash,” “Erase/Record/Play,” and the title story, “Heat of Fusion,” that take us from the near past to the near future, and on into worlds of wonder. And there are poems—the award-winner “Winter Solstice, Camelot Station,” plus the amazing “Cosmology: A User’s Manual,” the rare “The Man in the Golden Mask,” and the moving “110 Stories,” which has never been published in book form.
Twenty-two works in all, gifts from the talent that Robert Jordan calls “the best writer in America, bar none.”