Orpheus

Orpheus

Sarah Stegall

Fiction

In a future society that has reduced most humans to drones, a musician launches a revolution that spans worlds, but pays a high personal price.For years, hundreds of alien vessels hover over major population centres about the globe. Eventually these "Godships" become objects of worship.There are no lifeforms on board; the ships are sentient automatons.When they leave, they abduct several humans, including Gordon Blend.Gordon describes their journeys through the galaxy, debates the purpose of the Godships and the role, if any, of God.Eventually, they return to planet Earth. Because of space-time anomalies and time dilation, the planet has changed dramatically.
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Outcasts

Outcasts

Sarah Stegall

Fiction

On a dark and stormy night in 1816, a teenage girl sat down and invented science fiction. Mary Shelley was no more than 18 years old when she wrote Frankenstein. From the moment of its publication 200 years ago, readers have been wondering, as Mary put it, "How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?" Outcasts takes readers behind the scenes, to reveal the surprisingly contemporary thoughts and feelings of Mary, an unmarried mother and the lover of radical poet Percy Shelley, their friend Lord Byron, and the other guests at the "most famous literary party in history". What led the daughter of two of the most radical philosophers in England to turn her hand to horror?
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