New Celebrations

New Celebrations

Alexei Panshin

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Nonfiction

Many books have been hailed as "in the tradition of" THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Not this one. It came first. It may, however, be something of a precursor. A space-operatic comedy of manners and meditation on life, a cheerful noir thriller, NEW CELEBRATIONS comprises the first three, and so far only, novels about the enigmatic Anthony Villiers, a young man who trails both a mysterious past and a six-foot furred toad companion whose papers are not in order. From a space-station gambling resort, to a nice camping venue in a nature reserve, to the masquerade on Delbalso where arboreal peels grunt like clockwork, Villiers tours many odd social circles of the interstellar Nashuite Empire. Hounded by want of cash, by assassins and, worse, bureaucrats, he remains polite, has fun, and makes an impression. Meet him and see.
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Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage

Alexei Panshin

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Nonfiction

In 2198, one hundred and fifty years after the desperate wars that destroyed an overpopulated Earth, Man lives precariously on a hundred hastily-established colony worlds and in the seven giant Ships that once ferried men to the stars. Mia Havero's Ship is a small closed society. It tests its children by casting them out to live or die in a month of Trial in the hostile wilds of a colony world. Mia Havero's Trial is fast approaching and in the meantime she must learn not only the skills that will keep her alive but the deeper courage to face herself and her world. Published originally in 1968, Alexei Panshin's Nebula Award-winning classic has lost none of its relevance, with its keen exploration of societal stagnation and the resilience of youth.**
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The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence

The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence

Alexei Panshin

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Nonfiction

In 1990, Alexei and Cory Panshin's massive history of science fiction, The World Beyond the Hill, won the Hugo award in competition with books by Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula LeGuin, and Harlan Ellison. Isaac Asimov called it, “The best, the BEST, history of science fiction I have ever read.” Exploring the genre from its roots in the Romantic Period to the late 20th century, the Panshins make the case for science fiction as modern mythology. Renowned literary critic Northrup Frye stated, "I learned a great deal from The World Beyond the Hill." The ElectricStory edition includes hyperlinked contents, index, and notes sections for easy navigation.
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Earth Magic

Earth Magic

Alexei Panshin

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Nonfiction

In Earth Magic, Alexei and Cory Panshin (Hugo winning authors of The World Beyond the Hill) create a mysterious world of shifting realities, arcane traditions and memorable characters. Haldane, son of the Get warlord Black Morca must flee for his life through a familiar landscape turned strangely alien, aided by a wizard of uncertain abilities and the hazardous favor of the Goddess Libera. His perilous journey will take him to a final battle amidst the standing stones of power of Stone Heath where he will discover his true destiny. An exciting, thought provoking tale by critically acclaimed and award winning masters of the genre.**
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