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George Zebrowski's Swift Thoughts
by George Zebrowski

In the title story to George Zebrowski's new collection, scientists push the boundaries of human mentality to keep pace with ever-evolving AIs. The juxtaposition of technology and humanism is the cornerstone of these twenty-four handpicked stories, which represent the length and breadth of a thirty-year career.

George Zebrowski

Bio: George Zebrowski’s thirty-five books include novels, short fiction collections, anthologies, and a book of essays. The Washington Post recently said: “You can trust yourself in the hands of certain masters, and George Zebrowski is one.”

His best known novel is Macrolife, which Arthur C. Clarke described as “a worthy successor to Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker. It’s been years since I was so impressed. One of the few books I intend to read again.” Zebrowski’s stories and novels have been translated into a half-dozen languages; his short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Stranger Suns was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

The Killing Star, written with scientist/author Charles Pellegrino, was praised by The New York Times Book Review as “a novel of such conceptual ferocity and scientific plausibility that it amounts to a reinvention of that old Wellsian staple, [alien invasion]...” The Washington Post Book World described the novel as “a classic SF theme pushed logically to its ultimate conclusions.” Brute Orbits (1998), an uncompromising novel about the future of the penal system, was honored with the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel of the Year. Cave of Stars, a novel that is part of the Macrolife mosaic, was published by HarperPrism in 1999, also to widespread acclaim. Swift Thoughts, a collection of twenty-four stories, with an introduction by Gregory Benford and a wraparound painting by Bob Eggleton, will be published by Golden Gryphon Press in early 2002.



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1 Swift Thoughts [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  This collection of stories showcases the work of George Zebrowski, one of science fiction's masters and a writer Hugo and Nebula Award winner Robert J. Sawyer has called "one of the most philosophically astute writers in science fiction." Like the writers Olaf Stapledon, Arthur C. Clarke, and Stanislaw Lem, Zebrowski explores the "big questions"--the expansion of human horizons, and the growth of power over our lives and the world in which we live. In the title story, scientists push the bounda... more info>> (Published: 2002)

Words: 114437 - Reading Time: 326-457 min.
Category: Science Fiction

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2 Black Pockets [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  In this masterful collection of horror stories, George Zebrowski divides these nineteen tales into Personal, Political, and Metaphysical terrors―stories to scare you individually, stories to frighten you as a social animal, and stories that should terrify the entire human race. In "I Walked with Fidel," a young man encounters a once politically powerful zombie; "Jumper" focuses on a young woman with a dark and troubled past; while in "The Coming of Christ the Joker," the light-hearted ba... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 108159 - Reading Time: 309-432 min.
Category: Horror

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3 Brute Orbits [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  High Crimes Call for High Punishment. It is the twenty-first century. Convicts are sentenced to asteroids that move in ever-widening solar orbits, timed to return when their terms run out. But a few ambitious administrators discover that small "errors" in velocity can rid them of selected groups altogether: the hardcore violent, the mentally defective, and especially the political dissidents. Enduring the black vise of interstellar space-time, these human rejects--men and women mixed together--c... more info>> (Published: 1998)

Words: 66953 - Reading Time: 191-267 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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4 Cave of Stars [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  Old Earth is gone. Humanity has been scattered to the stars. Some left their dying planet in spaceship arks, in search of new worlds to inhabit. Others, nanoengineered for near-immortality, explore the far reaches of interstellar space in gargantuan macrolife mobiles. An earthlike human society endures on the einvironmentally volatile planet of Tau Ceti IV--a rigid community of the faithful that has declared evil the science that caused the homeworld's destruction. The Church is the absolute po... more info>> (Published: 1999)

Words: 79500 - Reading Time: 227-318 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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5 Empties [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  From acclaimed writer George Zebrowski, a tale of urban terror. What do you tell yourself when impossible things begin to happen? What can you say? You're a police detective, but maybe you're just not good enough and that's what you have to admit, whether you like it or not. You see evidence of things that can't be real, but you just don't observe well enough to explain it in any natural way. Can you ask rational questions and still be crazy? Does it help any that you know your mind is gone? Yo... more info>> (Published: 2009)

Words: 61233 - Reading Time: 174-244 min.
Category: Horror
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6 Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  Subtitled A Mobile Utopia, this pioneering novel about the meaning of space habitats for human history, presents spacefaring as no work did in its time, and since. A utopian novel like no other, presenting a dynamic utopian civilization that transcends the failures of our history. Epic in scope, Macrolife opens in the year 2021. The bulero family owns one of Earth's richest corporations. As the Buleros gather for a reunion at the family mansion, an industrial accident plunges the corporation i... more info>> (Published: 1979)

Words: 113104 - Reading Time: 323-452 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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7 Stranger Suns [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  The orbiting tachyon detector was designed by physicist Juan Obrion to identify life in other star systems, but even though he expected to find some signs of life, he certainly didn't expect to find any life on earth. Juan discovers that a culture has been concealed for many years far below Antarctica, and Obrion ventures out as part of a four-man team to explore the unknown. Juan, Lena, Malachi and Magnus are awestruck when they discover a myriad of portals to parallel lands, but the maze they ... more info>> (Published: 1991)

Words: 99558 - Reading Time: 284-398 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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8 The Omega Point Trilogy [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  6599 A.D. The war between the Earth Federation and the Herculean Empire had been over for more than three centuries. The planet in the Hercules Globular Cluster is a cinder; the few descendents of the surviving Herculeans live on Myraa's World, half a galaxy away, in what seems to be a religious commune. But on an unnamed planet, deep within the Hercules Cluster, two survivors, father and son, gather their resources and plan a reign of terror against Federation worlds. But the woman Myraa has a ... more info>> (Published: 1983)

Words: 91735 - Reading Time: 262-366 min.
Category: Science Fiction
37 Reader Ratings:
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9 The Sunspacers Trilogy [MultiFormat]
by George Zebrowski
  The Sunspacers Trilogy is a trio of novels of an alternate, earth-based civilization. Sunspacer Young and idealistic philosophy student Joe Sorby must come to terms with adulthood while negotiating the gross injustices of interplanetary commerce. In Stars Will Speak, an alien signal is broadcast from the farthest reaches of the known galaxy � but will the scientists of earth decipher its warning in time? In Behind the Stars, young Max Sorby returns to earth after spending all of his life on a ... more info>> (Published: 1996)

Words: 150252 - Reading Time: 429-601 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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