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Five exciting novelisations of classic TV stories in which the Doctor and his companions encounter a colourful assortment of aliens. In Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters the TARDIS appears to land in the Indian Ocean, but something is very wrong. Here lie Drashigs... Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment sends the Doctor and friends to a future Earth, where a familiar opponent is subjugating humans. In Doctor Who: Full Circle the occupants of a distant planet are fleeing from Mistfall, and the coming of the Marshmen. Doctor Who: Frontios finds the TARDIS in the far future, with a planet undermined by the monstrous Tractators. In Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric an ancient evil stirs in 1940s England. Katy Manning, Jon Culshaw, Matthew Waterhouse, Christopher H Bidmead and Terry Molloy read these classic tales, originally published as Target Books paperbacks. (P) 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd Cover illustration by Andrew SkilleterShow more
Josh Harris had been New York's first net millionaire. He founded the city's first dotcom, Pseudo.com, and paved the way for a cadre of net-savvy twentysomethings to follow, riding a wave of tech euphoria to unimagined wealth and fame for five years, before losing it all in the great dotcom crash of 2000. Long before then, however, Harris's view of where the web would take us had darkened, and he began a series of lurid social experiments aimed at illustrating his worst fear: that the internet would soon alter the very fabric of society-cognitive, social, political, and otherwise. In Totally Wired, award-winning author and journalist Andrew Smith seeks to unravel the opaque and mysterious episodes of the twentieth century dotcom craze, in which the seeds of our current reality were sown. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Harris and the former pioneers who worked alongside him in downtown Manhattan's 'Silicon Alley,' the narrative moves from a compound in the wild south of Ethiopia, through New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London, and Salt Lake City, Utah; from the dawn of the web to the present, taking in the rise of retro-truth, troll society, and the unexpected origins of the net itself, as our world has grown uncannily to resemble the one Harris predicted-and had urged us to evade.Show more
In 1999, Andrew Smith was interviewing Charlie Duke, astronaut and moon walker, for the Observer. During the course of the interview the telephone rang and Charlie left the room to answer it. When he returned, some twenty minutes later, he seemed visibly upset. He'd just heard that, the previous day, one of his fellow moon walkers, the astronaut Pete Conrad, had died. 'Now there's only nine of us,' he said. Which meant that, one day soon, there would be none, and when that day came, no one on earth would have known the giddy thrill of gazing back at us from the surface of the moon. The thought shocked Andrew Smith. Moondust is his attempt to understand why. 'It left me spellbound...belongs to the same tradition as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff.' SUNDAY TIMES TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDINGShow more
It's his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he's haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team's stand-off and new captain. And somehow he's stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman-aka Ryan Dean's girlfriend, for now, anyway. Equally distressing, Ryan Dean's doodles and drawings don't offer the relief they used to. He's convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner-and then he runs into Joey's younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he's avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?Show more
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It's how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he's a real boy and not just a character in his father's bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he's ever loved. Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned-and learn how to write their own destiny.Show more
Brother, by Nigel Fairs Auron scientist Gustav Nyrron is back aboard the Liberator, on his way home. But Avon does not trust him, and soon a drugged Nyrron wakes to find himself in Avon's clutches on a devastated world. In this desert, their pasts are waiting for them... and a devastating truth that will shake their very beliefs to the core. Poison, by Iain McLaughlin Federation Freighter Antares is a ship with many secrets. Why is it making regular runs to a heavily guarded frontier world? Why is the hold out of bounds? And who is watching the crew's every move? Events take a dangerous turn when two new recruits come on board. Will Jance and Voss survive their very first mission together? Escape From Destiny, by Andrew Smith When the Liberator receives a distress signal from a planet it once helped save, Cally and Vila journey to a civilisation on the brink of collapse. There, they encounter Pasco, a scientist Cally first met years ago. The Federation is closing on Destiny - but should Vila and Cally stand in the way this time?Show more
Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place,Grasshopper Jungleauthor Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, arefugee from theMiddle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there"s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.Show more
Matthew Waterhouse reads this classic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure.The Doctor, Romana and K9 are heading for Gallifrey when they temporarily lose control of the TARDIS. The significance of this event is only revealed when they land, not on Gallifrey but on Alzarius. The planet's legendary Mistfall is approaching, a time when giant scaly creatures emerge from the swamps and go on the rampage, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.As the Alzarians take cover in the Starliner spaceship, one band of young rebels is determined to be different. Among them is Adric, a boy who inadvertently leads Romana and K9 into terrible danger. Will the Doctor be able to save all their lives and unravel the secret of Mistfall?Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric in the BBC TV series, reads Andrew Smith’s complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1982. Reading produced by Lyndsey Melling. Sound design by Simon Power. Executive producer: Michael Stevens.Show more
Velandra by Steve Lyons Blake is having bad dreams: a swamp, wolves, a woman called Velandra... and Travis. Could this be a memory that was erased by the Federation? Retribution by Andrew Smith A distress call leads Avon and Vila to an old tracking station on the moon of Lorean. It was sent by Ragnus Lang, formerly Vila's partner-in-crime. And now Lang needs Blake's help. Ministry of Peace by Una McCormack The Liberator crew are on the planet Speranza to assist its new interim government. But is the planet a beacon of hope in the fight against the Federation - or is Speranza's history about to take a darker path?Show more
The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara land on Hydra, where Admiral Jonas Kaan leads a flotilla of ships trying to elude the vicious race that has invaded their world. But his ships are being picked off one by one, dragged underwater by an unseen foe...Show more
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner. "Original, weird, sexy, thought-provoking and guaranteed to stir controversy.One hell of a book.", Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series "Andrew Smith is the bravest storyteller I know.Grasshopper Jungleis themost intelligent and gripping book I've read in over a decade. I didn't move for two days until I had it finished. Trust me. Pick it up right now. It's a masterpiece.", A. S. King, Printz Honor-winning author of Ask the Passengers and Please Ignore Vera Dietz "Grasshopper Jungle is about the end of the world. And everything in between.", Alex London, author of Proxy "In Grasshopper Jungle, it's as if Andrew Smith is somehow possessed by the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut. This book is nothing short of a brilliant, hilarious thrill-ride that is instantly infectious. But, the most beautiful thing about Grasshopper Jungle has nothing to do with the absurd or out-of-this-world. It is the deft hand by which Smith explores teenage love and sexuality that is truly breathtaking. In writing a history of the end of the world, Smith may have just made history himself.", John Corey Whaley, Printz Award-winning author of Where Things Come BackShow more
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