An alien spore infects a homeless alcoholic, first steps towards infecting and dominating the world… but it expected to face a hive-mind, not a species of individuals.
In a near-future Nigeria, beneath the emergence of a strange alien dome, a psychic working for the government sets out to find why others of his kind are dying.
Father Ruiz-Sanchez, biologist and Jesuit priest, struggles with a moral and ethical dilemma: a planet whose inhabitants are innately peaceful, moral, and without God.
Industrialist Simeon Krug’s dream is to contact the source of an alien code broadcast to Earth, building his communications tower on the backs of android servitors yearning for their freedom.
“Here we are: in the enclosure. It has been some two years and four months since we were placed here and now, past the initial riots and educative tortures, things are comfortable.”
When humanity finds another spacefaring race wallowing in mud and its own excrement, its unpleasant characteristics cause human scientists to question its intelligence.
Red Schuhart is a stalker, meaning he sneaks into the guarded Zone of Alienation where extraterrestrials once landed, grabbing the aliens’ left-behinds and selling them on the black market.
Humans arrive on a planet populated by matriarchal bee-like humanoids living in a strict caste system. While commenting on gender roles and monogamy, it turns into an adventure novel.
Scientist Kelvin arrives at his research station to find things amiss: the sentient ocean he’s to study is sending human simulacra dredged from the scientists’ memories.
Sociopathic artist is picked to be Earth’s representative in a multi-species armada trying to hold back the titular Horde, which is decimating every planet in its path.
A heavily philosophical utopian SF novel with a distinct underlying theme: if someone/something is gullible or naive, it’s one of the only likable characters in the book. A fatalistic experiment that is largely hit-or-miss, though one riddled with complexity and creativity.