Hôpital psychiatrique de Gaustad, Oslo. À l’aube d’une nuit glaciale, le corps d’un patient est retrouvé étranglé dans sa cellule, la bouche ouverte dans un hurlement muet. Dépêchée sur place, la troublante inspectrice Sarah Geringën le sent aussitôt : cette affaire ne ressemble à aucune autre…
Et les énigmes se succèdent : pourquoi la victime a-t-elle une cicatrice formant le nombre 488 sur le front ? Que signifient ces dessins indéchiffrables sur le mur de sa cellule ? Pourquoi le personnel de l’hôpital semble si peu à l’aise avec l’identité de cet homme interné à Gaustad depuis plus de trente ans ?
Pour Sarah, c’est le début d’une enquête terrifiante qui la mène de Londres à l’île de l’Ascension, des mines du Minnesota aux hauteurs du vieux Nice.
Soumise à un compte à rebours implacable, Sarah va lier son destin à celui d’un journaliste d’investigation français, Christopher, et découvrir, en exhumant des dossiers de la CIA, une vérité vertigineuse sur l’une des questions qui hante chacun d’entre nous : la vie après la mort…
Et la réponse, enfouie dans des laboratoires ultrasecrets, pourrait bien affoler plus encore que la question !
Inspiré par des découvertes et des événements réels, Le Cri renvoie à nos peurs les plus intérieures. Un thriller sur la folie des hommes et le danger d’une science dévoyée, transformée en arme fatale.
The War of Souls is over, and the gods of magic have returned to Krynn. The two most powerful wizards in the world, Dalamar of the Black Robes and Jenna of the Red, join forces to seek and enter the Tower of High Sorcery in Wayreth Forest. The Tower has been conquered by evil, and wizards everywhere are summoned for a high council - the first new conclave. The future of magic will depend on controlling wild sorcery - and on the whim of a mysterious newcomer to the hallowed arts.
Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have---just barely---survived. They’ve stumbled from one crisis to the next: The rebellion of their human slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw’oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak.
Catastrophe looms again as past crises return---and converge. Who can possibly save the Fleet of Worlds from its greatest peril yet?
**Louis Wu?** Trapped in the Wunderland civil war, all he wants is to go home---but the only possible escape will plunge him into unknowable danger.
**Ol’t’ro****? **The Gw’oth ensemble mind fled across the stars to establish a colony world free from tyranny. But some problems cannot be left behind, and other problems---like the Fleet of Worlds itself---are racing straight at them.
**Achilles?** Despite past disgrace, the charismatic Puppeteer politician *knows* he is destined for greatness. He will do anything to seize power---and to take his revenge on everyone who ever stood in his way.
**Nessus?** The insane Puppeteer scout is out of ideas, out of resources, with only desperation left to guide him.
Their hopes and fears, dreams and ambitions are about to collide. And the winner takes . . . worlds.
The leader of the Wildrunners, Kith-Kanan, commits the ultimate heresy and falls in love with a human of intriguing background. His twin brother, the firstborn ruler of all Silvanesti elves, Sithas, declares war on the Ergothians, and Kith-Kanan must choose sides. Nobly, he fights alongside his proud race in the terrible Kinslayer Wars. But when the historic Swordsheath Scroll is signed, Kith-Kanan and his followers are forced into a tragic exile.
The Age of Light… Forests cover Ansalon. Under the legendary Silvanos, the elves of Krynn begin to tame the wilds and raise their crystal cities. But as the Elderwild Kaganos journeys toward a mystical encounter high in the mountains, he knows that, for his tribe, the woodlands must remain their eternal home. As centuries pass and Dragonwars rage, the tribe of Kaganos battles encroaching humans and the minions of the Dark Queen, aided by a potent legacy guided by revered Pathfinders… Until the wild elves stand upon the brink of the deadliest challenge of all—a challenge that marks a choice between annihilation and survival.
ARIAKAS WAS AMBITIOUS. Vast armies surge across Krynn, spreading shadows of evil dragonkind over the land. All these horrific forces follow the commands of one man... Ariakas, the Emperor of Ansalon. Warrior, priest, nobleman, king... he attains glory and power by climbing over the bodies of his enemies. And his rise is aided by Takhisis, his mighty mistress. Yet, when the ultimate victory of evil looms, Ariakas must master his own ambitions-or oppose the Dark Queen herself.
Gilthanas, legendary Hero of the Lance, has loved and lost. He drove his beloved away, unable to accept the fact that Silvara is not an elf, but an ancient dragon. Too late, he realized that she is the only person who can make his life complete. Now the elven prince quests to find his lost love. Assassins dog his trail as Gilthanas travels across an Ansalon scarred by Chaos and the coming of the Great Dragons, searching for his heart’s desire. Will Gilthanas find Silvara, or will death find him first?
For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact -- and grandest prize -- in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.
Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.
But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:
Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power ...
Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind -- and the Fleet of Worlds' unsuspected puppet master for a century -- is deviously brilliant. And increasingly unbalanced ...
Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which, in desperation, the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming -- and the supposed constraints on its initiative ...
Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world -- and that it must be stopped ...
Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer -- twice banished, and twice rehabilitated -- sees the Fleet of Worlds' existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks ...
One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.
”Widescreen galactic scope, nifty super-science, crafty aliens, corporate corruption and cover-ups, and a multileveled spy vs. spy vs. spy mystery...a first-class example of pure SF entertainment.”
—SF Site on Juggler of Worlds
“Exceptional freshness and suspense…full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics.”
“A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does, well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise.”
From the Back Cover
Praise for the Fleet of Worlds series
"Exceptional freshness and suspense ... full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics." -- Booklist
"A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does -- well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise." -- Locus
"A far-future SF mystery/adventure set two centuries before the discovery of the Ringworld by humans ... Intriguing human and alien characters and lucid scientific detail." -- Library Journal
"A very worthy addition to the ongoing Known Space future history." -- SciFi.com
"Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner have teamed up to write the prequel [to Ringworld], and it's well worth reading whether you've read Ringworld and its subsequent books or not." -- SFRevu.com
"As we have long expected from Niven, it's a great read, and Lerner -- as Analog readers know -- has the knack as well. You'll enjoy this one." -- Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Praise for the Works of Larry Niven
"The premier hard SF writer of the day." -- The Baltimore Sun
"Great storytelling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven." -- Orson Scott Card
"For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven." -- Steven Barnes
Praise for Edward M. Lerner
"Lerner's world-building and extrapolating are top notch." -- SFScope on InterstellarNet: Origins
"A fast, fun read." -- Sci Fi Weekly on Fools' Experiments
"Suspense and action enough to fuel any thriller, and even to drive it to the big screen." -- SFRevu on Small Miracles
A new place is being built, a world of huge dimensions, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before it. There is gravity, and with high walls and its proximity to the sun, a livable new planet that is three million times the area of the Earth can be formed. We can start again!
Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written! The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee . . . legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the Protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda--if anyone dares approach them to learn. Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own Protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a Protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld Throne? "Niven's work has been an intriguing and consistent universe, and this book is the keystone of the arch. . . . [His] technique is wonderfully polished, his characters and their situations are nicely drawn . . . wraps up (maybe) a corner of a very interesting universe." --San Diego Union-Tribune