Title:The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Media Type:Book
Author:Douglas Adams
ISBN:0330262130
Status:Available

If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe?

Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea.

And did anyone actually make a reservation?

Volume Two in the Trilogy of Five

Title:Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Media Type:Book
Author:Douglas Adams
ISBN:0330258648
Status:Available

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. It’s the final straw for Arthur Dent, who has already had his house bulldozed that morning. But for Arthur, that is only the beginning . . .

In the seconds before global obliteration, Arthur is plucked from the planet by his friend Ford Prefect – and together the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time.

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. From his fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron’s power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. On his eleventy-first birthday Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest — to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

Title:The Gunslinger
Media Type:Book
Author:Stephen King
ISBN:0340723351
Status:Available

In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Title:The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy
Media Type:Book
Author:David Eddings
ISBN:9780552554763
Status:Available

Long ago, the evil God Torak fought a war to obtain an object of immense power – the Orb of Aldur. But Torak was defeated and the Orb reclaimed by Belgarath the sorcerer.

Garion, a young farm lad, loves the story when he first hears it from the old storyteller. But it has nothing to do with him. Or does it? For the stories also tell of a prophecy that must be fulfilled – a destiny handed down through the generations.

And Torak is stirring again . .

Title:Childhood’s End
Media Type:Book
Author:Arthur C. Clarke
ISBN:0330105736
Status:Available

Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins….

Great Ghost Stories is a volume filled with strange sights, spirits, words and actions from beyond the grave. This rich and diverse collection brings together some of the best spooky writing of all time, with stories from Washington Irving, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Alexander Pushkin and O. Henry among others. From the haunting horror of Edgar Allan Poe, to the kindly probing of G. K. Chesterton’s detective priest Father Brown, these stories of human and inhuman passions and follies will delight all those who savour a tinge of the macabre and the sinister with their night-time reading.

Title:World War Z
Media Type:Book
Author:Max Brooks
ISBN:9780715637036
Status:Available

It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality.

Title:Magician
Media Type:Book
Author:Raymond Feist
ISBN:0586217835
Status:Available

At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician – and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever.

Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun.

Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Pug’s destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic…

Title:The Black Prism
Media Type:Book
Author:Brent Weeks
ISBN:9781841499048
Status:Available

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Title:Murder IN SPACE
Media Type:Book
Author:David V Reed
ISBN:9780140083705
Status:Available

The title says it all. It’s sort of a choose-your-adventure book with an open ending so good luck finding out who the killer is.

Title:Hellblazer: Damnation’s Flame
Media Type:Graphic Novel
Authors:Garth Ennis, Peter Snejbjerg, Steve Dillon, William Simpson
Donor:Jay Wilkinson
Status:Available

From the creators of Preacher Cynical, chain-smoking mystic John Constantine is drawn away from his London home on a disturbing and surreal trip to the United States. Caught on the metaphysical plane by the wizard called Papa Midnite, Constantine must regain his footing and escape Midnite’s horrific vision of America.

Title:Grandville
Media Type:Graphic Novel
Author:Bryan Talbot
Status:Available

In Grandville Talbot brings us another steampunk masterpiece. Inspired by the work of the nineteenth-century French illustrator Gérard, who worked under the pseudonym ‘Grandville’ and frequently drew anthropomorphic animal characters, it tells the story of detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard as he stalks a gang of murderers through the heart of Belle Epoque Paris. In this alternative reality France is the major world power and its capital is thronged with steam-driven hansom cabs, automatons and flying machines. The characters are mostly animals, though there is an underclass of humans, often referred to as ‘dough faces’, who resemble the ‘clear-line’ characters of Hergé’s Tintin books.

Title:Starsongs And Unicorns: Journeys Through Time And Space
Media Type:Book
Author:Eric Norden
ISBN:0532171896
Status:Available

A collection of short and trashy sci-fi stories that might contain beefcake or bronies.

WARNING: The book’s cover and title look very promising but the first story opens with a quote from Mein Kampf and only gets worse after that, or so we heard from the brave soul who didn’t made it further than chapter two. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

Title:Slabscape : Reset
Media Type:Book
Author:S. Spencer Baker
ISBN:9780956738707
Status:Available

SLABSCAPE : RESET takes place mainly on, or rather, in Slab; an extra-black spaceship the size of California that left Earth orbit in 2106 on a 20,000 lightyear voyage to the source of human suffering, or home as the locals call it. It wasn’t Slab-shaped when it departed, it looked more like a 350 Km high skyscraper with themed floors – but that was a long time ago. How long, is one of those questions the 32 million SlabCitizens prefer to not think about, seeing as they’re approaching lightspeed and time has an annoying tendency to dilate at those speeds. Or at least they were approaching lightspeed but the gravity drives seem to have stopped working.

One of the citizens has only just been revived from what he considers to have been a 360-year dream. He used to be known as Louie Drago back on Earth but now he has a new body, a new name and an almost entirely vacant memory. Fortunately, the original Louie, having been a pornographically wealthy, self-described ‘business gurulla’ had not only bought himself a one-way cryo-ticket which included having his body reengineered and returned back to its prime, he’d also had his entire personality digitised and uploaded to the ship’s systems as an interactive hologram. Well, we say ‘fortunately’ but so far, very few people feel they have benefited from that decision. His third wife was a tad irritated too.

Gravity and levity are in abundance – and in every direction.