The novel “Mirror Dance” by Lois McMaster Bujold was published for the first time in 1994. It’s part of the Vorkosigan saga. It won the Hugo Award and the Locus Award as the best science fiction novel of the year. It was also published in an omnibus edition titled “Miles Errant” together with the novel “Brothers in Arms” of which it’s a sequel.
The novel “Hegira” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 1979 and revised for a new edition in 1987. Hegira is a planet with a diameter six times the Earth. Its inhabitants can read the history and culture of the Firstborn on one thousand kilometers tall obelisks but chronologically theose information go from the bottom up so people can reach only the oldest part of the Earth’s history on the first few miles.
Irish science fiction writer Bob Shaw was born on December 31, 1931 in Belfast, Ireland. He’s particularly famous for the idea of slow glass, which slows down the passage of light for even years so that people can see the past, but he wrote many more stories in which he developed several other ideas.
The novel “Our Lady of Darkness” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1977. Originally it was a shorter story titled “The Pale Brown Thing”, serialized in “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction” in 1974, which was later expanded into this novel. This longer version won the World Fantasy Award as best fantasy novel of the year.
The novel “Reward for Retief” by Keith Laumer was published for the first time in 1989. It’s part of the Retief series.