It’s the biggest and best book sale yet.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend by topping off your library. Select from over eighty titles each priced at $0.99, including more than a dozen that are absolutely free.
The selection includes top science fiction, fantasy, and adventure authors like Deplora Boule, C.J. Carella, Paul Clayton, Travis Corcoran, Larry Correia, David Drake, Eric Flint, Declan Finn, Sarah Hoyt, Tom Kratman, Robert Kroese, Jon Mollison, John Ringo, David Weber, David J. West, Michael Z. Williamson, and a wide range of other established and emerging talent.
Note that pricing is set by the authors or their publishers, so please confirm before you buy.
Updated to add For Steam and Country and The Steam Knight by Jon del Arroz, A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys, and nonfiction works by science fiction grandmaster, John C. Wright.
Updated again to add Battle for the Wastelands by Matthew W. Quinn, Fireammer and Souls in Silicon by Jeff Duntemann, and Texas Otherworld by Denton Salle.
Updated to add Mikhail Voloshin’s cyber-crime thriller, Dopamine.
Updated to add Jon Del Arroz’s The Stars Entwined.
Updated to add fLUX Runners by William Joseph Roberts.
Updated to add Honor at Stake.
Through the Lichgate (The Drama Club Presents)
by Kyle Adams
Thana Ayers may seem like any other girl her age, struggling to balance schoolwork, drama club activities, and her religious parents. But at night, she battles unholy monstrosities with her own astonishing abilities to control the dead. Thana’s never lost a battle. That is, until a mysterious creature appears unlike any she has faced before.
This strange presence threatens to unravel Thana’s carefully balanced life and reveal her powers to the world. It also promises to show her the secrets of the lichgate and unlock her true power, but all power comes with a cost.
The Long Black (The Black Chronicles Book 1) by J.M. Anjewierden
Morgan always assumed that if she could survive growing up in the mines of Planet Hillman – feared for its brutal conditions and gravity twice that of Earth – she could survive anything.
That was before she became a starship mechanic. Now she has to contend with hostile bosses, faulty equipment, and even taking care of her friend’s little girl. Once pirates show up, it’s a wonder she can get any work done at all.
Penny Dreadful and the Clockwork Copper (Clockwork Justice Book 1)
by J.M. Anjewierden
Accidentally-sentient clockwork Viva-3 may look human, but to the brutal secret police she’s an expendable tool.
Sent undercover to find the identity of the city’s vigilante hero, all she wants is freedom. Perhaps the hero could be friend rather than foe.
Death from the Claret Jug: A Hacker Golf Mystery
by James W. Bartlett
Hacker’s back and the Royal & Ancient will never be the same!
There’s trouble afoot in the Auld Grey Toon when golf writer Hacker and the world of golf arrive in St. Andrews for the playing of the Open Championship.
Before the tournament begins, a golf official is murdered and dropped into the Bottle Dungeon at St. Andrews Castle.
One prime suspect is a celebrity American resort developer. But there’s a University professor trying to outlaw golf and disrupt the tournament. And shady Russians turn up everywhere–chasing a caddie friend of Hacker and serving cocktails for the Marquis Cheape, who just happens to own the land beneath the Old Course.
Can Hacker solve the mystery before the tournament ends? Will his girlfriend Mary Jane enjoy her first visit to the Home of Golf? Does it rain in Scotland? Can you make bogey on the Road Hole without even trying?
This is the fifth Hacker Golf Mystery by James Y. Bartlett, best-selling author of Death in a Green Jacket and the other Hacker novels. Bartlett is one of the most-published golf writers of his generation. Golfweek called him “the Dick Francis of golf.”
Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1: A Space Adventure Anthology
by J.D. Beckwith
Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.
In this volume:
The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.
The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.
by J.D. Beckwith
Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.
Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?
Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.
The Narrative by Deplora Boule
She’s plucky, she’s ambitious, and she’s determined to climb to the top of the broadcast journalism world! She’s just what entertainment news is looking for, gifted with good looks, an elite journalism degree, and uncanny reporter senses that tingle when news is about to break. From selectively editing footage of injustices to dressing in her finest vaginery at the historic Million Muff March, there’s nothing she won’t do to get her story!
She’ll use her impeccable social justice credentials to keep climbing. Will she break the scoop of the century? Or will the scoop break her? Just follow “The Narrative” and find out.
Book Review: The Narrative by John Walker.
November Homecoming: A Yearly, Texas Romance
by Bokerah Brumley
When Rebecca returns to Yearly and hires a local contractor, sight unseen, she doesn’t expect to come face to face with the ex she left behind…
Rebecca Martin, a high-powered executive chef, doesn’t want her widowed mom to lose their family home, and she thinks she’s found the perfect way through.
Open a restaurant in her home town.
That way, Rebecca will achieve her lifelong dream of running a restaurant and her mom will have an income. It’s the perfect scheme. Two birds, one stone, and the best laid plan. Then she meets the contractor… her now-successful ex.
Johnny Cash Williams is the local do-it-all man. He hangs drywall and nails down roofing shingles while sporting a bushy beard and a million-dollar grin. Cash knows how to rewire a house, but he doesn’t know how to handle the sparks when his old flame returns to Yearly.
The town’s not big enough for the two of them. Yet, for the sake of both their families, the duo must learn to make things work.
November Homecoming has a touch of laughter, a few tears, and a lot of heart in a small-town, second-chance romance.
by C.J. Carella
They picked a fight with the wrong species.
A NATION AT WAR: The United Stars of America. Born in the conflagration of unprovoked alien attack, the newest entrant to galactic politics took the few crumbs of hypertech gifted to it and ran with them, soon expanding over dozens of star systems and establishing a wide trade network, protected by its powerful Navy and the dreaded Warp Marines.
A FIGHT TO THE DEATH: A single Marine platoon, tasked with protecting an embassy on a hostile alien planet. An embassy – and the human enclave around it – that soon finds itself surrounded by armed mobs. Can the Marines and a ragtag band of civilian and Navy personnel survive long enough to be rescued?
Crossing Over by Paul Clayton
An American family tries to survive the beginnings of the second civil war. Set some time in the not-too-distant future, the existence of two simultaneous presidents has split the country along ideological lines. The protests are becoming violent, sections of the country have formed their own militias, along with the militias of the two warring parties. In the midst of shortages of food and other necessities, gangs and thugs are terrorizing formerly safe neighborhoods. Realizing that it is no longer safe to remain in their home, Mike McNerney decides to pack the camper and flee to Canada with his wife, Marie, and disabled teenage daughter, Elly. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea.
by Paul Clayton
In the future, the love of a young man’s life is dying. He would do almost anything to keep her alive…except that! In Dog Man, it turns out that Oscar the tomcat was just misunderstood — with deadly consequences… A love sick young man attempts to tap the power of an ancient religion to secure the affections of a girl on their class trip to Christland… The dead come briefly back to life every year when the astral dimensions align in Day, or Two, of The Dead. A cynical young ‘player’, adrift in the modern, amoral age meets God on a mountain top and his life is changed forever — but not in the way he’d ever imagined.
Traditional sci-fi/fantasy and satire from the author of Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam. Clayton channels the spirits of Huxley, Orwell and Philip K. Dick in these and ten other intelligent, provocative and highly entertaining stories.
Staking a Claim by Travis J.I. Corcoran
In the early days of the Aristillus moon colony a lone geologist uses a small inheritance to do what the universities and government won’t – fund basic research. Alone on the north face of the central peak in the Aristillus crater, equipped with just a small rover, a Quonset hut, and a small research lab, he finds pyrite – fool’s gold. Except – perhaps it’s not what he assumes after all.
Of what use money to someone who cares about science, not lucre?
In an anarcho-capitalist border town on the moon with no police and no courts, who enforces property rights?
Will Mike ever stop Darcy from whimsical purchases?
From the two time PROMETHEUS AWARD WINNER Travis Corcoran (Best Novel 2018, Best Novel 2019), a prequel story set in the Aristillus universe.
The Team by Travis J.I. Corcoran
In 2055, nine years before the events of The Powers of the Earth, US Special Forces soldier John Hayes discovers a secret research project that’s being shut down by the Bureau of Sustainable Research. Are the reports of uplifted dogs – creatures genetically engineered to have human intelligence – true? Can John sit by while bureaucrats end the project – and incinerate all the inconvenient evidence?
Firefly Season 2 by Travis J.I. Corcoran & Clark Bianco
When you’re a time trader – someone with a ship that can hop sideways across the millions of alternate timelines – the big money isn’t in technology or science, it’s in entertainment. There are some universes where George Lucas didn’t die on the set of American Graffiti but instead went on to make a space fantasy classic. In other universes there’s a movie called “Dune” by Jodorowsky. And in some there’s a guy named Tolkien who wrote a sequel to “The Hobbit”.
Ask any timetrader and he’ll tell you: put three things together – buyer, seller, and product – and that’s where the magic happens.
And by magic, timetraders mean “profit”.
Now the crew of the Sturnus-class timeship al-Din (kaiser Huck, riverman Oive, artificer Johann-stepson-twice-Friedrich, and galfreitag Ginny Mae) have all three of these things lined up, because they finally secured a copy of a certain TV show. There’s just one problem, and his name is Friedrick Richter.
…or maybe there’s more than one problem, depending on how you look at the situation, because things can get pretty complicated when timelines cross.
So get yourself a stein of mead and a bowl of spiced yam sticks – or pretzels, if that’s all you’ve got in this timeline – pull up a chair, and lend an ear to see how it all turns out.
Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunters International Book 1)
by Larry Correia *FREE*
Welcome to Monster Hunter International.
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.
It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves.
Business is good…
Nicholas of Haiti
by James Courtemanche
Nick Bacon is a life interrupted. When his commercial airline flight explodes over Utah, killing everyone on board but Nick, his miraculous survival draws unwanted attention. The press can’t get enough of his story while the FBI is convinced he planted the bomb that took down his plane. All he wants is a place to heal and time to let the world forget him. Unable to return home, Nick accepts an offer to join a missionary medical team and flees to Haiti.
But Nick’s new life in Haiti is haunted by visions. He’s forced to examine his sanity and faith in a world of turmoil and chaos among a people he’s never met before. Aided by Andre, his Haitian translator and protector, Nick confronts the dark forces battling for his soul, and the soul of the abused little girl he’s only seen in his dreams.
Because in Haiti, there’s more than just Nick’s sanity at risk. The fate of the world may now depend on Nicholas of Haiti.
The Stars Entwined
by Jon Del Arroz
Earth needs a spy… is he prepared?
Lieutenant Sean Barrows is thrust into a plot of sabotage and destruction brought on by the mysterious Aryshan Empire.
His assignment: to infiltrate an enemy warship to bring his superiors information on their destructive capabilities and battle plans.
But the Ayrshans share telepathic bonds which make them paranoid of outsiders, and try as he may to win the heart of a beautiful Aryshan commander, he can only get so close.
To make matters worse, Earth stands on the brink of destruction as the Aryshans develop a new, invisible weapon.
Fans of The Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and The Ember War by Richard Fox will love this epic space opera. Read today!
For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz
To save her father, she must take to the sky. But will it be enough?
Zaira’s overwhelmed. Living as an orphan on a farm is hard enough, but unnatural earthquakes are ravaging her home.
Her life turns upside down when an attorney shows up at her door with harrowing news. Her missing father’s been pronounced dead, and Zaira is the heir to his airship.
The kingdom needs her to take command of the airship and help stave off an advancing enemy army. To make matters worse, the invaders have tapped into supernatural forces to aid in Rislandia’s destruction.
But how can Zaira fight when her father might still be alive behind enemy lines?
Readers who want a swashbuckling airship adventure will love the first book in this #1 Bestselling YA Steampunk series.
The Steam Knight (The Adventures of Baron Von Monocle Book 5)
by Jon Del Arroz
Courage, Danger, Valor…
…all await in Steampunk’s special forces.
The Knights of the Crystal Spire are Rislandia’s most elite fighters. Trained from a young age, they alone can face the deadliest enemies of their kingdom and beyond.
James Gentry joins the Knights’ ranks, starting as an apprentice on his journey from a simple farmer’s life to the way of the warrior. He must face spies and traitors, soldiers and assassins, and doing so under the watchful eye of a beautiful princess.
Does he have what it takes?
Fans of strong men relying on the camaraderie of a band of brothers will love The Steam Knight. Read today!
With the Lightnings (Lt. Leary Book 1)
by David Drake *FREE*
A Friendship Forged in Hell!
Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father.
Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar.
Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.
In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren’t much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they’re enough.
Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazlng climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags.
They have nothing on their side but each other—and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!
Firejammer by Jeff Duntemann
Having dropped an alien-contact anthropologist on a newly discovered inhabited planet to establish a relationship with the aliens, starship *Richard M. Nixon* and its crew returns two years later on a trade mission. The corporations of the Tripartisan Economic Combine are eager to buy the aliens’ epoxy glue, which is among the best ever seen in known space. Vincent Icehall, the starship’s young shuttle pilot, has little to do during the mission but hang out with what he assumes is the alien community’s jester and village idiot. Icehall can’t pronounce the alien’s name and dubs him “Turkey,” but slowly begins to realize that Turkey is anything but. Ignoring all of Turkey’s warnings for the crew to leave the planet immediately, Icehall stumbles on a plot by the anthropologist and the aliens’ chieftain to steal the Nixon’s shuttle for use as a weapon of war.
Souls in Silicon: Tales of AI Confronting the Infinite
by Jeff Duntemann
Veteran computer tech writer Jeff Duntemann turns his talents to the challenges that “strong” artificial intelligence may face in this, his latest collection of SF tales. Stories include the novelette “Borovsky’s Hollow Woman” (written with Hugo and Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress), “Guardian,” (nominated for the Hugo Award), “The Steel Sonnets,” “Marlowe,” “Silicon Psalm,” “Bathtub Mary,” “STORMY vs. the Tornadoes,” and “Sympathy on the Loss of One of Your Legs,” plus excerpts from his novels of strong AI, The Cunning Blood and Ten Gentle Opportunities.
Hell Spawn by Declan Finn
The #1 Amazon Bestseller from three time Dragon Award nominee Declan Finn – now *FREE* from Silver Empire!
My name is Officer Thomas Nolan, and I am a saint.
Tommy Nolan lives a quiet life. He walks his beat – showing mercy to the desperate. Locking away the dangerous. Going to church, sharing dinner with his wife and son. Everyone likes Tommy, even the men he puts behind bars.
Then one day a demon shows up and he can smell it. Tommy can smell evil – real evil. Now he’s New York City’s only hope against a horrifying serial killer that preys on the young and defenseless.
But smell alone isn’t enough to get a warrant. Can Tommy track down the killer and prove his guilt?
Dragon Award Nominated Author Declan Finn returns with his typical action-packed, Catholic influenced style, in this groundbreaking horror series about an honest, religious man given the powers of a saint to fight demons in the Big Apple.
How do you do forensics on a killer possessed by a demon?
Can Tommy catch the killer before he becomes a martyr? Or will the demon bring darkness beyond imagination to the whole of New York? Read Hell Spawn today and find out!
Coven by Declan Finn
#1 New Release Detective Thomas Nolan has finally returned home. In typical police fashion, he is welcomed home with a murder case and gunfire.
After one arrest goes spectacularly wrong, Tommy is assigned another case and another dead body.
But everything goes wrong from the start of the case. The deceased is a member of a nearby military base, and no one wants to answer his questions. A local bodega gives him mind-splitting headaches. Worst of all, someone is after his children.
To make matters worse — Tommy no longer has his charisms.
Too Secret Service
by Declan Finn
Wayne Williams is a Secret Service agent sentenced to the outer darkness because his family pissed off the wrong president.
Catherine Miller is a CIA assassin who specializes in becoming anyone.
When terrorists threaten to nuke every spot on the President’s world tour, they are both called in to handle the threat.
To stop World War Three, they must travel from Ireland to Rome to Israel. They will have to face terrorist gunmen, professional assassins and nuclear suicide bombers… and perhaps even a threat from within.
But first, they must survive each other.
PART ONE OF A NEW EPIC THRILLER SERIES.
Codename UnSub (The Last Survivors Book 2)
by Declan Finn
Back in the “real world,” Kevin Anderson had worn many hats: SEAL, spy, avenger, and Winterborn. Since being exiled into San Francisco of 2094, Kevin has tried to settle in as best he can. He acts as the threat that keeps Chinatown safe. He’s got a friend in the local assassin. The private military contractor had agreed to stay away from him. The drugs dealers stay out of his way on fear of death. And the area death cult think that he’s the second coming of Kali.
So who would be dumb enough to leave a body practically on Kevin’s doorstep?
The murder of a local businessman puts Kevin’s position in jeopardy. It makes him look week and ineffectual. All Kevin has to do is find the killer, and teach him the error of his ways, preferably in a permanent fashion. But the killer has left his mark, and it’s of a professional killer. The suspects are few and far between, but they’re all dangerous.
When the next bodies start to hit the ground, it becomes clear that Kevin is dealing with something new to this San Francisco: a serial killer.
Honor at Stake [Silver Empire Press]
by Declan Finn
One is a heartless, bloodthirsty killer. The other is a vampire.
A 2016 Dragon Award Finalist
Amanda Colt spends her days alone. She prefers solitude to other people, rarely finding anyone to catch her interest. Books and fencing fill her time.
Until she meets Marco. He doesn’t fit in, just like her. In fact, he seems to be a man out of time. With medieval manners, a gang that fears him, and a mind like a computer, Amanda has never met anyone like him. But for all his magnetic appeal, she can tell he’s hiding something from her.
But Amanda has a secret too. And as she and Marco grow closer, it plunges them into New York’s supernatural underworld. Marco brings mayhem and romance to Amanda’s serene world, and she finds herself falling for him, faults and all.
Bodies are turning up all over New York. Only Amanda and Marco can stem the flow of corpses, and more and more vampires are rising every night.
Can Amanda and Marco save New York?
Or even scarier, admit their growing feelings for one another?
Fans of Declan Finn will find all his typical explosions, action and Catholic world-building wrapped in a New York Vampire giftbag. Both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance readers will love his foray into the bloody, holy water filled world of the undead.
Join Amanda and Marco as they fight legions of newly born Vampires in Brooklyn. Read Honor At Stake today!
by Eric Flint *FREE*
“The Ultimate Y2K Glitch….
1632 In the year 1632 in northern Germany a reasonable person might conclude that things couldn’t get much worse. There was no food. Disease was rampant. For over a decade religious war had ravaged the land and the people. Catholic and Protestant armies marched and countermarched across the northern plains, laying waste the cities and slaughtering everywhere. In many rural areas population plummeted toward zero. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.
2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia. The mines are working, the buck are plentiful (it’s deer season) and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn’s sister (including the entire membership of the local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.
THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED….
When the dust settles, Mike leads a small group of armed miners to find out what’s going on. Out past the edge of town Grantville’s asphalt road is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell; a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter Iying screaming in muck at the center of a ring of attentive men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don’t have to ask who to shoot.
At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of The Thirty Years War.
by Marina Fontaine
*2016 Dragon Awards Finalist*
In 2040s America, life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken spirits remain.
Julie is a young woman with a plan to ignite the spark of resistance. Randy dreams of winning Julie’s love and escaping the emptiness of over-regulated life. Joseph seeks revenge on the system for a family tragedy. Daniel is a young artist who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Chris is an orphan prepared to do the unthinkable to protect his younger sister.
Whether by choice or by accident, each will take a path on a collision course with the oppressive regime. Will they find the freedom they desire? Or will the cost of defiance prove too high to bear?
Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.
Storm Between the Stars: Book 1 in the Fall of the Censor
by Karl K. Gallagher
Niko Landry and his crew thought a routine hyperspace survey would be easy money. But when the barrier separating their homeworld from the rest of the human race opens, they seize the chance to go exploring . . . finding an empire more dangerous than they imagined.
First installment in the latest amazing space adventure series from Torchship author, Karl K. Gallagher!
The FBI’s about to find out ghosts and vampires aren’t the only things that go bump in the night…
Singers are a dime a dozen in Nashville, so despite her mama’s urging, psychic Ariana Ryder’s working her way towards a career in law enforcement at the FBI, one tray of fetched coffee at a time, instead. She’s got an extremely handsome boss, a dancing partner among the lab techs, and a solid year as the team rookie under her belt…
Right until the director gives her a big break, working undercover as a singer at a club to investigate why it’s being targeted by a serial killer. This might have worked better if the club didn’t happen to be a vampire nest.
Now, with the vampires’ investigator, Quil, on the case, the sparks are flying and the jurisdictional battle isn’t the only thing heating up as they race to solve the case before the killer strikes again!
The police blamed the attack on a bad acid trip. Turns out, it wasn’t a drug, and the destination is even worse…
Sarah Blakely retreats home after her world goes to hell, looking for the peaceful refuge she remembers from her teenage days. While making new friends, one snaps and attacks, leaving everyone shaken and trying to figure out what happened to send their friend over the edge.
Sarah knows there’s no such thing as magic. There are no gods or ghosts or dark evils that go bump in the night…
But there are more things on Hell and Earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy, and one of those evil things she doesn’t believe in, believes in her, and has her in its sights.
“It’s almost too funny!”
On January 20, 2001, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. became the 43rd President of the United States for the second time…
Newly elected President Al Gore is given a mysterious device that allows his mind to travel back in time and relive his presidency. He needs it, too! There is always some disaster forcing him to start over. Soon, the time-traveling President begins to suspect there’s more going on with this device than he first suspected.
Read the hilarious story of the President that never was, and discover why history turned out different.
“I started reading and couldn’t stop! What a clever story!”
John Walker’s review of Eric M. Hamilton’s An Inconvenient Presidency.
by Kia Heavey
Maggie decided to have an affair.
No one needed to know.
Not even her lover.
Who would it hurt, if Maggie decided to carry on a torrid affair in her mind? It would soothe her feelings, hurt by her husband’s emotional abandonment while he worked on a disturbing new murder case. It would provide an outlet for the dizzying desire she felt for her employer. It would make her feel loved and appreciated and better able to be a good wife and mother. After all, it’s not really cheating if it’s only a fantasy. Right?
But Maggie loses control of the fantasy as lust becomes love, and things she believed confined to her own imagination are somehow known to her spectral lover. A harmless mind game spins out of control and threatens the sanctity of Maggie’s greatest treasure – her family.
Contains strong language and content. Not appropriate for readers under 18.
The Last Ancestor: The Swordbringer Book 1
by Alexander Hellene
They killed his father, oppress his people, and threaten them with extinction . . . and one of them is his best friend.
The Growlers rule their corner of the planet Yxakh with an iron fist, intent on driving the human refugees from their land. They almost did eight years ago, killing Garrett’s father in the process. Only their guns, and lots of them, keep the Growlers at bay. Now a young man, Garrett burns for revenge, but finds it hard to reconcile this hatred given that his best friend is a Growler youth named Ghryxa.
Desperate to cleanse his land of the invaders, the Growlers’ High Lord dispatches his trusted heir on a mission to acquire the humans’ superior weaponry. The Earthlings barely won the last war . . . but this time the High Lord will leave nothing up to chance.
Garrett and Ghryxa run headlong into the High Lord’s conspiracy and find themselves the only thing standing between their two peoples and all-out war. Now Garrett must participate in an ancient rite with the fate of humanity on his shoulders. It’s a chance to be a hero like his father . . . but only if he makes it out of the Growlers’ forbidden city alive.
Draw One in the Dark (Shifter Book 1)
by Sarah Hoyt *FREE*
”DRAW ONE IN THE DARK IS THE ONE NEW FANTASY NOVEL YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS YEAR!”-Dave Freer
Every one of us has the beast inside. But for Kyrie Smith, the beast is no metaphor. Since she was 15, when she first shape-shifted into a savage, black panther, Kyrie has questioned her humanity and moved from town to town, searching for a way to feel human again.
Kyrie’s lonely life changes forever while waitressing at a cheap diner. Investigating screams from the parking lot, Kyrie stumbles upon a blood-spattered dragon crouching over a mangled human corpse. The dragon changes back into her co-worker, Tom, naked, dazed and unable to remember how he got there.
Thrust into a world of shape-shifting dragons, giant cats and other beasts waging a secret war behind humanity’s back, Kyrie may find the answers she seeks—with help from Tom, a mythical object called the Pearl of Heaven, and her own inner beast.
A Place Outside the Wild
by Daniel Humphreys
2017 DRAGON AWARD FINALIST – BEST APOCALYPTIC NOVEL
“This might be one of the best zombie books I’ve read.”
“You WILL NOT be disappointed!”
“(A) refreshing new twist to the traditional zombie apocalypse tale.”
“World War Z meets Rot and Ruin.”
Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The fences and walls kept the ravenous undead at bay until they wasted away. A once overwhelming foe has turned feeble and weak, and a world gone wild seems ripe for reclamation.
The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.
Red Queen: The Substrate Wars 1
by Jeb Kinnison
Absorbing thriller about the power of AI and artificial life. Grad students in a dystopian future California discover quantum gateways, but are pursued and surveilled by Homeland Security and Chinese spies before they have time to develop their power. Escape is the only alternative…
“5 STARS. Good science fiction is usually about humanity rather than deep space or death rays. NEMO’S WORLD is well-written science fiction that harkens back to the golden age of Heinlein and Asimov.” ~IndieReader, on NEMO’S WORLD: THE SUBSTRATE WARS 2
JUSTIN SMITH is a grad student studying simulated biology. He recognizes the police state for what it has become, but also knows to keep his head down;
STEVE DUONG is a child prodigy, self-educated in Vietnam, who has distinguished himself in mathematics and physics and is now researching advanced quantum computing. Steve makes a discovery that could change everything;
SAMANTHA WEST is a daughter of privilege, but is self-assured and knows what she wants–and she brings Justin into the cause.
A State of Disobedience
by Tom Kratman *FREE*
It’s Time to Remember the
Alamo All Over Again!
In the long war against terrorism, the US Government had taken on extraordinary powers. And now that the war was won, powerful forces in the government had no intention of relinquishing those powers. As in 1860, the country was on the verge of civil war. And as in 1860, a leader arose to save the country—but it was not the President this time. Instead, the Governor of Texas was the woman of destiny. And, though the Federal Government had more guns and troops, David was about to give Goliath a run for his money…
A Desert Called Peace (Carrera Series Book 1)
by Tom Kratman *FREE*
HE RAISED AN ARMY
AGAINST THOSE WHO
TOOK EVERYTHING FROM HIM
They should have picked their enemies more carefully.
Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind’s sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the “”Salafi Ikhwan”” have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey’s wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistake for she was the only restraint Hennessey had ever accepted.
From the pile of rubble and the pillar of fire that mark the last resting place of Linda Hennessey and her children arises a new warrior—Carrera, scourge of the Salafis. He will forge an army of ruthless fanatics from the decrepit remains of failed state’s military. He will wage war across half a world. He will find those who killed his family. He will destroy them, and those who support them, utterly, completely, without restraint or remorse.
Only when he is finished will there be peace: the peace of an empty wind as it blows across a desert strewn with the bones of Carrera’s enemies.
by Tom Kratman *FREE*
“Slavery is a part of Islam . . . Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” —Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, author of the religious textbook At-Tawhid (“Monotheism”) and senior Saudi cleric.
Demography is destiny. In the 22nd century European deathbed demographics have turned the continent over to the more fertile Moslems. Atheism in Europe has been exterminated. Homosexuals are hanged, stoned or crucified. Such Christians as remain are relegated to dhimmitude, a form of second class citizenship. They are denied arms, denied civil rights, denied a voice, and specially taxed via the Koranic yizya. Their sons are taken as conscripted soldiers while their daughters are subject to the depredations of the continent’s new masters.
In that world, Petra, a German girl sold into prostitution as a slave at the age of nine to pay her family’s yizya, dreams of escape. Unlike most girls of the day, Petra can read. And in her only real possession, her grandmother’s diary, a diary detailing the fall of European civilization, Petra has learned of a magic place across the sea: America.
But it will take more than magic to free Petra and Europe from their bonds; it will take guns, superior technology, and a reborn spirit of freedom.
City of Sand
by Robert Kroese
You Can’t Go Home Again…
He thought he knew this place.
He was wrong.
Retired police detective Benjamin Stone returns to the city of his childhood to find his missing daughter, Jessica. But the city of Sunnyview seems to have changed in ways Benjamin Stone can’t put his finger on–and when Jessica turns up dead in a creek bed, apparently murdered, Benjamin follows clues that suggest a conspiracy involving a startup company and a Silicon Valley pioneer with a disturbing past. As the mystery unravels, Benjamin must confront the reality of terrible crimes that occurred in the idealized town of his youth, which helped to make Silicon Valley what it is today. But as Benjamin attempts to unravel the conspiracy, all the clues begin to point toward a horrifying possibility: Sunnyview isn’t what it seems.
A departure from Kroese’s usual humorous fare, City in Sand is a mindbending mystery that will keep you turning pages to get to the bottom of the Sunnyview’s dark past and its disturbing present.
City of Sand is perfect for fans of Philip Dick’s Man in the High Castle, Blake Crouch’s Pines and Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance.
Do you dare take a trip to Sunnyview?
by Robert Kroese
You can fight the future, but the future fights back.
Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn’t as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back.
“Schrodinger’s Gat has done for quantum mechanics what Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal did for my understanding of Operations Management… [I]t takes the main character, and thus the reader, on a journey of discovery through a complex subject, in plain English. Well worth reading!” – Dr. Lucy Rogers, Director of Space Safety Research Limited and author of It’s Only Rocket Science
“Schrödinger’s Gat is a science-mystery thrill ride. It’s got everything we look for in a Kroese novel: humor damped by melancholy and an unforgettable plot in a book that we don’t so much read as dive into and exchange banter with characters that are so familiar that it feels like we’ve known them for years. The story moves, the characters are witty, fun and real, and, rest assured, Kroese got the science right.” -Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., physicist and author of The Sensory Deception
“A wild mashup of physics, philosophy and catastrophe served up Kroese style!” – Greg Smith, author of Legacy of the Dragon
“Most of what I know of quantum physics I learned by getting high and watching NOVA so I may not be the target audience for this book, but I never felt overwhelmed by the science or bogged down in it. Kroese’s writing is whip smart and funnier than hell. I loved it.” -S.G. Redling, author of Damocles
Get lost in this mind-bending quantum thriller today!
Out of the Soylent Planet
(A Rex Nihilo Adventure)
(Starship Grifters Book 0)
by Robert Kroese
A prequel to the book NYT bestselling author Hugh Howey called “One of my favorite space romps of all time!”
Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head.
Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation’s products. Well, maybe not so much terrible as mildly unnerving.
To escape, Rex and Sasha team up with a mis-programmed combat drone and an intelligent mutant plant to lead a rebellion against their merciless corporate overlords.
Out of the Soylent Planet is a novel-length prequel to Starship Grifters, the book NYT bestselling author Hugh Howey called “one of my favorite space romps of all time.” You can start your adventures in the Rex Nihilo universe here or with Starship Grifters; you’ll be equally confused either way.
This edition of Out of the Soylent Planet also contains the story The Chicolini Incident, because Robert Kroese loves you and wants you to be happy. Pick up your copy today!
The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment) (Volume 1) by L. Jagi Lamplighter *FREE*
Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!
Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.
On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.
When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.
Described by fans as: “Supernatural meets Narnia at Hogwarts”, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.
Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!
by Christopher Lansdown
Millenia ago martian superheroes defeated an ancient evil, who was imprisoned on a moon of Jupiter. Neglected for centuries, the prison is about to fail, giving the ancient evil a second chance to wipe out all life in the solar system. Unfortunately, the martians have gone extinct so it’s up to earth’s superheroes to save the day. Worse, there’s only one man who even knows of the threat, and he’s not a superhero. On the plus side, training teams of superheroes to save the world is what he does.
Mr Macho, Mockingbird, and the Mega Ninja were just ordinary college student/superheroes doing ordinary student things like attending class and ordinary superhero things like foiling bank robberies and catching drug dealers until one night when they returned to their apartment and found a strange old man with a mystical amulet sitting on their couch. Unfortunately, while he can teach them how to teleport to other planets, he has no idea how to repair the prison. Did the amulet pick correctly this time, and will they figure out what they need to do before it’s too late?
Wedding Flowers Will Do For a Funeral
by Christopher Lansdown
Mr. Monteblanc never saw the harpoon coming.
A scavenger hunt at the rehearsal dinner of a high-flying fashion magazine couple ends in murder when someone slaughters the Father of the Bride with a harpoon gun, of all things.
The top suspect for the crime is the victims youngest daughter, a cloistered nun. Brother Thomas and his protege Brother Francis arrive to investigate at the request of the Bishop to clear her name. But as soon as they arrive, it becomes clear that nothing is clear. The nun may not be a suspect at all, and so the reason for their summons might not be as it appears.
With more than one mystery to worry about, the Brothers must retrace the steps of all the suspects to puzzle out the over-the-top murder that no one appears to benefit from. And figure out why they’re even a part of the investigation in the first place.
The improbable ministry of the private investigator Friars returns in the second Brother Thomas mystery novel. The methodical analysis of Brother Thomas, the philosophical discussions, and apologetics from the first book all return in this engrossing sequel.
Can Brother Thomas prove the nun’s innocence? And figure out why someone would murder Mr. Monteblanc in such a brutal and unusual way on the eve of his daughter’s wedding? Read Wedding Flowers Will Do For A Funeral today and help Brother Thomas solve the mystery!
Love in the Age of Dispossession
by Loretta Malakie
Love in the Age of Dispossession is a nostalgic tragicomedy about an upstate 1990s New York girl who loses herself in the big city but finds redemption in returning home.
This coming-of-age novel follows a small-town Gen X American girl named Kitty, from her senior year in high school to her life as an extremely unsuccessful lawyer in Manhattan.
The novel begins with three days in the life of a group of high-school friends in 1993, culminating in a fistfight on the village green over the honor of the Prom Queen. The scene then shifts to New York City. Kitty is called back home for a funeral, and then, years later, someone from her small-town past pays Kitty a visit that changes her life.
The Gentleman Farmers
by Loretta Malakie
Maggie Kingsbury, single middle-aged alcoholic lawyer, joins her in-laws Molly and Kevin on a homestead in the mountains of North Carolina, where their trustafarian college frenemies Brock and Sandra have just bought their third home. Molly commissions Brock to renovate an old Appalachian tobacco barn on their property. But when maverick hillbilly throwback Uncle Billy shows up to live in their field in a camper van, power struggles ensue. Meanwhile, Kevin has become dangerously obsessed with breeding heritage livestock. When Maggie’s beloved niece Juliet asks her to take on a mysterious client, Maggie becomes implicated in a national political furor.
Call It Even
by Edwin Markham
Robbie Bowman is a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan troubled by guilt and sorrow. He is looking for his missing sister, the only family he has left, and for redemption and peace. Bowman finds himself in a small town in New Mexico, where he is arrested for a brutal double murder, which triggers chilling memories of other deaths for which he feels responsible. Circumstance and his guilty conscience drive him to take on those responsible for the murders. His survival skills and combat prowess will be tested as he finds himself in a mortal struggle with vicious drug traffickers and their allies. But not all of the good guys are blameless, and not all of the bad guys are evil. He must use his judgment as well as his fighting skills.
There’s another Earth, just a few steps away from ours, and it’s under siege by a dark, hungry god. It’s a planet where ancient enchantments still rule, where human society is built on the ruins of something greater. It’s calling for a hero.
An angelic guardian finds Jon on the run for killing his best friend’s murderer in defense. The spirit gives him a way out – travel to this other Earth and fight.
It brings him into the battle, praising him for being the first to answer the call in ages. Blessed with magic he could never have imagined, Jon begins his quest for the bloody shadow.
But the mad god knows he’s coming, and he’s got a legion of monsters ready and waiting.
He’s joined along the way by Bahabe, a lovely magical girl with a mysterious past, and Dahm, a wise and powerful Traveler and master of stonecraft. Together they’ll stand against the enemy horde and the mad posthuman posing as their god.
Myths and nightmares take to the battlefield, thirsty for the blood of our heroes. Forgiveness. Confidence. Faith. Jon will need them all to bear up against the impossible odds.
World-shaking magic, deranged posthumans, far-future technology, alternate worlds, the power of friendship, and absolution. It’s The Stormlight Archive meets The Dark Tower and Dragonball, perfect anyone who’s ever just wanted to escape.
It’s been a generation since the first superhero arose to disrupt a society dominated by sorcery. Since then, their population has grown and they have built their own cities all across the magical planet Ellio.
Now, the magical 1% have discovered how to get rid of the thorns in their side, and no one with innate abilities is safe.
An impossible murder and an epidemic of sudden power loss lead our hero Jack to investigate, and his plucky wizard friend joins the fight. They want to go pro, and this could be their big break.
As they fall in with Durables, Speedsters, Hammers, Healers, and Empaths, they discover how deep and twisted the sorcerous elite’s plan really is.
But no one can be assured of victory when an agent of Chaos slinks onto the scene, prowling between the extremes of Justice and Domination.
Dive into this colorful magipunk world full of strange enchantments, true heroes, big surprises, and maybe a little romance.
How Black the Sky
Pierce – a brash young man with rare blessings of strength and really bad news.
Axebourne – the fatherly berserker with infectious laughter.
Scythia – calm and motherly, her Circlet of Knowing reveals
Agrathor – a mighty spearman with an electric personality
and a terrible skin condition.
Ess – Second only to the First Great Master of Convergent
Reality Theory. Pierce thinks she’s hot.
They are Gorgonbane. Once mercenaries, now heroes, they are the only thing standing between Overland and the horrid Monstrosities of the Underlord. His lust for power has reached its peak, but the coming invasion may not be exactly what it seems…
The Hero’s Metal universe
The Trilisk Ruins
by Michael McCloskey
Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven’t ever encountered live aliens. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.
Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force.
When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can’t pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life’s work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.
The Orcas Island Job
by Vince Millam
His client is the world’s most powerful spy. When Case’s investigation uncovers traitors, corrupt politicians, and a deadly conspiracy, she demands he withdraw.
Case Lee doesn’t quit. He goes back in.
And kicks the hornet’s nest.
The CIA’s top spy offered him a contract. He didn’t relish working with her again, but the money was too good. The job started as a standard sleuthing gig. But when he discovers a major drug deal, disturbing questions are raised. Case calls on his best friend and heads for the border. Case Lee, meet the Cartel. It gets ugly.
The trail leads back to the Pacific Northwest, revealing a high-level conspiracy with spies, traitors, and corrupt politicians. Who is pulling the deadly strings? And why?
The heat cranks up and the CIA terminates the contract. But he doesn’t quit. While he’s no superhero, no caped crusader, Case Lee knows when it’s time to make a stand. They unleash powerful forces against him with no quarter asked. Or given.
In THE ORCAS ISLAND JOB—the sixth stand-alone novel from the Bestselling Case Lee adventure series—Author Vince Milam delivers another heart-pounding thriller of espionage, treachery, and intrigue. A tale filled to the brim with enigmatic and fascinating characters, plot twists, non-stop action, and stunning surprises.
You’ll love this edge of your seat thrill ride, because Case is a flawed hero we can all cheer for until the last page.
Join hundreds of thousands of readers and find yourself swept away today!
A Moon Full of Stars
by Jon Mollison
All Rome ever wanted was to earn a place in the village as a hunter, so that he could explore beyond the safe confines of the village farm fields, but when monstrous slavers destroy his village he is forced to head west into the irradiated wastelands in search of anything that might give him the power to save his people. Accompanied by his chief rival, his journey takes him farther than he ever imagined.
by Will Neely
The city of Skyrah…
For as long as anyone can remember, it has stood alone in a vast, barren desert. Within the walls of the city, the people enjoy a unique gift: the ability to exert influence over the essence of existence, redirecting the flows of nature as they live their lives in service to the tenets of Justice and Mercy. Yet despite this gift, Skyrah’s promises have failed to materialize for many of its people…
A prideful thief, desperate to escape the city.
An optimistic novice, innocently colliding with reality.
An aging guard, grappling with shame and regret.
An old woman, whose mysterious blind eyes somehow see the darkness at the heart of Skyrah…
…a growing doom that threatens to consume them all.
Combat Frame XSeed
by Brian Niemeier
The future is over.
Civilization on Earth has collapsed. Oligarchs have established a new order in manmade space colonies at the Earth-Moon LaGrange points.
A group of powerful colonies form the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition to re-civilize the earth, but grounders view the colonists as hostile meddlers. The Coalition counters the rising violence with giant manned robots called combat frames.
The independent L3 colonies denounce the war on Earth. In response, Coalition Security Director Sanzen takes L3 leader Josef Friedlander’s wife and daughter hostage. Amid the tense standoff, Friedlander’s son Sieg launches an unsanctioned rescue mission to L1’s Byzantium colony.
Starfire Angels (Starfire Angels: Dark Angel Chronicles Book 1)
by Melanie Niles
2011 EPIC ebook award finalist!
They’ve been coming here for thousands of years, using Earth as a sanctuary to escape threats from their own kind. Mankind knows them as angels, and one of them left a child upon her death to be raised as a human.
Raea is now a high school senior and her life as a human is about to end. The crystal shard she bears is not a pretty pendant; it’s a collective of powerful entities who chose her as their Keeper, a protector of one of the four shards that power a machine capable of destroying whole worlds. Those who desire the Starfire’s power have sent an agent to find her, but she’s too busy evading a nosy reporter ready to exploit her secret and dating a hot new foreign student to notice. Nevermind learning what she really is.
Only one person on Earth can help her, the last person she ever expected. But he’s not from Earth. Life as a human would be so much easier.
Exclusive sneak peek of BROKEN WINGS (Starfire Angels Book 2)
Legend of the White Dragon: Legends
by Melanie Nilles
Legends is part of an epic of many individuals whose lives have been linked in the battle for the fate of the world–to destroy it or save it.
The sorceress Lusiradrol, exiled to human form thousands of years earlier from her life as the terrible black dragon, has awakened her Red Clan. The true dragons are ready to renew their ancient wars to save the world, but they cannot do it alone. Unfortunately, the magi and the two races of men are far from ready to face the darkness unleashed by Lusiradrol.
The white dragon was made to banish her, one who could unite all beings of Light, but his return is not as any foresaw. Through a woman who guards his power and his spirit, he will be reborn. But will he be too late to save the world?
A New Beginning (Starfire Angels: Forgotten Worlds Book 1)
by Melanie Nilles
On a remote mining station, Nyalin hides a secret that would make her a hunted woman—she is a Crystal Keeper, a protector of a shard of the powerful Starfire crystal. However, when a strange shuttle falls through a portal near the mining station, she can no longer avoid her responsibilities. The human pilot, Vellin, is part of a research team that has developed gateways for instant travel anywhere in the universe without requiring a Starfire crystal, and he has been followed by an enemy through the portal.
To stop dangerous forces from possessing the gateways to spread destruction, Nya must team up with Vel and risk exposing her secret. In their race to destroy the gateways, they will find allies and enemies… and a new reason to worry.
Sanity by Neovictorian
Have you sometimes felt, since an early age, that you were an alien, somehow placed on Earth and observing the antics of humans as if they were a different species? Why do they believe such stupid things? Why do they do such dumb things? And why do they keep doing them over and over again, seemingly incapable of learning from the bad outcomes of all the previous attempts?
That is how Cal Adler felt since childhood and, like most people with such feelings, kept them quiet and bottled up while trying to get ahead in a game whose rules often seemed absurd. In his senior year in high school, he encounters a substitute guidance counselor who tells him, without any preliminary conversation, precisely how he feels. He’s assured he is not alone, and that over time he will meet others. He is given an enigmatic contact in case of emergency. He is advised, as any alien in a strange land, to blend in while observing and developing his own talents.
Then he meets a Mystery Woman…and the real adventure begins.
Book Review: Sanity by John Walker
by Andre Norton *FREE*
DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY OF TIME
Intelligence agents have uncovered something which seems beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USA’s greatest adversary on the world stage is sending its agents back through time! And someone or something unknown to our history is presenting them with technologies—and weapons—far beyond our most advanced science. We have only one option: create time-transfer technology ourselves, find the opposition’s ancient source . . . and take it down.
When small-time criminal Ross Murdock and Apache rancher Travis Fox stumble separately onto America’s secret time travel project, Operation Retrograde, they are faced with a challenge greater than either could have imagined possible. Their mere presence means that they know too much to go free. But Murdock and Fox have a thirst for adventure, and Operation Retrograde offers that in spades.
Both men will become time agents, finding reserves of inner heroism they had never expected. Their journeys will take the battle to the enemy, from ancient Britain to prehistoric America, and finally to the farthest reaches of interstellar space.
by Richard Paolinelli and Gibson Buffa
Earth’s Past Is Under Attack!
In the far distant future, with the galaxy locked in an area of dark space where electronics will not work, Little John Singapore sits in a prison cell on Pluto awaiting execution. Singapore is the First Mate of the pirate ship, the Timeless. As he awaits his fate he agrees to tell a young author one story each day about his ship and his Captain, Rock Congo.
Singapore tells how the Governor of the Sol system Garabaldi enlisted the ship and her crew to pursue Duchess Moran. Moran is an infamous interstellar thief tired of her plans being interfered with by the Earth-led Alliance. She has stolen the Amulet of Geraint, allowing her to travel through time at will. Her target is ancient Greece, where she plans to prevent democracy from ever taking hold by stopping King Leonidas from reaching the famed Battle of Thermopylae. By changing Earth’s past she hopes to prevent the Alliance from ever forming.
The Timeless, a ship that can sail through space, air and water with equal ease, is the only ship capable of time travel, and Earth’s only hope to save its past, present and future. Despite being crewed by pirates, Garabaldi sends them through time in pursuit of Moran.
When the Timeless arrives in ancient Sparta, the find Moran has already been there and has kidnapped Leonidas and his Queen. Now they have just a matter of days to find her and the King to keep his appointment with King Xerxes of Persia and preserve Earth’s history.
The first book of the Timeless series, a middle grade/YA science fiction/steampunk hybrid, is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages. As well as fans of historical fiction as the Timeless and her crew will be very busy in Earth’s storied past in future books in the series.
Secret of the Sphinx
by Richard Paolinelli and Gibson Buffa
Interstellar thief Duchess Moran continues her assault on Eart
h’s history. This time she travels back to ancient Egypt in search of a deadly secret: A gem that can raise an army of the undead to wipe out every living creature on the face of the Earth. But to find the stone, she must first locate a scroll hidden away deep within the Sphinx.Captain Rock Congo, his First Mate Little John Singapore and the crew of the Timeless remain hot on her trail through time and space. From the Library at Alexandria during Caesar’s siege of the city to the construction of the Sphinx and even further back as the legendary architect Imhotep tries to steer his Pharoah, Djoser, from disaster. When Moran arrives looking to gain possession of the Eye of Anubis all of Egypt, and the entire planet will find itself on the brink of annihilation! The second book of the six-book series is sure to please any reader from age 10 to 100.
Redcaps Rising: A Walter Bailey Misadventure
by P.A. Piatt
“Murder most foul,
And evil in the air.
Seek the Red Dwarf,
Only brave may dare.”
When Walter Bailey arrived in Mississippi, he discovered the murder of his estranged grandmother was not the random and senseless crime it was reported to be. Accompanied by an unlikely group of heroes, guided by the words of a mad little hermit, opposed by evil beyond his wildest imagination, Walter embarks on an epic quest through an unfamiliar and often hilarious world of magic. As the stakes go up, the price of failure becomes the future of magic on Earth itself. Are Walter and his intrepid companions up to the challenge in a world where anything goes and the truth isn’t always what it seems?
Quest (The Sylvalla Chronicles Book 1)
Heroes, monsters, chases, escapes…
Sylvalla escapes Avondale castle and the life of a princess, in search of the adventure she’s always wanted.
Once found, adventure bites back.
Fortunately, she’s not alone. Unfortunately, her new-found companions are less than heroic. Jonathan, would rather make money than learn wizardry. Dirk, would rather live a long and happy life than confront danger. And at 150, old Capro would rather stop gallivanting, and harangue unsuspecting wizardry students about his glory days over a nice cup of tea.
Quest has everything—heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love.
Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Youth Novel 2019, Quest has everything, heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love. A quirky and original celebration of fantasy for everyone who loves fantasy adventure – buy your copy today!
Battle for the Wastelands
by Matthew W. Quinn
“A rip-roaring post-apocalyptic adventure that will have you racing through the pages!”
-Jack Conner, New York Times best-selling author of The Atomic Sea.
In a desolate world where dirigibles rule the skies and blood soaks the dry earth, a young man joins the fight against a tyrant who has problems of his own.
Andrew Sutter returns home from a hunting expedition to find drought-wracked Carroll Town under the thumb of a tax collector from the cannibalistic Flesh-Eating Legion. A riot becomes a battle that leaves Carroll Town in ruins and Andrew alone in the merciless Iron Desert. Saved from certain death by the riders of rebel chieftain Alonzo Merrill, Andrew finds himself fighting for their doomed cause.
Meanwhile, Grendel, first lord of the Northlands and the Flesh-Eaters’ ultimate master, finds his peace of conquest disintegrating as the warlords under his thumb begin battling one another. He plots a new war to reunite them as the starving Merrills launch their last, desperate offensive.
And Andrew may be the one holding the key to victory…
Fans of Stephen King’s Dark Tower, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s Corean Chronicles, S.M. Stirling’s The Peshawar Lancers, and AMC’s Into the Badlands will thrill to this fast-paced first volume of a saga of war and intrigue on a continental scale.
The Thing in the Woods (The Long War Book 1)
by Matthew W. Quinn
Seventeen-year-old James Daly thought moving from Atlanta to small-town Edington senior year would kill him, but he didn’t mean it literally.
But his father bought a bigger house to go with a promotion at his law firm, only to lose his job when the housing bubble popped. Now James has to work at the Edington Best Buy to help pay the mortgage they’re underwater on. He can’t wait until he turns eighteen and can leave Edington behind forever. But when a local boy challenges him to an ATV race near a tree farm most people avoid, things get much worse. James’ rival is slaughtered by a tentacled horror emerging from a nearby pond.
The monstrosity has been worshiped by a secretive coven since before the Civil War, and its devotees don’t take kindly to their secrets being threatened.
Now with the aid of Amber Webb, a local girl he doesn’t like liking, and a renegade cult member, James must fight to avoid ending up bound to a picnic table and offered up to a monster. He must do battle with both the local cultists and their predatory master, THE THING IN THE WOODS.
A Hymn Before Battle (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 1)
by John Ringo *FREE*
“WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE . . .
With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans—for a price.
Humanity now has three worlds to defend.
As Earth’s armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies.
by William Joseph Roberts
What if tomorrow, you tasted freedom for the first time, but that freedom came with a cost… After a government-sanctioned privateering mission goes sideways, the crew of the Betty finds themselves fighting for their lives, light-years from home. Prepare yourself for an adventure with a lovable crew of degenerates and misfits as they dive into the dark unknown….
“William J. Roberts sent me a draft of fLUX Runners and I didn’t turn many pages before realizing “Damn, this is fun!”
Taylor Anderson — Author of Destroyermen
“Buckle up for one hell of a ride.”
Christopher Woods — Author of Soulguard, Legend, and This Fallen World.
“William J. Roberts has crafted one of the best stories I have read in years. Part comedy, part adventure, part drama—with all the best elements of each mixed together into a book I did NOT want to put down. When I turned the final page, I had one thing to say: I WANT MORE!”
Dan L. Hollifield — Senior Editor & Publisher: Aphelion Webzine
The Good Fight by Justin Robinson
Atlas Shrugged Meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Terry is an ordinary 16-year-old girl in Toronto. Her days are usually filled up by schoolwork, karate class, and helping out in her mother’s store, but strange things are happening behind the scenes of the city.
People are disappearing and coming back changed, with their identity torn out of them. A series of close calls with an unthinkable adversary puts a target on Terry’s back. It’s everywhere, enslaving people, hollowing them out into puppets… and now it wants her.
Uriel’s Revenge: A Sci-fi Horror Novel (The Cliptic Book 1)
by David Roome
Small-time privateers battle death cults and demons at the edge of the Solar System!
Brian Zaks had enough on his plate: developing his skills as a spacecraft pilot and combat maneuvers specialist for Elwood’s Privateers–a small-time Martian defense company–and helping Evvie Evans, fellow privateer and his ex-lover, manage her nocturnal hallucinations of a raven-headed demon.
When Elwood’s “treasure hunting” hobby uncovered the lost secrets of an ancient cult, Brian and Evvie were thrust into the center of an interplanetary conflict between the cult’s present-day branches that threatened to upend human civilization.
Uriel’s Revenge is a sober, horror-tinged science fiction adventure.
Texas Otherworld (Hall of Heroes Book 3)
by Denton Salle
Texas is a big and sometimes strange place. Often stranger than you guess when the monsters and myths of Eastern Europe have somehow ended up here. From frisky water spirits to things that eat your soul.
Happily there is a deal. Sort of. And with the deal, a group of people stuck with enforcing it.
Twelve tales from the Hall of Heroes, who have help people to deal with problems like the water king stealing your girlfriend.
Lab Gremlins by Cedar Sanderson
All Steven wanted was a lab job to get experience. His boss acted like a mad scientist, but that wasn’t the problem. No, the problem started with disappearances around the lab, and then it really escalated. Steven finds himself scrambling to cope with gremlins, chemical spills, and much worse things when the government agents show up… because they are recruiting and don’t take no for an answer!
The Hidden Truth
by Hans G. Schantz
Change the past. Control the present.
Rule the future.
They’ll do anything to hide the truth.
When high school student Peter Burdell uncovers a subtle clue in a dusty book buried deep in a forgotten Appalachian library, he realizes someone altered history. Who’s been lying, and why?
His discovery lands Peter in the cross hairs of the deadly Cabal whose Deep State agents changed the past to control the present, so they can rule the future. Aided by family and friends, Peter races against the odds to expose the conspiracy and uncover the answer to the most important question of his life:
What is The Hidden Truth?
Book Review: The Hidden Truth by John Walker
The Last Praetorian (The Redemption Trilogy Book 1)
by Mike Smith
Commander Jonathan Radec is a man desperately trying to escape from the mistakes of his past.
Now the owner of Vanguard Shipping, his primary concerns are trying to keep his ships flying and his crew alive. However, the shadowy Syndicate organisation has set their sights on the Commander and his business, having sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. To make matters worse, she’s become the target of his infatuation, much to the dismay of his ex-girlfriend. Recently elevated to President of the Confederation, she’s still very much in love with him and capable of making his life a living hell.
Surrounded by a galaxy beginning to tear itself apart, with enemies on all sides, he’s now also unwillingly tasked with trying to save the Confederation – for which he has little regard. Jon has little going in his favour, except a crew consisting of the elite of the old Imperial Navy, all of whom would fight to the death for him, and a past that possibly makes him one of the most dangerous men alive.
The Last Praetorian is a Science Fiction adventure/romance, which tries to answer the question: “Can you ever find redemption for the mistakes of your past?”
The Compleat Martian Invasion: Earth’s Defense Awakens
by John Taloni
With Earth left in shambles by the Martian invasion, Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise must lead the world through a dire emergency: The Martians are coming back. First she must rescue Cavor from his prison on the Moon in order to build a defense fleet. Even with Cavor their efforts would be for nothing without the genius of Nikola Tesla leading the way. And on Mars, unexpected allies fight a rearguard action to help Earth. Meanwhile the Time Traveler repeatedly appears, but is he friend or foe?
Crisis on Stardust Station
by John Taloni
The cats of Stardust Station have long hidden their intelligence from the humans that live there. Now a crisis threatens them both. Can the cats and humans learn to work together in time to save both the station and the planet below?
A few hundred years from now, Earth has gone to space…and come back. The remnant of a once vibrant space effort persists in the form of a few hundred solar power satellites that provide half of the world’s power. John Aldrin is one of four people crewing the last remaining space station, with the mission to keep the satellites operating. But Earth has neglected them so long that they are on the verge of breakdown.
Benign neglect has allowed something else to happen: In the station’s forest habitat, a group of genetically modified cats have grown to intelligence. Some have been adopted by the astronauts and brought to their living area. Natural telepaths, both groups of Cats have agreed to keep the knowledge of their intelligence secret from the humans.
Their equilibrium is destroyed when a solar flare strikes and knocks out the satellites. The Cats must reveal their secret to save both their station and the world below. But can they convince a skeptical Earth to work with them?
by Mikhail Voloshin
“Have you lost your mind? They’ll kill you. Are you willing to literally bet your life on—”
“On my own technical expertise? Yes. Always.”
It was supposed to be just another software job. It wasn’t supposed to involve dodging bullets, igniting explosions, out-driving hitmen, or bluffing his way through the dens of international crime lords. Danny’s big brain has always served him well at a workstation or a soldering bench, but will he be smart enough to survive the engineering challenge of a lifetime?
Onetime computer whiz-kid Danny still dreams of making it big as an inventor and technologist in the “digital revolution”. But when a fat-fingered email flub from tech investor Jason Tuttle destroys Danny’s latest company, he takes stock of his career and realizes that that ship’s long since sailed. Using some inconvenient information, Danny “persuades” Jason to give him another employment opportunity. But his new assignment may be much more than he bargained for.
Jason has his sights set on a small, highly secretive biotechnology company called Tungsten Medical Technologies. They’ve been impossibly tight-lipped about what they’re developing in there, but Jason is willing to use any means necessary to find out. That’s where Danny comes in. His mission: hack into Tungsten and steal their pharmaceutical research.
At first, Danny and his team of semi-competent geeks relish the chance to play-act as cybercriminals, but they soon discover they aren’t the only ones interested in the inscrutable biotech firm. Their ill-timed computer shenanigans interrupt an armed break-in of the laboratory by the Russian mafia, and Danny lands squarely in the crosshairs of a local cocaine kingpin. He soon finds himself hunted by drug dealers and exploited by Machiavellian corporate moguls in a battle over a test tube of genetically engineered bacteria.
With the help of Tina, an amateur microbiologist desperate for professional recognition, Danny must use his technical skills to elude his powerful pursuers — and, with luck, even beat them at their own game.
Dopamine is a present-day cyberpunk novel — and a celebration of the fact that such a thing as “a present-day cyberpunk novel” is even possible. Featuring some of the most accurate and accessible depictions of computer hacking and biotechnology ever to appear in a work of fiction, Dopamine is a wild ride for anyone who marvels at knowing that the real world we live in today was once strictly the realm of far-fetched fantasy. Whether you’re looking for a high-tech crime thriller; a meticulously researched diamond-hard work of science fiction set twenty nanoseconds in the future; or a subtle exploration of the complex interplay between the worlds we imagine and the realities we create, you’ll find your drug of choice within these pages.
The Last Archon: A Superhero Wizard Novel (Heroes Unleashed: Atlantean Knights Book 1)
by Richard Watts and Thomas Plutarch
The man who thought he would live forever is running out of time.
For three thousand years, Deckard Riss has been alone. Ever since his home sunk into the sea with Atlantis, he has been the last of his people. The final Atlantean knight, the last Archon.
Then fate forced an apprentice on him, and now the pair of them police the streets of Atlanta, magicians in hiding as superheroes.
Now there are whispers of Atlantis on the wind, another sorcerer at work. This unknown dark wizard sacrifices superpowered teenagers in grisly ritual suicides. And Deckard’s magic, once so easily accessed, starts slipping beyond his grasp.
If he doesn’t have his powers, he can’t stop the rending of reality to allow monsters into our world. If he doesn’t have his powers, he is nothing.
Deckard only has to hold on for another year. Just one more year, to train his apprentice to take his place, and stop the end of the world. And he’s not sure he can do it.
Will his apprentice step up to save the world, or will he drive the boy away with his secrets?
Doctor Strange meets HP Lovecraft in this new Heroes Unleashed series about wizards, prophets and superheroes in Atlanta.
Can Deckard find the mysterious sorcerer, stop the portal from opening, and prepare his apprentice to take his place before his time runs out?
Read The Last Archon today and find out!
On Basilisk Station
by David Weber *FREE*
Having made him look a fool, she’s been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her.
Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship’s humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.
The aborigines of the system’s only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.
Parliament isn’t sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called “Republic” of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn’t work to police the entire star system.
But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They’ve made her mad.
The Honor of the Queen
by David Weber *FREE*
RIGHT WOMAN, WRONG PLACE
It’s hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as the necessary prelude to conquest, and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That’s why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the so-called “Republic” of Haven–and the planet Grayson is just the right strategic place to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office had overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet Grayson are without rank or rights; Honor’s very presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.
At first Honor doesn’t take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance to fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment as she receives from the Graysonites does become wearing, and Honor would withdraw if she could–but then Grayson’s fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning and she must stay and prevail, not just for Honor’s honor, but for her sovereign’s, for–THE HONOR OF THE QUEEN.
Oath of Swords (War God Book 1)
by David Weber *FREE*
Whom the gods would recruit, they first tick off . . .
Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani. He’s no knight in shining armor. He’s a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn’t want to mess with anybody else’s problems, let alone a god’s. Let alone the War God’s! So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay Well, it’s all the War God’s fault. . . .
Louis L’Amour Meets Lovecraft
Porter Rockwell, wanted for a murder he did not commit, is hiding out in Old California selling whiskey to thirsty forty-niners. When his friends dig up some monstrous bones and a peculiar book and offer to sell it for a helluva price, Porter can’t resist the mystery.
But when both his night bartender and the sellers are murdered at his saloon Porter has to find out what the mysterious artifacts are all about. With some Native American legends, Sasquatch, Lovecraftian horror, and murderous bandits thrown in, not even bullets and blades can stop Rockwell from leaving a swath of righteous carnage in his wake.
Let Sleeping Gods Lie is a weird western fantasy in the vein of classic pulp fiction and Louis L’Amour books. If you like frontier justice, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you will LOVE the first installment of the Cowboys and Cthulhu series.
Buy Let Sleeping Gods Lie to get lost in a horrific weird western adventure today!
In My Time of Dying (#Savant Book 1)
by David J. West
A young woman seeking arcane knowledge. A saint of killers riding shotgun. And an immortal who wants to die… all aboard a runaway train.…
Elizabeth Dee never expected a knock at the door would have her taking sides in a power struggle between two feuding wizards, but she discovers that she is the magical key to a cursed mystery centuries old. As she evades the murderous knights and demonic minions of the sinister Count of St. Germain, she learns more of her own true power and legacy…Her father never prepared her for anything like this…
But it’s dangerous to go it alone and she is going to need some protection, enter the infamous and touched, Porter Rockwell. If the legendary long-haired gunfighter can’t keep her safe, no one can…
In My Time Of Dying is full steam ahead gas-lamp fantasy in the vein of True Grit meets The Prestige. If you like big action, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you’ll love David J. West’s gripping novel.
Buy In My Time Of Dying to get lost in a thrilling occult adventure today!!
A Manuscript Found in Carcosa (#Savant Book 4)
by David J. West
An evil book. An unholy power. And unseen enemies.
Elizabeth Dee has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. Who wants her to visit Egypt and interpret a newly discovered copy of the Necronomicon? Why do the Knights of St. Germain still seek her life? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Porter Rockwell always drunk this much?
After the London Working incident that left many dead, Elizabeth fears what other evils may still lurk in the newly discovered world of magic and bizarre technology run amuck. Who can she trust in an ancient land brimming with zealous revolutionaries and aristocratic members of the Hellfire Club?
A Manuscript Found In Carcosa is an action-packed Gaslamp fantasy in the vein of classic pulp fiction and Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns. If you like magical battles, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you’ll love David J. West’s gripping tale.
Buy A Manuscript Found in Carcosa to continue the six-gun and sorcery adventure today!
by Michael Z. Williamson *FREE*
Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn’t matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn’t track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth’s government has found out where she is, and they want her back. Or dead.
From Barsoom to Malacandra: Musings on Things Past and Things to Come
by John C. Wright
Peek into the heart of Science Fiction!
From John Carter’s Mars to that of C. S. Lewis, Science Fiction astounds us with wonder.
Science Fiction Grandmaster John C Wright here presents essays on topics both deep and trivial surrounding the strange and wonderful worlds of science fiction and fantasy. Thoughtful, humorous, deep, or absurd, Wright travels the width of the cosmos and plumbs the deeps of eternity through the lens of simple space adventure stories to say what these flights of fancy say about life on earth, and the secrets hidden in the human heart.
Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth
by John C. Wright
“Shoot him with an elf arrow!”
Learn why this may be author John C. Wright’s most famous line!
A collection of brilliant and thought-provoking essays by the science fiction grandmaster John C. Wright. From the history of the Golden Age of science fiction to the ideology of the gender wars presently dividing hard science fiction from urban fantasy-romance, Wright’s commentary is always intelligent, observant, and precisely to the point.
In the 16 essays that make up the collection, Wright addresses a wide spectrum of ideas. He considers the darker possibilities of transhumanism, provides a professorial lesson on the mechanics of writing fiction, explains the noble purpose underlying science fiction, and shows how the genre’s obsession with strong female characters is nothing less than an attack on human nature. In every essay, Wright exhibits his compassion, his humanity, and his deep and abiding love for literature.
John C. Wright has been described as one of the most important and audacious authors in science fiction today. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 science fiction readers, he was chosen as the sixth-greatest living science fiction writer.
Lament of Prometheus in a nonfiction work in which award-winning science fiction grandmaster John C. Wright sets out to explain the inexplicable: A Voyage to Arcturus written in 1920 by Scottish author David Lindsay, is a fascinating, blasphemous, and magnificent failure.
Wright sets out to explore the weird, wild, wonderful world depicted in Lindsay’s forgotten masterpiece, to plumb its depths, decode its symbols, discover its secrets, praise its breathtaking literary achievement, and to name rightly what David Lindsay hid under onion layers of riddles: a striking yet morbid message.
The Last Straw: A Critical Autopsy of a Galaxy Far, Far Away
by John C. Wright
Come quibble about a galaxy far far away!
Once, in a theater long ago and far, far away, young audiences thrilled to the nostalgic space epic of yesteryear, known then only as STAR WARS, and were duly enthralled. So much goodwill, so much affection, so much love has rarely been lavished on any franchise. So much money from so many eager fans was never so readily available.
And yet, with one potent Deathstar-like blast of mind-breakingly awful film making, the Disney Corporation has managed to alienate that goodwill, spurn that affection, and lose that money. Why? What makes THE LAST JEDI so appallingly bad? What made the film maker think he could win over his audience by insulting his audience?
Science Fiction Grandmaster John C Wright laments, analyzes, and autopsies the horrific story-telling of a film that, for so many of us, was the last hope for STAR WARS, the last dime we will ever spend on this once-beloved franchise, and the last straw that broke our patience.
A young radio engineer travels across an alt-history America, encountering primeval gods, mythical beasts, and tall tales come to life, in a quest to build a radio transmitter that can reach the stars.
It all starts in the mountain town of Porterville. Twelve-year-old Philo starts a pirate radio station with his friends, and learns that the world is a stranger place than he ever imagined. The Ancient Marauder, the Bright and Terrible Birds, the Mishipeshu, and other creatures of myth and legend populate this enchanting mixture of science and fantasy.
YANKEE REPUBLIC is an old-school adventure series with traditional values and down-to-earth heroes. Escape from the pessimism and propaganda of modern fiction, and take a journey through a mythic America that might have been.
Book Review: Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves by John Walker