When Coralie Frazer arrives at Nimbus Station aboard the National Space Research Council starship Triumph, it’s not as the engineer she expected to be. Light-years and several wormhole jumps from Earth, she’s now the prisoner of her former crew, and they want nothing from her but the blood that keeps them alive. When she’s granted a sliver of unexpected freedom, she jumps at the chance to escape—but fleeing seems impossible when Earth might as well be in another universe. Commander Josiah O’Donnell has his own problems, and taking reluctant command of the newest United States Orbital Guard cutter Bayonet is the least of them. Fresh off medical leave and tasked with locating Triumph and rescuing her crew, he knows the wormholes he’s meant to traverse are hazardous—but what’s on the other side might be more perilous than he ever imagined. Desperate to save her fellow captive blood sources, Coralie doesn’t intend to fail. Haunted by the memories of his disastrous last assignment, Josiah won’t allow more death. There’s just one problem: success for either means condemning a thousand others.
Life in the 24th century has expanded to create the Six Worlds, but the personal trials we face are still there. Terry “Tug” Glenman has discovered that balancing a dual career of race driving and car building is more than a little stretch. Between his shop and California home, he’s spent the last decade with the love of his life. But when tragedy strikes, her worst fears come too close for comfort. In the aftermath, Tug is offered the chance of a lifetime. This could be the culmination of his dreams, but he quickly finds that fame and glory come with a very high price. Tug seeks his answers while driven by the haunted memory of his best friend and lured by a successful woman who can give him everything. Torn between a career that is his passion and everything at home he holds dear, he finds no easy decisions. This is where spirits soar and hearts are broken, while scores are settled at blinding speed in the perilous sport called Moonracing.
Eleven original stories with diverse science fiction themes and speculative bodies of law. They can also be just, superfluous, or downright wrong. Second laws are (by design) less important than primary decrees. But depending on how regulations are ordered, the second law might be imperative for social stability, morality, or survival. In these stories, future corporate espionage remains rampant. Humans and robots swap identities. Space pirates exact frontier justice at their own peril. Greed and lust ingrained in humanity, wreaks havoc. Teenagers fight robots for their freedom. An outbreak binds a couple together with a strong nuclear force. An immortal risks all for what is morally right, a drug-addicted man struggles to break his destructive cycle. Aliens attempt to assimilate a Denver neighborhood. A necromancer-hunter struggles between his duty for work and his family. Soldiers fight off psycho fairies...and Greek Gods give a flawed man a chance for redemption. Join the journey with these unsuspecting characters as they learn from their encounters -- or suffer a tragic fate...
“An intriguing mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction.” Nominated in the Sword & Sorcery Category in the 2019 EFFYs! An Amnesiac Merc on the run falls for a sorceress hiding deadly secrets. meant slavery or death. All her life she has hidden from the Shan's Witch Proctors, powerful sorcerers who control the enslaved Magi. To keep her family safe from them, she will risk anything, tell any lie, even trick an innocent man into a forbidden marriage. She never expected to fall in love with him. But it happened. Now she and Andre must defy the most powerful wizards in Rulari with nothing but his skill with a blade and her untried magic.
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A pandemic breaks out across the world, and within days, Earth is devastated. The space station Oasis and moon colony Desert Beach must be abandoned, leaving the Mars colony with no support.
Joan Herl works with the first intelligent computer, SIMPOC, to help the survivors. Then, a second intelligent computer appears, following its own agenda.
Why was the virus created, and by whom?
How will the confrontation between intelligent computers end?
Ray Jay Perreault creates amazing stories with believable and endearing characters
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Battle for Earth is an imaginative mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy with plenty of action. Earth has been invaded by alien monsters. Shockwave is an elite special forces team, a diverse group of individuals with unique capabilities. Shockwave is a fitting name for our best hope to overcome the invaders and the dark powers that stand behind them. Even action meant for evil can have a good outcome. A divided world has been forced to unite. Still, the invaders have overwhelming technological superiority. But we are an unusual people, practiced in the art of war, holding a few technological advantages of our own. Join the team on the action packed and twisting road that leads to interstellar war. Quantum physics comes of age in this epic adventure series that starts on Earth but ends up in the farthest reaches of space and beyond. The book has a Young Adult underpinning, but the storyline will appeal to anyone who enjoys action packed Science Fiction with a twist of Fansasy. Meet the team. Viz and Para are the sister heroes of the invasion. Rock and Roll are twin brothers you definitely want on your side. Mr. T is the mostly mature leader of the bunch. There’s Muncle, one very smart monkey. And Communal is the artificial intelligence who always keeps an eye … uhh, always keeps a data node on the team.
When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds. Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane. Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?
After a devastating war forced humans to rely on synths for survival, the two have learned to coexist peacefully. Until now... When detective Dhata Mays is called in to investigate a homicide, what he uncovers threatens the serenity of this futuristic society. The gruesome murder means only one thing: someone is ready to incite another war. Now, it's up to Dhata to ensure that the truth stays hidden--to protect both sides of the battle. But can he be unbiased in a black and white world that forces him to take sides?
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The war was over and there were no winners. Now humans and aliens must find a way to coexist together. This is the galaxy that Drake Rose and the crew of the freighter Trystero are stuck in. Together they traverse the Demilitarized Zone between Terran and Gra’al borders taking on any job they can find, big or small, legal or otherwise, human or alien. A chance encounter with a derelict alien ship thrusts them into the center of a deadly conspiracy. When the Terran government refuses to get involved, the crew has no choice but to fend for themselves. A fragile peace hangs in the balance, thrust into the hands of Drake and the crew. They never wanted to be heroes. The only way to stop the ascension of a vicious warlord bent on the destruction of humanity is for them to survive. It’s Firefly meets Star Trek in this coming of age space opera series.
A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
Mystery, murder and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
From the light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the author of Milijun, Amidst Alien Stars and Saving Paludis.
"Without intending to disparage our contemporary writing world, I must observe that Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham harkens back well and fondly to the golden years of speculative short-story fiction collected from great masters like Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke. In addition to clever and intriguing plots, never gratuitously complicated but always with a satisfying twist, these simple but startling tales unfold with zeal and concisely controlled acceleration. Or, to switch analogies, imbibing them is like popping juicy morsels on impulse rather than methodically pacing oneself at a sumptuous feast. Something to be consumed immediately upon the craving. Something to make one smile. And you will. You will also, at times, find yourself quite amazed." Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
'The moon was no longer a barren on-looker, it was a destination.' In 2065, a resurgence in space exploration, mainly driven by tourism has seen Earth benefit in many ways. But with private money steering progress in a commercial direction, mistakes were made, none worse than the Europa Space Orbiter incident. The enigmatic entrepreneur, James Healey the Third, sees a business opportunity - he would expand his company, Globewide Assistance, skywards. When Healey approaches the crew of the Caspian, the proposition of working closer to Earth seems hard to resist but their cautious Flight officer, Haruka O’Brian, is less impressed by this notorious sponsor - after all, she had spent a lifetime avoiding the media machine. Is this an honorable cause? Is this a chance for a real life? Most importantly, can Healey be trusted? There’s little time to reflect; EVAC Rapid Response are in demand. Healey’s vision unfolds as he skillfully grooms the crew into the EVAC brand, but the team soon find their experience and loyalties tested when they are propelled into a nightmare scenario, with the world watching.
*This is General-Literary fiction and Magical Realism or Science Fiction. Death parts us all. A magical real quest to find home in a place no one can see. When a combat cameraman falls into a coma, the military takes advantage of his state by implanting new technology into his brain—technology that captures and records his thoughts. But when he wakes up two decades later, he’s left to grapple with this decision that was never his to make. Death is swift, easy. Dying? Now, that’s the hard part; stuck in limbo between painful life and merciful death, unable to move or control the outcome. It’s the ultimate torture, and something Newman Jones has had to experience for twenty years. A combat cameraman serving his last mission in Iraq, Newman is ready to finally settle down with his fiancé. But on January 1st, 2002, an IED explodes, overturning his uparmoured Humvee. Death meets all his comrades while Newman falls into a coma. Under the order of an anonymous CIA director, Newman is hidden from the world and sent to a Top Secret research facility where he is implanted with a device to capture and record his thoughts. And for twenty years, he remained there—until the day he awakened. Awake and confused, Newman’s world is shattered. When the implanted device malfunctions and Newman is called back by the doctors, he ignores their request, following the soft whispers of a sacred crow to guide him home. The device continues streaming his thoughts to the military so the doctors sent for ...
If she loses, she dies, but winning will break her heart. The murder of her brother thrusts Gaia, unprepared and unwilling, into the spotlight. Her proposed marriage to Atoli, the power-hungry, arrogant prince of a rival clan, is the last thing Gaia wants. But as heir to the Black Throne, her duty is clear. The balance of power among the Simoi, an ancient race with god-like powers, must be maintained. Atoli’s fascinating half-brother, Bardan, catches her eye, but a love triangle is the last thing Gaia needs. As the attacks on her family escalate, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t approve of her impending marriage to Atoli and they are willing to kill to prevent it. Faced with a devastating new weapon, Gaia must elude cold-blooded assassins and unmask her secret enemies if she and her people are to survive. Far more than the fate of the Simoi hangs in the balance. Their destruction will destroy species, devastate entire galaxies, and may even unhinge the universe itself.
The not-so-distant future of 2040 is populated mostly by millennials and the robots to whom humanity has delegated menial labor. The government is all-powerful and all-intrusive; privacy is a thing of the past. Optimal, a biogenetics company, bucks the system with its hidden lab, but the founder’s good intentions have given way to dangerous experimentation. Optimal offers a “miracle” serum that can supposedly help citizens escape their miserable lives through a change of identity. Four women jump at the chance. Maggie seeks fame; Jasmine is desperate for beauty. Sydney’s heart’s desire is wealth; Lena just wants revenge. But getting what they’ve always wanted comes with rivalry, exploitation, and blackmail, and when they discover Optimal’s underground torture chamber, they learn why the lab was hidden so deep in the forest…
Follow the career of a young officer in the 22nd Century genetically engineered space navy: As the last star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets' fleet on the verge of annihilation, he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening aliens. With so much uncertainty about the aliens' capabilities and intentions, analyzing the captured computer equipment in Gallant's possession could prove crucial. The fate of Earth could rest on the abilities of Midshipman Henry Gallant. Unfortunately, it is his abilities that have been much in doubt during his tour of duty. In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to the demands of the space service. Only bright and attractive junior officer Kelsey Mitchel has shown any sympathy for him. Now as his navigator on the last fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of Henry Gallant.
John is an unassuming but talented high school sophomore who finds a strange object while walking in the woods one quiet Sunday morning. There, catching beams of sunlight shining through the trees is an alien object! The object is a Kinetic Assistant Disk, or KAD. It’s smooth, silver, and about the size of a hockey puck. And John soon learns that it can be dangerous, too!
Although barely able to understand where the disk came from and what it is capable of, John quickly realizes that he’s the only one who can save KAD before it loses power and is lost forever. The path to save KAD takes John on an adventure that draws on all of his wits and physical abilities. To rescue KAD, John must hide it from everyone, including a tenacious federal agent who’s determined to get his hands on KAD, at any cost. But keeping KAD hidden proves to be quite difficult, as the disk becomes unstable and erratic, putting John’s school and the entire neighborhood in jeopardy. KAD’s actions even get in the way of John’s budding romance with his high school sweetheart, Lena. Soon, however, John and Lena must work together in a race against the clock to save KAD. Their adventure brings them in the line of fire with the federal agents and sends them to distant alien locations, all while experiencing the potency of first love and dealing with the usual setbacks faced by all teenagers, including well-meaning parents, exams, and school activities.
Can they save KAD in time?
What if you were trapped in a nightmare? Forever. Norman Adams is a regular guy. Then one day, everything changes. Involved in a serious road accident, he slips into a coma. There, he drifts into a lucid dream state and soon realises he is not alone... Victor James is his loyal friend. Determined to help, he works with a mysterious librarian. Together they discover a way to enter Norman's dream. It's only then that they reveal the scale of the horror that imprisons him. A place where nightmares are born.
"Avatar the Last Airbender meets Ender's Game" The planet Ethos is at war with a mysterious enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborns with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Those that survive the injection, develop extraordinary abilities and are conscripted into the military for training. After turning twelve, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio Prime Training Facility. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the ruthless and reclusive planetary ruler. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan to the sim 299. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.
Survival of the fittest becomes harsh reality in the blink of an eye. Greg Healy isn’t fooled. The hunting trip is merely a ploy contrived by his wife and mother to force Greg and his father to end their estrangement. Not even Greg’s teenage daughter or his father’s hunting buddies along for the ride will be enough of a buffer to heal the rift of long-standing resentments. But the helicopter has barely dropped them in the remote Canadian wilderness when they discover their new equipment is dead with no explanation. Now they’ll have to rely on each other and resort to Old West ingenuity to find their way home—before the hunter becomes the hunted. For seventeen-year-old Darryl Healy, things aren’t much easier on his grandparents’ cattle ranch. Not when his highly intelligent and successful mother keeps hounding him about college applications. But college quickly loses its allure when the lights go out after a cyberattack. Frightening responsibilities fall squarely on Darryl’s unproven shoulders as a power-hungry politician is determined to confiscate the ranch’s resources—by any means necessary. Danger and death await the Healy family as each group attempts to navigate this terrifying new post-apocalyptic world while the vast wilderness separates them. When deceit arises from within their ranks, they’ll face threats as lethal as the grizzly bears and mountain lions lurking in the shadows. And in order to survive the nightmare, a deal with the devil might be their on ...
Three innovative authors imagine the end of humanity. Postcards From the Future is the remarkable result.Andrew Lark’s “Pollen” is a riveting, multiple point-of-view account of a strange atmospheric phenomenon that destroys humankind’s ability to reproduce, ushering in the extinction of our species.Donald Levin’s “The Bright and Darkened Lands of the Earth” is a gripping tale set in a desperate, post-apocalyptic future where a heroic woman battles ecological and social collapse in an effort to save her tribe—and humanity—from certain annihilation.Wendy Sura Thomson’s “Silo Six” is a suspenseful story of love and survival set far into the future, when the sun begins its transformation into a red giant and scorches the earth into a virtually uninhabitable cinder.
Shohn has one mission: live a lie-filled life undercover. She permits herself no family ties and few friends. Meeting Joe makes her rethink her rule of isolation. When Joe seeks help to locate his birth mother, he hires Shohn. As their unexpected friendship deepens into more, each mystery they solve reveals yet another hidden layer. The truth they seek could immobilize interstellar commerce in the empire. To protect the Empire they both love, they must solve the riddle behind his elusive birth mother, and trust one another. But how can they trust when the "truth" they've each been fed is a lie?
A mash-up of 40’s style detective fiction and sci-fi, A.I. P.I. examines a racist future where society has turned against a new silver-skinned minority: androids. But for some, they’re a necessity. When you’re in trouble and don’t want the police involved, who are you going to call? An Artificially Intelligent Private Investigator.
“It’s so hot, what is going on. Is it even humanly possible to sweat this much?” Oh, but the temperature is just perfect “Who is that? Wait, you can hear my thoughts? Where am I?” As I open my eyes, I realize I’m not on my bed or even in my room where I should be after coming home late last night. “Or did I not make it home? This is definitely not earth” I said to myself as I looked around and took a 360-degree view of what I can’t even describe. “Is this is supposed to be a house? Where am I?" Beautiful isn’t it? This could all be yours if you want, or whatever change you want to make to it, just think about it, anything you want, anything you can think about, it’s all yours. “This voice again, who are you, where are you?” I shouted out and waited for a response but to my disappointment, I heard no reply. “Beautiful?” I said to myself as I looked around, “Is this not more than beautiful? The whole building is made of glass, pure crystal-clear glass.” I looked around and studied the cube like structure made entirely from glass and if my eyes were not deceiving me, was also rotating slowly. “But how is that possible, I’m standing on a fixed spot and not feeling any movement, also the darkness that totally surrounds the glass building isn’t allowing me to determine if the building is really rotating or not. What kind of confusion is this?" All that surrounded the glass building was darkness, black thick darkness. What is this cube even built on? No foundation? It’s just hanging ...
For God School's latest graduate, the adventure continues...Bernie is a young god who fixes broken universes for a living. Unfortunately, the universe he's working on is in the middle of a civil war caused by Ashok, a murderous wizard determined to control the lucrative pepper trade.
All books in The Universe Builders are standalone and can be read in any order. The first book, Bernie and the Putty, won 16 national and international awards for excellence.
Trust no one ... not even yourself. When a mysterious monster storm reduces Emily's idyllic family farm to rubble, Emily embarks on a perilous road trip to find her family. Along the way, details unravel about a nefarious shadow organization using government resources to manipulate the weather via electromagnetic waves. Soon the truth about her world and her family threatens to extinguish her innocence. Because in this strange new world, only the brave will survive ... but will Emily? This fast-paced SciFi adventure novella was previously published as a serialized KindleVella novel. "THE FREQUENCY starts with a wink toward THE WIZARD OF OZ, and quickly goes down the rabbit hole of THE MATRIX or MISTER ROBOT. A darkly conspiratorial reimagining of just what this climate change really means." -- Actress Jen Ponton, DIETLAND
There’s an ancient language encrypted into our DNA, which holds the secret to our humanity. Carved into a cave deep in the heart of southern Sudan is the story of this first language. Technology has advanced our civilization past its limits. Computers are breaking down and wars are breaking out throughout the world because mankind has forgotten how to communicate. Alexander and Rebekah, two professors at the University of Chicago, have to discover the secret of this universal lexicon as the last hope to save a dying planet. They must use the power of what religions call the voice of God and what scientists call the original language of man.
When a young god named Bernie finally gets a job building universes, it starts a series of mishaps that spark numerous revelations. Challenged by his supervisor to prove his worth, Bernie sets out to build a fully stable world but hits roadblocks every step of the way. At first, he thinks there’s some inherent problem in his design but soon learns that his universe is being sabotaged by another.
Competition is tough in the universe building business. Rivals can spring up from anywhere and incompetence can land you on the street. Bernie knows if he isn’t able to get his world working in time, he’ll never be able to realize his dream of becoming a professional universe builder.
On this extraordinary journey of creation, destruction, and subterfuge, Bernie ultimately unlocks a mystery that transforms the universe building landscape. Now all he needs to do is figure out a way to save his world from being completely destroyed.
The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty is a refreshingly original story that follows the path of a young god as he struggles to achieve his lifelong dreams. Filled with humor, action, and crazy twists, this coming of age novel is epic fantasy and science fiction at its best. If you enjoy imaginative fantasy, like Harry Potter, Peter Jackson, or the tales ...
NU-USA, 2125. Dhata Mays’s anger is primed to erupt. When an old friend on the force clues him in to a mysterious murder gone cold, the mercenary sleuth allows his obsession to take control. But no sooner does he dive into the details of the case than he barely survives an ambush by unknown assassins. Too bitter about the murder to back off, the cynical detective ignores the price on his head and pursues the organization he’s certain is responsible. But when he discovers that he has more than one adversary from the past, he may find nowhere in the world is safe. Will Dhata’s fixation on justice get him permanently deleted?
Henry Gallant is the captain of the spacecraft carrier Constellation. He is the last hope of the Marines stranded on a volcanic wasteland nine light-years from Earth. Not since Guadalcanal has the 2nd Marine Division faced a grimmer struggle to hold on against a powerful and ruthless enemy. As the Titan invaders close in, the Marines wonder if there is the 'will' to save them. Top Gun pilots Rob Ryan and Lorelei Steward take a desperate gamble to save Nathan Steward and the remnants of the 2nd Division. Will they be in time? Will they be enough? For fans of Honor Harrington and Horatio Hornblower
Protests in front of an embassy aren't what they seem... In the dark primal jungles of the Congo River basin, something is ravaging the local population. When protests turn violent in front of the US Embassy Kinshasa, only the foreign policy experts paid attention. Civil war erupts and people rip each other apart in the streets of the African capital. In an effort to avert disaster and preserve its self-image, an overwhelmed US Department of State dispatches a team of elite counterterrorism agents to bring their besieged people back alive. Mark Steele, a young agent within the Division, and his team of gritty operatives are used to trudging through the worst dregs that society has to offer, all while operating from the shadows. But Steele's team is wading headfirst into a maelstrom of death so much worse than rebels in the streets. A highly contagious microbe is spreading unchecked through the streets killing everyone in its wake only to bring them back again as the ravenous undead. Only a lone CDC virologist understands the extent of the outbreak at hand. He cowers amongst the embassy staff praying for extraction from the hands of death, fearing his part to play in the epidemic. Follow this harrowing tale of survival, duty, love and horror as the living dead bring the world to its knees. The first installment of an epic series, End Time starts as a slow burn that turns into a breakneck paced struggle for survival. Greene does an excellent job of depicting individual stories ...
Genetic Engineering. Intrigue. Space Exploration. Perfect for fans of Enders Game, Brave New World, and Divergent. Earth is dying, circling the drain on life support. The future of the human race depends on finding a new homeworld, but they’re running out of time. Parasitic insects are systematically killing the best scientific minds but no one knows why. Mable Wilkinson is the last hope to figure it out, she just doesn’t know it yet. For years, her resourcefulness, intelligence, and penchant for problem-solving have put her at the top of a very short list of researchers, only she doesn’t want to be part of it. Cast out at sixteen, Mable wrote off the problems of the world long ago. Now, her focus is on Hadley, her adopted little sister, and teaching her to survive in the cut-throat underground. Instead, both Mable and Hadley fall into the hands of the program’s recruiter, Silas Arrenstein, and he’s determined to have one of them. Mable can join up with the man and program who killed her brother, or she can leave Hadley to the same fate. Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction with LGBT themes Length: Novel, 404 pages Series: Part One of The Extraction Files
Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life. Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind. As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
Once part of the Tokyo elite, Wen Harkwell lost his status when his mother died, and now he’s forced to labor in the depths of the city, far from the easy life of the Heights, struggling to support his thirteen-year-old brother Sammy. By day he toils in a factory and by night he digs for scrap in the infamous Heap under the city. One night Wen is drawn to an old book he finds and risks taking it home—a quick decision with devastating consequences. Soon after, Sammy is kidnapped, and when Wen turns to a friend and coworker for help, the two find themselves embroiled in a secret high-tech operation that will stop at nothing to maintain their ciphered code. When Wen realizes that the same corporation connected to his mother’s disappearance is behind the attack, he knows he must do whatever it takes to save his brother—even if it means working for the enemy. In the vein of William Gibson and A. A. Attanasio, Benoit Chartier’s Red Nexus is a dystopian sci-fi adventure full of fascinating technology, fast-paced action, and plenty of heart.
Cassandra Leif (pronounced “leaf”) makes her living as a reputable bounty huntress. Standing at 5-10 and shapely, her size, athleticism and penchant for getting her target makes her well sought-after, although some may not always agree with her methods of capturing fugitives. When she teams up with the Grey Wolves, a paramilitary led by Sylvester "Sly" Scorggins on a mission to investigate the murders taking place at the famous Ture Park, they encounter a force of the likes which they've never seen.
Eternal fame or eternal shame?
Hopeless optimist Roberto Maccarone has staked his fortunes on a bold move: he's brought grand opera to the Oort Territories, where there isn't enough culture to fill a petri dish. But it's a tough sell here in the cold dark of the next to last circle of hell, and soon Maccarone is up to his mephistophelean eyebrows in corporate greed, rebellious miners, bloodthirsty mercenaries, outrageous lies, intense loathing, inane conversations, and more unintended consequences than you can shake a baton at. Really, how hard can it be to stage a performance?
One thing alone can save Maccarone and his company: the most fabulous theater in the solar system slumbers nearby, mysteriously shuttered without having once been used. But the keys are held in the icy grip of the local Culture Minister, and nothing-not Maccarone, not obscene amounts of money, not even that guy who juggles flaming kabobs while singing an ancient song about how great America was-can pry them loose. Will it be fame for Maccarone and his troupe? Or unemployment in Beelzebub's outhouse?
In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers. Within their walled city, exclusive access to the only remaining technology gives the Sovereign an advantage that seems impossible to beat. In exchange for meager scraps and free reign outside the walls, they use the brawn of the Fortis to their advantage while the Outliers struggle to survive. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, and surrounded by dangers too numerous to count, the Outliers have adapted - but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing. Indra is an Outlier. Each day she braves the wastelands, making the dangerous journey from the wilds where she lives to the City so she can serve the Sovereign in order to give her family a better life. Inside the walls, she has no rights and no freedom. Not only is she powerless to resist the Sovereign’s harsh rule, but she is also unable to do anything to save her people from the brutality of the Fortis. For centuries they have made their abuse of Outliers a sport, but when Asa comes to Indra’s rescue, she sees something different in him. Something that marks him as so much more than just a Fortis guard. But as Indra’s world begins to unravel, even the quiet alliance she has formed with Asa cannot save her from the wrath of the Sovereign. In one life-altering moment, everything Indra has ever known is ripped away, forcing her to face a world even more harsh and unforgiving. Broken and scarred, I ...
Izzorah has always been a Kin, part of a human-like race of fierce, rugged felines. Now he's a brand-new immortal too. When he learns the truth about his fiancé's immortality--and his own--the familiar world he knew vanishes. He must pass a test designed by the immortal king to reveal his gifts and weaknesses. Pass and he's accepted into a warrior society he wants no part of. Fail and he's cast out, away from the man he loves. As if that's not bad enough, his lover is also the king's ex, and the king refuses to part with anything--or anyone--he loves. Fair test? Not in this immortal lifetime...
Book 4 of the Antonello Brothers series. Sweet Scifi Romance with a kick. When Fawni Ruh, a Kin ambassador, visits the capitol planet of the empire, she meets security expert Khyff Antonello, a human. A death in her family forces Fawni to return home, but she can't bear to part with Khyff and takes him along. Her family demands she cast out the human, or abdicate her future rule. Fawni searches for an alternative and stumbles upon Khyff’s secret. The cover-up, if exposed, will betray her world to its enemies, and bare her family to open shame. Her duty is clear. Yet how can she leave Khyff to suffer in the darkness that binds his heart? His hidden truth is her people's hidden lie. Trigger warning: character memories of abuse
Guardian of Earth, Dr. Zeke Landry has even more reason to protect his planet now that his wife is carrying his child. Little did he know, the romantic evening they enjoyed at the beach watching meteor showers was the last peace on Earth. Fish and wildlife vanish. Seas thicken with mud. The dolphins warn Zeke to stay away from the ocean. An environmental catastrophe of the highest order is in the making, and no one knows how to prevent it. Zeke seeks extra-planetary advice from his alien allies, but the news is not good. The threat is dire, and the clock is ticking. Unless a solution is found, the Earth will be transformed into an uninhabitable world. Will Zeke and his android sidekick find a remedy in time to save the day?
A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. A honed and fit suspect - international boxer and billionaire playboy, Freddie La Salle. Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional turmoil as she fights to keep her professional cool in her latest assignment. When the charismatic Freddie turns on his charm and seduces her, passion takes control. The action flies from London to Paris, to California and New York - but just who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents?
A high stakes gambling syndicate is pulling the strings. There's already a boxing referee dead in a river and millions of dollars placed on Freddie's next fight. Anna has to decide what really motivates this art loving prize-bull boxer. Can she fake it? Can she nail the gangsters before her cover is blown?
In a tense story of forbidden erotic love, can a relationship founded on deceit survive? When abandoned by her bosses, vigilante justice is her only option. Can she prove her lover's innocence? Can she escape with her man or even her life? The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that knockout punch.
'Seduction of Combat' is the first in Emma Calin's Seduction Series, combining thrilling crime mystery with steamy suspense romance. If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Kendra Elliot you'll love a series that combines all of thei ...
"VERY WELL WRITTEN! SO HARD TO PUT DOWN!" -Amazon Reviewer "WOW, WOW, WOW! NOTHING SHORT OF GREAT!" -Amazon Reviewer Set in the robot cyberpunk year 2055 in British Columbia, Canada, where humans are part robotic and robots are becoming more humanlike, the line dividing the two is becoming less clear. When the nation is controlled by a popular online program, those that deviate risk their lives. But that never stopped Fione. When sixteen-year-old Fione meets Maci, a twenty-one-year-old Flexbot who escapes from ImaTech located along the crust of the Coast Mountains, Fione’s life is taken on a roller-coaster ride of events that begins with trying to save Maci from ImaTech Corporation and ends with trying to save the country. With Fione's best friend and love interest, a Flexbot named Pix, Fione and Maci must come face-to-face with the greatest dangers their country has ever seen and learn the disturbing secrets of the popular online program Exotiqa—which her friends, family, and most of the country has downloaded onto their Cerebral Slabs. This won’t be easy, since Maci’s only love and greatest enemy, nicknamed Thirty, is tracking her every move.
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The first book in an epic science fiction adventure, perfect for fans of Firefly and Star Wars.
The galaxy's deadliest soldiers are now its most wanted criminals...
The year is 2119. Earth is a crowded, ugly shell of its former self, surrounded by numerous alien races and ‘protected’ by the oppressive Earth Alliance. Not exactly prime real estate.
When Alyx Starburn is arrested for stealing food, he’s given a choice: join a new branch of the Earth Alli ...
In 1632, Lord August Godwine, an Austrian nobleman, commissions Swiss clockmaker Frederick Jori to create a miniature city of automatons to amuse himself and impress the aristocracy. When Jori refuses to commit offenses against God, he undergoes brutal, unimaginable torture until the once-pious craftsman surrenders to his fate. But what he hides in the innocuous-appearing automatons ignites a horrific apocalypse—one that will not be realized for 400 years.
In 21st century San Francisco, Ireland Barton is a brilliant, successful young scientist, but there is one drawback to her perfect life—she suffers from a rare immune disorder that keeps her confined in a plastic bubble. When a new virus is released on the world, she begins a heart-pounding race to find a cure to save what is left of humanity and battle malevolent forces housed in 17th century figurines.
As two worlds—two time periods—collide, will Ireland unravel the mystery of the dolls before the clock winds down on humanity?
HE SAVES OTHERS FROM THEIR TROUBLES. WHO WILL SAVE HIM? Bus driver Rory Fine has a gift. He can take troubles from others with merely a touch. On a rain-swept night he asks his glum passengers to leave their worrisome emotions in his palm. But when he touches one passenger's hand everything he knows about troubles keeping is shattered. Somebody aboard hides a deadly and dangerous secret. What began simply, descends into a perilous battle with a menacing and evil dark entity and Rory now faces a terrible decision. Should he reveal his secret gift to Mariana, the passenger he's come to love but barely knows? The last time that happened somebody died. But Rory must find a way because someone or something stalks Mariana. Someone who kills in a macabre and sickening way. Someone with abilities more powerful than his own. Should the killer's plan succeed it's not just Mariana at risk but the very fabric of the world. Rory will need to discover a strength he may not possess. Even then, that might not be enough. For when the Trepan Killer wants you, there's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Can Rory stop the Trepan Killer before he loses all? To do so, he will face more than the killer. He will face his own harrowing past. From International best-selling thriller author Susan May comes another page-turner keeping readers up way past their bedtime. The Troubles Keeper is a non-stop supernatural suspense ride, with memorable characters readers love and a fictional world that you won' ...
All girls look for romance and adventure, but sometimes its better if you don't get what you ask for... Accompanied by a diverse group of explorers Juliette discovers the unknown continent of Kitzingen is a dangerous place. When they encounter refuges from a crashed LifeBoat, she spots a Thieves Guild tattoo on one of them and is immediately suspicious. But the dangers on the expedition are nothing compared to what awaits Juliette when she returns home and learns of a threat to her family. A reward for the capture of Juliette's younger siblings is making the rounds in criminal circles. When some of them are snatched at a festival, it will take all her courage and skill to save them. Can she do it?
A collection of science fiction short stories from the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile. The law of unintended consequences meets Murphy's law during a man's unexpected time travel. A grizzled veteran meets his god. And a loner discovers just how far he'd go to alleviate his loneliness. These stories explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what's real?
Some of us predicted it! There must be something more out there. An intelligent species, technologically advanced. We gaze up into the night sky — that small star, really just a tiny yellow sun. There you are, the third planet! We can see you. Can you see us? We've been watching you. Finally, a worthy foe! Henry McAndrews' enlivening new YA science fiction trilogy. Get ready for a vibrant onslaught of action-filled adventure for Evan Trystan, smart, undaunted and apparently the youngest captain to pilot a ship through deep space. Aliens? Check. Evil Aliens? Check again. What about a sassy computer? Check, check, check! The perfect composition to keep you entertained during the long summer days.
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Blaze through exhilarating worlds in this groundbreaking collection of sci-fi and fantasy tales. Discover answers to strange–and bewildering–scenarios like: How do a scientist and a band of corporate superheroes escape an eternal time-loop? What does a "real" mermaid do when held captive by a spoiled, myopic prince? What drives a young woman to become a trope character in a LitRPG? Find these and more in this rousing anthology of short stories by today's most original authors! Stories for Nerds: Volume 1 will throw you into eager anticipation with one gripping tale after another! Find your favorite new author–or, better yet, authors–here!
Would you embrace darkness to save your child? House Dobromil has stood against the emperor since the beginning. For generations, they have defied tyrannical edicts and stood up for donai and humans. For decades, war has crept ever closer and now, Syteria, a rebellious human woman Darien has chosen to be his future queen may be the spark that sets the Imperium to flame. When Syteria crosses paths with the emperor’s agents, the unthinkable happens. With the survival of both races in peril, with the future of House Dobromil on the line, the stakes for Darien and Syteria are higher than ever. Driven by death and betrayal, victory and defeat, tragedy and secrets, can Syteria and Darien ascend to fulfill their destinies? Ravages of Honor: Ascension picks up right after the end of Ravages of Honor: Conquest. While it can be read as a standalone (it is a complete story with its own beginning, middle, and end), it was meant to be read in sequence. The Ravages of Honor series is a galactic empire space opera with very steamy romantic elements, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and swords.
★Winner of the Houston Writer's House Competition★ Seven survivors. One monster. Nowhere to hide. Mission Specialist Adán Fuentes awakes from cryo-hibernation to discover that most of his fellow crewmates are dead and the shuttle Carpathia is not where it’s supposed to be. Surrounded by a vast barren landscape, he and the other survivors wonder how they can accomplish their mission, to establish a home for future colonists. When an unseen creature attacks them, the Carpathia’s crew must turn their attention to surviving and solving the true purpose behind their mission. Inspired by the 50’s sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, Sand and Shadow plumbs the depths of the human psyche and the power of its influence. As the Carpathia’s crew’s secrets and flaws are revealed, readers may find themselves compelled to examine their own dark places.
Voted one of the Best 50 Indie Books of 2015, Infinite Waters contains ten speculative fiction short stories and flash fiction, written by the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile. These ten stories explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what's real? A writer seeks her future at a carnival but gets more than she bargained for. A disgruntled twin discovers that blood runs thicker than water, especially when you spill it. A high school student just loves to experiment. And a bully learns that nothing is scarier than a supermarket.
What happens when two highly technological civilizations bring their Artificial Intelligences to a planet where Magic works, and the A.I.s learn to use it? Terrans and Sekhmet fled from their war-torn worlds and traveled through a portal to find refuge on the planet Rulari, where magic functions and men and women will live or die by the sword. "An intriguing mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction." Cadence survived the massacre of her parents and got her teenage sisters out alive. But now it was up to her to bring their murderer to justice . Teenage human and Sekhmet boys and girls were vanishing overnight from their homes and each side blamed the other for the disappearances. Duty demands Cadence find and rescue them, keep her own sisters safe, and bring to justice the blood traitor who killed her parents. Harmony, the A.I. who should have helped her has fallen victim to spell locking her out of the Ley lines. So Cadence has only herself, her 13-year-old sisters, and maybe Drake Owen Mabinogion. She knew Owen was more powerful than he let on, but he was here to search for a Jacite spy. Could she convince him to help her find and rescue the missing teens, regain her inheritance, and bring her uncle to justice?
After Mike goes through a gut-wrenching betrayal by his fiancée, he finds himself in what he thinks might be the afterlife. But this is no heaven. The gods made a mistake and created another Earth in a parallel universe, putting both universes in peril. They need someone from his planet to destroy the alternate, and Mike is randomly selected for the job. Trapped in an impossible choice, Mike accepts his mission and is returned to an Earth—and a body—so unlike his own. There, he meets Jane, who is—unbeknownst to him—the secret leader of an organization bent on tracking down Earth's saboteur. In the face of her passion for humanity, Mike's resolve falters. If Mike won't complete his mission, the gods will.
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"Sixteen years as a nomad…I used to love it, just the three of us, a team, moving to the next adventure. Now, when my dad changes jobs like some people change underwear, it just gives me a stomachache."
Grace Thompson is used to moving and losing. She's already lost her mother, her home, and any hope for a normal life. But when her father is abducted from the streets of San Francisco, Grace is determined to get him back. She thinks she is alone until she meets four strangers whose parents went missing at the same time. The teens work together to track down the clues to their parents' pasts with only an alien stone to guide them. With the kidnappers closing in, the only way to save them is to unravel the secret her mother died to protect.
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Hanuman is one of a kind. A monkey turned person thanks to the same magic gemstones that created the powerful Anki race. His friends are not the typical human colonists either. Follow Han on a space fantasy adventure as he battles the dangerous Rakshasa who have been working in secret to overthrow the various independent communities of people on his home planet, Nibiru. One little green Monkeyboy struggles to belong among various species of people while fighting beings with powers that stretch the imagination. Will Hanuman find his place in the universe? Can he stop the rekindling Anki Empire? Why do girls try to kiss him?
Alodeé is a girl with a secret. She’s strong, smart and just a little too different.
After a miraculous crash-landing on the mysterious exoplanet dubbed Resurrection Dawn, the Humanoid colonists quickly discovered a carnivorous ecosystem of gigantic proportions. Most of it rather fancied Humanoid meat. They barely survived. What they still do not know about their immense, physics-defying new home might very well kill them.
Alodeé is about to find out why her parents fled to the farthest planet they knew, what her mother died without telling her, and why she’s being hunted by a murderer.
Do you dare to open the pages of Resurrection Dawn?
To save their planet from a hostile takeover, a warrior/priestess joins forces with a bard from another world and five genetically designed children. Drusilla: A Dragon Talker, born of a line of powerful, psychically gifted women, she has been trained from birth to command the beasts of Vensoog. Although powerfully attracted to Lucas, she distrusts her own feelings. Lucas: An off-world survivor of an interplanetary war, he is the untrained hereditary Bard of his people with the ability to compel others with his voice. He recognizes Drusilla as his soulmate, but can he convince her to trust their feelings for each other? Juliette: super smart, ruthless, wily and conniving—the perfect spy whose creators never realized they gave her a loving heart. Lucinda: her genius level IQ and enhanced creativity genes made her the perfect icy planner. But those same genes spark a need for order and balance at odds with the goals of her masters. Violet: a powerful empath whose alliance with the Vensoog Sand Dragon Jelli gave her the courage to defy her masters. Rupert and Roderick: the intuitive chemist and the genius code cracker who turned out to be a lot tougher than their masters anticipated. Only by working together can this diverse group stop the ruthless Thieves Guild from enslaving their planet.
During the days of Cro-magnon beings of pure light come to Earth discovering the primitive human race. They decide to enlighten the wayward people but one of the aliens decides it is a wasted effort and experiments on them instead. For his treachery he is exiled to Earth, stripped of his ability to leave, tasked with completing the enlightenment of humankind to be free again. Millennia later man has been mutated into various other races,and become embroiled in war. The key to ending their now galaxy wide conflict will be finding this ancient being of light who is disguised and still living among them!
"I and my 2,883 sisters, brothers, and half-siblings are heirs to some of the richest families in the world. We are also genetically engineered freaks..." — Allison Kemp, Foundation Heir.
Allison faces the challenge of a lifetime when she and those she loves are targeted by RealHuman, a cult determined to protect the human race from the rise of a genetically engineered species. Being wealthy and known worldwide turns out not to be an advantage when you are being hunted, and sometimes the people who seem most determined to help you are the people you should fear the most.
Fear holds God Town in its icy grip. A child has disappeared...
Desperate to find little Emily, the town begins an exhaustive search. By the second day, fear grows that the little girl may be lost forever. Only the woods remain to be searched. But the gods are so afraid of the woods, they will not venture there - not even to save the young girl's life.
Armed with nothing but courage and a magical stick, Bernie and his friends, Suzie and Lenny, are the only ones willing to enter the shadowy world. They discover dangers and terrifying monsters. It will take a miracle to save them, and even that may not be enough...
This is the prequel to The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty, that won 16 awards for excellence.
All books in The Universe Builders are standalone and can be read in any order. The first book, Bernie and the Putty, won 16 national and international awards for excellence.
“Mix Science fiction, a Shoot ‘em up Western, Victorian Steampunk, then a little Mystery and a dash of Romance…”
"A young woman is thrust into danger when she is drafted to help investigate a series of train robberies."
After their crazy father killed their mother, sixteen-year-old Francis Dominique became solely responsible for the welfare of her two young sisters. The colony of St. Antoni is a rough place; a woman needs to be smart and tough enough to protect, feed and clothe herself or find a man to do it for her. Francis opted for the first choice, and went to work for the Enforcers, St. Antoni's elite law enforcement bureau. She tries desperately to keep her mind on her work and not dream about her boss, the handsome, devil-may-care Hercule Jones.
When she is drafted into taking part in an investigation, she finds herself embroiled up to her neck trying to identify the outlaws robbing the trains connecting St. Antoni's City States. Then the investigation turns dangerous and personal problems begin piling up. Her father escapes from the Asylum for the criminally insane, and a lawyer with a custody writ arrives intending to drag her and her sisters to Copper City to live with grandparents who have ignored their existence until now. Can Francis keep her sisters safe and catch the outlaws without being killed herself?
How does Sam Sunborn achieve immortality? He and his quirky team give birth to an invention that digitizes their personalities. What could go wrong? They will face apocalyptic danger as ruthless terrorists try to acquire it at any cost. Mysteries & surprises abound in this fast-paced thriller. “A tense, high-powered techno-thriller” - Kirkus Review
In the dawn of a new Ice Age, families everywhere are taking to the road to escape the frigid landscape—but you can’t outrun the cold. No one could have predicted the terrifying impact of human interference in the Arctic. Shifts in the Earth’s crust have led to catastrophe and now the North Pole is located in the mid-Atlantic, making much of the eastern United States an unlivable polar hellscape. Nathan Tolley is a talented mechanic who has watched his business dry up due to gas shortages following the drastic tectonic shifts. His wife, Cyndi, has diligently prepped food and supplies, but it’s not enough to get them through a never-ending winter. With an asthmatic young son and a new baby on the way, they’ll have to find a safe place they can call home or risk freezing to death in this harsh new world. When an old friend of Nathan’s tells him that Detroit has become a paradise, with greenhouses full of food and plenty of solar energy for everyone, it sounds like the perfect place to escape. But with dangerous conditions and roving gangs, getting there seems like an impossible dream. It also seems like their only choice.
What is the cost of peace? Guilt-ridden over her role in the cataclysmic Order War, Taylor Ghatzi decided to retire from galactic politics and dedicate her life to the Emergency Service—until a deadly terror attack strikes her home world, and she may be the only one able to unravel the mystery behind it. Meanwhile, Cherran DeGuavra, the son of the most important statesman in the past century, gave up on trying to reunite the galaxy frayed by his late father's greatest mistake, but now must call upon all of his diplomatic powers to prevent it from tearing itself even further apart. With the galaxy's powers on a war footing and their own government obstructing them, Taylor and Cherran may need to start a fight to prevent one. Flashpoint is the first novel in the Drive Maker Trilogy, a space opera science fiction series. Pressure Point (Book Two of the Drive Maker Trilogy) is now available!
With his career threatened and his life at risk, Wulf must seek help from the one man he swore he would never trust again, Luc Saint-Cyr, a.k.a. the Harbinger. An enigmatic man whose legendary power makes him the most feared person in the empire. For the Harbinger, saving Wulf is a simple matter of asserting his will. Luc's ties to the Thieves' Guild grant him access anywhere. He can protect Wulf without difficulty. Until Luc brings Wulf home for safekeeping, and discovers the real reason for the threats. Protecting Wulf has not only put his and Wulf's lives at risk, it's also risked the life of Luc's teenaged son. This is beyond protection, now. To the Harbinger, this is personal...
All Jawk has to do is seduce Luc, the most powerful man in the empire. And then betray him. Easy mission. Until he discovers that Luc has a heart... Jawk spies on the enigmatic Luc Saint-Cyr, known empire-wide as the Harbinger. People who cross "the Man" tend to disappear. Undercover as a waiter in Luc's favorite haunt, Jawk gets a break when Luc seeks to hire him for a one-night ménage with his current lover, Wulf. Jawk agrees, and things go well until Wulf and Luc fight, and Jawk is dismissed. He must get back in the man's good graces. When Luc seeks to make Wulf jealous by taking Jawk on a long trip, the means to gather intel is too good to pass up. But meanwhile, a forbidden dalliance between Wulf and another Chosen tests the bounds of trust between the immortals and their humans. The elicit affair threatens to rupture the eons-old alliance forever, and subject every last mortal and immortal to risk...
Lucinda was a "designer child". Given genius level intelligence in an embryonic Thieves Guild lab, she learned survival in a harsh world. At twelve, she was rescued and adopted into a loving family. As an adult Lucinda chose to fight her former masters by joining the police force, and she works hard to earn her place among Vensoog's law enforcement community. On her first assignment, compassion impelled her to protect an alien mother and daughter fleeing off-planet bounty hunters. To ensure their safety, she must defeat a deadly Soturi warrior in hand-to-hand combat. Then she rescues a 'designer child' who is a younger double for herself from a sex trafficking ring. To solve this case and rescue the other children trapped by those same criminals, she must capture a vicious Thieves Guild assassin. But even with the help of the best private eye on Vensoog, these are tough cases for a rookie cop.
A manned, interstellar survey ship has gone missing. A nuclear terror plot is thwarted just outside Washington, D.C. And it’s an election year. Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi is a young reporter who, while on a trip to Johannesburg to connect with her roots, is contacted by an anonymous source with evidence that material seized from a nuclear terror plot will point squarely at one of humanity’s most important companies as the supplier. The source also unveils that the “evidence” against the company - Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), a science and technology behemoth with more corporate and political foes than can be counted - is a setup, and part of a plot to destroy AIC and gain control of its technological secrets. The deeper Mandi digs, the more of a target she becomes. What follows is a heart-pounding, unforgettable ride through the hallowed halls of big government, far-flung star systems, and the revelation of a conspiracy that runs so deep, Mandi’s life, and the future of humanity, are put at stake. Brimming with tantalizing futuristic technology, deep space adventure, and thrilling plot twists, Casimir Bridge is a nuanced, thought-provoking, and deeply human space opera that draws the reader in and never lets go. What you'll find among the pages of Casimir Bridge: A thrilling, fast-paced story that spans two planets, four star systems, and crosses the depths of space. Realistic science fiction, true to the technology and science. ...
They brought death and destruction to Earth. Now it’s time to return the favor. The massive Mozari spaceship struck without warning. In an instant major cities were leveled. Millions were wiped from the face of the Earth. The horrifying message to those remaining—your training starts now. Pods scattered across the globe are filled with strange, alien wares and scientists of all backgrounds must come together to harness the advanced technology in a race to discover its secrets before the one-year deadline. And before their experiments with the exo suits kill another soldier. Few possess the rare antibodies needed to control the Mozari armor. But Daniel West soon discovers he’s one of the civilians selected to be fitted and trained to use the suit. Instead of following in his family’s footsteps, he joins the military and is assigned to a team on a mission to the Mozari ship. But when tragedy strikes his team, he must take command of a mission into enemy territory that promises nothing less than certain death. What they discover on the ship changes everything.
They have awoken as far away from home as it ever gets…
Laura and Jason Sinclair did not want to be transported from Earth, but their alien hosts have plans to take them even further beyond their comfort zone.
They are on a space station, orbiting a mysterious planet in a strange new galaxy. And they must battle for the future of a group of humans who are being used in a breathtaking scheme of cosmic survival—for both aliens and humans alike. And in the process, they will determine the future of Earth.
To succeed, they must solve the puzzle of extraterrestrial races in the throes of a perplexing and historic conflict.
But who can they really trust as they struggle to understand the challenging and hostile environment that holds them in a grip of iron?
If you like Close Encounters, Contact, and Arrival, then you’ll love Amidst Alien Stars, the standalone second novel of a gripping new alien interaction series from Clayton Graham.
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College freshman Estelle Wright has it all: a superpower, a flying horse, and a hunky boyfriend. All is threatened when her old enemy swears revenge, ruthless killers target Atalanta, and Toby is under pressure to dump her. But, Estelle’s knack of finding trouble scuttles his plans. Their lives are at stake and they face agonizing decisions. The wrong choice will lead to disaster. If you enjoy superhero adventures with quirky animals, thrilling chases and a rollercoaster romance, read this fun story.
Max is a young man living on planet Grailliyn. He is embarking on his solo exploration journey, a coming-of-age rite of passage for his people. His journey takes him into frozen, snow-covered terrain, where he drives a sled team of the planet's crab-like creatures. His route takes him in the footsteps of his parents, who mysteriously disappeared on the same journey. Before reaching his destination, Max discovers a strange, anachronistic object underneath the ice. It's a pod, still functioning, containing a young woman who speaks his language, but with a strange accent. The woman has amnesia, so Max gives her the name of Snow, based on his recollection of fairy tales. Together, the two make some startling discoveries about the colony's past. The truth, if it gets out, could threaten the planet's entire human population. Max and Snow embark on a fast-paced adventure to locate a hidden ancient starship, which they will use to escape the planet. They are racing against time, being pursued by adversaries who will stop at nothing to keep the colony's origins a secret.
A mermaid turns out to be the perfect bait. A young man in the Badlands discovers the price of business. And a man desperate to escape his life finds out he's not the only one. These are just a few of the stories in Honest Fibs, a collection of speculative and science fiction short stories that explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what's real?
Secicao. A powerful drug of immeasurable power and value, but one that's also destroying the planet. Pontopa Wells is an uncompromising entrepreneur with a dragon and a secicao operation in the Southlands. When she is contracted by King Cini, to incorporate her business with that of the conceited Faso Gordoni, she is initially unsure of her one-time rival. Then, a meeting with her much-loved author, Sukina Sako, convinces Pontopa that she is on the wrong side and that secicao is damaging the planet at an alarming rate. She and Faso agree to travel with Sukina to the south, to investigate what can be done. However, King Cini has other ideas and is not about to allow his two best secicao producers to just walk away. He intercepts the group at the island of Fraw, but despite their initial incarceration Sukina surprises them all when she summons grey dragons to help them escape. Now on the other side of a desperate fight for survival, Pontopa discovers that she's a dragonseer, with the ability to communicate telepathically with, and command, legions of dragons. Will her new-found ability and a diverse group of allies, be enough to defeat a king who is slowly but surely beginning to show his true nature? Enter a world of dragons, dragonseers, airships and automatons in this Steampunk-fantasy tale like none other told before.
The first world discovered by the Laughing Mountain Scientists was a doozy. A fitting match for Homo Sapiens—the deadliest predator of all time—maybe. If the native animals here don't get you, the plants just might. Life is hard on the outlaw colony of Lemuria. Some days it's a struggle even to stay alive. The plants and animals are huge and deadly. Homo Sapiens are apex predators, but they may have just met their match on Lemuria. Zach Tylor is young, tough, and broke. He needs the money, so despite his better judgement, he agrees to guide a group of researchers to a mysterious structure of unknown origin. During the trek, he uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that threatens not only his home planet, but all the Outlawed Colonies.
Logan West and Emma James grew up together but are now high school seniors going in totally opposite directions after graduation. When they are assigned to work together on one last history project, they hardly expect the monotony of high school life to change. Instead, as they decode a series of unexplained clues hidden within their history project itself, Logan and Emma manage to unfold an ancient mystery that has baffled scientists and archeologists, one with powerful implications for the present day. As they embrace the adventure they’ve stumbled upon, and a growing romantic attraction to each other, Logan and Emma find themselves caught up in a dangerous, high-stakes race across the globe to decipher mankind’s past in order to save humanity’s future, not to mention their very own lives, with a mystery that just might reach towards the stars…
John and Lena are hoping for some downtime after their exciting adventure to save the alien disk, named KAD. As they plan their well-deserved holiday, a group of hostile aliens bursts in on the two, imprisoning them and transporting them to a totally different planet. KAD is nowhere to be seen, and they are left to deal with these threatening and seemingly unpredictable captors on their own.
Stuck in this barren and strange place, separated from home and from KAD, who is their only hope for rescue, John and Lena’s fortunes turn when they manage to win the hearts of the aliens. But then an even more perilous situation arises. Their skills and smarts are again put to the test. John and Lena risk their lives to bring things to a good end, but will that be enough to get them back home safely?
In 2065, corporate sponsored governments jockey for supremacy in the biotechnical arena. Bullets and missiles take a back seat to cyber-enhanced soldiers and pulse weapons. In this extreme environment, only the most hardened body and mind can survive. Calder McKenna was a failed experiment in the military's push for power. Now a special agent for the metro task force, he lives day by day trying to forget the ones that were lost... the ones that he could have saved. When technology and humanity collide, Calder is forced to make desperate decisions, but how do you destroy the monster without becoming one yourself?
Spaceship crash across the galaxy in this Space Opera Novella Intrepid spy, Grey Kat, is trapped by the notorious pirate, Captain Black Hawk. While dodging pursuit by the Emperor’s ships, Kat strives to discover his tragic secret before she suffers the fate of his unfortunate wife.
When a small group of humans are abducted from earth, they find themselves thrust into a battle for the fate of the known universe. They are forced to put there trust in a mysterious artificial intelligence who has its own secret agenda. Banding together with beings fro across the universe, the band of misfits must overcome an empire bent on the subjugation of earth. Can the small band of allies overcome an acient evil while unlocking the very secret of humanities origins.
Three Short Stories That Will Make You Rethink Dying and Death
Beauty Bath: What draws her away from reason and into peril?
Double Entendre: Why would no one tell him how death works?
Mothballed: Will her music lead him to his fate?
It's the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up. Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she's approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean. But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family's secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family's past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.
A Marine with honor. After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team—all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated. A soldier with secrets. Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break. Two men trying to survive. Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape—duty, or love? In the Wreckage is a 100k word steamy m/m sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending. There is military violence within ...
On her world, they call her star struck, but why do the stars beckon her so … On a mining outpost in the Inner Worlds, a young woman dreams of the stars. When she falls in with a motley crew of bounty hunters seeking to avenge an injustice, Novi believes her dreams have come true. But her journey has just begun. Led by the only man to bring the mightiest army in the sector to its knees, the crew is engaged in a wily cat and mouse game with the powerful Guild Coalition. With her new shipmates, Novi dodges space outlaws and greedy corporations, mingles with Synths and settlers, jumps the Star Portal Labyrinth and discovers a mysterious legacy bequeathed by the Gods. But each exhilarating adventure raises terrifying questions about her. Can Novi find the answers she seeks before time runs out for her? Author's Note: This fantasy adventure in the style of a swashbuckling space western is set on far away exotic worlds. Adventure, intrigue and action abound in this tale of a feisty young heroine embarking on the quest of a lifetime.
Part autobiographical, part sci-fi/fantasy; all narrative poetry and prose. Nowhere Boy is the first in a series of trilogies. Poetry and prose creatively tell the story of Nowhere Boy, a young man in search of living solid in his identity. He is challenged by fear, oppression, racism, alienation, and isolation from those he thought stood by him. Will Nowhere Boy take on the formidable task to find answers related to his origin and identity, or does one rabbit hole lead to another. Take on the task with him, carry the struggle further.
Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before. Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body. He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I? In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.
The year is 2040 and Eric Ryan hates technology. In an era where automated systems and A.I. robots perform most work obligations, scores of humans have lost their societal value. As these displaced people struggle with their new reality, Eric sympathizes with their hardship. Once a neuropsychologist, his career ended when medical tech pushed him into obsolescence. Now a community therapist, he spends his days working with the displaced, helping them craft meaning in a world that no longer needs them. Then one day, a robot unexpectedly marches into the counseling center for mental health services. Eric is forced to work with the embodiment of what he loathes, and while doing so, he uncovers a damning secret. With his life at a low point, he shelves his professional obligations and investigates the revelation. However, he quickly learns that solving the mystery will only be possible with help from an unlikely source.
Find an invisible man in another dimension? All in a day's work at TRAIL. Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military goons at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish the vacation TRAIL jerked you back from to do it? Easier said than done. Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. After this, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover. Until now. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? The archaeologist in charge can't afford this fee, and neither can the military. So the real question is who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?
Maura is an oceanographer who hoped to find life under the ice on Europa, the second moon of Jupiter. But she didn’t expect to encounter aliens with paranormal powers; nor that the neo-fascist colonists from Earth would try to destroy the indigenous life form. She teams up with a computer scientist called Geoff, a specialist in Artificial Intelligence. Together they strive to save the aliens from extermination – a mission which threatens to destroy their home planet, which is invaded by robots and threatened by new weapons of mass destruction. Ultimately Maura offers herself in a sacrifice which transforms her relationship with both her partner and her baby daughter. The Hesperian Dilemma is a SciFi adventure, a credible depiction of the future but also a story of hope and love.
Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in the skies of Atalanta. The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own. Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Captain Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans. Young adult superheroes, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. Book 1 of the Secret Supers.
The Will To Survive Is Mankind's Greatest Weapon" "They lived through an interplanetary war; now they must survive the aftermath." In the last interplanetary war a bio-weapon killed or sterilized all the males on Vensoog. To keep the colony alive, the Matchmaker Program finds ex-soldiers like Zack Jackson, a hard-as-nails ex-recon soldier who no longer has a home planet, and offer him a new home on Vensoog if he is willing to marry a Vensoog woman. With his home world now pile of radioactive ash, Zack desperately needs a new home for himself and his kids so he accepts the offer. When the Matchmaker Program pairs him with Katherine, the heir to Veiled Isle, code cracker and one tough lady, they both wonder if it is a match made in Heaven or Hell? They need to find out quick, because the ruthless Thieves Guild wants the valuable data cube their kids stole from them. And they are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Plus, Katherine is falling in love with her new husband and she hasn't a clue if he feels the same about her…
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Divorced, widowed, adopted, blended or fostered -- each family has its own unique tale. Join these authors as they tell stories of amazing single dads who find love in unexpected places. Laugh, cry, get a little hot, and maybe even throw your phone. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Nothing sets the tone for the day like learning your home planet has just changed ownership. Today is a day like any other on Earth. People wake and work. Minds plug into electronic devices. Social networks spark with spontaneous brain sputterings. A woman primps. A man scratches his balls. Humans relate, congregate, procreate. And news anchors across the globe offer an ounce of vital information for every pound of mind-numbing nonsense... Then, the figurative bomb hits. Screens are ablaze, and radio is abuzz with a news flash like no other: Earth has been inherited. The planet has a new owner. And he's not happy to find his endowment overrun by a planetary pestilence. Earth gets its wakeup call. How would you answer it?
In a dystopian future where humans have foolishly squandered Earth’s natural resources, the few remaining people are becoming desperate. Crowded in huge underground cities, they’ve finally come to the end of the line and they must decide whether or not they will trade the only valuable resource Earth has left... Women. Being the daughter of a wealthy diplomat, Rose is blissfully ignorant of how the less fortunate live. Desperate to escape to a planet where she can enjoy the sun on her face and swim in clear unpolluted oceans, she vows to make herself the first bride to be mated to off-worlders. When the Krylon delegation arrives, she realizes that in addition to being good stewards of their planet, eager for female companionship, and polite to a fault, the Krylon males are also drop dead gorgeous. Unfortunately, Earth’s population is vehemently opposed to the galactic mate’s treaty... will Rose and her soon to be Hot Alien Husband be able to make their escape from Earth?
Young Andena is a new recruit to the rebel group fighting the ruling Archon military. Her eagerness to impress Lunn, her leader, results in a fiasco and she finds herself trapped in the building of the shady Bionex corporation. Lunn’s drive to find Andena soon dissipates as his love life takes off. He has little idea of what is really going on, or the unexpected results when he tests his secret weapon.
Meanwhile, the Archon elite have entered into a dubious pact with an alien race to counter the planet’s rapidly declining oxygen levels. Initially thinking that the price for this help was fair, the Archon soon discover that the aliens have other plans.
Does Andena manage to escape from the mad scientists at Bionex? And what are the aliens planning to do with Earth?
"A fantasy dystopia with engaging characters in a dark and dangerous society. The Hunger Games meets A Wrinkle in Time." ~Goodreads In the Industrial District of Algea, the history taught to the children is a lie. No one remembers the rule of Princess Effailya, or what happened to her. They only remember she existed before the castle disappeared. When Fale starts to receive visions that come true, she doesn't know what to do about it. Then she uses her vision to save the life of a boxer (and her crush), and they find themselves being stalked by thugs. The good news- she has the key they want. The bad news- they want her too, dead or alive. The Key of F is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure, with a strong female lead surviving her dystopian society and solving the mystery of a hidden war, with her tight-knit group of friends and hot crush, that you won't want to put down. It's a must-read for fans who fell in love with The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Reader series. If you're hooked on genre-blending sci-fi fantasy romance novels with action and adventure, you'll love The Key of F!
Bacchus Than wants nothing more than to return home after what felt like a lifetime in space. His plans are de-railed when he crosses paths with an old rival determined to throw a wrench in his plan.With his ship damaged and his body bruised one question remains. Will Bacchus ever make it home? The Dunes of Tyrhee is a 10,000 word Short Story written by Benjamin K. Schmidt.
A desert wasteland.
Humans on the verge of extinction.
Teenagers Don and Janet run off to California to start a new life together. Along the way, they find themselves in a dangerous land. Did they inadvertently time travel to a future Earth? Or, a parallel universe?
One of the nomadic tribes they encounter rescues the young couple. These small groups journey endlessly, searching for food and water. The brutal leaders of the Ganu Camp take whatever meager supplies they discover. Yearning to break free from enslavement, they hail Don as their prophesied savior.
Now, faced with a lost-cause battle, the teenagers must defend their new friends with the only weapons available to them. How will they defeat a powerful enemy with only skyrockets, firecrackers, and a dog whistle?