★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.
What are experiences? Can we represent them as a set of measurable parameters that can be replayed? If we researched and succeeded in creating a perfect experience recorder and replay what will happen? "If only pictures and words could capture the beauty of the world around us!!" Vijay could have easily dismissed it with that philosophical view. Yet that simple often repeated sentence had got him thinking. Once the train of thoughts had started he could not stop it. He had thought about how in spite of all the technological advancements the very simple act of “recreating a moment” was still not possible by mankind. It was strange that we lived in a world where companies were running behind “creating NEW artificially induced virtual reality experience” but no one could record “a real-life experience” and replay it in a virtual reality environment with exactly the same precision and experience. We needed to see beyond the earth to know it was not flat. If we could pull ourselves out of this world of reality, what would we see?
No one knows how human genetics evolved to create Mirrors. No one knows how the evidence of a criminal's last horrendous act can be confirmed in a single gaze of a child's silvered eyes. But just because science can't explain something doesn't mean it can't be used, and this gift is simply too valuable to ignore. Twins Thomas and Ashley Ross have grown up knowing they would be used as Mirrors for the “good” of humanity. When their powers mature at age twelve, they are taken weekly to fulfill their role. By reliving the most heinous crimes from a perpetrators’ perspective, they alone can assure that no innocent people will be executed, and that the worst offenders are not set free due to lack of evidence. Justice is not without cost, however. Taking on the memories of others is a destructive process, one that quickly consumes the children involved until most take their own lives. As despair threatens to drown Thomas and Ashley, a distant hope keeps them from succumbing: If they can make it to their eighteenth birthday, their contract with the government will be fulfilled. Changing views on the morality of their role threatens to tear them apart, but the twins struggle to cling to each other and try to construct a fragile life above the weekly flood of horrors. As their work takes it toll, however, a new question emerges: does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond repair?
The USS Carl Sagan blasted off from an overpopulated Earth in search of survival. Three centuries later, descendants of the Sagan's first crew return to find Earth void of human life and all Humanity's footprints in ruin. Upon landing, the Sagan's crew struggles to uncover the mystery behind their ancestors' disappearance while once extinct alpha-predators on the planet and political operatives on the Sagan maneuver for ultimate control of the planet's future.
This could happen to anyone. Maybe it already has. SHAKER is an allegorical tale about a man who is abducted and enslaved to fight for an alien warlord on a planet ravaged by incessant warfare. Michael Taylor is an ordinary man with an ordinary life. One day, he wakes up to find himself a prisoner on a mysterious ship with more than forty strangers, and none of them have any recollection of how they got there. Those who survive the voyage soon learn that their lives will be forever changed. Taylor struggles to endure against lethal enemies and his own internal conflicts in a distant, alien world that has been ravaged by decades of warfare. This story chronicles the odyssey that transforms an unassuming English teacher into the legendary warrior known as Shaker.
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?
The apocalypse—I’ve got this—right?
I’m Laura, and I juggle it all; family, new love, pregnancy, and my job’s hella demanding. Oh, and I do it all in the snow-drenched, post-apocalypse of global nuclear war. My job is keeping my people alive.
We have finally made it to our promised Garden of Eden only to find it could never really exist.
From the ashes of the old world, evil has risen. I toyed with it—I wasn’t ready—and it’s plunged me into a downward spiral towards blinding darkness. Now, I might be losing the one thing that makes me a leader; my humanity.
And that evil has set off a chain reaction. A clan of Wanderers might be on their way to take everything we have built, or perhaps to implode the Village with their basic needs: food, water, and shelter.
Just when you think that you got the hang of the apocalypse …
A deadly alien virus spawns an epidemic. Predators attack Europe. And a clandestine organization conspires to profit from chaos and forge a New World Order. In this heart-pounding finale of the award-winning H.A.L.F. series, Tex, Erika and the rest are in a race against time. They fought for their lives. Now they battle to save our species. Tex and Erika are fugitives and running for their lives. But when Tex falls gravely ill, a Navajo healer is his only hope for survival. Tex emerges from the ordeal changed in body and mind and with vital information: how to stop the predatory M’Uktah from overtaking the human population and destroying those he has come to love. Erika Holt seeks a respite from the constant threats to her life but she’s not about to give up. As she and Tex launch a mission to shut down the intra-galactic highway used by invaders who prey on humans, she grows closer to her troubled half-human companion. But what about her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Jack? Jack Wilson, with his friend Anna Sturgis, is on a mission of his own. He’s determined to destroy The Makers, an illuminati-like organization behind the H.A.L.F. program. It’s time to put an end to their schemes for world domination. Complicating matters, an anti-viral that could save millions from an alien virus has been stolen. As both alien and human forces line up against them, the destiny of all mankind is hand the hands of these young warriors. And time is running out.
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.
The first novel in Dave Walsh’s Andlios series. Humanity never stopped growing or using resources, leaving Earth in crisis. The solution was a mission to send ships of immense proportions out into the expanse of space to colonize neighboring planets. Jonah Freeman was born into the lowest rung of society aboard the Omega Destiny. He fought and clawed his way out of poverty only to find himself uncovering a conspiracy about the mission and their destination planet that could alter humanity’s history forever. On the other side of the Omega Destiny was Captain Peter O’Neil, born into wealth and the honor of being the Captain that would land humanity on its new home planet. Freeman and O’Neil were born on different sides of the spectrum aboard the Omega Destiny but their lives were on a collision course all while their new home planet of Omega loomed in the distance, growing closer and more mysterious every day. What greeted them when they arrived was not only shocking, but more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Take a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they explore the future of trucking in this science fiction anthology. The speculative stories about rogue self-driving trucks, wormhole hauls through spacetime, defiant Artificial Intelligences, cyborg drivers, the eternal loneliness of life on the road, and more will appeal to truckers and science fiction fans alike. The book is the follow-up to the hit "18 Wheels of Horror - a Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors." FROM THE BACK COVER An alien fuel additive shows just how fast a big rig can go... A disembodied driver wages war on self-driving trucks... A haul through time takes an unexpected turn... Reality shatters for a trucker using an experimental delivery device... Stargazing gives an overweight driver a new lease on life... A young girl risks her life to hitch a ride out of an apocalyptic wasteland... Contributors include: John DeChancie (author of the “Skyways” trucking SF novels), Carla Robinson (Nebula Award nominee for her “Battlestar Galactica” script), Terry Bisson (Hugo & Nebula award winner), Bond Elam (frequent Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine contributor), Lisa Morton (award-winning writer), Gary Phillips (mystery novelist, comic book and short story writer), Michael Bailey (award-winning author, editor and publisher), Paul Carlson (multiple trucking SF stories published in Analog), Kate Jonez (writer and award-winning publisher), Del Howison (award winning editor and writer), among oth ...
Sometimes, the only plan is survival. When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the walking dead invading Fort Worth, TX, she is forced to rely on a competitive coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and zombies looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival. Survival is a 14,000 word novella, originally published in the Let's Scare Cancer to Death Anthology. All proceeds for the anthology went to a cancer research charity.
The return of the world's first Artificially Intelligent Private Investigator, Raymond 3000. Sentenced with other Andro-Americans to a concentration camp for alleged crimes against the state, Raymond is temporarily freed to help find who is behind a series of terrorist bombings targeting the city.
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?
Terminator meets Divergent In our future, robots known as Tins keep us protected from the floods, fires and diseases of the outside in what are called Compounds. But when the Tins become more our masters than protectors, humans rebel. Lexi019 is turning eighteen, and will then be sent into what Tins call the Electric Gardens. Since no one ever returns from the Electric Gardens, Lexi019 is desperate to escape. With her best friend Kyle53 and his sister, the three of them find an unlikely friendship that helps them escape. But not everything is what it seems in this Robotic Dystopia, and soon Lexi019 will be faced with hard decisions she never anticipated. Join Lexi019 and Klye53 in this four part Robotic Dystopia set in a future that could one day be our own
It was supposed to be his first mission, but it would change Rain’s life forever. He was an untested executive officer, a former hotshot ace pilot veteran from the most recent war. Commanding a ship was all new to him. His first mission was supposed to just be a short test of an experimental new drive for the fleet’s newest flagship. Then fate, or an unknown hand, changed the game. An unexpected malfunction hurls his career and his ship into an adjacent galaxy pitting them both in the sights of an Empire with an unquenchable thirst. As rounds fly, Rain is put in the unenviable position of being forced to make some difficult decisions that will have lasting repercussions. It forces Adrian to summon every ounce of grit and determination to fight. In the alliance duty and rules are the name of the game. Sometimes the rules get you killed. Adrian Rain would rather pass on the whole death thing, thank you very much. First Series: Rain’s Gambit - Book 01 ---- Join the crew of the Odyssey as Adrian Rain learns the answer to the oldest question. What happens when an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object. Go up and click on the 'Read Now' button and join the crew.
Truth and lies.
Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.
Dirty little secret.
Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.
Play the game to win.
Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.
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ACTION PACKED space battles against a corrupt government and a malevolent alien presence. Jamie Hawkins was living on an obscure planet in the twenty third-century when on one fateful night--his life changed forever. His heroic effort to save the lives of women and children, caught in the cross-fire of war, placed him squarely in the cross-hairs of avenging soldiers. Hawkins was stunned when his rescue effort was seen as treachery. Unfairly convicted of treason by a corrupt judge, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor on an infamous penal colony. Once in prison, his courage and perseverance won him the admiration and trust of his fellow convicts. While he was plotting his escape, an enemy attacked the planet--giving this daring warrior his chance. Together with his fellow prisoners, he launched a bold assault and high-jacked an enemy warship. From then on, Captain Jamie Hawkins and his ship the Indefatigable fought against a corrupt government--only to discover a mysterious alien presence behind the war.
Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards.
At the very edge of mankind’s cosmic reach, a small planet threatens Earth with extinction…
Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with the mother planet, peace swiftly turns into deadly conflict. The downtrodden alien population, mistreated for centuries, seize their chance, and a desperate human cult has a sinister agenda of its own.
To save his precious home world, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist and a mysterious seer. They must trust in each other to prevent the newly-emerged forces from destroying Paludis, and forging a dystopia from which they could never return. But how will they defeat the might of Earth?
Saving Paludis is an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action, then you’ll love this incredible interstellar adventure!
Saving Paludis is a wonderfully intelligent, creative and superbly written book. Quite often I struggle with the ‘world building’ element that accompanies this genre. But not in this case. The author is clearly highly skilled in bringing alien races, otherworldly technology and distant planets to life with such clarity ...
Rose is a nerdy librarian going through a divorce when she is abducted by aliens. When the spacecraft is attacked by the enemies of Queen Nashal, Rose makes it back to Earth freshly impregnated by alien royalty with said enemies on her heels. Now faced with running for her life, she is joined by Zita, a cheerful and beautiful alien marine, who becomes her guardian and protector . . . and the love of her life.
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.
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?
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.
The stories told around campfires say the world that existed before 'The Wandering' was a beautiful place. A place with buildings taller than trees and massive cities home to millions. The stories about that world say a person could drink water without walking to the river and eat food without hunting in the forests. They never slept in the rain and they had machina that could do amazing things. But that world died 100 years ago. In the place of the old world, a new one was born. A world referred to by the inhabitants only as "The Waste". It's a world of the barest survival by tribes and individual wandering the land. It's a world where bullets are used as money and ownership of a single book is a sign of great wealth. But a dark land grows darker still when a strange new people arrive from over the mountains and begin to slaughter the tribes of The Waste, threatening the complete destruction of all the people. And no amount of bullets or books can push back the invasion. Only one man and one woman, working together, can stop it. But he doesn’t care. And she cares too much.
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?
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 ...
"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.
Hundreds of years after the Great World War, America is a distant memory. In the ashes, new civilizations have risen up from the Wilds. Locke’s Coalition and Liberty Kingdom, bitter enemies, have been at peace for seven years. War is never far from politicians’ minds, though, especially when one is the tyrant Archduke Goldwater. For all of human kinds’ positive traits, the character flaws of corruption, greed, anger, and revenge are etched into our DNA. In the new world, little technology remains and advanced weapons are in short supply, but today’s soldiers fight with innate power. They fight with Talent… the psionic powers that develop in a random few. A young Coalition citizen, Jaden Stone, dreams of graduating, having fun, and falling in love. As if his hard-nosed uncle, schoolyard bullies, and exams weren’t hard enough to handle, he discovers that he wields Talent. He’d now be forced to serve in the military, forced to train and fight, all for an organization that killed his parents. Will Jaden work hard for his people or will his desire for leisure win over? He’s forced to decide when a tragedy shakes his core.
One young woman challenges the secret rulers of the galaxy and finds an impossible love. Young empath, Violet Hunter, dreams of exploring exotic planets as a Grand Master’s pawn. Breaks in the teleportal network threaten countless lives, and suspicions point to the twelve Grand Masters. Violet must penetrate their curtain of secrecy to identify the culprit. Her challenges escalate when she meets the enigmatic man behind the griffin avatar. She plunges into a world of deadly intrigues and risks a perilous love. Armed with only her erratic powers and a mishmash of allies, she must battle the most powerful beings in the galaxy. Science fiction adventure and romance. Explore a universe where psychic powers are real. Book 1 of the Grand Masters' Galaxy
Yesterday's crime. Tomorrow's retribution. In the second book of the Amazon genre best-selling Pearseus series, the incessant scheming of the various players and their nebulous puppet-masters has brought about major change. Cyrus is now the new ruler of the Capital, struggling to fight Jonia's revolt along with his own demons. Gella strives to keep abreast of Teo's devious plans in order to end the war with Jonia. And Lehmor's struggle to reunite with Moirah brings him to uncharted territories, where the enigmatic Iota play with minds, senses and the future of the entire planet. Old foes and unlikely new friends appear as invisible forces continue to tear humanity apart. Masks drop to reveal the ultimate truth: on Pearseus, everyone has their own agenda. And they'll stop at nothing to achieve it.
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.
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?
Society has turned on its head. The ‘free’ hide behind fortifications and the ‘imprisoned’ roam the wild, barren land beyond. Finbarl-apcula guards the town of Athenia, an oasis in a parched, sparsely populated world. He keeps the citizens safe, ensures those who break the draconian laws lose their freedom, and protects what he prizes above all else: civilisation. When Finbarl is made to lie to help convict a mother he once rescued from a bully, it delivers the first crack in his unquestionable faith in the system. As further lies and corruption are exposed, Finbarl’s world crumbles, allowing him to finally see that ‘prison walls’ exist everywhere, within himself, throughout society and in the very landscape he calls home. No one is free and the civilisation he was willing to die for is at the root of the problem. Finbarl begins a thrilling adventure of twists, rebellion, danger, discovery and tragedy to break the bonds imprisoning a world, himself and the future. Will he find what he really treasures most: true freedom?
Evolution threatens magic. Ebony is the key to reversing the flaw that weakens all ofhumankind. It's her life or war. -- \"A studiously chilling post-apocalyptic tale.\" --Kirkus Review (for Fortitude Rising) -- Ebony has spent her entire life isolated on an island institution run by her father, Dr. Hunter. She's unaware of the war brewing in the city between the magical and non-magical. Her father is attempting to use her magical abilities to reverse the threat to magic, but when he forces her to push harder, her body weakens. Desperate to escape, Ebony is willing to trust complete strangers if they can help her find a way out. But what if those strangers came to kill her? Connor and his group of rebels disguise themselves as test subjects to infiltrate the institute and stop Dr. Hunter. Their goal - to kill Ebony and her friends. Connor's mission to kill her is halted when he realizes Ebony is a pawn, albeit a powerful pawn,in her father's game. Ebony must decide how much her escape is worth to her and to the lives of her closest friends. Should she join forces with the man who came to kill her or continue being tortured by her father? Hard choices are never easy to make, and every choice has consequences. Isolated... Manipulated... Endless experimentation. Join Ebony in this evolutionary nightmare that will keep you guessing what will happen next. Riveting... Disturbing... Intense... Episode One of a post-apocalyptic / dystopian story about an alternate world of magic and ...
How far would you go to protect your family? A peculiar metamorphosis has taken shape since the final days. And the planet is in the throes of healing. Fulvio McTullan leads his family and a band of misfits to form a new settlement, far from Tallas and it’s nefarious Elites. Their journey takes them into uncharted territories where strange creatures are lurking. It’s a battle of survival, not only from the creatures, but the mutated earth as well. Meanwhile, Pomfrey Addler, an oppressive Elite squashes the insurrection in Tallas. Suddenly, citizens begin to vanish in the middle of the night and his daughter, Paniess is hell bent on revenge. Fraught with mishaps, Fulvio finally locates the perfect place to settle. They begin to rebuild until they receive a call. A call which will lure them back into the clutches of Tallas.
\"WHAT AN AMAZING ACTION PACKED THRILLER OF A BOOK SET IN A WORLD THAT YOU CAN EASILY IMAGINE AS OUR FUTURE.\" -Amazon Reader Along the lines of City of Ember meets CW’s The 100, this story will capture your heart and still won’t let go...even at the end. Written in part while listening to Outside by Ellie Goulding, this story contrasts technology to nature, rich to poor, privilege to hardship, lies to truth, and illusion to reality. Set in 2175 in Colorado, USA, where Citigogs are the new form of cities and citizens are kept under a careful population control, we meet Ilia the Princess of our main Citigog named Iliad, and Jez a Giver. As Ilia spends more time with Jez, she finds herself drawn to the Outside and ventures out of her Citigog only to learn that everything is not what it seems. Fans of CW's The 100, City of Ember, Breathe, The Water Knife, Oryx and Crake, and the Windup Girl will revel in this YA SIM Cli-fic Dystopian story about a strong, but disillusioned heroine who must become brave as she uncovers the truth about her world.
It was supposed to help her—not turn her into a monster. Now, Lena’s stuck with this cybernetic arm, and her friends are terrified of her. And maybe they should be. The arm’s artificial intelligence takes Lena’s thoughts to the extreme. It acts when she doesn’t tell it to, even when she’s asleep. Ever since she got the new limb, she’s been sleepwalking and waking in odd places. To Lena, this is just another example of how CyberCorp—her parents’ company and the manufacturer of the arm—screws up everything. As the rollout of CyberCorp’s new android approaches, a murderer targets children of the company’s employees. And thanks to her sleepwalking, Lena doesn’t know what she was doing during the murders. When the evidence points to her, Lena decides to prove her innocence—or her guilt.
A journey to the center of the universe … Humanity’s final days … A strange midnight visitor ... A faster than light test with unforeseen results … Writings found in a desolate world … These are some of the short stories in this collection, written in the style of the early science fiction writers when imagination trumped scientific knowledge. In addition, some short post-apocalyptic tales and poems are included in this new book by Leon Stevens
Discover the military dystopian thriller that readers call “riveting” and “hard to put down!“ Enter a dark fantasy/dystopian tale with underpinnings of love, betrayal, and tumultuous relationships set in a dark future. Our dark future. In a world devastated by disease and ripped apart by a changing climate, countries struggle for control of resources while fighting to maintain order. Even if it means fighting their own citizens. Leaders emerge from the chaos, but some choices lead further into darkness and some leaders don’t have the best intentions. Set in Europe, this is a story about a small handful of people whose lives interconnect, people who become influential as the world falls into a war in an era tumbling toward chaos. Each seeks to save Europe, but not all influence is good even when intentions are for the best. And not all decisions can be made in time. On and off the battlefield, control for Europe is key to world dominance in this riveting series of intrigue and war, love and obsession. What would you sacrifice for freedom? Who would you betray to control the destiny of the world?
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.
Experience the gripping adventures of Axel Nash in No Grave for Heroes. If you're a fan of journeying to the stars in thrilling space operas, this is the series you’ve been waiting for! An aging veteran of the first Solar War, Axel is reduced to living in the shadows to avoid arrest by the war crimes commission for a crime he didn’t commit. To get by, he lives as a scoundrel for hire. But when an old friend calls for a favor, Axel must overcome old injuries and remember the hero he once was. Paired with a synthetic woman, he will journey in a beat up cruiser to a playground for the rich. Their mission? Find the missing kids of a powerful family. Failure would mean destroying the chance to repair relations with long estranged American allies. Or, let his country continue its downward spiral. A civil war looms in the background as Brazilian spies and Russian gangsters emerge from the shadows. Axel is starting to wish he never came out of retirement. Now, he can only hope to make it out alive.
The Shadows have come into the light… Captain Blake Campbell of the Vega class destroyer Revenant and her crew might be unorthodox, but they have a reputation for getting the job done. A year after the adventure that led them to the ancient alien Artificial intelligence boxes and the creation of the Rangers. Blake and crew travel back to Croatoan and what they find will change the course of the galaxy forever. The empire and their shadow overlords are targeting humanity, the Rangers along with the newly liberated Croaton people must race across galaxies and save humanity from extinction from the malevolent masters of the empire.
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. ...
DOWN LOAD BOOK FOR FREE ON 1/20/2019 THRU 1/24/2019 ON AMAZON FREE BOOK PROMOTION! He wanted to visit the outer world. To explore what was true? Or to make the truth his reality? He didn’t know if he was thinking wrong or right. False or true. It could only be tested after crossing the LABOON and reaching to the other side, but how? “How is it even possible for such a person like me?” He would often think a person who had a mind filled with only strict satanic rules of the Old Nicks to follow and systems to follow. And what about the wall!! Any person who wants to go outside or wants to come inside had to climb a wall that was much higher than the old world ‘statue of liberty’. And there was only one high gate to the city from where people could enter and leave. Since the establishment of LABOON, nobody from inside has ever successfully made it to the outside world. Sometimes rumors were heard that someone tried to come inside from the outer world but by doing so, they lost their lives. Nobody could cross that high security, and if someone was caught while crossing, he would be thrown to a big ground filled with deadly ants; the ‘little devils’ who would eat him up in a bit of second. Such high ground security with a free hand to kill anything if it's suspicious. The dust spies spied and recorded every single moment around the wall and in the city. There were robots who would immediately fire and extinguish anything, anytime if it sounded suspicious. They had an eye from ev ...
Ivy lived a normal life. She knew about the Capes, but she never thought she’d get the chance to join them. Now her Fate Gene is active, and the voices in her head tell her everything will be alright. After all, she’s like them. On the other side of the superheroes lies The Control, a branch of the World Government where Lochlan, an android Agent, is rapidly rising through the ranks. They recruit new heroes and recover defectors. Ivy and Lochlan's worlds collide in the small town of Choudrant, Louisiana—where the residents have more secrets than shopping malls. The lead Cape in Choudrant has defected, and an android might be the only one who can find out why. If he’s going to succeed, Lochlan will have to look for help in unlikely places and unlikely genes. Explore the world of Ch05En, a dystopian world of superheroes, androids, and shadowy government cabals— where one simple gene can mean the difference between life and death.
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?
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.
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.
It's been 15 years since the bombs fell. Those who survive scrape by in constant fear of famine, murderous marauders, and worse: the raknoth. No one knows what they are or where they came from. Only that they destroyed the world. And now they rule what's left. Jarek Slater never lost sleep over the fact. He had his ship. He had his exosuit. He went where he pleased, dealt justice where he saw fit. Life was good. Simple. But then someone had to go and steal his exosuit. And you just don't steal another man's exosuit. When Jarek's only lead turns out to be locked up in a raknoth stronghold, though, things get interesting. When that lead's big sis shows up waving around a silver staff, smacking around grown men with telekinesis, and stopping bullets in mid-air, things get, well, more interesting. And when the two of them get drawn into a race across the post-apocalyptic country to save her brother and find his suit... Look, suffice it to say Jarek didn't sign up for this crap. Energy-bending arcanists? Red-eyed space vampires? Teamwork? Oh, and then there's that mysterious alien artifact that might just bring on the second apocalypse. No. Jarek sure as crap didn't sign up for this. And neither did his fiery new friend. But together, they might just be strong enough to pull it off. Assuming they don't kill each other first...
2016 Finalist in "I Heart Indie" Contest She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak? Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save. Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun. However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…
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.
For fans of "Dune", "Ender's Game", and "Star Wars" comes a new character-driven space opera... Cris Sietinen, heir to the most influential High Dynasty in the Taran empire, was born with rare telekinetic gifts--abilities he refuses to ignore, regardless of the governing Priesthood's decrees. Determined to be true to himself, and test the limits of his abilities, Cris escapes his stifled life of business and politics on Tararia to begin a new life exploring the stars. When Cris unexpectedly receives an invitation to join the Tararian Selective Service (TSS), the only organization to offer an official telekinesis training program, a new future awaits. It's his dream opportunity to be among people like himself, free from the Priesthood and political objectives. Except, Cris' path was designed, and he's right where the Priesthood wants him. Architects of Destiny is the first installment in the Cadicle series, a modern-day space opera epic in the spirit of Heinlein, Herbert, and McCaffrey. This fast-paced space adventure with intrigue, coming-of-age, and romance is a short prequel to the defining events in Tararia's history in the ensuing years.
Angelica was willing to do almost anything for Merrick, until they were caught. Her punishment for breaking Lymerian law is unthinkable, but at least she will live. In fact, she might live forever. This YA Sci-fi novel is the first in a series by debut author Bianca Sierra-Luebke. The Lymerians have been living in secret on Earth for centuries. Angelica is their newest replacement, taken to ensure the survival of this long-lived race and to discourage falling in love with a human. Yet Angelica is not like the previous replacements. Even her Architect is unusual. Clara, commander of the Slayers and deadliest of the Lymerians, is chosen. When she steps forward, their fates are sealed. The Laws of Liturgy are binding. As Clara and two Guards descend into the dungeons with Angelica, the entire race wonders what kind of Lymerian will return when the transition is complete. Full of deception, heartache, and despair, this dark novel is for readers that love a great twist. Bit by bit the story unfolds, changing everything you thought you knew the page before.
The Slythonians are an alien race well know for capturing the best female breeders in the galaxy.
Extinction is a cruel and very real possibility, As the Zuvrakian alien warrior race is running out of time. Lord Asgar and his crew have searched the galaxies far and wide looking for an answer ti their world'a fast decreasing population. After another failed attempt at finding mates, Asgar figures he has nothing to loose when they come upon the auction that the Slythonians are having.
Skye’s a comic book superhero with a gun in his hand and a gripe against his author. Every girl Skye’s ever dated is either dead or trying to take over the world, and in the series finale, Skye’s best friend kills him. Or so he thinks. The weapon meant to disintegrate Skye lands him in his author’s universe. With a shot at revenge. Skye, meet Jace. Jacen Howard’s a brilliant #blerd math whiz and comics aficionado–but at his West Baltimore high school that’s a bad thing, and if the bullying isn’t bad enough, Jace’s cop-father regularly pisses off the neighbors. Jace doesn’t see himself as a hero; he’s just trying to survive. Jace might be just the hero Skye needs. But Skye won’t open up when Jace tries to ease him out of PTSD, and the author’s still torturing his friends. As Skye’s mood swings and nightmares escalate, Jace realizes that if he doesn’t uncover his roommate’s real identity soon, Skye will hurt someone–and Skye’s still deciding if murder will save his world, or damn his soul.
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 ...
The inventor of augmented/virtual reality glasses used all over the world, Oreste Pax, is working on a brain-computer interface he believes will revolutionize human cognition. However, a massive computer virus attacking the Internet of Things threatens to destroy civilization first. Pax is forced into an encounter with Alethia, the brilliant leader of a mysterious society possessing technology far beyond anything he's ever seen before. She reveals a devastating truth about humanity to Pax before forcing him to make a choice that will affect the future of the human race. A clever, compelling vision of the near future, The Infinet is a speculative fiction thriller that can’t be missed!
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
A Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology_Vol.1
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!
Ever since Scharlette’s parents gave her a name no one can really pronounce, she’s been stuck in a bit of a rut. She hates her job in airport security, making people take their belts off before they fly to exotic locations she can only dream about. She owns a small apartment with large repayments, drinks bargain bin red while she watches Star Trek, and misses her little sister, lost to an exploding sandwich press ten years ago. Scharlette fears she might live out her entire existence without doing anything or mattering to anyone. It still comes as quite a surprise when a handsome time traveller named Tomothy appears out of nowhere and verifies she is correct – that, according to his records, she doesn’t matter at all. Scharlette isn’t sure this news is as wonderful as Tomothy seems to think but, as he explains, since her life was to have no impact on the timeline whatsoever, Scharlette is free to travel time and space, and have amazing adventures with heedless abandon. “The book is charming and riotously funny. The most enjoyable aspect of the story is its unpredictability.” – Aurealis Magazine “It’s hard to describe why this book is good without spoiling a single part of it.” – Two Doctors Media Collaborative
"Conflicts with alien races are given enormous depth in this engrossingly written science fiction novel." ~Forewords Clarion Reviews Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files. You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong? And what if the Greys are only the beginning? On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined. And hungry... Wright's epic and much anticipated follow up to her multiple award-winning debut Sci Fi novel H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath: The Deep Beneath, Runner Up in the Beach Book Festival Finalist, Wishing Shelf Book Awards Semi-Finalist, Kindle Review Book Awards and Library Journal pick for curated Shelf-e library collection
The oceans are dying. In an effort to provide sustainable tuna stocks, genetically engineered humans have been reconfigured to live at sea, using dolphins to herd large tuna schools. Olga is one of these shepherds. Independent fisherman are having a hard time catching fish and Toivo is among the best because he has a pair of dolphins that he talks to and they help locate fish for him. Troubles erupt when Toivo finds a raft of murdered shepherds and now he's a target along with Olga and her shipmates. When fate brings them together they will have to find a way to survive against a drug cartel determined to eliminate witnesses.
Once upon a time, on the second planet from Apocrytus, there was a monster whose face men trembled to behold… Or they would, if they knew who she was. Perhaps she should leave more survivors. Meligora lives for revenge, but it’s not as dreary as she thought it would be. Her old life ended when the Brotherhood took control of her planet and started rounding up women for mandatory “conversion,” removing their stingers, wings, and most of their eyes, looting their bodies for their valuable reproductive organs, and leaving them docile shells of their former selves. But after her own botched procedure turned her into a lethal weapon instead of a slave, she learned to make the best of things, bending Brotherhood enforcers to her will and slaughtering them in droves each night. She knows it’s only a matter of time before someone tries to stop her, but when a young Human bounty hunter finally follows her trail of corpses, he offers her a choice: stay a wanted killer of dime-a-dozen thugs, or join him in tracking down the man who mutilated her. Welcome to Escape Velocity: Feminist Folktales from Beyond the Stars. This reimagining of the legend of Medusa, along with other patriarchy-smashing Escape Velocity novellas, can be enjoyed independently or in any order.
What if you could talk to people from the past? Lincoln. Churchill. Gandhi. Your dead mother. Josh Brodsky is at the top of his game. At his new Silicon Valley job, he's on the verge of an invention that uses artificial intelligence to bring back the greatest leaders in history. But his top-secret code becomes encrypted by a devastating ransomware attack--was the malware planted by Josh's troubled brother Donny? When the brothers uncover their dead mother's diaries, the family careens toward a rendezvous with AI to discover the truth behind their father's mysterious death thirty years ago.
The Sentience Wars may be won, but the battle isn’t over... Self-assured pilot-for-hire Jason Andrews is sucked into a covert operation by a brother-in-law who isn’t who he seems. The fate of the star systems' humans and AIs are in Jason’s hands.
Automaton Nation is perfect for fans of Twilight and Hunger Games, where the stakes are high, love is unexpected, and characters survive in a dystopian world. Val Tate, daughter of a prominent scientist, falls in love with robotic Dat against her parents’ objections. Dat, a Model 500, makes his debut as a chef for the Governor’s Gala. An elite group has gathered to hear Dr. Rod Tate, creator of the Genealogy Project for Robot International. Fused with the brains of the world-renowned Tony De LaFleur, Dat is quickly purchased by the influential Landers. Robotic terrorists break past security and descend with drones, killing many guests. Dat finds a wounded Val and rescues her from the mayhem, and they are attracted at first sight. The robots’ rebellion pushes the couple closer together as they join their cause. Sparks fly between the two as they realize their love is real, although forbidden. As Dat’s celebrity as a sous chef grows, Val’s desire to become an activist for the robots, causes her to see the world differently. But their world is disrupted as the unthinkable happens, and their lives are forever changed.
Could you survive? ..........in the 22nd Century? ......................after an apocalypse? Youngblood was eighteen when his father placed him in hibernation to await a cure for his disease. But when he woke a century later, he was gasping for breath in a deserted underground bunker. The post-apocalyptic world he found was divided between valley settlers who lived a subsistence existence and mountain dwellers who reaped the benefits of a 22nd Century lifestyle. Seventeen-year-old orphan, Kira, was a kick-ass huntress who knew how to survive in this environment. So, when Youngblood was attacked by survivalists, she saved him and together they struggled to unite people while searching for the remnants of their past civilization and a cure for his disease. After such global devastation--one thing was certain--only a man from another century could reignite hope. For Fans of The Postman and The Time Machine.
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
How far would you go to change humanity's fate? Jared Cartwright has spent the last two years delving into the twisted, scarred wastelands of an earth ravaged by nuclear war. The rich and powerful have taken to the oceans and skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and leaving the rest of humanity to fend off the mutated creatures that roam the earth. To face his new reality, Jared must become an apex predator if he hopes to survive. He must evolve beyond human limitations to confront those that left mankind to die. Jared's quest takes a new turn when he discovers dragons are real.
Regina, trained to find the dregs of humanity, trained to kill, is forced into vacation because her peers are getting murdered. At first, the massive cruise vessel she chooses as her resort destination seems...tolerable, and then, in the span of a few hours, everyone disappears, thousands of passengers vanish. As Regina explores the ship, not only does she discover pile after pile of clothing and no bodies, she finds a fear not felt for years. Although she cannot know for certain something is there, an ominous orange light appearing out of nowhere leaves little doubt some unseen thing hunts her. And all that is just the beginning. It is a time of restricted space travel so enforced that almost nobody can veer off course, but nobody knows why. They're about to find out.
In a decimated world, setting foot outside of Tallas is certain death ~ or so they say. Mutations caused by those in the wilderness have plagued citizens ~ or so they say. For Doogan and Keelya their belief in a Free Tallas has lost its glimmer. When their son, Fabal is given a dangerous assignment, they risk everything to protect him. Fleeing Tallas, they head for the wilderness. But they're ambushed by cruel Mediators, Doogan is recaptured, and while Keelya and Fabal escape, she is severely injured. Can the two of them survive in the wilderness? Will Doogan get away from the clutches of the Mediators? And are the legends about terrible monsters beyond Tallas true?
Our intellect directs us. Our humanity defines us. What if the key to unlocking our genetic code and our future lay within some of our most disenfranchised individuals? Would we still shun them? Seattle in the year 2330: centuries of conflict have led to this precipice. If the world is to move forward, Olivay has the difficult task of teaching Alucia her history. Olivay knows that without understanding where she came from Alucia will never be able to help humanity explore the universe. In present day Seattle, Jason Roy is a scientist whose life revolves around his daughter, Lily. Within her genome lies a secret that Jason has dedicated himself to uncovering. The mundane life of a scientist and his family takes a turn when a multinational corporation decides Jason Roy's research is a danger to them. Jason and Lily are now running away from an unforeseen enemy and toward a discovery that will change mankind. Altering the world may come too late for Jason to save what matters most in his own world. The great irony of unlocking our genetic potential was finding that our greatness was found in our love for one another. -Trispero almanac
Intrepid scientist solves mystery of scaly aliens.
Dr. Lucy Stannis leads a quiet life as the chief biologist in the remote human colony on Eden, until an alien vessel makes first contact with the colonists. She is thrilled to meet the spaceship captain, the impressive Blue, Sa Kamizan Veedak, despite the scaled bodies and sharp claws of the formidable Atrapako. Conflicts arise, threatening the whole colony as well as Lucy’s tenuous friendship with Sa Kamizan. Lucy must employ all her skills to discover their secret and save the colony.
If you like feisty heroines and mysteries where deceptions abound, then you’ll enjoy this science fiction adventure with a surprise twist at the end. Start this tale of culture clash and sweet romance today.
Book 1 of Atrapako on Eden.
The first three books in the Dhata Mays futuristic detective series. The Synth Crisis series is a set of sci-fi technothriller stories with an enticing noir vibe. If you like robust future worlds, action-packed cyberpunk, and mysteries that keep you guessing, then you’ll love Dhata’s electrifying misadventures.
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, they both wonder iif 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 back. 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…
All ideas have consequences. Have you longed for a place where every fantasy is catered to and fulfilled? Then welcome to paradise! Ismeta is an exclusive playground but only for those who can afford it. Ismeta was built by desperate people from all over the world looking for work. Looking for a way to support their families back home. Looking for a way to get ahead. When two sisters jeopardize the illusion created about Ismeta they are banished to the Animal Sanctuary. There the sisters must decide whether survival is more important than changing the world.
"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.
A brutal new Ice Age covers the Earth…
When an experiment to reverse climate change goes disastrously wrong, Jarred and his daughter Hope are forced to head south in search of warmth. This man-made eternal winter shows no signs of stopping, and with temperatures continuing to plummet, fears of a new ice age drive survivors into a panic.
Jarred and Hope don’t have the wilderness skills needed to survive this disaster. But when their car spins out of control, they’re forced to fend for themselves in the ruthless and unforgiving forest surrounding them. And as they journey through the snow-swept wilderness, they slowly discover they are not alone…
Survivalist Fiona knows how to deal with a harsh winter on her own, but this new world is deadly. She’s got a cabin stockpiled and is all alone until she runs across Benjy, a forest ranger who’s ready to help, but has his own reasons for staying with her.
Civilization is crumbling. There’s no electricity. The cold is getting worse, and resources are scarce. To survive, Jarred and Hope will have to find allies they can trust, and push themselves harder than they ever imagined. Because even a moment’s weakness in this harsh icy wasteland can mean only one thing. Freezing to death in the merciless cold…
"This is novel about second chances."
Take a trip through a Wormhole to another world, then Mix a ShootEm Up Western with Victorian Steampunk, add a dash of mystery…
"A former assassin for hire plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a serial killer"
Chloe was trained from a young age to be an assassin. Since her move to Junction City, she has been trying hard to reinvent herself as an investigator. But her first case has a huge complication: she finds Samuel Adams, the man she came to question, dead. He has a wicked knife sticking out of his groin. She didn't do it, but given her history, who will believe her? It looks as if her past is about to catch up with her.
Caleb Jones is a man with a violent past. After his family was destroyed in a city state war, he went to work at the only job he knew. As an Enforcer for the Marshals of the Federated City States of St. Antoni, he hunts killers. He came to Junction City looking for a serial killer. Instead he finds Chloe. Is she the killer he's looking for or the woman who can replace everything he lost?
On the frontier world of St. Antoni, you got tough—or you got dead. The Portal to the world of St. Antoni was unsanctioned. Immigrants who reached there were desperate to escape earth. They snuck through the Portal with only what they could carry and faced a new world without earths advanced technology. By sheer grit and determination St. Antonoians fought their way back to the steam age. City states were controlled by powerful families, and the outlying ranches and mines were held by guns and guts. This is the story of sisters Bethany, Jeanne and Iris and their struggle to survive and hang on to their ranch and mine after a sniper cripples their father. Bethany marries a mercenary gunfighter to shield her family from a predatory neighbor. To her surprise, the marriage of convenience turns into a love match, but Bethany and Alec must learn to trust as well as love each other. Iris chooses an arranged marriage with a beloved old friend, but did Carlos marry her for love, or to please her father? Jeanne and Samuel fall in love and run away to a distant city, but discover you can't escape who you are and Samuel is the son of her family's greatest enemy. Will their love be strong enough to survive when Samuel's father demands he return to the clan?
A stimulating and sometimes dangerous romp through unknown space by a teenaged girl, who must also deal with her mother’s injury, a demanding toddler, and an alien pet that seems always to be somewhere he’s not supposed to be. Iris Demming, her mom and little brother, with their alien pet, Omni, are on the way to the Moon when they’re suddenly swept into a wormhole, and emerge in unfamiliar space, victim to an unknown saboteur. Their pilot, the voice of an artificial intelligence, has been transformed and the little family is now lost and alone in a strange universe. After her grief and terror subside, Iris begins to work with the newly sympathetic pilot to try to make their way back. They must explore a number of semi-Earthlike planets in an effort to locate an advanced race of beings. As they do so, the family and their alien pet must deal with occasionally terrifying encounters.
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance. Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl. But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them. Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
Second book in the After Dark series. Jeremy Patten has a very unusual and unique skill. When Jeremy falls asleep he enters a world, a dream world where those around him are like him – asleep, but the stark difference is that Jeremy is conscious of the world he enters and unlike everyone else is able to bring realism to the dream world he has entered. When Jeremy enters a dream he is able to play out whatever role he wants almost as if he is carrying out his day time life by two; one life by day and one life at night, where in the latter, his body and mind transcends to a new world. Jeremy starts to understand the power he possesses, and in turn learns to manipulate his powers to bring justice and correction in people’s life. ‘Chicago Fire’, is the second book in the After Dark series and follows on from, ‘The Story Begins’. Chicago Fire continues the romance between the main character Jeremy Patten and Tara Shield, and sees Jeremy uncover and help solve a number of interwoven mysteries, many years after the great Chicago fire. Utilising his unique skill the story twists and turns until Jeremy eventually helps bring justice to those haunted by the tragedy.
"Like the great Ray Bradbury, Belateche invents a world much like yours and mine but with that one twist that makes it different." -- A. Silver Robert Grayson was becoming invisible. There was no doubt about it. And it made sense if you took a second to think about it. Robert was an average guy with an average job in an average American suburb. Invisibility was bound to happen. So the question wasn't why was he becoming invisible, it was were there other invisible people out there, too? (A short story.)
From the dark comic book universe of Sky Kill Assassins, comes book one, the erotic sci-fi crime thriller, A Wicked Haven. Years after the fall of the most powerful crime families, the citizens of Corbindale Bay worked valiantly to clean up the town's immoral and corrupt reputation. Change was on the horizon, until a secluded harbor island off the bay, is purchased and transformed into an entertainment destination called, "A Wicked Haven". Two years later, the renowned police detective Ryan Swett is transferred to investigate two high-profile cases: A disemboweling serial killer and a backlog of missing person cases tied to the wicked island's famous burlesque nightclub. This book is intended for mature audiences.
Once upon a time, on a glamorous space station called Eris, there was a young woman who could spin base metals into gold… At least, that’s what she tells people to separate them from their money. Naia Mills is a con artist, a Human orphan scraping to get by in a galaxy that doesn’t want her, more than a century after her ancestors rendered the Earth uninhabitable. She travels the stars selling fake gold jewelry and elixirs, until the day she unknowingly swindles the son of a space station commander. Now confined to the station and threatened with a slow death in a radioactive penal colony, Naia has three days to buy her way to freedom with an impossible act of alchemy. Eager to get out from under his father’s thumb, and fascinated with Naia’s profession, the commander’s son is an easy dupe and willing accomplice, but to get their hands on the gold they both need to escape, they’ll have to make a deal with the local mob, and a queenpin so powerful and private that even her closest associates don’t know her name. Welcome to Escape Velocity: Feminist Folktales from Beyond the Stars. This reimagining of “Rumpelstiltskin,” along with other Escape Velocity novellas about complicated fairytale women in space, can be enjoyed independently or in any order.
Once The King of Nightmares, Ashe lost everything when he was betrayed. Released from prison, he's got one goal: Stay Free. To make that happen he'll have to rescue the girl who stole his crown while saving the court he'd rather see burn. But he can't do it alone. He needs Callie. Abused, neglected, and finally shunned by The Court of Light, Callie is done with court politics. It's just too damned bad Ashe doesn't care. He's arrogant, manipulative, and dangerous. Everything she's been taught to fear. It would be so easy to hate him, but the sadness in his gaze calls to her heart, and his touch awakens her own darkness. She has never wanted anyone more. Callie is Ashe's darkest desire, but to earn his freedom and prevent the destruction of humanity, she must embrace the destiny that will keep them apart. But is the safety of the world worth losing the kind of love he's only dreamed of?
24 October 2114: the day that shocked the world. Young diplomat Cory Wilson narrowly escapes death in the assassination of President Sirkonen. No one claims responsibility but there is no doubt that the attack is extraterrestrial. Cory was meant to start work as a representative to Gamra, the alien organisation that governs the FTL transport network, but now his new job may well be scrapped in anger. Worse, as Earth uses military force to stop any extraterrestrials coming or leaving, as 200,000 extraterrestrial humans are trapped on Earth, as the largest army in the galaxy prepares to free them by force, only Cory has the experience, language skills, and contacts to solve the crime. But he's broke, out of a job, and a long way from Earth.
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.
They call it simply "the object." It sits at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, waiting. Waiting . . . for what? An American research ship disappears in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea only to reappear a few days later. When a special U.S. Coast Guard unit boards the vessel, they find it deserted, its power grid wrecked, two bombs waiting to explode, and an even darker secret hidden below her decks. A few miles across the international maritime boundary, a massive Russian oil platform harbors its own secret. Below the behemoth lies a mysterious energy source so powerful it threatens to topple the balance of world power in favor of Moscow. The Russians will to kill to protect it. The Americans will kill to stop its recovery. And still . . . the object waits.
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!
Book 2 of the Antonello Brothers series. The Thieves' Guild tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight, shielded from the taunts humans fire at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who's bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to save his brother from abuse and win his freedom -- even though Senth is a slave himself. After all, this is what he's always wanted. A family. There's just one problem. That brother holds him responsible for every bad thing that ever happened, and he can't wait to make Senth pay. This tech might make him invisible, but it can't hide him from the truth...
The FBI Wants Them Caught...The Chinese Want Them Dead...One Man Wants them Free... Ryan Webster is the target of the largest manhunt in history. The most remarkable near-human primates ever uncovered have become his closest friends. Their DNA holds an explosive secret---the key to man's immortality. Tess Simmons, mother of two and the highest ranking woman in the FBI, is on Ryan’s trail. She knows his apprehension is her ticket back to her family. At the same time, a Chinese sleeper agent races to find the monkeys first and destroy them and their secret, or the family he loves dies. Fleeing into the Southern Sierras with his crazy Uncle Thad, Addy Martin, the deadliest woman he’s ever loved, and Davy Jones, the only human to double his lifespan with the monkeys’ secrets, Ryan gets an unsettling call. Deep in the Amazon, just outside the burned out impact crater that once was their home, the world’s leading anthropologist has found their parents—alive. He’s willing to risk his illustrious career with a promise to conceal his discovery on one condition—Ryan must accept a deadly quest and give up everything to get his friends home. Swimming Monkeys: Exodus is a gripping thriller about one man’s commitment to a promise and his choice between family and immortality.
The Anunnaki and Human worlds collide In this epic alien first contact saga, they came to Mars to search for life...Something else found them. This is the story of ancient aliens, three astronauts, and one cosmonaut, and what happened the day the Anunnaki world and the modern human world collided on a distant planet. Jon Carson, the American military man, Doug “Digger” Johnson, The American archaeologist, Kathleen Doolan, the Irish physician and Mikhail Borznekhov, the Russian military man / biologist came to Mars to look for signs of life at Olympus Mons. What brought them there was something found at a dig in Egypt...Something that could tie ancient aliens and Egypt together.. Follow the intrepid explorers in this alien thriller, as they explore the area around Olympus Mons and then, finally, enter the mountain itself and unlock the hidden, secret mystery that lies buried deep inside. They discovered what Olympus Mons and ancient Earth history have in common…will you?
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.
Helga Ate is finally getting her chance. Chosen for a coveted slot in the glorious Nighthawks, Special Forces, she will certainly be able to prove herself as more than a half-alien outcast. But when her team deploys to the moon of Dyn, tragedy strikes and Helga is put to the ultimate test--survival. Facing insurmountable odds and escaping torture, Helga and her mentor, Cilas Mec, are forced to face a fate worse than death. Battling brain-eating aliens and human pirates, the odds are stacked against them in every way. The rescue should be coming. Unless the Alliance is involved in this botched mission... Can Helga survive the odds to get out alive, or will she be the last of the Nighthawks?
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.
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?
When the Strongest Hurricane in Decades Takes Aim at Florida, Ronnie Tries to Escape its Wrath. Will she Die in the Storm or Be Lost in Time Forever? Ronnie Andrews is lucky to be alive after a time travel glitch nearly took her life during Hurricane Frances. When Hurricane Ivan, one of the strongest storms in decades, sets its sights on Florida, Ronnie jumps at the chance to join Mike, her mysterious new boss, on a business trip to Puerto Rico. Sparks fly, but when a newspaper article surfaces with horrific pictures of a woman who may have died at Mike's hands, Ronnie regrets the decision. Before she can confront Mike about what she knows, Hurricane Jeanne forms off the coast, trapping them on the island. Her doctors warned that another time-travel-induced illness may kill her. Mike may be her only salvation. The storm strikes and Ronnie time travels to Texas in 1872 where she is taken by Comanches. A rescue party saves her life led by Jesse and Frank James, hiding under assumed names. Will Ronnie find a way to make the time-traveling episodes stop before the dangers of the past, and the damage from the journey destroy her?
First Contact is imminent, but it comes with conditions…
Laura and Jason are on vacation when their lives are turned upside down by otherworldly creatures that fall to Earth in the dead of night.
Frightened and bewildered, they become trapped in a dark and mysterious conflict between clandestine Earth forces and the alien wave—and Laura’s world starts to unravel.
But everything may not be as it appears. Could the aliens have an ulterior motive? And do they have a mission for Jason?
The world may not be ready for alien communication, but it may have little choice in the matter.
If you like Close Encounters, Contact, and Arrival, then you’ll love Milijun, the first novel of a gripping new alien interaction series from Clayton Graham.
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"This is a must-read for science fiction fans who appreciate a hard scientific foundation, in the tradition of Asimov, Niven, or Heinlein." Patrick Dent