Free science fiction Kindle books for 17 Dec 13

Dawnwind: Last Man Standing

by George R. Shirer

When the benevolent Junians came to Earth, they were shocked to discover humanity almost wiped out by a global pandemic. They found only one survivor, a man named John Epcott. The Last Human.
When the Junians left Earth, John Epcott went with them.
This is his story.



The Serapis Fraktur

by Mark Grove

SYNOPSIS: Time travel is big business in the 25th century. Artifacts from the past are salvaged and people are extracted. Interestingly, the entrepreneurial development of the recovery process leads to a massive archaeological expansion on a scale that dwarfs The Smithsonian and provides for colonial expansion across the galaxy. Australia is the new Ellis Island.

MORE: Written in the first person, this is a PG-rated adventure story extolling the basic virtues, like accountability, honor, integrity, and fidelity. What this work lacks in titillation it makes up for in historical color like Connie Willis, entrepreneurial development like Nathan Lowell, and futuristic wonderment like Edgar Rice Burroughs. Most readers will find this book acceptable for ages from teen to centurion and all should be delighted to learn that the Dawes polyverse is not apocalyptic. In fact Earth is reborn: millions of bison once again roam the prairie and old-growth forests blanket the east coast. The future is Utopian.

NOTE to Parents: Although this story was written for adults, kids as young as 11 have given it a thumb’s up. All characters are adult. Some secondhand action, good vs. evil scenario, suitable for YA: no sex, no F-word, no smoking, no drugs, mild violence, PG-14 for adult language. Strong emphasis on accountability, responsibility, honor, trust, integrity, fidelity, loyalty, valor, etc. Hard and speculative science, real history with famous real historical figures in a dramatized far future adventurous plot. Think, John Carter of Mars.

NOTE to Librarians: LCN 2013902944. First in a series. Parallel: Attack on Orbital 454. Sequel: The Scalar Magnitude. Prequel: The Madison Picker.



Fast Walkers: Prelude (The Dead Trilogy)

by Erica Raine

Short Story Prequel to the action-packed Fast Walker Series!

Rebecca’s father works for a shadowy arm of the United States Government that is involved in black budget programs. Little does clueless Rebecca know that the people her father is working for has dark plans for the entire population of New Orleans!



Attack on Orbital 454 (The Conglomerate Series)

by Mark Grove

SYNOPSIS: Time travel extremists attempt to destroy Utopia by
crashing an orbital city of 500,000 onto a Muslim planet. Only four
officers from a detachment of Federal Marshals survive. How they recover
from the devastation is the gist of the story, but they’re not
fictional characters. The four are real historical heroes extracted from
the 1800s for their valor as the most famous Texas Rangers of all time
.

MORE:
Attack on Orbital 454 is a science fiction novella based on the
eventful chapter by the same title in Mark Clay Grove’s first novel, The Serapis Fraktur:
The Conglomerate Series (2013). New characters are added to the
original cast; otherwise every aspect of the original Utopian novel’s
mid-25th century timeline remains intact. Attack on Orbital 454
is brief moment in the history of the planet Medina in a far quadrant of
The Milky Way in a fast-paced colonial period when souls from the past
are recycled to the future.
Medina is an Earth-like red
planet with a constitutional monarchy ruled by a benevolent ruler
extracted from the past and settled into the far future with a devout
following. Her Majesty, Queen Katy, previously known as Khadijah bint
Khuwaylid (a real person ca.555-620) was in fact The Prophet Muhammad’s
first and most favored wife. In this story she is monarch of an Imperial
Conglomerate Colony settled by The Founder, Charles Dawes (a fictional
character in Serapis). Her palace is located in the capital city, Mecca.
The new society that she establishes is largely secular. Most everyone
addresses her as Queen Katy.

The narrative is first person and
the protagonist is Chief Superintendent of Special Operations, a Dawes
Conglomerate Marshal, John “Jack” Coffee Hays (real person 1817-1883).
Marshal Hays is the most famous Texas Ranger of all time and nephew to
American President Andrew Jackson (real person 1767-1845). The Medina
Star System is his jurisdiction.

NOTE to Librarians: LCN 2013920485.

NOTE
to Parents: Adult characters in action, good vs. evil scenario,
suitable for YA: no sex, no F-word, no smoking, no drugs, mild violence,
PG-14 for adult language. Strong emphasis on accountability,
responsibility, honor, trust, integrity, fidelity, loyalty, valor, etc.
Hard and speculative science, real history with famous real historical
figures in a dramatized far future adventurous plot. Think, Lone Ranger.



Malediction

by Paul Westwood

The world of the Ancients has been dead for over two centuries. Mikel is an innocent man who is accidentally thrust in the struggle between the ruling Mujadeen and the ever-increasing Rebellion. Turned outlaw, he carries a warning to the Rebels in their hidden mountain enclave. His perilous journey takes him across the Wasteland, where he is aided by an orphaned girl named Suvan. With her guidance, Mikel traverses the remains of a ruined city, home to the inhuman Mutans and other unspeakable horrors. The message he carries will change the balance of power, and with it, the hopes of humanity.

Author’s Note: This story is set in a post-apocalyptic future. A world turned feudal, where isolated pockets of humanity cling to life. It also touches on some of our modern political concerns, which I will let the reader discover.



Interlander

by Thomas Ward

London, 2065 – a new world order has emerged, in which religion is considered a superstitious practice. Civilization has diverged into two distinctive groups – the Ely residents, living simple lives but frequently being subjected to human experimentation, and the scientifically enhanced humans, living freely outside the different installations of Ely around the world. Sam Moorcrost’s first visit to Ely leaves him with an insatiable curiosity about it. After a heated argument with his brother Roger, Sam runs away and sneaks in at Ely through an abandoned observation post. He integrates quickly and soon starts to forget his former life. However, one day he is unexpectedly apprehended for breaking the law and interrogated. Sir Douglas Latch, from the Interlander Security Services, (ISS) gives Sam two options: become an ”Interlander” with the ability to move between both worlds without restrictions, or go home after ingesting a drug cocktail that will erase the memories of his life in Ely and be banned for life from visiting any Ely installation around the world. Interlander is a futuristic science fiction tale that evokes an analysis of our human behavior and urges us to use our values and principles to prevent this vision from becoming a reality.



The Spiral Slayers (Encounters)

by Rusty Williamson

On a planet called Amular at the edge of The Great Coma Wall, an alien race called the Loud make contact through Captain Maximus, changing his life forever. The world-shattering impact and political turmoil of the alien contact is only exceeded by what happens when the Loud bestow the gifts they bring. Then an unexpected discovery: something has been coming across the observable universe since the dawn of time and now it is upon them. As the mind-boggling truth is uncovered, it becomes clear that this new alien force intends to destroy Amular while on its way to a far more devastating objective. Neither the Loud nor Amular’s inhabitants can hope to stop this force, and there is no negotiating, no surrender and nowhere to run or hide.



Revealing Revelations

by Ric Nero

Thomas, a combat veteran from the Army, grows skeptical of war after his deployment to the Middle East. After life’s intersecting paths lead him to meet Auron, an ex-communicated priest from Rome, he realizes just how trustworthy the government really is. Now the world is coming to an end as conspiracies unfold and secret societies come from out of the shadows as Thomas finds himself living in the middle of biblical apocalyptic times. Destruction seems an inevitable factor for mankind, yet Thomas’ life finally begins as the earth is doomed to end.



The Wereghost Menace (The Adventures of the Starcruiser Galaxy)

by Rod Spurgeon

When a wereghost invades an otherwise routine delivery mission aboard the starcruiser Galaxy, it’s up to the crew of the sturdy craft to find a way to get rid of it. The task proves much more complicated than expected, as the true origin of the creature reveals some nasty secrets that a powerful government is determined to keep buried.

Join the crew of the Galaxy on Halloween night as they encounter strange ghosts, combat powerful government battleships, struggle with past and present relationships, and contemplate which outfits to wear to the costume party.



Skateboarders Save the Universe

by Elmore Hammes

In Skateboarders Save the Universe,scientist James Vinton is preparing to test the Kanapolis Super-Collider, which some believe may open up a rift in the universe and destroy the world (and possibly all of creation).

His skateboarding son Tommy is part of the Anti-Collider coalition, and determined to stop the experiment.

This conflict will serve to bring better understanding to their father-son relationship.

A short story (2,600 words), general fiction, and age appropriate for teenage readers and above.



The Road To Hell

by Wayne Wightman

It wasn’t exactly a conspiracy.

It was more like a contagion–where a new form of entertainment made humdrum reality a thrilling experience. Then the weirdness started–but since it was in Portland, Oregon, no one paid that much attention. At first.

When Clara Nolan–5′ 2″ and with a very low tolerance for BS–is stood up for dinner by Jack Land, she puts on her best running shoes and goes after him. What she finds is the darkest heart of darkness.

Hector Carthage, a friend of Jack Land, is a stand-up comedian who suspects he is a fictional character, and his mission is to find his plot line. He falls in love several times and rescues Gracie, the no-chance, throwaway house cat who touches more lives than one.

And, endangering the lives of everyone around them are the nihilistic scientist-philosopher Dr. Herbert Vogt and his associate, the narcoleptic Dr. Ichi, both always good for a laugh in the field of human experimentation.

Then there is Jack Land–all he wanted to do was to deliver the doctors to a secure research facility and have dinner with the woman he thought he might love. It didn’t seem that complicated.

And then everything went sideways. In the words of Vera Kamchatka, “You never see the color of the knife.”

The language in this novel is G-rated, although it contains X-rated events.

116,000 words.

John Brunner, the legend himself:
“Wayne Wightman is agreeable company, both in person and via the printed page. As to the former, I’m afraid you will have to wait the chance to make his acquaintance…. As to the latter, however, now’s your chance.”

Orson Scott Card, Hugo and Nebula winner:
“[Wayne Wightman is] …one of the names I[‘ve] learned to look for…. He…is a romantic whose stories confess his belief that individuals can be larger than life, that their decisions can change the world around them.”

Best Story of the Year 2011
Awarded to Wayne Wightman’s “Brutal Interlude” by Orson Scott Card’s online magazine The Intergalactic Medicine Show.

B.V. Larson, best-selling author of Technomancer and the Star Force series:
“If Stephen King and Franz Kafka had a love-child, well… our space-time continuum would have broken down, but out of the resulting mess might have crawled Wayne Wightman.”

Richard Paul Russo, Philip K. Dick Award winner:
“One of Wightman’s great strengths is his willingness to go to the edge. He pulls no punches, whether the story is serious or violent or manic. You can count on him to take you places other writers shy away from.”



Nano-City

by Robert J. Peterson

In NANO-CITY, our hero Nicky Fallout – armed with three arms, two friends and a cat – aims to dethrone the Roach, a limbless Lex Luthor who rules Nano-City from his rocket-powered hoverthrone.

Set a gazillion years in the future on a planet that may or may not be Earth, NANO-CITY features a quantum-leaping restaurant, a mind-blowing plot for world domination, a two-dimensional assassin, an aerial gunship battle, and a former-world-leader-turned-pizza-delivering-renegade-radical.

Please note: This work features adult language. And a cat with an eye-tentacle growing out of its back.

NANO-CITY is a science-fiction novella.



No Return

by George Applegate

No one has ever returned from Mars.

Travel to and from the colonyâ??a private venture mounted by a consortium of Muslim investorsâ??has been embargoed since the Martian Fungus began decimating Earth’s oceans. Written off by its investors, the Mars colony struggles to survive on its own.

The ecological disaster on Earth has caused famine and triggered political upheavals, including the reemergence of an Islamic caliphate. The colony, whose residents are overwhelmingly Muslim, has fallen under sharia law.

Eric Issa, the colony’s infidel Safety Officer, investigates a bizarre death and uncovers a high-level conspiracy that may explain how the Martian organism contaminated Earth. He must quickly yet quietly identify the killer, piece together the conspiracy, and save his own skin, all the while protecting the dead man’s orphaned daughter who may hold the key to controlling the Martian Fungus on Earth.

A short story.



The Passenger

by Hal Burton

This novelette, is a Science Fiction tale set in the future. Mission Commander Zain Fletcher and his crew are preparing to go on a special mssion in the new Crew Exploration Vehilce (CEV). Their purpose — to deliver their passenger to a remote sight in the galaxy. On of the crew is an agent for a secret group, MAC, an organization against space colonization. The agent’s sole purpose is to sabotage the mission and present the “passenger” from being placed at the sight. The “passenger” has been trained for the mission, but is unaware of the MAC plot. Unable to communicate because of a special language barrier and held in the special aft compartment designed for him, the passenger is at first unable to understand what is happening as the MAC agent begins a series of attempts to destroy the mission. However, he becomes aware of the deception and ultimately joins with Zain and navigation officer Eva in fighting the MAC agent and ultimately aids them in reaching the colonization site.



1 + 2

by Kristie Lynn Higgins

Shades of Gray #1 Noir, City Shrouded By Darkness a science fiction action adventure series with a bonus first half of Shades of Gray #2 From Moscow, With Love.

**Shades of Gray #1 Noir, City Shrouded By Darkness

Noir was a mega-city plagued by a sun blocking mass called Dry Clouds that had mysteriously appeared three decades earlier. The Dry Clouds covered half the planet and forced those living under them to exist in endless night. On this world, corporations were in charge and breaking your contract with them could mean the termination of your life.

Kimberly Griffin, a Life Closer (legal assassin) existed in a world of death. She Closed people for a living. It was a lonely demeaning existence, though she wouldn’t admit it. There was nothing to drive her in the bleak reality until one day she ran into Kat.

Kat, also known as the Pandora Project, was hunted by bio-mechas called Un-Men. She was an experiment of the Sphinx Corporation, and they were testing her to see if she could be the ultimate weapon. Kat refused to be a killer and tried to discover the truth behind her existence. Could she be a new form of bio-mecha?

Kim discovered someone close to her had been murdered. Is Kat the key to finding out who did it? Or will her association with Kat only cause her more grief?

Pandora of ancient times opened a box and let all good escape. Would Pandora be the hope the planet needed? Or would she destroy the world?

**Shades of Gray #2 From Moscow, With Love- bonus first half included.

Worlds collide . . .

A shaky partnership . . .

In the second book of the Shades of Gray series, Kat found herself teamed up with Kim. Together they searched for clues to their past. Their partnership stood on shaky ground though. Kim, a Life Closer (legal assassin) known as the Phoenix, needed Kat for the moment, to help in her search for her mother’s murder. Once Kim no longer needed Kat, would the Phoenix go through with eliminating her for knowing she’s a Life Closer?

A haunting melody . . .

A forgotten time . . .

Kat had discovered little about her past. Over a year ago, she woke to a world of endless night and had no memory of who she was. A music box, a letter, and a gun were her only clues. Kat discovered the melody the music box plays, put her in a trance and healed her body of any injures. Why? She didn’t’t know.

Betrayal . . .

A desperate fight . . .

Voice, the one who regulated the Phoenix, had sent the Raven and the Wolf to Close her. Why? Kim didn’t’t know, only that she must eliminate the two Life Closers before they terminated her.

Deception . . .

The two women collide again . . .

Kat was caught up in the struggle as the Raven and the Wolf were also hired to Close the sister of someone dear to her. Now she must protect the sister and Kim, but the Phoenix was hiding a dark secret that put the sister in an even deadlier predicament. What was Kim hiding?

I will protect them all . . .

No one will die today . . .

Could Kat and Kim defeat the two Closers? Could Kat keep the promise to herself that no one else would die? What would happen in the end when Kat discovered the Phoenix’s secret?

Look for more of the Shades of Gray series.

**Shades of Gray Series**

1. Noir, City Shrouded By Darkness

2. From Moscow, With Love

3. Cerberus Versus Pandora

4. Sisters



Dark Vada Chronicles: Angel’s Tongue

by van-Tien Hoang

The fourth part of the “Dark Vada Chronicles”

In a zombie-infested world, a psychopathic triple murderer becomes the unwanted protector of a group of survivors. Along their way to a military base which might give them shelter they have an unpleasant encounter with a woman who is possibly more dangerous than the undead.

Meanwhile, Alfred struggles with zombies, love, alcohol, a career change and the lack of body lotion. His only ray of hope is his admiration for a certain celebrity.

Thousand years later, Dr. Hadash explores the ruins of a town in hopes to find out what caused the zombie plague and how it was stopped before humanity faced total annihilation.



Eposical and the Trapapition thieves (Sras Oblique and the Vindijan Line)

by John Buckley

Peastro is besieged on all sides by a secretive sect of assassins; when he gets a message from Dramkick Reign saying he is coming to meet him. Peastro, Dramkick, and Coup Vindijan are forced to undergo brainwashing mind altering treatments. If they don’t escape they will end up dead on the inside forever! Will fate step in? Does hatred make the best friends?



Rev

by Connor Moysei

The earth has been consumed by a chemical world war and struggles to heal itself from the tattered remains. However, a new change appeared within the human race, whether it’s natural evolution, after effects from the war, or an act of God a new entity called the gifted has arrived. This new race has been blessed with enhanced human conditioning and unique abilities, and the world is experiencing a new change never seen before.

The United States in a last effort round up the gifted and isolate them in the tattered remains from the last war. The system initially works, but the relations between the gifted and the humans is shattered when a terrorist group called Jormungand rises. The group demands change and finally the annihilation of the old race, the ungifted.

The story follows Elena Levitz, a gifted officer that lives in a district that is consumed by the acts of terror caused by Jormungand. Follow the story as Elena struggles to survive this new war and protect the people she cares about.



Virus Line

by Morton Blake

Out in space, your worst enemies are your travel companions



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