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Steal From The Devil (Armada Wars)

by R. Curtis Venture

All alone at the edge of human territory, a secret research facility has suddenly fallen silent. For operative Elm Caden, what began with a simple recovery mission has suddenly become a race against time. He must unravel the mystery surrounding the attack on the station, before the great powers of the galaxy march to war.

But all the signs say that a large scale conflict may well be unavoidable, and Caden soon comes to find that out there – in the Deep Shadows which fall between the bright arms of the galaxy – something malignant is already moving against the many worlds of the Imperial Combine.

“Steal from the Devil” is the opening of a story arc that will plunge humanity into a war unlike any they have experienced before.

In this début novel of the Armada Wars series, R. Curtis Venture introduces us to a richly detailed universe that promises to deliver dynamic stories in a realistic setting.

Advisory: contains instances of profane language, physical violence, and sexual references.

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The Vestigial Man

by Vincent Vale

ADULT CONTENT WARNING: THIS SHORT STORY CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND BIZARRE SEXUAL CONTENT.

A NOTE ON LENGTH: This is a 20 page short story.

Of all the shit-hole bars in all the world, she was drinking at mine.

I am Gavin Thorn–a drunk, a lost soul, and a slob. I sit in my bar in the Arizona desert, withering away. But today is July 13, 2014, and everything is about to change.



Admiral’s Fury – part 1 – Purple Blood (Carinae Sector)

by David Buck

It is one hundred and fifty years after the Traders and the Maveen landed on Earth, and aware of the nature of the vassal races, humanity is cautiously reaching for the stars. The Cephrit Tilmud war has raged for one hundred and fifty years, and the war along with other events, has distracted the vassal races from interacting with Earth. The war is ending, and the vassal races are now able to return to star systems near the solar system. Admiral Mary Neilson has brought her fleet to the former Dradfer colonies after the Cephrit gave a warning of a possible attack, and her fleet is confronted by a vast armada of Jerecab ships. Elsewhere in the galaxy, the Barede colonists are settling other colonies on the long journey from the edge of the Milky Way back to Earth.

Authors note: Revised 18th March 2013.

Approx 89,800 words
Recommended Price $3.99



Thirsty Blade

by Bernard Schaffer

His Sword Thirsts for Zombie Blood!

In the misty days of Feudal Japan lies a dark legend of power-mad lords and subjugated peasants, of how the persecuted return from the dead to devour the living.

Takuan Munenori has inherited the sword of his ancestors, the cursed blade of Muramasa, which is said to thirst for the blood of its enemies, and will drive the man who wields it insane if he does not feed it.

Today, Takuan’s blade will drink as it never has before.

Today, the cursed sword of Muramasa will have its fill!

An apocalyptic zombie story set in feudal Japan, featuring all the sword-slashing any samurai fan could want.



The Extraordinary Adventures of Phil Jones

by J. R. Karlsson

A wise man once stated that space was a very big place indeed, this is of course subjective. Space is as space does and when you’re being chased across the galaxy by a Voravian battle cruiser it can seem rather small.

When Star Command is threatened by an incoming invasion of ghastly aggressors known as Voravians, it falls upon one man to save humanity. Sadly it is not the bombastic leader of the fleet, the heroic Captain Darwin of the SCC Scavanger.

Furthermore, and rather unfortunately for everyone involved, that one man happens to have been a civilian chosen at complete random by a pink glove. His name is Phil Jones, a slovenly middle-aged nobody who’s utterly useless at everything outside of a pizza box or computer game.

This first book tells the thrilling origin story of our intrepid hero’s adventure into the depths of the galaxy, and his subsequent inexplicable blunders against both friend and foe alike.



Shackleton Crater

by Jody Rawley

A down and out space futurist finds himself leading ten astronauts on a secret mission to the Moon. He and three crewmen crash in Shackleton Crater in the Moon’s South Pole while the others establish a base near the equator in Central Bay. Political intrigue, world war, Apollo relics, a Japanese robot dog, and a race with the Chinese, round out this story of endurance. It concludes with a twist so unpredictable it is appropriately set near the lunar North Pole.

Originally written as a screenplay, the planned movie poster describes it best: In the fourteenth year of a new century, the fate on an embattled earth is in the hands of men marooned in Shackleton Crater. If you think this is a one hundredth anniversary retelling of the 1914 British expedition to Antarctica you are correct. If you think you already know how this story ends, you are off by a quarter of a million miles.

Shackleton Crater is a space survival story, a struggle with the elements (the lack thereof), and like the movies, “Gravity” and “Apollo 13,” the author has taken great care to portray the scenarios, science, and equipment accurately. The one leap of artistic license in the story has characters able to live in the cold trap on the floor of the crater, which with current space suits would be impossible. Personal and psychological histories are also true to the historic record.

The author was, for two decades, a freelance space journalist who diligently prepared for a career in the major news field that the Space Shuttle program promised to deliver. His knowledge of some of the content in this story (politics, some machinery and a few personalities) was gathered first hand.

Clever parallels keep the story close to Ernest Shackleton’s, SOUTH, his detailed account of the Endurance expedition. Though set in the future, the novella teaches about twentieth century exploration, in Antarctica, outer space, and on the Moon, and in a way, about exploration in general. Determined to make sure his readers remember the name of Ernest Shackleton’s life boat (and the Scottish benefactor, James Caird, who helped back the Endurance expedition), the author names his main character, “Timothy” James Caird.

“Shackleton Crater” was originally published along with four other stories in a collection entitled, A Slaughter Of Ornithes. Almost immediately advisors in the publishing business counseled an independent release. This stand-alone edition is the result and uses the same cover art. The technically minded may object to the illustration (with light in the crater), but the author wanted a moonscape showing “a” crater, an astronaut, and some wreckage.



Traders’ Scourge – part 1 – Alien Flight (Carinae sector)

by David Buck

Part 1.

An act of terrorism leaves half the world’s population dead and a strange discovery is made. An alien race monitors the death toll, but they can do little to aid humanity. An Australian navy commander is part of the aid effort in south-east Asia, before he leaves and begins a new civilian career. A covert meeting in a remote star system goes horribly wrong, and Captain Narindestat needs to find a place of safety for his ship and crew, even as his crew fight for their lives in the depths of spaceâ?¦..

Authors note: Revised 20th March 2013.

75,100 words
209 pages
Regular price $3.99



Paradox

by C. David Milles

Past. Present. Future. Fate. They’re all connected. Before Zac Ryger discovered TEMPUS, a secret project developed by his father, it never dawned on him that time travel could be a curse. After accidentally using it, he must face the fact that his actions might have caused small changes to the timeline, setting in motion a chain of events that affects everyone around him. His journey forces him to face the ultimate question: Is fate fixed, or can events in time be changed?



Book 1: Pangaea (Pangaean Chronicles)

by Melanie Nashland Warren

A place that shouldn’t exist.
What would you do if you were enjoying a fabulous Caribbean cruise and you were suddenly thrust into another world? A hostile land where history went astray, animals that are extinct in our own world are flourishing, human society is a conglomeration of cultures and eras mixed up together, slavery is prominent, and the social classes are at war with each other?
World famous, award winning British singer Tristan Granleigh and Skye Talbot, a secretary in a technical college in Oregon, have to face just such a crisis in their lives. They know all too well what Dorothy meant when she told Toto they weren’t in Kansas anymore. Staying alive isn’t merely an old song, it’s a desperate struggle.
If they got there, there must be a way back. An eccentric old man named Varon finds himself embroiled in these strangers’ search, but there’s something about this strange old man that triggers an odd feeling in Tristan. Why does Varon seem familiar?
Does the Harborage hold the secret? Could it be the way back home?
It’s a quest for the Harborage, but is it truly the road to a refuge for the oppressed peasants of Pangaea? Could it lead to the dimensional vortex back to Tristan and Skye’s own world? Or could it be a dark path to something far worse and more dangerous? It’s a perilous journey across the largest continent that ever existed on earth and someone may have to die before it’s over.
This is the first volume of a series.



The Chambliss Tapes

by Donald Capone

Short story, 7,314 words. Time travel story based around NY Yankees Chris Chambliss’ historic pennant-winning homerun in the 1976 American League Championship Series. A man (Jon) who works for Sports Illuminated, a time travel agency that documents famous events in sports, travels back in time from 2006 to 1976 to document Chambliss’ famous homerun. But Jon has another agendaâ??to save his identical twin brother who died in an accident.



The Fandom of the Operator

by Robert Rankin

THE CROOK, THE LOON, HIS WIFE AND THE WALKING DEAD
It was originally known as Project Orpheus. A genuine top secret World War Two operation to communicate with the dead. It proved to be highly successful and helped the Allies win the war. But in the 1950s something went terribly wrong. That’s when the aliens from another world took over the communication system and another war entirely began.
For Gary Charlton Cheese, it all began when he was ten years old. At that time his hobbies included, sneaking into the restricted section of the local library, reading the Lazlo Woodbine novels of P. P. Penrose and attempting to raise the dead. Gary was not the kind of boy who was ever going to make his mother proud.
Gary now has a job at the local telephone exchange. Bulbsman. It isn’t much of a job, it only involves him sitting in a tiny booth all day, waiting for a bulb to light up, so he can switch it off again. But it is a job for life and it does have a pension. There’s some pretty strange stuff going on upstairs at the exchange, though. Something to do with this old project that the powers that be have got on the go again. A project now called FLATLINE. Something to do with making telephone calls to the dead.
It is all going to end very badly indeed, especially for Gary Charlton Cheese.
This is undoubtedly one of Robert Rankin’s darker novels and while it features gruesome murder, black magic, unfaithful zombie lovers, feuding aliens and double-dealing tricksters, its rollercoaster plot lacks not for “gallows humour”. Mr Rankin, however, wishes to make it absolutely clear that the views expressed by the fictional narrator, notorious psychotic necromancer Gary Charlton Cheese, are not his own. Mr Rankin has never raised the dead, nor murdered people on the grounds that they were ugly. Nor has he ever worked for the GPO as a bulbsman, although he did come close, back in the nineteen-seventies.

Eat your heart out, Philip K Dick.
Robert Rankin is uniquely off-the-wall, unparalleled in his eccentricity: there’s no other comic fantasy author like him. Thank heavens for that. — David Langford



The Garden of Unearthly Delights

by Robert Rankin

HOLD ONTO YOUR HEAD, YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE AGE OF AQUARIUS.
In a world ruled by magic, one man has to live by his wits alone. That man is Maxwell Karrien and he has been flung forward in time, from our Age into quite another.
For human history is composed of Ages. The Stone Age. The Iron Age. The Bronze Age. And later, The Age of Reason, The Age of Steam and The Age of Technology. But no-one was expecting that The Age of Technology would unexpectedly come to an end, to be replaced by The Age of Magic.
An Age of heroes and heroines, magic and myth, wizardry and wonder.
So Maxwell – now Max Carrion, Imagineer – is plunged into a world of Reg-Varney-worshipping cargo-cultists, camp knights, gorgeous news-crumpet, cricket-playing animal gods and hidden cities, and sets out to make his way in this new world with some mystification, but not without good intentions. The problem is, as ever it was, that the man with good intentions can so often really screw things up. With hilarious consequences. And when Maxwell finds himself forced by an evil soul-stealing magician to embark upon an esoteric quest, the potential for disastrous mis-adventures is given full head.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights is Robert Rankin’s loving homage to the Dying Earth novels of Jack Vance: novels that greatly influenced the young Rankin when he read them as a child in the 1950s.
Although now recognised to be a classic in the fields of both Far Fetched Fiction and Science Fantasy, The Garden of Unearthly Delights was initially disliked by Rankin’s then publisher and unappreciated by critics, who were taken aback by the author’s foray into Fantasy Fiction. However the author considers it to be one of the best books he has ever written and upon preparing the typescript for publication as an ebook, he found little or nothing that he wished to change and being the big old softy that he is, he even had a little cry at the end.
It is to be hoped that at last this little-known masterpiece (“Under-rated book by an under-rated author” – 5-star review by A. Customer, amazon.co.uk) will receive the wider audience and appreciation that it so rightly deserves, and if you don’t believe us, check out the book’s other 5-star reviews right here on amazon!



Into the New (Unsung Heroes)

by Curt Knull

The Arab Alliance will do anything to get their hands on The Project to turn it into a weapon. It’s up to Colonel Hanson, Doc Abrams, and the rest of the team to make sure that doesn’t happen.



Test Flight (Unsung Heroes)

by Curt Knull

Unsung Heroes is a series of science fiction short stories about man’s first attempts into the stars. The series takes place about twenty years in the future, the late 2030’s. The geopolitical landscape is not inconceivable considering the state of the world’s affairs at the current time.
If you’re looking for high-tech military adventure with a dose of geopolitical intrigue, I urge you to check out this series.



Crossbreed 6

by Samantha J Wright

Crossbreed 6 is a spicy selection of six short paranormal Syfy stories for all those curious fantasaical minds out thereâ?¦

Born Again – A boy falls into a swimming pool at a family gathering and has no pulse or respiration for over twenty five minutes. Miraculously the doctors are able to revive him but his parents soon discover that he is not the boy he once was. In fact he seems to be someone else entirelyâ?¦

Chasing the Dream – After submitting himself to experimental procedures to raise money for his father’s lifesaving surgery, Arturo is plagued by unusual side effects. Is it the treatment or could it be something really unexpected?

Meta man – After the destruction of our home world mankind becomes a nomadic race before finally settling down on Earth MK4. Our forgotten past becomes quite the obsession and haunts our every waking moment. There are just too many questions compounded by a variety of myths. We want the truthâ?¦so when a long lost fragment of Earth is discovered spinning through space Jerome Frost, head of the Terrestrial History Division is sent to uncover the truth.

Mosaic – At the site of historical importance a Greek goddess seduces an archaeologist.

The Trench – An underwater dive doesn’t quite go as planned – BIG TIME!
Voicemail – Ever wonder how you reached a certain point in your life? Ever think that you would play it differently given half the chance? That’s the situation facing a man called George. DUI he loses everything. All he wants is the chance to make it right.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Originally from Staffordshire, Samantha J Wright moved to Northern Ireland 18 years ago where she now lives with her two children. Although she has worked in other fields (such as retail and accountancy) and is training to be a counsellor, she has always had the urge to write and has done so for personal pleasure over the last few decades.

In 2010 she decided to have a real stab at writing something publishable which resulted in her first novel, The Sands of Carsaig. Night Chorus shortly followed (a sequel to the first) as well as a compilation of short stories all of which are available on Amazon.

During her early teens she was an avid reader of the sci-fi genre with its many and varied subcategories. This stayed with her throughout adulthood but up until now has actually never filtered through to her novels.

“To me sci-fi has a much greater scope for the imagination which holds unique appeal for me as both writer and reader. It made sense then that I should eventually go down this route and produce something which harked back to my earlier days of reading Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov, ” she says.

“This and the transformation of my spirituality over the years combined with my avid interest in the newly discovered comet Ison spawned the seeds of my latest creation The Ison Delusion. It was such a joy to write that after completion I immediately started work on another sci-fi which as of yet is unnamed. Watch this space for detailsâ?¦ “

The last few years have not been easy in many respects. Issues in her personal life unfortunately had an impact on her ability to write – not least the death of her husband by suicide.

“After a difficult and stressful time I’ve eventually found my buzz again and am eager to see what lies just over the horizon. Ideas are once again coming thick and fast and I am relieved to discover that the creative side of me has not been lost.”



Escape from Tekmar

by Kiti Lappi

When their ship develops a malfunction and they have to land on the colony planet Tekmar all Rahan expects is a short holiday, and the chance to spend some time away from the other member of their two man crew, his commanding officer. That other guy will be confined to the ship for the duration of their visit due to being a member of a branch of humanity which has been genetically engineered to the point where they are no longer the same species, something the locals strongly disapprove of.

Then he meets a pretty girl, and things seem to improve even more. But the girl is not telling him everything, and next thing he knows he is a fugitive on a world where everyone could be an enemy.

And with no help coming Rahan finds himself solely responsible for something important, important to him personally. It’s all up to him now.



The Project (Unsung Heroes)

by Curt Knull

Before mankind can expand into the stars, some things need to be taken care of at home first. Hostile government’s have gained knowledge of the faster than light research aboard the Lunar space station and wish to gain access to it to utilize its potential as a weapon. It will be up to Hanson, “Doc” Abrams and other members of the project to keep it out of their reach.



A DARKER 6

by Samantha J Wright

From the author of â??The Sands of Carsaig,’ this is a collection of flash fiction that delves into the realms of, what if?

Supernatural powers, freaks of nature, alien life forms and alternate realities, you’ll find them all here in this superb anthology.

Tsilbora – An alien salvage vessel makes a sinister discovery in a little known region of space.

Outcast – In South West Africa a man of the Awakani tribe dies and suspicion immediately falls upon his wife, a captive taken from an enemy tribe. His family brings her before the rest of tribe where a witchdoctor will use his occult powers to ascertain her guilt. But what will his powerful witchcraft uncover? And will the spirits let her live?

Abubble – When prospects for both Earth and Petra look bleak, she volunteers along with hundreds of others, for what will in all likelihood be a suicide mission. The mission directive is to find a suitable replacement for Earth that can be colonized successfully before Earth’s sun goes nova. Caldar 6 where Petra is headed seems to be a likely candidate. But it can only work as long as she survives the journey and finds the planet uninhabitedâ?¦

The Answer – When fifteen year old Dean starts hearing strange noises that no one else can hear, those around him believe his dysfunctional home life and tragic family history are to blame. Sorely troubled by the fact that no one believes him, Dean sets out to uncover the truth himself. But sometimes the truth can be hard to swallow – especially when it’s not what you expect.

Dreamwalker – Few Native Americans have the ability to walk in the dreams of others, but Meoquanee has possessed this skill since early childhood. Now that she has reached adulthood her people face the threat of annihilation at the hand of the white man’s advancing forces. Can she use her powers to save her people and stop the cycle of blood shed?

Pathways – What if Tyler could change just one minor decision? Would it make a difference to his life? A story of alternate timelines, exploring the question of what if?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Originally from Staffordshire, Samantha J Wright moved to Northern Ireland 18 years ago where she now lives with her two children. Although she has worked in other fields (such as retail and accountancy) and is training to be a counsellor, she has always had the urge to write and has done so for personal pleasure over the last few decades.

In 2010 she decided to have a real stab at writing something publishable which resulted in her first novel, The Sands of Carsaig. Night Chorus shortly followed (a sequel to the first) as well as a compilation of short stories all of which are available on Amazon.

During her early teens she was an avid reader of the sci-fi genre with its many and varied subcategories. This stayed with her throughout adulthood but up until now has actually never filtered through to her novels.

“To me sci-fi has a much greater scope for the imagination which holds unique appeal for me as both writer and reader. It made sense then that I should eventually go down this route and produce something which harked back to my earlier days of reading Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov, ” she says.

“This and the transformation of my spirituality over the years combined with my avid interest in the newly discovered comet Ison spawned the seeds of my latest creation The Ison Delusion. It was such a joy to write that after completion I immediately started work on another sci-fi which as of yet is unnamed. Watch this space for detailsâ?¦ “

The last few years have not been easy in many respects. Issues in her personal life unfortunately had an impact on her ability to write – not least the death of her husband by suicide.

“After a difficult and stressful time I’ve eventually found my buzz again and am eager to see what lies just over the horizon. Ideas are once again coming thick and fast and I am relieved to discover that the creative side of me has not been lost.”



Difficult Times – Season Two – Extermination – Episode 39 (Difficult Times – Extermination)

by Walter Shillington

After a short and bloody war the Krimacian invaders face defeat. For Earth, however, victory is bitter-sweet. Prohibited weapons were employed and both sides have been convicted of war crimes. Severe reprisals are imminent.

This weekly serial chronicles the adventures of Billy Trapp as he struggles

to convince his former foes to cooperate in Earths efforts to avoid annihilation. Each exciting, fun-filled installment contains approximately two thousand words.

In this episode Bill and Cattick prepare for the final offensive.

Season one of Difficult Times has been compiled into one ebook called Difficult Times – An Alien Invasion Serial – The Complete First Season.



THE GARDEN

by Paul Harry

THIS IS THE “G” RATED VERSION of The Garden, The Unauthorized Biography of Adam and Eve–and suitable for all audiences. To see reviews please visit amzn.to/X2QtFH.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Adam and Eve are two modern day humans living on the planet Mirra, a world filled with all the conveniences of a space-faring civilized society. Adam is a genetic research scientist and Eve,a medical doctor. Married with grown children the two are quite comfortable in their vocations, but looking to expand their horizons. This yearning leads them to apply for an internship as the new Planetary Progressors for Terran, an earth-like world reeling from the insurgency of the Tro^axk rebellion–a rebellion that has thrown Terran into a quagmire of despair and decay.

With their acceptance to the program, Adam and Eve have no real idea what lies ahead, but after three years of intense training they are sent across the universe to take command of a planet that has grown stagnate in time. Awakening naked in a pyramid temple upon a garden peninsula called Eden, Adam and Eve begin their mission: A mission destined to transform Terran from the backwards cultural cesspool it has become and one designed to prepare its inhabitants for the next coming evolutionary epoch. The only obstacle, Mikatta, the planet’s previous despot ruler and the tribes he holds under his spell.                                                                                                                         
If you’ve ever wondered who Adam and Eve really were then this story will enlighten you as no other. It is the precursor to everything you have been led to believe.

THE GARDEN

A Love Story
A Saga of Good vs Evil
The Beginning of Humanity’s Historic Journey



Pintogabs, The Charmer VS. Bagsz, The Book-Ripper

by Ujjwal Khadka

Pintogabs is confronted with an unrelenting menace: Bagsz, a book-ripper, who has wrecked havoc to his books (and hence life), which compels him to come up with an idea (or invention) that helps him upholster his resolves to bring his perpetrator to justice, and in the process also helps him rid himself of such wrathâ?¦

Ages: 9 and up.



Pariahs (The Voyage Home Series)

by Kenneth Cluff

Episode 1 of the Voyage Home Series

Barred from serving his country because of his religious beliefs, Ty Weiss must make a choiceâ?¦

Follow his faith or follow his dreams.

When that choice is overtaken by events, he must draw upon all his skills to survive overwhelming odds in a lopsided space battle that takes place around Man’s original home, Earthâ?¦



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