Free science fiction Kindle books for 03 Aug 16

The Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connolly on the Interstellar Railroad Vol. 1: Skint Idjit

by Felix R. Savage

Fletcher Connolly hasn’t got a lot to lose. Since he, and half the galaxy, signed on to the rat race of the technological relics trade, Fletch has long since come to terms with the idea that he will join the ranks of the unlucky explorers that perish lightyears from home without a dime to his name.

As the first mate of an old, decrepit exploration ship–the Skint Idjit–things can’t get much worse. As if that isn’t enough, he has a hard time convincing himself his luck is bound to change when he finds himself stranded on the planet Suckass, on a remote branch of the Interstellar Railroad. With his new assignment an unlikely candidate to hide alien treasures, true to his personality, Fletch settles down to work on his tan.

But when disaster strikes and a member of his crew is killed, Fletch finds himself torn between loyalty to the surviving crew and the siren song of an unsuspected trove of A-tech.

Can Fletch save the Skint Idjit and her crew from a horrible death? Or will he ignore their dying screams and laugh all the way to the bank?

Volume 2 of the Interstellar Railroad series, Intergalactic Bogtrotter, is now available!



Portals: Volume Five

by Eva Caye

Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.

Enter, and you’ll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot â?¦ at their enemies and at romance!

Contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.



Schlock! Webzine Vol. 10, Issue 4

by Dave Ludford

And a very merry Lammastide to all our readers! Which provides a good opportunity to draw your attention to the Lammas Eve edition of Lovecraftiana, now available from www.lulu.com

This week, Dave Ludford has a story of an invalid’s venture into demon-keeping. Next comes Gregory KH Bryant’s continuation of Illara’s quest for Sherman in Schiaparelli City, Mars. Richard D Price returns to Schlock!â??this time he’s riding the Time Train. We also have a story of monstrous maternalism from Konstantine Paradias. Stephen Hernandez reviews a novel by James E Parsons. Sandro Fossemò follows with a Gothic poem. And after this is a weird tale from Scandinavian folklore.

20,000 Leagues under the Sea, the Nautilus makes the journey from Cape Horn to the Amazon. And in The String of Pearls, we learn of the life and love of the spectacle maker’s daughter.



SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE: The Reluctant Gladiator (Alien Invasion and Abduction) (SciFi Romantic Short Stories)

by Diana Riddle

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Ever since her mother died, Maria has thrown herself into her swimming career. It gives her a purpose, and a reason to build a relationship with her father that had not existed when her mother was alive. But now she’s twenty years old, training for the olympics, and wondering who she is as a person. Swimming has been her entire life. Who is she?

Corbyn is from the planet of Troupe. He is a part of the Resistance Party, the political party in opposition to the barbaric gladiatorial games of Pym, that happen once a month on Troupe. The dragon shifters of Troupe are chosen at random, and fight to the death. The winner is â??gifted’ with a human female. When Corbyn is forced to participate by the evil prime minister, he is gifted Maria. Will he take her unjustly against his morals, or will they become fugitives together?

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EXCERPT FROM BOOK

On this particular day, Mikhail had called Corbyn into his office. It was not entirely unusual for the head of parties to meet, but they rarely spoke. Corbyn sat with his legs crossed in the chair in front of Mikhail’s desk. It was a tall desk, unnecessarily so, meant to intimidate those who sat in front of it as the prime minister towered over them. Corbyn was not bothered by it. He folded his hands in his lap and waited for his former friend to speak.

“I wanted to thank you for coming in,” Mikhail began. He adjusted the knot in his tie. He wore an impeccably tailored charcoal suit, in stark contrast to Corbyn’s typical uniform of a shabby cardigan and corduroys.

“I always have time for you, Prime Minister. What is it you wanted to see me about? There is no planned filibuster this week if that is what you wanted to know.”

Mikhail smiled thinly at Corbyn. His eyes burned red whenever he smiled, a haunting precursor to his shifting state.

“Very courteous of you to inform me,” Mikhail said. “But that is not the reason I called you in. In fact, I called you in as a courtesy as well. I wanted to inform you in person of your name being pulled from the stone goblet of Pym.”

“You know perfectly well that I will not be participating,” Corbyn said. “The basis of my party platform is explicitly against the gladiatorial ways of our fine planet. And you know that government leaders are exempt.”

“Indeed that was true until last special session. There was an addendum to the spending bill.”

“I saw no such addendum.”

“It stated,” Mikhail said, ignoring Corbyn. “That no longer shall members of government be exempt from Pym’s Choice. I called you in here to let you know that you will be a part of a historical moment. The first leader of the Resistance Party to step into the arena.”

“Mikhail…what is this?”

“I don’t know what you mean.”

“What do you intend to achieve by trying to force me into Pym? Political embarrassment?”

“I believe you know perfectly well what the punishment for refusing the call of the goblet is.”

“You intend to jail me?”

“Of course not,” Mikhail said, touching his hand to his tie knot in a gesture of mock horror. “I wouldn’t dream of it. I expect you to participate. As a member of your planet’s government, and a sworn upholder of its laws, I can only expect you to conform to said laws.”

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a 8,000 word stand-alone story with an HEA, so no cliff-hangers! Story contains mature themes and language, and is intended for 18+ readers only.



The Liberty Fleet Trilogy (War of Alien Aggression, box set two)

by A.D. Bloom

The Liberty Fleet Trilogy – After victory in the 2164-2165 War, Humanity expands into the territory of an Imperium that has sworn to destroy them. The first shots of the new war echo through the surrounding systems as Humanity’s neighboring species must choose sides and fight with or against the local cluster’s newest upstart rebels.
2166 – FORCE LIBERTY
Ram Devlin of the Staas Company Privateers ventures to Shedir-4 with the attack carrier Hardway and a new UN battleship. Pursued by a devastating Imperium warship, they seek allies and technology. Staas Company and the UN will stop at nothing to acquire what Earth needs to protect itself, but their gunboat diplomacy could cripple Humanity’s expansion by marking us as the galaxy’s most dangerous savages. Ram Devlin can’t allow that to happen, but before he can take control and bend the arc of history with his own hands, he’ll have to defeat an Imperium warship that possesses a devastating weapon and displays no vulnerability.
2166 – BATTLE OF SHEDIR
Captain Garlan Foet signs on with Ram Devlin’s Privateers and travels to the home of the insect Shediri to reinforce the UN’s Task Force Liberty against an impeding attack on Humanity’s only allies. There are secret reasons Garlan was chosen for this mission, but a captain’s first duty is to his crew. There’s no room for anything else once the battle begins.
As they and the Shediri prepare to meet a superior battlegroup in a fight they’re expected to lose, Ram Devlin of the carrier Hardway and Captain Chun Ye Men of the battleship Guerrero must come to grips with the fact that the stated purpose of their task force was a lie all along. The only option now is to find a way to make the lies they’ve been sold into the truth
2166 – DEVLIN’S WAR
Devlin’s Privateers and the battleship UNS Guerrero enlist the aid of the Shediri to breach space and transit to the home system of their newest enemy, the Ekkai. If Commodore Ram Devlin wants to prevent the freshly completed Privateer and UN fleet from annihilating all life on the enemy homeworld, then there’s no option for him but to advance ahead of the Earth invasion forces to engage the sprawling and stealthy Ekkai home fleet in battle and beat them into surrender with Task Force Liberty.

$2.99 box set, books 1-5 The War of Alien Aggression (550 pages, the complete war with the Squidies from the first shot to the last) available now.
$2.99 box set, books 6-8 The Liberty Fleet Trilogy (377 pages), (.99 cents on pre-sale, $2.99 after that.)
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Books in the War of Alien Aggression series in chronological order:
Hardway (Book 1)
Kamikaze (Book 2)
Lancer (Book 3)
Dreadnought 2165 (Book 3.5)
Taipan (Book 4)
Combat Salvage 2165 (Book 4.5)
Cozen’s War (Book 5)
2166 – Force Liberty (Book 6)
2166 – Battle of Shedir (Book 7)
2166 – Devlin’s War (Book 8) The Otherworld Rebellion (available 1/1/16)



The Button

by Nicholas Ponticello

A button that can destroy the world. The one man that guards itâ??and the enemy within.

One of acclaimed author Nicholas Ponticello’s earliest works, The Button originally appeared online in 2006, one of two short stories describing the dark relationship between humans and the world they’ve created. Nearly a decade laterâ??and for the first time in e-book formatâ??this revised edition offers readers a rare glimpse into Ponticello’s psyche in the years preceding the publication of his recent hit novel: Do Not Resuscitate.

Available for instant download through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, or for purchase in Kindle format on Amazon.com.



The Stutterer

by R.R. Merliss

A man can be killed by a toy gunâ??he can die of fright, for heart attacks can kill. What, then, is the deadly thing that must be sealed away, forever locked in buried concreteâ??a thing or an idea?



Liminal: A Short Story

by Anna M. Donaldson

Six Liminal always knew she was different. That she was weird. She didn’t really understand what her abilites were until she started learning to use them. Only by learning to use them will she be able to save the world from a supernatural force that only Six and other liminals can fight. Downside is, Six and West are the only known remaining “liminals” on the planet.



World in a Bottle

by Allen Lang

Star-crossed? Worse than that! Even Earth
itself was hopelessly out of reach for these
landlocked space-travelers who lived in aâ??
World in a Bottle



OMNI: An Outer Space Adventure

by Harriet Darling

Get your copy of this exciting new science fiction novella for Young Adults

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.

OMNI is a depiction of what we may be in store for when a new alien culture is discovered!

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