Free science fiction Kindle books for 28 May 17

RoboSuicide

by Steven Orlowski

You’re mostly human, implanted with technology to improve your life. If it works, awesome. If not, you’ll have to trigger the RoboSuicide Sequence, a kind of self-destruct mode that’ll convert you to 100% Artificial Intelligence. Your consciousness will be gone. But no one will be able to tell the difference. Welcome to the Future.



Tor.com Publishing’s Summer of Space Opera Sampler

by Spencer Ellsworth

Blast off into adventure with psychic powers, half-human revolutions, haunted luxury spaceships, murderous sentient robots, and genetic experiments. Check out excerpts from five short works that will be lighting up the stars in Summer 2017. Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth, The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison, Acadie by Dave Hutchinson, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, and Killing Gravity by Corey J. White.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.



The Lonesome Tide (Trajectory Book 3)

by Cassie Rhodes

Twenty years from today, the world careens further along today’s path to tragedy. Trajectory unfolds a harrowed future, one where nightmares take tea and dreams dissolve in the rising tides of insurrection. Weaving the eerie passions of magical realism into a dilapidating dystopia, this quilt of interlacing stories offers a gleaming lens through which to view the world and thus the shortfall between the dreams we inspire and the reality we plunder.

In the somberness of a world winding down, eight individuals must find one another, in the darkness, over the wall separating what will and what might, and even through the Veil itself, to avert the perdition to which previous generations have sentenced them.



From the Earth: A Future Chronology Anthology

by D.W. Patterson

Excerpt From “War Through the Pines”

March 13, 2055

In March the US launched air strikes on the Turkish army advancing into Poland. Casualties were high. In April the Germans moved against the Poles with the encouragement of the Turks. The Russians, left weakened after years of a bad economy, refused to be drawn into the struggle. By May the British with an almost intact air force entered the war against the coalition, flying sorties against the advancing German armies in Poland.
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Amir Atakan held the rank of Ustegaman in the Turkish military, equivalent to a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force. He had been in his battle suit now for two days without relief. The attacks from the air and the supply difficulties had finally caught up with the Turkish forces.

Amir had watched in disbelief as the Poles had deliberately destroyed their power system. He could understand such actions from a military strategy point of view. But such deliberate destruction not only affected military combatants but also the civilian population. The Poles were willing to endanger the lives of their families, their wives and children. Would he have the nerve to do such things if Turkey were threatened? He didn’t know. One part of him admired the Poles dedication, the civilized part of him was repulsed.

But he had more immediate worries. His battery pack was getting dangerously low. Without that power he would be stuck in this field without defenses. He had called for a backup supply but they were certainly taking their time.

Then he saw movement at the edge of the field. He saw the Polish soldiers emerge from the woods. But he relaxed when he saw they weren’t carrying anything other than their assault rifles. The battle suit could easily handle those weapons, thought Amir.

He went to work.

As usual the Poles were dropping with ease. The suit could take on more than two dozen targets at a time and coordinate the return fire. With Amir focusing on the battle he didn’t notice the soft alarm as the battle suit begin to shut down. The bullets slamming the suit’s bulletproof sheathing began to sound like a hard rain as the suit went silent.

Then the Poles stopped firing as they noticed the battle suit had stopped. Amir was feverishly working to extricate himself from the suit when he saw one of the Poles stand up and walk toward him. In the suit he stood nearly six feet above the head of the approaching Pole. Amir could see the young man’s face. He saw him detach a grenade from the grenade belt which he wore across his shoulder like a sling. Amir was transfixed as the young man pulled the pin from the grenade and gently laid it at the suit’s feet. He then slowly backpedaled, all the while staring fiercely into Amir’s eyes. Then Amir saw another Polish soldier approaching reaching for a grenade, then Amir saw the first young man and the approaching soldier hit the ground, then Amir felt the concussive force of the explosion at his feet and saw the field disappear in smoke and flying debris, and that was the last he saw.

The five stories in Volume 1 of the Future Chronology Series of short stories “From the Earth” follows members of the extended family from Earth to the farthest reaches of the Asteroid Belt.

A future Volume 2, “To the Stars”, will continue the chronicles as the Jackson family leads the rest of mankind to the stars.

This is hard science fiction, old-school.

Volume 1:
Whatsoever You Do (Near Future)
War Through the Pines (Near Future)
Vigilance (22nd Century)
To Tend and Watch Over (22nd Century)
Union (23rd Century)

Volume 2:
Circle of Retribution (24th Century)
Freedom from Want (25th Century)
Breakup (25th Century)
Kuiper Station (28th Century)
The Cloud (29th Century)
First Interstellar (30th Century)



The Tourney (Rulers of Sandar Trilogy)

by Juliet Sem

The Tourney…
Crown Princess Keestu Ranell of Sandar, a member of the Union, has been invited to witness The Tourney in the Autocracy, where hand-to-hand combat will determine that society’s leaders for the next generation. In addition to viewing their battles for succession, Keestu must negotiate a trade agreement between the Autocracy and the Union.

A dangerous journey…
The trip does not begin well as Keestu and her handmaiden find themselves facing dozens of sharp-toothed alien attackers on the Union’s space station when they are unarmed and have nowhere to hide.

Stranded on an alien world…
While visiting a planet ruled by a hostile and reviled king, Keestu and her entourage are attacked. Injured and alone, Keestu makes plans to escape and complete her mission, but can she do it before her disappearance causes an interstellar war?

” Keestu watched in horror as the short sword of another man came down on Tenget’s left arm, severing it just above the elbow. Tenget screamed, reflexively kicking out at the man who’d maimed him as he fell to the ground, blood spurting from the wound.

Seeing Tenget gravely injured and that they were now greatly outnumbered, Gontu turned to Keestu, yelling the one word she never thought she’d hear from him. “Run!” “

Book 1 The Tourney
Book 2 Crisis on Sandar
Book 3 Contested Crown



The Society Builders

by Anthony Puyo

The Society Builders is a lot of things. In one hand, it’s a love story between people and their electronics/computers, and how that relationship in the future has grown to the point of bodily integration. In the other hand, it’s a story of deceit and betrayal from those who feel they have free reign over the world.
Caught in between both these pressing issues, is a man who sees the loss of the human soul through innovation. **Note: This is an ARC copy. It was a very late entry into the StorytellerUK2017 contest, so I had to submit without proper editing. But if you read the reviews, it seems the story is not lost with the very few and minor glitches. For this reason, I’m offering this book for 99 cents till proper editing is complete in a couple of weeks. Give it a shot by reading the forward. Most people have gotten hooked by it. Enjoy and wish me luck!



Rise of the Branded (The Scar of the Downers Book 2)

by Scott Keen

Pursued into the wild by the soldiers of Ungstah, former slave Crik and the other freed Downers encounter the magical and terrifying nature of their world. They face spectral Shepherds, man-eating Rukmush, and the ancient giants of the earth. When two of their group are captured, Crik is distraught and powerless.

Meanwhile back in the city, Durgan, former Captain of the King’s Guard who allowed Crik and his friends to escape from Ungstah, is now a Downer, one of the Branded. Amid the murmurings of an uprising among the Branded, Durgan just wants to be left alone to search for his missing son. But in the process, he discovers how dark the powers of Sulfus the king truly are. Durgan must take a stand in the coming war between the Branded and the powerful armies of Sulfus.

To kill any hope of escape for the city’s Branded, the army comes after Crik and his friends to make an example of them. The answers for Durgan, Crik and freedom for all Downers lie hidden in the dark recesses of the Northern Reaches, in the treacherous places Crik and his companions are about to enter.



Adam’s Tiger (Adam’s Chronicles Book 3)

by Lawrence Lapin

The epic survival tale continues, as Book III of Adam’s Chronicles moves 500 years into the future. Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to bring back animals and plantsâ??and mankind itselfâ??is nearing its conclusion.

Humans make a small footprint in this renewed world, though ecological disaster is expected from explosive population growth. Changes are in the works, troubles are brewing, and Adam Boatwright worries about the future.

The long-lived geneticist discourages mankind from again ruining the planet. His immediate goal is to make life more robust while improving Earth’s platform for future evolution. In doing so, he would bring back animals driven to extinction by early humans, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats.

This book follows the pattern of earlier books in Adam’s Chronicles. It unfolds like an action adventure thriller, and science continues to be the major theme. Yet the story is non-technical in nature, all discussed in ordinary language as part of an exciting saga. As easy to read as a newspaper, this book places major emphasis on controlled evolution. Always, a main focus is on human actions and relationships.

As with other books in the series, the continuing story combines science with conjecture, mystery, thrills, and intrigue. It is also a tale of a great love, told as if it were true. The heroic scientist is a long-term widower who has found rejuvenating love. His new wife Breeze behaves much like her great-great-… grandmother, Vera (Adam’s earlier wife). She rekindles her ancestor’s driving force and contributes mightily to this realistic science-fiction romance adventure. Their story is told in everyday language with minimal magic while emphasizing science. It is part serious medical thriller and part romantic science fiction, though there is little need to suspend disbelief. The story flows like a true first-person biography.

Adam seems bigger than life, like an actual person who magically steps out of a movie screen amidst an action adventure thriller. Many would label him a superhero, though not in a physical sense. The medical doctor and geneticist is on a long mission to resurrect the planet’s ecosystem, a gargantuan task best led by a person who does not age. And like popular superheroes, Adam Boatwright must cope with enemies. He must keep his true age a secret, lest others learn how to stop aging. Therefore, Adam continues to masquerade as a normal aging person and to fake his death. That is the only way to detract would-be traffickers in immortality, a universal attractor that in wrong hands could bring destruction of life as we know it.



Dimension Shift (Hammer’s War Book 2)

by James McEwan

Dimension Shift is the second book of an ongoing series of books set in the Starguard Universe created by John McEwan. Dimension Shift continues the high-octane adventures of Thaddeus Hammer. Thad is alone and being hunted by the most dangerous man in a bizarre new universe. To his horror Thad learns the stalker is his alternative self.
How can Thad outsmart himself and get back home? The answer lies in keeping his father, Dr. Hammer, alive for he alone holds the secret to traveling between dimensions.
Doing so requires Thad to not only protect Dr. Hammer, but to do hand to hand with some of the nastiest low-life space scum in any universe. Aliens, criminals, you name it. Thad is their target, led by his evil alter ego who is determined to obliterate him.
Can Thaddeus Hammer overcome an entire universe, including himself? Find out in Dimension Shift, a wild new space adventure from author James McEwan. You will be glad you came along for the ride. It is as exciting as Hammer’s War-Forging the Hammer, the first in the series of the Hammer saga. In addition, it adds new dimensions, literally, to his voyage into the unknown.



Eden Can Wait, Episode 1: Down the Rabbit Hole

by Ray N. Kuili

THE OPENING EPISODE OF A NEW SCIFI MYSTERY

Do you remember how you felt watching the first season of LOST? That’s this book, Episode 1. – Amazon reader review

When a young Boston reporter Ryan West finds himself unemployed and his reputation damaged as a result of an unsanctioned journalistic investigation, he starts looking for alternative ways to pay his bills. Soon his search takes him into a strange world of a mysterious scientific experiment conducted by a secretive organization. Hired to play an odd character 24/7, Ryan doesn’t know that he is about to discover one of the most daring experiments ever conductedâ??and the chilling truth behind it.



Excalibur

by Tim Marquitz

The alien menace that nearly wiped out all life in allied space has returned, and only disgraced Captain Marek Albion knows it.

He and the crew of the Excalibur, an older generation alien craft found abandoned in an asteroid field, stumble across a plot by the bugs to seek vengeance for their earlier defeat. With no help from the military, Albion must track down the invaders and stop them before their destructive plan hatches and plunges all of humanity into a war it cannot win.



Vaporized: Space Invasion Thriller

by Simon Rosser

For Amber Lee, a lawyer working in London, the thought of the approaching long bank holiday weekend fills her with joy. A chance to catch up with old friends, and generally relax. But as the weekend gets underway, news starts filtering through of objects from space entering Earth’s atmosphere. As Saturday morning unfolds, Amber will soon wish that the long weekend never arrived…

AN INEXPLICABLE CELESTIAL EVENT…

When the two unidentified objects are tracked heading towards Earth’s polar regions, NORAD, launches interceptor ballistic missiles to neutralize the mystery objects from space. The incoming objects appear to take evasive action however, and ground-based seismographs confirm that something has actually landed at the poles.

EARTH’S WATER VAPORIZED…

Amber awakes in the middle of the night following a disturbing dream. The next morning, she, along with the rest of the world, hears about the strange, and unique, apocalyptic event that occurred during the early hours of the morning.

CIVILIZATION IN RUINS…

24 hours after the event, things take a sinister turn. Amber notices weird phenomena occurring in the luxury apartment building she is renting from her absent uncle. Water seems to be defying gravity, and the building appears to be abandoned. Amber quickly realizes that an extinction event appears to have struck London, and she sets off on a quest to reach home, and to find out what has happened. She soon discovers however that she is alone in a new and terrifying post apocalyptic world. With society in tatters and with no evidence of survivors, Amber’s journey home soon turns into a fight for her very survival as she contemplates the unbelievable possibility, that an alien invasion of Earth might be underway and that she might be the last girl left on the planet…

Vaporized, is for anyone who enjoys a mix of science fiction, adventure, suspense and horror. Suspend your disbelief for a while, jump into Amber’s shoes and enjoy the ride…!

Themes covered in the book;

* Alien Invasion
* Space
* Extinction
* Mystery
* Lone female survivor
* Science Fiction Adventure



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