When you enter a Mind, you never know what you will find. Some entry codes look like something cobbled together from kindergarten exercises. Others would take a genius to crack, even after the decay of death has set in. What you hope you’ll find is something reasonably organized.
Engineers or mathematicians are the most efficient, but their minds can be…unusual. You might find a long hallway, lined on both sides with file cabinets, each one appropriately labeled—and yet all of the cabinets flash with a kaleidoscope of colors. Some orderly minds have a library with tiers of books, several stories high, but the shelves sway and hum as though they have a life of their own.
Tomorrow, my sci-fi novelette PROMETHEUS goes live on Amazon.com. To give you a treat, here is the PROMETHEUS official book trailer, plus the first chapter from the book. Want to read more? The ebook is only $2.99!
Do you like free books? Me too! This summer, Enclave Publishing has been releasing a number of books for free. I've read one so far (BY DARKNESS HID by Jill Williamson) and have several more on my Kindle to read. (Guess who's gonna leap at the chance to run on the treadmill in order to read some new fiction?)
Of course, many of these books are the first in a series, hence the giveaway. "Like the first book? Buy the rest of the series!" Which I'm happy to do if I like the first book, so there's no problem there for me.
Here's a sampling of the titles available for free:
1. I think people do sci-fi a huge disservice by lumping it as some sort of bizarre subculture genre when I think everybody's lives are impacted by sci-fi at some point.
2. It's ironic: In movies, the most successful films of all time have been sci-fi or fantasy. By far. But a lot of people won't even read science fiction books.
He was here, Kade thought. Somewhere amidst the well-pressed suits and the glittering gowns was the man whom Kade sought. It seemed as though every celebrity had descended upon this bright spinning station in Earth’s orbit. Glass walled the circular room, and, beyond it, a sea of lights sparkled in the darkness, and the moon hung like a gray pearl, so large that it dominated the view in one direction.
Esgarion was said to be the last bastion of real civilization, for the colonies of the moon, Venus, and Mars possessed all the roughness and resilience of the frontier. Esgarion was the Ellis Island of Earth, the international passage to and from the Mother Planet and the colonies. It was also a favorite meeting place of the wealthy and influential from all nations, and the United System events on Esgarion kept a fragile peace amongst the powerful nations who had interests in the colonies.
Every two hundred fifty years, the OnOff star relights. During its period of warmth, the Spiders who live on the planet below emerge from their Deepnesses and rebuild their world for the few decades before the OnOff star falls back into the darkness of its dormancy. This Lighting, however, is different. Two star-faring human races—the trade-loving Qeng Ho and the crafty Emergents—await the event, each hoping to be the first to contact the Spiders at the appropriate time. But before long, treachery threatens their very existence, and a web of deceit and plots tangle toward a final confrontation in which the Spiders themselves play a major role in the fate of all.
I said I would periodically review books of note within the speculative fiction category, so here's the latest: my Goodreads review on Writers of the Future, Volume 29. Since it's an anthology, I did mini-reviews on each of the following stories:
Many years ago, I discovered the Writers of the Future contest, a quarterly competition for today’s new sci-fi and fantasy authors. I’ve entered every quarter for the last four quarters, and, although I have not placed in the competition yet, I have enjoyed getting to know the Writers of the Future atmosphere through the anthologies of the twelve winning stories of each year. The stories are short, so you can read each one in about a half-hour to an hour. They also vary in tone, talent, and content, which (for me) is half the fun.
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