Shivering in sodden furs, Koragh stared out of the cave as hurried clouds shed fetid streams.
“The gods must be angry.” His mate whispered from behind as their child suckled. “Can you hunt?”
“We must.” He growled as he hefted the spear, its precious stone tip glistening in the dampness.
It has been sometime since I’ve been both surprised and sucked into a space opera. I was surprised because I felt this tale starts rather slowly, but builds momentum rapidly. I wasn’t prepared to like it after the first few pages. Then, I started to enjoy and, more importantly, emphasize, with the characters. There are more than a few twists that add to the enjoyment.
The Ness sisters are interesting heroines, but I found myself rooting for their robot.
Without handing out spoilers, I can say the novel takes place millions of years in the future, where humanity had gone through more than a dozen civilizations. Each one has peaked, then failed, and we’re left with tantalizing glimpses of technology from each.
Alastair Reynolds has written many good books, but I think this is one of his best. I’m looking forward to a sequel.
Send me an email requesting a novel from one of these three genres and I’ll reply with the .epub file of a complete novel. Better hurry. This offer ends Halloween night. Here are your choices:
Science Fiction – Multiplarity
Multiplarity is a hundred and seventy thousand word Space Opera with the following books.
Book One covers the development of Omniphage and the subsequent collapse of civilization. When beauty and health are no longer concerns, ignorance and greed may destroy humanity.
Book Two follows the development of a couple avenues of escape with the founding of a lunar colony and a transhumanist world. Even so, perfect health and longevity may not be enough against vacuum, radiation, and terrorism.
Book Three follows the founding of another world and finally meeting aliens. That is if religious intolerance and political expedience don’t condemn us once more.
Urban Fantasy – Shifter Shadows
From the dawn of prehistory to an apocalyptic day after tomorrow,
shifters and their friends have been in the background of every historical event. Shapechangers, healers, hunters, shamans, and great leaders, have always been around. We recognize the legendary ones, but must always keep in mind that Gomer is a good dog.
This novel is about a hundred and twelve thousand words.
Steampunk/Dieselpunk – Airship Legacy
Starting in late Victorian England and running through WWII, a remarkable series of characters share their adventures. Airships, naval vessels, strong women, and the fury of war on three continents, can elicit both laughter and tears.
This novel is about eighty-four thousand words in length.
I’m trying to get a feel for how many fans are actually reading my posts with this little experiment. If you have the time, I would love some sort of feedback after you’ve read your selection.
A few years back, I was challenged to write a lyric to the tune of City of New Orleans. It seemed an easy and fun task but, several hours later, I had come up with an entire science fiction song. Since I’ve been working on a generation ship idea for some time, I thought I’d present this little ditty.
Shibari Sails is all about piracy and pleasure in the Caribbean. From Palm Beach to the West End, Vanessa Fullright and her fellow ex-cons, provide unforgettable vacations for wealthy patrons, while trying to avoid watery graves.
A friend who has made a name for herself writing erotic literature, recently started a dystopian science fiction trilogy. Naturally, I had to give it a try and I’m very glad I did.
“The Great Turning” by Lesli Richardson, is not your usual post-apocalyptic tale. With a background of the world devastated by a major meteor strike, families, friends, and lovers, fight killers on both two legs and four.
It isn’t often that gay, lesbian, and poly scenes are part of a rousing good military science fiction yarn. In case you’re wondering, this is by no means erotica with ray guns. It features a very well-crafted world and believable characters.
While this is the first in a trilogy, it works quite well as a stand-alone tale. I’ll give it five out of five stars.
I’m looking forward to the next novel in this series.
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Multiplarity is a hundred and seventy thousand word Space Opera that includes the following books. Book One covers the development of Omniphage and the subsequent collapse of civilization. When beauty and health are no longer concerns, ignorance and greed may destroy humanity. Book Two follows the development of a couple avenues of escape with the founding of a lunar colony and a transhumanist world. Even so, perfect health and longevity may not be enough against vacuum, radiation, and terrorism. Book Three follows the founding of another world and finally meeting aliens. That is if religious intolerance and political expedience don’t condemn us once more.
Multiplarity is normally $8.99, but is free for the rest of the week.
Turkey Creek Ghost is a tale involving witches, ghosts, and a wolf. A psychotic ex-boyfriend threatens Dani and Ranger Rick in the lush beauty of a state park. Can Abinormal and Grandma Lupe save them?
The Multiplarity trilogy mentions several different spacecraft. It might be interesting to see the real-world examples that inspired these craft.
The first is, of course, the US Space Shuttle. While there are many good reasons why it never fully achieved its potential, the fundamental shape was the result of more than twenty-five years of airframe development. The Shuttle was such a good basic shape that the USSR copied it with their Buran Shuttle. A great deal has been written on both designs.
When I pause to consider it, Multiplarity not only has multiple plot lines with dozens of characters, but it required the detailed creation of four different fictional worlds. The first third of the book deals with a near future version of our world. The second part follows the founding of a lunar colony called Port Heinlein. The last part involves the reader with a rapidly maturing lunar colony and the colonization of two alien worlds. One is virtual and the other circles another sun.