New free Colonization (SF) Kindle books for 2017-04-22:

Lioness of Cygnus Five: Volume 0
by Alex Beecroft
$0.00, 43 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #18 in > Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Aurora Campos’s days of heroism are behind her. Deemed a shameful failure, she now captains Froward, a prison transport filled with criminals sent out to colonise new worlds for the Kingdom.

Bryant Jones, technocrat and falsely accused ‘murderer’, is not going to let his future be taken away by this low-tech luddite of a woman and her backward society. He’s staging a break out from Aurora’s brig when the Froward is shot down around them.

Cygnus Five is a failing colony. Starving convicts have taken over and found themselves a spaceship wrecker among the ruins of an abandoned alien city. The only way off-world is the Governor’s launch, sealed in its silo beneath the convicts’ headquarters. But as they team up to capture it, Aurora and Bryant discover love, institutional betrayal and the lurking remnants of a self-destructive alien civilization. Soon they have bigger problems on their hands than their own survival.
When they arrived, Aurora thought she had only her crew to rescue. As it turns out, she has to save the whole planet.


Engineer: A Sigma Sector Story
by Alistair McIntyre
$0.00, 85 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (5 reviews), #54 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Galactic Empire
SPACE PIRATES...

Graham Reeves serves as lead engineer on the antimatter-harvesting ship Kerubi's Scythe, where his mundane existence accelerates into chaos when bloodthirsty pirates attack.



SABOTAGE...

The situation escalates when Reeves discovers a saboteur among the crew, leaving him suspicious of all and trusting of none. With time running out, Reeves must repair the Scythe and get the crew to safe space before the pirates board and massacre them all.



INTRIGUE...

Oh, and if he has time to fix his relationship with his girlfriend along the way, that would be just great.





Welcome to the SIGMA SECTOR Universe

Centuries after an alien species abducted 99% of humanity from Earth, the United Terran Federation thrives across the galaxy, a beacon of hope and a vehicle of space exploration for humankind.

ENGINEER marks the first installment in a space opera series ideal for fans of space exploration science fiction.


L'enfer, c'est la Solitude: A Short Story
by Joe Vasicek
$0.00, 26 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #8 in > Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
War is not the only hell in the cold, empty void of space.

(Originally published in the March 2016 issue of Perihelion SF)

Between the orbits of Zarmina and Librus lies a tiny, sun-blasted planetoid called Petra. The name means 'rock,' and that's just what it is--a worthless chunk of space rock. It has no atmosphere, no resources, and too little gravity to sustain a long-term population. About the only thing it's good for is a gravity assist for travel to the outer planets. But because it lies midway between our two worlds, laying claim to it has been something of a dick measuring contest between our governments.

At least things were going to be peaceful out there, I tried to console myself. I couldn't have been more wrong.

This story is rated T according to the AO3 content rating system.


The Empire at War Box Set: British Military Science Fiction
by Christopher G. Nuttall, PP Corcoran, Phillip Richards, Tim C. Taylor, Andy Bigwood
$0.00, 486 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (37 reviews), #1 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Marine
Start a compelling military-based sci-fi series by contemporary British authors.

This bundle contains four full-length science fiction novels, three exclusive short stories, one of which is lavishly illustrated by award winning artist Andy Bigwood, and two essays.


"Richards is up there with the best MSF writers. No lie.”~Amazon Reviewer on C.R.O.W.


"..thrilling stuff, heroes, self sacrifice, traditional ott bad guy!."~Amazon Reviewer on Discovery of the Saiph.


"If you have never read Nuttall, you are in for a real treat!"~Amazon Reviewer on Their Darkest Hour.


"..I was hooked and on an adventure like no other I have ever taken."~Amazon Reviewer on Marine Cadet.


The Novels-
  • Their Darkest Hour by Christopher G. Nuttall.

    Aliens take control of Britain’s cities and force the remainder of the British military to go on the run. With the government destroyed, the population must choose between fighting and collaborating with the alien overlords. .

  • Discovery of the Saiph by P.P. Corcoran.

    The Marco Polo leads mankind to Proxima Centauri outside Earth's Solar System where the ship's scientists detect power readings they are artificial, alien and emanate from Planet III... a wasteland that suffered a devastating nuclear bombardment many thousands of years before. Archaeologists discover an alien library deep underground and are astonished to unlock its secrets with human DNA.

  • C.R.O.W. by Phillip Richards.

    Andy Moralee knew that life with his new company of Dropship Infantry would be hard, but nothing could prepare him for life in one of the toughest units in the Union army. New arrivals, nicknamed ‘Crow’ by their platoons, are the lowest form of life in his Company, and he finds himself at the mercy of unforgiving commanders and bullies, all the time knowing that the real enemy are waiting for him at the end of his journey through the void. The enemy know that the Union are coming, they have dug in and fortified, and they are ready

  • Marine Cadet by Tim C. Taylor.

    2565 A.D. When seventeen-year old Marine Cadet, Arun McEwan, forges an unlikely friendship with an alien scribe, he crashes into a world of treachery and conspiracy. How can he possibly survive three more years until graduation when every day brings a new deadly threat?

    But survive he must because his new alien allies show him glimpses of his destiny — a vision of a better future that only he can forge.

    A dream called the Human Legion


The Exclusive Short Stories-
  • Haven One-Eight by P.P. Corcoran.

    A relentless foe seeks to murder the Faithful in their haven, but who are these unstoppable servants of Satan? The answer will shock you.

  • The President’s Son by Tim C. Taylor.

    The characters in the Human Legion series have been isolated from the rest of humanity for centuries, but their distant ancestors were taken as children from Earth. In The President’s Son, a short story exclusive to this collection, we hear the story of that first group of slave children.

  • Fallen Witness artwork by Andy Bigwood and words by Tim C. Taylor.

    The third short story in the collection is special. The sumptuous cover artwork for The Empire at War was produced by Andy Bigwood, whose cover art has twice before won the best artwork award from the British Science Fiction Association. Andy has supplied seven fantastic pieces of artwork that are interspersed with the other stories.


Box Set Exclusive Preview-

Phillip Richards presents an intriguing peak at his new SF series with the opening chapters of Escape from the Hive.

And finally, words from Tim C. Taylor-

  • SitRep: The State of British Military SF
  • Roll Call: British Military SF authors.


Drifting Away
by Stefano Costantini
$0.00, 313 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #131 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
2287. The Martian Republic is an established country on Mars. The planet was colonised in the late 21st century. During all this time, the Martian Republic has been on a level-playing field with Earth. Since the beginning of colonisation, Mars was seen as a stepping stone on humankind's way to the stars. Not all is well though. The Martian Republic is gradually getting farther apart from Earth and the societies on the two planets are losing interest in each other. The Earth Association is trying to fight against this increasing separation. Among its activities is an exchange programme for Mars children. The programme seems to work well, helping establish ties between the newest generations on Earth and Mars. However, suddenly children start dying of measles, an illness against which, it soon becomes clear, the humans born on Mars do not have any antibodies. Detective Inspector Harry Strickned, of the Aaltrin Police Department, investigates, with the help of Marko Slavik, a space marshal, on Earth. Are these deaths just an unfortunate coincidence or is there a bigger plan behind them?


The Freak God: A Humorous Sci-Fi Mythology
by Peter Kornis
$0.00, 166 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #37 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
New Revised Edition! Suspense and mythological fantasy mixed with sci-fi. In a remote and forgotten human colony in a remote solar system, a new unorthodox god is born from the “life energy” of an atheistic country. This event is a mythological paradox because this god thrives on the growth of human knowledge and spirit, and does not want to be worshiped. The surrounding countries are religious and ruled by “conventional” gods who demand total and blind obedience. These "regular" gods understood the danger of this new strange god instantly. Therefore, they tried with all their power to destroy him. The new god and Zeevik, the child in whose house, he was born and grew up, have fun together and fight together against the forces of darkness. While doing that, they break a lot of stereotypes regarding the relationship between gods and mortals, because this new god likes humor and does not need to be worshiped. When all seems to be lost, this "freak" god, aided by his human friends, achieves victory for himself and the free human spirit in an original and surprising manner.


See the Worlds (Ephialtes Shorts Book 1)
by Gavin E Parker
$0.00, 19 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #61 in > Short Reads > 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Joining the army is simply a way out for a young person from the backwaters of the USAN, and landing a plumb posting at the garrison on Mars seems to be the icing on the cake. However, the trip of a lifetime coincides with the Martian bid for independence.

As the cushy posting turns into something far more harrowing our narrator reflects on the events that took him to Mars and casts a fearful eye on what the future might hold.



The Ephialtes Trilogy chronicles the conflict between Earth and Mars, triggered by Mars’ secession from the USAN in the aftermath of World War IV. Alongside the core novel trilogy are a series of short stories set in the same fictional universe, providing the connective tissue between books one and two of the trilogy. These are The Ephialtes Shorts.


Be All You Can Be (Ephialtes Shorts Book 4)
by Gavin E Parker
$0.00, 89 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #65 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet
When MSS Officer Kristen Stahl is seriously injured in the Battle of Allentown Spaceport the stability of her old life is thrown upside down. Along with her injuries she has to cope with a failing relationship and the possibility there is no longer a place for her in her beloved Martian Security Service.

An uncertain future awaits all of Mars, but it seems the fates are determined to test Officer Stahl to the very limits of her capability. Can she fight her way back to where she needs to be, or is the simple act of survival victory enough?



The Ephialtes Trilogy chronicles the conflict between Earth and Mars, triggered by Mars’ secession from the USAN in the aftermath of World War IV. Alongside the core novel trilogy are a series of short stories set in the same fictional universe, providing the connective tissue between books one and two of the trilogy. These are The Ephialtes Shorts.


Son of New York (Ephialtes Shorts Book 3)
by Gavin E Parker
$0.00, 53 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #64 in > Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Teen & Young Adult
The USAN isn’t the place it used to be. The Martian deuterium embargo is causing huge economic damage, and the public is restive. Student Adam Wilson believes in his country but is reluctant to voice his feelings in light of the burgeoning protest movement’s belligerent attitude.

Following his own brush with authority Adam has to reassess his beliefs. Could it be that their once great president has stepped over the line? With a huge schism looming Adam is going to have to pick a side, but in a world filled with uncertainty it will be no easy choice.



The Ephialtes Trilogy chronicles the conflict between Earth and Mars, triggered by Mars’ secession from the USAN in the aftermath of World War IV. Alongside the core novel trilogy are a series of short stories set in the same fictional universe, providing the connective tissue between books one and two of the trilogy. These are The Ephialtes Shorts.


A Cold Wind Blows (Ephialtes Shorts Book 2)
by Gavin E Parker
$0.00, 51 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #69 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet
The huge biodomes in southwest Marineris supply Mars with food. Landing a job there is a dream come true for Kimberly Gooding, whose ultimate goal is to save enough money to emigrate to Earth.

When she's called on to do some work outside the domes an urban legend about the ghost of a dead commander gives her pause. The conflict between her rational mind and some baser instincts takes centre stage, and her trust in her workmates is called into question. Is the problem lurking somewhere outside the domes or is it buried deep in Kimberly's subconscious?



The Ephialtes Trilogy chronicles the conflict between Earth and Mars, triggered by Mars’ secession from the USAN in the aftermath of World War IV. Alongside the core novel trilogy are a series of short stories set in the same fictional universe, providing the connective tissue between books one and two of the trilogy. These are The Ephialtes Shorts.


Homeworld (Star Wanderers Book 4)
by Joe Vasicek
$0.00, 101 pages, 3.5 out of 5.0 (11 reviews), #18 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
They've finally found a world to call home, but first, they have to fight for it.

For years, Jeremiah has wandered the stars in search of a home. With his wife Noemi about to have a baby, he thinks he's finally found a place to settle down. The Zarmina system lies on the edge of the Outworld frontier, but together with their friends, they hope to establish a thriving new colony. The only problem is that the system is already inhabited--by pirates.

The colonists no sooner arrive than they fall prisoner to Captain Helena and her band of rogues from the New Pleiades. She gives them an ultimatum: live like slaves on the planet's surface, or breathe vacuum. With all their dreams about to be shattered, they have to find a way to fight back. But to do so may endanger everything--including the lives of the ones they love most.

This series is rated T according to the AO3 content rating system.


The Adventures of Alizar: The Beginning (Aizar Book 1)
by F. Darnall Daley
$0.00, 63 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #5 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
The People came through space from their Home World. They were looking for minerals and metals not readily available on the Home World. They invaded our Earth. They did not come with violence and conquering armies. They did not drop bombs. They did not fill our skies with strange looking space ships. Strange looking beings aren’t roaming our streets at night. The invasion started not yesterday but 3,700 years ago. They introduced invasive species. And they are still with us. We see them every day. We see them every day and we have no idea that they are here. They are here to exploit the mineral riches of our world.
This is Darnall Daley’s first science fiction book. This book is the tale of this invasion.


Children of the Revolution (The Genesis Sequence Book 6)
by Mackenzie Morris
$0.00, 236 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #9 in > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
What would you sacrifice for your only child?
Rav and Nemo are finally reunited. With the Red Sand Rebels defeated, father and son try to build a life away from the war where they can be happy, safe, and hopeful. Their future is in their hands until Rav is faced with the unbearable news that will destroy and shatter those hopes. He must make the decision to keep his young son protected from a horrific fate . . . or give himself instead.
Vance reunites with his alien warlord father on a foreign Star-World. In order to save his friends, the few remaining members of the Red Sand Rebels, he must embrace being Azimandia's prince and future ruler. He is forced to play both sides until the time he is able to rebuild the rebel force and lead them to victory against the alien oppressors.


Kidnapped by the Alien Dragon
by Abella Ward
$0.00, pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #5 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Anthologies & Short Stories
The hunt is on, and what a delicious hunt it will be

Libba Ross is no quitter. When she wants something, she will get it no matter what. But when she’s abducted by the cruel alien Din who wants to use her and her curves for scientific experiments, she’s helpless.

Alien dragon Brask has a job to do. He is a Justice Warrior who saves humans from horrendous scientific experiments. So when he hears about Din’s newest catch, his dragon will not stop before he rescues her.

But his job soon gets complicated when this woman awakens flames inside his belly he had long forgotten.

Libba learns there’s only one way to stay with Brask and out of Din’s hands: get pregnant with Brask’s child. Strangely, she doesn’t find that idea all that upsetting... This exotic alien with his temper and terrifying eyes is slowly working his way into her heart.

Unfortunately, Din doesn’t quit easily. Powerful forces in the government are backing him and force Brask to return Libba. But if he thinks Brask will simply hand her over, he is sorely mistaken.

Forced together by circumstances and hunted by the government, do Libba and Brask stand a chance? Will Brask do the unthinkable to keep her and their baby safe? Is their love worth dying for?

NOTE: This book includes 5 bonus stories!

Kidnapped by the Alien Dragon is a 64-page standalone book in a series of scifi romance novels, featuring the alien dragon species Stlozyn and their human mates. Other parts of the series:
Abducted by the Alien Dragon
Taken by the Alien Dragon

The books each have a guaranteed HEA. Definitely intended for 18+ readers.