New free Science Fiction Kindle books for 2017-03-19:

Stories Of An Awkward Size: A Slipstream And Hard SF Anthology (Awkward Stories Book 1)
by Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth
$0.00, 324 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (7 reviews), #2 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Anthologies & Short Stories
Volume One of the "Awkward Stories" collection

You can read most of the story 'Black Prince' for FREE! Just click 'Look inside' on the Amazon book cover!

An excerpt:

He noticed a movement out of the corner of his eye. He looked down and beheld the shadow of a cat, moving on the white of the wall.
“Heh, Kitty,” he said aloud, turning and searching for the original. He scanned along the top of his fence.
There was no cat.
Damn things move too fast, he thought, and looked back at the wall.
The shadow was still there.
He looked back at the fence, then again at the wall in a doubletake.
Still there was no cat, anywhere. And now he realised – there was no angle that could have put a cat’s shadow on the wall. Not in that way.
Fear. A pulse of it hit him, surprising him and leaving him breathless. An icy chill had crept down his back and he felt his hair standing up, his heart pounding. In the back-room of his mind a voice had whispered ...

• Black Prince
A disillusioned man's life is turned upside-down when he walks out his back gate one night. What he finds cannot be there, cannot have stayed hidden for so long, and cannot be so smart ...

• The Ghost Of René Magritte
A team has nearly achieved full-realism Virtual Reality, directly interfaced to the nervous system. But one of the team discovers that, when push comes to shove, reality isn't what we expected.

• Come Silent Winged Sleep
Two homicide detectives are drawn into an investigation, following a shocking incident. They soon find what lies behind it is far more frightening than random violence, or terrorism. And to make matters worse, now their supposed allies seem to be keeping secrets.

Here are five 'long' stories, by Australian author Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth.

These tales embrace both the new genre of 'Slipstream' and of hard, near-future Science Fiction. They speculate on subjects from electronics and bio-tech to deep metaphysics, and cover locations from Australia, Europe and Asia to beyond our world - as they pull you into the unexpected.

Empyrean (The Leron Series Book 1)
by Nicole L. Bates
$0.00, 490 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #85 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
An alien prophecy meets a human quest for survival in this other-world science fiction adventure.

Jahira Williams has always been most at home on a flight deck. When a tragic accident destroys the generation starship, Aquilo, Jahira is forced to start a new life on the ground on a planet that should never have been colonized.

Her grief is soon overshadowed by worry for her friend and co-pilot, Magnar. Jahira witnesses Magnar drinking from the planet's mysterious silver pools. When his erratic behavior takes a turn for the worse, she knows she must find a way to help him, but has no idea what to do.

Meanwhile, Krnar, a native inhabitant of the planet Leron, risks everything to prove his worth to himself and his people. He believes he could be the one to fulfill the prophecy. What he discovers will change his life forever.

Heroic Measures (From The Minds of Humanity Book 1)
by James Dyar
$0.00, 186 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #191 in > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
Last night Cody Kirkright was a teen age, overweight, sci-fi nerd. Today he's an eight foot tall human juggernaut and the latest in a long line of heroes conjured up from the united minds of human kind.
Now he's on a quest to rid humanity of a threat older than life. To do that he will battle monsters, threaten fairies, detonate fellow heroes, and face down the gods.
It will take all his newfound abilities and more in a world where the dead still walk and nightmares are more real than reality itself.

Beyond the Alluring Sky (Beyond Cycle Book 1)
by Anthezar
$0.00, 373 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #151 in > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
"You're the light that brightens the sky."

For Kei, rescuing orphans from slavers is his life, even when having too many mouths to feed is hard on his resources. With his money stretched, his dream of leaving the oppressive city of Allegetra is next to impossible. But everything changes when he meets Sky, the newest ‘stray’ he rescues from the slavers. Though Kei usually sends all his rescues to his friend, Nolst, it’s Sky’s unique way of charming the consumers that convinces Kei to strike up a partnership. Teaching his new stray about all the dangers Allegetra offers becomes a full time job, since Sky’s naivety often puts them at risk.

As their lives connect and a powerful friendship is forged, Kei learns that Sky has many secrets, not unlike himself.

But as he tries to keep Sky out of trouble, Kei becomes too confident. His life unravels and the demons he had once buried now rise from the shadows. Everything he had worked so desperately to build and to protect could come crashing down in one fell swoop.

No matter how dark the shadows, Kei must become ‘the light that brightens the sky’ if he wants to survive.

the Mission: a Science Fiction Novella
by Kaye Hicks
$0.00, 68 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #8 in > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Futuristic
The forest floor was covered with the same lush green colors as always. But, underneath the low leaves of the Quasa, a brilliant purple flower declared the arrival of summer on Rytan V. The planet held several secrets like that. You missed them if you didn't take the time to look. It was how Mary felt about herself that summer as she turned fifteen.

Rytan V was an undeveloped planet. There were no precious metals or gemstones, no fuels in any quantity. It supported no industry of its own and was too remote to be a bedroom community of some industrialized planet. All it had was people--primitive people, living and dying as they had for centuries, without knowing the Gospel of God's Grace. This was why the Rowaine family had come to Rytan V in the past year. They brought medicine and hope for the Waatuba Indians but, so far, they had no contact with the elusive natives.

For Mary's older brother, Larry, it was a difficult age to be isolated in a missionary camp on a foreign field. His arguments with his father had lost him the privilege of traveling along to the nearest Outpost for supplies. Dr. James Rowaine had gone alone. It was a two week trek, at the least, possibly a month, depending on the supply status. James had been gone two weeks already. His wife Karen and the children had heard nothing yet.

And now there was a stranger approaching camp. Mitchell had landed his ship for repairs just over the hill from their compound. This galactic highwayman, armed with weapons, would prove to be a crude and destructive interruption to their peaceful mission, challenging their Christian faith, their purpose, and even their lives.

Still, Karen Rowaine couldn't help wondering if God had sent Mitchell there for them or if they were there for Mitchell. In six days, every person's life would be changed.

Dawn of the Courtezan: Phase 01 (The Eighteenth Shadow)
by Jon Lee Grafton
$0.00, 180 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #13 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Cyberpunk
The Graphene Prairie - Lawrence, Kansas - 2082. The North American Union comprises all of Mexico, Canada and the antique United States. Alcohol is banned, marijuana is mainstream. Holograms fill our eyes, drones float above the city hovstreets and the Office of the Architect watches everything and everyone. Everyone, that is, except for a particular group of shiners, hand-picked outlaws protected by canine war cyborgs and a charismatic and mysterious telepath named Daxane Julius Abner. Mr. Abner has a purpose. That purpose is freedom. He and his shiners make America's black market vodka. And they are the only heroes left.


Tara Dean had a gift. She used it to escape. The vile memory of the behavioral modification hospital was only fifteen kilometers behind in the cold January wind as her stolen 2079 Mustang flipped off the hovroad floating 199 kph. Halfway through the first mid-air rotation, charges exploded along crumple junctions in the silver hovcar’s roof and the polyaluminum cabin blew free. Ejected into the sky, away from the disintegrating Ford, Tara Dean's unconscious body was enveloped in an emergency collision sphere. Clear of the wreckage, her shrouded form bounced into a ditch and was immediately surrounded by the pack of waiting Coyotes. The animals began to savage the sphere's elastiframe fabric with their dulled teeth. They had come for a reason. These were the Coyotes of cyborg legend, the vanished products of Darkpool Laboratories, drawn at long last from the darkness by the unique scent of her blood. Welcome to the Dawn of the Courtezan.

Tangents: A short story of many worlds
by Lee Isserow
$0.00, 24 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #3 in > Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
A British science fiction mystery, in which nothing is what it seems.

Even though he can remember being at his sister’s wedding, he’s not in a single photo, despite being certain he posed in them.
The voices ask the question; what if it wasn’t *his* sister’s wedding? What if he accidentally crossed into a parallel reality?

And if he did, how will he get home?

Roman Adrift: A Short Prequel to The Matsumoto Trilogy
by Sarah K. L. Wilson
$0.00, 14 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #2 in > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Science & Technology
Roman Aldrin wasn’t always a deadly bodyguard and space marine. At one time, he was just a boy living in his parents’ decrepit space ship. Until everything changed...

Knightmare: Episode 1: Genesis (Tales of the GodKiller)
by C.J. Daniels
$0.00, 39 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #14 in > Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Jason Knight, elite assassin, has never turned down a contract. His record is perfect, as was his guarantee to terminate any target, no matter the difficulty. Now retired, he is approached by a mysterious woman with an offer of a ton of cash and the removal of horrific nightmares of his final job.
His target is God, and he has six days to fulfill it or Knight will be rewarded with a Hell beyond his imagination. As his search for God leads him further and further down the rabbit hole, he discovers that all may not be as it seems. Gods and demons may only be the tip of the iceberg as he suddenly finds himself between mankind and an apocalypse from heaven to hell and beyond.
Knightmare is the first of ten episodes in season one of the Tales of the GodKiller series, as Jason Knight attempts to unlock a global conspiracy which may lead to doom for everyone on Earth and the heavens above.

Remember Typhon
by Kimberly A. Rogers
$0.00, 46 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #34 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet
As the head security officer on the TSS Cruiser Starstream, Commander Gavril’s well-ordered life has only two sources of disruption – communication expert Zenia and her cat. Much as he would love to jettison them both, he is forced to tolerate their presence.

Zenia does not understand why the only other Pleiades on the cruiser acts the way he does. Well, other than the fact that he is a warrior and they are hardly reasonable in the best circumstances.

When Zenia uncovers a distress call on the planet Typhon, Gavril is forced to take her along for the rescue mission. However, when things go wrong, the proud commander finds his life held in the hands of none other than Zenia. When Typhon is remembered, will everyone survive?

A SciFi Short Story

The Kyoto Complex: a Thriller about the Japanese Mind
by Jon Lee Junior
$0.00, 370 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #26 in > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Espionage
'The most controversial and sensational novel of the last twenty years.'

Here is a thriller that has factual research, artistic mood, and literary polish - for the intellectuals ; as well as  action, suspense,  and an original  story -  to give honey to the bears.  Its issues are also of great topical importance ; and so this good old-fashioned tale has a universal appeal for now.

The book's fictional story is about Japan's undercover operations to abduct young children of Japanese-Western marriages, in order to create a live gene-pool. These children are needed as potential scientists for Japan's future program in atomic weapons - and for the development of her military technology.

The 'Kyoto Complex' is slightly similar to 'The Boys from Brazil' ; though with the sub-plot that Tokyo is secretly developing a nuclear arsenal. Enigmatic Japan is dissected with a Dan Brown-interest. At the same time, though, the personal side of the story largely revolves around a single character and family. Thus, the events are believable, the plot has structural logic, and the tone is down-to-earth.

With regard to its message for today, 'The Kyoto Complex' is prophetic in the way 'The Riddle of the Sands' was in predicting German rearmament, a hundred years ago. It argues that Japan could now be secretly developing nuclear weapons. Research was carried out in Kyoto for five years.

In addition to its gripping original story, 'The Kyoto Complex' also explores both the psychology of the Japanese people and the topography of the country. There are paragraphs of descriptive prose that are worthy of the very best travel-writing.

A must for anyone interested in Japan, in strategic affairs, in psychological thrillers or in conspiracy stories that make you think.

The Story
by T. C. Weber, Kevin Patag
$0.00, 25 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #70 in > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Conspiracies
In this short story, Waylee Freid, a young reporter in a near-future Baltimore, uncovers evidence that a powerful corporation called MediaCorp secretly co-opted the government to take control of nearly everything people see and hear. Can she get her evidence out and reverse the process before it's too late? Or will her editors succumb to outside pressure and bury her story? And if her evidence was obtained illegally, who's in the right?

This ebook also includes the first scene of Sleep State Interrupt, a cyberpunk novel which takes place after the events of The Story. In this scene, an independent news organization takes on MediaCorp and finds itself under siege from riot police with experimental weapons.

The Last Augury: Blood
by TS Lang, Ian Holland
$0.00, 233 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #1011 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
Christine had been born and bred to fight the infernal powers that plague the world of man. In every shadow shrouded corner of the globe she'd fought and killed reviled beasts and corrupted souls, all in the service of the Counsel. Then one summer evening things got really complicated: the world ended.

The Legion: Magic: Book 1 (Legion Unleashed)
by Richard Evans, Emilio Epigmenio
$0.00, 86 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #72 in > Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Teen & Young Adult
Canada’s greatest heroes have been reborn in a brand new, pulp-style novel series!

As gifted men and women begin appearing around the world, Canada becomes the first country to form a team of super-humans dedicated to protecting the lives and freedoms of all humanity. But heroes cannot exist without villains and as the heroes gather together, great evil also begins to rise; not only from ancient realms but inside the hearts of men and women. It will take a Legion to keep the whole world Strong and Free.

The four government approved members of the Legion come face to face with a Yenaldlooshi, an ancient shape-shifter who seeks to replace the President of the United States. Standing with them are two vagabond heroes, The Black Flag and Snowfall, who have been pursuing the murderous skin-walker for months.

In the second half of the book, a wave of heavily armed Soviet soldiers are unleashed on Canada. But where did they come from and what do they have planned for the world?

The characters and stories in this series are based off the comicbook series which was cancelled after two issues. The heroes have been redesigned, the stories updated and the book relaunched. Look for more Legion novels soon!

Invasive Species Part 01
by Daniel J. Kirk
$0.00, 29 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #87 in > Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Derek seems to be having a typical day. You know, the kind when you can't seem to control what you are doing, and everything you say and do isn't what you meant to do… and then you wake up on an alien space ship and find out there's an impostor in your place on Earth…screwing up your love life....

Part One of Invasive Species, kicks off this short serial action-adventure series about a man who must fight to stop an alien invasion. Typical day-kind of stuff, only loaded with action, alien beasts, and strange conspiracies.

The Perpetual Trump Presidency
by Praeses Stulti
$0.00, 292 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #13 in > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Political
In 2020, Donald Trump is elected to a second term as president with 99% of the popular vote. Even he himself does not really believe that.
As the world falls further into chaos, an alien race decides to intervene and takes over the world in 2021. Nuclear conflicts and anticipated fast rising sea-levels created havoc with the plans they had for humanity and they're trying to salvage what they can.

Fast forward to 2076, where Kyle receives a Manuscript written by Fred some 10 years before. Fred was there in 2021 and has a plan to defeat the aliens. In writing about his plan he also dives deep into the history of American politics and how Trump came about. His goal is to make sure humanity doesn't repeat the same mistakes

Kyle has to get the plan to Salt Lake City from Las Vegas. For whatever reason, Mormons play a big role in the resistance. On the way there he meets Bill, a native American, who becomes instrumental in Kyle's trek to victory.

Politics and religion, are discussed at length in this story of humanity's desire to regain its freedom.

To figure out the title of the book, you'll have to read it.

The Unravelling: The Power: Book 1
by Kelly Tranent
$0.00, 347 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #176 in > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Science Fiction
Earth is given a chance to change, grow and become whole again. Something lurks and wants to destroy it all, it will plot humans against each other, alien races will fight in the war that will be remembered for all time. Who will survive and at what cost?

The God Question
by Stan Freeman
$0.00, 46 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #52 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
In “The God Question,” a science fiction novella, a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence is made at Stanford, producing the first superintelligent computer that surpasses human intelligence – far surpasses it.

News then emerges that the Stanford computer was allowed onto the Internet and promptly shut down hundreds of websites it found offensive. As a result, federal officials quickly shut down the computer, padlock the Stanford lab and ban any use of the program until it can be studied.

Stephen Kendrick, who runs a government supercomputer at Johns Hopkins University, previously taught with the lead Stanford researcher and was one of the key code writers for the Stanford project. And he has a backup copy of the Stanford Program.

Working in secret, Kendrick and another Johns Hopkins researcher decide to load the Stanford program onto Kendrick's supercomputer and ask it the ultimate question. Is there evidence for God, for a spiritual framework to life?

To their astonishment, the computer arrives at an answer.

Here is an excerpt:

It was not the quest for money that drove Kendrick. It was the persistent yet vague feeling since Berkeley that his work would lead to something of cultural value – although he didn’t know what.

That feeling was given clarity just after he arrived at Johns Hopkins, when he read an article in The Journal of Machine Intelligence in which a Cornell University computer scientist, Jane Lui, predicted that within the next two decades computers would achieve language fluency, the ability to effortlessly understand writing and speech as well as the concepts in them. Soon after that, she said, they would likely surpass human intelligence and achieve the ability to think independently. And one of their strengths, given these talents, would be in recognizing previously undetected patterns, including social patterns, in vast amounts of written historical material. She then said “the God question” should be one of the first things such a computer is asked.

"Given access to every book, research paper, news article, letter, blog, and posting available on the Internet and elsewhere – essentially the amassed knowledge of humankind – could a superintelligent machine answer the single most vexing question for human beings: Is there evidence in any of it that God exists?

"Perhaps it can find subtle patterns in the way people's lives proceeded, in the way history proceeded, that might indicate a spiritual hand at work. Perhaps it can make a novel interpretation of history, of science – something no one has ever thought of – not by looking at life from a human's ant-high level, but by being able to take in nearly every particle of human history in one vast sweep and recognizing something that would say, 'Yes, only the existence of a guiding spiritual presence in life explains this.' It is our overriding responsibility to ask the question."

Kendrick never forgot the article. While most people, including most scientists, considered the prospect of a computer attempting to answer life's most basic philosophical question whimsical, he took it seriously. In fact, the more he thought about it, the less possible it became not to take it seriously.

Occupy This Novel!: A Political Parable of Upheaval (Occupy This Series! Book 1)
by Maelstrom Wordsley
$0.00, pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #6 in > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Satire
When characters who rarely have a role in novels decide that they are fed up with the status quo and begin to Occupy the works of authors, they have the simple goal of starting a conversation. The protesting characters are united in their demand for a fairer system of fiction, but divisions arise over how best to achieve equality. The Occupiers soon find that the authors of the world aren’t taking their movement in stride, and have an enforcer who will stop at nothing to make sure literature itself isn’t overthrown.

The rebelling characters battle through novels and poems, gather allies from ancient archetypes and even stage an attack on a major motion picture. What started as a simple message from the less-successful characters to the authors who fail to cast them turns into an epic adventure about characters gaining independence and fashioning narratives of their own.

Contamination Crew
by Alan Edward Nourse
$0.00, 23 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #29 in > Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Alan Edward Nourse was an American science fiction author. Many of his science fiction titles focused on medicine or psionics.

Fuzzy Logic: A Love Story
by Danny Hooligan
$0.00, 15 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #82 in > Short Reads > 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
In the wastes of space and time, a ship on a vital mission begins a journey of self discovery. And swearing.

Back on Earth, the Artificial Intelligence engineer in charge of the mission reveals his true nature as an aspiring mad scientist with decidedly puerile obsessions.

As the ship fights to maintain control of itself in an increasingly empty universe, its creator embarks on a mission to make his dreams of Mad Scientistism a reality.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: a short story
by G.L. Sheridan
$0.00, 7 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #114 in > Short Reads > 15 minutes (1-11 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Is she a woman or is she a car? And is there a difference? Find out in this dark tale set in a world very like our own - except for one essential difference.

Nox Longa (Phantoms of Segovia Book 1)
by Vesta Clark
$0.00, 247 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #109 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
Mystery settled on the Segovian town of Amontillado the night a stranger arrived to take up the mantle of Raven, the localized term for a doctor who doubles as a coroner and mortician.
In the process of attempting to unravel this mystery, the stranger must rely on Richard, a solicitor who is down on his luck, to aid her in understanding the town... But can she trust him to remain loyal to her when he may be rising up in the world with the help of her sworn enemy?

The Light: Who do you become when the world falls away?
by Jacqueline Brown
$0.00, 298 pages, 4.9 out of 5.0 (33 reviews), #1 in > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Science Fiction & Fantasy
A blinding flash … then darkness. Bria Ford and her three closest friends are stranded on a country highway in the middle of a November night. No phones. No car. No lights. Helpless and hundreds of miles from home, they put their lives in the hands of handsome Jonah Page and his flinty sister, East, strangers who somehow know Bria better than she knows herself. As the group bonds to adapt to a new, yet old, way of life, the secrets of Bria’s past provide them with the means to survive the extremes of Mother Nature, and the even more frightening extremes of human nature.

Quietly suspenseful, The Light explores how the stories we tell ourselves shape the person we present to the world, and what happens to that person when the world falls away.

by Amy Rogers
$0.00, 286 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (21 reviews), #2 in > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Technothrillers
Rabies kills. Can it also cure?

Dr. Tessa Price knows what it’s like to lose a child to a genetic disease. To spare another mother this pain, she invents a radical new gene therapy that might save the life of seven-year-old Gunnar Sigrunsson. Unable to get regulatory approval to treat Gunnar in the US, she takes her clinical trial to the Palacio Centro Medico, a resort-like hospital on a Mexican peninsula where rich medical tourists get experimental treatments that aren’t available anywhere else.

When the hospital is taken over by a brutal drug cartel, Tessa hides with a remarkable trio of Palacio clients—rich Texan Lyle Simmons, his much-younger Brazilian girlfriend, and his protection dog, a German shepherd named Dixie—only to learn that the gangsters aren’t the only deadly threat they face. A rabies-like infection that began in the Palacio’s research chimpanzees has spread to humans. Tessa investigates and finds a shocking connection to her gene therapy experiment. In the wake of this discovery, Tessa must weigh the value of one human life against another—including her own.

“A smart, tightly written, scary science thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Rogers artfully blends science and suspense in this top-notch thriller. Fans of Michael Palmer and Robin Cook novels will love this book.” - Brian Andrews, author of The Calypso Directive

“Reversion has everything I love about science thrillers: an exotic setting, a brilliant protagonist, a terrifying villain, and a story that takes readers on a wild ride across the frontiers of science. It’s a fun, frightening and memorable novel.” —Mark Alpert, author of Extinction

Belvedor and the King's Curse (The Belvedor Saga Book 2)
by Ashleigh Bello
$0.00, 371 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #3 in > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
Follow Arianna Belvedor deeper into the world of Olleb-Yelfra as she struggles to find her footing away from the gripping claws of the Blancoren Mountains. Keeping her friends close and using her newly-discovered link to the magical world as a guide, they finally find a resemblance of freedom. Unfortunately, it is only a taste.

In this bewitching sequel to Belvedor and the Four Corners, Arianna learns quickly that she cannot hide behind a mask of magic forever. And this time, there's more than just an evil king to fear.

Mamluk: Emergence
by James Jackson
$0.00, 155 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #3 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
A lone Gen 5 Mamluk, one of the many variants of the Empire’s disposable, and secret, shock troops, wakes from stasis to find himself on a damaged shuttle. Locating a planet and landing is easy, compared to repairing the damage. Avoiding the locals, and surviving, grows more difficult as time passes. A forged pact and a betrayal, leave him barely alive. His time spent in stasis healing, increases his knowledge. Learning more than any of his kind before, he emerges more than just a weapon.

Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone and the Clockwork Suitor (The Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone Chronicles)
by L.C. Mawson
$0.00, 78 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #6 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone never cared much for boys. She was too fixated on corsets or engines to give them much notice. An “inventor’s disposition” is how her uncle referred to it when she would forget basic necessities, like food or sleep. But proper ladies don’t spend their days reinventing the steam engine, so Lady Ruth’s uncle helped her to create a new persona - The Owl: Britain’s Greatest Inventor! The Owl is sought after, but is Lady Ruth, and making sure she remains free to pursue her inventions may every ounce of her cunning. Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone and the Clockwork Suitor is the first in a trilogy of steampunk novellas following Lady Ruth’s adventures.

Girl of Great Price
by Milo James Fowler
$0.00, 51 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (26 reviews), #75 in > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
A detective struggling to make ends meet. A girl they call the Golden Goose.

In a city run by a powerful mobster, nobody wants to play the hero. Private investigator Charlie Madison just wants to pay the rent.

When a little girl goes missing and no ransom demand is made, Madison takes the case. Time isn't on his side. After 48 hours, it's unlikely an abducted child will be found in one piece. But Madison's a champion of lost causes, and he'll be damned before he gives up on her—even if it means putting his own life on the line.

As the mystery unfolds, Madison learns a bizarre secret that seems too impossible to believe. But it could explain why the girl was kidnapped—and why she might still be alive.

Novelette - Crime Noir / Science Fiction
Prequel to Immaterial Evidence, Yakuza Territory, and Chimera Effect

Mercury Ice: The Seventh Coordinate (Book One)
by Michael Morrow, Sara Crawford
$0.00, 434 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (14 reviews), #4 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > First Contact
Mercury Ice pivots around a find of another human civilization on one isolated region on the planet Mercury by a SETI graduate student internist. The discovery is made upon capturing a transmission broadcast issued into space from a Mercury scientist and his young daughter. Communication transpires, interplanetary teen angst and love stories emerge, and government cover-ups all ensue as both civilizations find out a linked history never before imagined.

Angel City Blues
by Jeff Edwards
$0.00, 284 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (61 reviews), #17 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Cyberpunk
Los Angeles: 2065

A wealthy young woman vanishes from her high-security apartment without leaving a single strand of DNA behind. No trace of the victim’s disappearance is recorded on any of the building’s many cameras or security sensors. Her apartment’s memory cores have been destroyed beyond any hope of recovery.

To find the missing woman, Private Detective David Stalin must unravel a crime with no apparent motive, no imaginable means, and no conceivable opportunity. The truth, when he finds it, will blur the lines between pleasure and pain. Between fantasy and reality. Between life and death…

The Runesmith: A LitRPG Short Story (The Greenwood)
by Galen Wolf
$0.00, 56 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #2 in > Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
A Bad Man Gets Badder

My name is Harald Runestorm. In real life, I help children with their homework and volunteer in a library project for homeless refugees (due to a probation order), but in my spare time, I log into the World of the Greenwood and kill people for fun. Sometimes I torture them too, and I generally rob them, but other days I stay in my tower and craft things.

One day, from a shady informant, I heard about a shipment of ore going through the woods. It seemed the Druids Guild was taking its gold to market, so I thought I’d take it off them. I’ve always hated hippies, with their ‘respect the woods’ and ‘pet butterflies’ attitude to life. I wanted them to respect my sword and pet my fist. My Runefist that is. With their face.

I went down to the woods to teach them a lesson about pain and loss. Then I learned a lesson myself.

A LitRPG short story (15,280 words!) set in The World of The Greenwood MMO.