Friday, October 20, 2017

Speculative Fiction Links of the Week for October 20, 2017


It's time again for our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this week with Star Trek Discovery, Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, two awards for Margaret Atwood, lots of articles about horror fiction as well as the usual mix of awards news, writing advice, interviews, reviews, awards news, con reports, crowdfunding campaigns, science articles and free online fiction. 

Speculative fiction in general:

Comments on Star Trek Discovery:

Comments about Blade Runner 2049

Comments about Thor: Ragnarok

Awards:

Writing, publishing and promotion:

Interviews:

Reviews:

Crowdfunding:

Con reports:

Science and technology:

Free online fiction:

Odds and ends: 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Among the Stars: Science Fiction Romance Sale


Rinelle Grey, author of science fiction and fantay romance, has organised a big science fiction romance sale with more than fifty books available for 99 cents or free.

The sale runs from October 19 to 21. 

 

A list of the participating books may be found here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wanted By The Werewolf Prince (Space Shifters Chronicles, Book 1) by Kara Lockharte


Release date: October 18, 2017
Subgenre: Science fiction shifter romance

About Wanted by the Werewolf Prince:

 

She's bold, fearless and disobedient--which always gets her in trouble…
 
He's controlling, demanding, and superior--which always gets him what he wants…
 
Captain Skye Daring is a space fighter pilot without equal. Rescuing a foreign werewolf prince and his sister from behind enemy lines should be a breeze.
 
Prince Ral doesn’t take orders from impudent humans. He’s determined to save not only his sister but also the people they left behind. The only thing in his way is a sexy pilot too stubborn to acknowledge his authority.
 
Stuck in a crippled ship and hunted by tiger shifters, Skye and Ral must stop fighting each other and battle the enemy -- together. Will the prince and pilot drop their guards long enough to conquer their dislike…and desire?

 

Excerpt:

 

Chapter 1
2356 C.E.
His royal wolfiness, Prince Ral of the House of Nightclaw, Duke of something or other and holder of a ludicrous number of other titles, locked his injured unconscious sister into the med stasis capsule. He turned and approached me in human form. The Prince was covered in grime and blood, his hair matted with dirt, his shirt shredded exposing glimpses of scarred hard muscle.
Filthy never looked so good.
Looking at that chiseled jaw, those too full lips, I knew he was going to be impossible.
People across the galaxy paid lifetimes for that kind of perfection, but cosmetic surgery didn’t work on werewolves. All it meant was that the Prince had had a lifetime of conditioning, a lifetime to believe he was a gift of the stars and a lifetime at exploiting others using his looks, prestige and power.
He turned and watched as the med-bots chimed, “Escort the capsule from the hanger bay.”
I didn’t know what the tiger-shifters had done to her, but I would look at the report later.
A med-bot stumbled.
“Don’t jolt her,” he snarled.
Then the prince stalked toward me.
My exo-armor, with its mirrored visor, and small dull black-scaled plates was designed to make an adversary think twice. But he was completely unfazed, or at least he had the appearance of being so. Men like him knew about facades.
He looked at me as if I were his mother’s serving android. “Be ready, soldier. After we get Princess Seria to safety, we’re coming back to Altai."
A hello, or ‘thanks for risking your lives to save us even though we’re not your subjects,’ would have been nice rather than an order. But this was to be expected. I triggered my exo-armor’s retreat. The helmet and suit opened, folding itself into my harness. The air smelled of exhaust and something burnt.
“Sorry, Your Majesty. Our orders are to one, get you off the tiger’s planet and two, escort both of you to neutral ground on Chandrayaan Station.”
Ice blue eyes focused on me. Nostrils flared taking in my scent. “You’re not one of us.”
I lifted my chin, strengthened my stance. “No. I’m an officer of the United Coalition Space Force. And unfortunately for you, sir, you are not part of my chain of command.”
Surprise cracked his facade. My ship had no markings, and my exo-armor had no insignias. Technically the Coalition and his kidnappers, the Tigrantine Protectorate, were at peace, but if the tigers caught us helping a wolf escape, things probably wouldn’t stay that way.
I threw him a rescue pack. It thumped as it hit the floor between us.
He folded his arms, leaned against a pillar. “The Coalition finally decided to honor their agreements?”
If that was how he wanted to play, so be it. “I have to obey orders. But not from you.”
He stalked forward, trying to intimidate me. “Take me to the captain of this ship. He will see reason.”
The ship jerked to the side. The alarms screamed. I pitched into him and we fell to the floor, me on top of him. My cheek pressed up against the ridges of his naked abdomen.  A mud-covered crotch was microns away from my nose. He smelled of dirt and greenery, things I hadn’t smelled in years.
My co-pilot’s voice blared over the com. “Captain, we’ve got cats up our ass. Lots of them.”

 

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About Kara Lockharte:


Kara Lockharte is the author of the Space Shifter Chronicles. She loves writing romances with sexy alpha alien shifters and strong heroines.

She lives on Planet Earth

 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kymiera by Steve Turnbull

Release date: November 7th 2017
Sub-genre: Cyberpunk, superhero

About Kymiera:


In our technologically dependent world everything stops when the wi-fi dies. It’s a total disaster, until it’s fixed and forgotten.

What if it’s never fixed? Not because of some accident or act of terror, but because everyone is too scared to leave their homes? Because they fear the distorted genetic monstrosities their friends and families have become. Terrified they might become the same. Fragile society collapses: No food. No power. Apocalypse!

But that was twenty years ago. The survivors from that terrible time have patched up what was left of civilisation until it worked again, just barely, and then they forgot. 

Now they pretend nothing has changed, with tracking chips in their heads, food rationing, and crumbling infrastructure they cannot repair. But they still fear the freaks and huddle in isolated communities throughout the desolate cities they still call home.

Chloe Dark wants to join the ‘Purity’ and help rid the world of monsters, starting with her home in Manchester. She goes to school and studies hard but these days Chloe’s always hungry, she knows that’s not right, but her genetic purity tests always come back clean. Until the day she can no longer deny she is changing into something else. But what? Then her closest friend is kidnapped and Chloe vows to find her before her time runs out.

DI Mitchell remembers how it was before the collapse. Nowadays his job is to track down and kill the freaks. He’s good at it. Too good. Finding kidnapped girls is not what he does, until his boss has him babysitting a Purity Agent up from London. As their investigation progresses the situation becomes ever more complicated and politically charged until something has to break.

Dog knows he has never been normal, but he’s not a freak, he’s something else. So he helps his boss, Mr Mendelssohn, buying and selling freaks for the illegal fights, doing odd jobs, nothing too nasty because Mr Mendelssohn doesn’t go in for violence—at least that’s the official line. But Dog wants a pack he can call his own, and when he catches the scent of others like him, he can’t ignore it.

In this rotting husk of civilisation, political power, industry and the law are in delicate balance. The whole unstable construct is about to be brought down by one young woman with a simple goal: before she becomes a freak and dies, she must rescue her missing friend.


Excerpt:


Delia moved up close, no longer scared apparently. She hunkered down so her head was at the same height as Jason’s. ‘Are you a mute?’

Jason found her scent to be… now even he couldn’t quite figure the word he wanted. He finally settled on attractive. He nodded.

‘You poor thing. That’s terrible.’ She reached out to take his hand, but he moved it and her fingers came down on his leg.

She jerked her hand away. ‘So sorry.’ She turned to Dog. ‘His fur is so soft.’

Dog pushed back his chair with a scrape. ‘I think you better be going now, Delia. Your dad would throw a fit if he knew you were in here. How do we know he isn’t dangerous?’

Delia stood up. She was taller than Dog. ‘Well, you weren’t getting very far with him, were you? You hadn’t even found out that he couldn’t talk and you’ve been trying to have a conversation for hours. You need me.’

‘All right, I’m grateful you discovered he’s dumb,’ said Dog. ‘But your dad would explode if he was here and saw you with him—not tied up.’

‘He’s not going to find out, is he?’ she said. ‘Not unless you tell him.’

‘You need to leave,’ said Dog.

‘I’m staying here,’ said Delia.

‘I’ll chuck you out.’

‘I’d like to see you try.’

Delia crossed her arms and set her feet as if ready for his attempt. Dog just stared at her, and then sat down. ‘Fine, whatever, the important thing is that freak-boy—’

‘Why don’t you find out what his name is?’

‘Because he can’t talk, as you so cleverly discovered.’

‘Well, maybe he can write.’

All the time the two of them had been arguing Jason had the feeling they wouldn’t even have noticed if he left.

‘Well, as long as you’re here,’ said Dog, ‘you might as well help. Let’s see what else we can get out of freak-boy.’

Jason looked up at Delia; at this particular moment she seemed very tall indeed. And she put her fists on her hips, like his mother used to when she got angry with him.

‘Listen, why don’t you start treating him with some respect. You might get what you want a bit faster.’

‘What would you suggest?’

‘Well, stop calling him freak-boy for a start. I mean, seriously, pot-kettle-black’ said Delia, then she turned her attention to Jason and came down to his level again. ‘Can you write?’

Jason was confused. He spent all his life running away from everyone except his mother, and now in the space of just two days everything had changed. He had a full stomach, and people were talking to him. It didn’t even matter that Dog was rude. It was just someone was talking to him as if he was really there, and not some sort of ghost. Not some sort of night demon that scared people as he flitted through the shadows.

There were no shadows here, and he couldn’t hide even if he wanted to. And just at this moment, hiding was the last thing he wanted to do.


About Steve Turnbull:



When he's not sitting at his computer building websites for national institutions and international companies, USA Today bestselling author Steve Turnbull can be found sitting at his computer building new worlds of steampunk, science fiction and fantasy.

Technically Steve was born a cockney but after five years he was moved out from London to the suburbs where he grew up and he talks posh now. He's been a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy since his early years, but it was poet Laurie Lee's autobiography "Cider with Rosie" (picked up because he was bored in Maths) that taught him the beauty of language and spurred him into becoming a writer, aged 15. He spent twenty years editing and writing for computer magazines while writing poetry on the side.

Nowadays he writes screenplays (TV and features), prose and computer programs.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Speculative Fiction Links of the Week for October 13, 2017


It's time again for our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this week with Star Trek Discovery, Blade Runner 2049, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, Runaways, The Orville, the geography of fantasy, New York Comic Con, lots of new trailers as well as the usual mix of awards news, writing advice, interviews, reviews, awards news, con reports, crowdfunding campaigns, science articles and free online fiction. 

Speculative fiction in general:

Comments on Star Trek Discovery:

Comments on Blade Runner 2049:

Comments on Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Comments on Runaways:

Awards:

Writing, publishing and promotion:

Interviews:

Reviews:

Crowdfunding:

Con reports:

Science and technology:

Free online fiction:

Odds and ends: 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Speculative Fiction Links of the Week for October 6, 2017


It's time again for our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this week with Star Trek Discovery, Blade Runner 2049, Inhumans, The Gifted, Stephen King, a lot of horror fiction, the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the usual mix of awards news, writing advice, interviews, reviews, awards news, con reports, crowdfunding campaigns, science articles and free online fiction. 

Speculative fiction in general:

Comments on Star Trek Discovery

Comments on Blade Runner 2049

Comments on Inhumans:

Comments on The Gifted

Awards:

Writing, publishing and promotion:

Interviews:

Reviews:

Crowdfunding:

Con reports:

Science and technology:

Free online fiction:

Odds and ends: