Signal Boost: Victorian Venus

Victorian Venus
(Terraformed Interplanetary Book 2)

Travis PerryAdam David CollingsKat Heckenbach,
Cindy KoeppL. Jagi Lamplighter, Kristin Stieffel

In a future one thousand years from now, an echo of the Victorian past thrives. A future terraformed Venus sees our era of high technology as one of innumerable dangers. Dominated by the most advanced technological society on the planet, New Berlin, the nation and city-states of Venus deliberately imitate both the technology and culture of the Victorian Era. As nations chafe under the yoke of New Berlin, war breaks out–driving this culture so much like our past into a future entirely unlike our own. 

This short-story anthology explores the regions and cultures of Victorian Venus, from the metropolis of New Berlin, to the tropics, to the Arctic Circle. The war between New Berlin and two rebelling nations forms the backdrop of most of the tales.

Second in a series. The first anthology is Medieval Mars

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Signal Boost: A Fistful of Credits

A Fistful of Credits: Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe (The Revelations Cycle) (Volume 5)

Authors include: Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey, Terry Mixon, Jason Cordova, Jon R. Osborne, Kevin Ikenberry, Jon Del Arroz, Kacey Ezell, Christopher Woods, Christopher G. Nuttall, PP Corcoran, Doug Dandridge, Charity Ayres, Brad R. Torgersen, Charles E. Gannon

Mercenary science fiction in the same vein as David Drake’s “Hammer’s Slammers!”                     
                                                                          
Fourteen outstanding authors. Fourteen extraordinary stories. One bestselling universe.
It’s the Twenty-Second Century. The galaxy has opened up to humanity as a hyperactive beehive of stargates and new technologies, and we suddenly find ourselves in a vast playground of different races, environments, and cultures. There’s just one catch: we are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain.
Enter the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Enter a galaxy not only of mercenaries, but also of Peacemakers, bounty hunters, and even a strung out junkie in the way of a hired assassin.
Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “A Fistful of Credits” includes all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors–and some you may not have heard of…yet. The fourteen authors take on various aspects of the universe, giving you additional insight into a galaxy that isn’t at war…but definitely isn’t at peace. There’s only one thing for sure–anything’s possible for a fistful of credits!
Inside you’ll find:
Foreword by Dr. Charles E. Gannon
“The Last Alpha” by Mark Wandrey
“Breach of Contract” by Terry Mixon
“Paint the Sky” by Jason Cordova
“Surf and Turf” by Jon R. Osborne
“Stand on It” by Kevin Ikenberry
“Lost and Found” by Jon Del Arroz
“Gilded Cage” by Kacey Ezell
“Legends” by Christopher Woods
“With the Eagles” by Doug Dandridge
“Dead or Alive” by Paul Corcoran
“Hide and Seek” by Christopher Nuttall
“Information Overload” by Charity Ayres
“Enough” by Chris Kennedy
“CASPer’s Ghost” by Brad R. Torgersen

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A review! A palpable review! Astounding Frontiers Revealed!

Lovely review of Astounding Frontiers by Yardsale of the Mind

Review: Astounding Frontiers Issue 1

Short & Sweet: Well worth 3 of your entertainment dollars. Fun, well-written stories and three old-school-style serials, a quick read. Grab a beer or an ice tea, your copy of Astounding Frontiers, and hit the hammock or the beach for a few enjoyable hours. Wear sunscreen.

Astounding Frontiers is a new magazine devoted to stories that astound and push frontiers. It hits the mark, although, by their nature, serials may do their astounding and pushing of frontiers over a larger time-frame than one issue. Onward:

First, we have the short stories. The Death Ride of SUNS Joyeuse by Patrick Baker is military SciFi covering a space fleet and space marines dedicated to protecting an outpost from some nasty customers intent on enslaving them. Epic and heroic battles ensue, complete with way-cool space weapons and strategy . Fun read, and it’s obvious Baker knows what he’s talking about – he’s a veteran working at the Dept of Defense, so the command structure and tactics ring true. Good story.

Next, is Lou Antonelli’s Riders of the Red Shift, a very cool sort of Western/Mystery in space story, about a space station and worm hole out in the Oort cloud near Sedna. Seems a group of Texans, after a failed rebellion, headed out with a load of decommissioned nukes – which nukes were later found useful as fuel for propulsion into the wormhole the Texans accidentally discovered.  Exploration of the galaxy takes place through this wormhole. At the time of the story, crews retrieve these nukes from the Texan’s long abandoned ship to use as fuel.  There are some mysteries that need solving…

According to Culture by Declan Finn is a space riff off the wisdom contained in a famous (legendary?) exchange between a British commander in India and a Hindu leader (whether Finn knows it or not, although I suspect he does). The Hindu explains to the Brit that it is their custom to throw live widows on the pyres of their dead husbands; the Brit explains it is his custom to hang people who murder women. If the Hindu insists on following his culture, he can hardly object when the British follow theirs.  A father who turns out to be a sort of tech/mech/ninja, has to make this point to a ruler who has purchased his kidnapped daughter.

This story has a very good opening sentence:

Neti Gwai looked over his latest batch of slaves, going from one holographic image to another, when the wall exploded.

And it hardly lets up from there. Epic battles ensue. Fun read, especially as a father of daughters.

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Signal Boost: Launch of Astounding Frontiers! New Pulp Magazine

Astounding Frontiers
Give us ten minutes and we’ll give you a world!

Astounding Frontiers is a new pulp magazine from the minds  here at Superversive Press that will transport you to far off worlds of adventure! 

In our inaugural issue we have stories and serials from Dragon Award winners and nominees and many other great authors. 

We have stories from Dragon Award Nominee Declan Finn, Patrick S. Baker, Lou Antonelli, Erin Lale and astrophysicist Sarah Salviander. 

We have the first installments of three serials. Nowither, the follow up to John C. Wrights Dragon award winning Somewhither, Galactic Outlaws, from Dragon Award winner Nick Cole and Jason Anaspach and a rollicking adventure from Ben Wheeler called In the Seraglio of the Sheik of Mars .

Please join us in travelling to Astounding Frontiers!

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Signal Boost: Larry Correia Book Bomb — The Lawdog Files

From Monster Hunter Nation

 

I’ve known the Lawdog for about twenty years now. He was one of the original alpha readers for my first book because we were both moderators on the same gun forum. Ian is a great guy.

As a small town Texas cop he used to post these funny true life stories, and they were hilarious. Seriously, the guy has a gift. Some of these stories have become internet legend, like the amorous armadillo, the pink gorilla suit, and the shootout with Santa.

After nearly two decades of us bugging him, Lawdog has finally written a book!

It was another mutual friend, Peter Grant’s idea that I write a forward. I was happy to do so, because Lawdog is funny, talented, and has a way with words that can be making you laugh one minute, and punching you in the feels the next. I’m so glad he finally put together a book.

It is only in eBook now, but a physical book is coming later. Also, there is another book planned about his childhood in Africa, and then I’ve heard rumors that he is actually going to try and write some fiction. And that I’ve got to see.

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The purpose of a BOOK BOMB is to get as many people as possible to buy the same book on the same day. That gets it to go up in the sales rankings on Amazon as much as possible. The higher it gets, the more eyes see it, the more new readers check it out. Success breeds success, and the most important thing is that the author GETS PAID. So please check it out, and if you like it, tell your friends and spread the word.

I use Amazon for this because it has an hourly updating sales rank and half the fun is seeing how high we can make it go, but if you want to buy it from your local store, or Barnes and Noble, or whatever, that’s great because the author still GETS PAID. And the whole point is to get a deserving author with a quality book new fans.

In this case, today is the official release, but word leaked out last week, and people went nuts on this book. It is already a bestseller. Which is great, because Ian is funny as hell, and deserves as many readers as possible. So now we are going to pile on.

Read more to see how the Book Bomb is going…

Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop Invites you!

To all the science fans among our readership:

TVIW 2017
October 4th – 6th 2017
Huntsville, AL
Downtown Embassy Suites

The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, in partnership with Starship Century and Tau Zero Foundation, proudly announces that registration to the October 4-6, 2017 symposium is now open! We will also have exciting pre-symposium events on October 3rd if you are able to come early. 

Their Registrar says:

We hold symposia every 18 months, and have been doing so since 2011. The next symposium will be in Huntsville, AL, October 3-6. We have a strong schedule of scientific papers being presented, seminars on various topics, panel discussions, and interactive working track investigations. We’re partnering with Starship Century and the Tau Zero Foundation to present detailed, accurate, and up-to-date looks at all aspects of interstellar investigation.

The first day of our symposium will be opened by Pete Worden, the Executive Director of the Breakthrough Initiatives, and will feature the first (I believe) detailed public description of the Breakthrough efforts, by the Breakthrough investigators themselves.

The second day will be opened by Mark Millis, the founder of the Tau Zero Foundation, and will include talks about their efforts as well as papers from other researchers from around the world.

The third day will be organized by TVIW ourselves, and will include papers from NASA researchers as well as a briefing from Rep. John Culberson of Texas, chair of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds NASA.

We would welcome your participation, and certainly would look forward to seeing you! If you know of anyone else for which this symposium would be a good fit, please forward this invitation to them also. (I really am trying to get to everyone!)
To register or learn more about their Pre-Symposium Seminars and Tour, visit their page.

 

Signal Boost: The Strings of Fate

Poor orphaned Seren Nighthawk lives as a thief in Rondevel with only a gang of teenaged pickpockets to call family. Unfortunately, her gang is killed by a mysterious wizard leaving her the sole survivor. Seren has to give up her violin and all that she owns to avoid death by the wizard’s magic. Despite all of her losses, she still has a dream to become a member of the Bardic College and leave the streets of Rondevel for good. Will Seren continue thieving or follow her dream to be a bard?

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