Fresh, From the Free Range Oyster-Lair*
Hail, well met, and sundry other greetings! We’ve a nice haul of new books for your entertainment and edification this week, for which I thank you all. As I sit in my lovely-but-cramped shell all week long, dutifully layering pearls, it’s good to know that I’ll get to do something useful for the weekend. *big grin*
In addition to this week’s books, I have an announcement! For those out here on the occidental end of the American continent, WesterCon is coming up in four weeks, in Salt Lake City. Incidentally, WesterCon and FantasyCon are the same weekend and will be sharing memberships. We’ll be gathering any Huns, Dinerzens, and other lurking Hoyt-fen who live in the area (I know there are several) as well as any and all of us attending the cons. The city has several awesome eating and drinking establishments; I hear you mammals are into that sort of thing. Those with knowledge of the area are welcome to recommend a place, or we can just roust out the ‘danes from a corner of the con hotel’s lounge. Pillaging may be involved, bring your own pony and torches. RSVP with me, if you would, if you’ll be in the area that weekend.
There is a larger announcement that I’d hoped to make this weekend, but there are… details still to be hammered out. Suffice to say that the WesterCon gathering is part of a larger
world domination scheme organ-harvesting operation cat fancier’s club worthwhile and totally innocuous endeavour. More info and fewer heavy-handed hints coming ASAP, I promise. 😛
Aside from all the mysterious goings-on, future entries for the promo post can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!
Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster
Mercenary Wordsmith, Terminal Tamer, and High Seat of the Gathering Horde
Crash landing on an uncharted world is bad enough. Losing most of the crew as the ship sinks to the bottom of an alien ocean is even worse. And that’s just the beginning.
Ragged and terrified, the last few survivors—a fireteam of battle-hardened marines and an inexperienced civilian adviser—search for a way to contact the nearest inhabited system for rescue. But as they encounter the denizens of this world, they learn something remarkable. From the red reeds that cover the land to the ferocious predators that fear nothing, every living thing on this world is highly intelligent… and utterly hostile. Violence is a normal part of life. Murder and war are nothing more than a means to acquire food. Kindness is unimaginably alien.
For the survivors, escape is not enough. They must also keep their technology out of the hands of the barbaric monsters around them. For the planet’s natives have learned that it is possible to leave their world, and out there among the stars is the most prolific source of food they have ever known: humans.
Dwight R. Decker
Pleistocene Junior High
The year is 1965. An abandoned alien base is discovered under the sands of northern Africa. Amazingly, the machinery in it is still functional after seemingly millennia, but exactly what the exotic gear does, no one knows. Until, that is, an experiment to test it goes wrong and an entire middle school in Ohio is suddenly transported 30,000 years into the past. For some 300 teenagers caught unexpectedly by the disaster, survival becomes a day-by-day struggle in a world without grocery stores, hospitals, electricity, plumbing, or any of a thousand other things taken for granted in modern civilization. Even though he is unaware of it, one boy literally holds the key to resolving the mystery of how it happened and perhaps even going home. Meanwhile, the Biology teacher finds himself the unelected leader of the colony whether he wants the job or not, and the lives of hundreds of people now depend on him. Between the two of them, they might be able to hold off the oncoming catastrophe, but others see nothing but opportunity in a prehistoric world in which laws and police are unknown. It will take courage and intelligence to live very long in this savage new land – and perhaps a little help from the stars.
Anita C. Young
Fenrir Reborn: A Sindri Modulf Novella
Sindri Modulf has been tested many times throughout his long life, but for every feat he has faced, he has artfully dodged countless more with easy humour and a deadly axe. Those well-honed abilities will prove useless when he is faced with one of the greatest challenges of his life; he must bring back a grief-stricken Seer from the edge of catatonia. Unwilling to let the mind of the most powerful woman in 1000 years be ravaged by Empaths and Telepaths, Sindri does something he hasn’t done for centuries: bare his soul.
The Eternity Symbiote
On Sale for the month of June!
Earth sits at the center of a galactic power struggle humanity knows nothing about. Then an alien delegation suffers a fatal accident and hidden plans unravel around the wreckage in the Alaskan wilderness. Infectious disease expert Gabrielle McGregor discovers the hidden machinations and what they’ll mean for her and her family.
Also available from Barnes and Noble.
Foreshadows: A Collection of Tall Tales from the Weird West (Whiskey & Wheelguns)
Wheelgun Press proudly presents: Whiskey and Wheelguns: Foreshadows. This is a collection of six short stories all set in the Whiskey and Wheelgun Universe. You will recieve a first class introduction to the stories that will be keeping you up at night for the next twelve months.
Each series will explore a dark corner of the weird west as envisioned by the addled minds of the contributers. They will dazzle you with the grit of the desert sand, the gristle of sixgun wielding protagonists, and the intestinal fortitude required to subdue a werewolf lightskirt.
Twenty-four stories of dubious literary merit by six of today’s most vaguely groomed and semi-coherent authors, which will shock and amaze, dazzle and impress, and floor the reader with outright awe for the massive amounts of facial hair required to bring a project like this into the bright desert light. Be sure to follow along, ’cause the wagon won’t be stoppin’ until they strike fool’s gold.
This is the introduction to a shared world. Other books in the setting, by various authors, include:
*It’s little. Also, flooded.