Ladies and Germs it’s the book post – Jason Dyck

Good morning, Huns, and welcome to the weekend! We received some interesting submissions for promo this week, including a fascinating bit of sci-fi history. Got something of your own to promote? Want to help the Huns and lurkers to surf the Human Wave? As always, future entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster

Spaghetti De-Tangler, Mercenary Word-polisher, and Twenty-First Primarch

Eberhard Christian Kindermann

The Speedy Journey

Translated by Dwight R. Decker

On July 10, 1744, a German astronomer named Eberhard Christian Kindermann thought he had made the discovery of a lifetime – a never before seen moon orbiting the planet Mars, more than 130 years before any were officially observed. Instead of announcing his discovery the usual way, Kindermann chose to dramatize it by writing a story about an interplanetary voyage to his alleged Martian moon. The result was The Speedy Journey on the Air-Ship to the Upper World, perhaps the first story ever written about a trip to Mars (or at least somewhere close by). By turns quirky and even bizarre, the story is still astonishing today for its sheer imagination as a work of pioneering science fiction. Besides traveling through space and encountering alien life forms on another world, Kindermann’s heroes even use balloons for aerial transportation nearly forty years before the actual first balloon flight in 1783. Never before translated into English, little known outside its native country, and usually relegated to uncertain references in footnotes and bibliographies, The Speedy Journey is now available after 270 years to science-fiction fans and historians, astronomy buffs, and everyone else in “the curious lower world,” as the author would have said. This edition includes the complete translated text of the original story as well as essays by science-fiction historian John J. Pierce and translator Dwight R. Decker that put it in the context of its time. The cover by Alan Fletcher Bradford and new illustrations by Donna Barr are supplemented with vintage illustrations from E. C. Kindermann’s own works.

R.K. Modena


Tiny Sparrowind can’t hunt from the sky, cannot hope to best his siblings in contests of strength, and scrapes by to survive. But in the books stashed in his parents’ hoard of gold and gems he finds a greater treasure: ideals.

Deciding to make his own way in life gives him more hope than he could have if he tried living only by the way of Dragonkind, but can this dreamer of a Dragon find his place in the world?

Available from these fine booksellers:

Kal Spriggs

The Shattered Empire

The Shadow Space Chronicles Book 2

Baron Lucius Giovanni has managed to buy the human race a brief reprieve from the two alien races which seek humanity’s extinction. In the process he has become the leader of a new nation and the commander of a powerful fleet. However, victory comes with consequences. Without an imminent threat, old feuds have sparked back to life and tenuous alliances falter. There are also old enemies who cannot forget that Lucius has what they wanted. He must find a way to hold off scheming rivals, sociopathic psychics, and even former friends. If he can’t do all that and take the fight to humanity’s true enemies, billions may die under alien servitude.

31 thoughts on “Ladies and Germs it’s the book post – Jason Dyck

  1. Hey Georgette Heyer fans, These Old Shades is a Kindle Daily Deal today…

    So, my question is: Good intro to her work, or no?

    *I tried to find the thread with the Heyer discussion. Failed. Sad faces.*

          1. The Talisman Ring is an excellent gateway drug I mean intro 🙂 Should I ever marry, my intended WILL promise to ride ventre a terre to my deathbed. Or there will be no marriage!

    1. The Heyer thread was over at MGC. Consensus on good starter Heyers was, IIRC, Sylvester and The Unknown Ajax.

                1. I once read a story (fantasy) where a pregnant woman is having to deal with some “craziness” of her almost-niece-in-law and decides that she doesn’t want her child to be a girl. After she’s though with that she has to deal with some “craziness” of her late-teen nephew and then thinks she doesn’t want her child to be a boy. [Very Very Big Grin]

                  Oh, the almost-niece-in-law was forced into marriage with the nephew by the girl’s crazy father who then tried to kill both of them.

                  1. I want to make a Game of Thrones reference here but can’t think of a way to do so without forcing it.

                2. Ala Douglas Adams, if anyone understands women, they will be immediately replaced by something even more incomprehensible. Some say this has already happened.

                  To which I reply, “Feminists, in three waves.”

    2. The Unknown Ajax and The Toll-booth are really good, among my favorites. I really like Cotillion, too, I think because the hero doesn’t (at first) seem very heroic.

          1. It’s free on my bookshelf. Ok, now that I’ve looked, the following that haven’t yet been mentioned are also really good–Regency Buck and The Grand Sophy. Also, Venetia is excellent. Sylvester and Unknown Ajax have very funny scenes.

  2. Very much recommend Sparrowind; a sweet, rather classic sort of story that I think my daughters will be utterly delighted by in about… two, three years. (Gotta get their reading vocabulary up.)

  3. Lining up ducks to join you.

    Would any of you tell me what e-publishing services you use?

    and if you get your own ISBNs, how you did it?

    1. I use

      The ISBN option comes up when you’re submitting a project for publication. There are different ISBNS for ebooks and physical books.

      It’ll distribute physical books to … well, as far as I’ve seen, Amazon is included on it as well as Book Depository (though I have no idea how long for the run)

      While for ebooks amazon is not included at the moment (not sure why).

        1. It does distribute ebooks to ibooks and B&N (and while it’s not immediate, the book does get put up.) So there’s a bit of convenience there to spare signing up for ibooks and B&N. The format they use is the same (epub).

          Being in the US it’s probably not hard for you to sign up for a KDP account, and as long as its not select I think (feel free to correct me anyone!) you can publish with Lulu as well.

          I like it because of the tax form stuff (being abroad. May not be a big problem for Stateside folks.)

          Lulu also has advertising options, but they’re paid for I think. (Marketing is something I haven’t got much of an idea on yet, but working on it.)

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