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A Savage War of Peace

On her maiden voyage, HMS Warspite discovered Vesy, a world populated by primitive aliens, aliens whose culture had already been twisted and warped by human refugees from the First Interstellar War. Now, Captain John Naiser and his crew spearhead a diplomat mission to the alien homeworld, hoping to ease them into the galactic mainstream.
But with hundreds of others hoping to influence and shape the developing alien culture, and all hell threatening to break loose as human ideals meet alien realities, events on Vesy might just mark the start of a new interstellar conflict …
… And a civil war that will tear the human sphere apart.
[Like my other self-published Kindle books, A Savage War of Peace is DRM-free. You may reformat it as you choose. There is a large sample of the text – and my other books – on my site: Try before you buy.]

A Plain-Dealing Villain

It’s hard to make a dishonest buck in Sin City, especially when a rogue FBI agent is gunning for your head. Flat broke and one step ahead of the law, Daniel Faust flees Vegas and lands in Chicago, where a risky heist promises to fill his pockets with cash.
There are the risks you can account for, and then there are the risks you never see coming, the ones that leave you blindsided and fighting to survive. Daniel is a stranger in a strange land, out of his element and surrounded by corrupt sorcerers, demons, and worse. Still, with a friend’s soul hanging in the balance — not to mention a pile of stolen cash — giving up isn’t an option.
Before he’s done, Daniel will descend into the depths of Chicago’s occult netherworld, competing in an underground poker tournament where the winner takes all…and with the infernal Court of Night-Blooming Flowers running the show, “winner takes all” has an entirely new meaning. The Flowers haven’t forgotten Daniel’s past insults, and if they get their way, he’ll never leave the Windy City alive.

A Place So Foreign

**The Barnes & Noble Review**
*A Place So Foreign and Eight More* is a sardonic collection of short stories by Cory Doctorow, winner of the prestigious John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer in 2000.
The title story, “A Place So Foreign,” is, on the surface, a novella revolving around a family living in 1898 Utah that has access to a portal (in their horse barn) to 1975. After young James spends time in the future and returns home to 1898, he sees his life — and his world — in a different light. It’s a sentimental story not so much about time travel as about growing up and finding one’s destiny.
Although all the stories in the collection are fascinating in their own right, easily the most memorable is “Craphound,” a work destined to be a classic that has already been included in several international anthologies. Jerry Abington is a collector of junk. His weekly routine includes religiously visiting yard sales, auctions, and thrift shops in search of the discarded objects that could potentially turn into collectibles when someone offers to pay big bucks for them. Together with Craphound (an alien who shares his addiction to junk), he travels around Canada in search of the big score.
Comparable to the popular science fiction satire of [Steve Aylett](, [Paul Di Filippo](, and [Allen Steele](, Doctorow’s collection of nine short works is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing, this collection showcases Doctorow’s wicked sense of humor and genius wit. *Paul Goat Allen*

A Night With the Girls

Those Chicks in Chainmail are baaaack — and They Are Not Amused! A Brief Word from the Characters: We seem to have a Failure to Communicate here. Hey, it’s okay with us that Chicks in Chainmail was so popular, and reached #3 on the Locus bestseller list, and everybody wanted more, please. But people, you need to take us sword-swinging amazons a little more seriously. After all, you think it’s a picnic wearing a cold brass brassiere (let alone finding the right size)? You think it’s a piece of cake keeping those chainmail accessories from rusting when it rains? You think it’s a walk in the park besieging a city when you’ve got PMS? Think again, you wimpy noncombatants! Sure, you’re entitled to a laugh or two. Hey, we like a good joke as much as the next amazon. But hard experience has taught us that swordswomen don’t get no respect. So, while you’re chuckling, show some respect. You can start by buying this book. You were going to buy the book, weren’t you? Pardon us a moment . . . have to wash the blood stains off these swords before they set . . .

A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers

This book presents the generative rules for formal written communication, in an engineering context, through the lens of mathematics. Aimed at engineering students headed for careers in industry and professionals needing a “just in time” writing resource, this pragmatic text covers all that engineers need to become successful workplace writers, and leaves out all pedagogical piffle they do not. Organized into three levels of skill-specific instruction, *A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers: Sentence* *Algebra & Document Algorithms* guides readers through the process of building accurate, precise sentences to structuring efficient, effective reports. The book’s indexed design provides convenient access for both selective and comprehensive readers, and is ideal for university students; professionals seeking a thorough, “left -brained” treatment of English grammar and “go to” document structures; and ESL engineers at all levels.

A Hard Day’s Fright

Cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is enjoying quite a reputation on the ghostly grapevine. So when a free spirit from the sixties needs closure, she knows just who to haunt… What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again. Until Pepper sees her — as a ghost who has heard of Pepper’s gift of communicating with dead people and solving their murders. Lucy’s spirit can’t rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years? With a little help from her friends…

A Falling Starr

A year ago I had woken up with no memory of who I was. No one seemed to know anything about me and for months the police investigated only to find nothing. The only thing I had was a necklace with the name Angela Starr.The government gave me an ID with that name and let me enroll in a community college to get my GED. All the psychologists that they had examine me thought that would be best and going to school might jog some memories since they figured I was in my late teens. Well, it did, as I ran into a boy my age that I felt I knew, but before I could fully recover those memories, we found ourselves being chased into a portal that led to the other side of the universe.But why did this other planet seem so familiar?

A Darkness Forged in Fire

We do not fear the flame, though it burns us,
We do not fear the fire, though it consumes us,
And we do not fear its light,
Though it reveals the darkness of our souls,
For therein lies our power.
\– Blood Oath of the Iron Elves
First in a stunning debut series, *A Darkness Forged in Fire* introduces an unforgiving world of musket and cannon…bow and arrow…magic, diplomacy, and oaths — each wielding terrible power in an Empire teetering on the brink of war.
In this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire’s elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He’s murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and finally been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most — the forest.
Now, all he wants is to be left alone with his misery…but for Konowa, nothing is ever that simple. The mysterious and alluring Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out in the dangerous wild with a royal decree that he resume his commission as an officer in Her Majesty’s Imperial Army, effective immediately.
For in the east, a falling Red Star heralds the return of a magic long vanished from the earth. Rebellion grows within the Empire as a frantic race to reach the Star unfolds. It is a chance for Konowa to redeem himself — even if the entire affair appears doomed to be a suicide mission…
and that the soldiers recruited for the task are not at all what he expects. And worse, his key adversary in the perilous race for the Star is the dreaded Shadow Monarch — a legendary elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination spread deeper than Konowa could ever imagine….

A Company of Stars

By the 26th century, humanity had begun its expansion to the stars, and the Interstellar Dominion Electorates reigned over a unified Terra — but New York was still New York, Broadway was still Broadway, and live theater was bigger and better than ever. The excited theater pioneers of the newly formed Star Company were dedicated to taking their act on the road — and out to the stars. They were far too busy with tryouts to pay any attention to current events and the constant harangues of the reactionary LORDS party on the public wallscreens. Then the Lords party turned its attack on theater and its “timeless repertory of immorality.” Suddenly the Star Company was off on a madcap race to finish its preparations, buy a ship and hire a pilot, and lift off Terra before it was grounded forever… or worse!

A Choice of Gods

**A handful of humans and a multitude of robots create a new society on an abandoned Earth in this novel by the Nebula Award–winning author of *Way Station*.**
*What if you woke up one morning on Earth . . . and no one else was there?* That is the reality that greeted a handful of humans, including Jason Whitney, his wife Martha, and the remnants of a tribe of Native Americans in the year 2135. Their inexplicable abandonment had unexpected benefits: the eventual development of mental telepathy and other extrasensory powers, inner peace, and best of all, near-immortality. Now, five thousand years later, most of the remaining humans live a tranquil, pastoral life, leaving technological and religious exploration to the masses of robot servants who no longer have humans to serve. But the unexpected reappearance of Jason’s brother, who had teleported to the stars many years before, threatens to change everything yet again—for John Whitney is the bearer of startling information about where Earth’s population went and why—and the most disturbing news of all: They may finally be coming home again.
Nominated for the Hugo Award when it first appeared in print more than forty years ago, Clifford D. Simak’s brilliant and thought-provoking *A Choice of Gods* has lost nothing of its power to astonish and intrigue. A masterwork of speculative fiction, intelligent and ingenious, it is classic Simak, standing tall among the very best science fiction that has ever been written.