by Lindsay Brambles
You can’t be serious,’ said Wethers, the first officer. ‘Even doing skip jumps involves an element of risk. And they’re only short distances. You’re talking about light-years of phase-shifting outside of the Matrix. Two hundred and fifty light-years beyond the Fringes, as a matter-of-fact.’
Imbrahim glanced over at the navigation officer, Seria Talud.
‘In the Matrix we’re pretty well guaranteed safe passage,’ she continued. ‘The use of transit points has made interstellar travel much more efficient and safe. There’s little fear of passing through a planet or a sun or dropping out into one. The lines we use are generally clear of mass and debris. Blind phase-shifting doesn’t guarantee that.’
Zero-Option – 71 pages, 299 KB (EPUB, PDB, FB2, HTML, AZW, MOBI, PRC, LIT, PKG, PDF, TXT, RB, RTF, LRF, JAR)
2. The First Untrue Trilogy
The First Untrue Trilogy
by Teel McClanahan III
A teenage boy’s daydreams and fantasies are the key that unlocks a world of magic, psychic communication, and threats he’d never imagined. Discovering he’s accidentally impregnated a classmate he’s never touched sets a chain of events in motion leading from kidnapping to attempted rescue, then literally into Hell.
Whether being attacked by the teachers he’s supposed to be able to trust, seduced by beautifully identical sisters with sinister intent, psychicly crippled by sympathetic birth pains, or forced to play a rigged game against the Devil in order to win his friends’ freedom, Trevor’s every move is dictated by the compulsion to find love.
Sexual love, brotherly love, parental love, naive love, polyamourous love, self-love, love of learning, love of freedom, and unconditional true love that breaks all boundaries and opens new doors are all part of Trevor’s journey in The First Untrue Trilogy, and he is not the only one whose love plays a part in its unfolding events.
The first half of the Untrue Tales From Beyond Fiction – Recollections of an Alternate Past series is a gradual unfolding of hidden truths, a walk from ignorance to intimacy, with secret societies, afterlife realities, and gender identities. It will set you on a collision course with the second half, in which reality unfolds twice as fast.
The First Untrue Trilogy – 356 pages, 1.75 MB (PDF, EPUB, TXT, RTF, MOBI, Sony E Reader, LRF, PDB,
by Christopher McKitterick
Near-future cyberpunk/space opera/coming-of-age/new-wave philosophical action SF. Humankind rushes toward self-destruction, and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto ruler of half the solar system, a soldier fighting in Africa to entertain his audience, an artificial intelligence facing personal crisis, and a cast of billions.
Transcendence – 403 pages 2.35 MB (HTML, PDF, EPUB)
by Vonda N. McIntyre
The starship Starfarer is poised for our first voyage to another star system. The Alien Contact Team â€” physicist Victoria Fraser MacKenzie, geneticist Stephen Thomas Gregory, geographer Satoshi Lono, and alien contact specialist J.D. Sauvage â€” and the rest of the faculty and staff prepare for humanityâ€™s most ambitious exploratory expedition.
Starfarers – 13 Chapters (EPUB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PRC, PDF, HTML) – Requires registration