Balfour and Meriwether in Two Adventures$1.99
by Daniel Abraham
Try this if you like: steampunk, alternative history, arthur conan doyle, buddy movies, tongue-in-cheek Jewish conspiracies.
Description: Sherlock Holmes crossed with James Bond. The first two Balfour and Meriwether stories collected in a SnackReads Steampunk Double. Two intrepid agents of the British crown battle ancient forces bent on destroying humanity, and more modern threats to their Queen.
As I have grown old, I have watched the world of my youth fade with me. The damage done by the Great War will never be calculated. And yet, even now, I hear from my friends in the circles of power - in truth, most are now the children of my friends - that a third war in Afghanistan is all but certain. Even more than the war on the continent just passed, I find myself in dread of this new conflict and the powers it may provoke. And yet, also I feel the nostalgia of old hunts, old games, old enemies now lost to history, and feel again not the rush of conflict but its echo. And recall the unparalleled eyes of a most singular woman I once knew… –From the Last Notebooks of Mr. Meriwether, 1919
- Length: 16,000 words, approximately 40 pages
- Publisher: SnackReads
- Language: English
- DRM: None
- Availibilty: Milkyway Galaxy
- Formats: Mobi, Epub, PDF
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Scorched Supper on New Niger$1.99
" Scorched Supper on New Niger was exactly that: a tasty morsel of a story, devoured over a lunch break."-- Ana Grilo, Kirkus Reviews
Try this if you like: Science Fiction, women in space, high stakes intrigue, uplifted cats, just desserts
Description: Space pilot Dee Steinway has so far escaped the clutches of her empire-building brother-in-law; now he has her, her feline companion, and her uniquely valuable spaceship in his sights. Will her desperate landing at a colony of traders from Old Africa lead to an escape, a delicious comeuppance, or a trap?
Bob W. Netchkay wanted my ship and I was damned if I was going to let him have it.
It was the last of the Steinway space fleet that my sister Nita and I had inherited from our aunt Juno. Aunt Juno had been a great, tough lady of the old days and one hell of an administrator, far better alone than both of us Steinway sisters together. I was young when she died, but smart enough to know that I was a damn good pilot; so I hired an administrator to run the line for Nita and me.
Bob Netchkay administrated himself a large chunk of our income, made a bunch of deliberately bad deals, and secretly bought up all my outstanding notes after a disastrous trading season. I threw him out, but he took six of my ships with him. I lost nine more on my own. (Longer sample ...)
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Try this if you like: Berserker, science fiction, comedy, satire, making fun of politicians
Description: You know about Berserkers, machines programmed by a long dead civilization to seek out and destroy all life. But did you know they could be funny? In "Mr. Jester," an exhiled criminal meets a killer robot in existential crisis, and shenanigans ensue. Will it all end in tears, or a belly laugh? Pull my finger, I mean, click the "Add to Cart" button and find out!
“My purpose is to destroy all life wherever I can find it.”
The jester cowered down. Then he asked in a low voice: “What is unclear about that?”
The berserker answered his question with two of its own: “What is life? And how is it destroyed?”
After half a minute there came a sound that the berserker computers could not identify. It issued from the protoplasmic computing-unit, but if it was speech it was in a language unknown to the berserker.
“What is the sound you make?” the machine asked.
The jester gasped for breath. “It’s laughter. Oh, laughter! So. You were unfinished.” He shuddered, the terror of his position coming back to sober him. But then he once more burst out giggling; the situation was too ridiculous.
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