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Scorched Supper on New Niger

Scorched Supper on New Niger

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" Scorched Supper on New Niger was exactly that: a tasty morsel of a story, devoured over a lunch break."-- Ana Grilo, Kirkus Reviews

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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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Mr. Jester

Mr. Jester

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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? Choose a format and 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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The Star — H. G. Wells  (free)

The Star — H. G. Wells (free)

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H. G. Wells' story about what happens when a planet size object almost hits the Earth. We provide it here in MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for everybody else. To download, right click on the link below that indicates the format of your choice, and then click "Save link as..." Instructions for loading the ebook on to your e-reader here.

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And if you like Science Fiction, women in space, high stakes intrigue, uplifted cats, and just desserts, check out another old story made new, Suzy McKee Charnas', "Scorched Supper on New Niger."

 

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Servant of Death

Servant of Death

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by Fred Saberhagen and Jane Lindskold

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Try this if you like: battle armor , Berserkers, Science Fiction, female protagonists, Berserker Man, Lancelot

Description: The Berserkers reach out to Vivian Travers, humanity's greatest scientist and weapons builder. They have a job for her, and offer her a choice: do their bidding, with access to resources beyond her dreams, or die along with the others of her outpost. But Vivian has something up her sleeve, or rather in her vault. Lancelot, the greatest weapon ever created for human kind, and also the most destructive to its wielder.

Wrapped within Lancelot, spreading her wings on the stellar winds, Vivian thought she knew something of the pleasure the berserkers must take in the freedom non-life gave them. Then she remembered that non-life did not feel pleasure, and thought she understood a little better why the efforts to craft android berserkers had failed again and again.

I could do it, she thought. I could succeed as no one else has managed to succeed. First, though, the transport. That is the way out of the system.

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