Whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed with life, it helps to remember how to laugh. Few things do the trick like a funny science fiction novel.
As the struggle over the USPS slowdowns and financial trouble burns in the media, a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel from 1985 resurfaces: David Brin’s The Postman.
A few morsels of fun to carry you through the week: a free sci-fi story, updates on the beta read for Starfighter Down, and an audiobook recommendation for fans of mythology and storytelling.
New planet, new problems. Josu and his father trade up for a second chance at life by emigrating from a dead Earth to the Alpha Centauri system. But their new role as planetary pioneers presents its own challenges…
Good news for library users and audiobook listeners: The Translocator, my trilogy of science fiction adventures about an inventor and an archaeologist and the crazy things they have to do to get back home when they’re stranded on different planets, goes wide.
Quantum Flare, the third book in my sci-fi mystery series, launched this week! I’m incredibly happy with the reception to the series so far. Readers say the stories are lots of fun and have great characters. They say the mysteries will keep you guessing. And most of all, they want to know what happens next! […]
I discovered while catching up on publishing news at The Digital Reader
that KDP Print is now making print-on-demand books in Canada.
And since that’s who makes and ships the paperbacks of my books, that means that my readers in Canada now get some extra perks when they order my paperbacks from Amazon:
Copyright is a double-edged sword. On the first edge, it’s amazing that after a certain amount of time, and under certain circumstances, every book, every story, every beautiful creature of the imagination that was ever created will enter the public domain, from which point they will be forever free for all to enjoy at no cost.
Dancing on the other edge of the blade, when it comes to classic SF stories from now defunct genre magazines, even when the stories are out of copyright they are often hard to find, expensive to obtain (in terms of time or money), and rarely available in a modern digital reading experience (phone, tablet, ereader, etc.)
With one exception.
One of the beautiful things about a delusion is that no matter how mad someone gets at it … he can’t do it any harm. Therefore a delusion can be a fine thing for prodding angry belligerents…
Science said it could not be, but there it was.
And whoosh—look out—here it is again!
“The Holes Around Mars” is a classic science fiction short story by Jerome Bixby.