Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fiction Portal

Novels

March 20, 3748, was supposed to be the day when fifteen-year-old Sonny Knight would enjoy the clashball championship game with his family and two best friends. Instead, it set off a chain of catastrophes and adventures when terrorist clones invaded the stadium, capturing all the players and spectators and transporting them off to a secret island base in submarines crafted from bioengineered jellyfish.

Except for Sonny, who managed to escape thanks to sheer bad luck. Now he just wants to get back home and let the grownups sort everything out.

But the day wasn’t a total loss. Sonny got to meet one of his favorite sports heroes, he got a new dog, and he ran into an extremely tattooed man who has a really fast ship. Which might’ve been able to get Sonny safely home in a couple of days if they hadn’t run into the tsunamis, and the pliosaurs, and the cattle stampede, and  more clones, and all those other complications.

Complications multiply in this solarpunk adventure tale set in a way-past-dystopian future where humans face violent weather, cutthroat politics and bioengineered monsters, all of which make travel very inconvenient.

REVIEW at Book Review Directory
"One Sunny Night is a well-written tale of adventure ... very creative ..." 


Retrograde Horizon

In volume one, Sonny made his way home. Now he’s in volume two, and those pesky clones are still trying to kill him. Meanwhile, his family is still trapped on the clones’ super-secret mist-shrouded island somewhere in the South Pacific near the huge volcanic eruption. It’s starting to look like he’s going to have to go get them – if he can survive the roller coaster bomb, and the hacked robot, and the bioengineered unicorn, and the malfunctioning factory equipment … and his very first girlfriend.

A fast-paced epic science fiction adventure set in 3748 on an earth with a very different climate (not to mention configuration, chemistry and composition) for Young Adults, Old Children and practically anybody else who happens to have a little time on their hands.


REVIEW at Book Review Directory
"...plenty of action and danger to keep readers turning the pages."

Sieging Manganela

A long time from now, there was a war.

Very different from the normal sort of war. Turo’s side was full of brave, strong, dedicated soldiers. Their great-grandfathers modified their DNA to make sure they’d be the best warriors ever: strong, fast, smart and big.

Zeffany’s side sold them those DNA modifications. They’re not about to come outside and exchange blows with a bunch of hypermuscular giants. Not when they can kick back in air-conditioned cities sending out remote-controlled drones.

Turo doesn’t feel particularly gigantic. He’s heard rumors that the war is nearly at an end, and if they are true, he won’t have to keep hiding his anxiety, and his flashbacks. If the officers were to find out about that he’d get kicked out of the army in no time, and then he’d lose his pension, and no decent girl would ever talk to him. Turo is only seventeen but he’s seen some terrible things, and sometimes they come back to haunt him.

But maybe if the war ends, he might get a chance to spend some time with Zeffany, a girl he just met, who lives inside the city he’s sieging.  Assuming he survives the drones.

REVIEW at Book Review Directory
"Readers who enjoy science fiction that makes them think, with well-paced action and adventure and likable characters will be drawn to this novel."

Short Stories

            A graduate student attempts to observe a highly aggressive bioengineered unicorn without compromising her reputation.
(Just under 7,000 words)

            A criminal doing time in a virtual reality jail participates in a living history exercise designed to increase empathy.

            Lily’s mom is gone and she’s staying with her dad now, in the remote Outer Islands, disconnected from the connected world – and then she meets an intelligent sea cow who may have a solution to her problem.
 (Just over 7,000 words)

A shaggy dog story for Halloween.
(2,774 words)

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