by Karl Schroeder
A novel of information apocalypse set in the far future. For a thousand years the sovereign Winds have maintained the delicate ecological balance of the terraformed planet Ventus. Now an alien force threatens to wrest control of the terraforming system away from the Winds...
Comment: highly recommended
Which Art In Hope
by Francis W. Porretto
Hope isn’t what it seemed. Earth plants wither there; livestock fail to breed. For 40 precarious years, the Spoonerites survive on hydroponics until a secret Cabal learns how to elevate powerful psi talents to the management of Hope's crust.
After 1,200 years of freedom and abundance, the pool of psi adepts has dwindled till only two remain: Armand Morelon and Victoria Peterson. But one is utterly unwilling and the other is murderously insane. The survival of Mankind hangs in the balance.
Comment: This is a pretty good indie novel, well worth the 99 cents it cost to buy it.
His Robot Girlfriend
by Wesley Allison
Mike Smith's life was crap, living all alone, years after his wife had died and his children had grown up and moved away. Then he saw the commercial for the Daffodil. Far more than other robots, the Daffodil could become anything and everything he wanted it to be. Mike's life is about to change.
Comment: this very popular novela has been downloaded 90,000x. Although, personally, I prefer my robots to be a little less human.
Agent to the Stars
by Joe Scalzi
The space-faring Yherajk people have come to Earth to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. Gaining humanity's trust isn't easy when you look like a B-movie terror, and Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal.
Thomas Stein knows all about closing deals -- he's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents, but he's about to learn it's one thing to sell your client when she's a hot young starlet and another thing entirely when your client is an alien species!
Comment: A very humorous book
Crisis in Zefra
by Karl Schroeder
Crisis in Zefra is a fictional narrative designed to illustrate emerging concepts and technologies ... Set in 2025, this story follows what starts out as a routine [peacekeeper] patrol mission through the streets of war-torn Zefra, but the situation quickly degrades into a 'three-block-war' scenario.
Comment: this novella was written for the Canadian Armed Forces. A story about peacekeepers might appeal even to sci-fi fans who normally don't read military sci-fi. It is only available in a PDF from the author's web site, and comes with a lot of critical apparatus.
Broadcast 0: Origins
by Randolph Lalonde
In the darkest region of explored space sits a bright beacon; Freeground Station. Serving as a supply and trading post it is home to a select number of human beings that will take a desperate chance to make a difference in their end of the galaxy. - Contains the entire First Light Chronicles Trilogy. A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages.
Comment: These three sequential novella's are the first part of a seven part series. Only the first ebook is free, and it is a good story.
by Steve Karmazenuk
A massive alien artifact is discovered beneath the desert outside of Laguna, New Mexico. Before its existence can be concealed, the object unearths itself and news of the discovery is leaked to the international media. ... not only is the artifact still operational, but it is conscious and has been waiting for tens of millions of years…Comment: This is a good story marred somewhat by a lack of editing and proof reading. That may have been corrected when it was listed on Amazon. This PDF copy is free.
Through Darkness and Stars
by Steve Karmazenuk An ancient Ship completing a millions-year old mission has taken Human passengers and crew on an historic voyage to the heart of an ancient cosmic dynasty. But despite their extensive training, no one aboard the Shipflight is prepared for what they find as they search for the Great Races of the lost League of Worlds.
Comment: The sequel to the Unearthing is as good or better.
The Stone Arrow
by Richard Herley
Stone Age England. The ancient, nomadic way of life is coming to an end; the agricultural revolution has begun. When the farmers of Burh attack the sleeping nomad tribe, Tagart is the only survivor. Twenty-five and heir to the chief, his sole inheritance now is his tribal honour – and it demands revenge. His ally is the forest itself: that, and his own ingenuity, courage and hunting skill.
Comment: Basically an action adventure novel
by Lindsay BurokerEighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered "dogless sled" in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father's alchemical masterpiece. An 18,000-word steampunk novella.
Comment: Another popular novella and a fun free read. The first book in a series, but it stands alone.