This week we’re going with the longest collection of fiction we’ve ever published…Manic Musings of a Maniacal Mind by J Alan Erwine.
For more than two decades, editors have been publishing the works of J Alan Erwine, exposing you, the reader, to the dark recesses of the author’s mind. Now, all of those stories have been combined together into one massive tome. Get a glimpse into Erwine’s grim view of the future, and explore the universe from his slightly off-kilter point of view. Visit the planets, the stars, the scary places in the human mind, but make sure you’re wearing a seatbelt, because you never know where Erwine might take you next…
This weekend, we have Eamonn Murphy’s The Union Man…and other stories.
The Union Man and other stories brings you three stories from Eamonn Murphy. An interrogator (torturer) for MI5 is accused of a murder, a murder he couldn’t have committed, but where his investigation takes him will not only change his life, but it will forever change the world. Happy is a drug that has been legalized in England, but no one can expect the consequences of what that legalization will mean, except for one man, and no one want to listen to him, because everyone wants to be Happy. Finally, a brief story that is a twist on the princess and the frog tale.
Disharmony of the Spheres is our book of the weekend for this weekend…
Mental illness is very common in our society, but it’s also very misunderstood. Many view those with mental illnesses as being weak, but there is a great deal of strength in those that must battle their own minds on a regular basis. Disharmony of the Spheres focuses on characters with mental illnesses that are still able to be successful. They may not completely overcome their illnesses, but they are able to beat them back and succeed. In this volume, you will find the fiction of Ian Brazee Cannon, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, MH Bonham, David Lee Summers, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Kate Runnels, Michael Morgan, L.J. Bonham, Carol Hightshoe, Francis W. Alexander, and Terrie Leigh Relf. This book is dedicated to all of the science fiction fans and writers that must battle their own personal demons every day, and half of all of the profits from this book will go to The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Organization, a group that battles teen suicide.
Lots of good stories here about many different futures concerning the destructive effects of climate change. I particularly liked Gustavo Bondoni’s story, The Wrong Kind of Ship, that involves a rescue from water logged Earth by friendly aliens who offer some of their home planet as an escape and a new beginning to Earthmen willing to take a chance on another world other than Earth. As writer of funny science fiction – Chocolate Chocolate Moons and Sherlock Mars, these tales were at the other end of my universe and I can’t say that all the stories ended as upbeat as Gustavo Bondoni’s but they were all thoughtful and worth reading. Review by Jackie Kingon
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More than a decade ago, Sam’s Dot Publishing released a small anthology titled Ecotastrophe that looked at the dangers posed by global climate change. Now, the planet seems in even greater peril, and maybe we are facing Ecotastrophe, but is there time to save ourselves. Ecotastrophe II features startling fiction from Tyree Campbell, Dan Rice, Melanie Rees, Robert J. Mendenhall, Gustavo Bondoni, and Mike Adamson.
‘Nano-Bytes’ is a collection of short-shorts by Daniel C. Smith which I bought because I rather liked ‘3 Of A Perfekt Pear’, his collection of long short stories.
First up is ‘Macro-Virus’, an amusing tale about a grad student on an exploratory hike in Chaco Canyon, an important native American historical site with two professors of archaeology. They are hoping to make some new discovery about the vanished Anasazi people. The opening crisis is that their jeep is broken down in the middle of nowhere and their phones won’t work. The disrespectful first-person narrator made this fun and the idea behind the story was clever.
All parents want to give their children every advantage in life. Currently, that might mean getting them a good education. In the future, as set out in ‘Real Good Looking Boy’, it’s expensive genetic enhancements. Ted Norris and his wife want only the best for little Davey and make huge sacrifices. When you get to the end of this story, you can see where the idea came from. An SF take on a perennial parental problem. For rest of review go to: https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/nano-bytes-by-daniel-c-smith-ebook-review/
This weekend, we’re going to give you a chance to download some short stories in the form of Nano-Bytes by Daniel C. Smith. You can download it from Smashwords for just $1.49 at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/668862
Nano-Bytes features five stories from Daniel C. Smith that first appeared in The Fifth Di… In these pages you’ll find a virus which has startling effects on a team of archaeologists, parents looking to splice their son’s genes, a man who realizes he is all he can ever be, the unexpected consequences of mating with an alien, and a trip through space that ends up in an unexpected destination.