DriveThruRPG is having a sale on core rulebooks, and you can save LOTS of money on the Ephemeris RPG, The Ephemeris Omnibus, and The Battle for Turtle Island. They are going for very low prices. How low? $1.99, $7.78, and 99 cents respectively.
Are you ready to embark on your largest Ephemeris adventure ever? Now, in one massive tome, all 61 sectors of the Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica. Explore Colonized Space, Near Space, Unexplored Space, and Deep Space all from one book. The settings and the adventures are as expansive as the galaxy itself.
It’s time for Smashword’s annual end of the year sale, and this year you can save up to 50% on a variety of our titles. Whether you like novels, collections, anthologies, zines, or RPGs, you can find something to enjoy at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nomadicdelirium. So order today…and then come back for more later!
After a week off because of illness, we’re back, and this weekend, we’re offering you Federation and Empire by Eamonn Murphy for just $2.99
Federation and Empire is a series of short stories that chart the future history of mankind following the gift of the FTL drive from an alien species. The cast is varied: a freelance space pilot and his maverick crew, telepathic twins and their sentient cat, a wise president, a genetically enhanced policewoman, and a criminal of the same breed. They’re all involved in the diaspora of humanity to the stars. Here are tales of colonisation and crime, of slavery and revolution. Good old-fashioned science fiction!
Let this weekend be criminal…with Future Syndicate II for just $2.24.
Many would like to think that as our species evolves, crime will disappear, but most know this is not true. Crime has always been with us, and it always will. Future Syndicate II features stories told from the point of view of the criminals, sometimes bad people, sometimes people forced to make bad decisions, but always, in the eyes of society, criminals.
This weekend, let’s read some poetry with our collection A Poet Explores the Stars
Poets view the world differently than others, and as we explore this amazing cosmos, it will be very important to take poets on the journey, so they can show us the things we might otherwise overlook. Here’s just a small taste of what they might have to show us as we venture to the stars.
This weekend, let’s look at a possible future for the United States with The Divided States of America Volume 1…
No one can say with any reasonable certainty when the United States of America began to fall apart. Many point to the presidential election of 2016, but most believe the breakup started long before this. Now, in the year 2110, the former United States is made up of 13 nation-states and The Wastelands. Some of the nation-states have prospered under self-rule, while others have declined. Some nation-states are very accepting of outsiders, while others trust no one…sometimes not even their fellow citizens. There is chaos in some places, and order in others…sometimes too much order.
Delirious Doubles from Nomadic Delirium Press combine two short stories into one book, rather as the Ace Doubles did with novels back in the day.
First up is ‘The Impossible Child’ by Tyree Campbell. Charlie is a female living in a cave and eking out an existence in a post-Apocalyptic Earth with her daughter Seelie, dodging dangerous ‘marauds’. Seelie is the result of Charlie’s rape by marauds years earlier, a half-breed. For Charlie is not from Earth. She was sent here to observe the fallen civilisation and will return home one day soon. Campbell’s description of the setting and the details of survival are spot on and there’s a nice twist in the tale.
Mike Morgan also presents us with a woman in a difficult world. ‘The Games Go On’ is about Jayneth, born fully grown and implanted with memories of how to fight so she’s almost ready for the arena in Houston, Texas. Modern technology has enabled man to grow adults in a bag, saving all the tedious child-rearing. As she slowly learns more about her world, Jayneth’s rebellious spirit is aroused and she’s determined to avoid her allotted fate.
Morgan’s style is clear and easy to read. The idea that making abortion illegal could result in a different fate for the unwanted children is potentially controversial, but haven’t there always been unwanted children? The opening scenario leads you to expect something like ‘The Running Man’ by Stephen King but this short story takes a different turn.
I liked both of these. Good science fiction with ideas to make you think and characters to care about. Worth a look.