With all that’s been happening in our world over the past few years, people in the news and on talk shows have been speculating where they think it leads. Some have visions of change and hope, while others see only destruction and dystopia. But what do Science Fiction authors conceive when they look at the future of human kind or the universe as a whole. I can tell you one thing for sure, they see adventure, opportunity, and almost always a chance to make things better. They often detail the life of one or a few people who make a difference because the step up and try something no one is willing to do. Sometimes they put their life on the line. Other times it is their happiness, their security, or even their very soul that is on the line. More often that not these heroes make things better.
I’m participating in a story bundle this month which features one of my novels, along with nine other authors, as well as a short story collection from Writer’s of the Future. I feel so fortunate to be featured with these major SF writers, everyone of them well-known in their own right. The best part is these ten books are being offered as a bundle of stories through StoryBundle. What that means is that you can decide what price you want to pay to get one or more of these books. For example, a minimum of $5 gets you four books. A minimum of $20 gets you all ten. What do you think amazing SF from some of the best authors in the field is worth?
The amazing Dean Wesley Smith, writer of nearly 200 novels, has curated this collection and added a story of his own. Below is an excerpt from his post on what each of these books brings to a unique vision of the future and why he chose each book.
Professional fantasy and science fiction writer Lisa Silverthorne’s omnibus edition titled Experiencing True Purple includes the first two books in a military and genetic-engineering world that has heart, as all of Lisa’s books do. If you love character-driven science fiction, you will love these two books.
USA Today bestselling writer Louisa Locke’s contribution is from her multi-author world she founded called Paradisi Chronicles. Between Mountains and Sea is a stunning coming of age novel that different reviews have said reminds them of LeGuin, Butler, and McCaffrey. I can’t disagree at all. Amazing world and character not to be missed.
The Gaia Websters, from professional writer Kim Antieau, is a novel in a time after a collapse of society. The story is positive, upbeat, and challenging all at the same time. If you haven’t found Kim’s wonderful writing before, this would be a great book to start.
Professional writer Terry Hayman brings a sort-of modern day look in his book Jumpback. This book combines aspects of thriller fiction with science fiction concepts such as time travel. And ends up giving us a look forward at a somewhat frightening idea of “what if this was possible.”
Kari Kilgore’s novel, The Becalmed, gives us a really cool idea for the future. A certain element allows communication across the galaxy, but it can only be found in one place. And what happens because of that. Sort of a great metaphor for so many futures.
Barbara G. Tarn’s Next Generation novel paints a picture of a massive galactic civilization that is very cool . And she does it through a space adventure and stolen manuscripts and old texts. As a person who loves old books, that really hit my tastes, let me tell you. Just a wonderful look at a far, far distant future.
Bestselling writer Maggie Lynch’s novel, Eternity, asks the question, “What happens if humans could live 800 years? Would that be a great thing or a bad thing? Only Maggie could paint that future in a way that is impossible to put down as you read.
New York Times bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers up a vision of the future in Paloma, from her major science fiction Retrieval Artist series. Domes on the moon, alien laws and the repercussions of alien laws. An amazing vision of the future where humans have expanded out into a galaxy full of aliens with very different rules.
Dean Wesley Smith added Rescue Two from his Seeder’s Series. This book gives a glimpse of a far, far advanced civilization from the point of view of those who seed humans throughout many galaxies. They can travel from one galaxy to the next in minutes. While seeding humans over such vast distances, they often got lost in the process and need to be rescued. I love this future. Sort of advanced Star Trek.
And last, but not least, the ultimate in a look at the future. An entire volume of the 2022, award-winning yearly anthology Writers of the Future. This has three bonus stories plus 14 winning stories by some of the best new writers working in science fiction. These stories are picked every year by some of the top science fiction writers in the world. The three bonus stories that show very different futures in the volume are:
“Museum of Modern Warfare” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: When an ambassador is asked to inspect the controversial Museum of Modern Warfare, she discovers life-changing secrets. .
“The Dangerous Dimension” by L. Ron Hubbard: Meek Dr. Henry Mudge has a dramatic personality change after discovering a mathematical equation that transports him to any place in the universe he can think of.
“The Phoenixes’ War” by Jody Lynn Nye: When a lover’s gift to her king turns out to be a perilous trap, the Phoenixes and their priestess face a test that will decide the fate of two realms.
So ten books featuring many different visions of the future, including an anthology with 17 different stories in it. Don’t miss it, since the StoryBundle offer ends in just seven days! June 16th, 2022.
Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.
- Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
- Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
- Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
- Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to AbleGamers!
- Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!
StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.
ONE EXTRA INCENTIVE!!! If you send me a screenshot of your receipt for this StoryBundle, you can choose to get ONE of my books (in ebook format) for free. Yes any ONE book. Send an email to me at maggielynchauthor AT gmail DOT com and attach a screenshot of your receipt. In the body of your email tell me which one of my books you want for free. I will return your email with a download link for the ebook. No worries, I am not going to add you to my personal email list. If you WANT to be on my newsletter list, then fill out the form at the top of the right hand column of this blog.
THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THIS STORY BUNDLE! It’s for a great cause and I am so grateful to be included with all these amazing authors.
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