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Author: Bey Deckard
Sometimes when it seems like it’s too late, the right person comes along and opens your eyes… Murphy is the continuing story of a D/s relationship between two Space Marines who found each other in the midst of hopelessness and misfortune. Sarge and his newly minted squad travel across the galaxy on a top-secret mission that could help win the war. However, to Murphy something about the mission stinks, and it’s not just the planet they’ve landed on.
Tags: alien invasion, awkward characters, hard science fiction, Science Fiction, scifi, space exploration
Publisher: Sealook Press
Areva Praphasat can’t shoot anyone who is looking directly at her. Since she’s a cop, this causes problems. Since she also works on a spaceship fighting an alien empire that wants to invade Earth, those problems grow a bit out of control. When an espionage mission goes awry and Areva is captured by a group of spidery aliens who can’t understand her language, she faces the reality that her desire to stay out of sight may hinder her work more than she realized.
Tags: awkward characters, hard science fiction, humor, murder & mystery, Science Fiction, scifi, solar system, space exploration
Publisher: Sealook Press
Murder. Death threats. Working with the team that fired him six years ago. It’s a busy week for Viktor Ivanokoff. When Viktor is pulled off of the UELE Endurance to help solve the murder of his one-time captain, he’s eager to help. The case provides a challenge, as well as a chance to outperform his former colleagues. But as the investigation takes him into the far reaches of the solar system, he discovers that his work may carry greater stakes than a simple opportunity for payback.
Tags: awkward characters, first contact, hard science fiction, humor, Science Fiction, scifi, space exploration
Infusing the traditional science fiction format with humor and awkward coworkers, Enduring Endurance follows the not-so-best-and-brightest of humanity as they explore the galaxy by accident. Infusing the traditional science fiction format with humor and awkward coworkers, Enduring Endurance follows the not-so-best-and-brightest of humanity as they explore the galaxy by accident. Captain Thomas Withers expects the worst when he’s assigned command of the Endurance, the least-respected ship in the United Earth Law Enforcement Corps. He gets it, and then some. After a poorly executed experiment throws Thomas and his crew out of Earth’s solar system and into humanity’s first meeting with aliens, he must rely on the outcasts of the corps, not only to get home, but to survive the trip at all.
Categories: Humor, Seal of Excellence Recipients, YA Action Adventure, YA Fantasy, YA Science Fiction, Young Adult
Tags: action adventure, books for teenagers, comedy fantasy, contemporary fantasy, fantasy, humor, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, young adult
Author: M.T. McGuire
Series: K’Barthan Series
Publisher: Hamgee University Press
Charming outlaw with own transport and limited social skills seeks lucrative, employment at minimal risk. When you're running from a murderous government and work for an equally murderous gangster, accidentally torching his apartment is a bad move. The Pan of Hamgee just wants a quiet life but destiny has other plans. The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K’Barth who aren’t out to get him. Unfortunately, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, and his existence is treason. To survive he does the only thing he can – getaway driving. As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it. This can only mean trouble and sure enough, it does. By doing so, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K’Barth’s despot ruler. Unwillingly, The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs. It’s a challenge, since previously he had no beliefs he was aware of. But faced with a stark moral dilemma, he realises his new found integrity might even stick… if he can stop running.
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Author: Kate Policani
Aliens called ShaZha rule future Earth and struggle with capricious humanity. Zarah wants to prove humans can be civilized, but discovers a hidden people and must acknowledge her true status. Far into the future, the Earth is ruled by the ShaZha, a hyper-intelligent race of alien beings who are plagued by the violence and volatility of the human race. Supposedly intending to repair the broken societies and polluted planet, they have found the Human problem to be much more complex than they ever imagined. Zarah is a Prodigy, an obedient human, with a caring ShaZha master. Zarah wants to prove all her master’s hopes that humans can be civilized and responsible. When she is lost by her master and exposed to the other side of humanity, she must confront the possibility she might be not a valued citizen, but a pet.
Tags: alpha centauri, alphs, faith, Friendship, religious fiction, sci-fi, Science Fiction, speculative, speed-of-light
Author: P.A. Baines
Publisher: Splashdown Books
A lonely astronaut with only a sentient computer for company rediscovers his faith and learns the true meaning of friendship. From despair he fled, through tragedy he lived on, and journeyed to innocence. His trajectory: the stars. His companion: a computer poised at the brink of sentience. An unlikely friendship on a prototype spaceship at lightspeed towards Alpha Centauri, and redemption. When Brett loses everything in a tragic accident, he gladly accepts an invitation to take part in a prototype speed-of-light trip to Alpha Centauri, knowing that he may not survive. His only companion is the ship’s on-board computer, Jay. At first he finds Jay an annoyance but, as time passes, the two become friends. With the voyage drawing to a close, Jay develops a sense of self-awareness and a belief in God. When it becomes clear that they cannot both survive the return trip, one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Category: Young Adult
Author: Christine Manzari
Publisher: Manzari Books
A young adult dystopian about teens who have been genetically altered to be human weapons to fight the War on Terror.
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Author: Alexes Razevich
Deep in the Amazon, reality and illusion collide. A mysterious group of indigenous people who may or may not exist; a dangerous teenage sorceress; a beautiful anthropologist – and madness – conspire to stop Jake Kendricks from telling the world the truth about a mysterious substances that may hold the answer to ending world hunger.