ICYMI: Recent Releases in Sci Fi April 2015 Edition


Unless you keep your eye on the Hot New Releases chart over at Amazon, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new sci fi books being released each week. And even if you do keep a watchful eye, not all new books even make that list. So, how do you make sure that you don’t miss out on a really awesome new sci fi book that is right up your alley? Well, you hope that you’re lucky enough to hear about it from someone else. Let us try to help you out by sharing some recent scifi releases that got on our radar.

Independence (Two Democracies, book 0) – Alasdair Shaw

Independence (Two Democracies Book 0) This military science fiction book is a short read at just 28 pages on Kindle. It’s just a short 6,000 word story, but you can get it for cheap so if you just need a quick read for the train or your lunch break, then this might be it.

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Synopsis: In the aftermath of a battle a ship drifts helplessly in space. Is the strange new warship they were fighting still out there? Will it come back for them? Commander Johnson faces a desperate race to get her destroyer back into action and save her crew.

You can download this short story in Kindle format. You can also follow the author on Twitter.

Time Slip: A Stone Age Short – ML Banner

time slipWe’ve got another super short read with this one. It comes in at around 79 pages on Kindle, which is short but longer than the book listed above. Also, this one focuses on time travel!

Though I haven’t read any of this author’s books, this short is part of a larger world. So, if you enjoy it, then you can also buy yourself some full novels in the Stone Age universe.

His invention would have changed the world…
if the world hadn’t ended first.

By accident, Dr. Ron invented a time slip, a way to travel through time. When he finds out his wife is dying of a rare cancer and the cure is five years
away, he decides to slip forward in time and bring the cure back to the present. Only, this is a one-way trip and he arrives right after an apocalypse has brought the world back to a new Stone Age.

Survival for Dr. Ron, his wife and even that of the rest of the world, just became a race against the clock.

Get on Amazon and download your copy now.

Edifice Abandoned – Scott Michael Decker

Edifice Abandoned - Scott Michael DeckerThis longer science fiction book is a good choice for readers who enjoy a bit of adventure without committing to a super long novel. This one is close to 70,000 words or 210 pages on Kindle.

Synopsis: Inbound on an interstellar flight, Archeologist Nosuma Okande sees far more ancient sites to excavate on Achernar Tertius than the Institute has on record. Setting out to unearth these sites proves more of a challenge than she realizes, bringing her into conflict with local villages and ancient traditions—and with a shadowy force called the Madziva Mutupo, the Hippopotamus Totem.

Click here to buy a copy for your Kindle now! You can also find the author on Twitter.

The Fires of Yesterday (The Silent Earth, Book 3) – Mark R. Healy

The Fires of Yesterday (The Silent Earth, Book 3) If you love a good post-apocalyptic book like me, then you might wanna check out this new release. However, it is the 3rd book in an ongoing series, so you may want to consider reading the first two books in the series before picking up this one.

Synopsis: The Earth is in ruins. Cities and nations are destroyed.

Brant is a synthetic, a machine made in the image of man who dreams of bringing humans back into the world. Close to achieving his goal, his tiny cradle of life is now threatened by ominous black clouds that roll in from the north and bring darkness to the land.

In the wasteland, the cannibalistic Marauders begin to escalate their war with the resistance fighters of Ascension. As resources dwindle, both sides become more ruthless, endangering all within the region.

Brant will be forced to once again return to the wasteland and into the midst of the battle to confront the source of the darkness in an attempt to save all that he has created.

This book is available for purchase in paperback or Kindle form.

Back to The Viper: A Time Travel Experiment – Antara Man

Back to The Viper: A Time Travel ExperimentIf you enjoy time travel, then this recent release might be of interest. At around 134 pages on Kindle, I’d guess that it is novella length. Though it won’t take you all weekend to finish, you can still probably spend a lazy afternoon with this one.

If you could redo the worst mistake of your life, would you?
At what cost?

For the past ten years, the weight of botching the biggest performance of their career has plagued The Jackal, a band of misfits. With nothing to show for their musical career, lead vocalist Ashley, a single mother, along with the other three band members still long for stardom that was just within reach. Ashley’s friend Harry, an odd scientist, offers them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – time travel. The band took the plunge to redeem past missteps and become the rockstars they weren’t meant to be. But will their quest for fame and fortune be worth the price? Or will they lose everything they love?

This book is available for your Kindle.

Our Fair Eden – Harry Manners

our fair edenIf you can get past the odd book cover of this one, you’ll find a dystopian novel with an interesting premise.

Synopsis: Welcome to Eden, citizen. The fate of the world is in your hands. Don’t forget to wipe your feet!

Our Fair Eden is a near-future dystopian mystery, marrying technothriller with hard sci-fi against a background of climate change.

It’s 2087, and the Earth’s climate is in wild fluctuation. The Amazon Basin is a sun-baked graveyard, the Gobi is blossoming into tropical beauty, Europe is buried beneath icy tundra, and Manhattan is a swamp of the risen Atlantic. Old paradises are becoming new wasteland, old wasteland a new breed of paradise.

Nowhere is safe. Millions flee the world’s cities. But where do they run to?

The UN has an answer: the Eden Projects, colonies drawn from all nations, leading the charge in beginning anew, and developing new technologies to help start over.

Desh can’t believe his luck when he wins the lottery to Eden Prime, most famous of all the Projects, hidden in the heart of Mongolia. But when he arrives in Eden, he finds himself caught in a struggle against a cruel autocracy, divided into gentry and peasants, all under the watchful eye of mysterious Texan matriarch, Mother Eden.

You can buy this book in paperback or Kindle edition.

No Way Home – Lucas Bale (and others)

no way homeEven though this one was released in late February, I just had to include it because the cover looks so freaking awesome. It is a collection of stories from a few different speculative fiction authors that any sci fi fan is going to love.

Synopsis: Stories From Which There is No Escape.

Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off. Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home.

A soldier trapped in an endless war dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction.

In rural 70s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own.

A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet’s suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same programme and shouldn’t be there at all.

A suicidal woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses.

An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder an insurgent, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist.

These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.

Click here to buy in paperback or Kindle version.

Sac’a’rith: Rebirth (Lost Tales of Power Book 7) – Vincent Trigili

Sac'a'rith: Rebirth (Lost Tales of Power Book 7)If you are looking for a new series to start, then you might want to take a look at this one. There are several books before this one that you can read – plenty to keep you in good sci fi for a while.

Synopsis: All Zah’rak wanted to do was train and work with Narcion, but now Narcion is dead, leaving Zah’rak and the others without guidance or a plan. Cyborgs, Resden, and many others are after their blood, while Phareon tries to be their puppeteer.

Before Zah’rak can get far, Raquel reappears and offers them their dream: to be real wizards and full members of the Wizard Kingdom, but Zah’rak does not trust her or the offer.

Meanwhile, the Korshalemian sorcerers are up to their old tricks again, and it is up to Zah’rak, Raquel, and the others to discover their new plan and prevent a new great war.

The Lost Tales of Power is an open-ended series of Sci-Fi/Fantasy books set in a vast multiverse featuring a mixture of traditional fantasy and science fiction elements.

Buy your copy for Kindle or in paperback from Amazon now.

Escape to Earth: Running From Fate – Saxon Andrew

Escape to Earth-Running From FateIf you have been on the lookout for some new hard sci fi to add to your TBR list, then check out this new book from Saxon Andrew. It looks like it is the first book in a new series.

Synopsis: Living in the Fellowship meant fighting one space battle after another. Every civilization was aggressive, hostile, and impossible to live with in peace. A Welken Task Force stumbles upon a massive Myot ship building complex and every Welken Warship is destroyed in the ensuing battle before they can warn the home world of the Myot’s location. One escape pod manages to escape the battle and the Myot know it must be prevented from making it back to Welken Territory. Every Myot Warship is called in to block the escape pod from going home while thousands of trackers move in on the skip trace the pod has left in its wake. It must be found and destroyed before the locations of the Myot Construction Planets are revealed.

The Escape Pod’s computer knows the chances of escape are growing smaller with each passing moment and it’s forced to make a hard decision. Landing on a primitive planet is forbidden by the most powerful species in the Milky Way but the computer knows there’s no other choice available to save its occupant and its programming dictates it must do all it can to save him. The only possible salvation is to escape to Earth and try to hide.

However, no one has ever survived the fate awaiting those that violate the Sentinels’ Covenant and the Stalkers have always found their quarry. Escaping to Earth was the simple part, running from the fate stalking them was quite another. What made the task even more impossible was a Rogue Sentinel, who was working an agenda that would lead to Earth’s ultimate destruction. All the pieces were coming together and the arrival of the Escape Pod and its occupant started it moving toward completion.

Buy this now from Amazon.

King of Thieves (Odyssey One: Star Rogue) – Evan Currie

King of Thieves (Odyssey One: Star Rogue) If you’ve ready Currie’s Odyssey One series, then you likely have already added this book to your Kindle. But if not, know that it can be read as a standalone book.

Synopsis: The world of the bestselling Odyssey One series grows in this new stand-alone adventure, as Earth’s survivors face devastating new challenges in the wake of an alien conflict. Battered and mourning tremendous losses, the once fractious peoples of enemy nations must work together to rebuild their shattered world—and prevent the possibility of their attackers’ return. What they don’t know is that a new, deadlier enemy unlike anything they’ve ever faced will usher in the dawn of another war.

Captain Morgan Passer commands the Rogue Class destroyer Autolycus, charged with an interstellar recon mission to detect traces of the repelled enemy while gathering information for the fortification of Earth’s defenses. What the expedition finds instead is a deeply disturbing mystery: a discovery that redefines everything they thought they knew about Earth’s place in the galaxy…and reveals deadly new horrors. Former enemies unite for their own survival, and Passer and his intrepid crew seek answers to help them save their people. Instead, they find that the invasion may be over, but the danger is just beginning.

It is available in Kindle edition and paperback. The author is also active on Twitter.

Ep.#13 – “A Show of Force” (The Frontiers Saga) – Ryk Brown

Ep.#13 - A Show of Force (The Frontiers Saga)Tired of starting a book series only to discover that most of the books in it are really short? Well, you don’t have that problem with Brown’s Frontiers Saga series. And there are a lot of books for you to read in it since this is the 13th installment. If you haven’t started it yet, it’s about time to start reading!

Synopsis for this episode:

The liberation old worlds…
The addition of new allies…
The fall of a regime…
The death of a trusted friend…

The Aurora begins clearing a 20 light year sphere of safety around Earth, taking out Jung forces as they liberate the core systems. However, Captain Scott and the Alliance quickly discover that not every world wants to be liberated, and the Jung have a few surprises of their own.

This book series is available for purchase from Amazon.

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