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Fair Trade

Fair Trade

Jethri Gobelyn has inherited a mission from his father. But the mission will be a test of his loyalties, as he’s thrust into a tangle of gray-trading, mistaken identity, misinformation, and galactic politics.

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Abbott in Darkness

Abbott in Darkness

A job for a wealthy interstellar corporation turns deadly for a man at the end of his rope. With no way back to Earth, the only direction for John Abbott and his family to go is forward-into danger.

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The City Who Fought

The City Who Fought

SSS-900, a huge space station controlled by the brain of Simeon—a shellperson who relieves his daily monotony by replaying computer simulations of great battles—becomes the only thing stand-ing between ruthless alien pirates and total destruction.

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Governor

Governor

There is no end to how high Rear Admiral Terrence Murphy can climb within the ranks of the Five Hundred, the social elite of the Heart Worlds. But Terrence Murphy is a man of honor. He intends to stop the genocide perpetrated by the Five Hundred, no matter the cost. Terrence will end fifty-six years of bloodshed and slaughter—and Hell itself rides with him.

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Freehold: Defiance

Freehold: Defiance

The UN has invaded the Freehold of Grainne, a bastion of libertarian government in a galaxy of authoritarianism. Grainne must form an organized force from the shattered remnants of their military and from grimly determined insurgents. Their war is for their very way of life.

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The Godel Operation

The Godel Operation

An AI must help his favorite human navigate his complex love life while aiding in the search for an ancient, legendary weapon that could spell doom for men, machines, and the Solar System itself!

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The Crossing - eARC

The Crossing - eARC

A squad of modern-day ROTC cadets find themselves transported to December 1776 in the days before the Battle of Trenton. Without ammunition or their own meager supplies, can Cadet Sergeant Jameel Mason and his friends steel General George Washington’s courage and set the infancy of the United States of America back on track?

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Ballistic - eARC

Ballistic - eARC

A Russian ICBM site is attacked just north of the Ukraine border. The nuclear warheads are missing! A fire ravages a cosmonaut training facility in which five spacesuits disappear. A cache of detailed schematics of highly complex rocketry systems is discovered. It all points to the unthinkable: someone—someone extremely well-funded—is taking aim at the International Space Station.A Russian ICBM site is attacked just north of the Ukraine border. The nuclear warheads are missing! A fire ravages a cosmonaut training facility in which five spacesuits disappear. A cache of detailed schematics of highly complex rocketry systems is discovered. It all points to the unthinkable: someone—someone extremely well-funded—is taking aim at the International Space Station.

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Trouble Walked In - eARC

Trouble Walked In - eARC

Cassandra Blake, an employee for the Ascension Planetary Holdings Group—the largest and most powerful corporation in Nova Columbia—has gone missing. It falls to Detective Ezekiel “Easy” Novak to find out why. Soon, Easy finds himself trying to unravel a conspiracy that could bring an entire planet to its knees.

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The Icarus Plot - eARC

The Icarus Plot - eARC

There wasn’t much money to be made as a Trailblazer, searching out new worlds for possible development. Still, it was safer than the bounty hunter career that had cost Gregory Roarke his left arm six years ago. It was a quiet life, uneventful and mostly legal—until Roarke was approached by two men with a proposal: track down a mysterious woman named Tera and, through her, locate a secret project called Icarus. The challenge was intriguing. The unlimited budget was tempting. But Roarke had a more personal reason to accept the job. The chance for long-delayed payback.

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The Jigsaw Assassin - eARC

The Jigsaw Assassin - eARC

When a serial killer-plot points to the Royalist political party, Major Bhaajan, former military officer turned private detective, is called back to Selei City to solve the crime. Bhaaj and her crew of Undercity Dust Knights plunge into the Byzantine world of Imperial politics—a jigsaw world where none of the pieces seem to fit. As the assassination plot becomes more and more convoluted, Bhaaj is kidnapped, threatened with death, and must fight for her life against the growing number of people threatened by her investigation. Bhaaj has faced all this and more, but now she must deal with something far deadlier—interstellar politics.

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A New Clan - eARC

A New Clan - eARC

Freshly home from an internship on Manticore, teenaged Stephanie Harrington is up to her eyebrows in trouble. In trying to get enough proof to get the understaffed authorities of her pioneer planet to act, Stephanie will be called upon to attempt things she never imaged doing—including going undercover into the wilds of the late-night club scene, a realm where her faithful treecat guardian, Lionheart, cannot follow. . . .

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Robosoldiers: Thank You for Your Servos - eARC

Robosoldiers: Thank You for Your Servos - eARC

Robosoldiers. They take many forms, from disembodied AI to humanlike androids and more. But at their cores beat the cybernetic hearts of warriors. Get a glimpse into the future of warfare!

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SEE THE FAIRVILLE ODDITY!

For the last fifty miles, Aaron had seen this message proclaimed from various sun-bleached billboards as he travelled along Highway 285. These weren't the big steel contraptions that lined the interstate, but old wooden structures, made of painted plywood, most falling down and nearly illegible. He wondered how old they were. Fairville, his phone's GPS informed him, wasn't on the map anymore, just another ghost town in the vast empty of West Texas.

It had been a mistake to take the back roads, he thought now. He'd reasoned it would be a good way to see some of the country as he travelled from Austin to Los Angeles, where Megan awaited, but though the views had been intermittently lovely, overall the trip made him lonely. Rural Texas had been emptying out for decades, everyone moving to one of the major cities along the I-35 corridor. Driving these lonesome roads, it would sometimes be hours before he saw another vehicle, and the small towns he stopped in had the hollowed out look of someone waiting to die.

And it was taking forever. He thought of an old saying he'd heard from his grandmother. The sun has rose and the sun has set and we ain't out of Texas yet.

SEE THE FAIRVILLE ODDITY!

Like the others, this sign featured a giant yellow question mark and a listing for how many miles still separated the weary traveler and the aforementioned oddity. Twenty-five, in Aaron's case.

This particular billboard looked to be in slightly better repair. And the one at the ten-mile mark looked like it might even have been touched up in the last decade. Was it possible, Aaron wondered, that though Fairville itself had gone the way of the dodo, the Oddity remained?

He hoped so. In addition to the Oddity, the billboard promised FOOD and GAS, and he could stand both. He remembered his mom always packed a cooler full of food when the family went on long road trips back when he was a kid, but this habit hadn't been passed down to the younger generation. Whenever Aaron took to the road, the fuel he ran on was McDonald's cheeseburgers and Taco Bell burritos, with the occasional gas station hot dog thrown in for good measure. What he hadn't counted on was that most of this back-country route did not fall in the shadow of the Golden Arches. Yesterday, he'd stocked up on beef jerky and Hostess cupcakes (not nearly as good as he remembered), but his supply was dwindling. Some real food would be nice. And he could top off the tank. At a little less than half-full, he wasn't in dire need of gas, but like fast food establishments, gas stations were in short supply along this forgotten stretch of road, and he did not want to have to get out and push.

So yes, he's stop and grab a bite and fill the tank—and see the Fairville Oddity, while he was at it. If, he reminded himself, there was still food and gas to be had and an Oddity to be seen.

SEE THE FAIRVILLE ODDITY!

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