Last year we put together an anthology ebook of stories set exclusively in our Terran Shift universe. The result is a collection of seven stories from five authors, spanning from the high-tech cyberpunk dystopia of the Bio-Tech Era to the Sol-Bect War Era.
When we originally released this ebook, we decided to make it an Amazon Kindle exclusive, because we wanted to see firsthand what that would do for (or against) the book. Now that that period of exclusivity has expired, we decided to make the ebook available to other stores. I have uploaded the ebook to Smashwords, and it will be sent to all the other stores that Smashwords syndicates to in the next few weeks.
The Berkutchi Trial by Alan Belanger
Things Taken by Cynthia Ravinski
Handbook For A Better Society by Jamie Alan Belanger
The Unders by Timothy Lynch
Moroned by Paul J Belanger
Moon Sweepers by Alan Belanger
The Sol-Bect Setup by Paul J Belanger
I put together a comprehensive sample on our site that includes a short excerpt from each story. Read the sample.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I grabbed this book at my local library two days ago and have already read the entire thing. It’s not that it’s a short book, at slightly more than 300 pages it does take some time to read through. This book is just one of those few nonfiction books that I can call a page turner. Brutally candid, very interesting, and consistently entertaining, this book spends some 300 pages talking about the small details of life in space that most people don’t think about (including quite a few points you probably don’t want to think about), then very quickly says a few things about Mars just before ending. That’s really my only gripe — that the book’s title indicates it’s about Mars, when it’s really about life in space and the history of living in space in general. Still, it gives astronaut wannabes some things to think about.
What The Heck’s a Hackathon?
I’ve seen quite a few articles, magazines, and websites talking about hackathons lately… as if they are something new. These articles don’t always explain what hackathons are. So I thought I’d take a moment to talk about them, some of the hackathons I’ve done in the past, and what I’m planning to do in the next few weeks.
Review: Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very interesting analysis of where we are today and why. The author draws some fascinating comparisons between our current economy and the Great Depression, and offers insight into what really caused the Great Depression and what made it last so long (hint: we’re doing the same thing now). That history lesson alone makes this book worth reading.
Sometimes the economic analyses can get a little dry, but I got the feeling that the author knew when that was happening and tried to get through it as quickly as possible. Overall, the book offers good explanations of why we are in the situation we are in now, why bailouts will make things worse, and a lot of historical information about recessions and depressions.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Terror? There wasn’t anything in here that I would call terrifying. I read these stories right before going to bed, sometimes reading two or three in a sitting. I didn’t get a single nightmare, and I was hoping for some since they tend to give me good story ideas I can use later. But this book did have a lot of good stories, and I was happy to see the editor put each story in its own chapter, as opposed to the other volumes in the series where the stories often run together in a big confusing mess. The artwork was just as good as other volumes. Overall, it’s hard to pick a favorite with this series, but this volume would certainly make my top three.