Final Days for Military SF StoryBundle


This bundle will be gone on Thursday!

12 book covers in the military SF bundle

The 2018 Military SF Bundle – Curated by Kevin J. Anderson

Strap in, adjust your uniform, fire up the engines, and get ready to defend the Earth against all threats, extraterrestrial and domestic! I’ve curated a new Military Science Fiction StoryBundle with a dozen great books from the high-tech battlefields right here on our home planet to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

This StoryBundle contains two of my standalone military SF novellas, ESCAPE HATCH and PRISONER OF WAR, and COBRA SLAVE by Timothy Zahn, as well as OBLIVION by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon, part of the New York Times bestselling Starfire series. Baen Books provided the brand new, hot-off-the-presses YEAR’S BEST MILITARY AND ADVENTURE SF, edited by David Afsharirad, with excellent stories by David Weber, Jody Lynn Nye, Larry Niven, and more.

Three of these books are written by veterans of the armed services, who bring their own gritty experiences into writing, FIRE ANT by Jonathan Brazee, CRYING PLANET by Linda Maye Adams, and STRIKE EAGLE by Doug Beason.

Ron Friedman’s time travel thriller TYPHOON TIME, J.A. Sutherland’s INTO THE DARK, Steve Ruskin’s A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL’S BROKER, and Andrew and William Keith’s COHORT OF THE DAMNED round out the bundle.

As always with StoryBundle, you name your own price. Get the base level of four books for $5 or the entire dozen for as little as $15. You support independent authors and small presses, and a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the remarkable work of the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education. The Military SF StoryBundle is available for only three weeks here: https://storybundle.com/military – Kevin J. Anderson

The initial titles in the The 2018 Military SF Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Escape Hatch by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Strike Eagle by Doug Beason
  • The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF Vol. 4 by David Afsharirad
  • Oblivion by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus EIGHT more!

  • Cohort of the Damned by Andrew Keith and William H. Keith, Jr.
  • Typhoon Time by Ron S. Friedman
  • Prisoner of War by Kevin J. Anderson
  • A Deal with the Devil’s Broker by Steve Ruskin
  • Into the Dark – Alexis Carew #1 by J.A. Sutherland
  • Crying Planet by Linda Maye Adams
  • Fire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee
  • Cobra Slave – Cobra Rebellion Book 1 by Timothy Zahn

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

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 The Challenger Center for Space Education!
  • 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.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.

 

Guess the Actress: Contest


This is now closed.  The actress below is Yvonne Craig, who starred as Batgirl on Batman, and as the green woman on Star Trek’s Whom Gods Destroy.

Like with the others, first person to guess who this actress is gets a coupon code for the 2018 Military SF StoryBundle.  This is very limited now, since the bundle comes down in 3 days!

You can check out the bundle here.  Onto the clues.

Actress seated a con table.

This actress was in a popular TV series in the 1960s and rode a purple motorcycle.  She also was green for a science fiction TV series.

This photo was taken at DragonCon in 1997.  The actress has since passed away (which is what I seem to be saying about a lot of these stars unfortunately).

Contest Giveaway: Guess the Actor


And we have a winner!  Peggy got the name!

This is Richard Hatch, who starred in the first (and in my opinion, the best) version of Battlestar Galactica as Adam’s son Apollo.

We still have the Star Trek lady below to guess, and another one above.

No one’s guessed the actress below.  If no one does, I’ll post who she is in a few days.  Meanwhile, here’s another actor to identify.

Actor seated in chair, a stuffed bear in one arm and a stuffed koala in the other

This was taken at DragonCon in 1997.  He sat a couple of tables away from David Hedison, so when he started playing around with the stuffed animals, I had to grab a shot.

The actor starred in a 1970s science fiction TV show.  He passed away last year.

First person to guess his name gets a coupon code for the 2018 Military SF Story Bundle.

Contest Giveaway: Guess the Actress


Since no one guessed this, I’m going to call time on it.

This actress is Barbara Luna, who starred as the captain’s woman in the Star Trek fan favorite (and mine!), “Mirror, Mirror!”  I had to crop the photo to not give it away–there’s a picture of her and the mirror Spock sitting on the table.

Photo of actress at her table at a con

I’m doing a contest!  First person to guess who this actress is gets a coupon code for the 2018 Military SF Bundle!

Hint: She was on Star Trek.

 

Check out the Bundle:

12 book covers in the military SF bundle

 

Photo: Michael Ansara of Star Trek


Michael Ansara on stage with his wife

 

One of my favorite characters of all time on Star Trek was Kang, played by Michael Ansara.  He brought nobility and pride to the Klingons, which clearly influenced later development of the aliens.  So when he was on the guest list for Farpoint in 1997, I jumped at the chance.

The photo is of him and his wife.  This was the first appearance he ever made at a con, and I believe he only did two.  (Sorry the photo is blurry.  The lighting was really bad, and these were the best I was able to get).

He was astounded at the crowds, at the number of people who came to see him.  If we hadn’t run out of time, we would have kept him on stage with questions!

But there was one that I still remember….

George Takei and James Doohan were both blasting William Shatner at the time.  So, naturally, “What was it like to work with William Shatner?” came up.  I imagine some expected him to dish up dirt.

And Michael Ansara stayed professional.  He said William Shatner was great to work with.

Contrast that to another guest at the same con, Mark Goddard.  He worked on Lost in Space for producer Irwin Allen.  Because he was in a TV series, he was horribly typecast and landed in soaps so he could work.  But then, soaps were the thing you took because you couldn’t get work and looked down on.  So he was very bitter and ranted on stage about Irwin Allen, though it wasn’t the producer’s fault.  Mark Goddard had accepted the role, and the culture that comes with popular series is that it can be hard to get roles afterwards.

I was shocked when I heard Mark Goddard, because that is going to turn some fans off.  Some come from a long ways to see actors.  That’s what they’re getting?

Anyway, after Michael Ansara got off stage, he went out to the lobby to sign autographs.  I got in line, which was quite long.  I was looking forward to actually meeting him.  But the crowds had worn him out, and the con shut down the line before I got there.

Sometimes the stories are best about photos!

 

Robotech Reboot?


I’m going to pay someone to do the cover for book 3 my GALCOM series, Cursed Planet, so I can finally start doing paper books.  One of the tasks in preparation is to research book covers that I like (maybe I’ll post the list for your viewing pleasure).  When I went to the Tor site, I ran across this article on the time being right for a reboot for the Robotech series.

For the most part, I don’t like the reboots.  The studios often see the original series as a moneymaker because of the name…and take no time to understand why it’s still popular.

But Robotech…

Maybe.  Because of the reasons it’s still a fan favorite is the characterization and the story.  That’s more universal and can be done well.

I saw it when it was aired in the U.S. in 1985.  I was hooked on the characters, especially in the first part of the trilogy, the Macross Saga.  I do think it the remaining two parts read like the producers didn’t realize how popular the series would be and threw together two more parts.  They don’t quite fit together, and the characterization is the best on the first one.

If you haven’t seen it, the series is available on Netflix.  But if you’re military, you’re going to cringe, plain and simple.  The writers threw rank randomly in the story like it was meaningless jargon and there’s serious disrespect for superior officers.  If there’s a reboot, it wouldn’t be a hard fix.

Crying Planet Sample Chapter


The first book in my GALCOM Universe series is featured in the 2018 Military SF StoryBundle.  I’m one of 3 veterans in the book.  Here’s a sample of the first chapter (psst.  I ‘ve been told Siri can read it like an audio book).

Chapter 1

The S.C. Kangjun’s recycled air smelled like artificial eucalyptus. Ordinarily that would have bothered Hope Delgado, because artificial anything got into her nose and made it all itchy.

What it didn’t smell like was ghost. No moldy, itchy, crawling-up-between-the-walls ghost smell.

It was the first time in her life Hope hadn’t been bothered by ghosts.

The conference room the crewman had shown her to had to be the wrong place. She’d expected a bland room with chairs and a table, but this looked like a suite in a five-star hotel. She glanced down at her threadbare dress and stretched-out pullover sweater, and then at the plush blue carpet and velvet curtains.

The contrast had invisible red fingernails clawing to get out of her stomach. The crewman was gone, and she was alone, and at any moment, someone would eye her clothes and chase her out.

The outer room had a dining area and a seating alcove for meetings. Doors off the main dining room led to a small office, a kitchenette, and a bathroom—head; they called it a head on a ship. Glass cases displayed books carefully arranged by size. Her circuit of the room took her past a suit of armor that stared at her through a slit. She stopped in front of it, expecting ghostly vibrations, but it was lifeless.

It stood guard next to the large picture window that revealed the outside world: an array of stars scattered like glittery jewels. Hope had never seen so many before! She could have stood there forever, but the door behind her whooshed open.

An officer entered. She knew he was an officer because the first captain had already told her, “Follow the eagle. That’s the man in charge.” And this man had a silver eagle on the points of his collar. He wore the camo tech uniform, or CTU, that all the people on the ship wore—the pants and shirt changed to match their surroundings. He was in his late forties, hair growing gray, and ghosts behind his eyes.

Hope didn’t know too much about military officers, but he had the regal bearing of a man who expected to be obeyed.

Like the man who proposed to her, then expected her to call up ghosts for profit.

She pushed that thought out of her head. It had been nearly twenty years since that disaster, and she’d been naïve then.

The officer stopped and gave her a long, assessing look.

Hope stared back at him steadily.

She knew she looked like a dying butterfly, as a neighbor who’d thought he was being helpful had once called her: too thin and aging too fast. But there wasn’t normal anything when it came to the family curse. Her father’s hair had gone gray at thirty and cold white three years later; Hope’s hair sprouted gray like weeds.

Finally, the officer flapped his hand at the seating area by the window. She sat on the edge of the sofa’s cushion. This probably wouldn’t take long. Everyone was afraid they would catch what she had.

He sat carefully far away from her, tossing a hard-backed green book and pen onto the table.

“Ms. Delgado, I’m Colonel Graul, commanding officer of the S.C. Kangjun and sector commander.”

He stared at Hope again. “How did you convince GALCOM to get you out here?” he asked.

The subtext of the question was clear as the stars outside, and it left a bad taste her mouth. “I didn’t. I wanted nothing to do with no alien ghosts. GALCOM approached me and asked for my help.”

“For a lot of money and Demory metal.”

She stared down at the carpet. It was thick enough to bury her feet in. She wasn’t wearing the bracelet here; didn’t need to.

“The Demory metal saved my life, Colonel.” She made a point to use his rank, because the first captain had told her that was proper etiquette, that civilians always got it wrong. “It blocks the ghosts so I can do normal things like go to the bathroom and sleep. Everyone else in my family has killed themselves before the age of forty because the ghosts won’t leave us alone. I’m thirty-nine. My dream is to be an old woman. A very old woman.”

Then she fixed a steely gaze on him. He looked away first.

“And why is it wrong to get money for a skill no one else has?” she said. “I am the only person who can help.”

“I hope you can. We’ll be at the first space port, Eridana, in about two weeks.” He shifted his position, and the shadows in his eyes darkened. “There’s been trouble there. They think from ghosts.”

“They didn’t tell me much. Poltergeist activity?”

“No. It’s in the air. Like a weight, an oppressiveness, constantly pressing against you.”

She leaned forward, going still. Reminded herself to breathe. “Once we had a bus crash. Forty people killed. It was like that for me until the ghosts passed on.”

No one else had felt it but her, and other members of her family.

“We think it’s connected to the Corellians. Things were fine until they put out the Sin Pots. The Corellians say it’s for their ancestors.”

Hope shivered. Her Demory metal bracelet had originated on the Corellian world.

“Sin Pots?” she asked.

“Sorry.” He flushed. “It’s a military nickname. Computer, show us the Sin Pots.”

A three-dimensional hologram appeared above the table. Hope used her hand to pull it lower so she could see it better. The Sin Pot was a crudely made metal barrel that would probably come up to Hope’s waist. A second image from an overhead angle show a red liquid, thick like oil, inside.

She asked, “Do you know what the liquid is?”

Graul picked up the notebook and flipped through the pages, pausing on one. How old-fashioned to still be using paper.

“I can give you a list of the ingredients,” he said. “We don’t know what they do.”

“Are they specific to the Corellian home world?”

Graul added a quick note that looked like it had a question mark at the end. “Most of them are common elements you could get anywhere. Two are unique to the Corellians.”

“I don’t know of any liquid that would have anything to do with ghosts. Could be the Corellians developed it, though I can’t see why. Can’t you remove the Sin Pots?”

“No.” Graul bit his lip. Making up his mind. “It’s not that easy. The Corellians supply GALCOM with minerals we need for our space cruisers. When we tried removing the Sin Pots, they delayed deliveries until we put them back.”

She’d read about that in the news, though the delays had been passed off as caused by a space storm.

“You couldn’t negotiate with them?”

The shadows in his eyes grew darker still. He looked down at the book, not reading it. Closed the cover. “No.”

He set the notebook on the coffee table and straightened it. Laid the pen on top of it.

She waited, but he didn’t say anything further.

She said, “I told the GALCOM representative the same thing: All I can do is look. I don’t know if my ability to see ghosts would allow me to see Corellian ones, or if I would be able to talk them.”

Graul fell silent for a long moment. “We have to try. We can’t let it get worse.”

Photo: John Crawford and Cat


John Crawford sits on sofa and plays with his cat.

Another blast from the past.  This was taken in the 1980s.  This is John Crawford, who was in both Star Trek and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

This photo was taken at his house in Studio City, California.  Some fans of “The Big Four” (all four of Irwin Allen’s TV shows) came to L.A. and were visiting the actors.  They were getting interviews for fan magazines about their rules.

We all sat down to chat in his living room.  This was the first time I had been in an actor’s house (and actually the only time), so I was terrified I was going to screw up and say something stupid.  The cat jumped up on the sofa and climbed all over him.  Clearly a case of “Pay attention to me!  These other humans aren’t important!”).

No veteran experience that I could find online, but he was at the right age to be a World War II vet.  He passed away in 2010.

Harlan Ellison RIP


Science Fiction writer Harlan Ellison passed away earlier this week.

I’ve never met him personally.  I know him more through the stories I read growing up.  One of his books, a fat one of short stories was in my library.  When I first got hooked on Star Trek as the fandom snowballed, I started picking up books from the science fiction section.  Harlan’s, Robert Silverberg, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein (it was the children’s section, so I got his juveniles).

And there were stories about Harlan Ellison:

  1. The most famous is the disagreement with Gene Roddenberry over the Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever.  He didn’t agree with the changes Gene made to the script…but it’s still one of the most memorable episodes of all time.
  2. And one of those disagreements showed up on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.  He did do a script for the show; it was under the pen name of Cordwainer Bird.  As it goes, an executive suggested a change to the script, and Harlan pushed him.  Executive fell back and was injured.
  3. The final one was a con that I was attending.  Harlan Ellison was scheduled to attend the con.  But he demanded 1st class seating on the flight–for both him and his wife.  The con said they would do it for him, but they couldn’t afford to pay for his wife.  He refused, so they cancelled his appearance.

You know people are going to die off, but it’s still hard seeing it.  Writers, at least, can live on through their works.

THE 2018 MILITARY SF BUNDLE


12 book covers in the military SF bundle

Yes!  I’m in a Story Bundle.  My book is Crying Planet.  If you purchase a bundle, you can get 12 books!  There are also gift cards available, so you can give it as a gift.

You can never have too many books.

The 2018 Military SF Bundle – Curated by Kevin J. Anderson

Strap in, adjust your uniform, fire up the engines, and get ready to defend the Earth against all threats, extraterrestrial and domestic! I’ve curated a new Military Science Fiction StoryBundle with a dozen great books from the high-tech battlefields right here on our home planet to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

This StoryBundle contains two of my standalone military SF novellas, ESCAPE HATCH and PRISONER OF WAR, and COBRA SLAVE by Timothy Zahn, as well as OBLIVION by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon, part of the New York Times bestselling Starfire series. Baen Books provided the brand new, hot-off-the-presses YEAR’S BEST MILITARY AND ADVENTURE SF, edited by David Afsharirad, with excellent stories by David Weber, Jody Lynn Nye, Larry Niven, and more.

Three of these books are written by veterans of the armed services, who bring their own gritty experiences into writing, FIRE ANT by Jonathan Brazee, CRYING PLANET by Linda Maye Adams, and STRIKE EAGLE by Doug Beason.

Ron Friedman’s time travel thriller TYPHOON TIME, J.A. Sutherland’s INTO THE DARK, Steve Ruskin’s A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL’S BROKER, and Andrew and William Keith’s COHORT OF THE DAMNED round out the bundle.

As always with StoryBundle, you name your own price. Get the base level of four books for $5 or the entire dozen for as little as $15. You support independent authors and small presses, and a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the remarkable work of the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education. The Military SF StoryBundle is available for only three weeks here: https://storybundle.com/military – Kevin J. Anderson

The initial titles in the The 2018 Military SF Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Escape Hatch by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Strike Eagle by Doug Beason
  • The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF Vol. 4 by David Afsharirad
  • Oblivion by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus EIGHT more!

  • Cohort of the Damned by Andrew Keith and William H. Keith, Jr.
  • Typhoon Time by Ron S. Friedman
  • Prisoner of War by Kevin J. Anderson
  • A Deal with the Devil’s Broker by Steve Ruskin
  • Into the Dark – Alexis Carew #1 by J.A. Sutherland
  • Crying Planet by Linda Maye Adams
  • Fire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee
  • Cobra Slave – Cobra Rebellion Book 1 by Timothy Zahn

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

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 The Challenger Center for Space Education!
  • 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.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.