Mind Machines

by Dima Zales

With billions in the bank and my own venture capital firm, I’m living the American dream. My only problem? A car accident that leaves my mother with memory problems.

Brainocytes, a new technology that can transform our brains, could be the answer to all of my problems—but I’m not the only one who sees its potential.

Plunged into a criminal underworld darker than anything I could’ve imagined, my life-saving technology might be the death of me.

My name is Mike Cohen, and this is how I became more than human.

Origins

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The-Naphils-Kiss

Archeologists working in the Giza plateau make new discoveries about Egypt’s past. Recorded history of the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, even Moses and the slave exodus to the Promised Land are drawn into question as they unravel the mysteries they find and encounter elements intent on preserving those secrets.

A patient in a psychiatric hospital may be the key to it all. Hastelloy is convinced he’s locked in a battle for humanity’s survival with the mysterious species Alpha that has spanned the course of human history since ancient Egypt. Is he crazy, or is it crazy to ignore him?

Meanwhile, NASA and the National Security Agency struggle with the future of mankind amid the launch of a new deep space probe capable of broadcasting a message that will be heard by others. Some believe it can propel humanity to new heights, others insist it will bring about the end of mankind. Both sides will stop at nothing to further their cause.

Mankind’s past, present and future are revealed in this gripping thriller that does not let go for a single page, and has enough twists and turns to test even the most sturdy safety harness. The Origins of all will be revealed.

The Auriga Project

by M.G. Herron

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Torn from Earth during the unveiling of The Auriga Project, archaeologist Eliana Fisk finds herself stranded on a strange planet at the center of an ancient and bloody ritual.

Her inventor husband, Amon, desperately scours the stars to find his wife. It’s his experimental machine that launched Eliana into the great unknown, and he must fend off greedy saboteurs from his own inner circle to save her.

To survive, Eliana will have use all her training to win over the local inhabitants—learn their language and their customs. Will she be able to stay out from under the knife long enough for Amon to bring her home? Or will the savage Chief Dambu and the god known as Xucha find her first?

The Becomer

by David Michael Miller

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“[The Becomer] effectively challenges everything we may think we know about identity, self-awareness, interconnection, and isolation. This is a stunning short story/novella that makes the reader really sit up, take notice, and ask questions about the perception of reality and life.” —Grant Leishman (Readers’ Favorite®)

“David Michael Miller truly is a fine writer!” —Sig Gissler (former administrator of the Pulitzer Prize)

Ever wish you could be someone else? Ever wish you could be everyone else?

In his brilliant literary debut, David Michael Miller explores themes of identity, isolation, interconnection, and self-transcendence through the story of X. X begins the same as anyone else: an innocent infant, whose future is rife with uncertainty and possibility. But as X progresses, he is forced to confront the inescapability of his individuality with a deep-seated dream of becoming someone else.

From a baby to a boy, a world to a universe — THE BECOMER chronicles the numerous transformations of X as he journeys from being no one to becoming everyone. Equal parts science-fiction, cultural commentary, philosophical excursion, and spiritual examination, THE BECOMER is both a thought-provoking and enjoyable read.

Miller plunges us into an alternative 21st-century world, at once familiar and strange. A world where emerging technologies offer unimaginable and awe-inspiring possibilities, giving way to an examination of the limits of self-knowledge, the differences that make us unique, and the human essence that binds us all.

Who is X? X is both every one and no one. X is definable by its indefinability. Consistent in its inconsistency. Constant in its becoming. X is You. And Me. And Him. And Her. And Zir. And on, and on, and…

Troop of Shadows

by Nicki Huntsman Smith

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The human population is at extinction levels after a catastrophic pandemic. Not dying was the easy part. The plague cleansed the world of mediocrity. The survivors possess the intellect and vision to save humankind. Or thrust it into oblivion.

Fey Touched

by Erin Zarro

Two sisters, one a Fey Queen, one a Hunter of the Fey. The Fey are genetically-engineered humans who are immortal and must feed on human souls to survive. Asha, the Fey Queen, is running from her people. Fallon, the Hunter, is searching for her using an addictive drug to access the stream of time. But when Fallon’s fellow Hunters — and kin — begin dying from a mysterious illness, the race is on. Because Asha just may be the key to saving them.

The-Naphils-Kiss

As the last star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets’ fleet on the verge of annihilation, he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening aliens. With so much uncertainty about the aliens’ capabilities and intentions, analyzing the captured computer equipment in Gallant’s possession could prove crucial. The fate of Earth could rest on the abilities of Midshipman Henry Gallant. Unfortunately, it is his abilities that have been much in doubt during his tour of duty.

In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to the demands of the space service.

Only bright and attractive junior officer Kelsey Mitchel has shown any sympathy for him. Now as his navigator on the last fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of Henry Gallant.

The Moreva of Astoreth

by Roxanne Bland

Roxanne Bland performs a stunning feat of world-building in her novel The Moreva of Astoreth, joining the august ranks of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin and other beloved creators of unique worlds and richly imagined civilizations. In this ingenious blending of science fiction, romance, and adventure, Bland brings a remarkable world and culture to life in breathtaking detail, imagining an imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of the Moreva Tehi, the headstrong granddaughter of a powerful deity, who is banished to a volatile far corner of unconquered territory for failing to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.

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