I Thought a Stirling Engine was Cool in My Scifi Story – Here’s One for Your Desktop

Kate says... Just place on a mug of hot water and give it a spin and you're up and running; as long as there's enough temperature difference, it will keep running. GREAT CONVERSATION PIECE on your desk.Amazon gift idea In my dystopian trilogy about a cult colonizing Titan, I gave the settlers furnaces that drove …

Nazis Make the Best Villains, But are the Chinese Far Behind? The Enigma Cube by Douglas E Richards

scifi book cover The Enigma Cube

Kate says... Looking for adventure with bad guys as chatty as Bond villains, good guys who banter on their way to certain doom, and Indiana Jones style Nazis, all circling an inexplicable alien technology? Here ya go. The story alternates between its WWII and modern eras. The alien Enigma Cube brings them together. This book …

Weirdly Dystopian Earth Makes Starving Mars Seem Like the Better World – Saving Mars by Cidney Swanson

Kate says... A young Marsian pilot struggling to meet everyone's expectations is the heroine, but bizarre re-bodying is this story's unique twist. You've read about consciousness transfer before, but not like on this dystopian Earth. Most stories about a colony on Mars include wonderful technologies that produce the settlers' food. But real-life Mars has poisonous …

If You Like the Political Machinations of Dune… A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Kate says... An ambassador replaces her murdered predecessor in this introspective tale of intrigue and empire. Technology designed to aid her fails and she's alone, a barbarian in a rarefied palace environment she once envied. She studied these people all her life so she could protect her tiny home's independence, but how can she succeed …

Dozen Doses of The Doctor – 12 Doctors 12 Stories

Cover for short story collection: Doctor Who

Kate says... Released in 2015, this collection of short stories covers 12 Doctors, though how you can ignore the War Doctor is beyond me. Of the latest reboot, I like Capaldi - his Doctor felt more alien - but Tom Baker was my first. Like any first love, he will always be my favorite, even …

Hooligan Diplomat on a Wild West World – Lone Star Planet by H Beam Piper

Novella cover A PLanet for Texans

Kate says... A hooligan diplomat sent as ambassador to a planet where the locals want him killed, and so does his own government. His predecessor was violently murdered, so things don't look good in this old-style, pulp-era interplanetary adventure that pokes fun at the trope of Texans. Since I posted a link to a compilation …

What’s a Blackballed Archeologist Doing on Mars? Music of Mars by George G. Moore

scifi book cover The Music of Mars

Kate says... Who will control Mars? Always a corporation, but dedicated to what, exactly, and who? Two stories run in parallel here, involving the same characters. One is a tale of corporate battles and industrial spying that threatens to turn deadly. The other is a strange discovery that may become humanity's future on Mars. Finally, …

Alien Invasion! Can a Young Woman and Rogue Alien Save Earth? Will Love Save Them? The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Sci Fi book cover, The Sound of Stars

Kate says... This story started yesterday! Americans steeped in bigotry, chaos, and modern tribal hatred are hit, not with a pandemic, but an alien invasion. Rumors and incompetence lead to the worst possible response. But it's post-apocalypse now with a most unlikely pair as humanity's last hope. The Ilori are an interesting alien race. The …

Scifi & Fantasy Classics, Near-Classics, Sorta-Classics – Free Science Fiction Books On Kindle compiled by Morris Rosenthal

Cover of Linked List of Classic Scifi & Fantasy Books

Kate says... Do the old stories call to you? Curious about what the future or the fantastic looked like to generations past? Here's a compilation of over 350 free classic titles with links to get the books. Arranged by author, even the table of contents is interesting. How many of these authors do you recognize? …

Young Super Hero Tale is Dark – For I Could Lift My Finger And Black Out The Sun by Keith Soares

Fantasy Book Cover - Super Hero

Kate says... A pair of pre-teens gain super powers and start off exploring them with the antics you'd expect, but their story quickly turns sad, scary, and dark. John is a real hero, not merely super-powered, and I especially like how he uses a microscope to investigate what's happening to his cells. My kind of …