The Doorway and Other Stories include fourteen of my favorite stories (reprints), and since my favorite genre is science fiction, they are mostly SF except for The Princess Quest, a tongue-in-cheek sword and sorcery epic, and Old Rex, a ghost story. They’ve all been published elsewhere, except for Royal Guardians; this is its first time in print. If you like reading about aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home, family, their own bodies, etc., I think you’ll enjoy this collection of characters and their adventures.
Stories include symbiotes (Pilot’s Course), time tunnels (The Doorway), attacking aliens (Too Tight), friendly aliens (Freeps), mermaids (Well Met by Water), trading bodies (Stray Cats), royalty (Royal Guardians),and genetic engineering. The Doorway and Other Stories is available on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
Hidebound: Not long after Anfissa meets Ferenc, a strange humanoid bodyguard, on the space cruiser, St. Catherine, she is forced to flee with him, his menacing boss, and another bodyguard in a lifeboat during an attack on the cruiser, to a planet where even the grass is deadly. What danger lurks on Snakebite? But that’s just.the beginning of Anfissa’s adventures. Travelling across the planet to find a small relay station, Fissa nearly succumbs to dehydration and insect bites until Ferenc offers her help unique to his home planet.After crashing on Snakebite, Ferenc saves Fissa’s life using an ability unique to his planet–a planet under interdiction; his other abilities made him valued as a bodyguard. Can she protect him after they’re rescued. (Contest winner twice.)
Note: Adult content.
Cold New Planet: What mysteries will the colonists–and the consortium backing them–uncover on this slowly thawing planet? Are the colonists alone? This planet was supposed to be theirs; their backers, who have their own agenda, have paid enough money to ensure that. What lies under the snow and ice? And where did all these humans–and aliens–come from? Are they all trapped here now?
Keeping the livestock warm and fed is a first step–after finally arriving via the point to point ship. Then we must deal with the aliens and the other colonists who aren’t supposed to be here. Can we use the domes? Will the inhabitants there let us? And what happened to our explorers? Join the explorers and colonists on this captured planet: Cold New Planet
Note: oino sakai wrote the scifaiku that introduces Cold New Planet
Sugar Time: Her name is Sugar. Sugar Sweet. When her Uncle Max falls ill and his collaborators disappear, he asks her to investigate the old Victorian mansion where he conducted his research. Now Sugar must act quickly to unlock the secret of time travel so she can protect her uncle’s research. Uh, aren’t those cats awfully big? What are they doing in the house? How dangerous are they? And then Sugar has to use her uncle’s time machine to dispose of bodies. (How could she explain them?!) And then Sugar packs the time machine with food, water, weapons, her new companions–and other necessities. Way back when, the sabre tooth tigers are merely curious as they sniff around, but the Neanderthals want in. Must move faster. And what if collecting souvenirs affects time?
Sugar Time collects Joy V. Smith’s Sugar Sweet stories into one volume: Sugar Time
Cold New Planet is a contender in the Preditors & Editors poll (Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story category: http://critters.org/predpoll/
Cold New Planet is available as an ebook now; it’s actually a reprint from the anthology, Science Fiction Consortium, and it’s available as a pre-order: Cold New Planet
What mysteries will the colonists–and the consortium backing them–uncover on this slowly thawing planet? Are the colonists alone? This planet is supposed to be theirs; their backers, who had their own agenda, had paid enough money to ensure that. What lies under the snow and ice? And where did all these humans–and aliens–come from? From a barren, icy wasteland, it’s almost like gridlock back on Earth.