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  • New DUNE film/TV announcement from Legendary

    Posted By on November 22, 2016

    And here is the big official announcement, fifteen years in the making! This is the real deal, and we are all very excited

    LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO
    FRANK HERBERT’S CLASSIC SCI-FI NOVEL DUNE

    Burbank, CA – November 21, 2016 – Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate have reached an agreement granting the production entity the film and television motion picture rights to the beloved novel DUNE, one of the most revered science fiction novels of all time. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience. The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Kevin J. Anderson will be either a Creative Consultant or a Co-Producer, depending upon which book is filmed.

    Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

    Dune has long been considered the crown jewel of science fiction properties. Its legacy and influence is witnessed in everything from STAR WARS to THE MATRIX and often referred to as the science fiction version of LORD OF THE RINGS with its sprawling world and multi-dimensional politics.

    The agreement was negotiated by Mike Ross and Jen Grazier on behalf of Legendary and Marcy Morris and Barry Tyerman of JTWAMMK on behalf of the Herbert family.

    About Legendary Entertainment
    Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $13 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com

    LEGENDARY is a global entertainment company with a passion for transportive storytelling across film, television, digital media, virtual reality and comic books. Towering monsters. Inspirational heroes. Thrilling adventures. Legendary is driven…
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    Announcing Scholarship Winners for Superstars Writing Seminar 2017

    Posted By on November 16, 2016

    We’re pleased to announce the five winners of the 2017 Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for the Superstars Writing Seminar: Courtney Farrell, Lehua Parker, Blair McGregor, Aubrey Pratt, and Liz Colter! The scholarship entails full tuition of $749 for the three-day seminar, plus $275 for the additional Advanced Writing Craft Day.

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    Superstars offers scholarships every year to writers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial circumstances. We have so far funded 12 scholarships through donations and the sales of our three anthologies, One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn AnthologyA Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn Anthology, and The Dragon Writers Anthology. These anthologies are published through WordFire Press. Supporters can also donate via PayPal at http://superstarswriting.com/scholarships/ All funds received for the Don Hodge Scholarship Fund are distributed to scholarship winners in the form of registrations for the Superstars Writing Seminars, without a cent going to administrative costs.
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    The 7th Superstars Writing Seminar will take place Thursday through Saturday, February 2-4, 2017 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. An Advanced Writing Craft Day is offered on Wednesday, February 1st. Superstars focuses on the business of writing and career building, with workshops instructed by the top authors, editors, and professionals in the industry. For more information, a list of guest instructors, and to register please head over to Superstars Writing Seminars.
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    An Exciting Launch for Kevin J Anderson Presents “Empire’s Rift” by Steve Rzasa!

    Posted By on November 14, 2016

    We had a great time Saturday night at the book release party at Hard Rock Cafe in Denver for the new novel Empire’s Rift, released by WordFire Press. This epic science fiction novel is based in the Takamo gaming universe, the first in the “Kevin J. Anderson Presents” line from WordFire.
    Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and pick up a copy of “Empire’s Rift” at the party. Anyone who purchased the novel also received an X Files paperback. We signed lots of books and enjoyed some great food! Special thanks to John at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was a cool downtown venue for our book launch.
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    Kevin J. Anderson with Steve Rzasa and Randall Ritnour from Takamo Universe games.
    Congratulations to Steve Rzasa and the group at Takamo Universe. Best of luck! There is also a Kickstarter currently running, which has already met the basic goal and now we’re trying to fund the second novel in the series. Some great reward levels still available. You can check it out at the Takamo Kickstarter.
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    About “Empire’s Rift”–
    The Naplian Empire’s war of expansion against the Grand Alliance has taken a turn for the worse. With vital serjaum fuel reserves wiped out by a surprise attack, Admiral Daviont of the III Corps makes a long, desperate journey to the fringes of Terran space for a massive undeveloped source of serjaum—the Baedecker Star System. But his action does not go unnoticed. Their mortal enemies, the Briddarri, send their own task force to intercept.
    At Baedecker Four, starfighter pilot and governor’s son Taggart “Tag” Wester has his hands full steering clear of his wing commander’s wrath. When an emergency call unearths a dangerous foe from the past, he’s put to a test unlike any he’s ever face—one of courage, and leadership. Elden Selva is on a mission to restore power to the defeated Northern Alliance, by retrieving the remains of Truppen cybernetic soldiers. What he finds is far more than he anticipated, and the ensuing conflict changes both him and the woman he loves.
    The invaders and defenders collide in a struggle that will not only shape their lives, but have dire consequences for the entire galaxy.
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    DRAGON WRITERS!

    Posted By on November 8, 2016

    We’re happy to announce the release of a new anthology, DRAGON WRITERS, including stories by Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey, and many others, edited by Lisa Mangum and with original cover art and introduction by James Artimus Owen.  All proceeds go to fund the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for Superstars Writing Seminars.

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    This is the third anthology put together by Superstars Writing Seminar instructors and alumni. The first two—One Horn to Rule Them All (about purple unicorns) and A Game of Horns (about red unicorns)—were also edited by Lisa Mangum and published by WordFire Press. Harnessing the creativity and imagination of Superstars attendees, these books generated a lot of attention, and raised enough money to fund ten total scholarships for Superstars.

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    We decided we just had to do one more.  Superstars instructors Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, and Todd McCaffrey offered stories, but then the Superstars alumni submitted their best, to be selected by Lisa Mangum. The other contributors include Adric Mayall, Frog Jones, Josh Vogt, Scott Parkin, Kristin Luna, John D Payne, Joy Dawn Johnson, Michael Angel, Brandon M Lindsay, L.J. Hachmeister, Kevin IkenberryFrank Morin,  Mel Koons, Jace Killan,  Greg LittleNancy GreeneTristan Brand, Robert J McCarter, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Mike Jack Stoumbos, MJ CarlsonPeter E Sartucci

    Pick up your eBook or print copy now and help us fund the *next* batch of Scholarships for Superstars!  Percival the kitten approves.

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    Guest Interview—JODY LYNN NYE

    Posted By on November 5, 2016

    Here’s an interview on writing and books with my good friend Jody Lynn Nye. I thought you might enjoy it—and read Jody’s books! Her new nonfiction book, with Bill Fawcett, is Pros and Cons, and her novel Taylor’s Ark, were both just released by WordFire Press.

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    Do you have a pre-writing routine or ritual?

    Every morning, when I get up, I feed the cat, then make my cocoa, check out Facebook, update my computer programs and game apps, and watch a few minutes of TV with my husband or stare out the glass doors at the local wildlife (we live on a thickly forested lot). I flip open my laptop and start on the project I left off the night before. Sometimes that means I spend a lot of the day in pajamas, but I understand from my friends that it’s not too uncommon a practice among writers. I am most productive in the morning, so I don’t even look at my e-mail until noon or later.

    I see you have cats. Are they helpful when writing your books?

    At the moment, we have only one cat, Jeremy, a black Texas longtail. He’s very helpful, if by helpful you mean coming in to yow at me that he’s getting insufficient attention just as I’m trying to concentrate on a scene. I always threaten him that I’ll take my computer and go to the library to work. He stretches out on the carpet as I stroke him, eyes slitted, purring, because he knows I hardly ever make good on that threat.

    What do you have to have in order to write? A favorite beverage, warm cat on your lap, candles, heavy metal rock blasting in your ears, or . . . ?

    No music, no TV. Too distracting. If I have snacks in reach, I’ll nibble, so I limit what’s in reach. The cat is not much help (see above), but sometimes he lies on my legs on the other side of the laptop. When I hit a knotty moment, I’ll play a few hands of solitaire or check in on FB, then go back to it.

    Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

    I like to be challenged. I’ve taken on a few projects because they made me stretch. I don’t write horror or dystopia as a rule, but I have recently written stories in various friends’ literary worlds that involved those themes. I learn a lot about myself when I try new things. When I hit a snag, it means something is fundamentally flawed in my project. I need to get away from it for a while to see where the failing lies. That can take a while, and often I don’t have a while. I have a problem writing short. My husband teases me that I will “write no book before it is long,” paraphrasing the Paul Masson wine commercials. I can edit down if I need to, but I hate to have to do that.

    Are you as funny as your books?

    I like to think I’m funny. Contrariwise, I like people to take me seriously.

    Favorite food?

    Chocolate, dark, 73% cocoa solids or better. I lose more of my tolerance for sugar every year.

    Favorite book?

    Several. Dorothy Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey novels, particularly Murder Must Advertise or Gaudy Night. Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books, especially The Black Mountain and The Doorbell Rang. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov. I could go on and on.

    Favorite color?

    Ruby red and amethyst purple.

     Night or day?

    Day.

    Coffee or chocolate?

    Chocolate. I don’t drink coffee.

    Dogs or cats?

    Cats, now and forever. Dogs are nice people, but I prefer cats.

    Fish or gerbils?

    Fish. Gerbils are terrible gossips.

    What was your inspiration for Taylor’s Ark?

    My inspiration for Taylor’s Ark was curiosity about the future of medicine in space, and how a doctor could make a living. I have a family predilection for medicine, with an emphasis on neuroscience. My brother’s a neurologist, my uncle’s a psychiatrist, my mom’s a psychiatric nurse, my cousin’s an OB-GYN, another cousin just retired as the head of surgical education at a nearby hospital, and yet another cousin is a dentist who doubles in paleontological dentistry. He diagnosed Sue (the T. rex at the Field Museum) with an abscess that probably led to her death. I might have gone into medicine if I hadn’t been more interested in pursuing a career in media. I read medical journals and watch a lot of shows like Untold Stories of the ER.

    At the time Taylor’s Ark was written, environmental medicine was starting to take hold as a specialty. It’s my belief that it will become even more important in the future as humankind steps onto new worlds and finds new things that could potentially make it sick or kill it. Genetically speaking, we can’t get infections from alien germs, because we don’t share any common microbes, but they can poison us or give us rashes.

    Being a romantic at heart, I also gave Shona a husband she loves and who loves and supports her. They may be one of the few happily-married couples in space. I thought it would be fun to give Shona animals to supplement her diagnostic devices. Harry the cat and Saffie the dog have their own very distinct personalities as well as their talents. Shona is also responsible for the well-being of an alien visitor who mooches her candy supply and is writing a scholarly dissertation about human foibles. Chirwl is the small being on the ground next to Shona’s right foot on the cover. I hope to go on with the series one day.

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    Your Writing Tools for Nanowrimo

    Posted By on October 28, 2016

    If you’re a writer, you know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, every November when aspiring authors scramble to try to write the first draft of a new book in one month flat. There are challenge groups, sprint partners, lots of blogs, advice from writers.

    Each year for NaNoWriMo, I curate a StoryBundle of books on various aspects of the craft and business of writing, and for 2016 I’ve got eleven titles—your complete toolkit for getting through NaNoWriMo and increasing your own writing knowledge.

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    To improve your craft, there’s The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite, Managing Your Inner Artist/Writer by M.L. Buchman, Mastering Place and Setting in Your Writing by Eric Maisel, as well as the amazingly inspirational Drawing out the Dragons by James Artimus Owen. To understand the industry and manage your career, there’s Closing the Deal on Your Terms by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Everyday Novelist: Business 101 by Daniel Sawyer, From Dreamer to Doer by Jude Wilhoff, Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith, Write It Forward: From Writer to Successful Author by Bob Mayer, Pros and Cons by Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett, and The Science Fiction Professional by Mike Resnick.

    This bundle is a real grad-level course on becoming a writer—just the inspiration and information you need, not just for NaNoWriMo but for your entire career.

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    As a bonus, if you are looking to build your computer toolkit for writers, this bundle includes 50% on Jutoh, Digital Publishing Made Easy, and 80% off Writer’s Café software. Two apps that help you write and format your novel!

    The way StoryBundle works is simple: Name your own price, pay what you feel the bundle is worth. For a minimum payment of $5, you get the basic list of five books. If you pay $15 or more, you get the entire batch of books, all eleven titles.

    A portion of your payment goes to support two great charities: The Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Superstars Writing Seminar and actress Pat Tallman’s pet project Be A Santa, which benefits needy kids so they can have a real holiday.

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    The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools StoryBundle runs for only a limited time, from October 26 to December 22, and then it’s gone.

    And if you’re looking for good fiction to read, you have only a few days left to pick up the Pulse Pounders Thriller bundle or the Political Thrillers bundle; I’ve got books in both.

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    To the Stars: Bundles Raise Nearly $100K for Challenger Center

    Posted By on October 25, 2016

    Several times a year, you see me posting (yes, even haranguing you) about a new book bundle I’m part of—whether it’s thrillers, monsters, adventure SF, epic fantasy, writing tools, political thrillers.  You name your own price and get a big grab bag of books.

    But the really cool thing about the bundles is that a portion of the proceeds goes directly to a selected charity or non-profit. Most of the time, I designate the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. Founded by June Scobee Rodgers, whose husband was Commander Dick Scobee of the final flight of the Challenger, the Challenger Centers promote interest in science and space, raising a new generation of forward-thinkers and problem solvers for humanity’s future.  I am a Board Member of Challenger, and I fully support their mission.

    So far, my book bundles—you know, the ones I always pester you to buy—have raised nearly $100,000 for Challenger. I think that’s pretty darn impressive.  If you’ve picked up one or more of the bundles, pat yourself on the back.

    And if you’re interested, my Pulse Pounders Thriller bundle is running right now at storybundle.com   Only about a week remaining—get eleven books that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and also help out the Challenger Centers.

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    Pulse Pounding Stuff!

    Posted By on October 13, 2016

    The Pulse Pounders Thriller Bundle

    Tick. Tick. Tick.

    Do you feel your pulse pounding? Time is running out.

    Sometimes it feels as if life is like a nuclear reactor overheating, a race car with a stuck pedal, accelerating out of control. Your “To Read” stack grows higher and higher, while your reading time decreases each week. Too many responsibilities. Too many distractions. Too little quiet time.

    Tick. Tick.

    Who has time to spend hours in an afternoon slowly sinking in to the languidly paced prose of an author who feels he has all the time in the world to engage your interest? For a reader who has all the time in the world and nothing better to do?

    Tick. Tick.

    In a fast-paced world, you want a story that grabs you from the beginning, stomps on the accelerator, and hits sixty miles an hour in two paragraphs or less. You want a ride in a super-sonic jet, not a casual Sunday bicycle ride around the park.

    Tick. Tick. You need a lot of thrillers. Now.

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    The books I have selected for the Pulse Pounders Thriller Bundle for StoryBundle really cut to the chase. This is a death-defying rollercoaster, not a kiddy storybook ride. I selected these books from across the spectrum with the criteria that they be EXCITING and PULSE POUNDING.

    As a perfect sampler, I edited the Pulse Pounders anthology for WMG, packed with short stories that put me on the edge of my seat. I’m also including VIRTUAL DESTRUCTION, a high-tech thriller I wrote with Doug Beason about a murder inside a top secret nuclear design lab…exactly like the one where we both met. Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS launches a shared-world epic where an epidemic has unleashed monsters on the world, and humanity’s survival is at stake.

    Also included are two edgy serial-killer thrillers, EMPTY ROOMS by Jeff Mariott and THE FLY GUY by Colum Sanson-Regan. You want demon possessed rock bands back from the dead? There’s BANSHEES by Mike Baron. Science fiction thriller? FORCED CONVERSION by Donald J. Bingle. Urban fantasy demon hunters? Falchion-Award nominee POCKETS OF DARKNESS by Jean Rabe. Frightening revenge? GATES OF HELL by J. F. Penn. Matt Buchman’s TWO CHEF and Dean Wesley Smith’s AN EASY SHOT even make cooking and golfing terrifying!

    Eleven books for a bargain price, but it only runs for three weeks and this bundle will go away. Don’t miss it. You get great books to read, a portion goes to charity, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

    Do you feel your heart racing yet? Time is running out. You’ve got stories to read.

    Tick. Tick. Tick.

    The initial titles in the Thriller Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

    • Banshees by Mike Baron
    • Virtual Destruction by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason
    • Empty Rooms by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
    • Pockets of Darkness by Jean Rabe
    • The Fly Guy by Colum Sanson-Regan

    If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more:

    • Two Chef! by M. L. Buchman
    • Gates of Hell by J.F. Penn
    • Pulse Pounders by Fiction River
    • Forced Conversion by Donald J. Bingle
    • An Easy Shot by Dean Wesley Smith
    • V-WARS by Jonathan Maberry

    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 to you. 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.

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    Truly Epic!

    Posted By on September 3, 2016

    For the third year in a row, I have curated a batch of truly epic fantasy books for storybundle.com—eleven books that will take readers to the edges of the map of their imagination.

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    For traditional epic fantasy readers, we have A HERO BORN by Michael A. Stackpole, ECHOES OF A SHATTERED AGE by Ramon Terrell, THE FEATHER AND THE MOON WELL by new author Shean Pao (the first “Farland Discovery” specially chosen and mentored by New York Times bestselling fantasy author David Farland), HEART READERS by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL by Brandon Sanderson, as well as a host of imaginative stories in the Fiction River anthology UNNATURAL WORLDS.

    Playing a little with history, we also have LINCOLN’S WIZARD by Tracy Hickman and Dan Willis, a magical take on the Civil War, SPAWN OF LOKI by Jason Henderson, a fantasy follow-on to Shakespeare’s MacBeth, and a skewed reimagining of Red Riding Hood in A TALE OF RED RIDING: RISE OF THE ALPHA HUNTRESS by Neo Edmund. I even included to impressive epic and exotic historical novels, SISTER OF THE LIONHEART by Hilary Benford, the amazing tale of Joanna, sister of Richard the Lionheart, as well as A GOD AGAINST THE GODS, an epic story of turmoil in ancient Egypt, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Allen Drury.

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    At storybundle.com, you can pay a minimum of $5 and receive the base group of five titles, or for as little as $15, you receive all eleven books in your preferred eBook format, delivered immediately. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education. The Truly Epic Fantasy bundle runs for a limited time, ending on September 22. Fill up your reading device with all the worlds you can imagine, help indie authors, and also benefit a great charity.

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    A Galaxy Full of Adventure SF

    Posted By on June 23, 2016

    Science Fiction is the literature that always set my imagination on fire, sparking my sense of wonder, taking me on adventures into the future, off to the most distant parts of the universe, to alien cultures, and the frontiers of the human mind.

    I’m curating a new Adventure SF bundle for storybundle.com that contains fourteen great books guaranteed to set your imagination on fire, and it launches today, June 22—for only a little more than a dollar a book.

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    If you like grand space opera, we’ve got DARKSHIP THIEVES by Sarah A. Hoyt, TIMEWEB by Brian Herbert, FIRE WITH FIRE by Charles A. Gannon, THE WORKER PRINCE by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, and even TALES OF DUNE, the previously uncollected Dune short stories written by Brian Herbert and me.

    For hard SF, there’s LAUNCH PAD, an anthology of science fiction stories edited by Jody Lynn Nye and Mike Brotherton. In traditional fast-paced science fiction, the bundle has HER BROTHER’S KEEPER by Mike Kupari, MORNING SONG by Dean Wesley Smith, and BURIED DEEP by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

    In post-apocalyptic adventure, Aaron Michael Ritchey’s DANDELION IRON fits the bill. For gritty cyberpunk, Todd J. McCaffrey has CITY OF ANGELS. Alan Dean Foster has the undersea epic OSHENERTH. And THE CAULDRON by Jean Rabe and Gene deWeese offers mind-bending, thought-provoking future speculation.

    I’m also very pleased to include 2113, a new anthology edited by me and John McFetridge—a collection of stories inspired by legendary rock band Rush (and it includes my sequel to the classic epic “2112”).

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    With storybundle.com, you name your own price for this grab bag of Adventure SF books. For as little as $8 you get the basic bundle of seven titles, and for as little as $16 you get them all. A portion of the money goes to charity—the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education—and, other than a small admin percentage, the rest of the earnings is directly divided among the titles.

    For this Adventure SF bundle, I’m adding an exclusive sneak preview for all customers—a first-hand look at the first few chapters of NAVIGATORS OF DUNE (due out September 13), the grand finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, as well as the first few chapters of ETERNITY’S MIND, the climax of my Saga of Shadows trilogy.

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    This is available for a limited time only, running for three weeks. The bundle ends on July 12. Shoot for the stars!

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