Sci-Fi Shorts II

Ten humorous science fiction stories telling of a train journey into a parallel world, a hen party in space, a galactic bailiff tasked with evicting everyone from Earth, a trial in the afterlife, a retired scientist who invents an antidote to Murphy’s Law, and more.

Meet Mark Roman

Mark Roman is a retired research scientist who fritters away his time writing humorous science fiction. He lives in London, is married, and has two adult children. His two most recent books have been collections of SF stories – Sci-Fi Shorts and Sci-Fi Shorts II – both of which are also available as audio books narrated by the splendid Duncan Galloway of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.

Dissonance Volume II: Reckoning

Bestselling author Aaron Ryan continues the epic journey begun in Volume I in an increasingly tense post-apocalyptic landscape, set amidst a gritty, attainable future Earth in this alien invasion thriller series.

Sergeant Cameron “Jet” Shipley lost everyone to the gorgons and has lost faith in the integrity of his own Command. But Cameron’s loss didn’t stop there. In a world rife with apocalyptic danger, it has become painfully apparent that humanity is still, even in the very throes of annihilation, at war with itself.

Finding himself a prisoner and eventual outlaw at the hands of those whom he once trusted most, Cameron must put his fate in the hands of his trusted confidants Lieutenant Allison Trudy, Private Liam “Fox” Mayfield, and Sergeant Joseph Bassett once more, endangering their very lives and freedom, as they and others come to his aid to join in the inevitable revolt against those in power who fail to see the truth: power corrupts, even on the very brink of extinction.

Shipley and his team must race against time to find compatriots who share their views, amassing support against the true foe. All the while, they must evade a merciless alien species that will not stop until the earth’s resources are drained dry, reducing it to a barren wasteland. In their quest for truth, they must remember one simple tenet as it pertains to the gorgons:

“One look, and it’s all over.”

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Readers of the “Alien Invasion” series by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt, the “Heartland Aliens” series by Joshua James, “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and the “Legend” series by Marie Lu will appreciate this post-apocalyptic aliens thriller.

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Don’t get lost in the maze of aliens and post-apocalyptic future Earth books. This science fiction aliens invasion novel will stir you and terrify you. “Dissonance Volume II: Reckoning” continues the tense post-apocalyptic book series that is not your average science fiction bestseller; instead, it’s a thrill ride: a standout amongst the horde of post-apocalyptic aliens book series, best sellers and post apocalyptic future Earth books available today. Enjoy!

This novel was proudly written by a human, for humans, with zero A.I. help or interaction. Long live humanity.


Meet Aaron Ryan

Aaron Ryan lives in Washington with his wife and two sons, along with Macy the dog, Winston the cat, and Merry & Pippin, the finches.

He is the author of the “Dissonance” series, several business books on multimedia production penned under a pseudonym, as well as a previous fictional novel, “The Omega Room.”

When he was in second grade, he was tasked with writing a creative assignment: a fictional book. And thus, “The Electric Boy” was born: a simple novella full of intrigue, fantasy, and 7-year-old wits that electrified Aaron’s desire to write. From that point forward, Aaron evolved into a creative soul that desired to create.

He enjoys the arts, media, music, performing, poetry, and being a daddy. In his lifetime he has been an author, voiceover artist, wedding videographer, stage performer, musician, producer, rock/pop artist, executive assistant, service manager, paperboy, CSR, poet, tech support, worship leader, and more. The diversity of his life experiences gives him a unique approach to business, life, ministry, faith, and entertainment.

Aaron’s favorite author by far is J.R.R. Tolkien, but he also enjoys Suzanne Collins, James S.A. Corey, Marie Lu, Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen King.

Aaron has always had a passion for storytelling.

Visit his website at www.authoraaronryan.com or the Dissonance trilogy website at www.dissonancetheseries.com

Dissonance Volume I: Reality

“One look, and it’s all over.”

There are some rules you never forget. Above all else, whatever you do, you never look directly at a gorgon.

Now, plug your ears, because the war for humanity has begun.


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Sergeant Cameron “Jet” Shipley was there when they first arrived in 2026. For 16 long years, he learned to hide, and to never make a sound. Learning the most important rule of all about the aliens: You just… don’t… look. The year is now 2042, and humanity is eking out an existence in the shadows. Shipley and his team are sent out on a recon mission with developments that may alter the trajectory of Earth’s fate… and his own. Joined by newcomers Bassett and Trudy, Cameron and his brother Rut will have to contend with terrifying aliens that have annihilated eighty-five percent of mankind. Will his mission lead him on a slippery slope of discovery that demands accountability? Or will it plunge humanity, and everything in it, into further dissonance?

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Bestselling author Aaron Ryan crafts a harrowing tale of epic tension, set amidst a gritty post-apocalyptic Earth, in this aliens thriller debut and bestselling new release.

Readers of the “Alien Invasion” series by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt, the “Heartland Aliens” series by Joshua James, “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and the “Legend” series by Marie Lu will appreciate this post-apocalyptic aliens thriller.

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What the readers say:

★★★★★ “Tension is incredibly high.”
★★★★★ “My heart was thumping.”
★★★★★ “Packs emotional and thematic depth.”
★★★★★ “The ending left me both satisfied…and wanting more.”
★★★★★ “Has you gripped!”
★★★★★ “It kept me turning pages.”

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Don’t get lost in the maze of aliens and post-apocalyptic future Earth books. This science fiction aliens invasion novel will stir you and terrify you. “Dissonance Volume I: Reality” kicks off a post-apocalyptic book series that is not your average science fiction bestseller; instead, it’s a thrill ride: a standout amongst the horde of post-apocalyptic aliens book series, best sellers and post apocalyptic future Earth books available today. Enjoy!

This novel was proudly written by a human, for humans, with zero A.I. help or interaction. Long live humanity.


Meet Aaron Ryan

Aaron Ryan lives in Washington with his wife and two sons, along with Macy the dog, Winston the cat, and Merry & Pippin, the finches.

He is the author of the “Dissonance” series, several business books on multimedia production penned under a pseudonym, as well as a previous fictional novel, “The Omega Room.”

When he was in second grade, he was tasked with writing a creative assignment: a fictional book. And thus, “The Electric Boy” was born: a simple novella full of intrigue, fantasy, and 7-year-old wits that electrified Aaron’s desire to write. From that point forward, Aaron evolved into a creative soul that desired to create.

He enjoys the arts, media, music, performing, poetry, and being a daddy. In his lifetime he has been an author, voiceover artist, wedding videographer, stage performer, musician, producer, rock/pop artist, executive assistant, service manager, paperboy, CSR, poet, tech support, worship leader, and more. The diversity of his life experiences gives him a unique approach to business, life, ministry, faith, and entertainment.

Aaron’s favorite author by far is J.R.R. Tolkien, but he also enjoys Suzanne Collins, James S.A. Corey, Marie Lu, Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen King.

Aaron has always had a passion for storytelling.

Mission: Flight To Mars

Bob Astor is a Quality Assurance agent working at Vartan Inc. Lately his days have been stressful, to say the least. Butting heads with upper management has put his career on life support. A surprising change in circumstance has Bob going on a business trip to the moon city, Langrenus. On the way, he meets one of the delegates on board the Starbird, a desperate man with a dark past and a very dangerous secret. Through a mysterious series of events Bob finds himself in the middle of an interplanetary crisis that no one knows about. These secrets could change – or destroy – all human life on Earth. The key to the answer of the crises is on the Red Planet, Mars. It’s up to Bob, the burnt-out Q. A. agent to rise to the occasion and stem the dangerous tide coming from beyond the solar system.
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From The Author
Are you looking for science fiction that echoes back to the positive outlook of Golden Age science fiction? Need a break from “mundane” science fiction or nihilistic science fiction and just want a fun yarn to read? Did you enjoy Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon? Do you like A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice- Burroughs? Do you love classic Star Wars or Star Trek: The Original Series? If you’ve said yes to any of these, check out The Mission space opera series. It’s a fun romp through space. Get ready for a bold adventure!

Q: There’s a lot of good science fiction out there. Why should I read this series?
What makes the Mission space opera novels contrast with other modern science fiction series out there?
The Mission series is a mix of new and old science fiction influences. Most of all it has the old aesthetic, an optimistic view on humanity’s future. Science fiction has lost much of that which made it so much fun to read, in my opinion. When I set about writing this series I’d just finished the Red World trilogy, a long, complex, Dune/ Old Testament-like sword-and-sandals fantasy series with a huge glossary and extensive appendixes and author notes.

With this series I wanted the stories to be fast-paced, full of adventure and fun and most of all, hopeful about the future. There are serious challenges and uncertainties that the hero faces, certainly, but this series has a positive outlook on humanity’s eventual future. I was mainly inspired by Edgar Rice-Burroughs’s Barsoom series and George Lucas’s original Star Wars films, as well as other science fiction influences from the past. Bob Astor, the hero in the books, is a regular guy working in a big corporation who has a keen curiosity, a good heart and a willingness to help others in trouble – and he gets himself into hot water along the way to saving the day.

Q:In what order should I read these books?
You can read them in any order you want and still enjoy them but there is a specific story arc in the books that progresses as the story moves forward. Below is the series order:
Flight to Mars
Lights of Langrenus
Attack on Europa
Harbeasts of Mars
Blackguard Conspiracy
A Venus Affair
Phoenix Rising (TBA)
Future Fantastic (TBA)


Meet V. A. Jeffrey

I’m Victoria and Epistle Publishing is an imprimatur that specializes in speculative fiction and poetry. Stories of wonder and adventure. Feel free to browse my books, read my thoughts or subscribe to the mailing list.

Birth of Heavy Metal Complete Series Omnibus

You thought you understood the Zoo? I’m here to tell you it’s so much more than anyone ever thought!

The life expectancy of visitors to The Zoo isn’t very high. If you survive, you might just be set for life.

Dive into the ZOO today with the complete 10-book boxed set!

HE WAS NOT PREPARED.

Born from the fertile imagination of bestselling author Michael Anderle

Fountain of Youth, or Valley of Death?

While eating his supper of microwave popcorn, PhD student-genius Salinger Jacobs is grabbed from his apartment in California, stuck on a C-130 military plane and sent to the Sahara Desert to witness the reality of the ZOO for himself.

With the life expectancy of untrained scientists working inside the ZOO measured in hours, he has a lot to learn.

Fast.

First order of business?

How do you shoot a gun, and just HOW MUCH is that plant worth?

The government needs the best of the best military and scientific minds working out how to pull the secrets from the ZOO, while keeping the deadly fauna and flora in check.

There is one major problem, Salinger doesn’t even have a PhD.

If he can stay alive long enough, he might be able to afford something besides packaged microwave popcorn to eat.

THAT IS A BIG IF.

This Boxed Set includes all ten books in the BIRTH OF HEAVY METAL Series

  1. He Was Not Prepared
  2. She is His Witness
  3. Backstabbing Little Assets
  4. Blood of My Enemies
  5. Get Out of Our Way
  6. It All Falls Down
  7. Justice Come Due
  8. All’s Fair in War
  9. More Time to Kill
  10. Contain or Die

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NOTE: There may or may not be gratuitous sex in this book. Or it might actually play into a later book with funny talk about men vs. women’s abilities and capabilities. There is ABSOLUTELY cursing in this book. LOTS of upset cursing, cursing out of anger, fear, and other emotional issues related to carnivorous alien flora or fauna-eating humans who don’t say ‘darn.’ LOTS of gratuitous cursing just because the author finds it funny, too. There is death and sadness…and more death. In fact, it’s a blender of blood out in the ZOO. Man vs. alien nature seems to justify ugly results. Plus, people have emotional hang-ups. Expect to smile, laugh, cry, and perhaps have a spate of jealousy or two. Further, there might be explicit sex, thank-you sex, and you’re welcome sex. Finally, there is no Coke in the ZOO. That is probably the worst and most offensive trait in these stories. This is Michael Todd, and I approve of the shenanigans pulled in ZOO stories.

Fallen Star

A sudden and brutal attack on a coalition training camp in Iraq wipes out all but two survivors: Captain david Grant and Australian SAS Sergeant James Maclean. Drawn into a clandestine world that deals with unusual encounters the two soldiers volunteer to help with the investigation into an alleged UFO crash in Alaska. The mission, however, is far from simple as it soon becomes apparent that something dangerous is going on and not everyone is as they appear to be.

Progress Report

AN ALIEN ARTIFACT. AN ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY. A LOOMING NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE. Art is a computer geek and retro electronics aficionado who just wants to be left alone. When he stumbles upon an alien artifact, he can’t help but try and find out its purpose. Instead, he finds himself in over his head, in the midst of what might just turn out to be the end of the world, and nobody except him knows the truth. A truth that certain factions don’t want to get out – at any cost. It’s not paranoia when self-driving cars are out to get you. Can Art survive the hunt, and maybe save the world in the process? Progress Report is a near-future technothriller for fans of Ready Player One, Daemon, and Bobiverse. It’s packed with action, humor, and a sense of the profound that will linger long after you’ve turned the last page.

Meet Roman Lando

Roman, the author of Progress Report, is a composer, musician, web and new media designer, and positively has too many passions, interests, and hobbies in his life. When he’s not writing books or music, he can be found sailing, playing keys in a prog rock band, flying his drones, building crazy flight simulation rigs, and LARPing. His lifelong love and passion for hard Sci-Fi take a special place in his heart. Reading was never enough. The only way to satisfy this obsession was to write his debut novel. He hopes to share his love for true Science Fiction, along with his interest in history, science, philosophy, and technology, with his readers. After living in three countries on three continents and speaking three languages, Roman has finally settled in Toronto where he lives with his wife and two daughters. No dogs or cats are involved – his drones are his pets. He is now working on his second novel.

Rise of Terry Victor Complete Series Boxed Set

It’s one stranded ex-lawman against a world full of homicidal psychopaths.

Psychopaths who might, or might not, be human.

Can retired lawman Terry Victor enjoy his retirement on Earth or will he be drawn into Earth’s problems and be revealed as an alien amongst humans?

Get the complete series today to start his adventures!

Intergalactic lawman Terry Victor is betrayed by fellow officers and sent to a backwater planet on the interstellar arm of the universe.

In short, he was sent to the planet called Earth.

Fed up, he quits in a fit of disgust and seeks a peaceful retirement among the humans.

Unfortunately, trouble has a way of finding Terry Victor.

Keep his head down and away from Earth’s authorities, or help a woman about to be attacked by a gang?

Can Terry Victor resist the siren call that could ruin his future on this planet?

Is he willing to give up his forced retirement to take on Earth’s troubles?

Finally, what happens when a string of deaths points to something even he fears?

Will Terry Victor survive? If he survives, will the authorities realize there is an alien living among them?

Included in this boxed set:

  1. Earth Bound
  2. Alien Scourge
  3. Human Insanity
  4. Valorous Effort
  5. Dishonorable Angels
  6. Nuclear Deterrent

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Oblivion’s Cloak

First Lieutenant Shaara was dead this morning.

Her captain is furious at her. She wasted company resources getting herself killed, and it’s coming out of her paycheck. Now, she’s sitting across from the first other human being she’s seen in six years. His name is Adnan. He claims to come from Earth—but that’s impossible. Earth died a long time ago. If Adnan’s telling the truth, he and the decaying ship the captain pulled him off are nearly a thousand years old.

Wherever he’s from, he’s Shaara’s responsibility now. Which is the last thing she needs. But it’s either that, or the captain sells Adnan into slavery. Shaara knows what that would mean. Most humans do. And something inside her won’t let her abandon Adnan to it: revenant memories, stabbed awake by the look in his eyes.

Facing those memories won’t be easy. It’d be far easier to ignore the feeling driving her forward. Far easier to let it all go to hell, and drift back to sleep.

Until a shadowy new faction starts stoking the fires of war. They’re looking for Adnan; Earth’s last survivor holds the key to unleash a terrible, indiscriminate vengeance on the galaxy that wronged them. Who they are is a mystery—to everyone but Shaara. Hard as she’s tried to forget, she knows them all too well. Which means she’s the only one who can stop them.

The question is: does she want to? Maybe the galaxy’s earned a little vengeance.


Meet Dylan McFadyen

Dylan has been writing science fiction stories since he was old enough to write. He’s been writing original science fiction stories—discounting admittedly awesome fully illustrated Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction—since he was twelve.

Other than sci-fi and storytelling, Dylan loves history (which is just another form of storytelling, if you think about it). He has a master’s degree in international relations and conflict, and to this day spends as much time reading history as anything else.

When not reading or writing, Dylan enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Victoria, particularly watching yet more stories, from brilliant favorites like Battlestar Galactica and The Expanse, to joyously terrible films like Miami Connection and Samurai Cop. He also enjoys long walks with their dog, El Doggo, who is the fabled Goodest Boy.

Finally, Dylan enjoys shooting sports, and like all good children of the 90s, video games. He’s played more hours of modded XCOM 2 than some babies have been alive.

He also has a Lord of the Rings tattoo, which in a way tells you everything else you need to know.

APOCALYPSE ONLINE: An Apocalyptic Litrpg Adventure (Bargain Book)

At first everyone thought it was a game…

But aliens have arrived and they are turning people into fertilizer.

Brad and Sam are gamers and when they started playing the hot new game Apocalypse Online they had no idea that the game was a preview of reality! With the help of a benevolent alien AI and nanotechnology, our heroes will have a chance to survive the apocalypse. They just have to survive, level up and find other survivors.

Jake is no gamer. But when he finds out aliens have arrived, he’ll do anything to protect his little sister Sam.

Will they be able to grow strong enough for the second wave or will they become alien plant food?

APOCALYPSE ONLINE is a litrpg/gamelit post-apocalypse fantasy series filled with action, adventure, aliens and snarky AIs.

If you are a fan of System Apocalypse, Defiance of the Fall, or the Sun Shadow series, you’ll love Apocalypse Online!


Meet Robyn Wideman

Best Selling Author Robyn Wideman writes fantasy, from teen sword and sorcery books like Stoneblood Saga, to gamelit and litrpg series like Darkthorn Academy and New Realm Online.