Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 08

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 08

Chapter 3 – Pentire

Farant smoothly phased Allenson’s carriage into the Continuum. Manzanita monochromed and faded away to be replaced by a sea of colored streamers. The predominant background tint was deep indigo. The calm Continuum conditions provided Allenson with at least a quantum of consolation.

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Spell Blind – Snippet 08

Spell Blind – Snippet 08

“No,” I said. “Leaving the force almost killed me. I was a cop for six years, eight months.” I tried to keep my smile from turning bitter, but I’m not sure I succeeded. “I can give you the weeks and days if you want them. It’s lousy work most of the time. You keep bad hours, you get paid next to nothing, and you see things that . . .” I shook my head. “That no one should have to see.” I shrugged again. “And I loved every minute of it.”

“Why?” she asked, making no effort to hide her bewilderment.

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 07

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 07

Competent people in the colonies were always in short supply, especially if they had saleable skills. You either paid ridiculous sums of money to persuade a qualified young employee from the Homeworlds to work on a short term contract so he could build up a nest egg before going home or you took what you could get. And what you got could be pretty undesirable.  Better an indentured servant exiled from the Homeworld with a known vice you could live with than an unskilled local or worse, an incompetent immigrant.

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Castaway Planet – Chapter 11

Castaway Planet – Chapter 11

Chapter 11

“The seven wilderness survival principles,” Melody said, obviously looking at her omni’s display, “are positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, fire, signaling, water, and food.”

“Not a bad list,” Sakura said, dusting off a nearby chunk of coral-rock to sit on, “but some of that won’t work. Signaling isn’t going to be something we do any time soon, if we can do it at all.” She didn’t like thinking about that, but it was true, and avoiding it wouldn’t get them anywhere. Continue reading

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Spell Blind – Snippet 07

Spell Blind – Snippet 07

Most of the tables in back were open, and I thought about sitting at a table nearby and trying the whole “what-a-coincidence” thing, but she was too smart for that to work. Instead, I went with the direct approach.

“May I join you?”

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Polychrome – Chapter 22

Polychrome – Chapter 22

Chapter 22.

“And so I will be sending several Hands of Temblors, perhaps even of Infernos, to teach a lesson to –”

“SILENCE!” roared the King.

Mombi stared at Ugu in confusion. “Y… Your Majesty?” Continue reading

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Spell Blind – Snippet 06

Spell Blind – Snippet 06

I found Doug Bass in the alley behind the club, sitting on an old, rusted metal folding chair, smoking a cigarette. He was a big African-American man with white hair and a mustache to match. He eyed me suspiciously and didn’t seem at all impressed with my PI license. When I told him Randy had recommended that I talk to him, he stared straight ahead and took a long pull on his cigarette. Continue reading

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 06

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 06

“I hope you will speak out for the ‘Stream back in Brasilia,” Allenson said, changing the subject.

“Of course but I doubt anyone will take any notice of my opinion,” Destry said. “Trance is convinced there will be war. That is why he has put up the money for Sarai and me to go home.” Continue reading

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 05

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 05

Chapter 2 – Rumors of War

“All rather different from when we were young men,” Destry observed, glancing around the dock.

Port Newquay’s syncrete aprons glittered white in the bright Manzanita sunshine. The amber field in front of Destry’s eyes lightened and darkened as he turned his head. It responded to the changing strength of the polarized waves of light and ultraviolet bouncing into his face from the perfectly flat surface. Continue reading

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Spell Blind – Snippet 05

Spell Blind – Snippet 05

Chapter 8

Robo’s was one of the hottest music and booze joints in Tempe. It was upscale enough to serve all the best beers and trendy drinks, and to provide its bands with a professional stage and quality sound equipment. But it was also seedy enough around the edges to seem cool to the University kids. On nights when there was live music — Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays of most weeks — the line to get in could stretch all the way around the block. Continue reading

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