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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Castaway Planet – Chapter 10

Castaway Planet – Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Laura stared in uncomprehending shock. Bobbing ever so slightly, the vast wall of dark, wet stone still loomed up less than a kilometer distant. The piece that had fallen from it — a solid mass the size of a skyscraper — should have been towering over them even nearer. There was no possible way that the lagoon before them could have been two hundred meters deep, no, not even a tenth of that!

Yet that monstrous fragment had plunged down effortlessly, irresistibly, neither slowing nor pausing, and taken their hopes with it into the impossible deep. Continue reading

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Eric Flint Newsletter – 7 NOVEMBER 2014

I’m a little behind on this newsletter. To being everyone up to date, I’ve turned in three manuscripts over the past two months or so. I just turned in the manuscript for the next 1632 series novel, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues. Baen Book has it scheduled for publication in July, 2015. My co-author on the novel is Walter Hunt and it recounts the events leading up to the outbreak of the French civil war. (What? You didn’t see that coming? It’s not as if I haven’t dropped more than, oh, five hundred hints or so across the past half dozen novels.)
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Castaway Planet – Chapter 09

Castaway Planet – Chapter 09

Chapter 9

“Okay, Sakura, now cycle the lock again, exhausting to the outside.”

Whips wasn’t taking any chances. Before letting anyone step out of the shuttle, he wanted Dr. Kimei and her husband to check the air readings. So they’d put Laura Kimei’s omni, which had a lot of built-in sensors for medical purposes, into the starboard airlock, let it open to the outer air, and left it there for an hour to gather data. The omni hadn’t been able to communicate well through the lock, so they had to bring it back in to check the results. Everyone was accordingly in environment suits.

It had better be okay, Whips thought. Because they couldn’t stay in environment suits the whole time. Continue reading

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 04

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 04

“Aye, aye, captain,” Helena said, remorselessly rubbing the girl’s nose in her new pecking order.

“Aye, aye, captain.”

“So explain that explosion to me.” Continue reading

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Spell Blind – Snippet 04

Spell Blind – Snippet 04

“Still–”

“I hear you. Really, I do. And it’s not like I’m booking this guy’s room on death row. But you have to admit that we’ve got an awful lot of coincidences at work here.”

I took a breath. “Yeah, you do.”

She frowned. “Isn’t it possible that when the Deegans fired him — when Claudia got him fired — something snapped and he began this string of killings that culminated in her murder?” Continue reading

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 03

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 03

Helena located the source of said voice. Seckon, the engineering officer, stood against a console stabbing down at a screen with both forefingers. The rating who should have operated it was on the floor. Blood matted his hair. He stared at Helena with open sightless eyes. An icicle of frozen saliva hung from his lips. The poor bastard had frozen to death making her wonder how long she’d been out? Continue reading

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