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Cannonballs and laser beams fly as blazing battle rages between a fleet of pirate ships and a squadron of alien fighters. Demonic aliens board the ships and let loose high-tech ray beams on hardened pirates armed with pistols and cutlasses. In the heart of the flame and fury roars fearless Blackbeard himself, commanding his men in a last-ditch struggle to save all humankind from bloodthirsty conquerors from another world. Perhaps Blackbeard’s own dark connection to the aliens will give him an edge against them, if his own closest ally, Stede Bonnet, does not mount a mutiny against him first. Can Blackbeard and the greatest pirates of his day use their seafaring savagery to win the war for the future of humanity?
Jazz star Bobby Ball sees the future when he plays his sax. The music of his dying idol, Omar Wild, throws open the door to tomorrow, but Bobby doesn’t like what he sees. A faded torch singer will die unless Bobby plays an impossible song, one that reveals the secrets of a terrible crime. One that will force him to go solo in a race against time and the fight of his life. Even if he plays like there’s no tomorrow, can he save yesterday’s brightest star from today’s darkest evil? Or will the biggest number of his career also be his last?
Beware the Black Battlenaut
All-out war engulfs a distant quadrant of space. Hardcore warriors clash in high tech Battlenaut armor, pitting the ultimate fighting machines in epic struggles on a planetary scale. In the heart of this raging hell, the sleep-deprived Redeye squad fights harder than anyone. Pumped up on drugs, wired to the max, the Redeyes tear through enemy forces like berserk Vikings. But fatigue takes a toll, as the Redeyes start to see things that don’t exist. And something that might exist after all–a terrible harbinger of doom, a legendary herald of the end of all things. Does the Black Battlenaut truly tower over the blood-soaked war zone? Is it a nightmare brought on by exhaustion, or an omen of infinite devastation? Either way, the Redeyes set out to stop it by any means necessary…
Give the Hippo What He Wants
In the baseball league of the future, losing the World Series will get you the death penalty. Nobody cares if anti-MVP Thal Simoleon choked because of an opera-singing pink hippo that only he can see. Angry fans hunt him down in murderous mobs, dying to get a piece of him. And that damn pink hippo taunts him every step of the way, always making things worse. But the sins of the past that set the death hunt in motion might also point the way to salvation. Will the pink hippo’s terrible secret be the key that leads Thal back to some kind of glory? Or will he die in extra innings of the bloodiest high-tech basebrawl of all time? Only the hippo knows.
Fear of Rain
Thanks to the sorcerous Mr. Flood, Johnstown, Pennsylvania has drowned three times…and the fourth time will be the charm. By the time he gets done flooding Johnstown, the city will vanish beneath the waves forever…unless his flood-making apprentice, Dee, has anything to say about it. Refusing to let the fourth flood sink Johnstown, young Dee uses her own powers against her wicked mentor, setting off a battle of magic rainmakers in the heart of the raging storm. Will thousands of people drown in the ultimate deluge? Will madness and destruction doom Johnstown to an eternal watery grave? Or will hope and heart turn back the tide of history, striking a blow against darkness and disaster? Who’ll stop the rain? No one, if Mr. Flood gets his way.
Girl Meets Mind Reader
Falling in love can be impossible for a mind reader like Virgil. Whenever he meets someone, he sees her deepest flaws and darkest secrets right away. But when beautiful Bridget swoops into his life, he can’t read a thought in her head. Bridget’s a closed book to him, so of course he falls hard for her—even as he realizes he might not be able to read her mind, but he can see the world through her eyes. And the world she shows him is full of things that shouldn’t be there: mermaids, elfin knights…and bloodthirsty monsters. Now that Virgil can see them, too, will he save Bridget or be destroyed in the process? If the world is as strange and terrifying as it seems through her eyes, does their love stand a chance?
The Bear in the Cable-Knit Sweather
The burly, furry members of the International Bear Brotherhood can’t resist a pitcher of beer or a knock-down-drag-out bar brawl. But the fun’s over when one of their own disappears without a trace, causing his lover, Angus, to set out on a quest to find him at any cost. Hairy as a real bear because of a medical condition, Angus roams the urban wilderness like a grizzly on the trail…until the trail finally leads him into a nightmare world where everything he knows and loves is on the line. Transformed in ways he never imagined, Angus faces a savage end unless he can rise up to claim the heritage that only a Bear like him could ever hope to master.
Ballad of the Groupie Everlasting
Terpsichore the muse has a thing for musicians. Her passion breathes life into the careers of stars from the Pied Piper of Hamelin to a modern-day guitar hero. But when the latest in her long line of superstar finds flames out, Terpsichore must tap her own inner wild child for inspiration. Can she rock the spotlight on her own? Will the everlasting groupie step up to become America’s idol, or will she crash and burn like the players who went before? It takes a muse to face the music in a world where the hottest songs come from shooting stars who burn out instead of fading away.
The Love Quest of Smidgen: The Snack Cake
Beware the snack cake from Hell! Junk food genius Smidgen meets the woman of his dreams at a twisted supermarket of tomorrow. But going home with her just leaves him wanting more. If only his sweet talk could get his lady-love to break her diet and eat him up. She refuses to go all the way, but this devilish pastry won’t take no for an answer. He’ll stop at nothing to become her dessert. Even if it means death will be the frosting on her cake.
Vendetta: An Unfilmed Trek Screenplay
Once upon a galaxy, a spaced-out writer launched a script for a starry TV episode set in a universe much like a certain trek we know and love. Here, for the first time, you can experience this voyage into trekkerness. The names are new, but you might recognize the drama and excitement of an epic encounter aboard the star cruiser Sojourner in a distant quadrant of the final frontier. In this deep space adventure, an alien warlord seeks revenge against the Sojourner crew, claiming he knows and hates them well–but they’ve never even met him before! When a member of the crew goes rogue and jumps ship, his actions might just set an impossible chain of events in motion. Can Captain Jamison and her embattled crew change the destiny of destruction that awaits them all?
Lenin of the Stars
Lenin came from outer space! He and his fellow shape-changing aliens bring communism to Earth, hoping to teach galactic harmony to violent humanity. Communist aliens posing as legendary leaders steer great nations through the turbulent history of the Twentieth Century. But changing times and surprising turnarounds lead the aliens to fight a secret civil war among their own ranks. When the alien Lenin and his beloved Irina end up on opposite sides, they have no choice but to battle to the death…or start a new revolution that might just sweep the stars.
Six Scifi Stories Volume Four
In these pages, Robert T. Jeschonek will take you on a tour of the wildest places and people you’ve never imagined. You’ve never met anyone quite like 12:30 P.M., the fugitive time fragment…Frieda, the killer-haunting e-ghost…or Patty, the foul-mouthed, lunatic vagrant who keeps seeing Tijuana, Mexico where Cape Cod, Massachusetts should be. Don’t miss these edgy, exciting, and surprising science fiction tales by a Star Trek and Doctor Who author. It’s the latest collection from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.
Serial Killer vs. E-Merica
A serial killer is murdering E-Congress! Virtual reality e-representatives form a more perfect union in a future America of a hundred states. Until someone reaches into the computerized Congress and murders them one by one. Only Nevada, the e-rep sergeant-at-arms with a shadowy past, stands a chance of tracking the killer. But the trail grows deadlier with every step Nevada takes. America's digitized government might rule from a virtual Capitol, but e-blood runs thick in the hallowed halls. When the killing stops, will Nevada make America's high tech tomorrow safe for e-democracy? Or will a terrible secret pull the trigger on a nation's hopes and dreams? Only "Acirema the Rellik" knows for sure.
A Grain From A Balance: An Unfilmed Trek Screenplay
Once upon a galaxy, a spaced-out writer launched a script for a starry TV episode set in a universe much like a certain trek we know and love. Here, for the first time, you can experience this adventure of the next generation of trekkers. The names are new, but you might recognize the drama and excitement of an epic encounter aboard the star cruiser Infinitude on the final frontier. When alien lifeforms offer the ultimate exploration of space and time, will the crew discover their deadly secret? Or will the aliens' seductive persuasion change the lives of the crew members forever? Don't miss this exciting lost script by award-winning Star Trek author Robert T. Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.
Why does Cape Cod, Massachusetts keep changing into Tijuana, Mexico? Don’t ask Patty, the foul-mouthed everything-hater with a memory full of holes. Every time the lump on her head buzzes, Cape Cod becomes Tijuana or vice versa. One minute, Patty sees lighthouses and well-dressed children; the next, she fends off pushy street kids and donkeys done up like zebras. Has she lost her mind, or is someone–or something–driving her crazy? Little by little, the truth seeps through…but the dark secrets it forces to the surface might be far more terrible than any illusion.
What form will the Second Coming of Christ take? In the world of the far future, Father Clement the warrior priest and Imago the stained glass robot will stop at nothing to find Him…so they can KILL Him. It’s the only way to save the King of the World and his Kingdom from the great threat predicted in the Book of Revelations. Guided by the ultra-high tech Christputer, armed with an atomic scythe and righteous robotic power, Clement and Imago track the last of the proto-Christs through the realms of the savage Undead. Will a mysterious prisoner lead the way to their target Messiah, or will she help them realize they’re serving an evil cause?
The Walking Bomb
Rev. David Halloran does the Lord’s work, tending his flock in the town of Clover, Texas…and moonlighting in a bomb factory on the side. He couldn’t be in a worse place when a streak of bad luck strikes, and the people he knows and loves go up in smoke one after another. As Halloran’s curse turns his world upside down, he embarks on a journey into the dark heart of America, searching for answers. Is God punishing him for the violence he helped rain down on distant lands with the bombs he built? Will his gift for destruction set the stage for resurrection, or complete annihilation at the end of the road? Even the deepest faith might not be enough to prepare him for the strange and terrifying truth.
Pray you never see Walter Haskell’s headlights in your rear-view mirror. This road-raging vigilante roars up and down the highway, burning rubber as he guns for reckless drivers with his fast and furious moves. Walter plays for keeps in his war to make the roads safe—and redeem himself for a terrible accident that totaled his life. But one night, the road warrior becomes a moving target, as the actual highway comes to life and strikes back. It’s the ultimate case of road rage as the haunted pavement turns against Walter, racing him through a nightmare journey where the final exit is Hell itself.
Hardcore adventurer Sir Algernon Hogshead takes down badass steampunks in Victorian London. But the case of a lifetime might just ruin his winning streak and his life. When his wife starts keeping mysterious secrets and bad company, Sir Hogshead craves a peek behind the velvet curtain. But he can’t possibly break through the world of women…or can he? Sparks fly when this manliest man crosses the line and takes on the undercover assignment he never imagined. Will a dress and corset enable a pulp action hero to blow the lid off a female threat without blowing his cover? Or will the terrible truth behind his wife’s betrayal mean a horrifying ordeal for the man behind the disguise? Sometimes, the most awful surprises can lurk behind the most ridiculous outfits.
The Sword That Spoke
Once upon a time, the sword Tizona helps the warrior knight El Cid cut a swath through the Moors invading Spain. But El Cid doesn’t know the great sword’s secret: that it has a mind of its own and talks only to his beautiful wife, Jimena. Together, Tizona and Jimena help El Cid wage his battles, until a demon of war takes possession of his body and soul. When woman and blade unite, can they free the legendary hero from the demon’s wicked clutches? Or will the shadow of the horrors of war overcome all of them? Perhaps, in the sword’s cryptic prophecy, lies a secret that will turn the tables of history, love, and death.