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Publishing is a tough business, no matter which side of the table you are on. Even authors with a big following can find themselves with a manuscript that the big houses just aren't buying.

A hard fact, but one that works in our favor as we at eSpec get to work with some pretty amazing authors, ones that regularly appear on the list of Nebula finalists and on bestsellers lists.

These books are by two amazing authors, Bud Sparhawk and Christoher L. Bennett, both literary powerhouses bringing you great sci fi stories.

Shattered Dreams by Bud Sparhawk

What Happens When Very Little Survives First Contact?  

Settling on a colony planet is hard, building a life and conquering a new frontier far from the cradle of humanity, where contact is infrequent and supply drops even more so. Colonists must depend on their grit and ingenuity.  

When a garbled message is received by unconventional means, warning of an alien attack, many on Morrow think it a joke, or spotty communication. No one can believe what they are hearing.  

There is no time to reconsider as flashes light up across the planet’s horizon. Not even knowing they aren’t alone in the universe, humanity falls victim to first contact and very few on Morrow are left alive, somehow overlooked by an alien force bent on their destruction. As they struggle to survive and avoid notice they are oblivious to the deadly war being waged on a universal scale.

Humanity shows its will to survive the Shardies War.

(Cover design by Mike McPhail, McP Digital Graphics.)
(Cover design by Mike McPhail, McP Digital Graphics.)

Among the Wild Cybers by Christopher L. Bennett

Tales Beyond the Superhuman   

When the line between life and technology blurs, humanity must adjust their understanding of the universe. From bestselling author Christopher L. Bennett comes Among the Wild Cybers, eight tales portraying a future of challenge and conflict, but also of hope born from the courage and idealism of those heroes willing to stand up for what is right.  

  • An intrepid naturalist risks her future to save a new form of life that few consider worth saving.  
  • An apprentice superhero must stand alone against an insane superintelligence to earn her name.  
  • A cybernetic slave fights to save her kind from a liberation not of their choosing.  
  • A seasoned diplomat and mother must out-negotiate fearsome alien traders to save a colony’s children.  
  • A homicide detective serves in a world where curing death has only made murder more baffling.  

These and other heroes strive to make their corners of the universe better—no matter how much the odds are stacked against them. Includes the brand-new tale, Aspiring to Be Angels, prequel to the novel Only Superhuman.

The First 15 Backer Bonus  receive a free download code for the audiobook version of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's A Legacy of Stars

100 Backer Bonus a DRM-Free copy of Bud Sparhawk's novel Distant Seas

YOU LIKE US Bonus - If we hit 500 likes on the eSpec Books Facebook Fan Page all backers will receive a DRM-Free copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's Between Darkness and Light. (Current count: 396 Likes)

UNLOCKED! $1200 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Robert Water's short story "Los Gatos."

$1500 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Christopher L. Bennett's short story "Abductive Reasoning."

$2000 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story "Forest of a Thousand Lost Souls."

$2500 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of David Sherman's novel Issue in Doubt.

$3000 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Bud Sparhawk's short story "The Tomkins Battery Case."

$3500 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Jack Campbell's short story "Hell's Half-Acre."

$4000 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Robert Water's short story "The Heart-Soul of Ra."

$4500 - all backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Keith R.A. DeCandido's Super City Police Department short story "Stone-Cold Whodunit."

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NOTES: all ebooks listed available in .epub, mobi, or .pdf, unless indicated. Also, we can autograph a book to whomever you want and you can order more than one copy of the same book when doing an add-on.  

$5 – Add a DRM-Free digital copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Sister Paradox, POST, In the Lamplight, Issue in Doubt, In All Directions, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Gaslight & Grimm, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, The Best of Defending the Future, If We Had Known, Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, Awakened Modern, The Clockwork Witch, Spirit Seeker, After Punk, or From the Archives). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one.  

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$5 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the James Daniel Ross's eShorts collection: Radiation Angels: The Mission Files to your order.  

$10 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the Jeffrey Lyman eShorts collection: The Fall of Autumn, Lord of Fire, Lord of Wind, and The Troll King.  

$20 – Upgrade your digital copy of Shattered Dreams or Among the Wild Cybers to a print copy.  

$25 – Add a print copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Sister Paradox, POST, In the Lamplight, Issue in Doubt, In All Directions, The Society for the Preservaion of CJ Henderson, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Gaslight & Grimm, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, The Best of Defending the Future, If We Had Known, Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, Awakened Modern, The Clockwork Witch, Spirit Seeker, After Punk, or From the Archives.) Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one. They make great gifts! (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)

$25 – Add a print copy of the Paper Phoenix Press title of your choice to your order (Yesterday's Dreams, The Halfling's Court, A Legacy Of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Transcendence, The Literary Handyman.)

Bud Sparhawk has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award: Primrose and Thorn (Analog, May 1996), Magic’s Price (Analog, March 2001), and Clay’s Pride (Analog, July/August 2004). His work has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best SF #11 (EOS), David Harwell-Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St Martins Press, Garner Dozois – Editor.)  

His novel Distant Seas (Fantastic Books) is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook. He has a mass market paperback novel: Vixen (Cosmos) and two print collections: Sam Boone: Front To Back (Foxacre Press, 2001) and Dancing with Dragons (Wildside Press, 2008). He has three e-Novels available through Amazon and other channels.

Bud’s short stories have appeared frequently in Analog Fact/Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in five Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications and audio books. He has put out several collections of some of his published works in ebook format. 

 A complete bibliography can be found at: http://budsparhawk.com. He also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at http://budsparhawk.blogspot.com.

Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati. A fan of science and science fiction since age five, he has spent the past two decades selling original short fiction to magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact and BuzzyMag. For the past dozen years, he has been one of Pocket Books' most prolific and popular authors of Star Trek tie-in fiction, including the epic Next Generation prequel The Buried Age, the Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations series, and the ongoing Star Trek: Enterprise—Rise of the Federation series. His original novel Only Superhuman, perhaps the first hard science fiction superhero novel, was voted Library Journal's SF/Fantasy Debut of the Month for October 2012. His short story collection Hub Space: Tales from the Greater Galaxy is available in e-book and print formats from Mystique Press.  Christopher's homepage, fiction annotations, and blog can be found at christopherlbennett.wordpress.com, and his Facebook author page is at www.facebook.com/ChristopherLBennettAuthor.

Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is a member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and those deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors/editors/artists, as well as supporting related organizations in their efforts to help those “who have given their all for us.” www.milscifi.com He is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future series of military science fiction anthologies, which just celebrated it’s tenth anniversary. www.defendingthefuture.com In 2015 he added the title of publisher, as the co-owner of eSpec Books LLC, Speculative Fiction Publishing. www.especbooks.com

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