Posted in on Dec 29, 2015 novel , Science Fiction
<p>The Hellgate saga comes to a rousing if bittersweet conclusion in this sixth and final installment. If you've made it this far in the series, you'll almost certainly find this book hard to put down.
Posted in on Nov 24, 2015 Science Fiction
<p>With open warfare between the Earth-centered home-worlds and the colonies inevitable after the events of <a href="http://michaeljoseph.info/2015/03/review-probe-by-mel-keegan/">Probe</a>, the team focuses on making the time and place of the next battle one of their choosing. There isn't any time to waste on a protracted war with Earth, not with the Zunshu automatons destroying more and more human colonies on the edge of Hellgate. The rebels have delved the depths of data recovered from the ill-fated <em>Orpheus</em> and are completing construction of <em>Lai'a</em>, a ship built on the wreck of the <em>Intrepid</em> specifically to navigate the strange currents of time and gravity that make exist on the other side of Hellgate.
Posted in on Oct 23, 2015 Mystery , Science Fiction
<p>In the distant future, on a far-away planet, there are two human colonies with distinctly different cultures. The Skanians were the original colonists, apparently descended from Scandinavian stock. The later arrivals crash-landed more than 200 years before this story begins. For reasons nobody seems quite sure of, the newcomers were isolated on an island they call Santuario in the sweltering tropics, where they've had little contact with the Skanians.
Posted in on Mar 24, 2015 Science Fiction
<p>The festering colonial rebellion finally explodes into open warfare in the fourth book of the Hellgate saga. The flashpoint of Ulrand, where the inept interference of military engineers from Earth caused an alien artifact to explode, devastating almost half the planet. Festering resentment is pushed into high gear, and when the inevitable vote to succeed comes, Earth sends a fleet of ships to prevent the predictable succession of other worlds from the confederacy. An unlikely group of mercenaries comes to the planet's defense, as well as a ghost from Neil Travers' past. It's all orchestrated by Harrison Shapiro in his efforts to prevent a bloodbath.
Posted in on Sep 23, 2014 Fantasy , Science Fiction
<p>Shax, the demon Prince of Thieves, had a bit of a falling out with Lucifer, so now he, along with his best friend and partner in crime Verrin, Lord of Impatience, have left earth to seek their fortunes among the stars. They've acquired a cargo ship, appropriately named <em>Brimstone</em>, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.</p> <p>This omnibus edition of three stories recounts several of the pair's escapades. Along the way, they pick up an angel, a cowboy from earth's past, and assorted other creatures, some of whom join the crew.
Posted in on Aug 26, 2014 novel , Science Fiction
<p>This second book in the “Hellgate” series picks up right where the first book, <a href="http://michaeljoseph.info/2012/06/review-the-rabelais-alliance/" title="Review â€“ The Rabelais Alliance">The Rabelais Alliance</a>, left off. Neil Travers and Curtis Marin are again center stage as they try to head off smugglers supplying arms to the colonies rebelling against Earth's domination, while at the same time trying to find a peaceful solution to get those worlds out from under the central government's thumb. As if that's not enough, there's still the threat from an unknown race that randomly strikes out from the other side of Hellgate, wiping out whole worlds.
Posted in on May 27, 2014 Speculative Fiction , novel , Science Fiction
<p>‘B’ is the captain of the first human mission to the Silver planet, in search of water for an earth that is running dry. The Silvers themselves are a bit of a surprise, as the unmanned explorers that were sent to the planet didn't record them. Although humanoid, the Silvers don't seem to feel greed, anger, lust, or any other ‘human’ emotions. This allows B and his crew, as well as their commanders back on earth, to view the Silvers as less-than-human, and thus perform downright criminal experiments on them. Of course, some of the crew enjoy inflicting pain more than others.
Posted in on Dec 05, 2013 Science Fiction
<p>My latest book, <a href="http://michaeljoseph.info/books/worlds-apart/" title="Worlds Apart">Worlds Apart</a>, is finally published, or in the process of being published through all the major online book stores. It's already available for Kindle readers and apps from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H2JPCS2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00H2JPCS2&linkCode=as2&tag=chiengfa">Amazon</a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=chiengfa&l=as2&o=1&a=B00H2JPCS2" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important; float: right;" />, in Mobi (Kindle) and ePub formats from <a href="https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-worldsapart-1366234-145.html?referrer=1135587c407a4c800e51aa72154569ac" title="ARe">All Romance Ebooks</a>, and in all formats from <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/383734?ref=MichaelBKK" title="Smashwords">Smashwords</a>. It will take around another two weeks or so to get into some of the specialty stores like iTunes and B&N.</p> <p>For those that haven't seen it, here is the book blurb:</p> <p>Up-and-coming corporate financial analyst Jim Li couldn't be more different than the shy genius Jon Franklin. The two men's personalities are ‘worlds apart‘ but when they meet there's definitely and attraction. Although Jim tries to take things slow, he soon finds himself in a relationship with the geeky other man. However, Jon's mind is never at rest, and when a new idea for a scientific breakthrough takes hold of his imagination, Jim's love is not enough to pull Jon back from his new obsession. The couple become estranged, and then Jon disappears in an explosion.
Posted in on Jul 05, 2013 Science Fiction
<p>Pasha is indeed an uncommon whore. He's uncommonly beautiful, and for now at least he has an uncommonly nice pimp who owns him and really only sells his services when he is need of money for gambling, which is actually quite often. But Pasha knows he wasn't always a whore. For one thing, he knows ‘Pasha’ isn't really his name, it's just the word for slave in the language of his master. The memory of what his name was, who he was before he was a slave, has been wiped from his mind through a chip implanted in his brain.
Posted in on May 19, 2013 Science Fiction
<p>In a dystopian future, medical science has extended the human life span, and age has become the all-important measure of status. The young only exist to serve their elders, whether it's to hand them food just beyond their reach or to provide sexual gratification. Dorian is a young man in his late teens, a service worker at the beck and call of two elderly 'patrons' who use him however they wish.</p> <p>One day, in a fit of temper at his patron's insensitivity, Dorian throws some fruit at them and stalks off. For this, he is sent to prison to be reformed. But prison only hardens Dorian's resolve to find a way out of the unfair system, and he quickly finds friends that think the same way. Together they begin to make plans for an escape that grows to include dozens of rebellious youth.
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