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About Allen Stroud
I'm a senior lecturer at Coventry University, England.
I taught writing for eighteen years, specialising in scriptwriting, fantasy and science fiction. In that time I've taught some great aspiring young writers and learned as much from them as they have from me.
I completed my Ph. D. in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester in 2017. My specialism was in "writing techniques and world development structures in Science Fiction and Fantasy".
I help my sister edit my late father's short story collections about 'Ozzy the Pig', which you can also find on Amazon.
'A Bag of Bedtime Tales' is my first venture into e-book publishing. Since publishing this in 2011, I've added three fantasy novels, 'The Sword of Wisimir' and 'The Dragon of Wisimir' in 2012, 'Lord of Wisimir' in 2013. In 2014, I published 'Elite: Lave Revolution'. After a few months of this being withdrawn, the second edition arrived on Amazon in June 2015.
In 2016, I published Dreams of Chaos and The Loremaster's Guide. Both part of my work with Julian Gollop and Snapshot Games. I also had a story featured in Newcon Press' Crises and Conflicts, which is being republished by Baen Books in 2017.
My new novel in 2017 is 'The Forever Man'.
In 2017-2019 I worked on the computer game Phoenix Point, which was released in December 2019. I have a new novel - Fearless, published by Flame Tree Press. I also have short stories in the Forgotten Sidekicks and Lost Gods anthologies being published in 2020 and 2021 by Grimbold Books.
I regularly write about and review Science Fiction and Fantasy for SFBook.com, the British Fantasy Society and a selection of other websites.
You can find more information about me on my website - http://www.allenstroud.com
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"Resilient is one of those incredibly rare things – a sequel that actually improves on its predecessor. Stroud presents us with a complex, multifaceted science-fiction experience that offers a deeply compelling narrative, interlaced with rich and complex world-building and three-dimensional characters." — The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviewer
AD 2118. Humanity has colonised the Moon, Mars, Ceres and Europa. The partnership of corporations and governments has energized the space programme for one hundred years.
That partnership is shattered when a terrorist attack destroys the world’s biggest solar array in Atacama, Chile, altering the global economic balance.
On Mars, at Phobos Station, Doctor Emerson Drake arrives, responding to an emergency call to assist a shuttle of wounded miners, but when those miners turn out to be insurgents, Drake realises he is trapped and fighting to survive.
In deep space, Captain Ellisa Shann has passed her limits. Now, the last survivors of the Khidr have to choose whether to try to get home on the captured ship, Gallowglass, or stay to observe the strange gravity anomaly that swallowed up the remains of their vessel.
On Earth, in an undisclosed location, Natalie Holder finally has an opportunity to break free from her confinement, where she has been experimented on, multiple times. Her consciousness is transmitted to Phobos Station, just as insurgents take over the facility.
Holder and Drake form an alliance but are separated. Drake is captured and taken to the insurgent leader – Rocher – a clone of the stowaway who caused the munity on Captain Shann’s Khidr.
Allen Stroud's Resilient is a masterpiece of hard sci-fi, a worthy follow up from events of his successful and highly-praised Flame Tree Press debut, Fearless.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the imprint of long-standing independent Flame Tree Publishing, dedicated to full-length original fiction in the horror and suspense, science fiction & fantasy, and crime / mystery / thriller categories. The list brings together fantastic new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices. Learn more about Flame Tree Press at www.flametreepress.com and connect on social media @FlameTreePress
Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction is the fifth Call for Papers of Academia Lunare, the non-fiction arm of Luna Press Publishing.
The papers focus on the theme of worldbuilding in fantasy and science fiction, in all its forms, in different media.
Featuring papers from Ricardo Victoria-Uribe and Martha Elba González- Alcaraz, Allen Stroud, Sarah McPherson, Sébastien Doubinsky, Cheryl Morgan, Peter Garrett, Eugen Bacon, Octavia Cade, Enrico Spadaro, Tatiana Fajardo, Claire Burgess, Ellen Forget, Kevin Cooney, Jyrki Korpua, Rachel Jones.
AD 2118. Humanity has colonised the Moon, Mars, Ceres and Europa. Captain Ellisa Shann commands Khidr, a search and rescue ship with a crew of twenty-five, tasked to assist the vast commercial freighters that supply the different solar system colonies.
Shann has no legs and has taken to life in zero-g partly as a result. She is a talented tactician who has a tendency to take too much on her own shoulders. Now, while on a regular six-month patrol through the solar system, Khidr picks up a distress call from the freighter Hercules…
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
City Minister, Urin Braymes makes one bad decision. Unfortunately for him, it opens him up to being blackmailed for the rest of his life.
Magister Leel's scheme to recapture his position of power seems to be right on track. But, when he makes a bargain, he finds he has unleashed magic that even a wizard cannot control.
And Jarno Herren? Well he just wants to find out the truth.
The Sword of Wisimir is a fantasy tale of crime, intrigue, life and death. Where ideals are cheap and, in the end, everyone finds out what they'd sacrifice to survive...
Tales of brave military men and women, thrilling derring-do, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Selected from the top markets, both print and digital, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Volume 3 offers up the cream of the crop in short science fiction today. Stories to get your blood racing, your heart pounding, and your fingers turning the pages. Stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories that prove the new Golden Age is now!
Plus, you be the judge! INTERACTIVE READER VOTING. One story from this anthology will be chosen via proctored online voting for The Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader's Choice Award, presented at DragonCon in Summer 2017. For more information, go to Baen.com.
At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
About The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction 2015:
“Baen’s fan-guided anthology series roars into its second year with a collection of stories just as eclectic as the first. . . . Afsharirad has put together a refreshing military and SF anthology that will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About The Year's Best Military SF and Space Opera Volume 1:
“This intriguing anthology explores the human race’s violent potential [but] also bends toward exploration and the triumph of the human spirit, with brave tales [that] take the reader on a fascinating, thought-provoking, enjoyable journey . . . ”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] nice eclectic mix of magazines—hardcopy and digital—and original anthologies. Afsharirad seems to have cast his nets admirably wide. . . . The variety of styles and topics and themes, and the high level of craft in this assemblage, prove that this subgenre is flourishing. . . . [The collection] should be welcome by raw recruits and veterans alike.”—Locus
David Afsharirad is a writer and editor living in Austin, TX.
Buried. Forgotten. Lost.
Until they awake. Or are awoken...
When the deities of old return, will they bring blessings or destruction to a time that no longer remembers them?
Should they be left to lie in peace, or used for our own ends? Are they gods, or monsters?
What lies out there in the realms of the lost gods?
Featuring stories by Anna Smith Spark, Courtney Privett, Gaie Sebold, Laura Gregory, Charlotte Bond, Steven Poore, Terry Grimwood, Kerry Buchanan, Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, Ellen Crosháin, Allen Stroud, Chris Halliday, Lindsay Duncan & Gareth Lewis.
2. The Last Tank Commander – Allen Stroud
3. Between Nine and Eleven – Adam Roberts
4. Taking Flight – Una McCormack
5. The 10 Second War – Michael Brookes
6. Decommissioned – Tade Thompson
7. Another Day in Paradise – Amy DuBoff
8. Round Trip – Robert Sharp
9. Arm Every Woman – Nik Abnett
10. Hill 435 – Tim C. Taylor
11. The Wolf, The Goat, and the Cabbage – Janet Edwards
12. Pickaxes and Shovels – Christopher Nuttall
13. The Gun – Ian Whates
14. Tactics for Optimal Outcomes in Negotiations with Wergen Ambassadors
– Mercurio D Rivera
15. The Story of the Ten – Jo Zebedee
16. The Beauty of our Weapons – Gavin Smith
- Twin girls, Galina and Katya, flee their Bogomil village for a new life in Vidin. Little do they know, the fate of the world rests of their shoulders.
- In Avignon, France, Piers Gaveston has been exiled from England and seeks the support of the Knights Templar to restore him to King Edward II’s side. The price he must pay for their aid is revealed in a blasphemous ritual, where they seek to converse with the Christian God.
- In Japan, Hino Suketomo is betrayed and imprisoned by the Emperor’s enemies. He escapes, but the cost is to abandon his old life and learn the true mysteries of the coming apocalypse.
Dreams of Chaos, book one of the Death of Gods trilogy, is an epic fantasy story of alternative history that tells how the world was broken and made anew. It is the official fiction of the computer game Chaos Reborn by Snapshot Games.
Nominated for the BSFA Awards 2017!
“One day I will be too old for the shadows. What kind of monster will I be then?”
One minute Andrew Pryde is in a library, reading; the next, he's staring at the body of a young girl lying between the bookshelves, with a policewoman standing over him. In the blink of an eye, his world has unravelled.
In his desperate quest to clear his name, he’ll have to suspend all disbelief. And who exactly is Ronald Gibbs, the nerdy youth with a dark twist, who seems to hold so many answers to the mystery? Could this strange man, who spends his days on Internet chatrooms trying to prove the existence of magic and other worlds, somehow be involved in the girl’s death?
All the while, Andrew is plagued by disturbing visions and nightmares. As the police close in, the two men are forced to band together to seek the truth about strange disappearances, portals, and the occult. Can they find the murderer and rescue a girl who’s already dead?
"An engrossing fantasy mystery, bursting with magic and intrigue." Edward Cox
“Stroud has a rare way with words that really engages and disarms the reader.” SFBook
A collection of thirteen satirical poems from a writer who is not a poet, ToryTimes profiles eleven politicians who affect our every day lives. Featuring such highlights as:
- Michael Gove is an Alien
- Little Miss (Nicky) Morgan
- Geezer George (Osborne)
- We Need To Talk About Jeremy (Hunt)
and Just Call Me Dave (Cameron).
ToryTimes has been carefully tested on the internet, achieving hundreds of likes and comments, which means it must be good. After all, those kind of tactics work for Britain First, don't they? ;)
For every copy of this ebook purchased, £1.00 will be donated to FareShare - the foodbank charity.
A city in ruins. A people left looking for a leader. Who should they turn to?
Prince Ludrin. Young, naive and headstrong, intent on proving himself to his father.
Jack Von Drey. The disinherited Dragonslayer.
Knight Colonel Osler. The man who used Wisimir's people as bait for a trap.
Or Magister Leel. The Wizard who started all this in the first place...
These, amongst others are left to fight over the remains of a great city. They will all be tested and they will all be found weak. Which of them can turn that weakness into strength?
Who will be the true Lord of Wisimir?