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About Chris Pourteau
Chris Pourteau is the bestselling author of the sci-fi thriller novels of the SynCorp Saga (co-authored with David Bruns), the post-apocalyptic Serenity Strain novels, and the military sci-fi collection Tales of B-Company. His first novel, Shadows Burned In, earned the 2015 eLit Book Awards Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. The Lazarus Protocol, the first novel in the SynCorp Saga, placed in the Top Ten in Read Freely's 2018 50 Best Indie Book of the Year contest; it was the highest-rated Sci-Fi novel in the contest.
He’s also edited and curated bestselling short story collections including the two animal-centric collections Tails of the Apocalypse and Tails of Dystopia (with Samuel Peralta), as well as Bridge Across the Stars, a collection of Sci-Fi stories from indie and traditionally published authors published by Sci-Fi Bridge, which Chris co-founded. His dayjob is editor-in-chief for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which researches cutting-edge technologies across the transportation spectrum.
When he’s not writing, editing, or working the dayjob, Chris loves exercising regularly, watching shows like Star Trek and Stranger Things, and reading his favorite authors. Those include Bernard Cornwell, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Edgar Allan Poe, and Max Collins. He lives in Texas with his wife, son, and two dogs. (He’s a HUGE dog person, by the way.)
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In this title in the acclaimed 'Future Chronicles' series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, discover tales of dark futures, tragic pasts, and a present that’s run off the rails are presented in landscapes as varied as their authors’ imaginations.
Set in bestselling worlds fully realized by their authors, these stories unfold as seen through the eyes of animals — tamed and feral, domestic and savage — as they traverse a world of perdition where often their capacity for nobility and self-sacrifice transcends our own.
Enter these worlds with some of the most inventive authors writing today, including USA Today bestselling authors David Adams and Cheri Lasota, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors Daniel Arthur Smith and Ann Christy, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner Rysa Walker.
Dystopian deserts, post-apocalyptic mountain ranges, the medieval English countryside, the far reaches of the galaxy - in each of these and more, animals and their human companions discover heart-stopping adventure among the ruins - and you will, too.
Discover 'Chronicle Worlds'. Discover 'Tails of Dystopia'.
"The best place to discover new SF authors, I think, is any of the anthologies coming from Samuel Peralta"
-- Hugh Howey, NY Times bestselling author of Wool
"A powerful new voice in speculative fiction"
-- Nick Webb, USA Today bestselling author of the Legacy Fleet trilogy
About the Author
Created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, and edited by some of the most-respected editors in the genre, The Future Chronicles is the #1 bestselling anthology series that brings together work from visionary new voices and from the grandmasters of modern speculative fiction.
Its unique take on major science fiction and fantasy themes - A.I., aliens, time travel, robots, dragons, telepaths, zombies, immortality, galactic battles, cyborgs, doomsday - has made it one of the most acclaimed anthology series of the digital era.
When retiring isn't an option, it's kill or be killed.
Stacks Fischer is a killer for hire. For more than three decades, he’s loyally served the Syndicate
Corporation as its most-feared and respected enforcer around the solar system. He’s buried the company’s dirty laundry six feet deep, no matter who had to be taken out to do it.
Now, Stacks has a problem—he’s losing his mind to an incurable form of dementia, and unwittingly spilling corporate secrets in public.
When SynCorp decides Fischer has outlived his usefulness, they decide it's time to permanently retire him. But Stacks isn’t quite ready to go. With every one of SynCorp’s Five Factions gunning for him—and his own mind slowly rebelling—Fischer leads a pack of would-be assassins in a final, deadly chase across the solar system.
The old hitman refuses to fade quietly into oblivion at the hands of his disease or the business he's dedicated his life to. He’s choosing an Optional Retirement Plan.
Don't miss this pulse-pounding science fiction thriller filled with twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat. It's perfect for fans of Titanborn, The Expanse, and Minority Report.
Also available on Audible, narrated by the award-winning R.C. Bray (The Martian, Galaxy's Edge).
Twelve short stories, twelve conspiracy theories, twelve twisted rabbit holes.
Hold on to your hats.
In this anthology, you'll find seventeen tales of conflict and heroism, exploration and discovery, endurance and triumph. Flee the apocalypse of modern-day Earth, fly a fighter in the cold emptiness of deep space, and find new life on the distant shores of an alien world. You might even discover something about yourself as each author opens a window on the soul of mankind. Who are we, really? Should we survive? How do we become something greater without losing what makes us human?
Open this collection and take your first steps into tomorrow. Travel the cosmos to find amazing adventure. Walk beside unforgettable characters on the bridge across the stars...
Featuring a Foreword by Kevin J. Anderson
- David VanDyke - "As the Sparks Fly Upward"
- Ann Christy - "Peace Force"
- Felix R. Savage - "Guardians of Earth"
- Lindsay Buroker - "Here Be Dragons"
- Chris Dietzel - "The Gordian Asteroid"
- Craig Martelle - "The Trenches of Centauri Prime"
- Josi Russell - "Broken One"
- Chris Pourteau - "The Erkennen Job"
- Daniel Arenson - "The Firebug and the Pharaoh"
- Rhett C. Bruno - "Interview for the End of the World"
- Steve Beaulieu - "Night Shift"
- Lucas Bale - "A Friend to Man"
- Jason Anspach - "...Space Pirates"
- Will McIntosh - "Drive"
- Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff - "Water Babies"
- David Bruns - "Take Only Memories"
- Patty Jansen - "This Deceitful State of Truth"
After the devastating attack on Earth, the Swarm fell back to regroup. Now, sooner than expected, they’ve returned to finish what they started: enslaving the human race.
Samantha Avery, newly promoted captain of AVENGER, has her hands full—a paid assassin seeking her death, a renegade officer working for the Swarm, and an enemy fleet bent on the destruction of the vital Wellington Shipyards. As the Swarm launches a devastating attack against Britannia Sector, Avery finds she must seek victory on multiple fronts.
But Avery is a patriot for humanity. She’s a dam standing tall against the alien flood. She’s an AVENGER.
Avenger is the second book in the Legends of Legacy Fleet series, an expanded universe of Nick Webb's Legacy Fleet series written by other authors. Avenger, by Chris Pourteau, concludes a two part sequence begun by David Bruns's Invincible.
The original Legacy Fleet series, by Nick Webb, comprises the following books:
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A brutal fight for global domination.
A desperate race to save humanity.
One unlikely team fighting against extinction.
Fans of The Expanse will enjoy this gripping, edge-of-your-seat first book in the award winning SYNCORP Saga!
Where some see crisis, others see opportunity...
With a planetary disaster on the horizon, Colonel William Graves has been ordered on a bold and highly classified mission. Teamed with a brilliant billionaire, a lunar engineer, and a disgraced veteran, they must race against the clock to save humanity, or risk extinction.
But while some believe mankind’s future lies amongst the stars, others seek to pursue a different solution: the subjugation of life itself. And as tensions mount, pitting factions against each other, global disasters continue to ravage the planet and the team soon finds itself asking one very important question: Who can they really trust?
In an epic story of action, political intrigue, and betrayal, there’s opportunity among the chaos… and a clock ticking down to humanity's final hour.
Praise for The Lazarus Protocol:
“Characters you'll love, action that'll keep you turning pages..." —Rhett C. Bruno, USA Today bestselling author
“...sends you headfirst into a fantastic story of intrigue, conspiracy, and science fiction.” —Tom Abrahams, author of The Alt Apocalypse
"...a superbly crafted, gripping story..." —Jason Anspach & Nick Cole, bestselling author team of Galaxy’s Edge
BOOKS 4-6 OF THE SYNCORP SAGA
Harmony. Security. Obedience. SynCorp saved Earth from climate catastrophe. Now its citizens work the Sol system, cradle to grave. Some call that slavery.
Book 4: VALHALLA STATION
***Winner: 2019 Best Book Award for Science Fiction (American Book Fest)***
Revolution threatens a longstanding peace...
SynCorp’s Five Factions rule the solar system with an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove.
The Soldiers of the Solar Revolution claim life under SynCorp is slavery cloaked in comfort. They launch their rebellion, targeting the pillars of corporate production: sabotaging refineries on Mars, shattering Callisto’s orbital ring.
Besieged on all sides, SynCorp’s Five Factions are in retreat. The rebels aim to destroy the Company to free mankind.
But does mankind really want to be freed?
Book 5: MASADA'S GATE
The corporate empire is crumbling from within...
SynCorp’s leaders are on the run, and the Soldiers of the Solar Revolution are hot on their trail.
Earth is lost. Mars is under martial law. The outer colonies are the last bastions of Company rule in Sol. And the people … will they stand with Cassandra, who promises freedom? Or with SynCorp, their old taskmaster and the devil they know?
Book 6: SERPENT'S FURY
The final battle for SynCorp’s survival comes home to where it all began: Earth.
Masada Station is secured. Adriana Rabh, Regent of Callisto, has evaded capture. But Cassandra is about to put Tony Taulke, the CEO and living symbol of SynCorp itself, on trial for his life.
SynCorp and the SSR prepare for a final, bloody engagement above Earth—mankind’s birthplace and the seat of the largest corporate empire in history. Who will live? Who will die? What fate awaits humanity when the dust of battle clears?
Tony Taulke sends the best enforcer in the solar system, Stacks Fischer, to the rundown lunar colony of Darkside. Mason Blalock, a scientist from the Erkennen Faction, has suddenly disappeared, along with some cutting-edge Company tech. To Tony it smells a lot like an attempt by Ra’uf Erkennen to topple the Taulke Faction from power and take over the Syndicate Corporation.
Under orders to stop the coup at all costs, Stacks faces down marshals, gunfights Erkennen operatives, and encounters a brand new technology called Molecularly Enhanced Synthetic Hemp (MESH)—a game-changer that can alter SynCorp's balance of power. And he finds an unlikely ally to boot…
BOOKS 1-3 OF THE SYNCORP SAGA
Experience SynCorp. Experience our future.
**Highly recommended for fans of The Expanse**
Book 1: THE LAZARUS PROTOCOL
THE FIRST BOOK IN THE AWARD WINNING SYNCORP SAGA
With a planetary disaster on the horizon, Colonel William Graves has been ordered on a bold and highly classified mission to save humankind.
But where some see crisis, others see opportunity…
As the danger grows, billionaires, corporations, and governments each jockey for control. The Lazarus Protocol is the first book in an epic story of betrayal, action, and intrigue. The SynCorp Saga spans generations into the future and light years into our galaxy.
Book 2: CASSANDRA’S WAR
How do we fight the weather?
The Lazarus Protocol, the corporate plan to reengineer the Earth’s atmosphere, has failed. We the people pay the price—in blood and treasure.
But the machinery of the corporation is not dead yet. As Anthony hatches a new scheme to undo the damage caused by the Lazarus Protocol, he makes new alliances and stabs old friends in the back. Flushed out of hiding, Ming Qinlao risks everything to reclaim her family name. And a war-weary William Graves is forced to choose between his duty and his conscience.
Book 3: HOSTILE TAKEOVER
The enemy of my enemy is my friend…until they’re not.
Cassandra Station is space dust. Anthony Taulke and the Council tighten their grip on Earth’s resources to feed their ever-expanding empire. Inside the Council, jockeying to divide the spoils of corporate conquest has already begun—and so has the backstabbing.
Meanwhile, we the people make our peace with a new normal: nothing is within our control.
But new forces are on the horizon. An unlikely Neo leader emerges, rumors swirl of a rebel military alliance, and General Graves gets sucked into a new impossible mission.
Which of us hasn't dreamed of feeling the wind whipping through our hair as we fly through the air at unimaginable speeds? Who hasn't fantasized about using supernatural strength to quell the tyranny of a cruel, selfish leader?
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In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors invite you to journey to very different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all worlds where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and real.
“The Dragon Chronicles” features stories by bestselling authors Elle Casey (War of the Fae), David Adams (Ren of Atikala), K.J. Colt (Klawdia), Terah Edun (Courtlight), and Daniel Arenson (Dragonlore) plus seven more of today's most visionary authors in fantasy and speculative fiction.