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Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Astounding, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues.
His science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. Other works take a very different tone, exploring aspects of determinism and free will, generally redefining the continua between life and death. Sometimes he blurs the funny and the serious. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and their dog.
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That simple sentence set in motion a universe. And not just any universe, no, the Conroyverse!
The Amazing Conroy, a stage hypnotist working third-rate venues on alien worlds, gets talked into being a courier of an Arconi buffalito — an adorable alien creature that can eat anything and farts oxygen. If he can avoid being executed for smuggling, his world will be forever changed.
Angela Colson — a seemingly ordinary teenager — only appears to be Human, but is actually a mutant variant from a race of teleporting aliens who have hidden in plain sight for millennia. They don’t believe she can keep their secret. If she doesn’t convince them otherwise, they’ll resolve the problem by putting her to death!
Melody Wilder just needs to complete her doctorate and life will be perfect. But the downside of a university on a space station orbiting Neptune is that an assortment of aliens keeps showing up, imposing their own agendas on her, with no concern for her dissertation on sentient, non-Human memory.
The Conroyverse is a sampler containing the shorty story that started the entire fictional universe as well as the first novels from each of the three series that share that common, alien-rich setting. It's a taste — appropriate given the emphasis on food across the books — of what awaits you in the ongoing adventures and humorous romps of each series.
Hypnosis, Teleportation, and Alien Academia, Oh My!
Explore the universe…
“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Arthur C Clarke penned those words, and they stand true to this day. Do we want to be alone? Leave it to science fiction authors to address that question in equal measure.
Aliens can be peaceful or not. Who will emerge as the superior strain of intelligence? Humanity may be new to the game, but they aren’t new to conflict.
Fantastic races vying for dominance. A microcosm of the greater good. Battles fought for higher ideals. Battles fought just to survive.
War doesn’t care about human or alien. The soldiers fight, and they fight hard, as if their lives depend on it.
Because they do.
Contributing Authors and Stories
Unintended Consequences by Kacey Ezell
A salvage crew uncovers the ancient record of just how far a desperate woman will go in search of vengeance.
Remora Prophet by Lawrence M. Schoen
When you have the power to reshape a planet, who decides what it means to be human?
Steppenwolf by Alastair Mayer
A casual encounter turns rescue mission, then goes bad. A T-Space story.
Professional Amateurs by Todd McCaffrey
‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ (Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5)
The Signal by Ben Wolf
Two survivors of a crash-landing on an icy planet struggle to survive the severe climate and the remnant of the ship’s crew that is hunting them.
Maelstrom by Jonathan P. Brazee
Can the disabled son of a military hero step up when his town is being invaded?
Wormhole’s End by J. Clifton Slater
Of the many ways to survive a star colony’s persecution, Alex Butterjoy chose to be a pirate.
Cleaning Up by Felix R. Savage
The aliens were pink stick insects with a weakness for consumer electronics and cuddly pets ... how dangerous could they be?
The Great Black Sea by Tao Wong
Even infamous Pirate Captains have to start somewhere, and in the world of the System, that means with a Basic Class as a Cabin Boy on a raid of a merchant convoy.
No Way Out by Chris Kennedy
When there’s no way out, the best you can hope for is survival.
Antipiracy Patrol by Terry Mixon
There’s never a dull moment when on antipiracy patrol!
Misinformation Warfare by David VanDyke
The greatest danger to a warship in space is the enemy within.
Discipline: Sostible by Isla Molina
Two warring ships. Two opposing diplomats. One universal secret.
Novis Invenirent Resurrectionem by D.M. Pruden
The lone survivor of a defeated invasion fleet is offered the last chance to save his people from themselves.
Gnamma Station by Paul A. Piatt
In space, war is inevitable.
Gone Rogue by Jacki Rawlinson
Dax is put in a difficult position when his emotionally unstable AI goes rogue
Azchut by Brad R. Torgersen
Wherein lies a captain’s duty?
Why You Should Think Twice Before Adopting an Alien Baby by Robert Jeschonek
The ultimate adoption horror story threatens to turn humanity's f
Ace of Agency collects the first three books in the Freelance Courier series. This omnibus tells the story of Angela “Gel” Colson, a plucky teen who runs a one-woman interstellar courier business, taking jobs no one else wants, and encountering alien cultures and civilizations at every stop.
Gel is not your typical Human teenager. She's left her adopted father and siblings behind and scrounged enough cash to purchase a derelict spaceship for her startup business. But the real story is that Gel only appears to be Human. She's actually a mutant variant from a race of teleporting aliens who have hidden in plain sight for millennia. And as a mutant, Gel's abilities are potentially more powerful — and much more dangerous — than the rest of her race.
Understandably, this has them more than a little nervous. They don't believe Gel can keep their secret, and if she can't convince them otherwise, they'll resolve the problem by putting her to death! Gel's mission is simple, not only does she have to prove herself as a competent business woman, but also satisfy the increasingly stringent requirements of an alien senate that holds her life in their hands.
Along the way she'll have to resolve the succession (and potential coup) of a planetary dynasty, help a world deal with a prophet who is handing out life-changing gifts, and lead a group of aliens to freedom from the overlords who have enslaved them for millennia.
The Sixth Sense meets Planet of the Apes in a moving science fiction novel set so far in the future, humanity is gone and forgotten in Lawrence M. Schoen's Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds.
In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity's genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.
To break the Fant's control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend's son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.
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Ever-turbulent humanity has reached out to the stars and found itself challenged by several “exosapient” species whose motivations are as unusual as their physical forms. Troubleshooters like Caine Riordan must contend with both humans and aliens during this epic plunge into the high-stakes exploration, statecraft, and warfare that churn and change our post-contact world.
But no world is defined just by the characters who occupy center stage. “Lost Signals” digs deep into the lives—and struggles—of those beyond the spotlight by bringing together twenty new voices and new stories in a format that blurs the line between fact and fiction in the Consolidated Terran Republic.
With stories by:
Charles E. Gannon
Robert E. Waters
Robert R. Chase
Walter H. Hunt
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Lawrence M. Schoen
Robert E. Hampson
Jean Marie Ward
Except. . . who is really invading whom? High in orbit above Vasquez, a sentient vegetable studies the planet it had seeded and sculpted centuries before, laying it out as a world-sized garden. Now, returning to inspect the progress of its work, it finds its art has been tainted by the intrusion of crop grids, farm buildings, and people, all of which must be purged if the garden is to endure.
When two species clash, only one will survive.
Former psychology professor Lawrence M. Schoen and retired Marine Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee join forces in this first volume of the SEEDS OF WAR trilogy, pitting Marine against Gardener, with the fate of all of humanity hanging in the balance.
To appease an alien senate, a newbie courier accepts what should be an easy gig: retrieving a misplaced corpse from a mausoleum world.
But the deceased is a planetary king, he’s not really dead, and he doesn’t want to go home!
Angela “Gel” Colson is not your typical Human teenager. She’s left her adopted father and siblings behind, scrounged enough cash to purchase a derelict spaceship, and started her own courier business taking jobs no one else wants.
All that may be true, but it’s not the real story. Gel only appears to be Human. She’s actually a mutant variant from a race of teleporting aliens who have hidden in plain sight for millennia. They don’t believe she can keep their secret. If she doesn’t convince them otherwise, they’ll resolve the problem by putting her to death!
Can she run her company, stay out of trouble, and not reveal her powers to outsiders? Not if the “corpse” has anything to say about it.
Each Strange New Worlds competition draws a greater response than the last. The final selections gathered here were chosen from an overwhelming number of entries by virtue of their originality and style. With wit, compassion, and an affection for all things Star Trek, these brand-new authors take us where Star Trek has never gone before.
Their tales rocket across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from when Captain Kirk explored the galaxy on the first Starship Enterprise, through Captain Picard's U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D and Captain Sisko's Deep Space Nine, to Captain Janeway's Starship Voyager, with many more fascinating stops along the way.
Find out what happens in the Star Trek universe when fans -- like you -- take the helm!
The war between Erth and Marz has ended in a stalemate and both worlds have agreed to an uneasy truce.
But privateers — government sponsored pirates — still prey upon civilian vessels throughout the solar system.
Neo-technologist Benjamin Wrongpin has had enough!
Erther by birth and Marzian by choice, Benjamin has designed a unique spacecraft, The Folio, with the best hardware of two planets. And if one man cannot beat both sides at their own game, then he’s resolved to win by kicking over the game board itself.
Adopting a new identity as Captain Book, and secretly carrying letters of marque from both worlds, he will assemble a crew from the dregs of space as he creates a very different kind of pirate ship — one that preys exclusively on other pirates!
High-concept science fiction, deeply human characters, and a weirdly wonderful story drive The Moons of Barsk, the sequel to the award-winning Lawrence M. Schoen's Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
Pizlo, the lonely young outcast and physically-challenged Fant, is now a teenager. He still believes he hears voices from the planet’s moons, imparting secret knowledge to him alone. And so embarks on a dangerous voyage to learn the truth behind the messages. His quest will catapult him offworld for second time in his short life, and reveal things the galaxy isn’t yet ready to know.
Elsewhere, Barsk's Senator Jorl, who can speak with the dead, navigates galactic politics as Barsk's unwelcome representative, and digs even deeper into the past than ever before to discover new truths of his own.
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One man will die, over and over, as he strives to save an entire planet.
The Re-Earthers believe that humans belong on Earth, and in order to expand out into the galaxy they must reshape habitable worlds into exact replicas of our home planet. There can be no higher goal!
They've built a vast armada to seek out such worlds and prepare them for a terraforming process that includes altering continents, reworking oceans, and wiping out all native flora and fauna. If other people have already settled on those worlds, well, that's just too bad for them.
One man has made it his mission to oppose this cult: the Remora, an immortal saboteur, part legend and part assassin, who can sneak aboard the massive vessels of the Re-Earthers and foil their plans, repeatedly sacrificing his own life in the effort to save billions of innocents living on a targeted world.