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About Lawrence M. Schoen
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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What happens when a washed-up, black-listed, alcoholic, but still handsome movie star signs a contract for medical experiments with a sinister race of alien machines?
Ben “Coop” Cooper is about to find out.
The reality of an unregulated medical laboratory on Titan is nothing like his past roles from the big screen. There's no director on hand to yell "cut" when he's fighting for his life. And no co-star ever injected him with an alien virus before. Instead it's all bar fights and police pursuits and beatdowns from alien robots.
But in the end, Coop will strive to do what all movie heroes do: save the world from certain doom.
Welcome to Fight or Flight, Book One of the Adrenaline Rush series, an action-packed, humorous romp in the orbit of Saturn that may just hold the cure for all human illness and disease.
Angela Colson can’t pay the repair bill on her spaceship and has no choice but to accept a dubious proposition: bring back a miracle from the hands of the alien Prophet of Containers and all her debts will be paid.
Of course it’s not so simple. Her employer will telepathically know if she even attempts deception. The Prophet wants to recruit her to help get his message out to the masses. And an ancient intelligence wants her to alter that message to change the fate of a lost race.
Along the way she'll get schooled by a professional liar, solve an epic problem of littering, and confront a religious mob accusing her of blasphemy and heresy!
Ace of Saints is the second book in the Freelance Courier series featuring Angela (Gel) Colson, a teenage girl who only looks human but is actually a mutant variant from a race of teleporting aliens. Her people want her to settle down, stay out of trouble, and not use her powers. She wants to make her own way in the galaxy and live a life of adventure. And trouble? That just has a way of following her wherever she goes.
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!
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.
Defeated but far from dead, the alien Gardener must warn its people of the threat of this new kind of Meat that has dared to interfere with the planet it had seeded. Smuggling itself back to Valdez aboard a human ship, it prepares for a final assault against the Marines and farmers there, the first step in a war to eradicate humans from the galaxy.
Former psychology professor Lawrence M. Schoen and retired Marine Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee join forces in this third novella of the SEEDS OF WAR trilogy, pitting Marine against Gardener, with the fate of all of humanity hanging in the balance.
But are the invaders intent on destruction and conquest, or are humans simply weeds in their garden? In a battle of wills and strength, who will irradicate whom?
Former psychology professor Lawrence M. Schoen and retired Marine Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee join forces in this second volume of the SEEDS OF WAR trilogy, pitting Marine against Gardener, with the fate of all of humanity hanging in the balance.
Washed up actor Ben "Coop" Cooper was injected with an experimental alien virus that saved his life, erased years of alcohol abuse from his liver, and made him thirty years younger.
It also created Dyrk, a secondary personality living in his head, who believes himself to be an action hero!
Together, Coop and Dyrk rid Titan of the Box, a race of machine intelligences. Along the way they saved Potato, an alien lifeform that's also the source of the virus that could cure everything.
Now the Box have returned to Titan, sending a squad of killer robot avatars armed with octopus-like weapon tentacles to retrieve Potato, their most holy of objects. They also want Dr. Acorns, the researcher who created the experimental virus, and they'll take her dead or alive.
And then there's Tycho, a brain dead, comatose teenager who was also part of Acorns's experiment. Tycho has woken up. The lights are on, but no one's home. Instead she's operating on instincts and reflexes honed from thousands of hours of post-apocalyptic war movies, leaving her a zombie killing machine.
Can Coop (and Dyrk) defeat the Box, find a way to save Jess, and restore Tycho? And how will the assistance of an alien crime boss with his own vendetta against the Box hinder or harm them?
Since 2011, Lawrence M. Schoen has featured hundreds of science fiction and fantasy writers on a weekly blog, asking each of them a single question:
What's your most memorable meal?
Their answers have provided readers with glimpses into the lives and minds of the authors and insights into their books.
To commemorate ten years of these essays, Schoen has compiled 100 of the best meals for this book, producing a feast of incredible locations and events, unusual circumstances, delicious surprises, unlikely meal companions, and improbable selections.
Bring a hearty appetite, it's a very full menu!
Carrie Vaughn • Dan Wells • Lauren Beukes • Daniel Abraham • Walter Jon Williams • Bud Sparhawk • Sheila Finch • Gregory Frost • Aliette de Bodard • Allen Steele • Mark W. Tiedemann • Myke Cole • Howard V. Hendrix • Karl Schroeder • Gail Carriger • Laura Anne Gilman • Alastair Reynolds • Tobias S. Buckell • Tina Connolly • Walter H. Hunt • David Walton • Charles E. Gannon • David Brin • Gregory Benford • Jack McDevitt • Max Gladstone • Jonathan Maberry • Liz Williams • Michael Swanwick • Faith Hunter • James L. Cambias • Harry Turtledove • Joe Haldeman • Daryl Gregory • Tom Doyle • Alethea Kontis • Michael A. Ventrella • Anna Kashina • Sally Wiener Grotta • Tim W. Burke • James Morrow • Sharon Lee • Natania Barron • Alan Smale • Ferrett Steinmetz • Fran Wilde • L. E. Modesitt, Jr. • Daniel Polanski • Eric James Stone • Lawrence M. Schoen • Charlie Jane Anders • Kevin Hearne • Fonda Lee • Jennifer Foehner Wells • Ada Palmer • Naomi Novik • Todd J. Mccaffrey • Marguerite Reed • Rick Wilber • Travis Heermann • Becky Chambers • Jacqueline Carey • Sarah Gailey • Malka Older • Steven Barnes • Michael Johnston • Spencer Ellsworth • Nicky Drayden • Russell Davis • Tracy Townsend • Catherine Schaff-Stump • Jane Lindskold • Michael Anderle • Kate Heartfield • Craig Martelle • Peng Shepherd • Delilah S. Dawson • Derek Künsken • Josiah Bancroft • S. L. Saboviec • Martin L. Shoemaker • R. R. Virdi • E.M. Foner • Maurice Broaddus • Yudhanjaya Wijeratne • Chen Qiufan • Barry J. Hutchison • Wil McCarthy • Terry Mixon • Julia Huni • Bre Lockhart • Gini Koch • Dave Walsh • John P. Murphy • James Alan Gardner • Steven H Silver • Darcie Little Badger • Robert J. Sawyer • Alex Shvartsman • Kate Pickford
The Amazing Conroy hypnotizes people. Some of those people are aliens.
Some of those aliens have telepathic powers.
What could possibly go wrong?
Command Performance is an omnibus edition that brings together every tale of the Amazing Conroy that has ever been published to date. Every short story, novelette, all four Nebula Award nominated novellas, and both novels can be found here in one massive volume.
So who is the Amazing Conroy?
Whether he's performing on stage and hypnotizing aliens or attempting to use the omnivorous and adorable alien buffalitos to clean up toxic waste sites or assist archeological digs, Conroy is a good hearted rogue who goes from rags to riches and back again. He's a xenophile and a gourmand, and the highlight of his day is sitting down to a fine meal (provided there's enough to share with Reggie, his faithful alien companion animal).
Invariably something comes along to interrupt even the best planned dinners and Conroy must use guile and hypnosis to get himself out of trouble.
The Amazing Conroy series is an interstellar adventure by a Hugo, Nebula, and Astounding Award-nominated author. Mind control, manipulation, and mayhem abound in this omnibus edition that will keep you brilliantly entertained.