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About Michael Warren Lucas
Author of about forty books, Michael Warren Lucas lives in Detroit, Michigan. Learn more at https://mwl.io.
Once you walk into the twisted imagination of Michael Lucas, you really won’t want to leave… – Kristine Kathryn Rusch, multiple Hugo award winning author of The Retrieval Artist
"Michael Lucas is one of those rare writers who can make nail-biter action and gut-wrenching drama dance together and not have either stepping on the other's toes. Throw this up against a bleak post-apocalyptic world with one of the most original concepts of alien invasion I've come across, and you end up with a hell of a story. Not to mention the beautifully grotesque imagery depicting the strange denizens of this chilling landscape." - Rob Cornell, author of "Darker Things"
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Not a normal night anywhere.
Terry is the archetypal old-school Unix admin, nurturing servers with care and precision while avoiding the latest trendy garbage. KDE and Gnome on a server? Nope, if you need a GUI use FVWM.
The latest trend Terry refuses? One adopted almost everywhere? Systemd, the replacement init.
So Systemd comes for Terry.
Wearing skin-tight leather pants.
No, not a normal night in the computer room at all…
(Declared "inappropriate for all audiences" by Amazon Advertising!)
After accidentally solving two murders, Dale Whitehead hungers to stay in his apartment, hack virtual memory stacks, and forget the whole thing. Instead, his boss sends him to a technology/sci-fi convention in Detroit. He plans to endure his stint at the vendor table, stumble through his presentation, and escape anonymously.
A dead body ruins everything.
Dale finds himself battling liquid nitrogen ice cream, balky network addressing schemes, the Chaos Machine, and his own reputation, while the corpses pile up.
"Wait to see if it happens again:" Great for troubleshooting IPv6 multicast over wireless. Not so much for murder.
The BSD North conference draws some of the smartest people in the world. These few days will validate Dale Whitehead’s work—or expose him as a fraud.
When a tragic death devastates the conference, only Dale suspects murder.
Computer geeks care about code.
But do they care enough… to kill?
Prohibition left exceptions for the church of Men, the Elvish sacraments, even the Dwarfish rituals. But the elves in Congress insist that orcs have no sacraments.
Without the Orcish draught, without the rites, Uruk-Tai’s fine strong boys might grow tall. They might earn respect.
But they will never be Orcs.
And Uruk will not let that happen…
Murder, mayhem, and all manner of crimes set during the holiday season give this anthology a bite that serves as a delightful change from the sweetness that often dominates this time of the year.
This volume contains an abundance of thieves, a few murderers, a wannabe murderer, and one or two stories in which the crime lurks on the periphery. With a host of unreliable narrators, a few psychopaths, and one acrobat, who could resist?
From a search for the perfect Christmas tree that turns deadly to a reformed thief who wrestles with the better angels of his nature when temptation arises during the holidays, these marvelous mysteries prove the perfect distraction for even the stormiest winter evening.
“Christmas Chase” by Tonya D. Price
“For The Win” by Stephannie Tallent
“Into the Good Night” by Rob Vagle
“A Different, Better Red” by Michael Warren Lucas
“The Art of Waiting” by Kelly Washington
“Christmas in the Ruins” by Mary Jo Rabe
“The Magi of St. Michael’s” by Annie Reed
“Pungent Justice” by Kari Kilgore
“Targets of Opportunity” by Stefon Mears
“All The Bells and Whistles” by B.A. Paul
“Not A Cozy” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
He just hasn’t saved her yet.
He invented new kinds of math, new engineering, new science. His colleagues and friends failed to stop him. He surrendered everything for last one chance to rescue his love.
The chances of a new Big Bang? Acceptable.
Perhaps you will step through a mirror darkly.
How will the world change?
How will you?
Join us to see 'What Might Have Been...'
We can make her better than she was. Or build a better one to replace him. What does it mean to be Sentient? Human? Or even alive?
Fifteen stories and essays explore what it means to be sentient in the present and future tense in stories ranging from artificial lifeforms all the way down to the many ways humans might dream about improving themselves, when the future arrives tomorrow.
Welcome to Boundary Shock Quarterly, Issue 004: Robots, Androids, Cyborgs, Oh My!
Be sure to look for Issue 005: The Boneyard of Lost Dreams, coming January 2019.
Instead, science fiction can cover the future that lurks just around the corner. Science fiction that exists after Dieselpunk and before Cyberpunk, where the Makers and the Hackers dwell, modern rebels and punks, hiding just out of sight.
Eleven authors peer into that short distance into the future to see what lies ahead.
This is Boundary Shock Quarterly, Issue 002: Tuesday After Next. Welcome to another exciting issue in a new quarterly speculative fiction magazine.
Be sure to look for Issue 003: Grand Theft Starship, coming soon!
The people exploring and exploiting alien universes risk everything, including their lives. But Devin Gupper’s death makes no sense. And the more questions security officer Aidan Redding asks, the less rational it seems.
But in a bottomless universe full of impossibilities, one impossible murder begins everything.
50% Robin Hood
Reeling from the death of her lover and partner, freelance “exfiltration specialist” Billie Carrie Salton breaks into a high-tech, high-security biotechnology firm to steal their sickle cell anemia cure and broadcast it to the world.
In, out, announce. Easy.
Except Salton’s life never works that smoothly.
And a gig gone wrong only begins the disasters.
Thievery, lies, and betrayals propel Salton across the world, from Atlanta, Georgia, to the heat of Portugal and the jungles of Myanmar, where she must put everything on the line to save everything she loves.
A FAMILY AFFRAY
With her father's death, mercenary thief Beaks returns to the place she hates most—her childhood home, to both pay her respects and make certain he's gone.
She finds only lies.
Determined to rip the truth out of the shadows, Beaks ricochets around the world, defying killers and government agents alike. With the man she loves and the secretive hacker Sister Silence, she targets a nightmare that turns suffering into profit and slaughter into joy.
Family. It's worse than murder.