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About Ryan M. Williams
Ryan M. Williams lives a double life as a full-time career librarian and a multi-genre writer with over twenty books. He writes across a range of genres including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, mystery, horror, and romance. He earned a Master of Arts degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose University. His short fiction has appeared in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, On Spec Magazine, and anthologies from Pocket Books and WMG Publishing.
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Strange New Worlds 9 includes stories from all five Star Trek incarnations:
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
and Star Trek: Enterprise.
Brock Marsden isn’t quite human any longer.
Using technology from the Galactics, Brock incorporated DNA from other species into himself. It gained him longevity, better vision, and faster reflexes. All traits valuable when tracking down the worst killers on the planet.
A banker hires Brock to track down the being that murdered and mutilated his daughter.
Brock’s partner at their detective agency saddles Brock with an alien intern. With a complicated love life, a police chief who’d like to shut him out of the case, and a threat from his distant past—Brock faces a case like none other.
It will take all of Brock’s alien-enhanced abilities to stop this killer—and maybe more than he imagines.
Finalist Eric Hoffer Awards Best Self-Help
FINALIST Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year--Writing
WINNER Best Non-Fiction London Book Festival
USA Book News Best Book Award Finalist--Business: Writing & Publishing
WINNER Best Educational/Academic Indie Book Awards
WINNER International Book Awards Best Business: Writing & Publishing
Award-winning authors Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller gather the voices of today's top genre writers and writing instructors alongside their published students. Many Genres, One Craft fosters the writing process in a way that focuses almost exclusively on writing the novel. Using a compilation of instructional articles penned by well-known authors affiliated with Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, the book emphasizes how to write genre novels and commercially appealing fiction. The articles are modeled after actual "learning modules" that have successfully taught students in the program how to reach a wider audience for over a decade.
Award-winning and best-selling contributors from a spectrum of genres and literary careers offer their sage advice, including David Morrell, Tess Gerritsen, Victoria Thompson, Nancy Kress, Shelley Bates, Maria V. Snyder, Jason Jack Miller, Thomas Monteleone, Susan Mallery, and over fifty other published authors, teachers, and alumni, as well as special guest agents and editors who have visited the program. Divided into three parts--Craft, Genre, and The Writer's Life--the book provides advice on everything from point-of-view to writing media tie-in novels to marketing romance, all from writers who have actually done it.
“Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives is a great choice for anyone who loves it when genres are swirled together. It’s nominally more heavily influenced by mystery conventions and tropes, but the science fiction and fantasy elements in it are almost as strong.”
—Long and Short Reviews on Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives
“Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives is a great read if you like to blend mystery with your fantasy. Check it out.”
—Keith West, Amazing Stories
Fiction River is an original anthology series. Initially, based on the anthology series of old—Universe, Orbit, Pulphouse—Fiction River rapidly evolved into its own entity. Fiction River publishes stories in many genres from all kinds of writers, with New York Times bestselling authors published alongside some of the best new voices in fiction. Fiction River also goes where no anthology series has gone before, with regular audio editions, produced in-house, and ebook and trade paperback volumes that never go out of print. And Fiction River is available in English worldwide.
This was the movie that made people call Stefan Roland the “Jane Goodall” of zombies. Not the most accurate description, but it was the film that showed the first wasn’t a fluke.
A chance to recapture the spotlight. Expose the role of the witch in waking dead things. Show the world the Inquisition at work. And build a name for himself.
Assuming that they survived.
But what if it were actually true? What if there was actual magic emanating from a book itself? What if a book was sentient? What if a book could actually interact in our world? What if there is something a bit more evil or sinister lurking in the pages?
What if a book doesn't just open up a world of possibilities to a reader, but, instead, brings the reader into that world? And what about the people for whom books are a central part of their lives? How do they interact with, or perhaps, include books in their magic, their schemes, their lives? How do they protect the infinite possibilities that books store and provide?
This bundle of more than 260,000 words from 10 short stories and 2 novels includes explorations of books and the world of books that include magical, supernatural, science fiction or speculative elements. Book nerds will love these tales, but that enjoyment might also come with a twist that makes you think twice about the ultimate power held by that seemingly benevolent tomb sitting on your bookshelves or lurking in your Kindle reader.
SAVE MORE THAN 30% OFF OF THE REGULAR PRICE BY GETTING ALL OF THESE AWESOME BOOK-THEMED TITLES BUNDLED TOGETHER.
Table of Contents
1. "Active Reader" by Mark Leslie
2. "The Page Turners" by DeAnna Knippling
3. "Clockwork Lives" by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
4. "Invasion of the Book Snatchers" by Ryan M. Williams
5. "These Chains" by Dayle A. Dermatis
6. "Guardian of the Grimoire" by Karen McCullough
7. "Quest for the Three Books" by Dawn Blair
8. "Warning! Do Not Read This Story!" by Robert Jeschonek
9. "The Story for the Letters" by Kate MacLeod
10. "Petra and the Blue Goo" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Dead things made Stefan Roland's film career. Now his career needs resurrection. He isn't the daring young filmmaker now. He must show everyone that he isn't ready to shamble off into the sunset.
The Soviets move into Afghanistan. Stefan hears rumors that someone is using zombies in this conflict. It's an opportunity he can't miss. With his small crew he heads to Afghanistan to try and capture the new terrors of war.
Sixteen and stressed. It wasn’t the driver’s test that had Ravyn on edge. It was the Inquisition’s test.
Every four years, the Inquisition tested her for any hint of paranormal abilities that would mark her as a witch.
Oh, their methods had evolved over the centuries. They didn’t burn witches at the stake anymore. Today, burning a witch meant chemical and surgical brain surgery to eliminate any unnatural talents the witch possessed. Internationally backed, the new secular Inquisition formed an elite police force standing against darkness.
Yeah, right. Ravyn knew firsthand what it meant. She helped her mom take care of her grandmother, accused witch, burned by the Inquisition, and barely able to function now. Just being her granddaughter was enough to put Ravyn under suspicion.
So, yeah, turning sixteen was stressful. Especially since she suspected she might be a witch after all.
1968. The Glenda Barker incident. The dead things rose. People died. And Stefan Roland was on the scene to capture it all in glorious film.
It wasn’t planned. You didn’t plan life-changing and career-making events like that. You kept reporting and maybe you got lucky. Maybe you got something so big that the Inquisition couldn’t keep it quiet or hush it up. Maybe you got to show the world what was going on.
And if you were really lucky, maybe you survived the dead things instead of becoming one.
In a space craft, everyone can hear you scream.
The comet mining ship Olympia drifts into the Station's solar system. No one aboard. Power at minimal levels. Yet the ship appears intact and function. A curiosity and an administrative headache that the Station is quick to auction off to an enterprising couple seeking freedom and a new start for their family. Only the ship isn't as empty as the salvage reports indicated. Something stayed behind.
They turn to an unlikely duo for help. Jules, a medium whose scars are hidden beneath a prosthetic face. And MAR-A, a former combat droid seeking spiritual answers. Together they face strange new terrors that threaten their very souls.
In a career that has spanned decades, Stefan has seen many dead things. And the people with abilities—witches—responsible for waking dead things. His trilogy of documentary films form the crown jewels of his career.
Now he's received a tip of something strange happening close to home. at the Willow Lane trailer park. It's enough to get the his crew back together and out there to discover the truth before the Inquisition gets wind of it.
If dead things rise again, Stefan intends to capture all the horrifying truth behind the terror.
It doesn't get easier waking dead things.
Four years ago, Ravyn hoped the nightmare had ended. She tried putting her life together after college. But the Inquisition returns to test her again.
They trained her, a witch, instead of the usual burning—chemical and surgical methods designed to strip a person of their abilities. The lucky ones could function after the process. A witch working in the Inquisition was unheard of, and it didn't last. Political forces expelled her from the ranks of inquisitors.
Lockwood hasn't given up on Ravyn and returns. He wants her help with a secret treaty with witches and a possible new future for her. The answers—and secrets—lie in the isolated Oregon coast town of Bramson Bay.
There's a war within the Inquisition and Ravyn is right at its heart.