What do we have to brighten your work week? Why, FREE SPACESHIP MONDAY, of course!

What do we have to brighten your work week? Why, FREE SPACESHIP MONDAY, of course!

8 sci-fi books with spaceships on the cover, from thrilling space operas to tongue-in-cheek spoofs. All FREE for a limited time!

As we were browsing through our usual book haunts in the wee hours of the morning, we noticed a ton of free sci-fi books with spaceships on the cover. Why? No idea. But, hey, they’re free, right? Pick your favorites, or just download them all!

For even more fun, we boiled each publisher blurb down to six words, Twitter-style. Keep in mind that we haven’t read the books. Or the samples. Or the reviews…

(Did we mention that they’re free?)

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Dystopian drama at its finest! A PW Best Book of 2016, and a Philip K. Dick Award Winner!

Dystopian drama at its finest! A PW Best Book of 2016, and a Philip K. Dick Award Winner!

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison

After the virus wiped out most women and children, the few females who survived have to hide, scraping out their survival on their own, trying to stay clear of the gangs of men who want to control them. To own them. But one of those women knows how to deliver babies, and the world needs her. Now, more than ever.

A unique dystopian drama, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife has a dash of The Handmaid’s Tale and elements of The Postman, but it’s a story all its own. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 and Philip K. Dick Award Winner. Just $1.99 for a limited time.

Our thoughts on the sample:

Steven | Love the cover!!! Interesting, unique take on the post-apocalyptic world. Piqued my interest and seems well worth a read!

Erin | Love the premise! Gripping sample! Jumps straight into the action. What happens next? What happens next???

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Today only! A Scalzi sci-fi award winner for just $2.99!

Today only! A Scalzi sci-fi award winner for just $2.99!

The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi

What if we solved space travel? And then, after we had settled countless planets, what if the solution showed signs of failing catastrophically? These are the questions behind The Collapsing Empire, which won the 2018 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. John Scalzi is one of the most entertaining science fiction authors writing today, and we’re thrilled to have found this deal!

   

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Just $1.99 each for the entire Wayward Pines trilogy! The sci-fi mystery thriller behind the TV series!

Just $1.99 each for the entire Wayward Pines trilogy! The sci-fi mystery thriller behind the TV series!

Pines, by Blake Crouch

Did you catch Wayward Pines when it was on television? If you did, what did you think? Erin loved season one (“Omg, so awesome!”), and now the books are all on sale! From now through the end of September, all three ebooks in the Wayward Pines trilogy are just $1.99 each. We love sales like this, with plenty of time to buy the first one for just $1.99 and read it, to see whether we want to snap up the other two while they’re still discounted.

We checked Netflix, by the way, and Wayward Pines isn’t on there. It’s on Amazon, but it’s not free. (Bummer.) Hulu won’t let you search anything unless you sign up (not cool!) so we don’t know about that one. Anyone want to search that for us and let us know?

 

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Three weeks until Dragon’s Code! Our countdown celebration starts today!

Three weeks until Dragon’s Code! Our countdown celebration starts today!

Okay, first things first. The ARC of Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey is here!!!!! It arrived right before DragonCon, but I wasn’t about to bring anything that precious into such a chaotic environment. No way. So I left it at home in its protective shipping envelope, and I started reading it after I recovered from my cold. I’m about 15% in, reading slowly to savor it, because I ALREADY DON’T WANT IT TO END!!!

It’s a genuine return to Pern, and I’m loving every second of it. Plus, we’re in countdown mode, people, because the actual release is THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY! I’ll share more about the read next week (don’t worry – no spoilers!) but in the meantime… here’s a $2.99 ebook from Anne McCaffrey to whet your appetite: Crystal Singer. It’s not a Pern book, but I read the whole trilogy several times and absolutely loved it!

In humanity’s space-faring future, there’s a planet with extremely precious crystals that can only be harvested by hand. “Crystal singers” literally sing to the crystals while cutting them, to keep them from shattering. The best singers can make a fortune, but there are side effects they don’t tell you about in the brochures…

Watch these Gigi McCaffrey and Anne McCaffrey posts over the next few weeks for contests and giveaways as we celebrate 50 years of Pern, and other amazing McCaffrey worlds! (Hint: click on that “Continue reading” link!)

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A free sci-fi with a fascinating set of reviews! Can an adult sci-fi title have a young MC?

A free sci-fi with a fascinating set of reviews! Can an adult sci-fi title have a young MC?

Transmission, by Morgan Rice

At long last, SETI picks up a verified alien transmission. They’re coming. For real. And the only clue to deciphering their message lies in the unique brain of a dying 13-year-old boy…

We always scan reviews and read a bit before we recommend anything, and the reviews on this one are fascinating. We love the premise, but some people seem upset that the protagonist is 13. They think the book should be listed as YA for that reason alone. What do you think? Does a young protagonist automatically make a book into a YA read? Or is it possible for an adult title to have an adolescent MC? Have you ever read a YA book that should have been in the adult section? Or an adult book that should have been listed as YA?

Tell us what you think on Twitter!

   

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Space colonies and alien mysteries for less than a cup of coffee.

Space colonies and alien mysteries for less than a cup of coffee.

Fortune’s Rising, by Sara King
Illustrated by Lance MacCarty

Coming back from Dragoncon is a bummer every year, but at least we have some great sci-fi and fantasy titles to share with you! We’ll post more about that over the next few days, but while we’re settling back in, here’s a sweet space saga, with alien mysteries at the edge of the known universe, for less than a cup of coffee. Both this one and the next are on sale all month, and they look awesome!

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Insightful and amazingly thorough, So Say We All is the definitive (if unofficial) history of Battlestar Galactica.

Insightful and amazingly thorough, So Say We All is the definitive (if unofficial) history of Battlestar Galactica.

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So Say We All, by Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman

The sheer amount of information about Battlestar Galactica (BSG) contained in this one volume is unreal. There are soooooo many interview snippets, covering everything from the show’s TV movie beginnings, to the behind-the-scenes budget problems, to the way the ships were built and filmed, to the chimps in the daggit suit. And *then* it covers everything about the reboot, which I loved just as much.

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Only $0.99 for a fantastic collection of shorts in sci-fi and fantasy!

Only $0.99 for a fantastic collection of shorts in sci-fi and fantasy!

Writers of the Future, Volume 34

These volumes represent some of the most intriguing short fiction the world has to offer. The stories are curated each year from a global contest for up and coming authors, judged by the likes of Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, Jody Lynn Nye, Jerry Pournelle, Ciruelo and Echo Chernik. The winners often go on to have stellar careers, but you can read them here first! At only $0.99 today, it’s a great introduction to these anthologies.

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Welcome back to Pern! New book in just 5 weeks! (Aka I beg for books and have strange interactions at the post office.)

Welcome back to Pern! New book in just 5 weeks! (Aka I beg for books and have strange interactions at the post office.)

Remember that authorAnne McCaffrey? The one who made me (Erin) decide to become an author? The one I couldn’t talk to without sobbing?

(You might know her better as the Anne McCaffrey who’s in the Science Fiction Hall of Famethe SFFWA Grand Master, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, winner of the Robert A. Heinlein award for lifetime achievement as a fantasy and science fiction author… Right, that Anne McCaffrey. But I’m sure the bit about what she means to me personally is on a card in the SF Hall of Fame somewhere.)

Okay, so her daughter, Gigi McCaffrey, is releasing a new Pern book in OctoberDragon’s Codeand I’m so excited I can’t stand it. (Imagine a thirty-minute pause here while I tried and failed to find a gif showing how profoundly excited I am. I’m not a gif connoisseur, apparently. I did, however, spell ‘connoisseur’ correctly on the first go, which surprised me and made me feel a little better about the whole gif thing.)

 

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A. G. Riddle’s Departure! Last but not least in our 6-deal A. G. Riddle weekend extravaganza!

A. G. Riddle’s Departure! Last but not least in our 6-deal A. G. Riddle weekend extravaganza!

Departure, by A. G. Riddle

This one sounds like Lost meets… some kind of far-reaching conspiracy theory book, but we can only think of Dan Brown right now and we’ve already used him as a comparison. But, hey, if the shoe fits. On the other hand, it might be a little bit Lost meets Richard Feynman. (Nobel Prize winning physicist? We’ll get to him some other time.)

Our point is that the science involved here is more time travel / physics than genetics / biology, but that only excites us even more. Any sci-fi thriller author who branches out into different fields captures our attention for sure, and at only $1.99 right now, this one is the best deal yet.

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