If you are in the market for some fresh science fiction, you might want to take a look at a new author named Ken McConnell and his space series.
Ken McConnell has created a new universe, set far in the future when the human race has expanded beyond earth and colonized numerous planets. Humans and their technology have progressed to a point where war has not been seen for nearly a millennium and androids have become sentient. Galactic war, with another space faring race of humanoid aliens has encroached on the human inhabited worlds and the humans must fight back, or be enslaved.
The style of these books is very fast paced and enjoyable. I found all of McConnell’s science fiction to be enjoyable reads which are technologically believable and rich in both plot and character development. For a new author, McConnell has clearly got a winner of a universe with a growing fan-base.
In comparison to Asimov, who, by many accounts is the greatest science fiction writer ever, I have found McConnells stories to be much more enjoyable to read, more fast paced and significantly more believable with much richer character development. From a technical perspective, the ideas presented in McConnells work are more grounded in the real physics rather than make believe, which results in a much more believable world.
New science fiction deserves a new platform for enjoyment. I have read all of McConnells work on my Android phone via the Kindle app. These were the first books that I ever read in digital e-book format and I found that the stories were so engaging that the reading platform was not even noticed.
This book is set far in the future, when humans and an alien race of blue-skinned humanoid aliens are locked in an interstellar battle of galactic proportions. McConnell brings battle after battle to life as the story follows an elite team of special forces known as the StarStrikers. From inter-ship battle to planetary defense this book puts you right in the heat of galactic warfare.
This book is set in the same universe as StarStrikers, but long after the galactic war has ended. It follows the story of a young woman who crash lands on a planet called Tyrmia and must integrate with the native population in order to survive. When she learns that a more sophisticated race of humanoids lives on the planet and is trying to exterminate the natives, she uses her advanced fighting skills to help protect the native population.
This is a longer book than StarStrikers, and very worth the read. While it is set in the future, it has some elements of the steam-punk genre, which makes for an extremely enjoyable read.
Tales From Ocherva
This series of short stories follows the android population within the universe of the StarStrikers and Tyrmia books. In their quest for freedom from their human masters, sentient androids discover how impart self-awareness to other androids. The story of the androids is woven tightly with the human story in a manner that is both intriguing and believable.
Purchase StarStrikers, Tyrmia and Tales From Ocherva
You can buy McConnells work as printed, soft-cover books or in electronic format for your Kindle reader.
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STARFORGERS – Epilogue
Thursday May 23rd, 2013 12:00:18 PM
Empress Nykostra sat on the huge marble throne that was built to a scale that would have been too large even if she were an adult. She hated the monster seat, as she called it, but tradition dictated that she sit on the throne whenever she directed official Empire business. The heads of the nine [...]
STARFORGERS – Chapter 31
Tuesday May 21st, 2013 02:13:06 PM
“The Krestor was towed to the shipyards on Tulia, safely out of sight from future Votainion strikes on Selene. There it was studied and taken apart, piece by piece. Federation engineers struggled to understand the more sensitive electronics packages. Some components were farmed out all over the place in an effort to understand the alien [...]
GCU Sokol on Starship Modeler’s Free Desktop for May
Sunday May 19th, 2013 04:08:50 PM
I supplied some photos of the model and they supplied the creative composition and cosmic images to create a unique background for your computer. The model is also featured on the back cover of the second Star Saga paperback novel, Starstrikers.
Here’s the link to the Starshipmodeler.com website.
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Saturday May 18th, 2013 06:00:00 PM
The Russians landed in Mt. Home! ;-) Looks the same as Southwest Idaho. 2013-05-13
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I wonder if there are any astronauts who are closet SF writers? They could be the first to compose a story in orbit. 2013-05-14
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STARFORGERS – Chapter 30
Thursday May 16th, 2013 12:00:00 PM
“I was fascinated by the human species. They were so frail and yet so strong willed; so much like us and yet so very, very different. I knew in an instant that Kantor was right their home world was our home world. Let history defend my decision to prosecute the war. Someday my descendants will [...]
New Version of Plume Creator Released
Wednesday May 15th, 2013 12:00:04 PM
Version 0.61 Beta of Plume Creator has hit the download servers at Sourceforge. Get it while it’s hot!
Lots of attention has been placed on the look and feel of this release. If you are a writer who likes the idea of a Scrivener type program, but needs it to work on Linux like I do, [...]
Tuesday May 14th, 2013 02:17:09 PM
I keep forgetting to talk about this, but two of the Star Saga books are available now as paperbacks. Starforgers and Starstrikers are both just $9.99 on Amazon. Starveyors will be available at the end of this month for the same low price. These are Print on Demand books at their finest! Great cover art [...]
STARFORGERS – Chapter 29
Tuesday May 14th, 2013 12:30:54 PM
“This marked the first time an android was used to translate between humans and Votainions. As the war progressed, android translators became standard issue in the Fleet. At first they used linguistic enhanced standard models for translators, but eventually humans realized that the best person for the job was a Silicant. There were dozens of [...]
Twitter Posts from 2013-05-04 to 2013-05-10
Saturday May 11th, 2013 06:00:00 PM
If your ebook is just a pdf, you don't get it. If you magazine is only a pdf, you don't get it either. EPUB 2013-05-07
Kirk and Spock visit the universe of Fugly starships. https://t.co/7BCsM7T7tK 2013-05-07
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Watched the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie again last night. If you don't [...]
STARFORGERS – Chapter 28
Wednesday May 8th, 2013 12:02:58 PM
“The Eight-fighter captured by Lieutenant Ardel and first flown by her was eventually returned to Selene for analysis and flight testing. Red Allen led the team that discovered the starfighter’s strengths and weaknesses in an exhaustive test program. Future starfighters were designed and built specifically to take on this remarkable Votainion fighter. The KIV-3 starfighter [...]
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