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Charles Lee Jackson has two more books now available, with another about to be released.

The Emperor Marked For Death [The Amazing Adventures of The Emperor #2]
and
Blonde Bombshells [The Emperor's Secret Files #2]

And coming this month:
The Mark of Cypher [The Emperor's Secret Files #3]

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 February 2014 )
 
Charles Lee Jackson II Books PDF Print E-mail

LASFS's Charles Lee Jackson II has two books available for purchase on Amazon.

 

The Emperor'd Gambit:  The Classic Pulp Cliffhangers

 and

 The Executive of Crime:  The Emperor's Secret Files

 


Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 February 2014 )
 
Traveling in Space by Steven Paul Leiva PDF Print E-mail

Science Fiction with Intellectual Content and Laughs
Blüroof Press -- at Amazon.com
$14.99 Trade Paperback / $2.99 Kindle
Reviewed by Russell Blackford

It is little wonder that the master of the genre, Ray Bradbury, gave his endorsement to Seven Paul Levia's, "Traveling in Space."  In form it's a science fiction narrative, but not one that presents space-opera-style battles or one that aims at verisimilitude in the manner of hard sf. Instead, we're given a satirical story in the tradition of books such as Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land," with which it shares something of a common sensibility, or even "Gulliver's Travels."

Look for elements of Menippean satire, such as a fragmented narrative, philosophical debates, and pervasive mockery of both sacred and "commonsense" ideas.
"Traveling in Space" is sufficiently sprawling and complicated to require a list of dramatis personae to help sort out its characters, which you can on Leiva's blog (www.stevenpaulleivasthisnthat.blogspot.com), as well as find out quite a bit more about the book and its author.

The book's satirical force is generated by contact between two mutually baffled intelligent species: a bunch of extraterrestrial aliens traveling in space far from their home world; and human beings here on Earth, whom they encounter and try to understand. This opens up all sorts of possibilities. The aliens are not bug-eyed monsters, but humanlike beings from a vastly older, technologically superior civilization. They immediately strike Earth men and women as physically gorgeous and fascinating. For their own part, they find us equally fascinating ... though physically repulsive.

Many of the aliens' encounters with human beings are downright funny. They see the idiocy of many of our institutions and practices, whether it be religion, war, or prudishness about the body. As the narrative continues, however, and they are confronted by the facts of race hate and genocide, the satire takes on a different tone. The aliens still struggle to understand what they're seeing, but the denunciation grows more bitter (even when the horrors are filtered through the perceptions of the aliens, who examine human conduct in a rather clinical way).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2012 )
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Was Once a Hero PDF Print E-mail
by Edward F. McKeown
Hellfire has just published my new SF novel "Was Once a Hero" first of a new trilogy of deep space adventures led by Robert Fenaday, Shasti Rainhell and their starship, the Sidhe.

Review by Tim McLoughlin, author of "Heart of the Old Country" (Movie Title: The Narrows) and Editor of "Brooklyn Noir"

The classic Planet Stories of S/F have suffered abandonment, without a rescuer, until now. Edward McKeown's "Was Once A Hero" combines adventure and romance with the dark humor and human complexities absent from a more black-and-white age. Robert Fenaday and Shasti Rainhell are real people. They make mistakes, they hurt, they stumble in the dark emotionally, and they save the world. They are flawed, wounded heroes, and they make you realize, as you hungrily turn each page, that the best fiction contains excitement and passion; and the best aspect of life is the possibility of personal redemption. Was Once a Hero provides both."

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 January 2012 )
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Tales of the Time Travelers, Adventures of Forrest J Ackerman and Julius Schwartz. PDF Print E-mail

reviewed by Len Moffatt

Edited by John L. Coker, III

Foreword by John Norman.  

Introduction by Ray Bradbury

(Days of Wonder Publishers 2009)   

This is a hardcover book in a slipcase.  The case and the front cover and spine are gold embossed. 
The cover measures 8½” X 11".   The interior paper measure is 8½” X 10“ and is 1" thick.  The book weighs 3.6 pounds on our digital scale.

I give you all this information because the pages are not numbered.

The lack of pagination does not detract from the enjoyment or use of this marvelous book.

The four-page detailed Table of Contents lists all the items in the order that they appear.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 January 2012 )
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