One of my favorite SF authors is Michael Flynn and I have read his whole catalog. The fact that he is a faithful Catholic certainly adds to my esteem of the author – but foremost he is a great SF author. I write this because his new book of short stories “Captive Dreams” which is coming out in August is available now on the publishers site for $7.99 and it will be $9.99 when it is released.
“Prometheus Award–winner Flynn (In the Lion’s Mouth) assembles six tales delving into deep melancholy and moral ambiguity. Each story builds from scientific what-ifs to a reality of human fragility and despair. In “Melodies of the Heart,” genetic conditions have a young girl aging too quickly and an old woman too slowly. In the title story, ideological differences hinder a young boy’s ability to make sense of afterimages and echoes floating in his brain. “Hopeful Monsters” pulls back the curtain on the world of designing babies. In “Places Where the Roads Don’t Go,” a lifelong friendship is strained when a heated debate over the nature of mind becomes more than talk. “Remember’d Kisses” explores science that offers to absolve emotional pain. In “Buried Hopes,” buried objects keep hope alive. While great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary outshine the scientific concepts, the stories will linger after the last page is turned.”—Publishers Weekly
Phoenix Pick is a publisher I have been aware of for awhile. For one each month they offer a free book if you signup. While not every book they had free was of interest to me, many were. So if you like SF and Fantasy it is quite worthwhile to signup. What is also nice is that they offer all their books in multiple formats with no Digital Rights Management (DRM) so you can easily read them on any device.
The only problem with Phoenix Pick is that there site seems to have been created in the 90’s and never updated format-wise. Thus making it look rather amateurish and wonky, but it is a real publishers site.