You can download your own answer for free this weekend.
Archive for March, 2013
This weekend, March 23rd and 24th, my latest five, scifi story minianthology “The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” will be free to download for Kindle.
I think that pretty much sums everything up. 😀
One can assume that the cardinals chose today to start their conclave so that they can sit quietly and enjoy the latest ebook from Stephen L. Thompson. One can assume that, but the more likely reason they started their work on finding the next Pope today is because they didn’t want to start on a Monday.
Anyway, here is the link to “The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” as well as the blurb for it. Enjoy.
“The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” is a collection of five, short, scifi stories by Stephen L. Thompson to provide a sample of his writing.
A being from the distant future with almost unlimited powers comes back to help Ian Steele make the world a better place in “The Most Powerful Man in the World.” The bookstore customer has an entirely different reason for wanting books in “Black Market Books.” “Motherhood” tells the story of Thomas Gillespie, the surrogate mother for an AI. “Storyteller” is about an author thinking his book into existence. And “Deadworld” is about the alien world humans are reborn on – in alien bodies – after they die.
Excerpt from “The Most Powerful Man in the World”
“What happened?” Ian asked from the floor.
Ian sat up and looked around the empty room. It was maybe fifteen feet on a side and painted a dull grey. “Where am I?”
“A dimensional intrusion located within your living room wall.”
Pulling him to his feet, she explained, “Basically, it’s a space that can be as large,” here Karen threw her arms out and the walls zoomed away beyond sight, “or as small as I want.” She then drew her arms in and the two stood in a space the size of a phone booth. The room returned to its original size and Karen stretched. “But I think this is a good size.”
Ian spun around, trying to keep an eye on each of the walls as if they might sneak up and squish him. “What the hell is this?”
Karen put her arm around him. “Arthur C. Clarke once said that ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’” Shrugging, Karen stated, “This is magic.”
In a few days, I will be publishing my next Kindle minianthology, “The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories.” When I do, I will make another post with a link to it as well as the blurb, but for now I want to show you the cover, designed by Sandra Giles of Words From Another World. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because she also designed the cover of my story “Rise.”
Last year, I decided to try to promote each of my books for a month, starting with my anthologies and moving on to my other stories. So I’m working on promoting my third anthology – Political Pies – during the month of March, when everyone is sick of hearing about politics because of the sequester. Joy. Now part of my promotions are a weekend where people will be able to download the Kindle versions for free, and for Political Pies that will be on Saturday March 9th, and Sunday March 10th. So why am I calling it a sequester sale? Because. 😀 Did you really expect a serious answer?
Late last year I decided I would spend the first three months of this year promoting my three anthologies, giving them a little boost. I should have realized that politicians would have done something to make people sick of politics when I was promoting my third anthology, Political Pies. But what are you going to do.
Here’s the book description:
Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.
This link will take you to my website page for Political Pies. To give you an example of what you will find inside, here is one of the stories. Enjoy.
“Is That How it Works?”
A middle-aged gentleman walked up to the microphone at the front of the auditorium. He cleared his throat, then said, “Senator, on the campaign trail you have often stated that the rich and powerful – both individual and corporate – should receive tax breaks because they are the job creators.”
The man took a piece of paper out of his pocket and unfolded it. “Sir, I’ve been unemployed for twenty months now.” He held the piece of paper up so everyone could see it was a check. “This is the last of my life savings.” He tossed the check up onto the stage about ten feet from the candidate. “I give it to you so that you – as the nearest I’ll get to the rich and powerful – now have all of the money that matters to me. Now give me a goddamn job!”