Hooray for Holopticon

Chavanch Press, LLC
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A lighthearted adventure set in a future world not too different from our own. The paranoid Tax Authority, afraid of a wonderful new product developed by Holopticon (maker of holographic viewers), starts a bureaucratic war with the brave little company. With backup from the home office, three resourceful Holopticon employees beard the agency in its den. But despite exploding toilets, omnivorous ducks, bad computer poetry, and occasional appearances by a mythical ninja detective, most everyone manages to have a pretty good time. As Holopticon's (maddening) office computer might say it: "They bite bureaucracy on the nose / And come out smelling like a rose." Think Jane Austen meets Ocean's Eleven meets Office Space. PG-13, with a tight, satisfying plot and some very funny scenes.

*****

"Written with a style reminiscent of Robert A. Heinleins Double Star (Hot Jets!), Hooray for Holopticon is a fun book. It is rich with humor and "romp" does describe it well. Who wouldn't want to get back at the tax system?" — "ME" on Amazon.

"I always love a book that can make me laugh out loud and Holopticon did it multiple times. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy and enjoy the journey." — Ron Holleman, Amazon

*****

Book Keywords: Science fiction, humor, action, adventure, retro, comedy, young adult, YA, government, anarchists, technology, romp, corporation, comedic, humorous, juvenile fiction

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About the author

Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. Works include the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, paranormal romance, and retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Find her on the web at Author.CarolVanNatta.com or facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor. Sign up for her author newsletter at http://bit.ly/CVN-news.

Ann Harbour is an author, graphic artist, web designer, and editor, not necessarily in that order.

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Chavanch Press, LLC
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Apr 25, 2009
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9780615271200
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English
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Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
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• Last Ship Off Polaris-G (Novella)

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As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away from the ruthless Center government in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.

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Can a disabled veteran and a magical dancer learn the secret of dreamwalk, or will demons turn the world into an all-you-can-eat buffet?
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       Not if Idrián has anything to say about it. But even stealing Riya away and spiriting her to his New Mexico home won't save them if they can't figure out the secret of dreamwalk.
 

In Graves Below is part of S.E. Smith's The Worlds of Magic, New Mexico, where creatures of fairy tales, myth, and nightmares are free to be themselves and find their happily ever after.
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A bureaucrat and an interstellar trader must overcome treachery and their broken past to save the last inhabitants of a dying planet.

 Frontier planet Polaris-Gamma is dying, afflicted by a suspiciously-timed blight that destroys all crops. Worse, the whole system is now under military quarantine by the Central Galactic Concordance to prevent the catastrophic blight from spreading. The settlers must escape—or perish. 

 Caught behind the blockade, independent trader Gavril Danilovich finds his interstellar trading ship commandeered in the desperate plan to escape. He tells himself that's the only reason he stays, and not because he's worried about the woman he walked out on two years ago—who still lives on Pol-G.

 Supply depot manager Anitra Helden races to gather the last of Pol-G's assets. Her plan to launch a mothballed freighter off Pol-G may be crazy—but it can work, if she can talk Gavril into helping. Their precious cargo? Four thousand stranded colonists.

 Can Anitra and Gavril, and their ragtag crew get past the deadly military blockade?

 It's a desperate bid for freedom in deadly deep space—get your copy of Last Ship Off Polaris-G today!

 Series note: The events in Last Ship Off Polaris-G take place several years before Overload Flux (Central Galactic Concordance, Book 1). Think of it as an introduction to the series, and a foreshadowing of things—and people—to come.

 

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Last Ship Off Polaris-G (Novella)

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5)

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Pet Trade (Novella in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2)

• Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

• Spark Transform (Book 5 – coming soon)


Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground.

A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter's college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial killer before he finds his next target?

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 When the hunt for a cunning serial killer leads Jerzi's old friends Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux) to town, there's trouble in paradise as the body count starts to rise. Either the world of academia has gone from merely cutthroat to downright deadly, or more sinister forces are in conflict, with the campus as a battleground. Without an improvised miracle or two, no one’s going to make it out alive.

Come along for the next wild ride in the Central Galactic Concordance series—get your copy of Pico's Crush today!

 NOTE: Pico's Crush is a complete story. It can be enjoyed without having read the series, but your experience will be enhanced if you've read the previous books.

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5) – sequel to Overload Flux

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

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