A novelette of about 9000 words.
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S.A. Barton lives in coastal Virginia with his wife, grown stepson, two under-5s, and demanding cat (as they all are). His path to the present was a strange, sometimes harrowing, and winding one – a life of domesticity and writing seemed altogether out of the question until it happened – and you may find this reflected in his writing. He has previously appeared in the pages of Penumbra magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and most recently Amazing Stories as one of the winners of the Gernsback Writing Contest.
He is also proud to be a self-published author with dozens of short story ebook singles to his credit, which may be found through sabarton.com. He also tweets far too much as @Tao23 and supports his work with the welcome help of his kindly Patreon patrons.
While most of S.A. Barton's work is in science fiction, some of it strays into other genres such as fantasy, mainstream, alternate history and others -- like the cat, it wanders some.
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Science Fiction, SciFi, Speculative Fiction, Missionary, Charity, Aid to developing countries, alternate dimension, alternate history, dimensional travel, interdimensional travel, alternate reality, New York City, solar car, electric car, zero emissions car, fossil fuel, renewable energy, advanced medicine, nanorobotic medicine, nanite, stranger, Neanderthal, Neandertal, alternate religion, alternate Christianity, what-if, higher civilization, advanced civilization, colonialism, neocolonialism, ebook single, short story, short fiction
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?
"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie
The Murderbot Diaries
#1 All Systems Red
#2 Artificial Condition
#3 Rogue Protocol
#4 Exit Strategy
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
When Randall encounters an alien being deep in the forest, he finds himself struggling to understand what they are and what they intend for Earth. How quickly he can understand may determine not the fate of the world, but of humanity itself.
science fiction, scifi, sci fi, speculative fiction, alien, aliens, UFO, alien abduction, alien surveillance, alien visitors, tree, trees, plant, plants, alien plants, plant life, vegetation, forest, forest ecosystem, pheromone, pheromones, pheromone communication, trees talk, trees speak, gaia, gaiasphere, ecology, ecological, perspective, ethics, ethical differences, murder, genocide, end of the world, end of civilization, apocalypse, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic