And the strange newcomer who showed us a path to victory, Peter McCabe, is Missing-In-Action and presumed dead. Can the human war machine complete what he started?
While the Bectolothian home world is being torn apart by civil war, their military ignites another conflict with the Terrans. As the Terran war machine builds momentum, a Bect spy betrays Peter McCabe. Terran and Bect forces converge on Vale-4, where Peter is busy building a family with Gaelei. The Terrans want Peter to help them fight the Bect. The Bect want Peter dead. Amidst the turmoil, a surprising third choice appears.
With war on every front, spies on every side, and the lines of friendship so blurry, how can Peter know who to trust?
After a rough skirmish, a strange object is picked up by the United Earth carrier Ticonderoga. Within the object, the ship's scientists find something even stranger: a man, cryogenically frozen and shot into space more than 300 years ago. The fact that he's still technically alive raises questions of Fate's hand in life and war.
Fireteam Zulu is a group of ex-marines who band together to help those people, hunting down pirates wherever they can find them. Then one day they discover that they are being hunted.
The United States Air Force uses number codes to describe the condition of parts in or from an aircraft. This is called a "How Malfunction" code, or "How Mal" for short. The How Mal code 780 indicates the part is bent, buckled, collapsed, dented, distorted, or twisted.
The twelve stories in How Mal 780 carefully fall into any, or all, of the above designations. Some stories push the boundaries of good taste, and some clearly step over that line, shotgun in hand. From a garage band pursued by Killer Dogs to a pair of Geeks on a zany road trip to Miami, these stories will entertain and/or confuse you. So grab a beer and a bucket and start reading today!
Neil Roberts, a computer programmer for the largest security software provider on the planet, breaks his normal routine when he stops in a bar and witnesses a murder. His once boring life changes drastically when, through a twist of fate and a realization that his life has no purpose beyond his job, he leaves the scene of the crime and becomes a prime suspect.
Neil's life then shifts from protecting people and companies to becoming that which he most despised... a hacker.
Scribings, Vol 5: Inversions presents eight stories from the Greater Portland Scribists, each with its own hidden twists and surprises. A former rock star who can no longer sing. Escaped convicts with much to atone for. A strange boy with an affinity for plants. Gods watch mortals make a seemingly simple choice. Tiny shoe prints lead to a birthday adventure. A hostage tries to salvage a botched bank robbery. A soldier flees war only to find it follows. And a quest for a missing corporate department that may actually be hiding.
A generation ago Harvard Law Professor Henry Hart Jr. published his classic article, “The Aims of the Criminal Law,” which set forth certain fundamental principles concerning criminal justice. In this book, leading scholars, lawyers, and judges critically examine Hart’s ideas, current legal trends, and whether the “first principles” of American criminal law are falling by the wayside. Policymakers, academics, and citizens alike will enjoy this lively discussion on the nature of crime and punishment, and how the choices we make in formulating criminal laws can impact liberty, security, and justice.
The Scribings Omnibus contains stories from the following volumes:
- Scribings, Vol 1
- Scribings, Vol 2: Lost Civilizations *
- Scribings, Vol 3: Metamorphosis
- Scribings, Vol 4: Miscreations
- Scribings, Vol 5: Inversions
* Christopher L. Weston's story from Lost Civilizations, Ordovicia, will remain exclusive to the original ebook
After a botched arrest attempt, Detective Debbie Mason's life begins spiraling out of control, forcing her to question whether fighting crime at all is worth the effort. The only thing holding her together is the support from the other officers who treat her like family.
But even with the entire department looking out for her, nothing could prepare Debbie for the arrival of Garrett Carmichael, a stone-cold killer sent on a mission of mass homicide by his mysterious employer.
Stories contained in this volume:
- What Time Is Our Torture Session? by Lee Patterson (from Vol 1)
- In the Business of Rotting by Cynthia Ravinski (from Vol 1)
- Secret Under the Sand by Jamie Alan Belanger (from Vol 2: Lost Civilizations)
- Otherkin by Steven Inman (from Vol 3: Metamorphosis)
- Breed by Timothy Lynch (from Vol 4: Miscreations)
- The Joke by Richard Veysey (from Vol 4: Miscreations)
- Sand Fleas by D.L. Harvey (from Vol 5: Inversions)
- Wolf and Raven by Shelli-Jo Pelletier (from Vol 5: Inversions)
- Repurposed by Matthew Stephen D. (from Vol 5: Inversions)
- Better Alive Than Dead by Robin Hansen (an all-new story exclusive to this volume)
Scribings, Vol 4: Miscreations contains twelve stories from the Greater Portland Scribists that explore these oddities. Errors in evolution. Discoveries in supposedly clean rooms. Extreme memory loss. Appliances that are a little too smart. Mythical beasts reborn. And one joke that went way too far.