The Mask of Madness
When a lonesome young boy gets told to stop reading science fiction and go out into the woods he discovers steep hills, skunk cabbage—and the fourth dimension?
A glimpse into the world beyond human knowledge might destroy young Peter and his family.
Or, perhaps, save them all…
One Orcess Against The World
Mha fought in the Spanish-American War and earned all the respect an orcess could dream of. But not even a life of constant struggle prepared her to endure her final days in a rural Michigan barn, so age-decrepit she can’t even pick up a cow. Her husband’s death abandons her to face that end alone.
Mha holds one thing beneath even solitude and weakness: dealing with senseless humans.
But only humans can save her from sacrificing all her warrior left her…
(a Prohibition Orcs story)
The alien Absolute eradicated Earth’s native life, replacing a fraction of it with alien duplicates. Kevin remembers the life of a police officer, but must find a new life in the bizarrely warped landscape of northern Michigan.
But even astonishingly resilient alien flesh breaks down, with enough effort.
Or enough electricity.
Absolute eradicated humanity. But his copies brought the worst parts of humanity with them…
Duplicate. Infiltrate. Exterminate.
The alien ate its way out of Antarctica, devouring and duplicating every living thing it found. Humanity turned continents to glass and oceans to poison in a desperate effort to stop it—and failed.
Nobody expected that once the alien copied everyone, once it owned the world, it would set the copies free.
Police detective Kevin Holtzmann fled with his family into the desert, and almost survived. Now a new Kevin must figure out the terrifying new world’s rules before the world eats him alive—again. His life teeters between yesterday’s nightmares and tomorrow’s unknown horrors.
But humanity’s best and worst features survived. Life means hope, and terror, and joy, and fear. New life means new dangers. New threats. New crimes…
Good thing he’s a new Kevin.
There’s no grounds for murder.
There’s no ground at all.
The people exploring and exploiting alien universes risk everything, including their lives. But Devin Gupper’s death makes no sense. And the more questions security officer Aidan Redding asks, the less rational it seems.
But in a bottomless universe full of impossibilities, one impossible murder begins everything.
In 1927 Detroit, orcish bootlegger Uruk-Tai has faced Elven wizards. Officers of the unjust human law. Bullet-spewing Great Lakes pirates. And now, his greatest challenge: A tailor.
In 1927 Detroit, orcs have no friends.
But they get the best enemies.
Uruk-Tai wants a peaceful night in the orc speakeasy. Instead, he gets an intrusive human, family fights, looming threats…
To orcs, opportunity looks a lot like certain death.
But the rewards might change everything.
The modern year of 1927, and orcs still have to fight elven asshole bullshit.
Prohibition left exceptions for the church of Men, the Elvish sacraments, even the Dwarfish rituals. But the elves in Congress insist that orcs have no sacraments.
Without the Orcish draught, without the rites, Uruk-Tai’s fine strong boys might grow tall. They might earn respect.
But they will never be Orcs.
And Uruk will not let that happen…
THE HUMAN ASSAULT Shaman Azok-Snaka defends his orcish tenement against the subtler dangers of 1927 Detroit. He teaches the Sagas and battles the grasping landlord, hoping to speak no language but Orcish all the rest of his days. But when a human shaman invades the tenement, Azok must use his every trick to repel the incursion. Even if it means invoking the fiercest of his own gods…
“If Agatha Christie ran Unix Conventions”
The BSD North conference draws some of the smartest people in the world. These few days will validate Dale Whitehead’s work—or expose him as a fraud. When a tragic death devastates the conference, only Dale suspects murder.
Computer geeks care about code. But do they care enough… to kill?
Gonna cure me?
Just you watch…
A FAMILY AFFRAY
With her father’s death, mercenary thief Beaks returns to the place she hates most—her childhood home, to both pay her respects and make certain he’s gone.
She finds only lies.
Determined to rip the truth out of the shadows, Beaks ricochets around the world, defying killers and government agents alike. With the man she loves and the secretive hacker Sister Silence, she targets a nightmare that turns suffering into profit and slaughter into joy.
Family. It’s worse than murder.
SECOND CONTACT Aidan Redding’s entire goal for her time in this universe: behave. For once. Discovering seafaring aliens trashes that plan. The aliens raise questions. Her co-workers raise more. The answers explain it all. And ruin everything. On a world where gravity changes every second, Redding finds herself involuntarily allied with a mathematician from Soviet Texas as she races to save not just herself but civilization. Forget aliens. Nothing threatens Earth’s golden age so much as ordinary human beings.
50% John McClane
50% Robin Hood
Reeling from the death of her lover and partner, freelance “exfiltration specialist” Billie Carrie Salton breaks into a high-tech, high-security biotechnology firm to steal their sickle cell anemia cure and broadcast it to the world.
In, out, announce. Easy.
Except Salton’s life never works that smoothly.
And a gig gone wrong only begins the disasters.
A Beaks spin-off!Liza Bradley knows the proper mercies for her career. A painless bullet through the head. An instantly broken neck. Don’t want either? Drop your gun and run away.Quickly.Ex-Marine Matt Harrison? Green as lettuce and half as tough.But as Liza’s team strikes their target in earthquake-ravaged Ecuador, Harrison strikes Liza in the only way she doesn’t know how to fight.Bullets and broken bones?Useless against her own heart.
Don't like the laws of physics?
New security officer Redding fought for years to get on a Portal team. A whole universe to explore, and she’s babysitting tempermental, egotistical scientists arguing over a handful of dirt.
But even a petty argument can escalate into a threat to the entire team.
And a mere handful of dirt can threaten the Earth they’ve left behind…
Incurable prion disease eating your nervous system?
Abandon everyone you love. Go to a clinic in a universe where prions can't replicate.
Sherry Rogers fills her days as best she can with her rattletrap nervous system. When aliens attack the clinic, however, she finds herself behind enemy lines.
Nobody can save Sherry. Except herself.
And nobody at all can keep the aliens from massacring everyone... except - maybe - Sherry.
Physics inconvenient? Change it. Then watch it try to kill you. Solve a murder in a universe without ground to stand on. Investigate inexplicable deaths a few million years after the Big Bang. Take too many breaths and never go home again. Let the antimatter trickle between your fingers, and visit five alien universes in this first Montague Portal omnibus. Contains: Forever Falls Hydrogen Sleets Drinking Heavy Water Sticky Supersaturation No More Lonesome Blue Rings