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Descent by Ken MacLeod

DESCENT Ken MacLeod

Author of 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated Intrusion tells a science fiction story for the twenty-first century – what happens when conspiracy theorists meet Big Brother?
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THE LASCAR’S DAGGERGlenda Larke

The start of a brand new epic fantasy trilogy from the author of the Stormlord series – full of scheming, spying, action and adventure.
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Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain: Now in Paperback!

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Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.  That’s our Emperor Mollusk for you.

Unfortunately, retirement is not all it’s cracked up to be, and it’s not just the boredom  When one has spent as much time as he has conquering systems, you make a lot of enemies. Venusians, mutant insects, evil clones – there is no rest for the retired.  At least this time, it’s a challenge worthy of the galaxy’s most infamous super-villain. EMPEROR MOLLUSK VERSUS THE SINISTER BRAIN (US | UK | AUS) will be out in paperback this month. It’s a wild-and-wacky adventure through an unbelievably fun future Earth rebuilt according to the will of its squishy Overlord. Check out the first chapter below!

Chapter One

There’s no sound in space, but my saucer cannons simulated a shriek with every blast. A swoosh followed every barrel roll. And when my autogunner scored a hit, a sophisticated program supplied the appropriate level of response, ranging from a simple ping to a full-fledged explosion. I could have programmed it to provide an explosion every time, but that would’ve cheapened the experience.

The atmosphere burst with color as the cannons belched their staccato rhythm. My ship blasted the enemy fighters to scrap, but an impressive fleet stood between my target and me. The shields were holding, but I had only a few moments before I was disabled.

I’d gone over my exo options before mission. Neptunons might have been the smartest race in the galaxy, but outside of our exoskeletons, we couldn’t do much more than flop around. We could drag ourselves across the floor, a means of mobility both embarrassing and ineffective. Our brains had grown too fast, and we just hadn’t possessed the patience to wait around for nature to bestow what we could give ourselves. Over the centuries, we’d only grown smarter and squishier.

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  1. Andrew

    March 27, 2013
    at 5:40 am

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    Hi,

    Loved the except from the first chapter, and it sounds like a fun book. I must admit I’m not as keen on the price, but definitely putting this on my wish list!

    I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that cover does look pretty awesome!

    Andrew

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