“It felt like an ordinary day on campus when the bridge appeared out of nowhere.”

So starts the message from Elizabeth’s dead boyfriend.

He was a victim, caught in the crossfire between two artificial intelligences that learned to perform sorcery and magic. Elizabeth wants to escape the crossfire. But she–and the world’s survivors–may have no way out. Or at least, no ordinary way out.

My science fiction story, The Bridge Between, is available now on Kindle Vella. Read it here.

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Kindle Vella—stories told one short episode at a time—is  a new reader experience from Amazon.com. The first few episodes of every story are always free. After that, purchase Tokens and redeem them to unlock episodes. To get you started, Amazon gives 200 tokens free with your first Vella experience.

I’m proud to be one of the hundreds of authors published on Kindle Vella. You can find every genre: romance, fantasy, thriller, science fiction and more. So consider checking it out.

You can read all six episodes of The Bridge Between by clicking here. Thanks—and if you like it, please remember to give the story a thumbs up so other readers can find it too.

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Kindle Vella–a new reader experience for serial fiction.

Amazon.com’s Kindle Vella is launching to the public in July. It features serialized fiction (i.e., read on the subway or whenever you have a short break). Many genres, many authors. And, don’t forget to look for my new sci-fi mystery.

Know Your Spaceships — But Think Big

Science fiction has generated lots of spaceships. Whether you’re primarily an author or fan, it helps to know them.

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Elizabeth Howell, writing at Space.com, put together a list entitled The 25 Greatest Spaceships of Science Fiction. It has the can’t-do-without classics, such as the Millennium Falcon, the USS Enterprise series, Doctor Who’s TARDIS, the Battlestar Galactica, and–my personal favorite– the Rocinante.

It’s a great list. But it stops with star ships, which are really quite small. The biggest ship on her list is the mothership from the movie Independence Day, which comes in at over 300 miles long.

51zn0RcEtnL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_Two masters of science fiction, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, think way way bigger. In their book, Bowl of Heaven, and its sequel, ShipStar, they envision a species that turns a star into a ship to travel through the universe. Humans on an interstellar voyage encounter a bowl-shaped artifact that half envelopes a star. Mysteriously, the star is heading toward the humans’ destination. The bowl has a habitable area bigger than a million earths. The humans land and…OMG.51gcohxevul-_sx304_bo1204203200_

 

Can’t think bigger than that! The books are great reads and an essential addition to your list of space ships

 

Full disclosure: if you click on a book and then decide to buy it, Amazon gives me a few pennies. Your cost is the same whether you buy here or some other way. (This is why Jeff Bezos is as rich as a shipstar is big.)

 

Text © 2018 by Ted Macaluso.