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Science Fiction Novels & Anthologies
Vampires & Paranormal Romance (Recommended for mature audiences)
In the 1870's, Sheriff Ramon Morales of Socorro, New Mexico meets a beguiling woman named Fatemeh Karimi
of Persia, escaping oppression in her homeland. When an ancient lifeform called Legion comes to Earth,
they are pulled into a series of events that will change the history of the world as we know it. In their
journeys, Ramon and Fatemeh encounter mad inventors, dangerous outlaws and pirates. Their resources
are Ramon's fast draw and Fatemeh's uncanny ability to communicate with owls. The question is, will that be
enough to save them when a fleet of dirigibles from Czarist Russia invades the United States?
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"Owl Dance is a fun steampunk Western packed with adventures." Fred Cleaver,
The Denver Post (Click the link to read the full review)
"Owl Dance has everything. Airships, owl-ornithopters, a clockwork wolf, a multiple alien entity, a fast-shooting sheriff, a Russian plot to conquer America, and a very sexy, eco-aware, Bahá'í Persian healer-woman - I mean everything! Heaps of fun!" Richard Harland, author of
Worldshaker and Liberator
"A rip-snorting, Wild West steampunk extravaganza with a touch of Arabian Nights that comes alive with authentic insight into the magic, peoples, and landscapes of the Southwest. Satisfies as both science fiction, and a western that is fantastic, and comes alive with realism. The kind of book that makes me proud to
live in Aztlán." Ernest Hogan, author of Cortez on Jupiter and High Aztech
"Owl Dance is a great western-style steampunk science fiction tale. Summers knows science, and it shows in really fun ways in this one, keeping this wondrous.
If you like steampunk or westerns or just a having a really great time, give Owl Dance a read. I think you'll really enjoy it."
Trent Zelazny, author of To Sleep Gently and Destination Unknown
"In David Lee Summers' seventh novel, Owl Dance, he explores the American Southwest in a crazy 1800s
Wild West Steampunk adventure. This was the perfect brain candy for me and diving into the first chapter, I
felt right at home … Clockwork wolves and owls, cutting edge submersibles, dirigibles, and one
Persian lady who whistle-talks to owls. It's a great ride. If you're looking for a good read and satisfying
adventure, jump into Owl Dance."
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Revolution of Air and Rust
1915. Teddy Roosevelt is building an empire. Only Pancho Villa stands in his way.
The American Expeditionary Force under the command of General "Black Jack" Pershing has invaded Northern
Mexico. Pancho Villa leads his revolutionary army in a desperate raid against the American force only to
be outflanked. Just as Pershing's airships prepare to deliver the death blow, Pancho Villa is transported to
a parallel Earth where he finds an unexpected ally and the technology that might just turn defeat into victory.
Revolution of Air and Rust is a stand-alone novella set in the Empires of Steam and Rust world created
by Robert E. Vardeman and Stephen D. Sullivan. A story filled with military action, espionage and gadgetry
that's sure to satisfy fans of steampunk and alternate history.
Learn more about the Empires of Steam and Rust at steamandrust.blogspot.com.
Collect the entire Empires of Steam and Rust Series!
Dragon bellies are full of powerful carbide that allows them to breathe fire. Dragon carbide is a
valuable treasure. Rado is a young man who sails the winds in a flyer. He signs aboard a mighty dirigible called
the Slayer to hunt dragons. However, he soon learns that Captain Obrey will not rest until he strips
the teeth and carbide from a mighty gold dragon. First published in 2001, "The Slayers" is a fun retelling of
Moby Dick in a fantasy world with dragons.
This story was first published in the August 2001 issue of Realms of Fantasy Magazine. This is a
special tenth anniversary ebook edition.
The Pirates of Sufiro
The Pirates of Sufiro is the story of a planet and its people—of Ellison Firebrandt the pirate
captain living in exile; of Espedie Raton, the con-man looking to make a fresh start for himself and his wife
on a new world; of Peter Stone, the ruthless bank executive who discovers a fortune and will do anything to
keep it; and of the lawman, Edmund Ray Swan who travels to Sufiro seeking the quiet life but finds a dark
secret. It is the story of privateers, farmers, miners, entrepreneurs, and soldiers—all caught up in
dramatic events and violent conflicts that will shape the destiny of our galaxy.|
The Pirates of Sufiro is the first novel of the Old Star/New Earth trilogy.
"The Pirates of Sufiro is a fast-paced adventure filled with vivid characters including rebels, pirates,
interplanetary pioneers and the mysterious Clusters—the children of the old stars. The first book in
David Lee Summers' trilogy starts the tale in rip-roaring, page-flipping action against a backdrop reminiscent
of Asimov's Foundation series." Gary Every, Pushcart and Rhysling-nominated poet and author of Inca Butterflies
"Not unlike his other works, David Lee Summers' novel, The Pirates of Sufiro offers extraordinary
story-telling, diversity, and battles combined with fine writing, tight plots, and rich, memorable characters.
This is definitely one author I'd read again and again." Nicole Givens Kurtz, author of Zephyr Unfolding
"Along with fine storytelling, David Lee Summers shows a fine wit for cultures." Uncle River,
author of Promethius, the Autobiography
"Action packed adventure, and well thought out story line, make this novel a pleasure to read." Crystal
Adkins, Book Reviews by Crystal.
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"The Pirates of Sufiro starts out with a rock 'em, sock 'em battle worthy of the Star Wars
genre and then rapidly switches gears to become a kind of Space Family Robinson saga." S. Derrickson Moore,
the Las Cruces Sun-News. Click to read the full review.
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Children of the Old Stars
The Cluster is a vast alien machine that destroys starships indiscriminately in its quest for something or
someone. Commander John Mark Ellis, disgraced and booted out of the service when he fails to save a merchant
ship, believes the key to stopping the Cluster is communication. His mother, Suki Firebrandt Ellis is a
historian who believes the very leaders of the galaxy are withholding information about the Cluster.
Clyde McClintlock believes the Cluster is God incarnate, seeking retribution. G'Liat is an alien warrior
whose own starship was destroyed by the Cluster. All together, they set out to solve the mystery of the Cluster
before it finds the object of its quest.|
Children of the Old Stars is the second novel in the Old Star/New Earth trilogy.
"Children of the Old Stars presents an engrossing vision of the future…David Lee Summers has created a
fascinating, imaginative, and very entertaining cast of characters and worlds."
S. Derrickson Moore, The Las Cruces Sun-News. Click to read the full review.
"In Children of the Old Stars, David Lee Summers has created a wonderful
mix of characters and a gripping plot. From the aliens to the whales of Earth, who
now communicate with people, each character seems to come to life from the moment
they enter the story." Kate Hill, author of The Chieftain's Bride
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Heirs of the New Earth
The Earth has gone silent. John Mark Ellis and the crew of the Sanson are
sent to investigate. When they arrive, they find vast alien machines known as
Clusters in orbit. Fearing the worst, they land and discover that the once
overcrowded, polluted Earth has become a paradise of sorts. The problem is over
half the population is dead or missing and the planet's leaders don't seem to care.
As Ellis works to unravel the mystery, sudden gravitational shifts from the
galaxy's center indicate something even worse is in the offing. Can Ellis save
the galaxy from the heirs of the new Earth?|
Heirs of the New Earth concludes the Old Star/New Earth trilogy.
"In Heirs of the New Earth, David Lee Summers has come up with a creative
vision of the future." S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News
"This is a well-crafted and thoughtful piece of science fiction. Highly
recommended." Mark Anthony Brennan, Author, Editor, and Publisher.
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The Solar Sea
Humans settled the Moon and satellites orbiting the Earth were a common sight, but with the abolition of
NASA, humans had no desire to go further and space exploration died.
Then, a technician from the Very Large Array, a radio telescope in New Mexico, discovers powerful particles
orbiting Saturn's moon, Titan, which could be a new energy source. Strangely enough, following the discovery's
announcement, whales around the Earth changed their songs overnight.
As scion of the powerful Quinn Corporation, Thomas Quinn builds a solar sail to find the source of these
particles in Titan's orbit. He gathers the best and brightest team to pilot his craft: Jonathan Jefferson,
an aging astronaut known as the last man on Mars; Natalie Freeman, a distinguished Navy captain; Myra Lee,
a biologist specializing in whale communication; and John O'Connell, the technician who first discovered
the particles. All together they make a grand tour of the solar system and discover not only wonders but
dangers beyond their imagination.
I've had this idea for a number of years, and even started it twice.
Ultimately, I threw away what I'd started as simply not working.
Inspired by the Cassini mission to Saturn, I made a fresh start for
the National Novel Writing Month, November 2004. The book is now
available from Lachesis Publishing.
The Solar Sea is a prequel to the Old Star/New Earth trilogy
"The Solar Sea captures the thrill, threats, and theories of exploring the unknown. Summers does
what explorers have done for centuries, inspire us to look beyond our own backyards out into the vast
possibilities of our imaginations." Nicole Givens Kurtz, author of Zephyr Unfolding and the Cybil
Lewis Detective Series.
"In The Solar Sea, David Lee Summers creates a page-turning yarn with some of the most dramatic
characters I've read in years. You won't want to put it down, and when you're done, you'll only want more."
J Alan Erwine, author of The Opium of the People.
"The Solar Sea is a high-tech science fiction adventure that spins a new twist on space exploration
and alien encounters. Summers' descriptions of technology and scientific theories, along with his alien species,
work together to raise the stakes and makes for an entertaining read for teens or adults alike."
Erin Durante, author of the Damewood Trilogy.
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"...I thought that the book was very good. It had an easy to follow plot that
even those who've never read science fiction could follow. I would recommend
this book to anyone who enjoys a good read."
MSwan, Nebraska, USA - Flamingnet
A Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice
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Avast there ye scurvy dogs!
So you think you're brave enough to join us on this here voyage through
space and time? If you come with us, you better be prepared to loot, pillage
and maim. This is no voyage for the lily-livered amongst you.
If you dare open these pages, Robert E. Vardeman will take you out into the
solar system where a man must defend his ship and his discovery from a fierce
pirate lass who is not afraid to kill everyone aboard. Neal Asher will take
you to the surface of a distant planet where a ruthless monster battles a
crew of unsavory buccaneers. Some aliens think they can mock us humans and
C.J. Henderson shows them that it's better to be a pirate than be the butt
of an intergalactic joke.
In this volume you'll find fifteen swashbuckling tales guaranteed to shiver
your deck plates. You'll join pirate crews as they raid starships carrying
fortunes. You'll see brave men and women as they defend themselves against
terrifying corsairs. Of course, not all space pirates are the same. If you
come with us, you'll meet corporate raiders and even pirates who grab their
pleasures where they can, even if it means fighting military satellites and
stealing their entertainments directly from the networks.
Aye, and we pirates seem to attract more than our share of ghosts wanting
to exact revenge on the foolhardy. You've been warned. Dead men tell no
tales and even if they did, you couldn't hear them in the vacuum of space.
Still think you want to come along? Then pick up yer bottle o' rum and sign
on with this crew that includes Daniel M. Hoyt, M.H. Bonham, Carol Hightshoe,
Uncle River and many more.
"An absolute 'must' for dedicate fans of robust science fiction adventure is
David Lee Summers' deftly edited anthology Space Pirates: Full-Throttle Space Tales #1
(9780981895703, $16.95), a series of fifteen swashbuckling short stories of piracy in
outer space by some of the best new writers working today." Midwest Book Review
What horrors lurk among the stars?
If you dare venture into space, you will find planets where the rain will dissolve the flesh from your
skeleton in a matter of minutes. There are undead stellar corpses that warp the very fabric of reality.
There are bursts of radiation that will cook you alive within the walls of your spaceship.
And those are just the terrors we expect to face when we leave Earth.
In this volume you'll find seventeen tales guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. You'll meet cold and dispassionate aliens--some so large they'll swallow your starship whole, others so small they'll turn your
blood to dust. The prospect of encountering undead creatures such as vampires and zombies on Earth is
frightening enough. Imagine meeting them while trapped during an interstellar flight. You'll join men and
women as they dare to explore haunted spaceships. In the end, you may discover that the most frightening
creatures we'll encounter among the stars are humans themselves.
We invite you to peer into the darkest reaches of space with Ernest and Emily Hogan, Sarah A. Hoyt,
Dayton Ward, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and a dozen more new and veteran writers.
A Kepler's Dozen
Thirteen stories about distant worlds that really exist
An anthology of action-packed, mysterious, and humorous stories all based on real planets discovered by
the NASA Kepler mission. Edited by and contributing stories are David Lee Summers, author of The
Pirates of Sufiro, and Steve B. Howell, project scientist for the Kepler mission. Whether on a
prison colony, in a fast escape from the authorities, or encircling a binary star, thirteen exoplanet
stories written by authors such as Mike Brotherton, Laura Givens, and J Alan Erwine will amuse, frighten,
and intrigue you while you share fantasy adventures among Kepler's real-life planets.
Read more about the anthology and see where the planets are located in this
press release from the National
Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Culhwch and Olwen
The story of Culhwch and Olwen, first committed to paper around
1100 A.D., is one of the oldest writings of King Arthur and his knights.
Prior to being written down, the story had a long oral tradition. This
audio version of Culhwch and Olwen was designed to bring the story
to modern audiences much as it was originally intended. This quirky
tales tells us just how difficult it was to get a good haircut in sixth
"Culhwch and Olwen, based on The Mabinogion, shows the sixth
century Welsh bard's love of exaggeration and repetition. There is also
a certain amount of silliness that will delight modern audiences, at least
the way David presents it...Abetting the long oral tradition is the Celtic
styling of musicians Kevin Schramm and Nancy McCallion...The spirited music
embodies that final hunt, and then the happy nuptials of Culhwch and his bride.
David's musical lilt is wonderfully engaging, almost mesmerizing." A.M. Stickel,
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The Image of Mary
This is an audio CD featuring three tales told by David Lee
Summers. The title story, "The Image of Mary" is an original story of
King Arthur. Also included are "Rhonabwy's Dream," and "The Three Maidens
from the Lake." "Rhonabwy's Dream" is a story of the battle of Camlan
from the Welsh book, the Mabinogion. "The Three Maidens from the Lake" is
a traditional Welsh story about a lonely shepherd and his fey wife. In
addition to the stories, David and his daughter, Myranda, perform the
classic song, "Pastyme with Good Company."
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Vampires of the Scarlet Order
Vampires of the Scarlet Order is an action-adventure novel about
an elite cadre of vampire mercenaries who have worked throughout history
as pinpoint assassins. Under the command of Desmond, Lord Draco, the
Scarlet Order was involved in wars with the Ottoman Empire, The French
Revolution and even the conquest of the Americas. Now, at the dawn of
the 21st century, vampires are too expensive, too untrustworthy, and
frankly, too passé for governments to employ any longer.
Nanotechnology can be employed to engineer more reliable super soldiers.
What's a vampire to do?
Though Vampires of the Scarlet Order is first and foremost an
action novel, it is also about fear. The problem of fear is that it
corrupts even the best people. Fear can drive a well-intentioned
individual to rash, frightening acts. Likewise, fear can drive leaders
of the best nations to commit atrocities in the name of security. Few
creatures understand fear as well as vampires. In Vampires of the
Scarlet Order I invite you to view the world of the 21st century
through the eyes of vampire mercenaries who have seen history itself
unfold. You may be surprised at the world revealed.
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of cover and interior art from the novel.
"A novel with bite. An amalgam of Blade and The Name of the Rose
with a touch of X-Files thrown in for good measure." Neal Asher,
author of Gridlinked and The Skinner.
"We now have our very own Southwestern vampire lore and tradition thanks to
the imagination and painstaking research of Summers." S. Derrickson Moore,
The Las Cruces Sun-News.
"Worthy... the vampires form the Scooby-Doo gang to fight evil. They must
infiltrate Los Alamos and rescue fellow vampires being used for government
weapon's reasearch." Fred Cleaver, The Denver Post.
"Summers writes richly, making us care about and identify with the ultimate
group of outsiders who band together to protect the human race from its
destructiveness and ultimate lack of humanity... This is a fun book to sink
your teeth into and a good addition to the libraries of those readers with
a taste for inventive vampire fiction." Roy Van der Aa, The Ink.
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Dragon's Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order
Three vampyrs. Three lives. Three intertwining stories.
Bearing the guilt of destroying the holiest of books after becoming a vampyr, the Dragon, Lord Desmond
searches the world for lost knowledge, but instead, discovers truth in love.
Born a slave in Ancient Greece, Alexandra craves freedom above all else, until a vampyr sets her free,
and then, she must pay the highest price of all … her human soul.
An assassin who lives in the shadows, Roquelaure is cloaked even from himself, until he discovers the power of
friendship and loyalty.
Three vampyrs, traveling the world by moonlight—one woman and two men who forge a bond made in love
and blood. Together they form a band of mercenaries called the Scarlet Order, and recruit others who are
like them. Their mission is to protect kings and emperors against marauders, invaders, and rogue vampyrs …
and their ultimate nemesis—Vlad the Impaler.
"David Lee Summers has broken all molds of what vampires have come to mean to modern and past civilizations.
His vampires in the Scarlet Order series will infect you with an incurable thirst. Once you begin the series,
you will not want to let it go. Summers is a master of seduction, horror, and suspense, mixing history with
fantasy. I strongly urge you to delve into the world of the Scarlet Order. I promise you, you are in for a
ride you will never forget or want to end." Giovanna Lagana, author of With Black & White Comes the Grey
"A thoroughly engrossing, fast-paced and laudably well-written read." Romance Junkies
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Subtle Sips and Spicy Shots
Collected here are 35 short vampire tales by David Lee Summers and Lee Clark Zumpe. You'll find humor,
horror, and history, loss, love, and legends, sex, seduction, and surprises. Many are good tales
for couples to share. You'll find vignettes such as "Jornada del Muerto,""On the Ramjet," "Nosferatu
Watches Dracula on the Lateshow," "Until Tonight,""The Poet," and "Ostrava, 1995." These particular pieces first ran in the magazine Blood Samples between 2001 and 2003. You'll also find longer works here
including "Dragon Reborn" which is an excerpt from Dragon's Fall that tells the origin of Lord Draco
from Vampires of the Scarlet Order and Lee Clark Zumpe's story "Becalmed". The collection is
lavishly illustrated by Caroline O'Neal.
Blood Sampler is a must-read, even if you don't care for the usual suckers.
"If you like vampire stories, this may be the best seven dollars you can spend."
Chris Paige, ConNotations, Volume 19, Issue 1
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