[Free eBook] Energized by Edward M. Lerner [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Energized by Edward M. Lerner, a former scientist in the aerospace industries and Analog Science Fact essay contributor, is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for May, and was originally published in 2011 by Analog Science Fiction & Fact magazine as a featured serial and was later reprinted in novel form by Tor Books.

The story takes place in a near future where Earth’s oil fields have been disastrously tainted by radioactivity, leaving the world in chaos as it scrambles to develop alternative energy sources, when an asteroid appears which may provide a solution to humanity’s needs, if various competing groups don’t succeed in sabotaging the project to build solar power satellites from its rich resources.

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[Free eBook] The Futureworld Omnibus by Christopher Hodder-Williams [1970s Science Fiction Technothrillers]

The Futureworld Omnibus by the late British author Christopher Hodder-Williams is an omnibus of three vintage science fiction technothriller novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This collected edition contains the standalone novels The Thinktank That Leaked, The Chromosome Game, and Coward’s Paradise, two of which were 70s-era early precursors to the modern style of blockbuster technothriller, originally published in 1974, 1979, and 1984 by United Writers Publications & Mithras Publishing.

The separate stories mainly involve then-contemporary characters uncovering disturbing and humanity-altering experiments, from persons undergoing treatment at institutes finding out what’s really being done to their fellow patients, to scientists discovering their colleagues’ less-than-ethical manipulation of human thought and emotional patterns. One novel is set on a future dystopian Earth where a team must locate the remains of a long-ago genetic engineering experiment that may revitalize the human race.

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[Free eBook] V. I.: Viral Intelligence by Don DeBrandt [Science Fiction Technothriller]

V. I.: Viral Intelligence by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour imprint.

This was originally published in 2000 by Penguin.

The story combines biological and technological threats, as invasive alien ticks with the ability to rearrange molecules hybridize themselves with an artificial intelligence, creating computer bugs which begin to take over not only inanimate systems, but flesh and blood as well.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Mission of the Brains by Sydney J. Bounds [Science Fiction Murder Mystery]

Mission of the Brains by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, a prolific multi-genre author whose influence has been honoured by the creation of the British Fantasy Awards’ Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, is his vintage mystery thriller with strong sfnal elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1957 by Leicester as part of their Linford Mystery Library line. The story is centred around solving the puzzle of the murders of scientists across the country, apparently using an advanced technological heat weapon, which seems to be linked to a touring fair with a mysterious mental act which may have sinister origins not of this Earth.

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[Free eBook] Blossom by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Blossom by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff who is also currently doing scholarly research into studying social robotics in the context of psychology, according to her bio-blurb, is the 2nd novel in the Rinzler series of science fiction mystery/crime technothrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

The series is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future dominated by technology, where humanity sometimes comes into conflict with artificial intelligence in the form of androids, starring a freelance PI investigating crimes and conspiracies.

This story follows a journalist who becomes cut off from her technologically advanced world, where one’s identity and access to resources are controlled by a digital fingerprint, when hers becomes corrupted, leading to a virtual “death” which may be a symptom of deeper trouble within the Artificial Intelligence network suspected by the PI.

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[Free eBook] Icequake by Crawford Kilian [Sci-Fi Disaster Survival Technothriller]

Icequake by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake series of sfnal disaster survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre, and also picked up by the UK’s Futura and Bantam Books in the US. The “series” actually appears to be a loosely-related grouping of similarly-themed standalones with no obvious recurring characters.

This story takes place in Antarctica in the then-near future (circa the 1980s), as a group of scientists and explorers are stranded at their remote station which is cut off from communication by changes in the magnetic field following the titular icequake and gradually drifting from its original position, and must make the difficult decision of waiting for an unlikely rescue amidst the increasing peril, or making the dangerous journey over to another station to save themselves.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Die Now, Live Later by Basil Copper [Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Die Now, Live Later by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 5th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage mystery/crime thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1968 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes a bit of a technothriller twist as he investigates a dodgy cryogenics firm, and finds the threads of a conspiracy that may intend more than just fleecing the gullible soon-to-be-deceased.

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[Free eBook] Project Oceanus by Alan David [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Project Oceanus by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale’s Hale SF line using the pseudonym Mark Suffling.

The story is set in the 23rd century on a damaged Earth where everyone is looking towards the ocean for their salvation, and plucky researchers attempt to perfect dangerously experimental technology what will enable humans to breathe underwater even as nefarious global forces seek to exploit the invention for their own purposes.

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[Free eBook] The Prayer Machine by Christopher Hodder-Williams [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Prayer Machine by the late British author Christopher Hodder-Williams is his vintage standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and later reprinted by St. Martin’s Press.

The story apparently uses its technology to explore some mental health issues, starring a man undergoing psychotic experiences due to schizophrenia, who turns to potentially devastating experiments with the physical world to quell the tormenting voices within, which may not be so much a mark of madness, but instead of terrible understanding of where the future will lead.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Cult Candidate by Richard Monaco [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Cult Candidate by Richard Monaco, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is his standalone dystopian science fiction technothriller novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Sphere, and the publisher likens it to the works of George Orwell (1984) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World).

The story is set in a near-future (for 1980s values of futuristic) dystopia where a consciousness-raising cult claiming to develop the psychic abilities of ESP in its followers is rising greatly in political influence, even as a plucky journalist and his friend dig into the real truth of their power.

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