[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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[Free eBook] Tsunami: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Tsunami: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller 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 duology of speculative fiction disaster survival technothrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Douglas & McIntyre, and was later reprinted by Bantam Books. The setting appears to consist of self-contained standalone tales exploring post-apocalyptic disaster aftermath themes, set on a near-future (as of the 1980s) Earth whose atmosphere has been severely damaged by solar flares, leaving humans extra-vulnerable to UV radiation and other problems when disasters, natural and otherwise, begin to occur.

This story takes place in a San Francisco hit by a tsunami, from which the residents are able to flee to high ground, only to find the true survival challenge awaiting them in the broken infrastructure and altering remnants of civilization left in its wake.

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[Free eBook] Rinzler by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Murder Mystery Technothriller]

Rinzler: A Noir Sci-Fi Thriller by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, is her standalone science fiction thriller with strong mystery/crime elements done in a noir style, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author, who is also currently doing scholarly research into studying social robotics in the context of psychology, according to her bio-blurb.

The story takes place in a future post-apocalyptic world which uses androids, starring the titular freelance PI looking into the murder of a clerk working for a corporation which may or may not have assassinated her, and finding his investigation landing him in the midst of a potential conflict between artificial intelligence and humanity.

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[Free eBook] The Cloud by Ray Hammond [Science Fiction Technothriller]

The Cloud by British author Ray Hammond, a science journalist and futurist, is his standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2006 by Pan Books.

The story is set in the near future of the mid-21st century, as humanity begins receiving and responding incomprehensible alien radio transmissions which eventually result in a reply in the form of a mysterious encroaching cloud on a collision course with Earth, prompting the panicked preparation of an armed response even as the code is finally cracked, to startling revelations.

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[Free eBook] We Are Such Stuff by R. M. Dorn [Science Fiction Technothriller]

We Are Such Stuff by R. M. Dorn is her standalone science fiction technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author. The story takes place in a virtual reality-enhanced world, starring a new employee with a job of dreaming virtual reality scenes, who discovers that the technology may actually have odd real world effects rewriting the past, in addition to having potentially damaging and fatal side effects causing an epidemic in its users.

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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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