[Free eBook] Night of the Robots by Brian Ball [Science Fiction]

Night of the Robots by British author Brian Ball is a vintage standalone science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1972 by Sidgwick & Jackson, credited as by Brian N. Ball, and was later reprinted by DAW Books under the title The Regiments of Night as #19 in their DAW Collectors line.

The story is set in the far future, where a tourist spaceship journeying to view the archaelogical wonders of Earth’s vanished civilization, destroyed by an ancient War Machine, is about to encounter two mutually hostile groups also making their way there, once more pitting humanity in a struggle for survival against the sapient robots which have come to dominate the galaxy.

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[Free eBook] Killing Gravity by Corey J. White [Science Fiction]

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White is the 1st novella in the The Voidwitch Saga series of science fiction space adventures with paranormal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books’ Tor.com.

This is part of a special flash giveaway to promote their Tor.com exclusive novella line, showcasing two series with new installments coming out in the next couple of months. The series stars a woman with psychic powers on the run from the nefarious organization which transformed her into a deadly living weapon.

This story finds her seeking the secrets of her past after an encounter with a bounty hunter leaves her stranded on a dying spaceship where must rely upon the mercy of strangers to survive.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Plague in Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure]

A Plague in Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 3rd novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures such as by E. E. Smith (creator of the Lensman series which inspired DC Comics’ Green Lantern Corps), and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This finale wraps up the story with previous plot points coming to a head, as a lingering part of the nefarious plan which involves unleashing a devastating virus that could destroy all alien life, and the complication of a robotics master assassin on their trail, need to be thwarted, too.

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[Free eBook] The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 1st novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures by E. E. Smith, and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This first adventure introduces the situation which puts him on the run, after uncovering theft of rare materials in his position as a mining inspector for alien overlords, which leads him to a deeper plot whose secret backers will stop at nothing to see it carried out.

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[Free eBook] Outward Bound by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Outward Bound by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is the 2nd novel in her Children of the Stars quartet of epic star-spanning generational saga science fiction novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Ballantine Books’s Del Rey imprint. The series is an epic star-spanning generational saga about how the competing members of a prominent Earth family dynasty deal with assorted situations involving both aliens and humans at various points throughout the galactic future.

This story stars a Mars-raised heiress to the Earth dynasty, who is determined to use an experimental faster-than-light stardrive to navigate through space, rather than waiting through the long cryogenic sleep which is the proven technology, despite opposition from her family and lover, who both stand in the way of her dreams.

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[Free eBook] Space Probe by Alan David [Science Fiction Space Opera]

Space Probe by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction space opera novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1974 by Robert Hale’s Hale SF line using the pseudonym Graham Garner.

The story pits a plucky freight company employee and his companion against space pirates preying upon starships, as they work to discover a mole leaking secret information and uncover a dangerous chance to put an end to the pirates’ depredations.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] RIME by Tim Lebbon [Classic Poem Retelling Science Fiction]

RIME by Welsh author Tim Lebbon, a multiple British Fantasy Award winner, is his science fiction space opera novella, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is a newly-written original novella, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and retelling its themes in deep space.

The story is set on a generation sleeper colony ship escaping the devastated Earth in search of a new home, which encounters strange and potentially hostile alien forces along the way, forcing one of the crew members to make a harrowing decision.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Dark Constellation by Alex Random [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

Dark Constellation by Alex Random, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction space opera adventure thriller, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale as part of their Hale SF line. The story takes place in the midst of a war between Earth and reptilian alien invaders, starring a spaceship crew on a secret mission to destroy the alien home planet, which might not make it there as mysterious happenings befall them on the way, leading to strange behaviour and sabotage and possible doom.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Operation Omina by Roland Starr [Science Fiction Thriller]

Operation Omina by Roland Starr, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is the 1st novel in his Omina quartet of science fiction space adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1970 by Lenox Hill Press.

The quartet is centred around a distant planet named Omina.This installment has suspense elements, and stars a spaceship crew headed there on a long-term mission, which discovers something startling in its staffing which may lead to terrible problems which prevent them from reaching it.

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[Free eBook] The Last Walk Out: A Tribal Space Opera by David Helton [Science Fiction]

The Last Walk Out: A Tribal Space Opera by David Helton, a journalist and documentary scriptwriter, is his standalone post-apocalyptic science fiction novel with space opera elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2014 by White Glove, according to the blurb at his literary agent’s, but that seems to have been a self-pub imprint that left no trace, and the Venture frontmatter copyright date is 2017, which may indicate significant revisions.

The story is set in a future a thousand years after a viral catastrophe devastated Earth’s population, leading humanity to flee to the rest of the solar system, leaving only a few naturally immune survivors behind, whose descendants are apparently secretly being watched as some sort of reality tv/nature entertainment programme, when one of the elders on the reservation leaves the settlement on a potentially society-changing adventure.

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