[Free eBook] Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is her standalone science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was Coulson’s debut sfnal novel, originally published in 1967 by Ace Books as #H-27 in their classic Ace Double flipbook line, paired with the late E. C. Tubb’s The Winds of Gath.

The story is a planetary investigative adventure with corporate espionage thriller elements starring government scientists, ostensibly impartial observers but secretly expected to protect the interests of a galactic megacorp from its encroaching competitors, who are assigned to look into the mysterious ecological failures of titular planet and find themselves struggling against sinister parties determined to see them fail.

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[Free eBook] In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows by Tim Lebbon [Psychological Horror Fantasy]

In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows by Welsh author Tim Lebbon, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is his standalone horror-ish novella with sfnal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2005 by Cemetary Dance, as part of the Fourbodings anthology edited by Peter Crowther, and this edition contains a bonus short story, The Rain God.

The story is a Twilight Zone-esque blend of psychological horror and dystopian sci-fantasy, exploring an isolated woman’s chilling mental vision of the dangers outside which threaten to encroach upon her idyllic rural existence.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Ancient Dreams by Marc Alexander [Epic Fantasy]

Ancient Dreams by New Zealand author Marc Alexander is the 1st novel in his Wells of Ythan quartet of epic fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1988 by Headline. The series is set in a world with a fairy tale-like flavour of curses and enchantments to it.

This story begins the quest of an apprentice toymaker and his companions to locate the mythical vanished princess who will save the realm from the obligatory tyrannical regent.

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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] 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] Snowbeast! by Peter Tremayne [Creature Horror Thriller]

Snowbeast! by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his creature feature horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Sphere.

The story is set in Scotland, where a niece visiting her doctor uncle’s remote lodge finds him investigating the mysterious ailment of a monk at a nearby monastery, which seems to point to possession by a dark myth out of ancient Gaelic legend akin to the abominable snowman, beginning to run rampant in the mountains.

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[Free eBook] Follow Me: A Quest in Two Worlds by Ken Howard [Science Fiction]

Follow Me: A Quest in Two Worlds by English author Ken Howard, a filmmaker and composer who once co-wrote a hit song for Elvis Presley, is his standalone virtual reality science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in the present day, exploring themes of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, as a boy tries to uncover what has happened to his older brother, who mysteriously disappeared while secretly working upon pioneering computer research seeking the Singularity, and discovers a virtual reality headset that takes him on a dual quest to uncover answers in an immersive world which may also allow him to find his brother’s whereabouts in the real world.

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[Free eBook] Sherlock’s Demon by Simon Clark [Paranormal Investigative Mystery Horror]

Sherlock’s Demon by English author Simon Clark, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is the 2nd novella in his Byron Makangelo series of horror-flavoured paranormal investigative adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The series stars a wealthy eccentric with a pet monkey and a team of ghost hunters, who investigate paranormal cases in modern times.

This story is a Sherlock Holmes homage, featuring the case of a renovating couple who finds one of them being possessed by the spirit of Holmes himself for an unknown and possibly sinister purpose at their mysterious newly-acquired Manor House, for which the investigative team is called in to figure 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] 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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