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4-15-20 Newsletter

Hello! I hope you’re doing all right.

We’re finally into spring weather in Oregon, so while everyone is stuck at home, at least we can go outside. When you’re on lockdown with a toddler, that’s a huge deal. 

My big news is that Galactic Law 3: Galactic Jury is out. I had a lot of fun with this book and it’s already a #1 New Release. 

 Galactic Jury is here: https://amzn.to/3dHssSs

//Cool Stuff//

The Classic Science Fiction Podcast: Free Audio Short Stories

I’ve started a podcast where I read science fiction and fantasy short stories from before the year 2000. I’ve got a library of thrifted magazines, collections and anthologies that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, so this project is a kick in the pants to get going.

One of the first stories is Duty Calls by Anne McCaffrey. You can listen here: https://www.classicsciencefiction.com/2020/04/13/csfp-002-duty-calls-by-anne-mccaffrey/. It’s from the collection The Girl Who Heard Dragons.

I share whatever info I can find about the author and the story if it’s available. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for being a reader!

James

jamesaaron.net/books

//Latest SF Art Discoveries//

Depart by Josh Pierce

Depart by Josh Pierce
 


The Song Dynasty, Aidelank Yang

The Song Dynasty, Aidelank Yang


Service Depot by Wadim Kashin

Service Depot by Wadim Kashin

Blood & Thunder by Mark Finn

I’m reading Blood and Thunder by Mark Finn, a biography of Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan, and I’m amazed at how many letters the young men of 100 years ago wrote to each other. (Also how important being a Texan was to the creation of Conan.)

I’m really enjoying it so far. Bob Howard was a character. A boxer, a dreamer, over shadowed by his parents and especially his mother’s health. Comparing him to the “Lost Generation” writers working in Paris at the same time, his suicide was a real loss to American letters, especially voices from the working class.

I’m also wondering how biographers of the future will know anything about us and our interpersonal communication… with our work locked up in Google Drive and Office 365, and our communication scattered between Facebook, Twitter, TikTok?, etc. all locked behind personal accounts that belong to private companies, how will anyone construct a picture of what it was like to live after the year 2000?

Biographers will need AI to sift through all the junk after paying different database companies for access.

1/2/20 Newsletter: Free Mil-SF from Scott Moon and Galactic Law coming fast and furious

This is from my mostly weekly SF Update. If you’d like to get these in your inbox, use the form here: www.jamesaaron.net/list/

Hey, how are you?

I hope the holidays have been treating you well.

//Updates//

Today I’m leading with updates, since I’ve got a new book coming out soon.

Galactic Law 1 is coming really soon on 1/12/20. This is the first book in the Galactic Law series, which will be coming fast and furious across the next two months.

The story follows Gage Walker, a new Sheriff’s Deputy on Taurus Station. Think Las Vegas on the edge of known space.


Galactic Law by James S. Aaron and JN Chaney

//Intro//

Lethal force is authorized.

In the wild space of the Deadlands, Taurus Station is where miners and tourists come to play, and the ravager gangs follow close behind. Out here, far from the civilized world, the Law has a name.

Gage Walker is the son of hard-nosed asteroid miners. Brash, rough, and crude, he’s one of the few deputies working the station.

Still a rookie, Walker is tasked with the security of a mining magnate’s daughter, an easy job that quickly takes a turn for the worst.

The ravager gangs want her, and it falls to Walker to find out why.

In a chase across Taurus Station, Deputy Walker must prove he’s fit to wear the badge and issue his own form of justice…one body at a time.

Experience this exciting beginning to a brand new series set in the Renegade Star universe. If you’re a fan of Judge Dredd, Renegade Star, or Borderlands, you’ll love this epic, scifi thriller.

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This series draws on my own experience working with law enforcement, as well as a love of westerns like Young Guns, Tombstone, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and a strong dose of Star Trek, Buck Rogers and Star Wars.

I’ll send more info on the launch day.


//Free Mil-SF!//

Another cool thing I have to share is a free novel from Scott Moon. If you love mechs and mech battles, you should check out his Shorty series. The first book is currently free for a short time:

Shorty by Scott Moon

Shorty: A Mech Warrior’s Tale

by Scott Moon

Free for a short time

Bravery isn’t built. It’s forged.

On a planet plagued by perpetual war, where a mech is a prerequisite for survival, there is one simple rule: Be bigger than the other guy or get your ass kicked.

At just seventeen measly tons, Shorty doesn’t measure up. His enemies can level cities and punch holes through mountains. They can reshape the world on a whim. They wouldn’t be caught dead in an overgrown trashcan like Shorty.

But Shorty isn’t interested in the rule of size.

He knows heart isn’t measured in pounds of steel. Bravery isn’t found in the finest machined parts. Glory isn’t just for giants.

Shorty has a new rule, and he’s about to teach it to everyone.

Ass-kicking doesn’t have a size requirement.


Thanks for being a reader!

James

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Graffiti Yoda

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Dave Malan

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'Kaanturs City' by Doug Chiang

‘Kaanturs City’ by Doug Chiang from the book Robota