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Binge-Worthy Reads: The Very Best Greek and European Sci-Fi From the Last Decade

5 Selected Greek Titles in an article by Iphaistion Khristopoulos

Unborn Brothers by Michalis Manolios (Αγέννητοι Αδελφοί/Μιχάλης Μανωλιός) 2014

A near-future science fiction novel in Manolios’s characteristic style, it touches upon the possibility of implanting multiple artificial personalities (the titular unborn brothers) in a single person. There are three central characters we follow—the scientist who has invented the technology, a world-renowned musician and an assassin—all of which, interestingly enough for a male author, are women. However, there’s actually an abundance of characters in the book, all of which distinct from each other, as we watch each person’s unborn brothers emerge from their subconscious and take control.

It’s a demanding, complex and sometimes brutal novel, full of human drama and difficult dilemmas—a typical trait of the author, who likes placing his characters in situations where all possible outcomes are disastrous or unethical.

Michalis Manolios was born in 1970. He has released four books, two short story collections and two novels, including the one mentioned above. As far as I know, there’s one more short story collection coming in 2020. His story “Aethra” won the Aeon Award in in 2010. His works have been translated into English and Italian and, recently, Filipino.

Exiled Faces by P.M. Zervos (Η Εξορία του Προσώπου/ Π.Μ. Ζερβός) 2017

A short horror novel situated in Athens’s sister city, Piraeus. It’s in a sense the chronicle of a man’s descend into madness, starting with a terrifying dream. The story unfolds in the duration of one year. The nameless narrator keeps having the same nightmare every night at midnight. Soon he finds out that the same happens to the rest of the residents of his building, resulting even in the death of some. Later in the year, the nightmares stop, but an insatiable hunger for food and sex takes their place, which incites extreme behaviours, followed by a period of abject apathy. And so the story unfolds during the four seasons of the year, till we reach a state of normalcy that seems even more terrifying than the previous states of nervous collapse.

It is a strange allegorical book that makes use of the tropes of the horror genre to address the problems and struggles of modern man.

P. M Zervos was born in 1972 and lives in Piraeus. He has published short stories and essays in magazines and anthologies and has also translated some H. P. Lovecraft stories into Greek. A distinctive characteristic of his writing is his use of polytonic orthography, as opposed to the monotonic orthography which was introduced in 1982 and is the official Greek writing system ever since.

The Sons of Ash Trilogy by Eleftherios Keramidas (Οι Γιοι της Στάχτης/ Ελευθέριος Κεραμίδας) 2010

This is an epic trilogy in a pseudo-Byzantine environment. The first volume was published in 2010 by a major Greek publishing house, and later it was reissued in a revised edition, along with the rest of the trilogy, by a different publisher. It is essentially the story of a failing empire, full of court intrigue, magical human and non-human creatures, featuring impressive battle tactics and even a twisted but familiar version of Orthodox Christianity. The story starts with the son of an almighty wizard who tries to thwart his father’s plans, a youth raised in a monastery who finds out he has some special powers and the minister of a demented emperor who tries to manipulate the empire’s politics. The kingdom’s future seems to somehow depend on their actions.

An impressive amount of historical research has gone into this one, and, despite the abundance of characters and names, it’s quite easy to follow and keeps you turning the pages. It is also linguistically very interesting, as the author uses a fair amount of Byzantine terms along with his own made-up archaic words to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone era.

Eleftherios Keramidas was born in 1977 in Ithaca. Said trilogy is his first publication. Before that, some of his short stories had been included in sff anthologies.

Imaginative Stories by Various (ΕΦΦάνταστες Ιστορίες) 2013

First of all, please ignore the fact that there’s one of my own stories in this one. This is by no means the reason I’m including it. This is an anthology comprising short stories from the Science Fiction Club of Athens’s (ALEF) writers’ workshop. The works included are a selection of the best stories presented to the workshop between the years 2005 and 2012. Some of the writers were already established authors with published works, while for others it was their first time in print. The majority of the stories are science fiction, but there are also a few touches of horror or magical realism, and there’s a diversity in topic and style.

The book includes stories by: Giannis Papadopoulos, Panagiotis Koustas, Stamatis Stamatopoulos, Hedwig-Maria Karakouda, Spyros Kintzios and Angela-Lu Petrou, Nektarios Chryssos, Kelly Theodorakopoulou, Christina Malapetsa, Kostas Charitos, Michalis Manolios, Vasso Christou, Teti Theodorou, Hephaestion Christopoulos.

The Science Fiction Club of Athens has been around since 1998. The writers’ workshop takes place twice a year and this is the second anthology coming out of it. It is open to both experienced and first-time authors.

Desert and Fog by Christina Malapetsa (Έρημος και Ομίχλη/ Χριστίνα Μαλαπέτσα) 2015

A book consisting of two medium-length novels set in the author’s fantasy universe. The writer herself describes it as “two character-oriented fantasy stories about duty, morals and free will. Also daddy issues.” The first story pertains to a city beset by a curse that causes water shortage.. The situation is dire, so the city’s ruler decides to ask a neighbouring city for help. It is quite a straightforward fantasy story, but with a consistent worldbuilding and some impressive ideas. The second one is an eerie tale about two female adventurers who land on a bizarre island country inhabited by some not quite human creatures and try to understand the rules of their society. This one is the more magical of the two, full of little and larger details about an imaginary society and species.

Christina Malapetsa lives in Stockholm. Short stories of hers have appeared in anthologies, and Desert and Fog is her first book. Both stories were initially written for a NaNoWriMo challenge, and were later reworked and revised.

Sadly, none of the above titles have been translated in English yet. If you really wanna read some of them, leave a comment on this post so we can gauge interest.

You can read the entire article and find more European spec-fic titles here.

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Celebrating 50.000 likes on our Facebook Page With a Spooky Sale!

We never expected to get such a popular facebook page, but it happened. To thank all our fans, we’re running a spooky sale of 50% off on our shop.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Future Adventures: Eight Complete Adventure Science Fiction Novels

Eight complete Adventure Science Fiction novels

  • Watcher’s Web by Patty Jansen
  • Europa by Aurora Springer
  • Few Are Chosen by M.T. McGuire
  • The Truth Beyond The Sky by Andrew M. Crusoe
  • Generation by J.J. Green
  • The Girl Who Twisted Fate’s Arm by George Saoulidis
  • The Ares Weapon by D.M. Pruden
  • Exodus by Drew Avera

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Get Into the Halloween Spirit

We don’t celebrate Halloween around these parts, but the whole mythology of it is so tantalising that we love this season. Even with witches, pumpkin spice lattes and jack-o’-lanterns, this time of Samhain has something spooky about it.

Our stories on the subject are short, but people find them quite enjoyable. Check them out in both ebook and audiobook:

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Beginnings by Patty Jansen

This Australian sci-fi and fantasy author has bundled up her series starter novels in a neat box set. Check out the stories, sample them to see which ones you like and grab it now from the links below:

Beginnings: Five Series Starters

Five full series starters by award-winning author Patty Jansen.

This set contains:

  • Ambassador 1: Seeing Red – On the eve of starting his new job as Earth’s representative at the Interplanetary Assembly, a political murder catches Cory Wilson on the wrong planet and surrounded by hostile people. Yet, he’s the only one who can solve the crime.
  • Fire & Ice: In his hunger to return his family to power in the City of Glass, Sorcerer Tandor unleashes an evil power he can’t control.
  • Watcher’s Web: Jessica’s plane crashes in alien jungle. The only other surviving passenger knows far too much about the alien world where they’ve landed. He says he’ll help her, but what does he really want?
  • Innocence Lost: All Johanna wanted was to take over her father’s business as river trader. She got a mad prince, demons, ghosts and a kingdom in debt.
  • Charlotte’s Army: Seven thousand artificial human soldiers are in a space fleet, hurtling to a far-flung war. When they start misbehaving, doctor Charlotte West races against time to find out what’s wrong with them.

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Get the Prime Day Deals on, Guess Where? On Prime Day!

The countdown to Prime Day is on! It’s going to be an epic 2 days of great deals and opportunities for you, and it all starts at midnight PT on Monday, July 15th and runs through July 16th!

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We suggest you check out the Audible and the Kindle Unlimited deal (COM).

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Fast Grab: Pie Box 1 for 2.99!

Blood Runs Pink

Rollerball meets GLOW in this bloody mess of a sport story.

Contains 2 books:

  • Pickle Pie
  • Cherry Pie

Pickle Pie: When a bankrupt armourer ends up owning a second-rate jugger player, he decides to go for it. But will he manage to even turn a profit, when he knows little about the game and its seedy world, when the opponents play dirty on and off the field, and when the game’s popularity grows with every player injury and death?

Do you wanna watch the bloody game of Cyberpink? Do you wanna meet Pickle Pie? Then read this exciting story where popularity is queen and blood runs pink.

Cherry Pie: Hector has formed his team and is now the proud owner of two Cyberpink athletes. He still has no clue what to do and how to move forward, and the enemies he has already made are trying to elbow him out of the game before he even gets to the starting line. Cherry acclimates to her new home, and Pickle’s past comes back to bite her in the butt. 

Will the newly-formed team manage to win their first match? Can Pickle keep her secret? Find out in the second book of this exciting story where popularity is queen and blood runs pink.

This is book 1 of the Cyberpink Box Set series.

WARNING: “Pie Box 1” contains drug use, low inhibitions, cursing in multiple languages, British spelling, European political correctness, a ton of stuff given in the metric system, pink blood, red blood, dried blood, worship of made-up corporate gods, references to male and female body parts, drinking, abuse, murder for sport, murder for hire, attempted murder, lecherous fanboys directly from 4chan, polyamory, gangsterism, debt bondage (the non-sexy kind of bondage,) transhumanism, misquoted Doctor Who lines, LGBT characters, diversity, pickle consumption in large quantities, ouzo consumption in large quantities, poorly named things, bathroom scenes (Hitchcock would be proud,) and the story of a hero who’s just trying to do the right thing while complaining about it.

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The Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale is On Again This Year

Every year, Smashwords does a cheeky promotion. Since it’s summer on the northern hemisphere and winter on the southern, they just call it with the silly double name.

Anyway, all our titles on Smashwords are in that sale. Check it out here.

To find our Smashwords catalogue click here. Have fun reading no matter where you are!

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Fast Grab: Get the Antigravel Omnibus for Only 4.99!

If you like what we do and want to support us and help us make even more, this is the time help out. Fight the summer lull with a box set of Space Opera stories.

We have a lot in development and it all takes equipment, freelancer work and just plain old-fashioned effort.

Antigravel is on sale on Amazon and on our eshop. Find the links here, or add to cart from below:

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A Bunch of New Stories are Now on Audiobook

Seriously, we have many new stories available.

They’re sorted out on the Audiobooks page. You can always use the form at the bottom of that page to claim a review title. Ever since the new promo code system at Audible/ACX, we have plenty of those to throw around. Don’t be shy. Claim a code.

Some are novels, some are just standalone versions of short stories. We know the Audible credit format isn’t really suitable for short story audio, but it’s their problem, not ours.