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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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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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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.

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Summer Reading Sale!

Summer is a tough time for readers. You want to find the time to read, you need the cash to get your favourite stories, fill up a Kindle or any other ereader. And holidays add up quite a bit. Except if you’re visiting Greece, then it’s totally worth it.

We get it.

We can help out with the price bit. There’s a sale on all our titles on the following stores:

Titles are 50-70% off. Most novels are 50% off, and short stories are on the biggest sale bracket. Take a look, browse and grab them while you can.

You can also grab stories from our store! Use the coupon code:

SUNBURN

Apply it during checkout for 50% off.

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And of course, join the Mythographers to get the deals, discounts, new releases and a bunch of cool stuff.

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Fast Grab: Cyberpunk Fairy Tales for 99c

This volume is out on audiobook format, and to celebrate that, we gave it a thorough sale of 99c on all stores. Including ours.

Sadly, we have no control over Audible pricing, but you can enjoy it however you like.

Find the Cyberpunk Fairy Tales store links here.

Or, Get it Directly From Us

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Get Your Free Short Stories at the Store!

Choose your gift from a selection of short stories. Available at cart totals over 10 and 20 euro, just pile on those books and you’ll see the selection at checkout.

We are constantly adding more stories, but there is plenty to go around.

You can start by getting the Antigravel Omnibus of any of our best-selling titles:

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3 New Kobo Deals Running Right Now

Grab these Kobo deals:

The March VIP 40% off sale has begun!

Here is the link: https://www.kobo.com/p/march40vip

The Promo Code is: SAVEVIP

Expiry:  April 1st, 11:59pm EST

(applicable for those in the KWL VIP Program only)!

The March $4.99 & Under sale  has begun!

Here is the link to the sale page:

https://www.kobo.com/p/mar19

Expiry:  April 1st, 11:59pm EST

This sale is in CA and US

The  March 500 Under $5 Sale has begun!

Here is the link to the sale page:

https://www.kobo.com/p/500under5marchANZ

Expiry:  April 1st, 11:59pm EST

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Fast Grab: Get the Myth Gods Tech 2 Omnibus for 99c on All Stores

We like to keep things moving around here, so we’re running a sale on all stores for the Myth Gods Tech 2. Get it on your favourite bookstore or directly from us.

Myth Gods Tech 2 – Omnibus Edition

Crying Over Spilt Light (Hire a Muse Book 1)

Hire A Muse, Get A Nobel Prize

Ex Machina meets A Beautiful Mind in this mind-bending sci-fi thriller.

On the verge of abandoning his life-long project, an obsessive physicist hires the innovative service of an android Muse to help him finish his work. But when things start to go missing from his life, he must learn that not all is worth sacrificing on the altar of science before he has nothing left to live for.

Do you want to know what’s next for poor-but-brilliant Yanni? Do you wanna meet the Muse? Then read this unique sci-fi thriller that toys with the very concept of inspiration.

Slow Up (Hire a Muse Book 2)

How Fast Can You Think?

Limitless meets Black Mirror in this novel that pushes the limits of a couple’s minds.

When Galene meets a man who’s only goal in life is to make his mind go faster, she ends up falling for him. But will she manage to keep the relationship going at the top of the glass tower, when in reality she’s too much of a slob and is bogged down with all her unfinished goals, when their age difference becomes too much of a problem, and when his work places them in the sights of an unforgiving huntress?

Do you want to know what’s next for the computer geek Galene? Do you wanna meet Artemis? Then read this bittersweet story in a world where thinking too swiftly can get you killed.

The Girl Who Twisted Fate’s Arm

Biker Amazons and Celebrity Singers

Sons Of Anarchy meets The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in this coming of age dystopian novel.

When the daughter of Greece’s premier singer fails to sing as expected, she finds out about a biker group of women. But will she manage to find the elusive Orosa, the bikers’ motovlogger, when all she has to go on are random street-sightings of criminal behaviour, when her family is opposed to her following this path and when her dad’s employer wants to keep her as she was for marketing purposes?

Do you want to know what’s next for the voiceless Aura? Do you wanna meet the Amazons? Then read this coming of age story in a world where fate is quite literal.

Nanodaemons
A technothriller with internet-of-things devices.

Plus 24 short stories:

  • Beau
  • The Whale on the Veil
  • Have You Tried Turning Her Off and On Again?
  • Come and Get It
  • Hewoo
  • Berenice’s Hair
  • Tickle My Pickle
  • The Cupcake Ingredient
  • The Hologram Riot
  • Adiadne’s String
  • Nanodaemons: Selenography
  • Nanodaemons: The Fir Smart-Tree
  • Big, Round Snowballs
  • On Pointe All Day Long
  • The Left Hand of Agnes
  • The Luggage Disaster
  • Aristotle’s Recipe for Disaster
  • Speaking in Bubbles
  • Gorgonise Me
  • Black Asklepios
  • BOO! A Halloween Story
  • AMOK|KOMA
  • You Have Too Many Friends
  • Bird’s-Eye View of the Back of Your Head
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Happy Women’s Day!

This Women’s Day, we’d like to showcase our stories with female protagonists, strong women, bull-headed ladies and other fine qualities. Here they are:

Where a Spaceship Goes to Die. An adventure with Delphine in the middle of it, a Frenchie.

Slow Up. A story with a twenty-something hacker that won’t take no for an answer.

The Girl Who Twisted Fate’s Arm. The coming of age story of Aura, a rebellious teen that found what she wanted to do in life.

Heartbreaker. The shenanigans of Eris, a personified goddess of chaos. She’s currently into breakups and such.

Erinyes. Narcissism and horror, all in a cute little package.

And some short stories, search for them on Amazon and all stores.

There’s even more, explore our titles on the store you prefer.