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Michael McCollum    

Gibraltar Earth             Science Fiction

 

It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft.  When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed.  In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story. The alien comes from a million-star Galactic Empire ruled over by a mysterious race known as the Broa. These overlords are the masters of this region of the galaxy and they allow no competitors.  This news presents Earth’s rulers with a problem.  As yet, the Broa are ignorant of humanity’s existence.  Does the human race retreat to its one small world, quaking in fear that the Broa will eventually discover Earth?  Or do they take a more aggressive approach? Whatever they do, they must do it quickly!  Time is running out for the human race...

 

Gibraltar Sun             Science Fiction   

 

The expedition to the Crab Nebula has returned to Earth and the news is not good. Out among the stars, a million systems have fallen under Broan domination, the fate awaiting Earth should the Broa ever learn of its existence. The problem would seem to allow but three responses: submit meekly to slavery, fight and risk extermination, or hide and pray the Broa remain ignorant of humankind for at least a few more generations. Are the hairless apes of Sol III finally faced with a problem for which there is no acceptable solution?

While politicians argue, Mark Rykand and Lisa Arden risk everything to spy on the all-powerful enemy that is beginning to wonder at the appearance of mysterious bipeds in their midst…

 

Gibraltar Stars             Science Fiction 

 

The great debate is over. The human race has rejected the idea of pulling back from the stars and hiding on Earth in the hope the Broa will overlook us for a few more generations.  Instead, the World Parliament, by a 60-40 vote, has decided to throw the dice and go for a win.  Parliament Hall resounds with brave words as members declare victory inevitable. With the balance of forces a million to one against Homo sapiens Terra, those who must turn patriotic speeches into hard-won reality have their work cut out for them. They must expand humanity’s foothold in Broan space while contending with a supply line that is 7000 light-years long. If the sheer magnitude of the task isn’t enough, Mark and Lisa Rykand discover they are in a race against two very different antagonists.  The Broa are beginning to wonder at the strange two-legged interlopers in their domain; while back on Earth, those who lost the great debate are eager to try again. Whoever wins the race will determine the future of the human species… or, indeed, whether it has one.

 

Antares Dawn             Science Fiction   

 

When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew. That is disturbing news for the Altans. For the dead battleship could easily have defeated the whole of the Altan navy. If it could find Alta, then so could whoever it was that beat it. Something would have to be done ...

 

Antares Passage              Science Fiction 

 

After more than a century of isolation, the paths between stars are again open and the people of Alta in contact with their sister colony on Sandar. The opening of the foldlines has not been the unmixed blessing the Altans had supposed, however. For the reestablishment of interstellar travel has brought with it news of the Ryall, an alien race whose goal is the extermination of humanity. If they are to avoid defeat at the hands of the aliens, Alta must seek out the military might of Earth. However, to reach Earth requires them to dive into the heart of a supernova ...

 

Antares Victory              Science Fiction   

 

After a century of warfare, humanity finally discovered the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe.  Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the key star system in enemy space.  It is the hub through which all Ryall starships must pass, and if humanity can only capture and hold it, they will strangle the Ryall war machine and end their threat to humankind forever. It all seemed so simple in the computer simulations: Advance by stealth, attack without warning, strike swiftly with overwhelming power.  Unfortunately, conquering the Ryall proves the easy part.  With the key to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake discover that they must also conquer human nature if they are to bring down the alien foe …

 

Life Probe              Science Fiction

 

The Makers searched for the secret to faster-than-light travel for 100,000 years. Their chosen instruments were the Life Probes, which they launched in every direction to seek out advanced civilizations among the stars. One such machine searching for intelligent life encounters 21st century Earth. It isn't sure that it has found any ...

 

Procyon's Promise              Science Fiction   

 

Three hundred years after humanity made its deal with the Life Probe to search out the secret of faster-than-light travel, the descendants of the original expedition return to Earth in a starship. They find a world that has forgotten the ancient contract. No matter. The colonists have overcome far greater obstacles in their single minded drive to redeem a promise made before any of them were born ...

 

Gridlock and Other Stories              Science Fiction 

 

Where would you visit if you invented a time machine, but couldn't steer it?  And what if you went out for a six pack of beer and never came back?  If you think nuclear power is dangerous, you should try black holes as an energy source -- or even scarier, solar energy! Visit the many worlds of Michael McCollum. I guarantee that you'll be surprised!

 

Thunderstrike!              Science Fiction   

 

A Discovery Of Major Impact ...

 

The new comet found near Jupiter was an incredible treasure trove of water-ice and rock. Immediately, the water-starved Luna Republic and Sierra Corporation, a leader in asteroid mining, were squabbling over rights to the new resource. But all thoughts of profit and fame were abandoned when a scientific expedition discovered that the comet's trajectory placed it on a collision course with Earth! As scientists struggled to find a way to alter the comet's course, world leaders tried desperately to restrain mass panic, and two lovers quarreled over the direction the comet was to take, all Earth waited to see if humanity had any future at all ...

 

The Clouds of Saturn              Science Fiction    

 

When the sun flared out of control and boiled Earth's oceans, humanity took refuge in a place that few would have predicted.  In the greatest migration in history, the entire human race took up residence among the towering clouds and deep clear-air canyons of Saturn's upper atmosphere.  Having survived the traitor star, they returned to the all-too-human tradition of internecine strife.  The new city-states of Saturn began to resemble those of ancient Greece, with one group of cities taking on the role of militaristic Sparta ...

 

The Sails of Tau Ceti              Science Fiction

 

Starhopper was humanity's first interstellar probe.   It was designed to search for intelligent life beyond the solar system.   Before it could be launched, however, intelligent life found Earth.  The discovery of an alien light sail inbound at the edge of the solar system generated considerable excitement in scientific circles.  With the interstellar probe nearing completion, it gave scientists the opportunity to launch an expedition to meet the aliens while they were still in space. The second surprise came when Starhopper's crew boarded the alien craft.  They found beings who, despite their alien physiques, were surprisingly compatible with humans.  That two species so similar could have evolved a mere twelve light years from one another seemed too coincidental to be true. One human being soon discovered that coincidence had nothing to do with it ...

 

A Greater Infinity              Science Fiction   

 

Duncan MacElroy was an ordinary engineering student before he went out for a six-pack of beer one night and never came back.  Instead, he found himself embroiled in a war for the dominance of Paratime, as well as defending our own particular version of Earth from predators on both sides of the battle lines.  For he quickly discovered that "parallel universes" aren't, and that a single individual can make all of the difference in the worlds!

 

The Art of Writing, Volume I           Writing

 

This collection includes 16 articles that cover all aspects of the art, craft, and business of writing.  The articles were written by a professional writer for professional writers.

 

The Art of Writing, Volume II           Writing 

 

This collection builds on the foundation of the articles in Volume I of this series.

 

The Art of Science Fiction, Volume I          Science Fiction Writing

 

This collection includes 16 articles that cover all aspects of the art, craft, and business of science fiction writing.  The articles were written by a professional science fiction writer for serious professional in the genre.

 

The Art of Science Fiction, Volume II          Science Fiction Writing

 

This collection builds on the foundation of the articles in Volume I of this series.

 

The Astrogator's Handbook, Expanded Edition           Astronomy For SciFi Writers

 

Writers of science fiction have an interest in astronomy that is different from that of just about everyone else on Earth. We don’t care where the stars appear in the night sky of Earth. We want to know where they are with respect to one another. Our motto is: “Forget the pretty lights in the sky! Tell me how to get from Procyon to Aldebaran by the shortest possible route!” The Sci Fi - Arizona Astrogator’s Handbook, Expanded Edition does just that. We show you local space as viewed from the vicinity of Polaris, the North Star, using a 3-D layered mapping system that makes it easy to visualize the positions of the stars in the sky and their relationships to one another. Included in the handbook are:

 

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