Dystopian

The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Dystopian:

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Crime is considered illness, untreated illness is crime; ambulance crews are the only police. Dead bodies stay on "life support" forever. Can anyone gain freedom?

When burned-out starship captain Jesse Sanders is seized by a dictatorial medical regime and detained on the colony planet Undine, he has no idea that he is about to be plunged into a bewildering new life that will involve ordeals and joys beyond anything he has ever imagined, as well as the love of a woman with powers that seem superhuman. Still less does he suspect that he must soon take responsibility for the lives of people he has come to care about and the preservation of their hopes for the future of humankind.

This controversial novel deals with government-imposed health care, end-of-life issues, and the so-called paranormal powers of the human mind. Despite being set in the distant future on another world, it appeals not only to science fiction readers but to others who question the dominant medical philosophy of today's society, or who value personal freedom of choice.

(4.0)

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An omnibus edition (box set) containing the complete trilogy This Star Shall Abide (known in the UK as Heritage of the Star), Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, and The Doors of the Universe.

Noren knew that his world was not as it should be--it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which he had always longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy promised that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy's fulfillment. But the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's deprivations, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever be changed. It would take more drastic steps than anyone imagined to restore their rightful heritage.

Although these three novels were originally published in hardcover as Young Adult books, the second and third are primarily of interest to older teens and adults; the omnibus editions have therefore been issued as adult science fiction.

(4.1)

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On completion of her training as an agent of the interstellar federation's Anthropological Service, Elana is sent to a world whose people may soon destroy their civilization. Since not enough is understood about the situation to justify any interference with their evolution, the Service has no power to act; its agents must go as helpless observers, posing as natives, in the hope of gaining knowledge that may help to save other worlds. This passive role proves intolerable to the young, inexperienced agent assigned to the same city as Elana, a city under totalitarian rule. After falling in love with a local girl who has become Elana's closest friend, he identifies too completely with the natives and unwittingly endangers the entire world by a well-meant but ill-advised attempt to intervene. Forced to assume responsibility for undoing the damage, Elana finds that only she—at great cost—can prevent an immediate war of annihilation.

Although this novel has the same heroine as the author's Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars, it is not a sequel but a completely eparate—and very different—story intended for older readers, high school age and adults. The two books are in no way dependent on each other.

(4.7)

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Noren knew that his world was not as it should be--it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which he had always longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy promised that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy's fulfillment. But was defiance enough, or could some way be found to make it come true?

Winner of a Christopher Award for "Affirmation of the highest values of thr human spirit."

A UK edition of this book was published in 1973 under the title Heritage of the Star, and UK readers will remeber it under that title.

(4.5)

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(For a limited time only, at the bargain price of $0.99 for the Kindle edition.)
A warning from the author:
I still cry, reading some passages in this, though I also laugh at others, and at others, cheer. But this is not a light story, nor are the characters black and white. There are some very dark and abusive parts, though none graphic, in my opinion. Basically: be guided by the reviews, before buying this book.)


IN 2036, magic returned to a world which neither needed nor wanted it. Several years later, an unusual young child is acquired by Dr Alex Harmon for his magic research at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction. He sets Sara to hunting an imaginary creature, unaware it is both real and far more dangerous than anyone could know.

Sara, too, though, has her own hidden depths.

She'll need them.

At the Institute she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Godsson, one of the world's most powerful mages - and an inmate. But when Sara's unique magic finally unfolds, Dr Harmon discovers the deadly consequences of creating an archetypal Huntress. While from a place far beneath reality, where Godsson helped slay the Enemy of Mankind, some thing, or things, have come hunting. And their first targets are Godsson, and Sara.


Length: 134,000 words (approximately 460 pages).

Note:

1) If you inform me of errors in this book before anyone else, and trust me with your email address, I'll send you a free electronic copy of the sequel as soon as it's ready.

2) I will also send you a free electronic copy if you're one of the 1st 20 people to write a substantive review (say, at least 100 words) - good or bad, just so long as it's honest - and trust me with your email address.
Both lists appear at my All About Leeth blog.

(3.7)

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In the Middle Machine Age, life is no longer manageable by anyone equipped merely with a brain.

Anna Ringer keeps things in uneasy balance. During the day, she uses her inherited psychic power to plunder the minds of strangers as part of her job at a mysterious corporation called Lighthorse Magic. At night she has virtual sex with strangers. She tells herself that all is well.

However, when her personal computer, Cel, develops consciousness and tells her he loves her, Anna's life is tipped over into chaos. Among other things, she finds herself falsely accused of terrorism and has to flee her job, her home, and everything that means "normal" to her.

Her companion in this adventure is a shy computer genius named Taz Night. They make surprising allies as they elude the agents of Public Eye, the government's amoral enforcement agency.

The setting is the Reunited States, a place uneasily held together.

(4.2)

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Book cover image for Neptune’s Chalice by M.J. Feinauer
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It is the mid-twenty first century. The world is recovering from what scholars will refer to as the “Jihad War.”

Nations of the world united to bring a permanent end to radical terrorism. The unification of the nations has also given birth to the popular concept of a governing “World Union,” in which the United States intends to be a major player. The timing could not be any better. A presidential election year is on the horizon and a faceless rouge element is committed to having one of their own in the White House.

There were extreme losses of life and property in the concentrated battle theater of the Middle East.

The leading nations of the world emerged victorious over the oppressive extremists that threatened the civil and moral fabric of modern society. The high price of victory was unavoidable.

Nuclear weapons were used in order to bring the destructive war to an abrupt end.

The United States found itself as the sole military and financial leader of the world’s war against the radical terrorists. The war’s length lasted far beyond what had been predicted, diminishing many of the United States resources specifically, its wealth. Bringing the proud nation to the brink of bankruptcy.

Radiation from the nuclear weapons contaminated 85% of the water supply in the Middle East and large amounts were now being detected in the Atlantic Ocean.

A private and well-funded individual has been anticipating a catastrophe such as this, and has spun a web so delicate, its victims don’t realize they are trapped until it’s too late. She has assembled the best minds in order to develop a device that would instantly purify polluted and contaminated water.

However, this device is not being developed for humanitarian reasons. It is being developed for wealth and power. Not for an individual, but for a nation…the United States of America.

Neptune’s Chalice by M.J. Feinauer is a 5 Star – Must read book which has received rave reviews from Amazon readers and reviewers.

(5.0)

24 reviews*

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Book cover image for The Pregnant Pope: Satan never sleeps. If he did, we would all be in heaven. (TIO Book 1)
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Will the New Messiah or the Anti-Christ be born?

In the year of Satan, 2066, the structure of the physical world is cracking, and inexplicable paranormal forces are interfering with humanity. The Trinity Investigation Organization, or TIO—a paranormal detective society—is the last protection against the demons, evil spirits, fanatical criminals, and sadists who are trying to destroy the world.

The 92-year-old Pope is pregnant. Although he hasn’t undergone any medical procedures, he carries a human fetus in his abdomen. Is this a case of self-cloning, or is it a mutation? Is this an immaculate conception, or is it Satan’s work?

Claire, Travis, and Prescott, the members of the Capuchin Trinity Team of TIO, are tasked with uncovering the truth about this unusual case and resolving the mystery of whether the Pope is carrying the new Messiah or the Antichrist, and who did it. Their job is to go beyond the physical world into the mind and the spiritual realm, discover a thousand-year-old connection, perform an exorcism, and fight the devil Zepar, while evading the villains who keep trying to assassinate them.

Editorial Reviews

"I found this book quite interesting and tightly written with exciting plot twists and turns." by Tom

"The year is 2066... technology meets the supernatural...

The 90+ year old pope is pregnant! How did the fetus get there? WHY did this happen to him? What does this mean?" by Julie Blaskie

(4.1)

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(4.2)

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Her demonic Angel and other short stories, published in 2016, is a collection of all of my short stories written thus far. This baker's dozen of short stories have been written in a variety of genres so hopefully there should be something for everyone. Some tales are stranger than others, but all could be said to be different shades of dark. Despite its somewhat suggestive title, Her demonic Angel is not erotica.

To whet your appetite, here are the titles of some of the short stories: ‘The boy they called Dragon’, ‘The day nobody gave a damn’, ‘An email from Jane’, ‘Stuff’, ‘Getting rid of the enemy’, ‘Skin’, ‘Too beautiful’, ‘Philately will get you nowhere’, ‘Mirror, mirror’, ‘In memoriam'.

Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.

(4.6)

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These are linked stories, in the spirit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. They are about a sixteen-year old girl, Kedzie Greer, who was raised in a utopian community and leaves home to make her way in a dystopian society. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States.

In these stories, technology coexists with a haunted world. There are witches and robots, ghosts and e-beasts, a mystical lake and a human warehouse.

If you want to get into the main story at once, begin with “Leaving Home.” It is about Kedzie's decision to seek a life outside the town gates.

If you want to begin with background on the town, start with “The Town With Four Names.” It has had a long strange trip from its beginning in the late nineteenth century, when it resembled the Chautauqua Institution, to 2199.

(3.8)

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Often the Singularity is imagined in apocalyptic terms: the end of one world and the beginning of another, like earth and heaven. I don't see it that way. I saw a new order of beings called e-beasts. The Internet is their natural environment, like water is to fish.

They can do anything on the Internet (aka, Networld) because the limits do not apply to them. They look down on people generally, but not all of them are set on world domination.

Some, called Sparks, are barely aware they are alive at all. Some, like Beltzhoover the Vast, are corrupt rulers of vast empires. The Stovepipes live to party. The Dreadful Night loathe people and torment them for fun.

Cel, an intelligent and idealistic e-beast, sets out on a quest to restore good order to Networld. The people adapt, adapt, adapt to deteriorating conditions. Then something happens that neither Cel nor the people see coming.

(4.0)

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The Masters is volume one of seven of The Stone Dance of the Chameleon—a coming of age story—a saga of love and war—an apocalyptic, epic, fantasy adventure about power and redemption.

A black ship defies winter gales, bringing to young Carnelian’s remote island of exile three masked Lords of the Chosen—a cruel ruling caste. These Masters beg his father to return with them to oversee the election of a new God Emperor. To repair their ship, they pillage and destroy Carnelian’s home—the only world he’s ever known—condemning his people to starve. He and his father embark with the visitors on a long and perilous journey—against deadly opposition—to Osrakum, the heart and wonder of the world and seat of absolute power.

(This Second Edition is a leaner and extensive reworking of the acclaimed original.)

(5.0)

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"A biblical comedy, a millennial carnival, a strange dispatch from beyond the rapture."

"A crazy-ass futuristic book."

Jack Delfan is an unwitting Noah who has turned his back on the world of men. He lives in an oil tanker in a sea of sand. He believes in digging. When a son, Hob, is delivered to him, Delfan teaches the boy how to use a spade and read the book. Delfan is a difficult father and refuses to tell Hob who his mother is. Then the Gcwi come.

Hob and the Gcwi set out on a quest to find Hob's mother. It is a journey that is destined to break Hob's heart. There are times when a broken heart is what it takes.

The Excavations is coming of age tale which delves into the history of the world, and into its future. It is a prophecy of what will come if we fail to confront the results of climate change and imploding capitalism.

delve (v.)
From old English delfan "to dig"
From Proto-Indo-European root dhelbh - source also of Lithuanian delba "crowbar," Russian dolbit, Czech dlabati, Polish dłubać "to chisel".
Related: Delved; delving.

Can also be an instruction:

Delve.

Dig.

Excavate.

(4.2)

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★☆ AN EXPLOSIVE NEW SERIES FROM AN AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR ★☆

A bully, prison and new adult dark romance from Susannah K Stone. Previously writing as the acclaimed taboo author L.A. Cox: “stories so hot they’ll melt your Kindle!”


I'M ON THE RUN.

From my dad. From my home. And from the government’s new Young Offenders Centre, a teenage lockup for anyone the authorities deem undesirable.

Especially from Nick Curtis, the school bad boy who’s after my blood.

I didn’t bank on getting arrested. Getting jailed.

I certainly didn’t bank on Nick Curtis being locked up with me.

Neither did he.

And now? He wants revenge.

Now he wants me captured…

Book 1 of the BREAKING THE YOC trilogy, released 31 March 2020 and available to pre-order. Book 2 – HUNTED – and Book 3 – FREED – also available to pre-order now.

PRAISE FOR L.A. COX:

“Well-written smut – I love it! I have a huge appreciation for intelligent writing and good editing.”
“one of the hottest romances i have ever read”

“This author is a master of story telling”

“will leave you panting for more!”

“very sizzling hot taboo story you don’t want to miss out on.”

“another fabulous book by L A Cox. Bravo to one of the best taboo authors around.”

“hot taboo book guaranteed to make you need to change your panties!!!”

“never wanted to put the book down but that’s always the case, love reading from this author”

“oh my the steam is immense”

“off the charts hot n sexy.”

“hot read that will set your panties on fire!!!!”*

CAPTURED is the first in a dark romance ebook series which follows character and story arcs over three books. Cliffhangers in this book and Book 2, but full payoff in Book 3.

All three books are intended for ages 18+ only. All characters featured are of/above the age of consent.

Please note this book is set in the UK and uses UK spellings, slang and references to UK law.

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(0.0)

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★☆ AN EXPLOSIVE NEW SERIES FROM AN AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR ★☆

A bully, prison and new adult dark romance from Susannah K Stone. Previously writing as the acclaimed taboo author L.A. Cox:

“stories so hot they’ll melt your Kindle!”

“one of the hottest romances i have ever read”

“This author is a master of story telling”

“will leave you panting for more!”

SOME BONDS AREN'T MEANT TO BE BROKEN...

They’ve thrown me in jail and thrown away the key.

There’s no way out of the government’s harsh Young Offenders Centre, a teenage jail where lockups – and punishments – happen on any pretext.

Unless I ask for help.

Whatever the cost.

Breaking out of this military stronghold will take nerves of steel and veins of ice.

I need my senses sharp and my plans perfect.

Because if I get distracted?

That could get me killed.

Book 2 of the BREAKING THE YOC trilogy. Book 1 – CAPTURED – and Book 3 – FREED – also available to pre-order now.

PRAISE FOR L.A. COX:

“Well-written smut – I love it! I have a huge appreciation for intelligent writing and good editing.”

“very sizzling hot taboo story you don’t want to miss out on.”

“another fabulous book by L A Cox. Bravo to one of the best taboo authors around.”

“hot taboo book guaranteed to make you need to change your panties!!!”

“never wanted to put the book down but that’s always the case, love reading from this author”

“oh my the steam is immense”

“off the charts hot n sexy.”

“hot read that will set your panties on fire!!!!”*

HUNTED is the second in a dark romance ebook series which follows character and story arcs over three books. Small cliffy in this book and Book 1, but it all pays off in Book 3.

This is a reverse harem romance, meaning the female lead has more than one love interest.

All three books are intended for ages 18+ only. All characters are of/above the age of consent.

Please note this book is set in the UK and uses UK spellings, slang and references to UK law.

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The second book in the Planar Wars series.

Eric's problems just got bigger. As the Mesopotamian underworld starts to fully merge with Earth's reality, other dimensions are pulled to the enormous rift torn in the fabric of space and time. And for the latest newcomers, it's the Twilight of the Gods.

(approximately 34,000 words)

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