Humorous Sci-fi Adventure – NASA’s 1st Mission to Mars – For What?!!!

NASA's 1st Mission to Mars - For WhatNASA’s 1st Mission to Mars – For What?!!!
By Michael and Danny D’Agostino
Published: July 2017
ISBN: 978-1548482374
Genre: Humor, Sci-Fi Adventure
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Chicago Scientists Rebuke NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars in their New Comedy Sci-Fi Novel, “NASA’s 1st Mission to Mars – For What?!!!”

The issue: Why spend billions of taxpayer dollars on a manned mission to Mars, a totally dead, uninhabitable planet? For what?!

This witty, sometimes off-the-wall comedy, tells it like it is with authentic, real science, because it’s written by two former scientists, emerging as the comedy writing team of Michael and Danny D’Agostino. You can confirm what they say, like living on Mars would be near impossible: due to its oxygen-poor atmosphere, lack of Earth-like organic soil, the presence of elements and compounds in the rock surface that would contaminate plant growth.

The radiation alone would kill anyone walking on the surface without a thick, all-body radiation barrier. No trees, no plant or animal life, no water, except at the polar regions where you would freeze to death – what is the justification for massive expenditures to finance a mission to a dead planet? There is none.

THE STORY:
Penniless, flat broke, sleeping in a cardboard box in a tent city on the South Side of Chicago, this formerly undistinguished man, Stanley Marczek, becomes the first man to walk on Mars. How is it possible? Why would NASA select a civilian, non-career astronaut for the mission? Obviously, living in a confined space for nineteen months for the journey to Mars, is one consideration. Another, his screening test results prove to be exceptional, better than all other candidates. And this is a man of grit and incredible courage. He accepts NASA’s offer, seeing it as an opportunity to remake his life, earn a cool three million bucks, and return to Earth a hero. But the story isn’t just about Stanley Marczek, (aka Joksey), and the mission to Mars. It is also about his relationships with his loyal friends: Gnidek, a Viet Nam veteran, his dog Chichi, his girlfriend Hannah, and all his friends at tent city. His journey is clouded with almost insurmountable personal and technical challenges, and it is his friends who provide invaluable moral support; they are all in it together. But what is the catch? There has to be a catch. The catch is that Joksey is a man of strong will who freely expresses his mind. So when the mission is complete, and Stanley Marczek returns to Earth, he publicly questions the wisdom of all manned missions to Mars, to the embarrassment of NASA. And he does not mince words. He tells it like it is, straight out! This novel features realistic science-fiction. Although it is a comedy at heart, it makes a very poignant argument about manned missions to Mars.

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Historical Fantasy – Stone Circle

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By Kate Murdoch
Publisher: Fireship Press
Release Date: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61179-386-4
ISNB: 978-1-61179-387-1
Genre: Historical Fantasy
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Is the ability to read minds a blessing or a curse?

When Antonius’s father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga. Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status, and Antonius has limited opportunities.

When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance. The winner will be apprenticed to the town seer. Antonius shares first place with his employer’s son.

The two men compete for their mentor’s approval. As their knowledge of magic and alchemy grows, so does the rivalry and animosity between them. When the love of a beautiful woman is at stake, Antonius must find a way to follow his heart and navigate his future.

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Dark Historical Fiction – The New Man

The New ManThe New Man
By Jeffrey Welker
Publisher: Epidemic Books Company
Published: September 2016
ISBN: 978-0984441778
Genre: dark historical fiction, dark historical fantasy
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Found documents in a medieval Polish ruin reveal strange secrets from a past best forgotten. The eternal struggle to transcend the limitations of the human body and the human consciousness is no modern invention. Travel the ancient world with the deeply flawed and deeply curious Duke of Masovia as he perfects his art – the art of science, the art of alchemy, the art of necromancy – whatever it takes to achieve the ultimate goal: The New Man

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Memoir/Women’s Issues – When I Die, Take My Panties

When I Die, Take My PantiesWhen I Die, Take My Panties
Turning Your Darkest Moments Into Your Greatest Gifts
By Jennifer Coken
Publisher: Persona Publishing
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 978-0983371533
ASIN: B01N2NAFGG
Genre: Memoir, Grief, Women’s Issues
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When I Die, Take My Panties is a wake-up call about the personal transformation that can come from tragedy and what can be learned along the way. Jennifer takes us through her journey of her mother dying from ovarian cancer in 2011. Death forced her to face a harsh reality: So often you want to control life – and the truth is you can’t. To find true peace, you must come to terms with people and situations as they are, not as you wish them to be. When I Die, Take My Panties takes the reader through a journey of discovering the gifts in their own life as they learn how to appreciate what is right in front of them.

“When I Die, Take My Panties” – It’s funny, it’s frank, it’s inspiring. – Jenny Allen, Author of Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

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Literary/Women’s Fiction – Retrograde

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By Kat Hausler
Publisher: Meerkat Press
Release Date: September 2017
ISBN: 978-1946154026
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, General Fiction
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On a warm summer day in Berlin, Helena is hit by a truck while crossing the street. She awakens to the loving face of her husband Joachim. In addition to a few broken bones, she realizes she can’t remember anything about the accident, or even the last few years leading up to it. Retrograde amnesia the doctors call it and assure her that with time, she should regain her memory.

At loose ends after another botched relationship, Joachim doesn’t intend to lie to his estranged wife, Helena. But when he realizes that she doesn’t remember their separation, he can’t bring himself to tell her. So he does what any rational man would do: he takes her home and pretends they were never apart.

As the lies accumulate, Helena senses something isn’t quite right—that her husband is hiding something. When the outside world encroaches, Helena must face an unsettling truth and decide what the past will mean for their future. Is the past binding, or can she go back and change what went wrong in their relationship? And if given the chance, would she even want to?

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History/Biography – A Thousand Points of Truth

A Thousand Points of Truth
By V.P. Hughes
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1524527181
ASIN: B01L1U43X2
Genre: History and Biography
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The title of this book reflects the halftone process used to print photographs in newspapers and while all the articles that appear in the book suffer from some degree of inaccuracy, there arises from them as a whole—just as the dots in the halftone process produce a photograph—a portrait of Colonel John Singleton Mosby not found in the most searching and detailed of biographies and historic accounts.

Here we read the personal testimonies of friends and enemies, contemporaries and scholars and, of course, Mosby himself. A Thousand Points of Truth presents for the first time, a great American hero in all of his magnificent and fallible humanity.

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