These science fiction excerpts are from past promotions we did when we had the booksthathook domain name.
Because all of that site is gone forever, I’m using my email to try to compile all the science fiction excerpts from those deleted posts. These science fiction excerpts are all ones I had permission to post. I am just moving them to our new website.
Excerpt from Live Echoes by Henry V. O’Neil
Sealed inside a Banshee fighting suit, Ayliss Mortas was having the time of her life. The feed from dozens of micro-cameras made her helmet almost vanish around her head, and she half-expected the falling snowflakes to land on her face. Coursing down through the pale atmosphere, driven by a wind she could hear but not feel, the ice crystals either slid past at the last second or stopped inches from her eyes before melting against the faceshield.
Her arms and legs moved easily inside the now-familiar vehicle, but the freedom of actually traveling on a planet’s surface was astounding. All of her previous suit experiences had been aboard ship, in stationary simulators or large compartments, and there had been no room to simply run.
Excerpt from Altered Starscape by Ian Douglas
The night before the Tellus Ad Astra left Earth Clarkeorbital, her commander, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair, had gotten into a shouting match with CybDirector Veber. The exchange hadn’t exactly been career-enhancing… but, then again, St. Clair didn’t feel like he had all that much to lose. The Ad Astra command was more punishment than plum. The United Earth Directorate was trying to get him out of the way, after all.
“My Lord,” Veber said, almost sneering, “You are missing the import of this expedition. Through this diplomatic exchange, Earth and Humankind will be accepted as full equals within Galactic circles!”
Excerpt from The Ephialtes Shorts Collection. Taken from Ephialtes Short IV: Be All You Can Be by Gavin E. Parker
Kris stared at her. “Prosthetics?”
Reed jutted her head forward a few millimetres and paused before saying, “Yes.” She paused again. “You are aware of the extent of your injuries?”
Kris hadn’t thought about the extent of her injuries. She was banged up, she knew that much, but somehow it was something she hadn’t considered. Her failure to reply was all the reply Reed needed. “I’m so sorry,” she said, “I thought the nursing staff had been through this with you.” For the first time she looked sympathetic, and she took a step nearer to the bed. “Ms Stahl, the injuries you sustained were life-threatening and life-changing. I’m very sorry, but you have lost your spleen, one partial and two whole fingers and,” there was a micro hesitation, “both legs, below the knee.” She stopped and thought before continuing. “I realise this might be difficult to take in.”
Excerpt from My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe
Maybe if I played this cool enough they would let me go. Though, I doubted it. Best-case scenario: I was thrown in a holding cell with a court date and no one to pay my bail. Worst-case scenario…I could only imagine what was legal for law enforcement now.
“Have you ever contacted Chase Wolfe prior to the purchase of your passage?” Smith asked me.
“No.” Another truthful answer. I was getting lucky. I was also getting annoyed. I hated roundabout questions that were just the same question reworded. I’d already told him that I hadn’t.