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About John M. Olsen
As the President of the League of Utah Writers, he encourages others at every opportunity and hopes to see the local community produce many more great authors.
He loves to create and fix things, whether editing or writing novels or short stories or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and processes to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways. He usually prefers "Renaissance Man" to "Mad Scientist" as a goal and aesthetic.
He lives in Utah with his lovely wife and a variable number of mostly grown children and a constantly changing subset of extended family.
Check out his ramblings on his blog. Safety goggles are optional but recommended.
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Twenty authors deliver in some unexpected ways and live to crow about it.
From chickens in space to cozy murder mystery farm yards to schools of magickal thought...
Includes guardian angels, chicken shifters, aliens, and feathered matchmakers,
Maybe even a non-fiction adventure or two... and more!
These amazing chickens come from the minds of twenty cooped-up authors on the edge of cracking...
Read CRACKED: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories.
A tyrannical United Nations pulls the strings of its colony worlds, ruling with an iron fist. Corporate interests take precedence, and brushfire rebellions smolder on the edges. One system, home to the only alien species yet discovered, with human allies throws off the yoke and calls itself Independence.
Jon Del Arroz - Gate Keeper: A UN operative works to stop the destruction of the Gate that allows star travel to systems.
Doug Dandridge – Leverage: A former UN Marine living on Mars rebels and strikes back at the Special Forces unit sent to kill him.
James Schardt - The Only Planet We Have: First contact with the alien Karan sets the stage for a revolution in their society.
Lucas Marcum – Unrest: Decades after first contact, UN oppression of the Karan leads to strange alliances.
James Peters - Sailing to Independence: A chance encounter with a dying man puts a spacer on the trail of a thousand year old treasure.
Jamie Ibson - Above My Paygrade: A new, unknown alien threat is kept under wraps by police brutality and betrayals.
Sean McCune - Debt Repaid: A retired Marine joins with a motley crew to uncover layers of conspiracies and potential death when they run afoul of the UN.
Daniel Humphreys - Finding Sara: A private detective is hired to find a runaway woman and encounters far more than he bargained for following her from system to system.
Bart Kemper - Miracle Machine: UN operatives on Earth conduct an operation to catch a rebel courier, with unintended consequences.
J.K. Robinson - The Jump: The crew of a smuggling ship carrying a forbidden cargo must outwit a UN patrol craft or die trying.
J.F. Holmes - The Big Picture: Mercenaries contract to carry out some dirty work, but there’s a hidden agenda running through all the players.
Scott Bascom - One Fish, Two Fish: Genetic engineers under contract to the mob work to perfect their product while keeping their own heads on their shoulders.
T. Allen Diaz - The Witch’s Spell: Corporate interests drive a deadly form of warfare and the order of the day is betrayal.
John M. Olsen - Three Strikes: A woman with a murdered family works to deliver her revenge against the government that killed them.
Sean McCune - After Party: The crew of a starship comes face to face with an alien terror aboard an abandoned space station.
Grab a collection of science fiction, cast your eyes starward, and put the current moment in perspective.
'An Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!'
- Abraham Lincoln
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This collection will transport you out of the present day to the bright future of the day-after-tomorrow.
In this anthology resides 18 stories of discovery and daring that exhibit the spirit of adventure that has led explorers to risk their lives trying to discover the mysteries and secrets of Earth.
Silesian Treasure by WJ Hayes - RAF Group Captain Enoch P. Simmons is tasked as liaison to a business convention. He meets Buchanan Polk and the pair suddenly find themselves in the midst of a robbery.
This Planet is a Hole by Lou Antonelli - An alien teen is forced to move with her family to the worst planet in all of space and she’s not happy about it.
Extinction Point by Richard Paolinelli - Every civilized planet reaches a point when its technological advances lead to its ultimate demise. Major Adam Armstrong has just discovered that Earth has reached its extinction point and he is racing back to warn his homeworld before it is too late.
I Hate Mars! By Arlan Andrews - An exile from Earth is sent to Mars in a robotic body. He hates the Red Planet, but makes an unexpected life for himself there.
The Mantle of Gaia by Jody Lynn Nye - When Earth is under attack from an enemy force, her defender might be the one with the most unlikely of talents. College student Winston Chun is the last survivor of the programmers who can operate the planetary repulsor web against the incursion of bloodthirsty aliens, but can he reach the control center in time?
Reality Run by Alfred Genneson - A post-human discovers the world outside of the computer.
The Lamp By Which My Feet Are Guided by R. W. Ware - What’s left after a religious apocalypse? The brave men and women of the Mavericks.
Escape From The Lost Land by Nathan Dabney - Explorers Virgil Shephard and Ross Kent have discovered a tropical paradise deep in the snows of Antarctica, but there lurks a mysterious evil from which they must escape.
Unacceptable Losses by John M. Olson - Caroline Storm is stranded in a combat zone, her team missing or dead, communications on blackout. Can she complete her mission and survive?
Climate of Change by Marie Genneson - A marital spat between Pluto and Persephone sends the world into chaos. Can Athena mend the split before the drastic temperature changes destroy the humans and kill them all?
Welcome to Mars! by A. M. Freeman - Some rivalries span decades, but how far is too far when doing what it takes to win?
The Dawn of Reason by Dan Gallagher - At the dawn of humanity there was a choice to walk in trusting humility, or else covet equality with God as a thing to be grasped. How’d that work out?
Under A Wayward Sun by Josh Griffing - Terran Fleet Ensign Jack Williams is about to make history on Topeka-2 as the youngest officer ever to lead a survey team to a planet’s surface.
The Hidden Conquest by Hans Schantz - Faster-than-light travel is a myth, yet an invasion crosses light years of space and eons of time, employing a small but devastating secret weapon to conquer another world. Can he can stop the Civic Circle’s “Hidden Conquest,” before it’s too late?
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Ringrun by Ben Wheeler - A robotic scientist is on the run from a nanotech swarm desperate to rip out the information he holds in his mind.
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Twelve authors spin tales of true believers facing impossible odds, risking this life in the hope of gaining something better after. Mormon Battalion soldiers fight an airship, a bounty hunter crosses Porter Rockwell, cultists attempt to reanimate Brigham Young, and missionaries run into Cthulhu. These are just a few of the amazing tales by award winning, bestselling, and premier authors--
D. J. Butler, John M. Olsen, Steven L. Peck, Elizabeth Mueller, Scott E. Tarbet, Jay Barnson, Joe Monson, Amanda Hamblin, Christopher McAfee, Jace Killan, John D. Payne, and Lee Allred.
All Made of Hinges is the first installment in the incredible four-part Mormon Steampunk series by Immortal Works Press. If you love these stories, look for more in Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel, Press Forward, Saints, and A Mighty Fortress.
As the year comes to its end and the frigid night hours reach their peak, the old tradition of winter ghost tales makes its return. Christmas ghosts, Solstice spirits, New Year’s phantoms, and even armies of killer snowmen haunt the pages of these stories of the supernatural.
A Cup of Kindness by Misha Burnett
Stranger Come Knocking by David J. West
Don’t Disturb the Carollers by Lauren Stokeld
Echoes at Midnight by Amy Beatty
Te Amo, Mamita by Sarah E. Seeley
A Solstice Scare by Robin Cranney
Silent Night by Allan Evans
Love Me, I Pray by Staci Olsen
Angel in the Attic by Donea Lee Weaver
Ghost Train by John M. Olsen
‘Twas The Fight Before Christmas by James T. Lambert
The Ghost of Christmas Lost by L’ren Beck
Solstice Fire by Jodi Lynne Chase
All Through the House by Scott William Taylor
A Bloody Merry Christmas by Mark Minson
Whether you’re traditional, indie, or hybrid; a journalist, novelist, or blogger, we hope their stories provide encouragement for you, wherever you are in your journey toward publication.
Then came that day in July of 2015. Like the Romans when they found themselves within Pluto’s realm and discovered it was nothing like the desolate fires of damnation assigned to his Greek counterpart, Hades, those of us in modern time discovered that Pluto was nothing like we had imagined since 1930.
That iconic photo of Pluto, with the heart-shaped plain later named Tombaugh Regio, told us that there was so much more to the planet. First, it was not blue and not just solid ice as so many had expected it to be. Just like Pluto’s mythological domain, the planet displayed a variety of features and composition.
In this volume, what you will find in the pages that follow are twenty-one amazing stories of death and wealth set around a wandering cousin far out in the cold edges of our solar system. You will find Vikings, knights, warriors defending home and hearth, of triumph and tragedy, and, yes, even the god himself. You will read tales of great courage and great loss. Of sacrifice for a greater good and of justice delivered to the overly greedy. You will even find the aforementioned Walt Disney himself.
Herein you will find thirteen stories to tickle your fancy, each with a unique take on combining the science of steampunk with the strength and attitudes of the pioneers who migrated to what would later become Utah.
Prepare yourself for flying goats, midnight invasions, missing memories, Porter Rockwell, mystery, pirates, robots, ancient history, more robots, circular reasoning, ghosts, and ginger ale. These authors cover a lot of ground, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the trip.
Scott William Taylor, Angie Taylor, Megan Rupp, Scott E. Tarbet, Finlay Lofthouse, Christopher Baxter, Bryce Moore, D. J. Moore, Mindie Erb, Heidi Wessman Kneale, Kurt F. Kammeyer, Kim May, Judith and Michael Collings.
Utah Mysteries Explained!
Humor writers from all over Utah tell tales of what all happens in the Beehive State. Get ready to laugh out loud as you find out what really goes on here. Each story is crafted in a family-friendly way and told with a unique Utah voice. It is like falling into a family reunion you never knew existed. Find out about:
- What are Funeral Potatoes?
- Brigham City Sunshine and Moonshine
- The Reverence Dog of Thurber Ward
- Transplants and Road Trips in the Rockies
- Church and Cheerios
- Tenacious Monkey Bites
- High Schoolers and Hatchets
to name just a few... There are lots of laughs packed in to these 21 essays that you are sure to enjoy.
What they are saying...
One facebook friend, Jo Hindes from Wales, UK comments:
This book is amazing!! However this recommendation comes with a warning...Ladies of a certain childbearing age, ladies who no can no longer sneeze and walk at the same time may want to take precautions before reading this book.... it should come with a free tena lady pack.
Willliam Botte of Stamford, CT emails:
Enjoying the heck out of it. Brings back many memories both old and recent times. Each of your associates certainly reflect their own unique ability to bring the words and situations alive. I will continue to enjoy these writings over and over!!