Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz is the IT Director for a precious metals refining company located in Philadelphia. Peter has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fifth grade. 

Born in Arizona, Peter has lived in Wisconsin, California, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, where he now lives with his wife, Bethlynne, and five sons. He is active in his church, and in addition to writing, enjoys history, backpacking, and languages.

Since 2004, Double Dragon Publishing has published seven of Peter’s novels and will publish another seven to ten in 2006 and 2007, along with many individual short stories. Horizons, his second novel but first published, was chosen by Mike Resnick as the winner the 2003 Draco Award for Best Science Fiction. Horizons was a finalist for the 2005 Eppie Award for Best Science Fiction, as was another of Peter’s novels, The Science of Magic. The first two books of his latest novel, SHARDS, are now competing against each other, both nominated as Finalists for 2006 Eppie Award for Best Science Fiction.

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In the mid-32nd century, kids still went to school, still had teachers, still had rivalries. They were pretty much the same as kids from any other century.

Renee Goletsuki was not normal.
 
Renee had many problems fitting in with the other children at school. Since her parents were always away, she had trouble fitting in at home. And born of a homo Sapiens mother and a homo Magicus father, Renee had trouble fitting in anywhere.
 
She was tired of having trouble. Now it was time to make some

Science. Magic. Both sources of unimaginable power. All that prevents ultimate control, ultimate power, is that science and magic do not exist in equality in the same dimension.

For twenty years Earth has been exploring the stars using faster-than-light stardrives whereby a manmade black hole pulls the ship through space. Dangerous to themselves and everything in the vicinity, the twenty-four starships, led by the flagship Horizon, have opened up new worlds to colonize.
In all the universe, there exists only one sentient species: Humankind. Originating from Earth, by the 31st Century humans have reached acoss the galaxy thousands of light years, never finding another race or species that was sentient.

The Terran/Martian Wars are over. Earth has been devastated by sixteen years of asteroid bombardment. Civilization on Mars is gone. Civilization on Earth is teetering on the brink. Three hundred and eighty-five million dead. Billions more emigrated to other planets.

John Wyeth was a successful man. At nineteen, he graduated at the top of his class at a respected university. By the age of twenty-two, he had survived three brutal years of warfare, serving as commanding officer for a behind-the-lines reconnaissance platoon. Now at thirty-one, he was the Senior Project Leader for the super secret think tank NATech, and he was very good at what he did. Everyone knew and no one doubted that within a few years he would be the Director.

At the age of sixteen, Abigail Wyeth was thirty-three years old.
Her friends lay dead. Her new life was destroyed; nothing more than a smoldering crater in the Sahara. She herself lay on the desert sands, seriously wounded and bleeding, utterly alone.
A sudden, rending scream from the depths of hell made even these seasoned veterans jerk and twirl toward this terrifying, unknown enemy. Aaron’s high-speed slug gun had the piercing screech of a banshee as he stood there - his legs so immobile despite the wicked recoil that they seemed bolted to the stone floor. With his upper body and shoulders, he muscled the gun in sweeping motions that disintegrated cold metal and warm flesh alike, each shredding like paper from the gun’s heavy slugs. They danced and lurched on invisible strings that plucked them from both sides; the ricocheting pieces of jagged metal being even worse than the slugs.
Sometimes a career change is required. Sometimes it’s unavoidable. And sometimes you?re forced into it, unable to think straight, pressured by your employer, with nowhere to turn.

And sometimes it costs you more than you could ever imagine...

In the wild days of the Martian Iron Rush, the Martian Territorial Rangers were all that stood between the guilty and the innocent. And the best, truest, fastest on the draw Iron Marshal was Roids Cavanaugh. Now Martian author HK Devonshire brings his stories to Earth readers, regaling you with accounts of this rarest breed of lawman. Read the same stories the Shards Universe characters love and celebrate.

Shard: v. To switch personas. Once a mind has been riped (wiped and rewritten), the previously used portion is closed off and an artificial psychic barrier is raised. Although highly unlikely, the barrier can be breached, and the closed off persona - even the original one - behind that barrier becomes dominant. This temporary episode is called a shard. If sharding continues, however, it does so at an increasing rate, weakening the psychic barriers, until it reaches a cascade level. Once cascade sharding begins, dissolution and death are inevitable.

The US Virgin Island of St. Thomas holds a glow of beauty and timeless grace. Beneath that, though, lies an anguished past of destroyed lives, enslavement, and endless attacks by nature itself. The people of St. Thomas are desperately in need of a protector. A guardian. An angel that will lay down her life to see that there will be justice for them. 

Sixteen years have passed since Promise Tide and Chrissy DuPries successfully forged the many factions of resistance forces into a cohesive unit, capable of facing – perhaps one day defeating – The Unbreathable, a force of evil attempting to control Earth’s societies through the ubiquitous, all-powerful NATech conglomerate.
Writing short stories is not easy. The reason it isn't easy is because they are short. The writer is still charged with producing living characters who have personalities: good, bad, or milksop. Add to that a dynamic narrative that gives you, the reader, an opportunity to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste what the folks who inhabit those little stories do, and the authors have a demanding job on their hands. Short stories are a great deal more than sitting on an old apple crate and hammering away at the QWERTY.    
This book opens with copyright information from Lincoln D. Bandlow, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law in Century City and the out-going President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. The remaining pages include a treasure trove of information from: a personal manager for Hollywood actors, a Hollywood teacher and movie extra, a “Fictionwise eBook Author of the Year”, an owner/co-owner of two websites listed among the “Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers”, a retired university professor, and other successfully published authors. This book is based on articles published during the first year of “The Golden Goblet” Newsletter edited by Marilyn Peake, and features additional articles by contributing authors written expressly for this book.
As we launch into this sixth book of the TWISTED TAILS anthology series, I am reminded of Michael Crichton’s debut novel, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN. Why? Because his first and quite likely his best published novel gave us a look at the possible and horrendous result of the introduction into our happy little home of an unknown biological entity from out there somewhere. Before we go on, some clarification is needed here. Although he is best-known for revived dinosaurs, ANDROMEDA STRAIN was his first published book under his own name ([JOHN] MICHAEL CRICHTON). Published in 1969, Crichton was still in medical school and was in his early twenties. Amazing.
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