A New Sci-Fi Bundle

Well what do you know, two newsletters in a row about bundles!

Hi everyone! For a while, I’ve been downright taunting you with a gorgeous cover for the Big Sigma Collection: Volume 1. Well, good news. The wait is over. But, even better news, that book is not coming going to be alone!

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I’m pleased to announce the latest of the bundles I’ve curated for StoryBundle. We’re calling it the Sci-Fi Adventure Bundle, and it might just be the biggest and best bundle I’ve put together so far. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’re already aware of StoryBundle. For the newcomers, here’s the quick version:
StoryBundle puts together collections of books to be sold for a limited time at a price of your choosing. These are eBooks, free of pesky DRM, and usable on just about any ebook platform you’re likely to have. There’s an entry level which you can get for as little as $5, and a bonus level starting at $15 that’ll get you a bunch of bonus books, and you can even designate a slice of your payment to go to one of the associated charities.

So, what have I picked for you good people? Oh, I think you’ll like it. In the $5 base bundle you get:

  • Cyborg Legacy by Lindsay Buroker
  • The Big Sigma Collection: Volume 1 by yours truly (more on this in the next section of this very email.)
  • Undersea by Geoffrey Morrison
  • Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen

If you’re feeling like a big spender and have $15 or more dollars to toss around, you get this whole haul:

  • Brining Stella Home by Joe Vasicek
  • Temporal Contingency by me again.
  • Undersea Atrophia by Geoffrey Morrison
  • Oasis by Dima Zales
  • Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge by M. Pax
  • Ambassador 1A: The Sahara Conspiracy by Patty Jansen
  • Contract of Betrayal by Tammy Salyer
  • Scavenger: Evolution by Timothy C. Ward

And if you’re on the StoryBundle mailing list, you got TWO MORE BOOKS, Seeing Red by Patty Jansen and The Backworlds by M. Pax.

Pretty good, huh? I handpicked these authors either because the book itself is top notch or because they have proved time and again that they are masters of the genre. “But Jo,” you may ask, “Does that mean you haven’t read every one of these books?” As a matter of fact, I haven’t! Because Cyborg Legacy didn’t exist until shortly before this bundle was ready to launch. That’s right, Lindsay Buroker is debuting that title right here in the bundle. And let’s not forget that The Big Sigma Collection is debuting here as well! Scroll down to read the details about that little title, but not before you pick up the bundle!

The Big Sigma Collection


Like The Book of Deacon Anthology, The Big Sigma Collection is intended to be a starting point for people who want to read my sci-fi stories but don’t want to have to buy a whole stack of books. The collection includes all three of the first books in the series: Bypass Gemini, Unstable Prototypes, and Artificial Evolution. But rather than just gathering together a bunch of stuff you’ve already read, I also took some time last year to write three brand new stories:

  • Squee’s Day Out – An unlikely short story about Squee the Funk’s mischievous adventure while Lex and Michella are away.
  • Building the Perfect Pet – The untold story of how Solby the Funk came to be.
  • Beta Testers – A novella detailing the first time Garotte and Silo worked together in an unsanctioned military operation.

Combined, these new stories total about 75,000 words. For people who write normal length books, that’s a whole new novel. For people like me who tend toward the longer stories, it’s about half of one. Either way, a few hours of fresh reading for you.

Here’s where the bundle above comes in. It would be a pain to have to buy three books you already own just to get the new short stories, wouldn’t it? Well, if you buy that bundle, whether you get the standard or bonus bundle levels, if you pay the lowest amount, that works out to about a dollar a book. Which means you can get the collection for about a buck, which is a fair price for a trio of brand new short stories, I’d say.

“But Jo,” you might object, “I don’t want to have to pay for all of those other books, regardless of how good you claim they are.”

Well, Mr./Mrs. Doubter, I’ve got good news for you! Once the bundle is over (next month), there will be a very short pre-order and then this book will be available for $7.99 in all the usual places, purchasable by itself on the device of your preference.

“But Jo,” you might further object, “What if I don’t want to have to pay so much just to get a few extra short stories?”

Well, my frugal friend, there’s a solution for you as well, but it involves that rarest of traits: patience. Over the course of the next five months I will be rolling out one story per month as newsletter perks. This will include all three short stories included here, plus a pair of fantasy stories we’ll discuss in the weeks ahead.

So there you go! Pick up the Bundle to get this for a price of your choice (as little as $5 for it and four other books), buy it in February for $7.99, or wait and get the new stuff for free. Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy it!

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