The Raft

      Christopher Blankley / Mystery & Detective
The Raft

Anything goes aboard the Raft. The ramshackled, mosquito fleet has no law or authority. The Raft's ships clog the waterways of the Puget Sound, exploiting a loophole in the tax code to thumb their noses at the Government.Anything goes aboard the Raft. The ramshackled, mosquito fleet has no law or authority. The Raft's ships clog the waterways of the Puget Sound, exploiting a loophole in the tax code to thumb their noses at the Government. But even aboard the Raft, the murder of a young girl cannot go unpunished. It must fall on someone's shoulders to find justice, and that someone, it seems, is Maggie.Maggie Straight is a Magistrate, a judge for hire, a private policewoman and nanny to the ragtag band of criminals, hippies and burnouts that populate the Raft. She's the only authority the Raft respects. But when Maggie's phone rings one rainy, Northwest morning, it's no Rafter on the other end of the line, but the voice of her ex-girlfriend, Rachael.In a whirlwind, Maggie finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation, juggling her long-suppressed feelings for Rachael, while attempting to thwart the mainland police's hopes of using the girl's murder as an excuse to expand their authority over the Raft.When a conservative Senator, with plans to pass a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage, is implicated in the young girl's death, the situation escalates rapidly towards an all-out shooting war.Maggie must hurry to find the girl's killer, defuse the standoff with the authorities and make peace with how an old love affair ended, all before the Raft destroys itself a hopeless bid for independence.
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    That Nietzsche Thing

      Christopher Blankley / Horror / Mystery & Detective
That Nietzsche Thing

The girl was dead, and no fooling...Another Gene Genie taken by her addiction – by a plague tearing the world apart. Sasha is a cop. Though, now-a-days, he mostly cleans up messes. There are plenty of those. To Sasha, the girl looks like just another mess, until her body mysteriously vanished from the morgue..."You know that Nietzsche thing?” the girl asked, “about what doesn't kill you makes you stronger?Well, let me tell you, he got that all turned around...”The girl was dead, and no fooling...Another Gene Genie taken by her addiction – by a plague tearing the world apart. Sasha is a cop. Though, now-a-days, he mostly cleans up messes. There are plenty of those. To Sasha, the girl looks like just another mess, until her body mysteriously vanished from the morgue. Turns out the girl was the daughter of some rich and powerful East Coast NeoCon...Turns out the girl is a mess that even Sasha can't easily sweep under the rug... Before long, a Federal occupying army has descended on Seattle, hellbent on a roots-to-branches cleansing of America...Turns out the girl is one serious mess, indeed. But a deeper mystery lurks behind the girl's death. A mystery that connects the Geneing epidemic with an obscure doomsday cult and the last, encrypted novel of a long dead, half-forgotten sci-fi novelist.
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    Zombpunk: STEM

      Christopher Blankley / Horror / Science Fiction
Zombpunk: STEM

When the world finally runs out of food, will the living envy the (un)dead?Elder Tull is a Puke, one of the few unconverted. Without a stem, he's been discarded by society. Forgotten. Those converted now fed directly on electricity, through a power socket attached to their sternums. This cybernetic implant has transformed mankind: everyone is beautiful, everyone is healthy, everyone is thin. The stem regulates everything.Meanwhile, the Pukes are left to scavenge in the gutter, their minds burned out by starvation. Forced to squabble for what few crumbs remain, they've resigned themselves to living like the walking dead, shambling through a world of the eternally young...Until the day it all comes crashing down.One tiny glitch in the stem and the world goes insane. The few Pukes left now face a new threat: the mindless, snarling jaws of those Stems that had once seemed so perfect. With the lights out, they're searching for a new source of energy.... hungry for human flesh...Zombpunk: STEM is a postmodernist reinterpretation of the classic zombie genre, where the ranks of the walking dead are not filled with filthy, rotting corpses, but the young, forever perfect empty husks of a collapsed consumer culture.When the world finally runs out of food, will the living envy the (un)dead?**Available Now: Zombpunk: ARROW the exciting next chapter in the Zombpunk series.**
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    The Cordwainer

      Christopher Blankley / Science Fiction
The Cordwainer

What could be wrong with making a few bucks?Plenty, three friends soon learn, trapped in the company town of Boot Hill. If they can somehow get a trainload of boots over the mountains to the Big City, they could be rich - richer than they ever dreamed.What could be wrong with making a few bucks?Plenty, three friends soon learn, trapped in the company town of Boot Hill. If they can somehow get a trainload of boots over the mountains to the Big City, they could be rich - richer than they ever dreamed.But in an alternate 1973, Global Warming has brought the world to a standstill and the use of all carbon fuels is tightly restricted. The few means of transportation left are dominated by a corporate behemoth known as the Concession. Store shelves sit empty as shortages run rampant. But Beanie, Fluky and Mitty have a plan: just one freight car full of boots, across the mountains, and they could be rich...Richer than they ever dreamed.And after all, what could be wrong with making a few bucks?Plenty.
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