Monday, March 2, 2015

Excerpt from my upcoming novel, Mooncrash: The Fall of Man

I'm about 2/3 finished with the first draft, so every word below is subject to change, but here are the opening scenes from the book so far. If everything goes as planned, it should be out in a few months. What do you think of it?

I'm having a cover made for the book. In the meantime, here's a cool image that pretty much sums up the first few chapters.

Blurb:

In 2086 we’re just beginning to expand into our solar system; only a few research sites exist on Luna and Mars. Then a billion-ton extra-solar moon is spotted hurtling toward Earth. There is no hope of saving civilization on the planet, only surviving elsewhere. With but 13 days in which to equip and evacuate as many people as possible to the small moon bases, the race is on to ship enough of everything to avoid extinction. In the end, a few daring evacuees must also stop a war on Luna that would kill man’s last hope for survival.


PROLOGUE 

In the far-off reaches of space, two planets collided.

The colossal forces involved equaled that of several billion hydrogen bombs. The two planets tore one another apart, shattering continents and hurling city-sized chunks of crust and mantle in every direction. One such chunk struck the tiny third moon of the larger planet, pulverizing a quarter of the moon and sending the remainder, split into two large pieces, spinning off into space in different directions, as if in a cosmic game of billiards.

The larger piece of moon raced through the darkness for years without end, crossing the interstellar void. Transit through a solar system altered its course several times. Gravitational forces caused it to whip around planets and suns and increased its speed immensely. Two more such transits followed, millions of years apart.

Untold eons later, nearing the end of its epic journey, it skipped through the Oort Cloud of an insignificant star system near the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy. A glancing blow with a huge frozen ball of methane did no real damage to the moon, merely breaking off a small mountaintop, but nudged it into a slightly different trajectory. Next, it pierced the heliopause. The solar wind streaming outward worked to slow the moon’s speed slightly and changed its path minutely. A near miss by a massive ice object, as the moon streaked through the Kuiper Belt, tweaked its course by a hair in another direction.

The seductive siren’s call of the sun’s gravity drew the moon in. It picked up speed again, little by little and subtly altered its trajectory—a fraction of a degree at first, but eventually several degrees sunward. The moon, which before would have passed through the solar system unnoticed, now would never leave.

It had found a home.

CHAPTER 1 

October 27, 2086 6:11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST); 2:11 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); approaching Edwards Air Force Base, California.

“Edwards Control, this is Athena, altitude 50,000 feet, requesting landing clearance.”

“Good morning, Athena. We have you on radar. You’re cleared to land on runway Two-Two Left.”

“Morning, Jeff. Roger that. Two-Two Left it is.”

Marty Torrance clicked off his mic and turned to his copilot. “Right on time, looks like. Whaddaya say we get some breakfast when we’re done here?”

Stefi Woodruff nodded. “Sounds good. But what about Marie?”

“She won’t be up for hours. If I go straight home, I’ll just wake her up. And you know how grumpy she gets when she doesn’t get her beauty sleep.”

Stefi chuckled. “Too true.”

Marty toggled the intercom. “Ladies and gentlemen, please secure your belongings and take your seats. We’re about to begin our final descent. We have clear skies ahead, so turbulence should be minor; but buckle up, just in case. We’ll be pulling up to the gate in approximately twenty-three minutes. Thank you.”

He toggled off the intercom and wished he could scratch his nose through the faceplate of his helmet. Two minutes later, he pushed the yoke forward slightly and the hyperplane dipped its nose toward the ground.

* * * 

October 27, 2086 8:26 a.m. PST; Mt. Palomar, California.

“Doctor, we have a problem.”

“Eh? What’s that? Trouble with the interferometer again?” Robert Rosselli looked up at his research assistant over half-moon reading glasses. Her eyes were red and puffy, as if her best friend had just died. “Are you all right?”

Maria Lundquist shook her head. “It-it’s not me.” A few golden strands had escaped her severe bun and floated beside her left ear. “I-I’d rather you see for yourself.”

“Can it wait?” He held up a sheaf of papers. “I have to finish the budget request—”

“No, sir. It can’t.”

Rosselli sighed and removed his glasses. “Very well. Lead on.” He slid the folded readers into his shirt pocket and stood.

Lundquist led him around the curve of Palomar Observatory to her office. She handed him several photos and a stack of printouts.

“What am I looking at?” Fumbling for his readers, he sat on the corner of her desk.

“This photo was taken at 10:03 last night. The software logged the object’s location—just another Near Earth Object. The next photo was taken an hour later. As usual, the software logged its new position and calculated speed and trajectory. It triggered an email alert because the probability of impact with Earth was calculated to be twelve percent. The alert was sent to me. I saw it when I came in this morning.”

“So? Plenty of NEOs trigger alerts at first, until later observations refine the trajectory.” Noting the tremble of her pointing finger, he asked, “Are you sure you’re all right?”

“I’m fine, doctor. Listen to me. The next photo, at 12:03, raised the probability to thirty-one percent. By the time I checked my email at eight this morning the equipment had taken seven more exposures and further refined the trajectory. The probability of Earth impact had increased to seventy-four percent.”

Rosselli’s eyes went wide. “Seventy-four? Is that what’s got you spooked?”

She nodded.

“How big is this thing?”

“Huge.”

Rosselli’s olive skin paled. He ran a hand through his hair. “How far out is it?”

“Less than thirteen days.”

“Jesus! How come we didn’t spot it sooner?”

Lundquist shrugged. “Its albedo is extremely low. It’s nearly pitch black and coming in from above the plane of the ecliptic. We’re lucky we spotted it at all.”

“Extrasolar, then. I’d better notify the President that we have a potential Code Black.”

Lundquist nodded. “B-but you can remove the word ‘potential.’ While I was reading my email, the alert came in for the 8:03 photo.” She swallowed and pointed to the latest printout. “Th-the software now pegs the probability of impact at 98.73 percent.”

* * * 

October 27, 2086 4:02 p.m. EST; Washington, D.C.: Twelve days thirteen hours until impact.
“Gentlemen, please be seated.”

Arrayed around the table before Miranda Rodriguez sat the Joint Chiefs, the President’s Science Advisor, National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff, and various other trusted staff members and assistants.

“Vice President McNamara is en route from the WHO summit in Brisbane. He’s joining us from Air Force 2. Good morning, Andrew. Sorry to wake you.”

The image of the youthful, wavy-haired veep nodded. “Good afternoon, Miranda.”

“Before we begin, does anyone have anything new to bring to the table?”

Stony silence met her words.

“Very well.” She nodded in the direction of her Science Advisor. “Many of you already know why we’re here, but for those who don’t, Jonathan will fill us in. Jonathan?”

“Thank you, Madam President.” Jonathan Clauswicz, a tall, distinguished, middle-aged man with slightly stooped shoulders and thinning brown hair, stood and swept the room with his eyes. “Ladies and gentlemen, I won’t beat around the bush. We’re about to be hit by a meteor—a big one.” He pressed the remote and the large viewscreen at the far end of the room lit up with a single image. “This one.”

The still frame seemed to show nothing at first. Then Clauswicz zoomed in on the upper-right quadrant of the image. The object was dark, barely visible against the backdrop of a dusty nebula. “It’s been designated 2086 UZ2. The name doesn’t really matter. What matters is it’s huge, it’s fast, and it’s coming right at us.”

Those already in the know heard the news again with impassive faces. The others turned pale; several gasped. Eyes went wide and fear showed on many faces.

A hand rose in the back. It was one of the junior staffers—there to take notes, not to speak.

Clauswicz nodded toward the young man. “Yes, Adam?”

“I-I’m sorry to interrupt, sir. But how big is it, where is it going to hit, and what are our chances?”

“I was just coming to that.”

“Sorry, sir.” Adam shrank back into his seat.

“Don’t worry about it, son. I’m sure those were the top questions on everyone’s mind. It’s expected to hit somewhere in Western Europe or the eastern North Atlantic. But that’s not important.”

He clicked the remote several times and another image appeared. “To put it in perspective, this is Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona. It’s three-quarters of a mile across and almost 600 feet deep and it was created by a meteor only 150 feet in diameter. The meteor that presumably killed off the dinosaurs and two-thirds of all life on earth 65 million years ago was about six miles across. This one is more than a hundred miles across. Scientists are calling it a planet killer.” 

The audible gulp from one staffer would have been comical under other circumstances. Then a young lady ran from the room with a hand over her mouth. She barely made it around the corner before the sound of a splash followed by retching echoed back through the closing door.

Clauswicz acknowledged the event with a tight smile. “Yes, that was pretty much my reaction when I first heard the news. To answer the obvious question, when scientists say ‘planet killer’ they don’t necessarily mean that the Earth itself will be destroyed, but that all life on Earth almost certainly will be. So, you see, it really doesn’t matter where it hits.

“This isn’t some sci-fi movie where we’re going to fly up there and blow up this rock in the nick of time. The goddamn thing is bigger than the state of New Jersey. I’ve already spoken with several renowned scientists and the Joint Chiefs individually. The consensus is that we—and by ‘we’ I don’t mean the United States, I mean the total resources of the planet—have nothing in our arsenal that can deflect or destroy this killer. ”

Clauswicz again swept the room with his eyes. “Just to be clear, our job here isn’t to try to find a way to keep the meteor from hitting Earth. It’s to find a way for the human race to survive the impact.”

He paused to take in the faces of those around the conference table. Those faces showed fear, yes, but no panic. “I know you’re all in shock and your first reaction is to scream and run home to be with your families. I wish we had that luxury, but this is more important than you and me. The survival of mankind is at stake. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d like to think that given enough time, we’d get over our petty Earthly squabbles and expand out into the universe to see and do amazing things. But before that can happen, we have to survive as a species. Those of us in this room have to resign ourselves to the fact that we are all going to die.”

He took a deep breath to give the others a moment to accept the reality of the situation. “I know that’s a scary thought. Come to grips with that and you can focus on your jobs. I know this sucks, but if we’re going to die, let’s go out doing something important—more important than anything we’ve done before.

“I suspect that everyone here, to one degree or another, took their present jobs with the idea of helping to make the world a better place. Well, now I’m asking you all to set your goals higher. We need to work toward saving the human race.

“We have approximately 301 hours left to live. Let’s make them count.

The Tesserene Imperative is on sale for only $1.99!

Mar 1-3 (until 4 PM EST) only, get THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE for a mere $1.99. If you’ve been on the fence about getting this ***4.7-star rated*** sci-fi thriller, here’s your chance. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the FREE Kindle app for Android, Apple, and Windows. You can read the book on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. If you have AMAZON PRIME or KINDLE UNLIMITED, you can download the book for FREE!

This 4.7-STAR -RATED first-contact thriller is receiving rave reviews:

“Great yarn! Well written treasure finding adventure, set in deep space! Excellent!!”—Terry (Amazon Australia)

“I enjoyed this book very much. Although written in a classic "buddies on a ship" kind of format, it has believable characters, smokin' hot technology ideas and some very interesting 1st contact scenarios. I would highly recommend this book to any hard sci fi fan.”—Hard Sci-Fi Guy

“Mark Chapman is another of the young authors that are bringing new and exciting back to science fiction. I love the return to OPTIMISTIC science fiction/space opera, after too long a period of most mainstream science fiction being entirely too dystopian for my taste. The Imperative Chronicles have started off with two strong novels, and I just keep hoping that more will come out soon!”—Michael Kal-El

Quite interesting and involving”—Michael J. Bercutt "professionaltraveler"

“FIVE stars for this book[. I]t was a good read. [A] lot of surprises and twists to keep me guessing.”— Amazon Customerhardcore sick

“I think that this book.would be a great read for young adults!”—zcrazypolak

Very interesting story … worthy of my 5 stars.”—Doc Grit Taylor

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“the author has put together a good storyline and cast of characters.”—Dave R

Good Book two of series.” Scott Frazer
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It was supposed to be a routine mission, but in an asteroid belt nothing is routine. When prospecting ship Shamu is almost destroyed, the crew of five is left with three days of air, little water, a smashed starflight drive, and no hope of rescue. It will take every ounce of ingenuity and stubborn pigheadedness they possess to find a way to survive.

In the shadows of a small moon, there's a discovery waiting to be made--the secret to first contact. Will it open the stars to widespread exploration, or doom mankind to extinction?

Despite being part of a series, my sci-fi thriller, THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE (Book Two of The Imperative Chronicles), is a stand-alone story. (You don't necessarily have to read Book One (The Mars Imperative)—but, of course, you’ll want to!) It’s available on Amazon in 13 countries: http://smarturl.it/TessereneImperative

To find out more about my books, go to my blog at http://tesserene.blogspot.com or my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Get the two-book set of The Imperative Chronicles for 99 cents (today only)!

*** COUNTDOWN SPECIAL *** TODAY only, get THE IMPERATIVE CHRONICLES for $0.99 (84% off the regular price). If you’ve been on the fence about getting this $5.99 TWO-PACK of sci-fi thrillers, here your chance. Get one for yourself, get one for your kids, get one for Grandma. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. Download the FREE Kindle app for Android, Apple, and Windows. You can read the book on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. (If you miss out on this 99-cent special, you can still get it for only $1.99 on TUESDAY.) If you have AMAZON PRIME or KINDLE UNLIMITED, you can download the book for FREE!

Two great books, one great price!

This set contains the complete, unabridged, highly rated (4.3 and 4.7 stars) novels, THE MARS IMPERATIVE and THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE, with over 650 pages of thrills.

Get ready for a near-future universe where the science and technology is as real as anything you might encounter today. It's a universe of space elevators, terraforming, mining camps on Mars, and prospecting in distant asteroid belts; a universe where the Earth is dangerously overpopulated. We must expand outward to survive.

Dangers abound in space, but so do opportunities. Succeed and the galaxy is opened for human exploration; fail and humanity is doomed to extinction.

Which will it be? Come along for the ride of your life. It's a bumpy one, but well worth the trip.

THE MARS IMPERATIVE

Mars is a frontier town, filled with prospectors and mining camps. It’s a place of deadly dust storms and near-vacuum atmosphere. And then there’s the terrorist.

When James McKie leaves for his first job in space, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Traveling to Mars is harrowing enough. Surviving once he gets there is another matter entirely. Yet there is a discovery waiting to be made, one that could open Mars to human colonization—if it doesn’t kill everyone first.

THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE

It was supposed to be a routine mission, but in an asteroid belt nothing is routine.

When prospecting ship Shamu is almost destroyed, the crew of five is left with three days of air, little water, a smashed starflight drive, and no hope of rescue. It will take every ounce of ingenuity and stubborn pigheadedness they possess to find a way to survive.

In the shadows of a small moon, there's a discovery waiting to be made—the secret to first contact. Will it open the stars to widespread exploration, or doom mankind to extinction?

THE IMPERATIVE CHRONICLES series is available on Amazon in 13 countries: http://hyperurl.co/ImperativeChronicles. To find out more about my books, go to my blog at http://tesserene.blogspot.com or my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Free audiobook copy of My Other Car is a Spaceship!

FREE AUDIOBOOK giveaway! (A $24.95 value.) Audible has given me 25 codes for free copies of the MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP sci-fi audiobook. (It’s also available from Amazon and iTunes for under $22.)  Here's a 40-minute sample of the audiobook.

I’ll be awarding free copies here over the next few weeks to my loyal readers. What I’ll do is ask for the first sentence of a chapter from one of my other three novels. Whoever responds first with that sentence (and a valid email or Facebook address) wins the free audiobook and I’ll respond in a PM with the code and the instructions for how to use it. (These codes are for the Audible site in the U.S. Audible has told me that I can request codes for the U.K. site as well. So I’ll be offering those codes, too, later.)

Be the first to respond to this post with the correct answer and win. It’s that simple.

If you don’t currently own any of my novels, here’s a great chance for a twofer. Buy an ebook for $2.99-$3.99 and possibly win a $25 audiobook!

If you like the audiobook (and/or the other novel), all I ask is that you post a favorable comment on Amazon, Audible, and anywhere else you see fit. If you don't like it, well, feel free to keep it to yourself. LOL! (Better yet, send me a PM letting me know what you don't like about it.)

Here are the links to my four novels (and the bundle of two novels, which would work just as well). The ebook links are good in 13 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

TODAY’S CONTEST: What’s the first sentence of Chapter 13 of Sunrise Destiny?


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

40-minute free sample of My Other Car is a Spaceship audiobook

Here’s a 40-minute free sample of the audiobook on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Re2DsOZrLQ.

If you like what you hear, you can buy the audiobook from: 
Or, if you prefer the ebook, you can find it at:

Amazon (in 13 countries): http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship
To find out more about my books, go to my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

2014 was a terrific year for my family and me. I hope it was for you as well, and I hope 2015 is even better!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Other Car is a Spaceship audiobook is now available!

With nearly ***11,500 ebook copies sold*** the audiobook is now available.


This former Amazon #1 bestselling military sci-fi thriller has received ***80+*** 5- and 4-star reviews!

What a romp. Fun and fast paced. Great escapism. Just what you want in a space opera. Waiting with great anticipation for the sequel.”—Rick

“Not what you would think from the title…. This is the kind of book that you don't want to put down. Story lines and characters evolve on several plains to tell the good and the bad of a sentient universe. …. Something any avid sci-fi reader will enjoy!”—Edward O Mumby 

“Compelling! A well written, good book with an interesting storyline. [T]he story moves at a quick pace with lots of action.”—Judith A. Pilgrim 

“Swashbuckling meets Star Trek with a bit of Babylon 5 and Futurerama...over all a good read. Great fun, pick [it] up you scurvy dogs.” —A Kindle Customer 

“A good book. There was plenty of action and a well planned story line.”—Caitlin 

“A wonderful space opera. A very enjoyable book that has nonstop action with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. A delight for anyone that loves science fiction.” —James E. Brown, Jr. 

“Great space adventure. Excellent read.”—John L. Logan 

“A must for anyone who likes space battles…. Space guardians versus pirates, very good story, well written with good character development. Will get sequel when it comes available.”—David Paige

“Very interesting story believable characters, and a happy ending with a lead to the next book.” —Amazon Customer 

“Great story with very entertaining plot. It even makes you think that this could really be happening.” —Frank Poppers “pops” 

“The characters are fascinating both alien and otherwise. The action was non stop. I really got into the intergalactic relationships.”—Stuart Willner 

“An interesting twist on the good guy/bad guy plot with pirates and space. A fun story.”—Amazon Customer 

“Great story. From the title you might expect a slightly cheeky but humorous story. This novel is better than that. Much better in fact. I could not put it down.”—ArthurDent \

A really really good book !!!! Very good story, good action, realistic story line[.] ... Sure hope we get more along the same line[.] Good job!”—Steve A. Harrah 

“I was initially surprised by this book. Couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the writers characters, the personality, sarcasm, how they played on each other. Looking forward to a book 2. Hint hint. It truly was a great read. …. Thank you Mark Terence Chapman [f]or a book well written. :) —Amazon Customer 

“Very Satisfying. "My Other Car is a Spaceship" reads like a good effort from a top writer. The science fiction is plausible, the dialogue is believable, the plot and backstory are well-crafted. Mr Chapman keeps the action going, offers up some good jokes, a couple of homages - all in all, a very satisfying read. I recommend this book and I will read more from this author.”—Stoney “stoney” 

“I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. The title was fanciful, however it was more than I expected. A really good fast flowing read. Lots of adventure, descriptive characters, Pirates and more.”—Evelyn Crow 

“…he weaves a mighty, quite intricate web of [deceit], subterfuge, destruction and cunning. The characters seem to be like friends to you. You get to know them well. The dialog is true. When Mr. Chapman has these various [species] talking he remembers to place a bit of description in that makes the character stand out. It is a well-woven plot. ... I'd like to see more of Hal and Kalen and their adventures.”—Anja 

“A good read hope there's a sequel”—Aidan Reilly 

“Smartly written, quick pace, yet still has involved characters.”—Mike King 

“Loved it. Very well done - I can't wait for more!”—D Sable 

“Keeps you on your toes for the duration of the book”—Terence Chapman (Sunrise Beach Australia) [Not me… J] 

“A fast moving story with great characters that you just can't put down once you start reading.”—NJacques 

“Absolute fantastic read”—Pieter 

“Good start to what can be a good series. “Pretty good bit of Space Opera, I enjoyed it immensely.”—Michael Kal-El 

“Really like this book was fast paced and kept me engrossed through the whole book can't wait to read more.”—George sterling 

“Great reading. Really liked this book. Couldn't hardly put it down. Can't wait for the sequel. Will look for it till published.”—Hal Williams 

“Hardcore. FIVE stars for this book[. I]t was a surprise from the title[. I]t developed quickly into a good read. Characters developed nice. And fitted [easily] with each other quickly.”—Amazon Customerhardcore sick 

“Well thought out and written story of action and suspense. Chapman has a winner in this story. Needs to make a short series out of it”—David L. Coffing 

“This was a fun read … swashbuckling at its finest!”—Amazon Customer 

“Spell[b]inding read that keeps you turning the pages. Great action adventure with a space opera theme. Well developed characters with a true sense of duty and honor.”—Kendrick Knight 

“I loved it. Almost nonstop action from Chapter 3 on. The action sequences are exciting and the banter between the two main characters is funny. There are battle sequences aplenty, guerilla warfare, and lots of ingenuity displayed by the heroes (and the author). A great read. I couldn't put it down.”—Russ Allen 

“Fast paced and keeps your interest. Hal is smart, and a great hero who thinks fast on his feet[;] teamed with the captain and the Dr. They are an unbeatable team.”—Amazon Customer 

“A very enjoyable, action pack[ed] military [SF] against pirates. Well worth buying. I started and could not stop reading it. I will definitely buy the next book in the series.”—Robert P Lowrey 

“Great read. Good story, I would have renamed the ship "Merrys Revenge". Want to know which ship I am referring too? You will just have to read this entertaining book to find out. Anxiously waiting book two.”—David W. Kohn 

“A Great Romp!”—BG-expat 

“I found this book very interesting, and hard to put down. There is almost nonstop action from about the fourth chapter. [T]his was a good read. I'd recommend this to science fiction fans.”—Jacob Ward 

MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP (audiobook): 

- Apple iTunes/iBooks (in 51 countries): https://itunes.apple.com/ca/audiobook/my-other-car-is-spaceship/id954899764 (After signing in with the iBooks app, select your country or region.) 


MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP (ebook): 
- Amazon (in 13 countries): http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship 

- Apple iTunes/iBooks (in 51 countries): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/x/id942712473 (After signing in with the iBooks app, select your country or region.) 








To find out more about my books, go to my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com

Friday, December 5, 2014

$0.99 Sale on The Tesserene Imperative, through Dec. 7

*** COUNTDOWN SPECIAL *** From Dec. 5-7 only, get THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE for a mere $0.99. If you’ve been on the fence about getting this ***4.7-star rated*** sci-fi thriller, here your chance, just in time for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa. Get one for yourself, get one for your kids, get one for Grandma. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. Download the FREE Kindle app for Android, Apple, and Windows. You can read the book on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. (If you miss out on this 99-cent special, you can still get it for only $1.99 from Dec. 8-11, before the book returns to its normal price on Dec.12) If you have AMAZON PRIME or KINDLE UNLIMITED, you can download the book for FREE!

Despite being part of a series, my sci-fi thriller, THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE (Book Two of The Imperative Chronicles), is a stand-alone story. (You don't necessarily have to read Book One (The Mars Imperative)—but, of course, you’ll want to!) It’s available on Amazon in 13 countries: http://smarturl.it/TessereneImperative.

To find out more about my books, go to my blog at http://tesserene.blogspot.com or my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Imperative Chronicles is Available for Preorder

This two-book set of THE IMPERATIVE CHRONICLES contains the complete, unabridged, highly rated sci-fi thrillers, THE MARS IMPERATIVE and THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE. It's a perfect holiday gift for the hard sci-fi fan in your life, with almost 700 pages of excitement. It ships Dec. 6.

Get ready for a near-future universe where the science and technology is as real as anything you might encounter today. It's a universe of space elevators, terraforming, mining camps on Mars, and prospecting for minerals in distant asteroid belts; a universe where the Earth is dangerously overpopulated. We must expand outward to survive.

Dangers abound in space, but so do opportunities. Succeed and the galaxy is opened for human exploration; fail and humanity is doomed to extinction.

Which will it be? Come along for the ride of your life. It's a bumpy one, but well worth the trip.

THE MARS IMPERATIVE:
Mars is a frontier town, filled with prospectors and mining camps. It’s a place of deadly dust storms and near-vacuum atmosphere. And then there’s the terrorist.

When James McKie leaves for his first job in space, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Traveling to Mars is harrowing enough. Surviving once he gets there is another matter entirely. Yet there is a discovery waiting to be made, one that could open Mars to human colonization—if it doesn’t kill everyone first.

THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE:
It was supposed to be a routine mission, but in an asteroid belt nothing is routine.

When prospecting ship Shamu is almost destroyed, the crew of five is left with three days of air, little water, a smashed starflight drive, and no hope of rescue. It will take every ounce of ingenuity and stubborn pigheadedness they possess to find a way to survive.

In the shadows of a small moon, there's a discovery waiting to be made--the secret to first contact. Will it open the stars to widespread exploration, or doom mankind to extinction?

THE IMPERATIVE CHRONICLES series is available on Amazon in 12 countries: http://hyperurl.co/ImperativeChronicles. To find out more about my books, go to my blog at http://tesserene.blogspot.com or my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Frequently Misused and Misspelled Words and Phrases (and how to use them correctly) is available for preorder


From the author of the former #1 bestselling Military Sci-fi novel on Amazon (My Other Car is a Spaceship). FREQUENTLY MISUSED AND MISSPELLED WORDS AND PHRASES (and how to use them correctly) is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Do you sometimes find yourself using the wrong word (such as discrete vs. discreet), or using a word incorrectly? Are you confused by the differences between similar words (such as shined, shone, and shown; lay and lie; or to, too, and two)? Do you misspell common words (alright vs. all right, or ect. vs. etc.) and phrases (such as tow the line vs. toe the line)? Do you write fiction, nonfiction, business memos, emails, or anything else that others will read? Then this book is for you.


It explains in simple language the differences between words and phrases that are frequently misused and misspelled, as well as rules for proper punctuation and capitalization, and other elements of English that often trip up the unwary writer. And it does so with frequent humor to keep it from becoming too dry. For example:

Baited vs. Bated
Wrong: I waited with baited breath.
Right: I waited with bated breath.

Do your friends call you “fish-breath”? If not, then you wait with bated breath, which means “reduced, lessened, lowered in force.” The expression bated breath (using a short form of abated) refers to how someone almost stops breathing through awe, terror, anxiety, or extreme anticipation. Perhaps you waited with bated breath as he baited the hook.

and:

Dessert vs. Desert
Wrong: She wandered for days, lost in the dessert.
Right: She wandered for days, lost in the desert.

Unless she was eating the world’s largest hot fudge sundae, she was lost in a desert (an extremely dry place that supports only sparse vegetation), not a dessert (the final course of a meal).

and:

Site vs. Sight vs. Cite
Wrong: Check out my web sight.
Right: Check out my web site.

A site (noun) is a location. (“This is the site of our upcoming restaurant.”) A sight (noun) is a vision or a glimpse of something. (“She was quite a sight in that dress.”) Cite isn’t even a noun, it’s a verb. It means to quote as an authority (“Cite your sources.”), to commend for outstanding service (“He was cited for bravery.”) or to summon to court (“She was cited for speeding.”). The noun form of cite is citation. (Isn’t it interesting how a citation for bravery can be a good thing while a citation for speeding is a bad thing?)

and:

Tact vs. Tack vs. Tactic
Wrong: I’m going to take a different tact on this problem.
Right: I’m going to take a different tack on this problem.
Right: I’m going to try a different tactic with this problem.

The phrase “taking a different tack” comes from nautical terminology meaning a course run obliquely against the wind in a zigzag fashion. So, taking a different tack means to try another approach or come at the problem from a different direction. Tact, on the other hand, is a sense of what’s appropriate or a skill with delicate situations. A tactic is a plan or procedure to attain a goal. A person of tact, then, might try a different tack as a tactic for achieving victory.
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FREQUENTLY MISUSED AND MISSPELLED WORDS AND PHRASES (and how to use them correctly) is available on Amazon in 12 countries: http://hyperurl.co/FrequentlyMisusedWrd. To find out more about my books, go to my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.