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Another Bundle offer - Mike Resnick Novels

 Another non-games offer, this time novels by the late Mike Resnick, who died last year. Various series from his later work, which I don't really know very well.

Mike ResnickThis all-new offer of ebook novels presents space opera and alternate-history fantasy ebook novels by Mike Resnick published by Pyr Books. Mike Resnick (1942-2020) wrote more than 70 science fiction and fantasy novels and hundreds of short stories. He edited 50 anthologies and the magazine Galaxy's Edge. He won many awards and was guest of honor at dozens of conventions. Resnick's work ranges from satirical fare to weighty examinations of morality and culture -- and especially to fast-paced page-turners, with engaging characters, snappy dialogue, and headlong action.

The science fiction books in this offer belong (tangentially) to Resnick's Birthright Universe, a surprising and subversive future history he introduced early in his career with Birthright: The Book of Man (1982) and continued in dozens of stories that span 17 millennia. In the SF Encyclopedia entry for Mike Resnick, John Clute writes: "The Birthright future history is a contrarian version of the future histories familiar to readers of American genre SF: Homo sapiens is uniquely aggressive among the numerous species of the galaxy, and thousands of alien species have been conquered -- and enslaved when convenient -- in the course of humanity's drive to create a galactic empire, which is maintained by a vast standing army and marked by constant wars. This phase of Resnick's vision roughly coincides with the 'normal' period of youthful expansionism found in more traditional work, though always described in terms that make it didactically clear the behavior of our species is unconscionable. [...] With no more enemies to conquer, it becomes clear that humans are incapable of answering the demands of history, that we are too short-lived and too caught in our mortality to answer the challenges of a greater world; and so the human empire begins to eat itself alive. Seventeen thousand years after it all began, Homo sapiens is extinct.

"The second element that structures the Birthright Universe is Africa; Resnick made it clear on several occasions the history of that continent over the past two centuries had served him in general as a model to depict the colonization of other worlds and race in SF, with 19th-Century European empires equated with human sovereignty over the galaxy, and native Africans equivalent to aliens. [...] His best stories, in which the fate and model of Africa are dramatized with unassailable cogency, comprise a significant alternate version of the triumphant tales of conquest told so often by writers in the genre he so clearly loved."

Resnick died of lymphoma in January 2020. His friend and fellow writer Michael Swanwick remembered Resnick as "a born storyteller, prolific author, tireless editor and anthologist, and a man who loved science fiction. Uncharacteristically for a genre writer, he had great business savvy. [...] Mostly, he was one sweet guy. [...] Mike had something like a thousand of those rocket pins they give you when you're nominated for a Hugo. (I exaggerate the number, but only in the service of emotional honesty.) Sometimes, for a Worldcon, he would haul them out and frame his con badge with a batch of them and then fill the Nebula Nominee with more: row upon row of little rockets. It looked like he was assembling a coat of mail."

John Scalzi remembered Resnick as "a teacher and mentor to a great number of writers in the science fiction community, sharing advice about writing and the writing life over decades. There are working writers today who unironically think of themselves as 'Mike's children,' which is a testament to his influence."

This all-new fiction offer presents ebooks of more than a dozen Resnick novels in three series: the four Weird West steampunk fantasies, the three Dead Enders adventures of interstellar espionage, and the five Starshipmilitary space operas. We provide each ebook complete in Kindle (.mobi) and ePub formats. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these ebooks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and Canada and to regional response agencies around the world.

Flagship, the fifth Starship novel by Mike ResnickThe total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$238. Customers who pay just US$6.95 get all three novels in our Mike Resnick Sampler (retail value $58) as DRM-free ebooks. Each of these novels -- The Buntline Special, The Fortress in Orion, and Starship: Mutiny -- launched a series.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, alsoget our Complete Collection with nine more novels worth an additional $180 -- the rest of the three series -- including three more Weird West novels (The Doctor and the Kid, The Doctor and the Rough Rider, and The Doctor and the Dinosaurs); two more Dead Enders novels (The Prison in Antares and The Castle in Cassiopeia); and four more Starship novels (Pirate, Mercenary, Rebel, and Flagship).

I don't think I've read any of these series before except I think one of the Starship books - I'm much more familiar with Resnick's early work. I have a ton of books waiting to be read and probably won't get around to it before this offer ends at the beginning of May, but he's a good author and you're getting a lot of books for a pretty good price. Anyone who is more familiar is welcome to comment, I'd like a more informed opinion.

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