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Exclamation Bargain (DRM-free ePub/Mobi @ $1.98) 2 Joan Slonczewski Novels [Hard Science Fiction]

This has been mentioned tangentially in other threads, but since it's the last day for it and a really good deal if you like the author or just want to try out reasonable-quality low-cost previously-print-published award-nominated science fiction:

Re-publisher Phoenix Pick is offering a discount bundle of 2 of science fiction writer Joan Slonczewski's (ISFDB, Wikipedia) novels set in her Elysium cycle, which are loose sequels in the same universe as A Door Into Ocean, which won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, when bought directly from them.

ADIO is something like $12 in e-book reprint out from Orbit, but at least you can get The Children Star and Brain Plague, both of which were originally published by Tor in the late 90s/early 00s and themselves have Nebula, Tiptree, and Locus Award nominations, for just 99 cents each in Phoenix Pick's DRM-free ePub/Mobi bundle of both books for $1.98.

This deal is good only throughout the rest of today, April 7th, and can be gotten by clicking the link to the right-hand side @ PPick's KDP schedule promo-post, which is greyed out, but still leads to a checkout page with the correct discount price in the Paypal checkout. The regular cost is something like $6-8 each.

I myself bought these at the beginning of the month, along with a $4 Mike Resnick bundle which is a tie-in deal to Phoenix Pick's Free eBook of the Month for April. There is no "cloud" and you'll have to do your own backups, but your download link will be valid for a small number of multiple uses, should you need it.

The Children Star
Only children can colonize the planet Prokaryon, genetically modified for a world whose chemistry kills unaltered adults. A colony of orphans struggle to survive, and find the planet hides strange secrets.

The Prokaryan landscape is ordered, as if by unseen gardeners, "hidden masters" no human has ever found. The weather behaves as though designed to meet the planet's needs. When fire threatens a forest, a rainstorm appears, only to dissipate when the fire is put out.

When a ruthless corporation threatens to terraform Prokaryon, to recreate it for "normal" humans, there is a sudden urgency to find the intelligent life form directing the planet. For only then can the colonists save their world-and reveal unexpected possibilities for the human future.


Brain Plague (I cribbed the description from the Tor paperback version, as amazingly, the PPick one does not have an actual official blurb, just a lot of quoted praise for the book)
Brain Plague is the new hard SF novel by Joan Slonczewski, set in the same future universe as her award-winning A Door into Ocean and The Children Star (a New York Times Notable Book).

An intelligent microbe race that can live symbiotically in other intelligent beings is colonizing the human race throughout the civilized universe. And each colony of microbes has its own personality, good or bad. In some people, carriers, they are brain enhancers, and in others a fatal brain plague, a living addiction.

This is the story of one woman's psychological and moral struggle to adjust to having an ambitious colony of microbes living permanently in her own head. This novel is one of the most powerful and involving SF novels of the year.
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