I’m please to announce the Pre-Order for the Jack Foehammer Omnibus is live! This week, my collections of work under the Jack Foehammer pen name is available $1.99. This includes 3 previously published novelettes, plus an all new story, FIFTEEN DAYS, in this collection. This collection also includes a preview chapter for my forthcoming military scifi series: CARSON LYLE’S WAR.
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**Returns to regular price of $2.99 on 6/26/16. Take advantage of Pre-Order Savings**
Advancements in science and discovery are only half of the puzzle. The other half is the effect of these things on people and society. Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What if we find something greater than ourselves? What about the things we haven’t been told about?
These four stories (written by Thomas J. Rock, under the pen name Jack Foehammer) have been written with questions like these in mind. Four stories that strive for a strong speculative element and the affect of that element on characters in the grand tradition of golden age science fiction. brought together in a single collection.
ROBBIE VS. SCOTCH – The story of an alcoholic telepath living as a recluse that adopts an artificial intelligence because its the one mind he can’t read and gets more than he ever expected.
PING TEST – Anyone that’s worked a solitary night shift job has probably experienced strange things during work that the day shift doesn’t understand. Andy is a night shift data center operator that’s been going through this for months. No believes him about the strange things happening in the server farm and its been getting worse. Tonight will test his sanity.
TULLY – Gordon Burke has been hired by a Fortune 500 company to investigate the happenings on their moon-based laboratory after disturbing photos of the treatment of test subjects reach the CEO. The work at the lab has been yielding wondrous hope for human brain disorders, but Gordon stumbles on a perversion of that work that does more than just challenge moral boundaries. Is there anything he can do about it 240,000 miles away from any help?
FIFTEEN DAYS (New Story for this collection) – Asteroid ore miners find a mysterious pulsing orb in a carved hollow within an asteroid. Once its concluded that it’s alien, in nature, the world unites to devote resources to studying the Orb. During this time, the human race has its greatest period of sustained piece in hundred years. For years, the Orb is studied but very little is learned about it. Then during routine testing, its discovered the pulse is slowing down, and thought to be a countdown. The world is faced with the question: In fifteen days, what will happen when the pulse stops?
Also included is a special preview excerpt from the forthcoming military Sci-Fi series by Thomas J. Rock, CARSON LYLE’S WAR PART ONE: FOOLS GOLD.
CARSON LYLE’S WAR is set many light-years from Earth, in a binary star system that supports several habitable worlds about twelve years after adevastating civil war between the inner colonies and the Outer rim asteroid colonies. It was a war that divided the military, the government, and the population. During this war, the FTL jump-gate to Earth was irreparably disabled and the colonies have been cut off from Earth for nearly a decade. Though the colonies are established and largely self-sufficient, The economy stagnant and quality of life has suffered greatly in this isolation from Earth.
Just like the railroad, in the old west, the ability to move goods from planet to planet quickly became one of the chief things that keeps the colonies afloat. Anyone with a ship and space for cargo can make a living…if they know what they’re doing. Carson Lyle is one such hauler. He’s smart, clever, and loyal to his fellow haulers, and is waiting for the right time and the right opportunity to resolve a terrible injustice that was done to him by both sides during the war. In FOOLS GOLD, he shows up to bid for contract work and ends up with a job that was meant for someone else that turns his life upside down.
In CARSON LYLE’S WAR, Old war wounds are ripped open. And a secret will be discovered that will send shockwaves all the way back to the Earth.
FOOLS GOLD is coming in July, 2016.