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10 Sci-Fi Books Everyone Should Read

 

Science Fiction books push our imaginations to experience possible futures that allow us to see beyond the present day and contemplate new worlds.  Rather than limiting our reality, readers are exposed to science or technology that may be out of the box. It gives us countless opportunities to expand the environment in which we live by interacting with each other and creating a possible new vision of the future.

The following authors have done just that – they have let their imaginations run unrestricted and escape to innovative and unique realities and scientific developments that explain what a future would be like if different from what we already know.

A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

 

A Princess of Mars is a science fantasy novel. John Carter goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the war’s end. Having struck a rich vein of gold, he runs afoul of the Apaches. While attempting to evade pursuit by hiding in a sacred cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars, called “Barsoom” by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has great strength and superhuman agility in this new environment as a result of its lesser gravity and lower atmospheric pressure. He soon falls in with a nomadic tribe of Green Martians. Thanks to his strength and martial prowess, Carter rises to a high position in the tribe and earns the respect and eventually the friendship of Tars Tarkas, one of the Thark chiefs.

Mysterious Island – Jules Verne

The story opens in Richmond, VA, 1865, during the American Civil War. A small group of Union soldiers steal a hot air balloon to escape a POW camp. They take off during a storm. The balloon is blown across continents and oceans, and they crash land on a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific. It is both a shipwreck adventure and a mystery.

Dune – Frank Herbert

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family – and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. It is a stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics and won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. 

Macroscope – Piers Anthony

Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe. But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty-first century. By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelievable tool brought the whole universe of wonders to man’s doorstep. The macroscope was seen by many as the salvation of the human race. But in the hands of the wrong man, the macroscope could be immensely destructive-infinitely more dangerous than the nuclear bomb. By searching to know too much, man could destroy the very essence of his mind. This is the powerful story of man’s struggle with technology, and also the story of his human struggle with himself. It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. It is the story of man’s desperate search for a compromise between his mind and his heart, between knowledge and humanity.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Earnest and naive solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to organize the estate of the infamous Count Dracula at his crumbling castle in the ominous Carpathian Mountains. Through notes and diary entries, Harker keeps track of the horrors and terrors that beset him at the castle, telling his fiancé Mina of the Count’s supernatural powers and his own imprisonment. Although Harker eventually manages to escape and reunite with Mina, his experiences have led to a mental breakdown of sorts. Meanwhile in England, Mina’s friend Lucy has been bitten and begins to turn into a vampire. With the help of Professor Van Helsing, a previous suitor of Lucy’s, Seward, and Lucy’s fiancé Holmwood attempt to thwart Count Dracula and his attempts on Lucy and consequently Mina’s life.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelly

Frankenstein, published in 1818, is the most celebrated horror story ever written and one of the best-selling books of all time. It is the tale of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist whose unbridled quest for the secret of life unleashes a creature that embodies our deepest fears about the moral bounds of human progress. Readers have been fascinated with the iconic image of Frankenstein’s monster and the unresolved ethical questions his creation challenges us to answer.

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all – a treasure-troving dragon named Smaug. In this fantasy classic, master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkein creates a bewitching world filled with delightful creatures and thrilling dangers.

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

1984 – George Orwell

In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.

Foundation – Isaac Asimov

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humanity, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls this sanctuary the Foundation. But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves—or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.

 

If you haven’t read these books, I hope you will soon. If you love books about dragons, check out my website at www.solitaireparke.com

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day and 8 Ways to Make it Fun.

 

The History of Valentine’s Day, and Why We Celebrate.

40 Children’s Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The Best Romantic Books for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Recipes

80 Ways to Show Your Love Without Spending Money.

Valentine’s Day Quotes & Messages – 84 Messages Perfect for You

20 Great Things to Do If You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

35 Best Valentine’s Day Movies to Watch for a Romantic Night In

42 Valentine’s Day Crafts That Are a Creative Way to Show What’s in Your Heart

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

SMASHWORDS – End of Year SALE!

The fourth annual Smashwords End of Year Sale kicks off December 18th and runs through January 1, 2021. The sale is beginning a week earlier this year so you can take advantage of the Smashwords Store’s ebook gifting feature.  You can find books at 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and 100%-off (free).  What a great time to stock up on the books you would love to read or give the gift of reading to someone you love or a friend.  Visitors to the Smashwords Store will find the sale prominently featured at the top of the Smashwords home page starting December 18th.  So, encourage your friends to visit the website and check out this amazing sale!

https://www.smashwords.com/

Have a wonderful Holiday – Merry Christmas to everyone!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

Larger World Series – “Patterns of Existence” to be Released Soon!

I have been working feverishly to finish this final work of the series so that my readers can get a complete picture of the intricacies of the Larger World.  I am excited that it is in the final stages of editing and will hopefully be available very soon.

  • This is the third volume of the series called “The Larger World.” There is also a companion book filled with colorful images called, The Altar Shields.”
  • The first book in the set, entitled Beyond the Astral Planes,” is this subject’s version of how to become a traveler, and deals with the beginnings of the knowledge.
  • Book two is a much more in depth look at the information stated in book one, and becomes the intermediate level of the learning entitled, Threshold of Perception.”
  • It is followed by this new volume, Patterns of Existence,” which deals with all of the above and more, but at the advanced level of comprehension.

Each of these works is capable of being read individually with little or no loss of cohesiveness or clarity, but when cross referenced together, they form a detailed picture of the expanse from which the series found its name; The Larger World.”

 If you have not read the previous books, they can be found at my website and many other locations in various formats (e-book, paperback, hardcover).  So, check them out.  The latest book will be here soon!

www.solitaireparke.com

Happy Fall reading to everyone!

Solitaire

 

 

Halloween – Time for All Things Frightening!

 

The horror genre, whether in books or movies, is intriguing to many people because of the excitement, the adrenaline rush it brings, how it invades their minds and pokes at their deepest fears, and even enhances their everyday realities.  I have to say, not everyone likes that sense of panic and fear.  However, if you take a look at the number of movies and books that are out there in this genre, it is quite unbelievable.

It’s not only the bravest people who seem to be attracted to horror – those open to new experiences or who are extreme extroverts – but also those who have high levels of empathy.  They feel more connected to the characters in books or movies if they understand their emotions, even if it’s anxiety and/or fear.

The author Stephen King has written books based on some of his dreams. Others undoubtedly have done the same, or possibly have an eerily incredible imagination.  It does make us question the minds of someone who writes in this creepy, terrifying genre that seems to captivate such a large audience.

In any case, if you are one of those who enjoy the mental challenge or the feeling of panic and fear, you will most likely appreciate my book – VENGEANCE OF THE WOLF.

In this horror/thriller you are drawn into the world of dreams. It’s the story of a shocking assassin who works through dreams using a technique that seems physically impossible, to end the lives of those deemed responsible for an untimely death.  Detectives are completely baffled, and just as they appear to get closer to determining the person’s identity, they are completely thrown off and their efforts seem to take them nowhere.  Extremely shaken at the horrific scenes to which they are led, the question remains – why is this happening and where is it leading?  Only the assassin has the answers to their questions – answers that may be too unsettling to be revealed.

If you like an adrenaline rush and feeling of panic – check it out at my website, where you can read the first chapter!  You’ll find it is available multiple places in all formats.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN and HAPPY READING

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

Tips to Help You Get Through Covid!

                                           

Wow, none of us expected 2020 to be such an unbelievably worrisome and stressful year!  It’s just almost too much to comprehend sometimes that this pandemic is really happening.  Who would have thought?  We went from a somewhat “normal” lifestyle to a world where everyone and everything has just gone crazy.  But since it is a reality, we’ve had to learn to adapt, change and just learn to deal with a life that is very different than what we wish it would be.  Change can be super hard and stressful, but if we can remain positive in the midst of it all, we might even come out of this hardship as better, more resilient and caring people.  At least that’s how I choose to look at everything since I can’t change it anyway.

 

Here are a few tips that might help you keep your sanity during this difficult time –

If you are a religious person, keep your faith strong and pray often – about everything and everyone.  Keeping your mind focused, especially on helping others, will keep you grounded each day.

Try to keep your sleeping and eating patterns the same every day in order to stay as healthy as possible. Get as much sleep as you can.

Exercise – it keeps your body strong and keeps your mind healthy too.

Be sure to make time to do activities that you love – things that make you feel happy, like painting, cooking, singing, playing a musical instrument, reading, or any indoor or outdoor sport where you can be safe.

Stay connected with others so you don’t feel so isolated.  We have so many different devices these days that can keep us connected.  And don’t forget your neighbors or those who may need a friendly phone call.  We’re all in this together, and people need each other.

Find as many ways as you can to have positive emotions – joy, gratitude, love – all the good things that you can focus on.  Negativity never helped anyone.

Enjoy simple moments like sipping a cup of tea, laughing at funny moments with your children or grandchildren, playing with your pets, watching a special movie, or just having a conversation with a friend or family member.

Take whatever action that you can to achieve goals you have set for yourself.  It can be one of the best antidotes to anxieties.  Don’t let anything stop you from achieving what you want.  There is always something to be done.

I look at it this way. There will inevitably be hardships in this life. We have to remember to be grateful in spite of the difficulties in which we find ourselves.  We learn from those hard times and it makes us better and hopefully wiser people.  It teaches us not to take things for granted and to really appreciate what we have.

I want to give a special “shout out” to all those who are putting themselves in the front line to help those who are sick with this virus.  I appreciate all that you are doing and you are in my prayers – – THANK YOU!

I also want to commend the many many parents who are taking on the daunting task of online and home schooling their children.  That has to be a difficult task along with your daily jobs and everything else you do.  I feel sure that teachers are going to be appreciated much more after this!  More power to you!

This too shall pass.

Stay safe,

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMASHWORDS July Summer/Winter ebook Sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the
Smashwords author discounts on their ebooks.

Why is it called “Summer/Winter?” Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer. Readers are loading their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations in the age of COVID-19 – staycations.   South of the equator, readers are now in the middle of winter. They’re ready to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a great read too!

So, check it out and stock up on your favorite genres of books at great discounts!

You’ll find my Dragomeir Series, which includes the new fourth book, Back from Oblivion, as well as the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (Prequel to Dragomeir), and others. Also listed at my website along with other extras. (Only ebooks at Smashwords are discounted)

Have a safe and happy summer.

Solitaire

WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

 

Release of the new Dragomeir Series Book 4 – Back from Oblivion

A return to the Dragomeir science fiction/fantasy series,

continuing Katherine Pendragon/ Queen Mother’s story.

Book synopsis –

Queen Mother of Mt. Drago has a lifelong goal to liberate the Denizen people.  After locking away her father, the Dark Lord, in Oblivion she is taking them to the planet 267. Tanis is a dragon rider and an important person in her past, present, and future.  Through a series of misadventures, he regains the memories of not only his past but the accumulative knowledge gained by his future self and goes forward in time to effectively rewrite history. The earth becomes a burned-out cinder in 300 years because of the anomalies caused from time travel, so Tanis takes steps with his future self to remedy the situation. Guided by the Watcher, both Tanis and Queen Mother become stronger and wiser people through their efforts.  They learn the importance of working together and with others as they strive to champion for all while fulfilling their own destinies.

THE DRAGOMEIR SERIES – BOOKS 1 – 3

To read excerpts from the books and find out how it all began – check out the PREQUEL BOOKS on my website at WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

Have a great day and stay safe!

Solitaire

AUTHORS GIVE BACK SALE – EXTENDED TO MAY 31ST – FREE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKS!

 

Smashwords authors are reaching out to do their part by using the power of their books to help minimize the emotional and economic hardships we all face in every country.  Many of us are faced with having to stay at home and stay isolated from others in order to contain this global pandemic.  So we, as authors, want to do our part by offering LARGE DISCOUNTS of 30%, 60%, or even FREE on select ebooks. We are continuing our sale through May 31st.  So please browse Smashwords’ many selections and enjoy reading!

We hope that all of you readers might find comfort and enjoyment from them and it might make your day a little brighter.  If you find a favorite book during the sale, please consider reading their other books as well.  There are 140,000 authors that publish at Smashwords from every country around the world.  They are all your friends and neighbors.

You can find all my Smashwords’ books here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

 

The first book in the Dragmeir Series – The Emerald Dragon – is FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446935

 

The first book in the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (prequel books to Dragomeir)

 Daughter of the Dark Lord, The Burning Sky) – FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707732

Please spread the word, take care and stay safe!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

AUTHORS GIVE BACK SALE – NOW UNDERWAY – FREE BOOKS!

Smashwords authors are reaching out to do their part by using the power of their books to help minimize the emotional and economic hardships we all face in every country.  Many of us are faced with having to stay at home and stay isolated from others in order to contain this global pandemic.  So we, as authors, want to do our part by offering LARGE DISCOUNTS of 30%, 60%, or even FREE on select ebooks, starting now through April 20th.

We hope that all of you readers might find comfort and enjoyment from them and it might make your day a little brighter.  If you find a favorite book during the sale, please consider reading their other books as well.  There are 140,000 authors that publish at Smashwords from every country around the world.  They are all your friends and neighbors.

You can find all my Smashwords’ books here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

 

The first book in the Dragmeir Series – The Emerald Dragon – is FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446935

 

The first book in the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (prequel books to Dragomeir)

 Daughter of the Dark Lord, The Burning Sky) – FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707732

Please spread the word, take care and stay safe!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

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