Strata Free on Amazon

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Today and tomorrow, Strata, the dystopian sci-fi thriller I co-wrote with Stephen Gaskell, is FREE on Just head on over to the Kindle store via your browser or your Kindle (the physical version or the app) and grab a copy!

Strata is a stand-alone novella by two Writers of the Future Award winners.

It’s the middle of the twenty-second century. Earth’s oil and gas reserves have been spent, but humankind’s thirst for energy remains unquenched. Vast solar mining platforms circle the upper atmosphere of the sun, drawing power lines up from the stellar interior and tight-beaming the energy back to Earth. For most of the platforms’ teeming masses, life is hard, cramped—and hot. Most dream of a return Earthside, but a two-way ticket wasn’t part of the benefits package, and a Sun-Earth trip doesn’t come cheap.

Kawe Ndechi is luckier than most. He’s a gifted rider—a skimmer pilot who races the surface of the sun’s convection zone—and he needs only two more wins before he lands a ticket home. The only trouble is, Kawe’s spent most of his life on the platforms. He’s seen the misery, and he’s not sure he’s the only one who deserves a chance at returning home.

That makes Smith Pouslon nervous. Smith once raced the tunnels of fire himself, but now he’s a handler, and his rider, Kawe, is proving anything but easy to handle. Kawe’s slipping deeper and deeper into the Movement, but Smith knows that’s a fool’s game. His own foray into the Movement cost him his racing career—and nearly his life—and he doesn’t want Kawe to throw everything away for a revolt that will never succeed.

One sun. Two men. The fate of a million souls.

Steve and I debated for a while whether or not to go with KDP select, and also what to do with the price. With only one self-published piece among us, we don't have the luxury of trying it out with a number of different stories, but we've heard enough success stories that we wanted to give this a try. You should also know we're raising the price to $2.99 after the giveaway, so be sure to grab your copy now before the price goes up.

It feels strange to be giving this away at the same time that The Winds of Khalakovo is free on Amazon and while I'm running the giveaway for The Straits of Galahesh, but that's mostly accidental. We'd tried selling Strata for a few months and, well, Steve and I wanted to shake things up a bit. We hope it works, but more importantly, we hope you enjoy the story. As always, if you enjoy Strata, thanks for your support and for spreading the word via reviews, blogging, or whatever.

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