New Siqdor by Stephen J. Carter – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Stephen will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a Digital copy of New Siqdor from Amazon to another randomly drawn winner; both prizes via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The environmental stilling on the planet of Nebura escalates, threatening to advance even beyond the world-girding storm ring. Meanwhile, Levrok’s plan to arm a resurgent Siqdori Empire with a tulvar arsenal nears completion, and his departure off-world is imminent. Two survivors’ groups join forces as events spiral out of control.

“NEW SIQDOR” is the 2nd book in the “Zero Point Light” SF series, and delivers a thrill ride of untold mayhem, hair-raising escapes, space colonization gone awry, and a descent to the ocean floor and beyond!

Enjoy an exclusive excerpt:

Seeing that the way down was clear, Carmen eased Poseidon One into a controlled spiral dive.

“Thomas, how much further?” Carmen asked.

“You should be coming up on a horizontal tunnel.”

“I see it.”

“There’ll be three forks, take the one at 2 o’clock.”

The mini-sub emerged into a vaguely diamond-shaped cavity. Carmen turned sixty degrees and moved forward.

“This is the narrowest of the three, Thomas.”

“Yes, that’s it. Straight ahead.”

Marnie unbuckled herself and moved aft in the confined space to retrieve her personal log. Carmen took the craft forward, very aware that moving horizontally felt less disorienting. Despite a few dips and turns, the sideways cavity proceeded until another forked intersection appeared. Marnie was on her way back. The instant Carmen eased the craft into the forked vertical cavity an upward-moving force seized hold of Poseidon One, lifting it straight up. The top of the craft collided sickeningly against the cavity’s roof.

“What happened?” Thomas asked, louder.

“It’s OK,” Carmen replied, groggy. She glanced behind her and saw Marnie lying on the floor. “What was that, Thomas?”

“No indication here,” he answered. “No volcanic pressure, no current surges, no vacuum pockets –”

“Well, something just kicked us like a football up some new shaft …”

“OK, I’ve got you,” he answered. “I guess you can’t go back the same way?”

Carmen grunted. “That would be a definite negative.” She moved the mini-sub forward and down along the new transverse shaft the mini-sub had entered. She looked back again at Marnie, who had come around and was crawling forward slowly. She pulled herself into her seat. Carmen smiled uncertainly, reached over and activated her friend’s restraints. Marnie closed her eyes.

“Okay,” Thomas said. “Keep going along that shaft. Don’t rush into any more cavities.”

Carmen bit back a caustic reply. She dimmed the interior light further, making the exterior monitor image brighter. It took almost half an hour using the transverse shaft to return to a different section of the horizontal tunnel. They were now beyond the intersection with the current, which is where they needed to be. Thomas talked her through until they emerged into a much larger part of the original horizontal tunnel. As she turned into it Marnie moaned. Carmen looked over and her friend’s eyes eased open.

“Where are we?” she asked, her voice a bit slurred.

“That big diagonal shaft is dead ahead. How are you?”

“I’ve been better. Is the bottom of that … where the sphere is?”

Carmen nodded as she moved Poseidon One towards the shaft.

About the Author:

Stephen J Carter is a Canadian writer living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He completed a PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto in 1997. This led to an 8-year period of teaching at universities in South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. In 2006 he settled in northern Thailand, and began writing fiction full-time in 2007.

In his early years he made several short-term forays into film and video production while involved full-time in academia. Along the way he tried his hand at writing non-fiction in and out of academia, and 8 years ago finally committed full-time to writing fiction.

For Stephen there is something about this northern Thai city that makes it a perfect place to write. His preferred genres to date have been horror and science fiction. On the one hand, he sets his horror novels in Thailand because Thais have such vivid customs that touch the supernatural. On the other hand, disheartened by the cultural Marxism that dominates social discourse now in the West, he feels drawn to writing science fiction for the rational optimism over possible futures it affords. Approaching SF formerly as pure escapism, he finds in it now a source of hope and forward thinking that can be very inspiring.

Stephen looks forward to writing several more novels in his two current series, Zero Point Light and Z Inferno.

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  1. kim amundsen says:

    Oh i’m loving the book already.

    • Hi Kim: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. This is a Word Press-mediated comment section, so this likely won’t work. I have terrible history with Word Press. Anyway, all the best!

  2. I liked the excerpt.
    Happy New Year!

    • Hi Rita, in the next scene the mini-sub emerges into a huge cavern, and the sub descends like a leaf in a submerged dome stadium. I liked writing this section. All the best!

  3. Salisa Waheedi says:

    Strange but interesting name for a book.

  4. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • hi Peggy: It sometimes happens. It’s due to wherever your weakness is. I’m preoccupied with structure, and so my worry usually focuses on lack of structure. So if I add to my basic story outline, then the ‘worry’ recedes and I can resume. Usually, anyway! All the best.

  5. kim amundsen says:

    Love the name of the book.

    • Hey Kim, thanks. Sometimes people are a bit mystified by where I got it from. Mostly titles are chosen for how they ‘sound’, and if it resonates beyond that, so much the better. Have a great day!

  6. Thanks for hosting!

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  8. This really does sound like an exciting story. I loved the excerpt.

  9. I enjoyed the post, thank you for sharing!

  10. List two pet peeves.

    • Hello Mai, as for writing-related pet peeves … I find promoting my books very difficult. And so far nothing has worked very well. I plan on releasing my next book in 3 parts simultaneously, with Part 1 Free. I keep experimenting. And pet peeve 2, I’ve never had others proofread my books, I do it myself, so reading & re-reading during the revision can get very repetitious! … All the best.

  11. Thank you for sharing another exciting excerpt!

  12. Becky Richardson says:

    What genre do you enjoy reading?

    • Hi Becky, I used to enjoy Historical a lot. Two years ago I started reading Z-poc Horror books, and they’re my current favorite. And SF has been a continuing favorite for years. What’s your favorite? All the best!

  13. Thanks to Long and Short Reviews for hosting my book!

  14. I send a shout-out of welcome to all site visitors. Enjoy your time here! All the best!

  15. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  16. Looks good. Thank you for the chance!

  17. Thank you for the new excerpt!

  18. Thanks for the giveaway!

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