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An Evening of Space Opera and Futuristic Romance with Christie Meierz

Join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm! Discuss space opera and science fiction adventure with local writer Christie Meierz, award-winning author of THE MARANN and FARRYN’S WAR. There will be refreshments, readings, and giveaways of classic science fiction and space opera, all at Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction book shop.

 

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Farryn’s War (Exiles of the Drift ~ Book 1)

A novel of love, vengeance, and a world reopened to the stars.

 

The empathic Tolari of the Beta Hydri system shunned space travel for thousands of years. Farryn of Monralar tried to shake his people from their isolation–tried and failed, losing his honor in the process. Now an exile, he puts his past behind him by building his own criminal empire among the colonies of Earth.

Only Farryn’s estranged lover Sharana–scholar, political analyst, and one of the most powerful empathic sensitives on Tolar–dares to follow him into human space, desperate to find out what has become of him, hopeful of convincing him that she never betrayed him.

Unfortunately, Earth Central Security is watching, and Sharana has no idea what she is getting herself into.

About the Author

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Award-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set on a world of empaths at the edge of a dystopic Earth empire. Her published works include her PRISM award-winning novel, The Marann, and two prequel short stories, Into Tolari Space ~ The First Contact Stories. She is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), spent 10 years raising sheep in upstate New York, and has been declared capable of learning Yup’ik.

Christie now lives in Pittsburgh with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she’s not writing, she writes about writing on her blog,  Meierz HYPERLINK http://christiemeierz.blogspot.com/ Musings (christiemeierz.blogspot.com),  Facebook (facebook/christie.meierz), where she welcomes comments and friend requests, and her  Facebook Author Page (facebook/tolarispace).

WWII-Era Technical Books

We just acquired a fantastic collection of WWII – era technical books! While this is not everything from the trade, we did want to post a few of the highlights. For purchase inquiries please email info@RickertAndBeagleBooks.com or call the store.

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From left-right: Radio Physics Course, 1932, $20. Elements of Radio Servicing, 1947, $60. Techniques of Radio Design, 1943, $20. Radiotron Designer’s Handbook, 1945, $9. Fundamentals of Radio, 1942, $8. Radio-Engineering, 1937, $14.

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Vitalized Chemistry including Chemical Warfare, 1942, $6.

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Elementary Physics for Pilot Trainees – US War Dept. 1942. $8

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Rewinding Small Motors, 1925, $20.

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Standard Practices for Stationary Diesel Engines, 1951, $8

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Introductory Study of Electrical Characters of Power and Telephone Transmission Lines, 1936, $20.

Bret Bouriseau & Nelson Pyles present The Prince of Knocknafay Thursday, 9/10 at 6pm

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Imagine the most heroic of adventurers and vilest of villains in a story like no other!

Welcome to the land of Knocknafay where Travers McCraken, a dashing and magical Irish highwayman, rescues a beautiful sultana, Marguerita Francesca de la Rosa, from the harem of an evil djinni. He then raises a ship and crew of rogues and vagabonds to return the voluptuous Latina to her homeland in the Creole city-state of Cibonay. During their Homeric adventure, shenanigans ensue as the djinni and his villainous inner-circle give chase. Loyalty, laughter and love are on tap as well as Knocknafay’s famous honey mead. A high-intensity adventure that will leave you wanting more!!

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Nelson W. Pyles is a novelist and author of several short stories. His first novel, “Demons, Dolls, & Milkshakes” is available from Post Mortem Press. His collected works, “Everything Here Is A Nightmare” (Burning Bulb Publishing) is his latest release. Nelson is also the creator, executive producer and former host of the popular “The Wicked Library.”

For more information, please visit http://nelsonwpyles.com and you can find him on Twitter @nelsonwpyles

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Bret Bouriseau grew up in a small Midwestern town along the Mississippi. As a boy, much of his free time was spent reading and drawing. Not caring for the structure of the public school system, he took his GED test in his junior year while still in high school. After receiving his diploma he promptly left, leaving his home for good shortly after turning 17.

Throughout the early ‘80’s he traveled, supporting himself with various odd jobs -including airbrush artist and carnie. In 1985 he joined the U S Navy and reported aboard the USS Enterprise visiting 14 countries before ending his tour of duty in 1989. In 1992 he discovered the wonderful world of sales, a profession that combined travel and word skills. It was a natural fit. After running a few legit businesses Bret tried his hand at publishing an underground paper called The Spectre. He sold ads and organized party bus tours to subsidize his income. It was there he began to hone his skills in earnest.

Both an artist and writer, Bret acknowledges painter and cover artist Frank Frazetta as his biggest single artistic influence. His personal style is more akin to Maxfield Parrish-using many of the artist’s technics in his own work, updated for the computer age.

An avid reader of pulp fiction, his two favorite books are Bram Stoker’s Dracula –“the text so rich it seems painted than written”

At the other end of the spectrum, C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Last Battle –“proving you don’t have to use a large number of words to move the reader, just the right ones.” He has spent many hours trying to merge these two techniques.