TAKE THE SHILLING, by Raymund Eich
The Confederated Worlds, Book 1
“Military science fiction [concentrating] on the psychology and politics of societies in conflict.”
—Analog, on the Confederated Worlds series
The Confederated Worlds implanted in Tomas’ brain the skills to make him a soldier. He had to learn for himself how to survive interstellar war.
Tomas Neumann sought escape from his backwater planet and overbearing mother, and a mentor to replace his long-dead father. “Taking the shilling”—enlisting in the Confederated Worlds military—promised both. But despite the soldier’s skills implanted in his brain, combat still threatened to destroy him, in body and in spirit. Grieving for lost comrades, demoralized by a spiral of atrocities, could Tomas learn what he needed to survive, before facing his war’s ultimate challenge?
OPERATION IAGO, by Raymund Eich
The Confederated Worlds, Book 2
The Confederated Worlds lost the war.
Can Lt. Tomas Neumann win the peace?
By the terms of the peace treaty, the citizens of the planet Arden will vote to stay in the Confederated Worlds or join the victorious Progressive Republic. Newly-minted Lieutenant Tomas Neumann leads his overstretched and demoralized Confederated Worlds Ground Force platoon in a mission that pushes men and machines to their limits, against elusive, deceptive foes out to tilt Arden to the Progressive Republic—and turn the Confederated Worlds against itself.
A BODYGUARD OF LIES, by Raymund Eich
The Confederated Worlds, Book 3
“I’m reminded of Poul Anderson’s Dominic Flandry series, or more recently, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Anniversary Day saga.”
Assigned to the halls of power, only Capt. Tomas Neumann can save the Confederated Worlds from the ultimate treachery
After bold action brings him the favor of the Confederated Worlds’ new president, Tomas finds himself in an arena more dangerous than combat: Politics.
Battling assassins, spies, and pervasive surveillance, Tomas discovers a shocking truth, and journeys from luxurious temples to secret police brain scanning chambers in a desperate mission to prevent the destruction of the Confederated Worlds.
THE CONFEDERATED WORLDS,
by Raymund Eich
Take the Shilling, Operation Iago, and A Bodyguard of Lies
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NEW CALIFORNIA, by Raymund Eich
After New California’s founder committed suicide, two men vied to rule the colony.
One, bureaucrat Ashwin George, supported by Tián Quán, the Chinese company whose hyperdrive ships and intelligent robots dominated half the settled galaxy.
Alone against them, Desmond Park, nanotechnology engineer, armed only with a shrewd intellect, the loyalty of the colony’s smart and disaffected youth, and the most formidable weapon of all.
A single idea.
THE SIRENS OF BANGALORE, by Raymund Eich
Bangalore, India, the 2040s. Walt Walther, an American expat entrepreneur, removes the last obstacle to the adoption of virtual reality. But when he grows obsessed with sexually explicit virtual realities, he sets men against women, husbands against wives, fathers against children, and brings nuclear superpowers to the brink of war.
THE BLANK SLATE, by Raymund Eich
Neuroscientist Clay Shieffer tried to ignore the police state growing under President Everton. When a mysterious hacker provides evidence, Clay faces the truth behind Everton’s election and his own unwitting complicity in it. Running from Federal agents and the U.S. Army, Clay must forge a rag-tag alliance to overthrow the president.
But President Everton now wields a weapon more formidable than a hydrogen bomb: Clay’s latest neuroscience invention….
THE FIRST VOYAGES, by Raymund Eich
The Complete Science Fiction Stories, 1998-2012
From 21st century asteroid settlements to World War II Romania, from an Earth dominated by immortal aliens to Christ’s empty tomb, a fresh, distinctive voice in science fiction guides you on journeys to the photosphere of the sun, the coding regions of DNA, and the complexities of the human psyche.
Includes Selling Short, The Imitation of Christ, The van der Rohe Forgery, La Rubia, On the Road to Sibiu, The White Witch of Bendugu, Katalysis’ Heart, Nine Views of Transco Tower by Iak/Sohu, Mike Fink Goes to Big Bend, and The Evidence of Things Seen
THE ALECS QUARTET, by Raymund Eich
Decades ago, a quartet of advocates—Darren, Purcell, Nesbitt, and Juliette—came to Elard to share their messages of spiritual and social uplift with the planet’s primitive, fractious natives. Under the scorching rays of Elard’s fiery sun, their friendship dissolved into illicit affairs and an unexplained disappearance.
Darren returns to Elard for one final mission. In only thirty days, he must solve mysteries buried in the planet’s vast desert—and hidden in a woman’s heart.
Enter a compelling, alien world of power and corruption, wonder and terror, love and death.
PASE DE UN DÍA, by Raymund Eich
A Writers of the Future honorable mention
A billion Third Worlders wanted to work in the United States. As a lucky holder of a daypass, Chalo had the opportunity to teleport from his impoverished Mexican village to his job in the United States, unless he overstayed his shift.
Or lost his daypass.
THE VAN DER ROHE FORGERY, by Raymund Eich
Fakes. Johan’s newly purchase antique Barcelona chairs, perfect examples of van der Rohe’s original design, came fresh from an asteroid factory, not from the prior century on distant Earth. Facing his wife’s anger, risking their friends’ scorn, could he use an interplanetary crisis to turn the tables—and chairs?
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST, by Raymund Eich
In an artificial world whose inhabitants used advanced neurotechnology to implant skills and habits in playing status games, Pavel trumped all his friends by making himself believe in Christianity. But whether true or false, his newly implanted skills and habits wielded a power over Pavel’s mind neither he nor his friends expected….
SELLING SHORT, by Raymund Eich
After Marqus signed on with the Coronado, its captain announced a dangerous venture—harvesting helium from the sun. Compounding the risks of the hottest place in the solar system, their mission would incur the wrath of one of the solar system’s great powers, if it found out.
Then Marqus found evidence of a spy on board their ship….
THE WHITE WITCH OF BENDUGU, by Raymund Eich
When the rebel leader liberated the town of Bendugu, he made a shocking discovery: a secret clinic, engaged in illicit cloning experiments for the benefit of a global elite. Yet even more disturbing was his encounter with the clinic’s proprietress….
PRIVATE KEYS, by Raymund Eich
“Now that I am dead, I can tell you everything about my husband’s assassination.”
Everyone remembers President Fletcher’s assassination. Most remember his murderer, one of millions of underemployed young men in a world run by the unaging, studied under First Lady Miranda Fletcher in her college course on violent regime change.
None know the truth she took to her grave. Until now.
THERE’S NO “I” IN TEAMOSALYNOL, by Raymund Eich
At the start of the basketball season, Coach Huffman expected the usual from the Spiders—bickering stars and missed playoffs. The team’s new owner, a pharmaceutical tycoon, planned to turn things around by giving new meaning to team chemistry. But even if all the Spiders’ players took a drug promoting player cooperation, their arch-rivals, the Netrunners, would use every trick to repeat as league champions….
NINE VIEWS OF TRANSCO TOWER, BY IAK/SOHU, by Raymund Eich
His position as a secret agent for the Ramuhlruus, Earth’s alien overlords, gave him the perfect cover to conspire against them. But could he meet his contact before the Ramuhlruus uncovered his secret agenda?
LA RUBIA, by Raymund Eich
Francisca’s tiny settlement of Mexican refugees needed help defending itself against pirates roving the asteroid belt. But the only offer came from a European renegade whose combat robot had destroyed Mexico and killed her son. Would her pride and grief win out against the needs of her people?
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS SEEN, by Raymund Eich
KATALYSIS’ HEART, by Raymund Eich
In its off-line data vault in Vienna, the biotech company Katalysis hid a gene therapy technology that could cure diseases and remake people into strange new forms. Could two young American hackers, and a jaded European agent, work together to penetrate the company’s vault and release that new technology to the world?
THE EVERPINK SLAUGHTER, by Raymund Eich
One bitterly cold Iowa night, an assailant slits the throats of twenty genetically modified pigs. Pressured by a giant biotechnology company and the county’s power brokers, Deputy Matt Schaffer must untangle a web of clues to find the assailant–and bring justice to a desperate small town.
THE MALABAR COAST, by Raymund Eich
So too did middle-class, middle-aged Americans like Liam Kleinschmidt and his wife.
But traveling 14,000 miles to a south Indian medical resort proved the easy part.
Wonder and dread combine in a near future tale of vast medical opportunities… and shadowy figures out to deny those opportunities to the world.