Free eBook: “The Children Star” by Joan Slonczewski

Phoenix Pick continues their free eBook promotion this month with The Children Star by Joan Slonczewski!

About the Book:

Only children can colonize the planet Prokaryon, genetically modified for a world whose chemistry kills unaltered adults. A colony of orphans struggles to survive, and finds the planet hides strange secrets.

The Prokaryan landscape is ordered, as if by unseen gardeners, “hidden masters” no human has ever found. The weather behaves as though designed to meet the planet’s needs. When fire threatens a forest, a rainstorm appears, only to dissipate when the fire is put out.

When a ruthless corporation threatens to terraform Prokaryon, to recreate it for “normal” humans, there is a sudden urgency to find the intelligent life form directing the planet. For only then can the colonists save their world—and reveal unexpected possibilities for the human future.

“A story that is not only exciting but also filled with memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly

“This novel’s fireworks in the final third admirably justify its long, slow fuse.” — The New York Times

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page. The Coupon Code for the free eBook this month is 9991487 and is only good between November 2nd – November 30, 2013. Grab it now!

Phoenix Pick is continuing their “Free eBook-a-Month” promotion! This month, it’s Joan Slonczewski’s Daughter of Elysium!

(Note: this book was offered for free as Phoenix Pick’s very first free ebook more than two years ago. However, because of the limited nature of the program then, it had few downloads at the time. Phoenix Pick is
offering this outstanding book for free once more.)

About the book:

The pristine city of Elysium floats on the water world of Shora, inhabited by ‘immortals’ who have succeeded in unlocking the secrets of life.

Outsider Blackbear Windclan wants to share the secret of immortality with his own people, but can he, and the City of Elysium, survive the corruption and decadence that immortality has bred into the ageless society?

And what of the consciousness of self-aware nano-sentient servitors and their quest for vengeance?

“An enormously impressive achievement…A marvelous array of cultures presented in astonishing depth”—Kirkus Review

“A thoughtful, well-crafted novel”—Publishers Weekly

“Masterful story”—Library Journal

“Magnificently detailed”—Chicago Sun Times
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