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release date: May 24, 2017
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The Lost Star Tales (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: Wil Litang was the competent, but not ambitious, first mate of the tramp freighter Lost Star. So, when its captain became too ill to make their usual voyage around Azminn's ring of planets, he accepted the job of acting captain with some reluctance. As it turned out, his reluctance was justified. The Lost Star had a mysterious and dangerous past – a past that had caught up with it. Litang and the crew of the Lost Star are soon driven from their comfortable orbit to some of the most dangerous places in the Nine Star Nebula, including the fabled Lost Star itself.

The Bright Black Sea is not your typical space opera. While it has space battles, it's not military SF. While it's a tale of mystery and danger, star empires are not falling, rebels are not fighting desperate battles for freedom, and the fate of the galaxy doesn't hang in the balance. And unlike many science fiction stories which are focused on ideas or a “What ifs?”, the Bright Black Sea is a character focused story, which takes early space opera motifs – space pirates, sentient robots, and rockets – and incorporates them into a modern, episodic novel set in a tiny nebula of nine stars, hundreds of planets and lawless asteroid belts.

For a different type of space adventure, join Captain Litang and the crew of the Lost Star to discover the wonders and dangers of the Nine Star Nebula.

The adventures and misadventures of Wil Litang continue in The Castaways of the Lost Star – the first “episode” of the planned companion volume, The Lost Star's Sea – a new take on the planetary romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his kin.
release date: Sep 16, 2015
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The Bright Black Sea: The Lost Star Volume One (The Lost Star Tales Book 1)
Wil Litang was the competent, but not ambitious, first mate of the tramp freighter Lost Star. So, when its captain became too ill to make their usual voyage around Azminn's ring of planets, he accepted the job of acting captain with some reluctance. As it turned out, his reluctance was justified. The Lost Star had a mysterious and dangerous past – a past that had caught up with it. Litang and the crew of the Lost Star are soon driven from their comfortable orbit to some of the most dangerous places in the Nine Star Nebula, including the fabled Lost Star itself.

The Bright Black Sea is not your typical space opera. While it has space battles, it's not military SF. While it's a tale of mystery and danger, star empires are not falling, rebels are not fighting desperate battles for freedom, and the fate of the galaxy doesn't hang in the balance. And unlike many science fiction stories which are focused on ideas or a “What ifs?”, the Bright Black Sea is a character focused story, which takes early space opera motifs – space pirates, sentient robots, and rockets – and incorporates them into a modern, episodic novel set in a tiny nebula of nine stars, hundreds of planets and lawless asteroid belts.

For a different type of space adventure, join Captain Litang and the crew of the Lost Star to discover the wonders and dangers of the Nine Star Nebula.

The adventures and misadventures of Wil Litang continue in The Castaways of the Lost Star – the first “episode” of the planned companion volume, The Lost Star's Sea – a new take on the planetary romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his kin.
release date: Aug 04, 2016
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Castaways of the Lost Star: The Lost Star Tales #2
The eagerly awaited sequel to “The Bright Black Sea” is now FREE! Get in now, since Amazon can restore retail price at any time!.

Tramp space ship captain Wil Litang's adventures, and misadventures, continue with Litang finding himself shipwrecked on a small drifting island after a rather ill-advised return to the Archipelago of the Tenth Star to warn his friends of treachery. Unless he can repair his space boat or contact his friends, he faces the daunting task of survival amongst the archipelago of floating islands in a vast ocean of air – islands populated by telepathic dragons, strange, savage beasts, dangerous, mysterious peoples and uncounted civilizations. In the grand tradition of “planetary romances” Litang must struggle to survive, and, if not quite conquer, at least find his place, amongst the savage islands and peoples of the fabled Tenth Star.

Just as “The Bright Black Sea” reworked the classic space opera into a modern, character focused novel, “Castaways of the Lost Star” begins a new series of adventures that revisits and resets the classic planetary romance stories made famous by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jack Vance, into a long, episodic and character focused novel.

“Castaways of the Lost Star” is the novel length (72K+ word) opening chapter of the extended story cycle – “The Lost Star’s Sea” -- that will form a fitting companion volume to “The Bright Black Sea.”


C. Litka is also the author:

‘The Bright Black Sea” an epic, 800 page plus space opera in the grand tradition.

“A Summer in Amber,” a post-apocalyptic, steam-punk adventure/romance set in Scotland.

“Some Day Days,” a new adult romance set in the not too distant future of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
release date: Apr 28, 2015
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A Summer in Amber
(Ver 3.3 18 Sept 2016 – latest version)
A young physicist is dispatched to a remote Scottish estate to secretly decipher fragments of a manuscript holding the keys to restoring the solar storm ravaged 21st century. Once there he finds whispers of a reincarnated wizard, a dangerously powerful laboratory said to be the gate to the Otherworld, and a girl. A classic novel of adventure and romance.

A Summer in Amber is set thirty-six years after the first of a series of powerful solar storms destroys the world's electrical grid – shorting out computers, and making radio, TV and mobile phones impossible. Within hours the world was thrust back into the 19th century. Those who survived the ensuing chaos gradually adopted to this new reality. This story takes place in an England and Scotland that have adopted to this new world using an eclectic mix of old and new technology. Steam engines pull carriages over lines once used by high speed trains. Electricity is generated locally using solar panels and windmills. The streets are filled with bicycles dodging horse drawn drays and pedestrians dressed like Victorians to protect their skin from the greatly increased ultraviolet light reaching the ground due to the solar storms' disruption of the earth's upper atmosphere.

A Summer in Amber might be described as a "mirror image" steampunk novel. Instead of 21st century technology in a 19th century society, Edwardian technology had been adopted by a post-apocalyptic, late 21st century one, making for an out of the ordinary steampunk story. There are, for example, no zombies. Morlocks, yes, but no zombies, nor airships and air pirates. The story's steampunkness comes from a mix of Edwardian and 21st century technology and from its old-fashioned narrative style – a reflection of my fondness for the Scottish stories of John Buchan, and Compton Mackenzie. (And the 1959 movie remake of the 39 Steps starring Kenneth More.)

Along with adventure, romance plays its part as well in A Summer in Amber. The story has been described in one review as a "Regency romance". I'm not sure what constitutes a Regency romance, but falling in love with a rather fey girl is certainly part of what makes this summer in the highlands so unforgettable for Sandy Say – a summer he hopes to keep forever preserved in the amber of memory.

I have two other novels available wherever fine ebooks are sold.
Some Day Days, a rather experimental romance novel set in this same never-never England, but before the storms.
The Bright Black Sea, a long, sweeping, space opera of mystery and adventure set in the Nine Star Nebula.


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release date: Jul 09, 2015
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Some Day Days
(Ver 2 - 3 April 2016 updated version)
Be careful what you wish for – wishes can come true, as Hugh Gallagher discovers when the girl of his dreams, the incomparable Selina Beri, comes seeking his expertise on a piece of technology she needs to understand for her last final exam. Can Hugh, the classic shy, geeky, university student, avoid making a fool of himself with the girl he's loved from afar? A romance set in the near future.

Some Day Days is a simple story of first love and friendship set in Oxford and Cambridge England. It reflects my taste for simplicity, understatement, humor, and clever writing (though that's a goal rather than a claim.) Raymond Chandler once wrote that there are two types of writers, writers who write stories and writers who write writing. I aspire to write writing. I started writing Some Day Days six years ago, and finished revising it this year, so this work spans my current writing phase.

It is something of an experimental work, along the lines of Frankenstein. The original subtitle was a romance in an undetermined number of pieces of which this is the first twelve pieces. It began life as a novelette, to which I added a novella length sequel, and then, as my imagination raced ahead, I outlined a whole series of pieces until I had a memoir spanning four years. I use the word "pieces" to describe its parts because no one term describes them all. I have the original novelette, its longer sequel, several chapters of varying lengths, an essay, a gaming story and a ghost story, tied together as the memoir of Hugh Gallagher, a third year student reading Physics and Philosophy at Oxford University – let's say twenty years from now. It does, however, have a beginning, middle and an end, and thus, the essentials of a novel.

The first piece, Kiss of the White Witch is a result of two challenges. The first arose in reading somewhere about a challenge to write a short story centered on the effects of a new technology in the future. I chose a device that records one's life in video as a "dynamic diary" or a "dyary". I wrote this before Google Glass, but after the first such limited devices were being talked about. The second challenge came from my dislike of stories that are told to the reader, rather than having the story play out on its own. Talk being cheap, it's easy to be a critic – so I decided to see if I could write a story that unfolds mostly in dialog. The result was Kiss of the White Witch.

Several drafts later, I found myself wondering how I could bring the two characters together again, and eventually wrote a sequel, a novella called A Shattered Heart – the second piece in this work. I now had two pieces, both too short and too long for anything, leaving me no choice but to plow ahead and write more. Over the past six years I've written the ten other pieces that make up the rest of this work, which cover the first six months of the long romance I had dreamed up.

One should never say never, so I won't. I am, however, unlikely, to write more pieces, so this is most likely a stand alone book. I considered adding an addenda outlining some of the subsequent events, but Hugh wouldn't stand for that, "It's my story to tell. Or not. I'll tell it my way, or not at all," (Artists! It seems that even a small literary effort sparks an artistic temperament!) Still, it is, after all, his story to tell. Or not. I've honored his wishes.

Some Day Days – a little romance of first love set in the near future by the author of A Summer in Amber, is available at most fine ebook sellers. And coming late summer/early fall 2015 Planets of Call, a long space opera with a golden age of science fiction touch.
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