Michael Kingswood has written numerous science fiction and fantasy stories, including The Pericles Conspiracy, The Glimmer Vale Chronicles, and the Dawn of Enlightenment series. His interest in scifi/fantasy came at an early age: he first saw Star Wars in the theater when he was three and grew up on Star Trek in syndication. The Hobbit was among the first books he recalls reading.
Recognizing with sadness that the odds of his making it into outer space were relatively slim, after completing his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, he did the next best thing - he entered the US Navy as a submarine officer. Almost seventeen years later, he continues to serve on active duty and has earned graduation degrees in Engineering Management and Business Administration. Fitting with his service onboard Fast Attack submarines (SSNs), he does his writing on Saturdays, Sundays, and at Night.
He is married to a lovely lady from Maine. They have four children, and live wherever the Navy deems to send them.
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A series of brutal murders has shocked the normally quiet town of Lydelton. With no idea of the culprit’s identity, or even how the murders were committed, the townsfolk have become suspicious of each other, teetering on the edge of panic. As the town Constables, Raedrick and Julian must put a stop to the murders and bring the killer to justice. Somehow.
The Pericles Conspiracy
Josephine encountered a ship full of dying aliens during her last starliner run from Gliese to Earth, and they entreated her to bring their eggs back to their homeworld. But the government took over and began experimenting on the eggs instead. Now she must fight the powers that be to rescue the baby aliens before their parents learn of humanity's treachery, at the cost of all she loves.
While the Light seeks to maintain the balance and preserve life, Dark powers seek to nudge the universe away from that balance and not a path of destruction.
Each generation fights the battle between Light and Dark through Champions who willingly take up the mantle of their respective sides.
My name is Timothy Williams. I am the Champion of Light, and this is my story.
When Julian and Raedrick arrive in the town of Lydelton, they find it besieged by a ruthless band of brigands. Worse, the brigands have taken up station in the mountain passes, blocking the two friends' escape. With no way out and no option of returning the way they came, Julian and Raedrick accept an offer of employment. Their mission: defeat the brigands and restore peace to Glimmer Vale.
The Blob On The Rock
A scientific expedition in deep space makes a discovery that could alter everything we know about the nature of life.
As long as it doesn't kill them first.
The Blob On The Rock is a 5,000 word short story, and earned an Honorable Mention from the 1st Quarter 2012 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest..
Includes a bonus story: Lords Of The Remnant (3,800 words).
Larian's comrade-in-arms and friend, Jiles, received a family heirloom in the mail: a pendant from his deceased grandfather. Then he lost it during a night of Liberty in Mirasol, a town near their Company's camp.
Larian agrees to help find it, and the search leads them into the heart of Mirasol's underworld.
An 8,300 word novelette, this is Larian's fourth adventure.
So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer...
Using state of the art space portal technology, Dragon Safaris transports hunters and adventurers to Alcor Five. There they do battle with the great dragon-like beasts called Reptus Volans. When I saw Dragon Safaris' commercial, it rekindled the sense of magic and adventure I used to have when I was younger. I convinced my two oldest friends, Vinnie and Carl, to come along. This is out story.
Who Ate My Sock?
Justine's mother gets angry when socks come up missing in the wash, and it just happened again. When she asks Justine to go into the basement to help with the laundry, Justine learns the reason behind her mother's annoyance. And it is scary.
Who Ate My Sock? is a 2,100 word short story.
Includes a Bonus Story - A Chat Before Dinner
On his first operational assignment with his unit, the scouts of B Company, Larian must overcome inexperience and his own fear and uncertainty to get the information his Regiment needs to emerge victorious against the Mar Tabban, arch-enemy of the Citizens' Army.
First Blood is a 3,500 word short story.
Includes Bonus Story - Falling Softly.
Piter's honeymoon was off to a splendid start. He and his bride had a fancy bridal suite on a luxury spaceliner and a private view of the most beautiful aurora in the galaxy. Then it all went to hell. Narrowly escaping the spaceliner's destruction in a cargo shuttle, he, his bride, and five others crash onto an un-colonized moon, where they have to figure out how to survive until rescue.
Masters of the Sun
The world ended ten years ago, but life and politics keep on going. When the trade caravan brings word of a new force rising in the west, a force rumored to wield magic, Jack Simmons journeys with a man he does not trust to discover the truth behind the rumors. What he finds there will change him forever, and usher in a new era for mankind. Assuming it does not kill or enslave them all first.
A Jar Of Mixed Treats
This is a collection of five short stories. Included in the collection are:
Lords of the Remnant (Military SciFi)
How NOT To Rescue A Damsel In Distress (Fantasy)
A Chat Before Dinner (Dark Humor/Zombie Horror)
Falling Softly (Fantasy)
Measuring Up (Fantasy)
Lords of the Remnant
Aliens strike at the Centauri colony, overrunning it completely. Then, sooner than anyone imagined they could, they arrived at Earth to continue their conquest. An infantryman, certain resistance is futile, nevertheless deploys with his unit to fight against the first wave of invaders. As he makes his stand, he is confronted with a choice that will forever affect humanity's future.
A Chat Before Dinner
A record of a Zombie’s rant about the trials and tribulations of his life as a dis-respected member of the Undead. His rant centers around humans’ inherent racism, and he attempts to cajole his human listener into understanding his point of view. Darkly humorous and snarky, this story paints a new picture of a Zombie’s life.
This is a short story and includes a Bonus Story - Who Ate My Sock?
Passing in the Night
A year-long shift in the middle of the interstellar void can be dull. For the Fourth shift crew of the starliner Pericles, enroute to Earth from one of the colonies, the passage could best be called routine.
Until sensors detect an unknown and unexpected object ahead. What they find in the endless night of space will forever change their universe.
Assuming they survive to tell about it.
Larian Elesir, a young recruit in the Citizens' Army, arrives at his first post. Eager to join the war effort, he is nonetheless nervous in his new environment and worried about setting a foot wrong. During his first day in camp, his new companions put him through his paces as they both learn who he is and teach him the basics he'll need to survive in his job in the army. (4500 words)
How NOT To Rescue A Damsel In Distress
Larian, a young soldier fresh from the Martial Academy, goes home on leave to find his village attacked by brigands and his girl kidnapped. He immediately sets out to rescue her, but things do not quite go as planned. This is a fantasy short story of gallantry, daring, swordplay, and romance. It is about 2600 words long.
An assassin and his partner embark on the biggest job of their careers. The payment if they succeed is enough to set them up for life, potentially allowing the assassin to get out of the business and finally live a normal life. But even succeeding in a high profile job like this carries its own danger.
This is a short story, about 3,000 words in length.
Includes a Bonus Story - First Blood