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Parsina Press is proud to be the principal source for Stephen Goldin's books and stories. Not only are many of them published electronically here at Smashwords, but going to our Web site will link you to other editions, both electronic and paper, of the more than 30 science fiction and fantasy novels Stephen Goldin has published over his long career.

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I'm not sure I've ever heard of Stephen Goldin. What sorts of things do you write that I might be interested in reading?
I write almost entirely in the speculative fiction field. I had many short works and over 30 book titles published by traditional presses like Doubleday, Bantam, Harper & Row, Berkley, Fawcett and New American Library before I decided to go the independent route and publish them myself. The Parsina Saga is my major fantasy credential. In science fiction I've written several series, like the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series, the Agents of ISIS series, and the Mindsaga series. I've also written stand-alone novels--some of the ones I'm proudest of are THE ETERNITY BRIGADE, A WORLD CALLED SOLITUDE, SCAVENGER HUNT and ASSAULT ON THE GODS. I also wrote a novel called POLLY! that doesn't easily fit into any category, but which a lot of people have found delightfully funny.
Why do you write speculative fiction?
I'm fascinated with telling stories in a wide range of realities. Stories set in known times and environments seem too limiting. I want to explore the universe of possibilities. I want my characters to explore unknown challenges and see how well they'll hold up. It's exciting to go "where no one has gone before." As long as the thrill remains, I'll continue traveling down the road never taken.
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Tsar Wars: Agents of ISIS, Book 1
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: Free! Words: 63,050. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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With humanity scattered throughout the galaxy, the Empire is the only force for order across the stars. But the tsar's been in a coma for five years, and his grand-niece, the only apparent heir, is only 14 years old. The task of preserving the Empire now falls to two untrained--but far from unskilled--agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service. Can they save the Empire from destruction?
A Career in Writing
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Series: The Business of Being a Writer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." This excerpt discusses finances, work habits, pen names, and other points an author should seriously consider before starting a career in writing.
The World Where Wishes Worked
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Series: Offbeat Humor. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
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This is a cautionary tale explaining why you should not suffer fools gladly. No matter how perfect a set-up you've got, all it takes is one fool to screw it up. **A fairy tale for adults.**
When There's No Man Around
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Series: Offbeat Humor. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Goodyear Tires had an ad campaign in the mid-1970s showing a woebegone young woman kneeling beside her car with a flat tire, all alone on a deserted highway in the middle of the night. The caption read, “When there’s no man around, Goodyear should be.” This science fiction story is dedicated to all those poor, helpless women everywhere.
Creationism vs. the Lightbulb
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Series: Atheist Musings. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2009 by Parsina Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
Religious believers try to claim that "Creationism" is a science. But if that's true, can they explain why a lightbulb works? This article was originally published as a guest editorial in Analog magazine.::This essay also includes a sample from the novel POLLY!
Grim Fairy Tale
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Series: Offbeat Humor. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Not everything in life is the way it appears in children's books. **A fairy tale for adults.**
Portrait of the Artist as a Young God
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
So what if you can make stars explode or change the orbits of elemental electrons. Big deal! It may all be very pretty, but is it Art?.
Haunted Houses
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2009 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Can houses be haunted by some other forces besides hatred, fear and anger?
The Fix Is In
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Series: Atheist Musings. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Believers in "intelligent design" say the universe is too complex to have been formed by random chance. By that standard, I can show that every baseball game is rigged!::This essay also includes a sample from the novel POLLY!
Treacherous Moon: Agents of ISIS, Book 2
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,360. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the pleasure moon Vesa and simply vanished without a trace. Is this part of some vast galactic conspiracy? To find out, the Imperial Special Investigation Service dispatches its two top agents to look into the matter--and the shocking truth they reveal leads to discoveries that eventually threatens the stability of humanity's entire interstellar Empire.
The Eternity Brigade
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Series: Serious Tales of Tomorrow. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,070. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Hawker was a good soldier--so good, in fact, that the Army asked him and his buddies to sign on for an extended hitch. What they couldn't know was that the extension would last forever. Century after century,Hawker and his comrades were resurrected to fight on alien planets. But one goal remained in Hawker's mind: Somehow there had to be a way out of the loop. And he was determined to find it.
Purgatory Plot: Agents of ISIS, Book 6
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,990. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An armed cadre of fundamentalist extremists threatens the security of the interstellar Empire, while uprisings of separatist traitors spark outrage on dozens of planets around the galaxy. The agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service must find the common thread and de-fang these vipers before the wildfire of revolution engulfs the galaxy.
Sanctuary Planet: Agents of ISIS, Book 4
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,740. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The galaxy's top criminals have not only been getting away from police, they've disappeared from sight entirely. Suspecting something far more sinister than a mere crime wave, the top agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service delve into the matter--only to discover this is the tip of a galaxy-spanning conspiracy that threatens to undermine the stability of the Empire itself.
Polly!
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Series: Special Honors · Offbeat Humor. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,210. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
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"Blasphemous...highly offensive"...and VERY funny! Meeting Polly is an adventure where you’ll discover: why snowmen can’t dance; a scene from a previously unseen Marx Brothers movie; the Three Laws of Thermodynamics; and the secret of the universe. Oh, and also the recipe for the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Just remember: Nothing's ever hopeless unless you lose all hope.
Stellar Revolution: Agents of ISIS, Book 5
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,590. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A hidden conspiracy is plotting to use the tsaritsa's wedding as the occasion to start a bloody revolt to take over the throne. Meanwhile, in the depths of interstellar space, a flotilla of space pirates is gathering. Is it coincidence, or a coordinated attack to topple the Empire? The Imperial Special Investigation Service must unravel the plots and thwart these plans before it's too late.
Robot Mountain: Agents of ISIS, Book 3
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,890. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
By sheer accident, the Imperial Special Investigation Service stumbled across a fiendish plot against the Empire--using a time bomb to blow up the tsaritsa and throw the galaxy into chaos.Now, to learn the truth, its agents must infiltrate a hollow mountain, the lair of a mad robotic genius, while simultaneously protecting Her Majesty from a hidden assassin. And somewhere, a time bomb is ticking
Legal Matters
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Series: The Business of Being a Writer. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." This excerpt discusses fair use and permissions for quotes, obscenity, libel and invasion of privacy, writers' wills and estates, and public lending rights.
Outworld Invaders: Agents of ISIS, Book 9
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,650. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
For centuries, now, humanity has expanded into space without encountering an alien civilization. Suddenly, the peaceful outlying planet Omicron is attacked by an ominous outside threat--and the Imperial Special Investigation Service finds itself joining forces with the conspiracy it's been battling for years to save mankind from external danger.
Shrine of the Desert Mage
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Series: The Parsina Saga, Volume I. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,290. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Volume I of the Parsina Saga. In the Arabian Nights world of Parsina, Jafar the storyteller must escape from the dungeons of the Holy City and outwit the world's mightiest wizard.
Traitors' World: Agents of ISIS, Book 7
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,020. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Space pirates harass interstellar shipping On the frozen world of Gulag--where the Empire's worst traitors have been exiled for centuries--dangerous plots are hatching. Time is running out for agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service to save the Empire from the most serious revolt in its centuries-long history.
Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor
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Series: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,190. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Jade Darcy, a computer-augmented mercenary, turns down what she considers a suicide assignment: traveling to an enslaved world to assassinate one of its military leaders. But then she learns there's someone looking for her--someone with the potential to expose her mysterious past, with possibly fatal results. All of a sudden, a suicide mission looks positively appetizing....
Galactic Collapse: Agents of ISIS, Book 10
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,030. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Finally the evil conspiracy reveals itself in all its true power, bringing the Empire to its knees. Even the Imperial Special Investigation Service is helpless in the face of the unexpected, overwhelming attack. But the Empire strikes back with all the resources at its disposal--hoping against hope that will be enough to save humanity.
Rights and Copyrights
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Series: The Business of Being a Writer. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media
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Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." This excerpt discusses the different kinds of rights an author can license, as well as the basic ins and outs of copyright law in the United States.
Xenophobe
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2011 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This story is dedicated to the Republican Party. They do so well at drumming up distrust of homosexuals, foreigners and others who are different from their “norm” that one can only imagine what they’ll do when we encounter true aliens.
Counterfeit Stars: Agents of ISIS, Book 8
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Series: The Agents of ISIS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,510. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2010 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Having had its plans thwarted too many times by the Imperial Special Investigation Service, the evil conspiracy declares war directly on the brave men and women who serve in the agency. Impostors sabotage the Service's work, and the Commissar himself falls under suspicion. ISIS must confront itself to prevent being torn apart from within.
Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates
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Series: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,590. Language: American English. Published: June 7, 2012 by Parsina Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
While visiting the planet Restaapa, Jade Darcy and her employer, Megan Cafferty,discover that world is in the process of choosing a new heir to the throne. The candidates hatch plots against anyone they see as a danger to their victory. Each will go to any extreme, even murder, to assure his election. Jade has the difficult task of restoring order to Restaapa as well as protecting her own life.


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