Scott Michael Decker
Scott Michael Decker, MSW, is an author by avocation and a social worker by trade. He is the author of twenty-plus novels in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, dabbling among the sub-genres of space opera, biopunk, spy-fi, and sword and sorcery. His biggest fantasy is wishing he were published. His fifteen years of experience working with high-risk populations is relieved only by his incisive humor. Formerly interested in engineering, he's now tilting at the windmills he once aspired to build. Asked about the MSW after his name, the author is adamant it stands for Masters in Social Work, and not "Municipal Solid Waste," which he spreads pretty thick as well. His favorite quote goes, "Scott is a social work novelist, who never had time for a life" (apologies to Billy Joel). He lives and dreams happily with his wife near Sacramento, California.
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A hapless salvager puts his hands on a cube of alien manufacture and is told he'll be the next emperor. He finds in his care an orphan girl who's adamant she's the princess. The girl and the cube stymie his every attempt to rid himself of them, and he's bewildered that they insist he's anything more than a scrounge rat. And then he comes to the Empire's attention.
Growing up ostracized by their respective peoples, three half-breed women find they share one thing in common—their human father. After they're summoned to Earth, their journeys take them far afield, some person or agency determined to prevent them from arriving safely. Getting to Earth, they become embroiled in the struggle for power following the death of their father, the Emperor Chingis Khan.
Legends of Lemuria 4 Sharif
On worlds left isolated after the collapse of Lemuria, four people each acquire a crystal, whose extraordinary properties enabled the ancients to rule the vast empire. Sharif, an inveterate if hapless inventor on the planet Decca, builds a harmonic sequencer to send a message to other worlds and wrecks his life in the process.
Legends of Lemuria 3 Jayani
On worlds left isolated after the collapse of Lemuria, four people each acquire a crystal, whose extraordinary properties enabled the ancients to rule the vast empire. Jayani, an ecopreserve warden on the planet Jaffna, resigns under pressure and finds a dying old woman, who bequeaths Jayani the Lemurian crystal that has kept her—and the ecopreserve—alive.
Legends of Lemuria 2 Nadika
On worlds left isolated after the collapse of Lemuria, four people each acquire a crystal, whose extraordinary properties enabled the ancients to rule the vast empire. Nadika, a carnival proprietor's daughter on the planet Bentota, is given crystals by a seeress as her father's carnival is destroyed by vandals. With the crystals, she discovers a mountain of machinery left behind by Lemuria.
Sword Scroll Stone
Columba fights off a magical sword to gain entrance and membership into the Hall of Swords. During his induction, the sacred sword Genesyx is stolen, and Columba is accused of its theft. Aridisia and Marl are each similarly betrayed at the Crypt of Scrolls and the Vault of Stones. Banished, all three seek to restore the sacred talismans and their good names.
Legends of Lemuria 1 Casper
On worlds left isolated after the collapse of Lemuria, four people each acquire a crystal, whose extraordinary properties enabled the ancients to rule the vast empire. Caspar, a prisoner-slave on the desert planet Karata, digs a crystal from a mineshaft wall and escapes from prison, only to be sickened by its effects.
Legends of Lemuria
On worlds left isolated after the collapse of Lemuria, four people each acquire a crystal, whose extraordinary properties enabled the ancients to rule the vast empire. A prisoner-slave, a carnival proprietor's daughter, an ecopreserve warden, and a hapless inventor each unleash the power of his or her crystal—and the pernicious forces that caused the collapse of civilization.
Six characters from Scott Michael Decker's novel, Doorport, have their lives altered by the increasingly attenuated space-time fabric.
Glad You're Born
A young woman, heir to a planetary governor, comes of age on a planet occupied by an indigenous alien moss. The planet's main industry, producing clones, is jeopardized by a shrinking supply of the liquefied moss, used as clone food. Amidst increasing clone agitation, the young woman discovers mounting evidence that her conception and birth may not have occurred naturally.
Drink the Water
After being pushed into the water and pulled under by the Nartressan seaweed, Xenobiologist Janine Meriwether finds herself on the same dock, looking at the person who pushed her in. Is she dreaming, or is something else afoot? She joins three others who have dreams of drowning—a traumatized emergency responder, a troubled seafood mogul, and a high-priced escort—to unravel the mysterious seaweed.
Whelped in war, reared in revenge, schooled in stealth. A near-term princess is betrayed in her penultimate battle to conquer the galactic core. Her daughter is taken from her body, reared in a foreign empire, and trained in espionage. As multiple attempts are made on her life, the young woman defies those who would use her toward their own ends in her battle to discover who she really is.
Emperor and Heir
The Bandit-turned-Emperor impersonates the Heir and assassinates the Commanding General. The Heir discovers that his father the Emperor faked the death of his twin brother twenty years before, and that the Bandit is his brother. The Heir resigns to make peace with the Bandit. He and the Heir join with their fellow Emperors and disable the four Imperial Swords, ending the Sovereignty of the Swords.
Bandit and Heir
The twins are reared separately, as Bandit and Heir. The Heir goes north to assassinate five bandit leaders, where he is mistaken for the Bandit. The Bandit mates the daughter of an assassinated leader. The Bandit's father attempts to assassinate the Heir's father, but dies in the attempt. The Heir completes his task as his rival and look-alike declares himself Emperor of the northern lands.
Bandit and Empire
The Empress near term, the General lays siege to the Noble Bandit's fortress on the Empire's northern border as the price of his repatriation. During the siege, the twins are born, and the Sorceror separates their empathy link, depriving them of psychic power, dying in the effort. The Emperor then separates them, faking one twin's death and sending him northward to live under the care of a bandit.
Peasant and Empire
Twins are conceived through stealth and poison by an impotent Emperor beset by a Peasant General to the south and a bandit to the north. During negotiations with a neighboring Emperor, the General assaults the other Emperor, putting the impotent Emperor in a bind. The General's mate rectifies the insult, delivering her mate into the neighboring Emperor's custody, and herself into his embrace.
Bandit and Heir, the Quadrilogy
Twins are conceived deceitfully by an impotent Emperor. The twins are born during the siege of a bandit fortress, and then are separated by the Emperor, who deprives them of psychic power. The twins are reared separately, as Bandit and Heir, and as they become men, their paths begin to cross and clash. After discovering their true origins, the twins are reunited, their empathy link reestablished.
Engineer Janet Thompson steps through a doorport to San Diego, but lands in San Francisco instead. The worldwide doorport network has operated without a glitch for forty years. What could possibly be going wrong? As she investigates, permutations in space-time become more apparent, more numerous, and more pervasive than she imagined. Can she save the fabric of space-time from complete collapse?