Promotion: Download “Murphy’s Traverse” to Kindle for Free until September 22

Murphy Cover“Murphy’s Traverse” answers the question: “What can go wrong?” But not everything goes wrong. Between now and September 22, “Murphy’s Traverse” can be downloaded from Amazon in Kindle format for free. So go ahead. Download it. Read it. Don’t read it. Feed it to your pet. But ideally, you’ll read it and enjoy it, despite Murphy’s dire lack of enjoyment.

This is my first effort to try a promotional freebie. Let me know what you think.

This story is the latest of my published short stories. It’s not particularly up beat, but there is humor in the darkness. Murphy isn’t really any different from any of the rest of us, after all. And given the choices and circumstances he faces, who among us would find different results? Probably not me.

I hope you like it. If you do, please leave a review. If you despise it and want to spare others, well, I guess you could leave a review in that case, too. Either way, we have something new between us that hopefully adds to our view of reality with less consequence than that faced by Murphy.

(For those of you that stumble across this announcement sometime after September 22, 2014–don’t panic or regret. It’s only 99 cents.)

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A Science Fiction About Quantum Uncertainty; A Romance About Longing and Doubt

Join Amy Budge as her life, the world, and the universe unravel and reform around her, again and again. Is there an end in sight? Yes, according to the idiots that got her into this mess. Is it an end she will want when it is achieved? She thought so, until she met Pat Billings, repeatedly, in a dizzying array of roles and heart-thumping styles.

LoveDeathCover Smashwords“Life, Death, and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities,” (originally published without the Oxford comma), is available now for download in all e-Book formats. It can be downloaded from Amazon in Kindle format HERE, and downloaded in any other format at Smashwords HERE, or any other of the channels available to it in short order. “Life, Death, and Overlapping Bosonic Singularities” is also available for free “Authorgraph” signings HERE.

This is one for science fiction fans and romance fans alike, even those that are not ordinarily interested in the other. And more importantly, general readers with neither leaning are enjoying this short tale. So download it for just 99 cents and give it a read.

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Europes Answer To The Shuttle.

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The European Space Agency is readying its first-ever “space plane” for sub-orbit for tests.

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is undergoing final ground tests, before being launched from Kourou in French Guiana.

The sneaker-shaped IXV will be launched from a Vega rocket to a height of 450 kilometres (280 miles) for a 100 minute flight test.

The IXV will then re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of 28,000 km/h over the Pacific Ocean, plunge into the water and then be picked up by a ship.

300 sensors in the IXV are set to collect flight data including the all important aerothermodynamics data for the heat shield.

Built from high-tech ceramics and carbon-fibre, and low-tech cork,  IXV is 5.0 metres (16 feet) long and 2.2 metres wide, the same size as a medium-sized car.

The IXV was developed over five years at a cost of 150 million euros ($193 million), which is…

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Attorneys in Space: Worlds Less Traveled Now Available at Smashwords

Worlds CoverWith a new cover and new distribution channels, “Worlds Less Traveled” is now available in most ebook formats (it became available in Kindle format earlier this month).

This short story has been well received since it first hit the scene in 2013. Now it can be downloaded to your e-reader for just 99 cents. The blurb at Smashwords describes the story like this:

An attorney at an off-world deposition faces a strange witness and even stranger circumstances. But can his senses be trusted this far from Earth as his anti-psychotic field wanes? “Worlds Less Traveled” is a fresh look at at an ageless problem, rife with intrigue, corporate malfeasance and relentless tension in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Previously published by Perihelion Science Fiction and available in audio from Comets and Criminals, this short story by J. C. Conway keeps readers guessing and engaged. “Giggle, snicker, chuckle… oh, I liked that.” Don’t miss the chance to glimpse humanity from the eyes of one of its troubled own as he struggles with internal and external adversity out among the worlds less traveled.

You can also read the FREE PREVIEW HERE.

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New Kindle Anthology of Flash Fiction and Short Stories: Another Wrong World (and other offbeat tales)

Another Wrong World KDP CoverAnother Wrong World: and other off beat tales is a collection of very short stories published in various magazines over the past two-and-a-half years. From asteroid bars to a child’s front yard, from the eyes of a veteran star pilot to the paranoia of a city elf, nothing can be taken for granted–except that the reality of any given world is far from certain. The stories are at times uplifting, puzzling, depressing or funny. But each offers a glimpse into some aspect of humanity, be it pleasant or otherwise. Most of the stories in this anthology are flash fiction–less than one-thousand words and good for a quick read. Several are a little longer, but worth the extra few minutes.

The anthology is available in Kindle format for $1.99. The stories include:

  • “Early Retirement” (science fiction) first published Static Movement, April 2, 2012
  • “Separation Anxiety” (science fiction) first published, September 1, 2012
  • “Exit Strategy” (science fiction) first published 365 Tomorrows, February 2, 2012
  • “Procyon Descent” (science fiction) first published Farther Stars Than These, May 3, 2012
  • “The Bender Beamer” (science fiction) first published Lark’s Fiction Magazine, May 13, 2012
  • “Letters to the Luminiferous Aether” (science fiction) first published Bewildering Stories, June 11, 2012
  • “Seed of Doubt” (literary philosophical fiction) first published Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, November 12, 2012
  • “A Flash of Insight” (military science fiction) first published Battlespace: Military Science Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1, by The Science Fiction Show, July 2, 2012
  • “November Elf” (modern fantasy) first published Hogglepot, November 11, 2012
  • “Another Wrong World” (science fiction) first published Indigo Rising Magazine, April 8, 2012

Enjoy the spin around the universe.

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Gentle Push Available as a Kindle Single Short Story

Gentle Push KDP CoverMy short science-fiction story, “Gentle Push,” is now available in Kindle format through Amazon as a 99-cent stand-alone short story. The story was first published in 2012 by Mindflights, and appeared earlier this year in the print magazine, Tales of the Talisman, which is still also available through Amazon for $7.00. Edited by David Lee Summers said of Gentle Push: “John C. Conway shows us that saving humanity sometimes requires a willingness to meet long lost loves and that such willingness can be a selfless act.”

Artist and author Laura Givens provided the stunning color illustration for the story. Givens is, among other things, the Art Director for Tales of the Talisman, and examples of her work for it and other venues can be found at her site HERE.

“Gentle Push” recounts a unique encounter between an ancient and highly advanced alien and a lone, eccentric human. The meeting is important for a lot of reasons, but nothing near what the alien expects. It begins:

I encountered the leading edge of retreating human vessels 20 light hours from Delta Pavonis—a steady column bound for Earth, where they believed we could protect them. My mission would determine if that faith was justified, and if so, for how long.

As I skirted the system’s rocky halo, I spotted the small starship drifting quietly in the mid-outer dust cloud—a tug with strong field generators fore and aft. It was not preparing to flee. I looked closer. Its artificial environment was intact. Its engines were functional. It had a single human occupant, alive and well as far as I could tell.

I hailed it. “Do you require assistance?”

It responded abruptly: “Leave me alone.”

It was my first direct conversation with a human, and not what I expected…

The alien creature is kept guessing throughout the encounter, but ultimately learns some very important things about these new beings in the universe that call themselves humans. I hope you enjoy the story.

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China To Have Space Station By 2022.

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After an aggressive series of space programs, the Chinese government has set another ambitious goal: a space station of their own. The space station will use modules that they have already placed in orbit…

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Silence of the Imbeciles Now Available for Kindle

silence coverMy short story, “Silence of the Imbeciles,” described by its first publishing editor as “well written, understated and poignant,” is now available in Kindle format at Amazon.

The story concerns a young teen boy, Frankie Turnbull, struggling to use properly his fantastical talent of making and using magic wands. Things have not gone well, and Frankie finds his own way to deal with the not-so-uncommon realization (if you remember being 14) that he is surrounded in his life by complete and utter imbeciles. But in this case, more uniquely, he is certain the situation is his fault. When, if ever, will he no longer suffer the isolation of being the only person with more than half a wit?

The story begins:

His father’s voice boomed from the shed door. “What are you doing out here?”
Carving knife in hand, Frankie Turnbull flinched. The blade sliced into the flesh of his finger.


He dropped the knife and flapped his hand once. “Nothing! Okay?”

Like the blade, his response was too sharp. He knew better. But he spoke without thinking. He needed time to fix a very serious problem, and nobody was giving it to him.

Anthony Turnbull cleared his throat, telegraphing to Frankie the shallow depth of the ice upon which he’d just placed himself.

“Sorry,” he said, turning.

His father’s bulky frame filled the doorway, silhouetted by the late-afternoon sun. He crossed his arms.

Frankie’s hair tingled. “I’m almost done,” he pleaded. But it was pointless to argue with the man. He was stubborn, he could throw Frankie a country mile, and he was an imbecile.

Imbecility was the biggest problem. That was Frankie’s fault. It was the problem he wanted to fix…

Frankie’s problems mount from there, and I hope you enjoy the story.

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Murphy’s Traverse Available as a Single for Kindle

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My short story, Murphy’s Traverse, published this past summer in The Colored Lens, is now also available as a stand-alone short story for Kindle download on Amazon for 99 cents. The story begins: “Murphy, wake up.” The soft female voice … Continue reading

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TROBO: the Huggable, Science-Teaching, Crowdfunded Robot

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Meet TROBO–a huggable talking plush robot and interactive storytelling app to get kids excited about STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the world around them. The company building TROBO was started by two theme-park and video-game engineers, both … Continue reading

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