Rossum’s Universal Replicas: Karel Capek’s R.U.R. Reimagined Authored by Christopher Conlon

APOCALYPSE REVISITED

Karel Capek’s nightmarish drama R.U.R. took audiences by storm when it premiered in Prague in 1921—within three years it had been translated into thirty languages and seen in productions all over the world. Now Christopher Conlon, “one of the preeminent names in contemporary literary horror” (Booklist), reinvents this theatrical classic for a new generation, creating a fresh and different take on Capek’s unforgettable vision of the end of human civilization.

Bram Stoker Award winner Christopher Conlon is the author of Savaging the Dark and A Matrix of Angels, among other novels, and the editor of He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“Conlon is a consummate literary artist…His insight is rare.”
– George Clayton Johnson, author of Twilight Zone Scripts and Stories

“Conlon has a major talent…with a marvelous artistic grasp of the joys, pains, and sorrows of this world we all inhabit. He is a superb writer.”
– William F. Nolan, co-author of Logan’s Run

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CASTLES OF CALIFORNIA by Jules Verne

Two of Jules Verne’s plays have long piqued the interest of American readers, and are included in this volume in translation for the first time. Both feature Frenchmen, recently returned from the United States, discovering the ephemeral nature of wealth. In The Castles of California, the Frenchman has come from the California gold fields—has he struck it rich, or has he had the bad luck of most of the “Forty-niners”? In A Nephew from America, an unattached ladies’ man suddenly discovers that his late brother had a son in America, who is now an adult. And his new nephew is in love, and needs his uncle’s assistance. Will true love, and kinship, win out?

Accompanying the two plays is an afterword on Verne’s 1867 trip to the United States, and its lasting inspiration; some one-third of the author’s stories would include American characters, settings, or themes.

The book is profusely illustrated with original engravings from Verne’s time, and translation is by Kieran O’Driscoll, a leading expert on Verne in the English language.

Softcover edition:
978-1-62933-126-3
$19.95

Hardcover edition:
978-1-62933-127-0
$29.95

ANGELS ON TAP by Burt Prelutsky

Your car breaks down one night, your cell phone is on the fritz, so you step into a bar to call the auto club and have a cold one while waiting for a tow.

Nothing out of the ordinary. It happens all the time. But what if it’s a bar where angels hang out? And what if they happen to be angels with attitude?

A lot can happen while waiting for that tow. And most of it is hilarious!

Soon to be a major motion picture with a heavenly cast, including Ed Asner, Marion Ross, Jamie Farr, Alan Rachins and Ron Masak.

978-1-62933-124-9
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FLIRTATION ACT: THE STORY OF A BOY, A GIRL, AND VAUDEVILLE by Debra L. Davis

Love in The Roaring Twenties needs more than a flirtation act. Violet Williams knows. Secretly in love with Danny O’Brien, her co-star in Vaudeville, the ecstasy of romance competes with the excitement of an opening night at The Palace.

Can she ever expect more out of their relationship? Will he ever face his true feelings for her? Deep and abiding love takes the spotlight against a colorful backstage backdrop that pulsates with the thrill of theater and joy of the Jazz Age.

Acclaimed by readers, author Debra L. Davis’ exquisitely crafted tale of passion in the 1920s reverberates with a timelessness that transcends eras.

DANCING WITH THE DEAD by Jameson Parker

RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2017

When a classic television private detective releases another award-winning novel, people take notice. You loved Jameson Parker as half of the popular detective team of Simon & Simon (1981-1989), and you’ll also love his latest novel that springs from his life and imagination.

For Pamela and Tony, surviving in an unfamiliar world becomes more complicated than they expect. Drawn together by their need to survive, they realize the essential humanity that binds us all, and they experience a love that transcends their mutual need.

Journey into the tempestuous world of two people from vastly different backgrounds as they are swept away into a whirlpool of remarkable forces beyond their control. Will their infinite capacity to endure triumph, if only for a brief and shining moment?

“. . . Bold. Original. Profoundly moving . . . .,” writes Dan Bronson, author of Confessions of a Hollywood Nobody.

“. . . moving, harrowing, historically-accurate . . . .,” says Steve Bodio, author of Querencia, A Rage for Falcons.

About the author: Jameson Parker is best known for Women at West Point (1979), Anatomy of a Seduction (1979), The Gathering II (1979), The Promise of Love (1980), Callie and Son (1981), A Caribbean Mystery (1983), and his still-popular classic CBS series, Simon & Simon (1981-1989.) He is the “Sporting Life” columnist for Sporting Classics, the “Fine Guns” columnist for Texas Sporting Journal, and author of a critically acclaimed memoir, An Accidental Cowboy.

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THE THIRD EARTH: THE BETA-EARTH CHRONICLES, BOOK 5 by Wesley Britton (COMING FALL 2016)

For twenty years, Dr. Malcolm Renbourn and Tribe Renbourn faced adventure
after adventure, struggle after struggle on Beta-Earth.

Now, Renbourn and five of his Betan wives are forced to cross the
multi-verse once again, this time to the strange world called Cerapin-Earth.
After startling and frightening physical transformations, the altered
Renbourns meet two new kinds of humanity. One is the dominant pairs who are
able to share thoughts and sensations at the same time. The other are the
nams, single-bodied people the pairs deem defective mono-minds. As a result,
nams are exiled from the overpopulated cities of pyramid hives.

Tribe Renbourn must join the outcasts and teach them they are as worthy of
love and acceptance as any unkind pair. But helping the nams learn how to
stand up for themselves ultimately leads to a catastrophic war. At the same
time, Cerapin scientists plan another multi-versal jump that must also end
in a costly catastrophe. Along the way, two sexy spies complicate
everything.

On a world where technology is worshiped like a religion, how can the nam
rebels overcome the superior armaments of the pairs using primitive
weaponry? While this conflict brews, Tribe Renbourn explores what it means
to be human in ways they never expected. Will their epic end like it began,
forced to sacrifice themselves to save a doomed city?

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A THRONE FOR AN ALIEN: THE BETA-EARTH CHRONICLES, BOOK 4 by Wesley Britton

Wes Britton’s sci-fi series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, orbits in a realm light years away from Star Trek or Star Wars.

The Blind Alien (Book 1) followed Malcolm Renbourn, a man from our world, unwittingly transferred to a parallel Earth and forced to adapt to new cultures and a new language while coming to grips with the loss of his sight. In The Blood of Balnakin (Book 2), Tribe Renbourn traveled to a new continent, where even stranger adventures awaited. The story continued in When War Returns (Book 3), where Renbourn and his wives clashed with a throne, a church, assassins, and scientist-spies.

Everything changes in A Throne for an Alien (Book 4). Once again, Tribe Renbourn is on the run, but this time they’re not alone. Fleeing the outbreak of war in the country of Alma, a fleet of ships follows them, as hundreds of exiles seek sanctuary.

Landing at the country of Hitalec, the Renbourns learn prophecy has foretold that this island will be their new home, but once again, a throne complicates everything. A dying Queen insists that Malcolm bond with one of her daughters to connect her people with the new settlers. After her death, a new Queen and her lover seek to make the Renbourns pawns in their militaristic power grabs that boil into an ultimate confrontation.

Can one Renbourn wife team with the head of the Collective to give Beta-Earth the cure to the ancient Plague-With-No-Name before their lives upturn in a final showdown?

RESTORE POINT: SCRIPTS FOR RADIO AND FILM by Damien Broderick

In the theater of your mind, explore the dazzling worlds of prize-winning Australian writer Damien Broderick.

The Truth Machine: Kicked to death on a sidewalk by thugs, aged Nobel laureate Bruce is frozen for centuries in cryonic biostasis. When his chilled flesh is rebuilt and rejuvenated, he wakes in a placid future ruled by a world-commanding computer system, the Truth Machine. But is this utopia or oppressive horror—heaven or hell?
Transmitters: Science fiction had its own secret masters, the fanzine editors who preceded today’s internet bloggers and tweeters. In a jargon all their own, they transmitted joy and jollity and feuding enmity—and some still do. In this cast of delightful oddballs, Joseph hopes to detect messages from the end of the universe while his girlfriend Caroline dances at the edge of madness. Ray and Marj tussle with the suburban in-laws. Brian spoofs a talkback host. 1984, that fabled year, looms. “The portrait of a generation is incisive”—George Turner.
Besterman: What if Hamlet were not Prince of Denmark but Lord Besterman, scion of the Director of the Recombinant Engineering Cartel on asteroid Pallas? What if Besterman’s uncle Feng slew his father by hurling him into a black hole? What if Ratio, a robot from Earth, visits the small world to thwart the murderous conflict that could explode across the worlds? And what of Folly, an Ophelia with iron in her soul? Reinventing Shakespeare is a bold gamble, but Broderick is the writer to carry it off in style.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Damien Broderick was Theodore Sturgeon Award finalist in 2010 and 2011, and winner of the A. Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction, 2010.

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WIFE FIVE, A PLAY by Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan

Harry Spain is a man with a problem; well several problems actually, and all of them ex-wives.  Blondes Abby, Gloria, and Jessica were all once married to Harry, and now enjoy a platonic friendship with him; spending weekends together at his beach-front property in Malibu.  They sunbathe, gossip, and hang out on the beach, until one weekend when their perfect existence is threatened by the arrival of Kimberly; a woman who is not only much younger than themselves, but is a brunette too.
Scared that this interloper is about to steal much more than Harry’s heart, the three concoct a plan to rid themselves of her, until the arrival of Harry’s first ex-wife, Lila, threatens to interrupt their plans.  As if that isn’t enough, housekeeper Mattie is in the very thick of the action; which ensures that a happy weekend at the beach quickly turns into a boiling pot of anxieties, mid-life crises and clashing personalities.

Will Harry survive the weekend from hell, or will his ex-wives change his life forever?

Steve Hayes is an actor, screenwriter, and novelist, as well as manager of coffee-shop Googies, and friend to the stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Author of many books including Children of the Dark, Viva Gringo! and Googie’s: Coffee Shop to the Stars, Steve lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his lovely wife of twenty-five years, Robbin.

Michelle Morgan is an author, columnist and biographer who has written about the Golden Age of Hollywood for the past twenty years.  She is author of many books, including: Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential and The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals.  She lives in Northamptonshire, England, with her husband, Richard and nine-year-old daughter, Daisy.

GAIA TO GALAXY: SCRIPTS FOR RADIO by Damien Broderick

The wonders of classic science fiction radio are recreated here in 4 vivid scripts from prominent Australian writer Damien Broderick.

Striped Holes:  Hilarity ensues when a time traveler arrives with grim news in the luxury bachelor apartment of TV interviewer, Sopwith Hammil: the Sun is about to be turned off. Sopwith can be saved from Earth’s big freeze only if he brings his lawfully wedded spouse. Will the charismatic nitwit find a mate in time?
Time Zones: Jenny, teen genius, gets a message from a brilliant scientific inventor in a time zone separated from her own by decades. Can she and Rod solve the paradoxes of time and space before reality splinters?
Schrödinger’s Dog: The multiverse has many faces. Daniel Ng was a child refugee from the horrors of the Vietnam war. Now he’s built a machine that flings him into many alternative worlds. But he has a disease that’s fast killing him.
The Game of Stars and Souls: In a galaxy far, far away from Earth, men and women struggle for power on an interstellar stage. A young man crushed by his ruthless father falls in love with a woman shaped as a weapon against them both. At stake is not just victory but the survival of the cosmos.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Damien Broderick was Theodore Sturgeon Award finalist in 2010 and 2011, and winner of the A. Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction, 2010.

DEAD RINGER: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

Perhaps you’ve encountered that strange, unsettled feeling of familiarity — haven’t you been here before? Hasn’t this experience already happened in exactly the same way?

What if that wasn’t you. What if that was your duplicate, the result of an atomic experiment that has taken an unexpected turn, creating a process that can replicate and manipulate living matter — with untold potential, but terrifying consequences.

EAGLE DOWN: The Unproduced Screenplay by Ib Melchior

test pilot, veteran of Desert Storm, crashes while testing a top secret military device. His injuries rob him of his memory, reducing him to the level of an animal — but an animal with the intelligence and reasoning power of a man, and the fear and desperation of a hunted beast. He leads the men who would save him on a fantastic chase through the desolate and hostile country of Death Valley, pitting animal instinct against sophisticated technology.

FIRE FOR EFFECT: The Unproduced Screenplay by Ib Melchior

Fire For Effect is a WWII story, but not of the ordinary kind. Based on a true incident, it involves a little known, but vitally important branch of Military Intelligence — the IPWs — Interrogators of Prisoners of War. It is the story of a battle of wits between two officers, good men both, with strong convictions, integrity and a firm sense of duty — but on opposite sides. And it concerns a potentially catastrophic event about to happen.

THE BRANDENBURG QUEST, A TRUE STORY: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

“When in 1987 I was contacted by a young German citizen who wanted me to write a book about his exploits while looking into Germany’s Nazi past, to learn the truth, I declined. I have my own stories to tell, but I did consent to talk with him. And—after listening to him for a while—I said, “When do we start?”

 

His investigations, taped interviews, narrow escapes and photographs were startling—but, were they true? Were they factual? Before I became involved I had to know. I contacted two men Frank had mentioned as being helpful to him. One was Eugene K. Bird, Col. US Army (Ret) former US Commandant, Spandau Allied Prison, West Berlin, where all the top Nazi war criminals were interred, and the second was Robert M.W. Kempner, A prominent US prosecutor in the 1945-46 Nuremberg Trials of the top Nazi war criminals. Both these men fully and unhesitatingly corroborated Frank’s accounts. I wrote the book, which I called Quest, with the detailed input of Frank…

 

…At the time there was a certain interest in such subject matters in the film world, but “Quest” did not really lend itself to make a motion picture. A storyline had to be created without jeopardizing the original material. It took me a while to write such a script based on the tales of Frank but with a definite storyline.”

 

– from “Introduction to the Film Manuscript

The Brandenburg Quest” by Ib Melchior

THE MICRO MEN: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

Every one of us is the host to an almost unimaginable array of independent microscopic organisms – such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi – with which we share a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship. They have evolved along with the human species, and their survival is the key to ours. There are ten times as many of these microbial cells as human cells in the body. What if these micro­organisms were sentient?

THE SAVAGE TRAP: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

The jungle is wild and tropical – and a deadly hush of anticipation hangs in
the humid air. A man eludes pursuit in the murky water of a swamp pool. His
scant clothing ripped and torn, he is obviously exhausted – and terrorized.
His face is wild with panic, and he is near collapse. Cowering in fear, he
is unaware of the threat of a deadly python, approaching silently from
behind. Closer and closer…

THE TITAN: THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

In the 1960’s, the US Government was experimenting with something called a Cybernetic Organism — or Cyborg. A human individual, a man, who by replacing some of his organs, and substituting and adding mechanical or chemical devices or compounds, was given the capacity of existing and functioning in different atmospheres and climactic conditions. In other words, creating a man with the means to exist on other worlds.

ZAPPP! THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY by Ib Melchior

Ib Melchior wrote this screenplay in the late 1990s as a light comedy concerning the comeuppance of an unscrupulous, thievish movie mogul and an unethical, amoral motion picture studio. He had been just such a victim several times. On advice from others, he accepted the facts and began writing Zapppfor comfort. While seeking a protagonists and antagonist, he was nearly run off a road while driving. He wished he had the power to zappp the offensive driver and make all the sparkplugs in his car jump out, and suddenly—there was his idea.

 

About the Author

Ib Melchior, author and former motion picture writer-director-producer of twelve feature films and numerous TV shows and documentaries, was born and educated in Denmark. After WW2, he became active in television and began his writing career. He directed over 500 TV shows, both live and filmed, from The Perry Como Show on CBS (on which he served as director for three-and-a-half years) to the dramatic documentary series, The March of Medicine, on NBC. He has served as director or in a production capacity on eight feature motion pictures.

THE THIRD GIRL FROM THE RIGHT – a TV script (E-BOOK VERSION) by Philip Rapp

What do you do when your rich employer chases after every skirt he sees – and doesn’t care a hoot if she’s a gold digger or not? You stick Close, boy, you stick close!

From the comic genius mind of Philip Rapp (creator of The Bickersons and writer for Topper and Baby Snooks) comes a television script, in print for the very first time! (This script was written for Edward Everett Horton.)

Copyright 2015 the Philip Rapp estate. All rights reserved.

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