Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories

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    Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories is a five-item collection of tales of fantasy and science fiction by Indiana author G. S. Hargrave, presented for the first time by Black Griffin Books. Between the covers you'll find telepathic cats, robotic dogs, near future battlefields, dark Tibetan magic, genetic engineering, adventures in nanotechnology, the occasional haunting, and a cast of engaging and believable characters that will stay with you long after their final pages have been turned. Included are the following stories:

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    • Doctor Ramani's Children: A modern-day genius on a mission to permanently alter what it means to be human - whether anyone else likes it or not;
    • BD-428: A soldier of the near future, whose survival depends on an ambulating piece of equipment that may have just become sentient;
    • The Jade Cicada: An entomologist who follows the lowly object of his studies across an unseen boundary, and finds himself in some decidedly unfamiliar territory;
    • On Some Bright Stream: A particle physicist discovers that the price of understanding can sometimes be a quantum of pure horror;
    • Bibliophiles: In which one of the strangest aspiring writers you're ever likely to meet crosses paths with a mysterious antiquarian book, and a sinister character that is even stranger.

    The printed version of the book runs 156 pages - over 40,000 words. The electronic edition has been optimized for a pleasing presentation on all Kindle reading devices.

    If you're curious, you can view a Look Inside preview of the first story here. That link will take you to Amazon USA.

    If you would like to read an extended excerpt from Bibliophiles, the final story in the collection, you can do so on this page at Goodreads.

    Thanks much for having a look!
     
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    Expanded availability

    The print edition of Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories is now available from Amazon in the UK. Copies should also be available by now from Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books, Tower Books, Biblio, etc.
     
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    A Free Promotional Offer

    The Kindle edition of Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories will be available for free download to all Kindle compatible reading devices--including the free Kindle reader for Macs and PCs--beginning Saturday, July 14, at 12:00 AM (0:00) Pacific Standard Time.

    The free offer will end Sunday, July 15, at 11:59 PM (23:59) Pacific Standard Time.

    (In the UK, that would be Saturday, 14 July, 8:00 AM BST to Monday, 16 July, 7:59 AM BST.)

    This is the US link.

    This one is for our friends in the UK.

    Our cunning plan is to so delight readers with our Amazing Little Collection that they will feel an uncontrollable compulsion to say nice things about it in public places. Rachel is almost certain that this strategy will work. (Of course, she was also certain that putting the promotional messages inside the fortune cookies couldn't possibly miss.)
     
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    Thanks!

    There have been 63 downloads of Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories during the first 20 hours of our little 2-day promotional event--55 to the US, 6 to the UK, and 2 to Germany. That's a gratifying response for one having modest expectations. Thanks!

    There's another day left of free downloads and then we're back to $2.99 for the Kindle edition. Contrary to rumor, Black Griffin Books will not be paying people to download our merchandise. FREE is truly as cheap as this book will ever get.
     
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    How could you possibly wrong at only 20 cents per story?

    Well, admittedly you could, but I really don't think you'll find that to be the case here.

    The Kindle edition of Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories is currently available for only 99 cents--$7.00 less than the paperback edition and $2.00 less than the regular Kindle price.

    A similar discount on the electronic edition should be available to those in the UK, Germany, India, and Japan within a day or two.
     
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    A free story, only for forum members...

    On Some Bright Stream, the shortest tale from our current collection, has been posted in its entirety to the Writing section of the SFFWORLD forum. It can be found in that section's Stories sub-forum, if you would like to read it. You'll need to be logged in with your forum username in order for that mysterious area to become visible.

    The story in question is science fiction, with a light dash of horror.
     
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    Our new Black Griffin Books logo...

    We're showing it off because we think it's spiffy.

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    I would have posted this in the forum Art section, but it is undeniably promotional. You can tell by the extravagant and wildly immodest claim.
     
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    That looks awesome! I love the logo.
     
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    Thank you! It has sort of evolved in steps, from the colophon that originally appeared in the Doctor Ramani collection. Whatever comes next will most likely be sporting this new version.
     
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    Almost done with the first story - very well written. I hope the other stories have those cool dragonflys.
     
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    Thank you for the kind words, here and elsewhere. A much belated thanks, I'm afraid. It's been a while since I've checked in. Am I the only one for whom losing track of the time is sometimes a matter of weeks or months?
     
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    Free offer! (Destined to take the place of the mud shark in your mythology...)

    Yeah, I know, that doesn't really follow at all, but it's deep winter here, and I really do like Frank Zappa's sales pitch delivery of those immortal lines. Anyway, to the point:

    Free electronic downloads of Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories will available again through all Amazon outlets, from Friday, February 27 through Tuesday, March 3. The exact beginning and ending days and times depend on your local time zone, of course. I think those listed are Pacific Standard.

    Here's the Amazon link to the book, for people in the United States. The download will display properly using any Kindle-compatible device or software.

    The paperback edition is not free. I strongly encourage everyone to buy the paperback edition, preferably in lots of not less than 100 copies per order. Failing that, I sincerely hope you enjoy the free electronic edition.
     
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    Vielen Dank für die gute Reaktion!

    Vielen Dank für die gute Reaktion! I'm not really sure why, but there was a minor spike in downloads to Germany. There were 37 just today, along with 3 to Japan.

    The free promotion ends tomorrow. My expectations were admittedly low, given nothing in the way of promotional activity other than a mention here and on Facebook, so the response has been gratifying. Thanks to everybody who downloaded a copy.