|Fore Shadows: Escape 2169 by Roari Benjamin|
Fore Shadows: Escape 2169 is now available!
This free 5400 word (approx.) short story is part of the Society in the Shadow of Civilization Series - both a prequel and sequel to The Shadow Watcher - told from Samuel's point of view instead of Sam's. My initial goal was to keep it under three thousand words, and it got close to seven at one point, but I trimmed it back down.
If you haven't read The Shadow Watcher yet, you won't be lost, but you may get some spoilers ;) The events in Escape 2169 are some of the most important in the series, and it's been screaming to be written for some time, but it's also a stand-alone story. As tempted as I am to write full length novels about Samuel, it's not part of the plan, right now. More short stories are coming though, I've already started two.
At the moment, the mobi, epub and pdf formats are available - for free - at Smashwords. (Distribution to the iTunes and Nook stores will take a day or so. The Kindle version is live, but it's priced at 99¢ until the price-match goes into effect, I'll update this post once that happens.) And, don't forget to check out The Shadow Watcher - now just 99¢ in the Kindle Store.
I hope you'll enjoy reading this glimpse of Samuel's world as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have a beautiful day!