When an unknown animal starts killing off settlers on a backwater planet run on coal and steam power, there's only person who can help stop the slaughter; T.R. Westwood. A distinguished professor of biology and the galaxy's greatest hunter, he's the man to go to when the local wildlife needs to be reminded who is the galaxy's top predator.
In a galaxy filled with millions of worlds, his specialty is evening the odds for the ones with technological restrictions. Rocks and spears or shotguns and canons, he'll use whatever is allowed to get the job done.
The Grendel's Shadow is 35,000 word novella mixing elements of post singularity science fiction, steampunk, horror and western.
In days gone by, even the most voracious reader could have his appetite whetted by the dime novel. These were often produced quickly -- and relatively cheaply, as one can surmise by the name -- so as to provide a growing literary audience with the staples of a down-and-dirty read: razor sharp fast characterization backed by plenty of action & adventure with a healthy dose of intrigue thrown in for good measure. Dime novels were the kind of taut experiences to be soaked up one after the other, … more