The Key to the Universe
At 107 years old, Abe Titterman is ready for an adventure, and boy is he about to get one when the mythical Key to the Universe lands in his antique shop on the Martian moon of Phobos. Long a purveyor of antiques, alien artifacts and oddities from around the universe, Abe and his great-grandson, Quinn, know the Key is something very special not to mention in-demand.
Before long, Abe and Quinn are being chased by the Martian Mafia, the Solar Government and a rival antique dealer, all of whom would go to any lengths to get their hands on an artifact that can potentially unlock the very meaning of existence.
From the desert world of a long-dead intergalactic philosopher to a techno planet whose atmosphere is composed entirely of satellites, Abe and Quinn are about to see more of the universe than they ever expected as they race to discover the secrets of the Key.
They might even survive the trip.
From Owl Hollow Press comes Patrick Scalisi's debut middle grade-young adult science fiction novel.
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Rob and Serge are two freelance mercenaries hired by a powerful technology magnate to venture into "The Crash Zone" -- a wasteland caused by a man-made asteroid strike. But what have they been hired to retrieve: some experimental software? A new product design? Or something more devious? "Salvage" was published in the anthology All That's Left of Yesterday, released by Dark Opus Press on Jan. 10, 2015.
Available in paperback ($12.95) and Kindle ($4.99) versions.
War veteran Greg Murphy hasn't had a steady job since getting his knee blown out in Iraq. When he answers an ad from a New York bank seeking a professional swordsman, he discovers that the financial industry has more teeth than he ever imagined.
Tangent magazine called "'Swordsman Wanted'" a "light-hearted read, and Scalisi carries it off with a quiet, assured professionalism."
"'Swordsman Wanted'" was published in Issue 19 (2010) of Neo-opsis, the award-winning Canadian sci-fi and fantasy magazine.
Available in paperback ($11 USD/$9 CAD) and digital ($5 CAD) versions.
"The Horse Thieves"
Crawford is a free agent in an alternate version of the American West, where the internal combustion engine developed way ahead of its time. When someone starts stealing horses from a local ranch, Crawford is hired to find the culprits.
Editor N.E. Lilly says, "Patrick Scalisi brings us an excellent blend of Detective, Science Fiction, and Western genres."
Originally published in 2008, "The Horse Thieves" is available for free at SpaceWesterns.com.