hard for anyone.
For Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening
hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At
15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire’s cadet training by a
talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy
life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard
the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him. Stone is
ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines.
Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape
the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do
little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if
he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise
everyone else if he can come back from the dead.
still capable of accidentally becoming a hero and savior
Blackmon Perry Stone hasn’t gotten over his fear of being outside and he
still hasn’t settled into life in the Empire’s Navy. After months of
legal wrangling over his last assignment, he has been given a new
assignment. He was looking forward to getting an new posting on a
spaceship or a station. The problem is that his new job is on a planet.
Worse, once there, the base is overrun by the enemy aliens and now Stone
is trapped outside on a hostile planet, injured, and hunted by aliens
bent of killing him.
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What IS a Metal Box?
Here is the official definition gleaned from the words of Alan Black, himself
Metal Boxes: space stations, space ships, and intersystem freighters
WHY are they so important to these stories?
Blackmon Perry Stone never stepped into open air until after his twelfth birthday. His agoraphobia is rampant and ceilings are a must. When he joins the space navy he expected to spend his time inside navy ships. When he finds out he has to spend time outside of the metal boxes he is used to, he has more problems than just the people trying to kill him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alan Black is a multi-genre author who writes for young adults on up.
He’s never met a good story he didn’t want to tell.
I have been writing novels since 1997 when I started ‘Eye on The
Prize’. My writing tastes are as eclectic as my reading preferences. I
admit that I love writing much more than editing and the whole
publishing process. Marketing of my novels leaves me as baffled as the
whole string theory thing.
I was born in central Kansas, but grew up in Gladstone, Missouri,
graduating from Oak Park Senior High School and eventually earning a
degree from Longview Community College. I spent most of my adult life in
the Kansas City area (with the exception of a few years in the U.S. Air
Force), but my wife and I now live in sunny Arizona. The dry desert air
stimulates my creativity more than the juicy air in Missouri
(pronounced here as ‘misery’).
I am pretty sure my desire to write started in the second grade. I
was given an assignment to write a short story about Greek mythology. My
teacher took the time to call my parents. Although neither Dad or Mom
remember the incident, it had an impact on me eventually leading me to
finally write (and most importantly finish) my first manuscript. It took
two years to complete ‘Eye on The Prize’. I have gotten faster since
then, completing the last manuscript in three weeks.
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“What we think in our hearts is the very essence of who we are and what we will become.”
Rev. Steve Longely
First Prize – $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
Second Prize (US Only) – An autographed copy of ANY of my books
Third Prize (US Only) – Autographed copy of Metal Boxes & Metal Boxes Trapped Outside
Fourth Prize (two winners)(Intl) – E-version of any of my books.