Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Kindle short fiction: "On the Plains of Deception" by Brendan DuBois

If you're not a member of the anti-Amazon crowd and you don’t subscribe to Kindle Swindle conspiracy theories, please consider purchasing “On the Plains of Deception” (May 2011), a new self-published short story written by award-winning mystery & suspense author Brendan DuBois. Here’s the promotional piece:

The first astronauts on Mars — Navy Captain Susan Bryce and Air Force Colonel David Bronson — are stranded when their landing module's return capsule fails to launch.

Millions of miles away from home, with no chance of rescue or repair, the first two humans on Mars face their limited choices and mortality with grace, humor and affection, as billions of people on Earth follow their last movements…

Brendan DuBois is the author of twelve novels and more than 100 short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. His short works have twice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. DuBois resides with his wife and pets in northern New England.


  1. This is the best short story by a modern author I have read in years. Despite its brevity, the characters are finely drawn and easy with which to identify. Some of the barbs directed at NASA and members of Congress are well aimed and sharp indeed. The style is spare and economical and does not waste the reader's time. Brendan DuBois has been added to a very short list of modern writers I will read. Thanks to Paul for posting this fine story.

  2. Doug: Thanks for taking the time to comment. I just added you to the list of Authors and Editors down on the right hand column of my blog.

    Also, if you are a fan of Asimov, his Martian story "The Secret Sense" (1941) is a free read over at the Internet Archive