Satire runs through the field of science fiction/fantasy like veins of gold in the Earth. Both genres have their origin with Lucian's A True Story, which parodied the various epics and myths known to educated readers in the second century AD, and which featured a trip to the moon, interplanetary warfare, and philosophical analysis of some rigor. Even the title is both satirical and an exercise in logic—the text of the story is all lies, Lucian admits, but the work is a true story because it exists in the category of story: it is true that it is a story.
And now let us skip ahead almost two thousand years, thanks! You all know about H.G. Wells and Joanna Russ and Kurt Vonnegut and all that stuff. The world we live in is obviously absurd, and has been so for quite some time. (It's why we needed to skip ahead.) But one cannot just strip off one's clothes and run through downtown screaming, "We used to pretend little pieces of paper had value just to be able to eat and live, but now we pretend that little bits of electricity are the valueless pieces of paper! We're all mad! Resist! Revolt!" and expect to get very far, even if climate change means more days per year of appropriate streaking weather. But when we can do is trade electricity for electricity, and get you a dozen amazing books for fifteen or more amazing dollars.
This bundle has it all—we can take consumer society (Scorch and The Good Humor Man), religion (The Word of God, Jesus and the Eight-Fold Path, and The Anarchist Kosher Cookbook), race (Koontown Killing Kaper), literature itself (Leech Girl Lives, A Pretty Mouth), and some of us just make take on everything at once (TVA Baby, Nightmares and Geezenstacks, Broken Piano for President, and The People's Republic of Everything).
Whether looking at the far future, the day after tomorrow, the ancient past, or even the hell of a universe next door, what satire really helps us understand is ourselves. I mean, do you understand yourself now? No, you do not. You just understand a good bargain when you see one. So pony up! – Nick Mamatas
For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus EIGHT more!
This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!
It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.
StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.