L. Warren Douglas

Science fiction, fantasy, historic fiction

Wishing all of you well in this trying time of pandemic panic and political turmoil.  Stay calm.  Stay well.

Salt, Bronze, and Iron

A novel of the Hallstatt Iron Age. Hidden within the old hero myths are tales of men who sweated and stank, fought and blasphemed.  They died entombed in the epic tales or forgotten in the mists of antiquity.   Hall, a foundling raised by Celts high in the Alps, seeks his fortune and the mystery of his birth in the land of the Etruscans, in the cluster of hilltop villages that would someday be called Rome, in the Greece of legend when the heroes of the classical age were still remembered as men. He is an ironsmith, a singer of songs and tales, a warrior, a soldier, a lover, and for a brief while...a king.

His name is Hall,
LWDwhich means Salt.  In his own words: 
"Hall. In the Celt language, that meant "Salt." It is a good name. "No man can survive without salt," say my battle-companions, thinking the old pun fresh each time someone thinks of it. Indeed, it is true. Salt is traded the length of Mother Danu, the great River, carried over high passes to sunny southern lands and north to the plains of ever-snow. Salt is a gift of earth and sea; perhaps thus my name has given me my affinity for the darkness in the Earth, and for oceans—those gleaming expanses that mark the stages of my long journeying, "Salt travels farthest," folk say, referring to the trade. And indeed, I've traveled farther than any man I have known."

I believe this is my best work yet, the equal of my much-praised The Sacred Pool. If you love historic fiction and tales of the distant past, you won't be disappointed with Salt, Bronze, and Iron.

The trade paperback is $12.99, and the Ebook is only $.99 if you buy the paper. 
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Shards of a Jealous Sky

Paperback and Ebook

Never before in print. Now, finally, you can find out what happens after Bright Islands in a Dark Sea!
It is an earth of oxcarts, oars, and sails, dust and donkeys. Higher technology is forbidden by the alien ferosin who rule secretly from behind the façade of the Pharos Church and its priests.
An archaeological expedition to the far north of a flooded North American continent, a land populated by bear-worshiping savages reveals the wreck of an alien ship, long ago stolen by the ancestors of mutated humans, the Witches of Ararat, who once held the secret to the gestalt that was…a starship pilot.
Yan Bando, reluctant tool of the crones of Ararat, is an antiquarian, husband of an apprentice witch, lover of a crazy scientist and of a mysterious plainswoman from a buried city in the western mountains.  It’s an adventurous life for a quiet scholar, even one who has been known to swing a great two-handed battleaxe from time to time.  If Yan is successful, humans may once again ply the deadly maze between the stars, and meet the alien slavemasters on their own terms.

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Other L. Warren Douglas Books are available on the Baen Books website:

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It's here! EBook and trade paperback editions of Cannon's Orb, set in the universe of The Perfumes of Phastillan (A Plague of Change).

Life can be tough, and it makes the survivors, like Estelle Mason, tougher. But even after surviving starvation, rape, alien poison stings and drowning ...did I forget anything? ... is she tough enough to defeat the alpha male hierarchy, take over a whole planet, and change its people into something a little less, or more, than human? This is a tale of two worlds. Phastillan, home of the alien psatla, is going to survive the coming collapse of interstellar civilization, but Cannon's Orb, a human colony planet, may not be so lucky--unless Estelle's plan works. But whether it does or not, the humans who must endure it aren't going to be the least bit happy--and they will no longer be exactly human.
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   Xaradne CoverThe fourth Arbiter novel is here, in trade paperback and ebook formats!  Buy the book for ten bucks ($9.99) and get the eBook for only $ .99 with Amazon's Matchbook option (otherwise $2.99.) 
Planet Xaradne is dying. Oceans are drying up, forests wither, and smelly ghotes are eating everything that's left.  Fel Penetetrimat, a wend scientist, is trying to find a solution, to save his home, but along the way, he discovers that the Arbiter himself, ruler and protector of the seven human subspecies, is himself planning to destroy Xaradne to protect the secret of the stardrive, the secret of his power to rule.  
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The first-ever eBook edition
of my classic Bright Islands in a Dark Sea is now available on Amazon! Only $2.99 ($ .99 if you also buy the paperback.)
The new paperback edition is out, too!  This memorable far-future adventure has been out of print for years, and I've seen clean first editions listed for upwards of a hundred bucks.  This is a large-format (trade paperback) book, not a dinky paperback printed on newsprint.  

Buy the eBook now.   Buy the trade paperback now.

As always, send me the book and an SASE to get your copy autographed.  720 NE 31st Street, Pompano Beach FL 33064.

Cover POPNow on Amazon: The Perfumes of Phastillan*, a cutting-edge novel of human sexuality and alien influences faraway on the other side of the Galaxy.  New trade paperback $9.99; EBook $2.99 (or $ .99 when you also buy the paperback.)  Buy Now!
Phastillan, where the strange alien psatla communicate with pheromones, and their effect upon humans is unusual--to say the least. When one young human is marooned on Phastillan, he discovers that the alien psatla hold the key to the survival of the human species--or its destruction.
*originally A Plague of Change

The three original Arbiter novels are at last available as eBooks and large-format trade paperbacks.  For 12,000 years Arbiters have kept the peace among the seven races of mankind. But the ancient datablocks that hold the secrets of Arbiter John Minder XXIII's starfleet and the homeworld of his Poletzai troopers are missing. Now he has only his ordinary human cleverness to keep the peace among the planets of the Xarafeille Stream.  And the rest of the human race are not cooperating:

Stepwater:  The first in L. Warren Douglas's Arbiter universe. A "must read" for Jack Vance fans. The Xarafeille Stream is a swath of stars--and a powderkeg where seven races of Man contend. An Arbiter, twenty-third of his line, struggles to keep the Stream at peace, but humans--even furred ones, genetically engineered with genes from bears, kangaroo rats, and otters--are never content, and genocidal war always looms on a not-too-distant horizon...  Buy Now

Phyre:  Like most worlds of the Xarafeille Stream, the desert planet Phyre is home to several races of Man--and like any place with different cultures and different needs, conflict bubbles just below the surface. For Slith Wrasselty, a fard--genetically engineered to survive in desert conditions--his only hope of survival is to patent the medicinal chemicals he has distilled from the planet's poisonous wells. But some of those may have far-reaching effects on other worlds too, and not good ones.  Buy Now

Glaice:  For 12,000 years Tep Inutkak's ikut ancestors, white-furred men adapted to high arctic life, have migrated from pole to pole, but now mantees -- seal-like humans who occupy the equatorial islands -- claim they own planet Glaice They threaten the vital migration routes. Rogue ikuts respond by feasting upon roasted mantees.
Tep, a graduate student, believes the Planetary Charter will show that Ikuts were the first settlers, and are the rightful owners. But where is the Charter? The Arbiter will not help unless it can be found. Amid escalating violence, Tep must probe deep into his planet's past and his race's ancient graves for the ikuts' salvation --and the mantees' and the Arbiter's as well.   Buy Now.

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