LIZARD'S LAIR: A Novella Prequel to "The Survivors"

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In this “prequel” to the highly regarded science-fiction novel, The Survivors, Colonel Kendrick Landry and Major Will Adams return as the crew of the starcraft Aurora travels to Alpha Centauri B-III and learns that the descendants of the crew of The Green Horizon, Earth’s first interstellar starcraft, are living in centuries-old enslavement to a lizard-like race. The lizards manage the humans with the help of renegade effete and decadent human council members that the author describes as wearing flowing robes reminiscent of ancient Roman emperors.

The First Intergalactic Alliance does not permit liberation of the human slaves because the planet is not a member of the Alliance and subject to Alliance law.

Alliance law, however, would sanction the Aurora’s defense—including even offensive action against the lizard government, permitting its overthrow by human resistance fighters on the planet—but only if the lizard government has first attacked the Aurora.

Without knowledge or consent of Colonel Landry, Major Adams devises a scheme to provoke such an attack by the lizard command. The lizards attack the Aurora, in orbit around the planet, with devastating force. Now, the crew of the Aurora will be fortunate to ensure their own survival, let alone assist in the liberation of the lizards’ human slaves!

The events of Lizard’s Lair occur one solar year earlier than the central story of The Survivors and sets out in full narrative detail the plot of a story briefly summarized early in The Survivors.

For those readers who might not take immediate notice, this dandy novel is not just about alien lizards! It is a modern satire on government overreaching and institutionalized slavery, and is a highly relevant moral parable of our time.

FROM A JULY 2008 PRESS RELEASE TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE: Lizard’s Lair is written in the paradigm form of a science-fiction “novella”--defined to have a word count of between 17,500 and 40,000 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards for Science Fiction. This novella is an original dandy thriller and proves that indeed good things can come in small packages. A worthy complement to Derek Laurens’ already getting noticed premier science-fiction novel, The Survivors.

About the Author
Derek Laurens is the pen-name of Northern California attorney Bryan Smith. G. (Gerald) Bryan Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia State University in 1979 (BA, Journalism). Thereafter, he worked for several years as a reporter and news editor for Atlanta-area newspapers until deciding to go to law school in 1983. He attended Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University (Juris Doctorate, 1986); and later Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco (L.L.M., Master of Laws in Taxation, 1996). He is an active member of the State Bars of California and Georgia.
His direct email is traderbryan1@yahoo.com.

After stints as an attorney associate at a real estate-focused law firm and a Deputy District Attorney in Georgia, a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force, and association with private law firms in California, Mr. Smith started his own law office in 1999. He has since worked as a sole practitioner attorney specializing in general civil litigation with emphasis on family law, estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy.

From a teenager Mr. Smith has been an avid fan of science-fiction literature and film. His favorite science-fiction writers, in alphabetical surname order, are the grand masters Poul Anderson, James Blish, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Richard Matheson, and Clifford D. Simak. Mr. Smith was a regular childhood fan of the original Star Trek and Outer Limits television series.

Lizard's Lair is Mr. Smith’s second published novel and is a "prequel" to the already noted science-fiction space adventure novel, The Survivors. Both novels are available in paperback at www.amazon.com and for electronic download on Amazon Kindle, which is Amazon’s new portable reading device to download a variety of reading materials from the internet. Both novels also available in paperback in the Wordclay “Bookstore” at www.wordclay.com. Wordclay has also made the novels available for wide-spread distribution through Ingram which is a primary supplier for Barnes and Noble, Borders Books, and many other retailer book stores. Both The Survivors and Lizard's Lair will also soon be available as e-books at www.ebookomatic.com and www.ebookmall.com .

The author expresses his sincere gratitude to all new readers who opened their wallets to purchase his work. He is interested in receiving candid in-put on both novels, inviting readers to post reviews on Amazon.com (where both novels may be easily located by title and author).
Readers are also invited to e-mail reviews or other input directly to the author at traderbryan1@yahoo.com.

Interested readers are also encouraged to check the author’s website, www.survivorsnovel.com for engaging author commentary and other items.

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LIZARD'S LAIR: A Novella Prequel to "The Survivors"

Submitted: August 29, 2008

In this “prequel” to the highly regarded science-fiction novel, The Survivors, Colonel Kendrick Landry and Major Will Adams return as the crew of the starcraft Aurora travels to Alpha Centauri B-III and learns that the descendants of the crew of The Green Horizon, Earth’s first interstellar starcraft, are living in centuries-old enslavement to a lizard-like race. The lizards manage the humans with the help of renegade effete and decadent human council members that the author describes as wearing flowing robes reminiscent of ancient Roman emperors.

The First Intergalactic Alliance does not permit liberation of the human slaves because the planet is not a member of the Alliance and subject to Alliance law.

Alliance law, however, would sanction the Aurora’s defense—including even offensive action against the lizard government, permitting its overthrow by human resistance fighters on the planet—but only if the lizard government has first attacked the Aurora.

Without knowledge or consent of Colonel Landry, Major Adams devises a scheme to provoke such an attack by the lizard command. The lizards attack the Aurora, in orbit around the planet, with devastating force. Now, the crew of the Aurora will be fortunate to ensure their own survival, let alone assist in the liberation of the lizards’ human slaves!

The events of Lizard’s Lair occur one solar year earlier than the central story of The Survivors and sets out in full narrative detail the plot of a story briefly summarized early in The Survivors.

For those readers who might not take immediate notice, this dandy novel is not just about alien lizards! It is a modern satire on government overreaching and institutionalized slavery, and is a highly relevant moral parable of our time.

FROM A JULY 2008 PRESS RELEASE TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE: Lizard’s Lair is written in the paradigm form of a science-fiction “novella”--defined to have a word count of between 17,500 and 40,000 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards for Science Fiction. This novella is an original dandy thriller and proves that indeed good things can come in small packages. A worthy complement to Derek Laurens’ already getting noticed premier science-fiction novel, The Survivors.

About the Author
Derek Laurens is the pen-name of Northern California attorney Bryan Smith. G. (Gerald) Bryan Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia State University in 1979 (BA, Journalism). Thereafter, he worked for several years as a reporter and news editor for Atlanta-area newspapers until deciding to go to law school in 1983. He attended Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University (Juris Doctorate, 1986); and later Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco (L.L.M., Master of Laws in Taxation, 1996). He is an active member of the State Bars of California and Georgia.
His direct email is traderbryan1@yahoo.com.

After stints as an attorney associate at a real estate-focused law firm and a Deputy District Attorney in Georgia, a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force, and association with private law firms in California, Mr. Smith started his own law office in 1999. He has since worked as a sole practitioner attorney specializing in general civil litigation with emphasis on family law, estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy.

From a teenager Mr. Smith has been an avid fan of science-fiction literature and film. His favorite science-fiction writers, in alphabetical surname order, are the grand masters Poul Anderson, James Blish, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Richard Matheson, and Clifford D. Simak. Mr. Smith was a regular childhood fan of the original Star Trek and Outer Limits television series.

Lizard's Lair is Mr. Smith’s second published novel and is a "prequel" to the already noted science-fiction space adventure novel, The Survivors. Both novels are available in paperback at www.amazon.com and for electronic download on Amazon Kindle, which is Amazon’s new portable reading device to download a variety of reading materials from the internet. Both novels also available in paperback in the Wordclay “Bookstore” at www.wordclay.com. Wordclay has also made the novels available for wide-spread distribution through Ingram which is a primary supplier for Barnes and Noble, Borders Books, and many other retailer book stores. Both The Survivors and Lizard's Lair will also soon be available as e-books at www.ebookomatic.com and www.ebookmall.com .

The author expresses his sincere gratitude to all new readers who opened their wallets to purchase his work. He is interested in receiving candid in-put on both novels, inviting readers to post reviews on Amazon.com (where both novels may be easily located by title and author).
Readers are also invited to e-mail reviews or other input directly to the author at traderbryan1@yahoo.com.

Interested readers are also encouraged to check the author’s website, www.survivorsnovel.com for engaging author commentary and other items.

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Submitted: August 30, 2008

TWO Chief Prefect Turden had arranged to meet them in the plaza of a government complex containing the planetary council quarters. Wa... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: September 03, 2008

THREE The Haskins expedition had come to a harsh and inhospitable world four centuries ago. They were the Earth Confederation’s ver... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 04, 2008

FOUR The members of the Aurora party stared at Prefect Turden with mingled shock and revulsion after his halting and long-winded disc... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 04, 2008

FIVE Andrea was fascinated at the beauty and culture and organization of the domed city. She walked in the company of the two securit... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 04, 2008

SIX Valkar found Turden in the council chamber room, alone and with a half-empty wine goblet on the glass table in front of him. Turd... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 04, 2008

SEVEN Landry and Adams had remained behind with Turden and the other council members in the government compound. The group of them ha... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 07, 2008

EIGHT “I tell you that we have to do something,” Adams insisted. Landry, Adams and Andrea were back on the Aurora control dec... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 09, 2008

NINE The first attack came in the Aurora’s simulated nighttime. Adams was almost thrown out of bed during the course of a viole... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 09, 2008

TEN The image of the boy’s face of Chief Prefect Jason Turden appeared on the screen, his normally pale face gone ashen. He was res... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 12, 2008

ELEVEN Andrea had gone. Landry was looking at the planet through the control deck viewport, considering his next action. He still did... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 12, 2008

TWELVE Quinn’s face was thoughtful. He was remembering an incident from when he was a young lieutenant aboard the starcraft Plymout... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 12, 2008

THIRTEEN The staged attacks on the Aurora had been so few in number and so irregularly spaced apart in time that the Aurora computers... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 26, 2008

FOURTEEN More than one-half of a planetary day had passed since the planet had fired the second round of energy bursts. Now, the plan... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 26, 2008

FIFTEEN The team on the Aurora hangar deck had finished securing the nerve gas canisters into the two mammoth space cruisers now pois... Read Chapter

Submitted: October 26, 2008

SIXTEEN The communications officers on the Aurora control deck were monitoring broadcast transmissions from the domed city on the pla... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 22, 2008

SEVENTEEN Two more planetary days passed. No more attacks were made on the Aurora and no more attacks would be made. The Aurora inter... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 22, 2008

EIGHTEEN Landry received good news from Dr. Beck. Andrea had responded more favorably than expected to cellular regeneration. Beck be... Read Chapter

Submitted: November 22, 2008

NINETEEN Upon further damage assessment, Landry discovered that the same blast which had electrified the engineering gantry and turne... Read Chapter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Submitted: November 22, 2008

ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . . Derek Laurens is the pen name of Northern California attorney Bryan Smith. G. (Gerald) Bryan Smith was bor... Read Chapter

AUTHOR'S COMMENTARY TO LIZARD'S LAIR

Submitted: November 22, 2008

AUTHOR’S COMMENTARY TO LIZARD’S LAIR I don’t think it will be news to my readers that Lizard’s Lair is not just a sci-fi adve... Read Chapter

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