Martin Berman-Gorvine is the author of seven science fiction novels, many with an alternate history theme, including the Sidewise Award-winning The Severed Wing (as Martin Gidron) (Livingston Press, 2002); 36 (Livingston Press, 2012); Seven Against Mars (Wildside Press, 2013); Save the Dragons! (Wildside Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the Prometheus Award; Ziona: A Novel of Alternate History (as Marty Armon), an expansion of the short story “Palestina,” published in Interzone magazine, May/June 2006 (Amazon/CreateSpace, 2014); Heroes of Earth (WildsidePress, 2015); and Monsters of Venus (Wildside Press, 2017).
He is also the author of the four-book “Days of Ascension” horror novel series: All Souls Day (2016), Day of Vengeance (2017), Day of Atonement (2018), and the forthcoming Judgment Day (spring 2019), all published by Silver Leaf Books.
Seven Against Mars
Trapped in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942, teenager Rachel Zilber escapes the horror by writing about the adventures of Zap-Gun Jack and Princess Anya of Mars. When her parents are captured by the Nazis, Rachel’s transported into her make-believe world, but the danger is far from over. Together with Katie, a girl from the future, Rachel joins Jack and a rag-tag band of misfits to fight the evil Lord Ares III of Mars and restore Princess Anya to her rightful place on the Martian throne. “A celebration of the power of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit.” – Amy Sturgis, Ph.D., award-winning genre scholar, StarShipSofa and Mythgard Institute at Signum University.
Heroes of Earth
Moving to Chincoteague has been hard for Alison Grossbard and her younger brother Arnold. When Dad lost his job as a reporter in Baltimore after speaking out against the High Ones – big, blue starfish from space that now rule the Earth — he was lucky to get a job at the local fusion plant. Sure, the High Ones brought wonderful technology — tri-vees and interplanetary travel and nuclear fusion — but the High Ones and their human flunkeys punish anyone who questions their rule, including teenagers like Alison and Arnold. With the help of Gloria, an alien who can bridge dimensions, and Jo, a girl from an alternate universe with real, live dragons, Arnold and Alison decide to fight. But the High Ones aren’t the only enemies. Can Arnold and Alison become Heroes of Earth without sacrificing themselves?
Save the Dragons
Seventeen-year-old Teresa thought she knew Philadelphia, but she stumbles into Gloria’s Gateway Books & Records and discovers a portal to parallel universe where Napoleon conquered Europe and Great Britain and where dragons still live. She also discovers Tom, whose Philadelphia is the capital of a Britain exiled from the Home Islands, now a part of Napoleon’s l’Empire. This Philadelphia boasts electric carriages (invented by Sir Benjamin Franklin), as well as airships for long-distance travel. However, Tom’s father believes dragons hold the secret to designing heavier-than-air craft—but dragons have almost died out. When his father is kidnapped, Tom and Teresa travel by airship to the subjugated Home Islands in search of answers. There they discover who kidnapped Tom’s father, and how to save the dragons!
Monsters of Venus
Life is never dull when you’ve created a new world or two! After restoring Princess Anya to her throne on Mars, Rachel, Katie, and Jack return to Venus to rescue Sonia, Katie’s adopted sister, from the clutches of Da Mayor. With the help of Jack’s brother and his friends, they also fight to free the inhabitants of the oppressed city. But Da Mayor can change the future and even erase Rachel from the world she created! Can Rachel and her friends survive long enough to overcome Da Mayor’s evil plot and save the lives of everyone on Venus? Or is the planet doomed to return to a scorching, sulfur-filled death-trap, killing all who live there?
The world depends on 36 anonymous righteous people for its very existence, according to an ancient Jewish legend. But what if they were being murdered one by one? Could a detective and a computer programmer save them?