On Taurus, there's only one good way to die.
On the bullfighting planet of Taurus, in the far distant future, a genetically-engineered race of half-man, half-bull stages ritual blood sacrifices to the gods—human viewers light-years away. Vizzer, the high priest who presides over the daily slaughter, loathes the fights and wants to end them.
When news arrives that the humans have destroyed themselves in an interstellar civil war, he deposes the king and outlaws the fights. But not all the humans are dead. Carlos the Creator lies in stasis on Taurus itself. Vizzer comes face to face with an enraged and ancient god. And in so doing, he must also confront the truth of his own savage nature.
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About the Author
J.M. Porup is a freelance national security and cybersecurity reporter with a bad fiction habit. His award-winning novels and plays include The Second Bat Guano War, Dreams Must Die, Death on Taurus, and The United States of Air. Porup is a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's Advisory Board, a distributed think tank dedicated to preventing human extinction. ** Visit his website at www.JMPorup.com ** Or read up on existential threats to life on earth at www.BorgyBorgyBorg.com ** Follow him on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/toholdaquill What others are saying about Porup's books: THE SECOND BAT GUANO WAR "Absolutely insane. Very bitter, very real... Would love to see more stories like this." "Don't go on this ride unless you're prepared to look into the abyss." " Vulgar, obscene, repulsive, and just overall a very good story." "What a great ride. Gritty and compelling!" THE UNITED STATES OF AIR "Had me laughing so hard that my stomach still hurts!" "Porup takes a swipe at the war on terror in a manner that is original and avoids the blatantly obvious. It would be too easy for any writer approaching the same subject to employ a semi-realist Orwellian tone, but this novel takes the humorous low-road." "Porup seamlessly addresses indefinite detention...The overrun surveillance state...The neverending War on Terror...And a frightening and ubiquitous NSA surveillance state that "wiretaps" your toilet instead of your phones." "The puns also abound, as do the guilty giggles in this often excrement-strewn sleuther. A dark comedy." FOOD-FREE AT LAST: HOW I LEARNED TO EAT AIR "I laughed til tears rolled down my cheeks!" "This diet has saved me so much money, I can now afford a bouncy castle in every room!" "Great satirical book." "I think I will get my Angel wings soon."