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About Andy McKell
Andy was abducted by science fiction pulp magazines and fell in love with classic noir in his teens.
After graduating, he worked in marketing, franchising, and computing in London and Luxembourg before launching his own web design company. In 2011, he sold the company and retired early to write, act, and travel.
He hopes you enjoy reading the adventures of his imaginary friends.
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Speculative and science fiction authors from around the world meet to explore their art in Jot Russell’s Science Fiction Microstory Contest Group on Goodreads with contests designed to stretch imaginations and test ability. Both established and budding new authors take the monthly challenge to create amazingly complete stories in less than 750 words, producing delightfully enjoyable reads for lovers of futuristic tales.
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Forbidden Fruit by Tanya Reimer
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