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About Brigid Collins
Brigid Collins is a fantasy and science fiction writer living in Michigan. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction River, Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar anthologies, and the Chronicle Worlds: Feyland anthology. Her fantasy series, Songbird River Chronicles, and dark fairy tale novella, Thorn and Thimble, are available in print and electronic versions on Amazon. You can sign up for her newsletter at tinyletter.com/HarmonicStories.
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In Chronicle Worlds: Feyland, twelve leading speculative fiction authors present standalone stories set in the imaginative world created by USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp, where the gateway to the very real realm of faerie is an immersive, virtual reality computer game, Feyland.
Discover Feyland. Discover Chronicle Worlds.
—Astro Guyz on Fiction River: Alchemy & Steam
Table of Contents
“Quest for Beer” by Stefon Mears
“Closing the Big Bang” by Michèle Laframboise
“Hero #8” by Ron Collins
“Girls That Glitter” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Kids Keep Coming” by David H. Hendrickson
“One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Wider Horizons” by Diana Benedict
“Grounds for Dismissal” by Anthea Sharp
“The Next Dance” by Jamie Ferguson
“Schrodinger’s Bar” by Kim May
“The Gods Are Out Inn” by M. L. Buchman
“The First Ingredient” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Legend of Long-Bow and Short-Staff” by Brenda Carre
“Freedom Unbound” by Dory Crowe
“Killing Spree” by Brigid Collins
“The Hot Eagle Roadhouse” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Death at the Pines” by Annie Reed
"I just wanted to let you know that I received my print copy last night. I backed the book for my 6 year old daughter. My expectation was that we would need to hold on to it for a few years. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. The going is a bit slow, in part because the stories are the most advanced she has read, but in part because she is so excited she has to stop regularly to explain to me what is going on in the story. She has declared it her favorite book." Gary D.
"My daughter is on the couch presently, reading her copy, which I handed to her approximately 3 minutes ago. She is engrossed. Thank you. :)" Matthew McFarland
24 science fiction short stories for the middle grade reader from Hugo and Nebula winning authors as well as newer writers.
It’s time for a bigger universe.
Sally Ride, first American woman in space and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, famously said: “Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.”
Girls need to read stories where any number of possible roles are modeled for them. Just as importantly, boys need to read stories where girls are active participants in adventures. And children of all colors and backgrounds need to know the future includes them.
"When I was a child, the school library had a Girls' Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys' Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I'm delighted to be a part of it."
~ Nancy Kress, winner of five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Authors in the anthology are:
Eric Del Carlo
Anne E. Johnson
Eric James Stone
I highly recommend this collection. I love the variety of young voices it contains. From kids making first contact to piloting starships, the range of adventure is fantastic. -- West Coast Book Reviews
The Universe keeps getting bigger! The adventure continues in this second collection of science fiction short stories for middle grade readers. From a future that could be right around the corner, to cultures that stretch what it means to be human, the common thread of our stories are the girls and boys who take action, solve problems, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Welcome Young Explorers!
Reviews from kids (and their grownups) for the 2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide:
“I just wanted to let you know that I received my print copy last night. I backed the book for my 6 year old daughter. My expectation was that we would need to hold on to it for a few years. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. The going is a bit slow, in part because the stories are the most advanced she has read, but in part because she is so excited she has to stop regularly to explain to me what is going on in the story. She has declared it her favorite book.” ~Gary D.
“My daughter is on the couch presently, reading her copy, which I handed to her approximately 3 minutes ago. She is engrossed. Thank you. :)” ~Matthew McFarland
“Entertaining, varied and enrapturing – my young wards for the weekend have positively devoured the book and I’ll admit enjoying it myself once they very reluctantly set it down. I really hope Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide becomes a series. :)” ~Andro Berkovic
“When I was a child, the school library had a Girls’ Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys’ Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”~ Nancy Kress, winner of six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award
For fans of immersive gaming and fairy tales alike - dive into the bestselling world of Feyland in these eleven stories from award-winning and bestselling authors. Ranging from the poignant to the gritty, the clever to the deeply thoughtful, these tales bring to life a near-future reality where immersive gaming enfolds the player, and dangerous magic is only a pixel away...
Featuring clever Cat Sidhe, hardcore hackers, malicious fey, and heroes and heroines rising to the challenge, both in-game and out. The adventure begins now~
WOLF HUNT - Phaedra Weldon
THE BLACK RABBIT - Joseph Robert Lewis
TO CATCH A HOBGOBLIN - Eric Kent Edstrom
WHITE LILY - Harrison Kayne
GETTING GOOD - Brigid Collins
THROUGH THE TRAPDOOR - Marilyn Peake
THE GATES OF GOLD MOUNTAIN - Jon Frater
WORK BOOTS - Caroline A. Gill
THE FEY BARD - Roz Marshall
EMMA: A FEYLAND DRYAD - Deb Logan
THE BUG IN THE DARK COURT - Anthea Sharp
For all you know, it is.
Maybe the reason you love the tasty creations from the nearby chocolate shop is that one of the ingredients is magic.
Perhaps some of the dreadlocks of the beautiful young girl you saw at the grocery store are snakes, not hair.
The woman you just passed on the street appeared to be on her cell phone, but she might really be speaking with a ghost.
How do you know for sure?
Witches. Ghosts. Faeries. Monsters. Magic ...
Enter twenty different worlds, each with a different flavor of magic.
TRINKET by Anthea Sharp
THE SCOTTISH PLAY by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
PAPER TRICK by Brigid Collins
LIVING WITH THE PAST by Dayle A. Dermatis
ANGRY SEAN by Eric Kent Edstrom
SALT by T. Thorn Coyle
FOX AND HOUND by Leah Cutter
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE by Ron Collins
GHOST CASE by Bonnie Elizabeth
YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART by Rebecca M. Senese
THE CURSE OF THE SOILED DOVES by Dale Hartley Emery
CHOCOLATE ALCHEMY by Lisa Silverthorne
PHOENIX by Leslie Claire Walker
INUJI Liz Pierce
HERE, KITTY KITTY by Annie Reed
BAD HOUSE SPIRIT by DeAnna Knippling
THE GIRL WITH THE CANDY CANE LEGS by Louisa Swann
CITY SHADOWS by Chuck Heintzelman
THE CITY TREES by Jamie Ferguson
AUNT FABULOUS AND THE MALEVOLANT MUSICIAN by Valerie Brook
Table of Contents
“Villainous Aspirations” by Stefon Mears
“A Kiss Too Sweet” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Clunkety” by Brenda Carre
“Power Trip” by Lee Allred
“Pocket Full of Ashes” by Anthea Sharp
“The Ordinary” by Valerie Brook
“Dawn” by Jody Lynn Nye & Rebecca Moesta
“Fatty Boombalatty” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“Passion for the Game” by Brigid Collins
“Just Stop It!” by David H. Hendrickson
“Normal Boy” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Sophie Rosenblatt, Hero At Large” by Annie Reed
“Flowers in Winter” by Kelly Washington
“Hidden Talents” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Ballad of Osmosis McGuire” by Travis Heerman
Enter the world of Faerie!
The summer sun bathes the earth in warmth and light,
Faeries dance under the moon at night.
Cross through the portal into a land ancient, beautiful, and wild.
See the wonders that enticed the stolen child.
Come away, O reader! To the Realm of Faerie.
But if you want to make it back home, you had better be wary…
This collection includes twenty tales of faeries and magic set in our world–and in others.
Table of Contents
1. "Flower Fairies" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2. "BrideThief" by Brigid Collins
3. "Feyland: The Dark Realm" by Anthea Sharp
4. "Phouka" by Liz Pierce
5. "The Giving Year" by Alexandra Brandt
6. "Summerland's Paladin" by Diana Benedict
7. "Real Girl" by Leslie Claire Walker
8. "The Troll's Belt" by J.M. Ney-Grimm
9. "The Clockwork Fairy Kingdom" by Leah Cutter
10. "The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales" by A. L. Butcher
11. "Faerie Fruit" by Charlotte E. English
12. "By Winter's Forbidden Rite" by DeAnna Knippling
13. "Dark Dancer" by Jaleta Clegg
What if you followed a path through a city park, and found yourself in another land? What if the archway you just passed is really a portal to Faerie? What if the guardian of an opening into our world has perished, and left the doorway unattended?
If you catch a glimpse of the Faery Queen
Consider whether you should remain unseen
If you come across a faery ring
Listen to the wind laugh, and murmur and sing
But beware, for if you enter the world of the Fae
You may have no choice but to stay...
Walk through the doorway and into sixteen different worlds of magic and enchantment.