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About Joshua M. Young
Joshua M. Young lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, and two more feral cats than the optimal number of feral cats. (That is, zero.) He holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and yes, he’s quite aware that writing this kind of stuff isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a trained theologian. A life long lover of science fiction and fantasy, one of his earliest memories involves some confusion with a Klingon Bird of Prey and an X-Wing in the middle of a theater showing The Search for Spock, and, once upon a time, he could select the desired Robotech novel from his bookshelf, in the dark, by the feel of its spine. (Don’t ask why that was a necessary skill. He couldn’t tell you.) He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Planetary: Mercury, Planetary: Venus, and Tales of the Once and Future King. He can be found blogging at SuperversiveSF.com.
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These then, are the tales of Mercury:
In The Palace of Promised Immortality, by John C. Wright, takes place on Mercury itself, yet is also the tale of a traveler not only in time, but alternate worlds.
Schubert to Rachmaninoff, by Ben Wheeler, deals with a messenger braving hazards while traveling across the barren wastes of Mercury.
The Element of Transmutation, by Jagi L. Lamplighter, brings us the mythic character Mercury himself, and the element’s fascination with early alchemists.
The Haunted Mines of Mercury, by Joshua M. Young, brings a man into confrontation with the past while exploring the subterranean tunnels of Mercury.
The Tower of the Luminous Sages, by Corey McCleery, is a tale of fantasy and fantastic travel though strange realms.
Quicksilver, by J.D. Beckwith, is the tale of a crisis on a ship traveling near Mercury.
Ancestors Answer, by Bokerah Brumley, is a tale of a different type of travel: time, in a matter of family honor.
Last Call, by Lou Antonelli, brings us a Mercury of the far future, mined out of its precious minerals and all but forgotten.
Deceptive Appearances, by Declan Finn, brings a tale of rogues and schemes under the domes of Mercury.
mDNA, by Misha Burnett, is a tale of a different kind of messanger: a genetic courier in a desolate wasteland.
The Star of Mercury, by April Freeman, involves bitter rivalry and high technology on Mercury, but most of all, the importance of a child’s life.
Cucurbita Mercurias, by Dawn Witzke, brings us a murder mystery during a crucial phase of the colonization of Mercury.
The Wanderer, by David Hallquist, is a tale of two explorers, one an alien probe, and the other a man researching the interior of Mercury.
What image does it draw to your mind? A great planetary body of deadly gases neighboring Earth, existing as its own world, mysterious and alluring? Or an image of a more fantastical nature such as the jungles described by Edgar Rice Burroughs? Or do you think perhaps, of a goddess who holds power and beauty beyond measure, whose name, throughout the ages, has been synonymous with love? Perhaps you imagine something in-between, with adventure and romance.
Love, of any kind, has the power to bring the magic of Gods into the events of men. Within these covers you will find tales of wonder, some of space, some of the heart, some that follow in the footsteps of the goddess herself.
Read and be enchanted!
These are the stories of Venus: Tales of the planet, of the goddess, and of love:
Just Look, I’ll Be There, by A. M. Freeman —A Gypsy boy leaves Venus for the stars, but his beloved’s eyes shine brightest of all.
Morning And Evening Star, by David Hallquist — A honeymoon among the sulfurous fumes of Venus takes an unexpected turn.
90 Seconds, by Bokerah Brumley — Online video blogger heads to Venus for the ultimate extreme sports, and jumps into something more than just the sky.
The Wrong Venus, by Lou Antonelli — The worst criminals are sent to a high security prison on Venus, but an intrepid criminal might get himself sent to a different Venus.
Texente Tela Veneris, by Edward Willett — If you could change the history of your love life, would you? That is the question a pair of tourists on a remote Grecian island must answer.
Happiest Place On Earth, by Misha Burnett — A story of pure love in an unexpected place.
Love Boat To Venus, by Declan Finn — On a tour around the solar system, elite fighters pause to give marital advice, until they are interrupted.
Venus Times Three, by Margot St. Aubin — Two lawyers travel to Mars to settle a will that, inexplicably, involves Venus. Will they be able to untangle this complicated web?
Avalon, by Dawn Witzke – A new school on Venus brings new opportunities for a young man to escape the shadow of his childhood friend.
The Rituals Of Venus, by Joshua M. Young — A hero fights cultists among the jungles of Venus for the sake of his love. Can he save her?
First Cat In Space, by Dana Bell — Some cat has to be lucky enough to be the first cat in space.
Venus Felix, by W. J. Hayes — A routine day at the bar turns into anything but for this gumshoe, when robots begin shooting at a newcomer.
The Rocket Raising, by Frederic Himebaugh — A young girl must choose between marrying her love and venturing to a new world for the sake of her people.
Star-Crossed, by Julie Frost — A werewolf detective helps an unlikely client in her revenge after her lover is murdered, but old memories aren’t the only thing that comes back.
Honeymoon In Fairland, by L. Jagi Lamplighter — Can love and trust be rekindled between a betrayed husband and his wife? Even when they are as powerful as Gods?
37 Shades of Yellow, by J.D. Beckwith — The new Venus base is up and running, but what does it take to live there when your wife is homesick for Earth?
The Fox’s Fire, by Danielle Ackley-McPhail — A spirited fox spirit seeks love in ancient America.
Smiley The Robot, by Amy Sterling Casil — An old woman living alone on Venus finds herself falling for Smiley, the police robot.
But Locke has a trick up his sleeve, one that the detective couldn't expect: He has a story to tell.
This is the tale of the theobots, the robotic beings created to love God and neighbor with a perfection no human could achieve. In ten stories by eight different award-winning authors, Locke recounts the role of the theobots throughout history, from the purposes for which they were originally created to their ultimate role in deciding the fate of Man, the galaxy, and one lost and tortured soul.
But what happens when authors have too much free time on their hands?
Craft a story featuring our favorite feathered raptors: the CHICKEN.
Twenty authors deliver in some unexpected ways and live to crow about it.
From chickens in space to cozy murder mystery farm yards to schools of magickal thought...
Includes guardian angels, chicken shifters, aliens, and feathered matchmakers,
Maybe even a non-fiction adventure or two... and more!
These amazing chickens come from the minds of twenty cooped-up authors on the edge of cracking...
Read CRACKED: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories.
Featuring Graxin by Kerry Nietz, author of Amish Vampires in Space and A Star Curiously Singing, Mythic Orbits 2016 has something for every speculative fiction fan.
Thirty-five awesome stories - one kick ass meme that started it all.
It started as a joke. Storm Area 51 they said. They can't stop all of us they said. But all laughter stopped when the U.S. Air Force mobilized the reserves and pulled out the big guns.
However, relentless mockery and derision by the media and the powers that be pushed the weebs and alien enthusiasts too far. What else were they supposed to do? They put on their big girl panties and showed up, determined to find out exactly what secrets were hidden behind the walls of the clandestine government facility.
Are you brave enough to buy this anthology today? If you are find out what the government wants to keep hidden.
C.J. Carella - Naruto Charge
J W Kiefer - Dark Mater
Walt Robillard - More to Carry
Michael Gants - Eminent Domain
Sarah A. Hoyt - Sunny Side Up
Alice Peng - Embasy City Delivery
Jamie Ibson - The Sage V'Sal
Tim Niederriter - Destinys End
Philip Ginn - Waterbenders in the Desert
Chris Winder - The Cricket
E. A. Shanniak - Stalking Death
Marisa Wolf - Home
Aaron Seaman - #Vaporize
Doug Burbey - Shift Work
Nathan Pedde - The Rise of the Ghids
Tim C. Taylor - Angel-51: Princess of Earth
Casey Moores - Sanity Check
J. R. Handley & Cisca Small - Love Finds Away
I. Ronik - Fallout - A Vapid Vixens Short
Michael J. Allen - Crashing the Party - A Scion Story
Alex C. Gates - Controlled Chaos
Declan Finn - Area 51 is Not Enough
IQ Malcolm - Kyle: Respawned
Milissa L. Story - Paradise Ranch
J. William Adler - Viva la Revolución
Joshua M. Young - Evan and Kyle Meet the Survey Cube
Sophie J. Shepherd - Nothing's Gonna Happen
Lawrence N. Oliver - Hangar Nine
Mel Todd - Routine Duty
Drew Avera - Storm the Gates
Philip K. Booker - Balancing the Scales
Tamsin L. Silver - The Trip Home
Robert W. Ross - Isabella's Campaign
Daniel Medrano - Hey Sweetie
R. Max Tillsley - Crickey!
Melkart the Castaway
By MARK MELLON
When a powerful triton destroys his ship, the Phoenician giant Melkart washes up on a foreign shore-and is rudely welcomed by a tyrant who would enslave him!
Its Own Reward
By ROB FRANCIS
A pair of bounty hunters happen upon a large promissory note on their latest mark...enough to retire! But will the money prove more trouble than it's worth!?
The White Giant's Map
By RICHARD RUBIN
A fierce battle has annihilated the allies Fletcher has made on the alien world he now calls home! But a dying foe offers him a boon-a map to fabulous treasure!
The Chamber of Worms
By MATTHEW X. GOMEZ
Heinrick and Viona have been hired by a noble to retrieve a family heirloom from an abandoned manor house-but there's more to this job than meets the eye!
After the House of the Laughing God
By MICHAEL RAY
A gig to "rescue" a young magic user proves exceptionally fruitful for a merc who is up to his eyes in gambling debts! But will his success pay dividends or bring death?!
The Way He Should Go
By JOSHUA M. YOUNG
Rostam has spent many years studying under the monks of Uqbar and wandering the ruined world, but nothing could prepare him for discovering a precursor child!
Tilting the Wick
By J. COMER
Mankind's lost colony of Pendleton's World has been wracked by religious war-but a new discovery may either fan the flames of conflict or bring about a new era!
Slave or Die
By BENJAMIN COOPER
Convicted of a crime he has no memory of, prisoner T196-A3 has been sentenced to solitary labor on an automated penal installation where he must work or starve!
He Who Rides on the Clouds
By TREVOR R. DENNING
A cult has resurrected the worship of an ancient evil earth god! Can retired space cop Aleksis Leonard rescue the children being trafficked to feed the beast!?
To Rest Among the Stars
It is the most dangerous job in the galaxy-hunting space dragons in the ether! But the humans who risk life and limb to do so are what make space travel possible!
By BILL SUBOSKI
A young woman is accosted by a group of thugs! Her rescuer, John Dellon, an eccen-tric billionaire and visionary, has a secret to share with her-if he finds her worthy!
Not Any Earthly Shade of Color
By DANNY NICHOLAS
One morning, Henry wakes up with a strange pattern of dots burned into his eyes! What could have caused them, and can he be rid of them before he's driven mad?!
In the Bowels of the Theatre
By MATT SPENCER
There is magic in the theatre, ancient and powerful-not just of the stage, but an elder and mighty god.... One which Sucunde would see freed and restored!
An Accumulation of Anguish
By JAMES LAM
It's Halloween Night-a time when ghosts, and ghouls, and monsters are afoot! But one young trick-or-treater may learn the hard way that some monsters are real!
The Horror of the Hills
you will find stories that explore questions of life, the universe and
everything and articles that delve into the deep philosophical waters of
science fiction universes.
This month we have,
The Keresztury TVirs by Ivan Popov, his first English language publication
and telling the story of a dark future when technology leads in new
God Eaters by Joshua M. Young, a story about what it means to be human and
the struggle to live up to it in us all
George the Second by Gregory L. Norris, a tale about an unexpected
consequence of cloning
The Great Teacher by Scott Chaddon, can a deity learn from its mistakes?
HMS Mangled Treasure by L. Jagi Lamplighter, a story that explores a
strange realm of faeries, pirates and souls.
Civic Militarism and Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers” by Patrick S. Baker,
that muses on the society of the future and miliatary service
On Emotion Drugs by Jeffrey A. Corkern, the second installment of an
exploration of the soul
The Ring of Gyges and Cloaking Technology in Star Trek by Victor Grech,
that looks at the what it means to be invisible
Why we are here? by Roy Gray, an exploration of the nature of the universe
and our place in it
The Philosophy of Serenity by Anthony Marchetta, that explores that segment
of the Whedonverse
Our serial, Beyond the Mist by Ben Zwycky continues in this issue as well,
with Chapters 8 & 9
This month we have,
An original Novellete from author John C. Wright, The Ideal Machine, a tale of aliens from a distant star come to visit an old country church and offer our world a chance for the future.
Original Science Fiction stories from
Joshua M. Young - Domo - A story of a Robot who wonders if he has a soul
David Hallquist - Falling To Eternity - Can a Blackhole help you get away with murder?
Frederick Best - Cosmic Foam - What is beyond the visible world
Jane Lebak - Abandoned River, Dry Water - What do you do when life throws you a curve ball?
Original Essays by
David Kyle Johnson - In Defense of the Matrix Saga: Appreciating the Sequel through Philosophy
James Druley - Star Trek's Prime Directive : Moral Guidelines, Exceptions and Absolutes
Stephen S. Hanson - Personhood in H.Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy
Daniel Vecchio - "I am Groot": An Aristotelian Reflection on Space Aliens and Substance
Ruth Tallman - Endangered Species: Exploring Transhumanism, Genetic Engineering and Personhood Through the World of Sweet Tooth
And a book review by Peter Sean Bradley, Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia.
In this collection of tales today’s newest science fiction and fantasy writers explore these questions and share the answers they have discovered.
Authored by James O. Barnes, Sarah Drew, Terry W. Ervin II, Tracy Chowdhury, Benjamin Abbott, Karl Beecher, Catherine A. Callaghan, Joshua M. Young, Sara Camarata, Robert Lowell Russell