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2019: An Introduction – Donna Scott
The Anxiety Gene – Rhiannon Grist
The Land of Grunts and Squeaks – Chris Beckett
For Your Own Good – Ian Whates
Neom – Lavie Tidhar
Once You Start – Mike Morgan
For the Wicked, Only Weeds Will Grow – G. V. Anderson
Fat Man in the Bardo – Ken MacLeod
Cyberstar – Val Nolan
The Little People – Una McCormack
The Loimaa Protocol – Robert Bagnall
The Adaptation Point – Kate Macdonald
The Final Ascent – Ian Creasey
A Lady of Ganymede, a Sparrow of Io – Dafydd McKimm
Snapshots – Leo X. Robertson
Witch of the Weave – Henry Szabranski
Parasite Art – David Tallerman
Galena – Liam Hogan
Ab Initio – Susan Boulton
Ghosts – Emma Levin
Concerning the Deprivation of Sleep – Tim Major
Every Little Star – Fiona Moore
The Minus-Four Sequence – Andrew Wallace
About the Authors
The Unidentified Funny Objects series
delivers an annual dose of funny, zany, and unusual science fiction and
fantasy stories. All-new fiction from the genre's top voices!
* Superheroes mired in government bureaucracy.
* Cat cat-burglars.
* Grandmotherly golems.
* Literal-minded self-driving cars.
* Evil overlords retired in Florida.
* Indifferent aliens.
Introduction by Donna Scott
Providence – Alastair Reynolds
Talking to Ghosts at the Edge of the World – Lavie Tidhar
The Miracle Lambs of Minane – Finbarr O'Reilly
Territory Blank – Aliya Whiteley
Throw Caution – Tim Major
Golgotha – Dave Hutchinson
Salvation – Dave Bradley
Waterbirds – G.V. Anderson
Buddy System – Mike Morgan
Do No Harm – Anna Ibbotson
A Change of Heart – Hannah Tougher
Birnam Platoon – Natalia Theodoridou
Good – Sunyi Dean
Hard Times in Nuovo Genova – Chris Barnham
The Escape Hatch – Matthew de Abaitua
P.Q. – James Warner
The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct – Malcolm Devlin
Cat and Mouse – David Tallerman
Before They Left – Colin Greenland
Harry's Shiver – Esme Carpenter
The Whisperer – J.K. Fulton
Death of the Grapevine – Teika Marija Smits
Rainsticks – Matt Thompson
The Veilonaut's Dream – Henry Szabranski
Doomed Youth – Fiona Moore
F Sharp 4 – Tim Pieraccini
About the Authors
An eclectic collection of SF adventure tales.
One recurring aspect of Arthurian literature is the notion that he will one day return as a messiah to save his people. Another hallmark of the King Arthur legend is that Merlin—wizard, prophet, and Arthur’s most trusted advisor—lives backwards through time. What if Merlin was actually advising multiple reincarnations of King Arthur during various points, and places, in time and history? And what if this all began at the end of time?
King of Ages is an anthology like no other, showcasing stories that re-imagine King Arthur at several points in history, from the end of days all the way to the beginning of mankind.
Featuring thirteen all-new stories by
Paola K. Amaras • Patrick S. Baker • Josh Brown • Dale W. Glaser • Doug Goodman • Joanna Michal Hoyt • Philip Kuan • David W. Landrum • P. Andrew Miller • Mike Morgan • Alex Ness • C.A. Rowland • David Wiley
A divorced London mother is forced to wear an implant that dictates her every action with the goal of making her a ‘perfect mum.’
In post-climate change Italy, a deaf African-American woman and her native partner struggle to build a communal farm that can survive the new environment, a lasting hope for a future.
A Latina party girl is addicted to cybernetic body modification when the latest experimental ‘fix’ comes out, promising to let her deepest desires rise.
An imprisoned space pirate from Phobos is given a last chance for freedom, but only if he’s willing to kill his younger brother. Again.
A mech-suited mercenary on a war torn alien planet is just trying to earn enough to get out, but her daughter is on the battlefield the day all hell breaks loose.
An Asian woman is called to Nigeria to find out why her company’s cyborg policeman just killed an unarmed teenage boy.
After an eco-disaster, a woman excavates old landfills for biological material which she uses to grow lost species for profit. She wants sunflowers, but winds up with a warm, furry bundle of trouble.
And many more. The future is as infinite as the stars. Let’s go explore it!
Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove is an eclectic collection of short stories and flash fiction.
Whether there’s an incident at the front desk, something not quite right with the room, a bear stopping in for a beer, or a resolute robot revolt, lives change by the minute within the grounds, rooms, and corridors of the legendary Hotel Stormcove. Lovers meet, witches gather, friends connect, and those in need always find shelter.
See you at the reception desk?
Marriah Allen Pina, Joshua Amodeo, Maria E. Andreu, Robert Bagnall, J.S. Bailey, Stewart C Baker, Bo Balder, Margery Bayne, E.D.E. Bell, Karen Black, Lazolia Buzuzi, Chelsea Cambeis, Kella Campbell, Mike Casto, Michael W. Cho, Robert Dawson, Jakob Drud, Rita Beth Ebert, Demi Elder, Jasre' Ellis, C. Flynt, Mark Frost, Catrine Kyster Giery, Karen Giery, Joy Givens, Ryanne Glenn, Christine Hanolsy, Andrew K Hoe, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Kai Hudson, Laura Johnson, Tom Jolly, B.C. Kalis, Janna Layton, Rachel Leidenfrost, Chloe Lerit, T.J. Lockwood, M. Lopes da Silva, Indira Ronae Lorick, John Lowell, Marsalis, Ellen Meny, Drew Michaels, Tamzin Mitchell, Mike Morgan, George Nikolopoulos, Michael Noble, F E Norley, Ruth Olson, Robert Perez, Kenn Pitawanakwat, Irene Puntí, L.S. Reinholt & Minerva Cerridwen, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Holly Schofield, Elizabeth Shaffer, Preeti C. Sharma, Jannae' Sifontes, and Dawn Vogel
This exploration defines this anthology. So many of the stories ask what has America become? What will it be in the future? Will it devolve into a Russian style oligarchy, or will we rise to the challenge and use our hearts, our minds and our votes to return to a rational democracy, of, by, and for the people. No one knows for sure. But these top-tier talented authors from around the world, from Philip Brian Hall to Bruno Lombardi to Jane Yolen give us their visions.
You will find the witticisms of Jim Wright exploring Donald Trump as Moses after presentation of the Ten Commandments. The mental genius of Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg as they give us Trump, tweeting his way across the solar system. There is much to laugh about.
There are serious visions as well. Brad Cozzens’s brilliant poem “America Once Beautiful” reaches poignantly from today’s reality into some salvageable vision of tomorrow that borrows from yesterday’s values. The poets in this volume, be they Brad, Jane Yolen, Gwyndyn T. Alexander or C.A. Chesse, bring new meanings to words and leave you thoughtful.
If you want a fun romp, jump to “Wishcraft.com,” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, as she explores how important it is that political hacks not annoy witches. Or, if you prefer, K.G. Anderson’s, “The Right Man for the Job,” in which a post-corporeal LBJ rides to the rescue.
There is something for everyone. Coping. How do we cope? This painful question is explored by three of our best and brightest. Jill Zeller, a woman who won’t write of Elves, has given us “A Woman Walks Into a Bar,” an affirmation of our own choices. Coping is also explored brilliantly by Karin L. Frank and Kerri Leigh Grady in their stories “HMO” and “Final Delivery.”
There are so many more great stories in this collection, I can truly recommend them all. If, however, you can only read one, then read “Small Courages,” and let it touch you, maybe bring tears of hope, as you see our world through the eyes of a child and find that we can survive. We will survive.
But what if they were real, waiting and calculating a time to take back the world that was once theirs? Would they do it peacefully, or take over violently? Would humans even notice?
Dive into this anthology and explore the myriad possibilities of what a fae insurgence just might be like.