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About Philip Brian Hall
Yorkshireman Philip Brian Hall is a graduate of Oxford University. A former diplomat and teacher, at one time or another he's stood for parliament, sung solos in amateur operettas, rowed at Henley Royal Regatta, completed a 40 mile cross-country walk in under 12 hours and ridden in over one hundred steeplechase horse races.
He's had short stories published in the USA and Canada as well as the UK and some of them are freely available on line.
Philip's novel, The Prophets of Baal, is available both in paperback and as an e-book. The exciting occult story is set in rural England, Jersey and the treacherous sea in between them.
Philip lives on a small farm in Scotland.
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Classic authors: Joseph Conrad, James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, F. Marion Crawford, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Hope Hodgson, Homer, W.W. Jacobs, Rudyard Kipling, Vernon Lee, H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Middleton, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells.
And while this book explores theology and beliefs, it is written to be kind as well as thoughtful, and at times funny. It will give you belly laughs, but it will also give understanding of the notion of believing. It will remind you that no matter what you believe, we make this journey together.
There are poems by some wonderful modern thinkers including Gwyndyn T. Alexander and Jane Yolen, that will explore the nature of our world.
Essays by David Brin and David Gerrold that explore the nature of why we believe what we do.
And then there are the stories. Funny stories, like First, that explains how Hell got started. Serious stories of redemption, as seen in Izzy Tells no Lies. Stories that explore familiar themes of the trials of Job, as seen by those around him. Questions are raised if we would even recognize a returning messiah after 2000 years of interpretations of the beliefs.
And most important, they are well written with craft and skill that you have come to expect from B Cubed authors.
The robots of the 50s and 60s science fiction movies and novels captured our hearts and our imaginations. Their clunky, bulbous bodies with their clear domed heads, whirling antennae, and randomly flashing lights staggered ponderously across the screen and page and into our souls—whether as a constant companion or as the invading army threatening to exterminate our world. We can never return to that innocent time, where the robot overlords could be identified by their burning red eyes or our trusty robot sidekick would warn us instantly of danger—
Or can we?
With a touch of nostalgia and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, here are fifteen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us back to the time of evil robot overlords, invading armies, and not-quite-trustworthy mechanical companions. Join Julie E. Czerneda, Brandon Daubs, Tanya Huff, Brian Trent, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jason Palmatier, Jez Patterson, Gini Koch, Lauren Fox, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Philip Brian Hall, Rosemary Edghill, R. Overwater, Helen French, and Seanan McGuire as we step into the future with a nod to the past. Hold on to those stun guns. You may need them!
Classic authors include: Arnold Bennett, Ernest Bramah, Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Forrester, R. Austin Freeman, Anna Katherine Green, Maurice Leblanc, Arthur Morrison, Baroness Orczy, Catherine Louisa Pirkis, Edgar Wallace, Israel Zangwill, G.K. Chesterton.
Beasties." Find something unsettling at every turn, from rising
primordical monsters and gods to murderous supernatural predators and
vengeful soul-hungry demons.
There's plenty of dark comedy too, with gamblers who race unusual
beasts, ogres who run cooking podcasts, horrifically dysfunctional
families, and unhinged sorcerers.
An international group of new and established contributors to "Strange
Beasties" makes this an original and varied collection that is sure to
please fans of science fiction/fantasy, humor, and horror. Writers
include Bruce Arthurs, John Sunseri, Philip John Schweitzer, Tim
Jeffreys, Sarah Tchernev, Lucy Harlow, Philip Brian Hall, Jean Graham,
Marc E. Fitch, Christa Carmen, Isobel Horsburgh, Paulo Da Silva, Jeff
Hewitt, Wulf Moon, Daniel Rosen, Brenton Clark, John J. Kennedy, and
Brian Trent. Foreword by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi.
Join us for an exhilarating ride through uncharted dark territory--and
keep an eye out for strange beasties.
Superbly crafted tales of science fiction and fantasy from around the world. Previously unpublished stories that will take you to new realms, experience mystic sorcery, meet strange creatures, travel through time and visit distant galaxies! Turn the pages and let your journey begin today.
In this issue:
FOR HANNAH—Mark Bilsborough
If a virtual copy of a person falls in love with you, does that mean the real human will do so as well?
Imagine, for a moment, a world where anything that you 3D print can come to life. And then imagine that ability being wielded by a child.
EVENS AND ODDS—Vanessa Kittle
All of us keep a darker side buried deep within. Siman was given the chance to experience his darker side when he accidentally met his clone.
THE SHIP OF THESEUS—Philip Brian Hall
If every piece of your body was to be replaced with a new one, would you still be the same person?
AN INFERNAL MALADY—Michael Haynes
There are times when a poison for some is actually a cure for another. Beware of accepting aid from those who are too eager to help...
THE HOME SECRETARY IS SAFE—C.R. Berry
One can never know what to expect when they are caught up in a secret government endeavour, especially if reality seems to bend in on itself…
DAUGHTER OF THE WESTERN WINDS—Jenni Wood
For most people, controlling their primal tendencies is rather easy when comparing it to half-breeds, because for half-breeds, controlling their animal side is the only thing that keeps them human and everyone else alive.
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE—Matencera Wolf
The road to a new world is usually paved with the blood of others.
As the world changes, both the laws and personal rights will change, sometimes to the point where they become unrecognizable.
URGENT CARE—Dale T. Phillips
If you believe medical care is tough today, wait ’til you experience it in the future!
A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR—Russ Watrous & Mike McHone
A fantasy tale that every person has experienced at least once in their life… If not, here’s your chance.
• An old rogue one last job from retirement, a young one seeking his fame. Just take the pearl from the cave. Easy - except for the monsters, magic, and mayhem.
• Darvolock is the potential Panama Canal of space, if only its inhabitants would share. But how do you negotiate a treaty with plants?
• Human females do not die in childbirth. How strange. How troubling. Ribolee’s friend Siluone is about to die birthing many young oelene, a time of great celebration. And alone among her people, Ribolee feels a sense of loss.
• In the post-apocalyptic New West, Corporations enforce their control of the food supply with war machines; and a veteran priest, his western heroine dirigible AI, and their mechanical bees seek crops to pollinate and villagers to serve.
Fourteen tales by award-winning and nominated edgy new voices in science fiction and fantasy.
Stories to amaze, delight, and touch the heart…on the corner of 3rd and Starlight.
“Like trying strange and unusual foods, finding new writers to love and follow can be a chaotic, hit and miss experience. This anthology offers delicious and exotic creations by some of the best new writers in the speculative fiction field.”
— William Ledbetter, 2016 Nebula award-winning author of “The Long Fall Up.”
“An enchanting mix of tales from up-and-coming authors from Birch’s gentle story of passage to English and Finegold’s saga of love and honor among immortals. Every piece has its own delights!”
— J. Kathleen Cheney, Locus award-winning author of “The Golden City.”
“Fresh new discoveries and recent favorites from vibrant new voices in SF and fantasy. Remember these names!
— Martin L. Shoemaker, WSFA award-winning author of “Today I am Paul.”
* Rebecca Birch * Nick T. Chan * Jennifer Campbell-Hicks *
* Philip Brian Hall * K. L. Schwengel * Rachelle Harp * M. E. Garber *
*Dustin Adams * Frank Dutkiewicz * M. Elizabeth Ticknor *
* Sean Monaghan * William R. D. Wood * Julie Frost * Scott R. Parkin *
* Kary English * Robert B. Finegold, M.D. *
- Illustrated edition -
This edition, our authors received the challenge of “Changed Worlds” in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. And now we are pleased to present to you:
Micheal Healy’s “Hail Bruce”
Dainel Powel’s “Reclaiming the Elements”
Clint Spivey’s “The Barred Gates”
Lee Clark Zumpe’s “Book of Being”
Dale L. Sproule and Sally McBride’s “The Birthing Blades”
Barry Charman’s “The Knot”
Philip Brian Hall’s “The Hard Stuff”
M. M. Pryor’s “The Witch’s Intern”
M. C. Tuggle’s “Hunting Ground”
K. T. Wagner’s Mountains to Cross”
M. J. Moores’ “The Reckoning”
Relish in the talent of our authors and lose yourself in “Changed Worlds”.
imaginative speculative fiction short stories about things
that could be happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, but which
could still be extremely significant or make a big difference.
Fourteen international authors come together in "It's Come to Our
Attention" from Third Flatiron Anthologies. Their stories scratch
below the surface to unearth a world of hidden gems:
Visit a landfill to hear some real trash talk. Tag along with an alien
agent here to save the earth from his hideout in the insane
asylum. Bust a conspiracy to change the climate via mind control. Form
an unhealthy attachment to your radio. Go down to the basement even
though we told you not to. Decide on the pros and cons of
immortality. Tell a librarian she would look beautiful without her
glasses. Find out what's at the bottom of the wishing well (besides
coins). Indulge in a little illegal but highly satisfying genetic
tinkering. Acknowledge the debt we all owe to French culture.
Contributors include Pauline J. Alama, James H. Zorn, Wendy Nikel, Philip Brian Hall, Hunter Liguore, Nyki Blatchley, James Dorr, Greg Beatty, Terri Bruce, Joel Richards, Marie DesJardin, Arthur M. Doweyko, E. M. Eastick, and Lisa Timpf.