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About Robert Jeschonek
According to Mike Resnick, Robert Jeschonek "is a towering talent." Robert is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. His young adult fantasy novel, MY FAVORITE BAND DOES NOT EXIST, won the Forward National Literature Award and was named one of BOOKLIST’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth. His cross-genre science fiction thriller, DAY 9, is an International Book Award winner. He also won the 2013 Scribe Award for Best Original Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers for his alternate history, TANNHÄUSER: RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOWS. Simon & Schuster, DAW/Penguin Books, and DC Comics have published his work. He won the grand prize in Pocket Books' nationwide Strange New Worlds contest and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award. Visit him online at www.thefictioneer.com. You can also find him on Facebook and follow him as @TheFictioneer on Twitter.
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“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Arthur C Clarke penned those words, and they stand true to this day. Do we want to be alone? Leave it to science fiction authors to address that question in equal measure.
Aliens can be peaceful or not. Who will emerge as the superior strain of intelligence? Humanity may be new to the game, but they aren’t new to conflict.
Fantastic races vying for dominance. A microcosm of the greater good. Battles fought for higher ideals. Battles fought just to survive.
War doesn’t care about human or alien. The soldiers fight, and they fight hard, as if their lives depend on it.
Because they do.
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Unintended Consequences by Kacey Ezell
A salvage crew uncovers the ancient record of just how far a desperate woman will go in search of vengeance.
Remora Prophet by Lawrence M. Schoen
When you have the power to reshape a planet, who decides what it means to be human?
Steppenwolf by Alastair Mayer
A casual encounter turns rescue mission, then goes bad. A T-Space story.
Professional Amateurs by Todd McCaffrey
‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ (Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5)
The Signal by Ben Wolf
Two survivors of a crash-landing on an icy planet struggle to survive the severe climate and the remnant of the ship’s crew that is hunting them.
Maelstrom by Jonathan P. Brazee
Can the disabled son of a military hero step up when his town is being invaded?
Wormhole’s End by J. Clifton Slater
Of the many ways to survive a star colony’s persecution, Alex Butterjoy chose to be a pirate.
Cleaning Up by Felix R. Savage
The aliens were pink stick insects with a weakness for consumer electronics and cuddly pets ... how dangerous could they be?
The Great Black Sea by Tao Wong
Even infamous Pirate Captains have to start somewhere, and in the world of the System, that means with a Basic Class as a Cabin Boy on a raid of a merchant convoy.
No Way Out by Chris Kennedy
When there’s no way out, the best you can hope for is survival.
Antipiracy Patrol by Terry Mixon
There’s never a dull moment when on antipiracy patrol!
Misinformation Warfare by David VanDyke
The greatest danger to a warship in space is the enemy within.
Discipline: Sostible by Isla Molina
Two warring ships. Two opposing diplomats. One universal secret.
Novis Invenirent Resurrectionem by D.M. Pruden
The lone survivor of a defeated invasion fleet is offered the last chance to save his people from themselves.
Gnamma Station by Paul A. Piatt
In space, war is inevitable.
Gone Rogue by Jacki Rawlinson
Dax is put in a difficult position when his emotionally unstable AI goes rogue
Azchut by Brad R. Torgersen
Wherein lies a captain’s duty?
Why You Should Think Twice Before Adopting an Alien Baby by Robert Jeschonek
The ultimate adoption horror story threatens to turn humanity's f
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"A nice piece of nostalgia for those living in western and central Pennsylvania where such fascinating stores have now been replaced by the generic, boxy and boring WalMarts.” “The Penn Traffic Company is studied in a manner that offers insight into how the company changed and eventually collapsed, all with photographs, old advertising and anecdotes from former employees and customers." – Yonnie, Amazon Reviewer.
“Being formerly from J-town this brought back many great memories especially holiday times. Pictures are great.” – Joanne Knapp, Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
Author Robert Jeschonek grew up in Johnstown and spent many happy hours as a kid in the Penn Traffic and Glosser Bros. Department Store. Since then, he has gone on to write lots of books and stories, including LONG LIVE GLOSSER’S, CHRISTMAS AT GLOSSER’S, EASTER AT GLOSSER’S, HALLOWEEN AT GLOSSER’S, FEAR OF RAIN, and DEATH BY POLKA (which are all set in and around Johnstown). He’s written a lot of other cool stuff, too, including STAR TREK and DOCTOR WHO fiction and Batman comics. His young adult fantasy novel, MY FAVORITE BAND DOES NOT EXIST, won a Forward National Literature Award and was named a top ten first novel for youth by BOOKLIST magazine. His work has been published around the world in over a hundred books, e-books, and audio books. You can find out more about them at his website, www.thefictioneer.com, or by looking up his name on Facebook, Twitter, or Google. You can also follow his continuing Penn Traffic and Glosser Bros. adventures (and find lots of cool Penn Traffic, Glosser's, and Johnstown goodies) at www.piepresspublishing.com, www.glosserbrothers.com, and www.penntraffic.net.
Now, over a dozen books later, Peter David has gathered some of the finest Star Trek authors to tell new tales of the Excalibur crew:
Dayton Ward's thrilling adventure from Calhoun's sordid past Loren L. Coleman's tale of Shelby's first experience with the Borg Robert Greenberger's origin of "Lefler's Laws" Susan Shwartz's adventure with Soleta and Ambassador Spock Terri Osborne's chronicle of Selar's encounter with the Q David Mack's tale of the longest day of Zak Kebron's life plus stories by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Susan Wright, Josepha Sherman, Ilsa J. Bick, Kevin Dilmore, Christina F. York, Robert T. Jeschonek, Peg Robinson, Mary Scott-Wiecek, Allyn Gibson, and Glenn Hauman & Lisa Sullivan.
Added Bonus! Peter David himself tells the untold story of Calhoun and Shelby's honeymoon on Xenex!
Each Strange New Worlds competition draws a greater response than the last. The final selections gathered here were chosen from an overwhelming number of entries by virtue of their originality and style. With wit, compassion, and an affection for all things Star Trek, these brand-new authors take us where Star Trek has never gone before.
Their tales rocket across the length and breadth of Federation time and space, from when Captain Kirk explored the galaxy on the first Starship Enterprise, through Captain Picard's U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D and Captain Sisko's Deep Space Nine, to Captain Janeway's Starship Voyager, with many more fascinating stops along the way.
Find out what happens in the Star Trek universe when fans -- like you -- take the helm!
When magic is used for criminal purposes, all sorts of ethical and logistical questions arise beyond the realm of everyday law and order.
Now, sixteen top tale-tellers offer fascinating new stories of those who commit magic crimes, those who investigate them, and those who prosecute them. From a young woman who uses out-of-body excursions to research paranormal crimes to a bookie who?s been paying for hex protection against magical interference to an artist who does divination through his sketched visions which may lead to a murderer?s undoing, here are powerful tales of magical crimes and punishments.
Strange New Worlds VI features twenty-three never-before-published stories spanning the twenty-second to the twenty-fourth centuries, from the early days of Captain Jonathan Archer to James T. Kirk and his crew to the later generations of Captains Picard, Sisko, and Janeway. These memorable new tales explore and examine the past and future of Star Trek from many different perspectives. This year's contributors include such diverse life-forms as Julie Hyzy, Shane Zeranski, Penny A. Proctor, TG Theodore, Mark Allen, Charity Zegers, Juanita Nolte, G. Wood, Pat Detmer, Robert J. Mendenhall, Geoffrey Thorne, Russ Crossley, Louisa M. Swann, Scott W. Carter, Shawn Michael Scott, Brett Hudgins, Robert J. LaBaff, Paul J. Kaplan, Jan Stevens, Kevin Andrew Hosey, Elizabeth A. Dunham, Mary Scott-Wiecek, Robert T. Jeschonek, and Annie Reed.
Join Strange New Worlds in its thrilling quest to uncover the most compelling Star Trek fiction this side of the Galactic Barrier!
IN THE 31ST CENTURY, LIFE IS CHEAP...
A Draconis Combine warrior struggles with immoral orders in the First Succession War. A House Davion MechWarrior participates in a risky heist as part of Operation Guerrero. A history buff battles the Word of Blake during the Liberation of Terra. What do these MechWarriors have in common? Each one pilots the same BattleMech, a survivor that has been repaired and rebuilt countless times throughout its long and bloody 300-year lifespan.
...BATTLEMECHS ARE NOT.
The 70-ton GHR-5H Grasshopper can outmaneuver and outlast some of the most fearsome enemy ’Mechs, making it an invaluable asset to battlefield commanders. Even an incapacitated Grasshopper will be rebuilt to fight another day, with a new pilot at its controls, because MechWarriors can be replaced, but ’Mechs cannot.
In BattleTech: Legacy, thirteen all-new stories chronicle the fortunes and tragedies of a single ’Mech across several tumultuous points in its wide-ranging combat history. Veteran BattleTech authors Kevin Killiany and Craig A. Reed, Jr. bookend this exciting collection, while other familiar names and new blood explore important moments in this ’Mech’s history of constant, unmitigated warfare that leaves no corner of the Inner Sphere untouched.
The stories in this volume have been personally selected by Mike Resnick as his favorites among those that were published in Galaxy’s Edge magazine in 2013 and 2014. Authors include seasoned veterans such as Larry Niven and Mercedes Lackey, newcomers such as Andrea G. Stewart and Tina Gower, and writers from lands far and wide such as Sabina Theo from Bulgaria and Leena Likitalo from Finland.
But all the stories have one thing in common: They are great stories … and like all great stories, need great readers.
A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up sixteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
“The stories are all strong (not surprising when you have years of good stories to pick from) and show an off-kilter sensibility that I found very fresh even after all this time. If this is a taste of what’s to come, it’s worth giving Pulphouse a look.”
—Tangent Online on Issue Zero
“Paintings of Cats by Mice” by Annie Reed
“Flat Bernie Saves Stanley” by Johanna Rothman
“The Conjurer of the Canvas” by Phillip McCollum
“Custard: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Sort of)” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Sometimes Gramma’s Gotta Cut A Bitch” by Leah R. Cutter
“Blind Eclipse” by Rob Vagle
“Would Sir Prefer the 1918 Influenza?” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Developmental Adventures of Phil” by Jason Adams
“Visage” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Used to be Your Victim” by Stephen Couch
“The Artist, The Engineer, and The Sleeping Dog” by Robert J. McCarter
“Drumbeats” by Kevin J. Anderson & Neil Peart
“Just Write!” by James Gotaas
“Role of a Lifetime” by David H. Hendrickson
“Sergei’s Swan Song” by C.A. Rowland
“Vamp Until Doomsday” by Stefon Mears
Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Back after over twenty years. A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, Pulphouse returns with eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
"This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading."
—Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1
Table of Contents
“In the Empire of Underpants” by Robert T. Jeschonek
“Queen of the Mouse Riders” by Annie Reed
“Group” by Ray Vukcevich
“The Heart Has Reasons” by O’Neil De Noux
“Molten Souls” by Jerry Oltion
“The Sea Girl’s Survival” by Valerie Brook
“Looking for the Bastard” by David H. Hendrickson
“The Reign to Come” by Kevin J. Anderson
“A Spud Full of Stars” by Kent Patterson
“Body Memory” by M. L. Buchman
“Catastrophe Baker Makes First Contact” by Mike Resnick
“Playing With Trains” by J. Steven York
“A Few Minutes in The Plantation Bar and Grill Outside Woodville, Mississippi” by Steve Perry
“At Witt’s End: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Minions at Work 2.0: Roll Call” by J. Steven York