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by Leon StevensTwo heads are better than one. What would you do if you found yourself on or in another world? Do you have the skills and knowledge needed to survive or to make sense of what you see? Thomas sets out on a hike he has done many times before. Taking only what he needs for the three or four hours he expects to be gone, he passes a vehicle in the parking lot. The handwritten note on the dashboard read: Not Abandoned. The view at the end of the trail was not what he expected—neither were the fr... more
by John HopkinsAfter setting the stage with a compelling alternate history prologue, The Golden Ellipse—Book One in The Powers That Be trilogy—vaults readers into a near-future world of 2044, where newlyweds Rachel and Owen Haig’s white-knuckle space tourism touchdown in France is met by Louie, their enigmatic chauffeur. En route to their Provence villa, a mysterious paranormal encounter with an entity from Rachel’s past hijacks their idyllic honeymoon plans. Thrust on a heart-pounding odyssey to locate a myth... more
by Sarena StrausIn 2126, society finally has its quick fix. ReInception is a machine used for modifying human behaviors, everything from taming unruly children to reprogramming terrorists. Columbia student Leandrea Justus is passively anti-ReInception. But when she and her boyfriend are separated during a bombing at an anti-ReInception rally, Ward — not just his name, but also his status in society — helps her. In return, he wants her to help The Origins, the alleged terrorist group blamed for the bombing whom ... more
by Victoria DalpeIn each of these stories, the reader is lured into a sinister shadow space, one both familiar and uncanny. Life is strange, beautiful, and terrible in the world of Victoria Dalpe's debut short story collection. Her characters run the gamut from nosy neighbors to boomtown prostitutes, sentient moss to ghouls with a taste for artist’s flesh. The stories contain chance encounters with truck stop mystics, haunted reality show renovations, and cat people roaming the western plains. In Dalpe's writin... more
by M. A. Iori
A time travel-story that narrates a fatal drama about two lovers separated by death (a modern version of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice). She died and he lost his memories of her. A life that, Francesco, feels destroyed, incurable. Rehabilitation has failed. The encouragement of his family was not enough. Friends put aside. Except that, suddenly, after months of unlimited suffering, an old schoolmate proposes an ambiguous solution: to try a substance able to take him into a parallel world t... more
by Joshua Danker-DakeHow do you stop a weapon you can’t see? Xiong Holonautics’ Chief of Security Green Greene has saved his company from ruin, but even greater challenges lie ahead. A deadly bombing has shattered Xiong’s newest hologram exhibition, and the evidence points to Greene’s old partner and friend, Juha Karjalainen. But the other megacorporations are after Juha, too, and they will stop at nothing to gain every advantage. When Greene learns that Xiong’s biggest rival, Algary Applications, may be behin... more
by Susana ImaginárioAs the story ends, we'll finally learn how it started.
by William BahlBefore End Game, people live their everyday lives, doing simple things and being human. Cowboy isn't like most people. As an elite hitman, his days are anything but routine. His work takes him all around the globe. His targets are influencers, CEOs, and people in powerful positions of authority. As Cantor Biotech's CEO, Carly Hennington oversees a behemoth corporation's machinations. But that's just her day job. Carly is a member of The Group, a secret organization bent on global domination. ... more
by Alexandra Almeida
- The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The Story Shadow is a reluctant god with a broken mind and a death wish. He used to be Thomas Astley-Byron, an affluent young screenwriter whose creativity and idealism saved a world from the brink of collapse. Together with Henry Nowak, an AI expert, Tom created heaven on earth by inventing a Jungian simulated reality that helps humans confront their dark sides. The benevolent manipulation platform turned the two unelected leaders into bel... more
by A.C. LouisOne hundred and fifty years in the future, on humankind’s one-way mission to find a new home planet, Doctor Lucas Sundberg unknowingly leads the ships into a devastating attack. Isolated in the aftermath, he struggles for redemption. So when he finds a father and daughter still alive, the tormented scientist vows to help extract them from the wreckage. Widower Nathan Clarke will do anything to keep the last of his family from being killed. After a year of hiding in a secret shelter, he jumps ... more
by Halo Scot
Five worlds compete in the Space Olympics to determine which should survive a supernova.
In a bleeding corner of space, the human race is dying. Again. They are good at dying. Millennia ago, they died on Earth. Soon, they’ll die here, under their second sun. Death chases them. Tag, you’re it. And so, they run.
Their sun is ready to supernova. She is dying, and they will follow. The ancient seedship, their last hope, can only fit a single colo... more
by Halo Scot
Secrets are sentient. In the far, foreign future, a deep-space mission turns catastrophic when the crew’s personal demons become literal demons and seek revenge.
The Ward gathers broken souls for doomed missions. RJ, Kaj, Mazha, and Jace fit the bill perfectly…perhaps too perfectly. A criminal past, a dangerous dream, a tragic accident, and an unbearable shame comprise the secrets that haunt and consume them. They run from their pasts, escape toward their f... more
by Ravi Ranjan GoswamiThere was a haunted mansion in Sunder Nagar. It was lying vacant for many years. Therefore, the ghosts of all the settlements of the town had gathered in that one mansion. It had become a haunted mansion. Among these ghosts was a young dead princess. She lived in a very old wooden cupboard kept in a big room. She loved peace.
by roxanne gosserThe Guardians of Terra is the only thing standing in the way of humanity being annihilated. After Mya’s life is threatened by a vicious demon sent to kill her, she is brought into the Guardians of Terra, a group of gods pledged to protect Earth from the vengeful gods of old. The Guardians also inform her that she is a goddess herself, which she doubts with every fiber of her being. Lir, an intense and arrogant god of the sea, leads the group of misfits with a deeply intimidating and explosive ... more
by John J SpearmanThe Defense of the Commonwealth is set in the same universe as the author's Jonah Halberd series but roughly 350 years earlier. The book begins with the circumstances surrounding the formation of the Commonwealth and then moves on to begin telling the story of Perseverance Andrews, a woman who is one of the early heroes of the Commonwealth. Andrews is intelligent, capable and confident in nearly everything except love.
by Samantha HeuwagenSeveral years after the Temorshian-Earth War, the Galaxy is at peace. La’Mursians, Temorshians, and Humans have started working together alongside the Galactic Court to bring stability and prosperity to citizens of their three worlds. Although harmony begins to blossom, a rebellious faction emerges and tests the newly formed bonds between the three planets. As discontent grows, Layla Aves and Glaklin Lerd are asked to step in and help facilitate a truce. Layla Aves has finally achieved her dr... more