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by V.M. SawhWhen they are stranded on the surface of a hostile alien world, two sentient robots H4NS3L-671, the military-minded combat drone, & GR3T3L-1, the advanced surveyor prototype, find themselves with neither memory nor mission. With no resources and no one to count on but each other, the robots must learn to work together in order to endure the brutal landscape, unlock the mystery of their missing memories, and plan their own rescue, all before their power runs out. What they don’t know is tha... 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 Bekah BergeFour musicians vie for a coveted spot on the main stage at the prestigious Olive Branch Music and Arts Festival. For as long as she can remember, Melly has only been good at one thing: making music. From the instant she got her fingers on a flute and tambourine, music had transformed her life and become a way for her to express the hidden desires of her heart. And like every artist in the realm, joining the illustrious Olive Branch Music and Arts Festival was her ultimate dream. When Haki... 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 Brendan OMearaThe world is fresh from humanity splitting in half – the BlankZone in the East and the Federation in the West. As an inevitable attack from the BlankZone looms, the Federation makes swift, mysterious, and unexpected moves to prepare. James, a 17-year-old living in the Federation, is drafted by the military. He learns that he has been selected to join a group of skilled teens who will be transformed into elite human weapons. Follow James and his friends as they mature from teenagers to lethal ... more
by Mathilda ZellerExiled for a murder her father committed, Brigid Cleary has until midsummer to gather what she needs for readmission to her home in the fairy mound: a chest of stolen gold and a chest full of her father’s blood. With nothing but her own wits and an ability to be mostly unseen, she takes a position as a scullery maid in a country manor house, where stealing gold is easy as dusting the candlesticks. When discovery of her thieving becomes likely, she scarpers, embarking on a madcap season in Lon... 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.