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Hellbender
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,820. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Once people have messed with a man’s DNA, what can he do but become a private eye? And when the gorgeous Elizabeth Savoy glides into his office and blinks her big baby blues, what can PI Mike Heller do but say sure, even though he sees what she is, and knows it's a bad idea? But by the time he suspects Lizzie’s troubles might bring the end of life as he knows it, he’s already in far too deep.
For Want of a Nail
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,340. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
This is the 2011 Hugo award-winning short story, "For Want of a Nail" with some bonus content. Read the author's notes, along with the original first draft which has a completely different plot.
In the Service of Aliens
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014 by Ten Thirty-one Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Norma Hollister escaped her father's controlling influence and resettled on an alien planet six years ago. Prior to an important ceremony the Leefans chose her for, her father reappears in her life, trying to control her again. She must decide if she should follow her father's demands or defy him and follow the path set out by her new friends.
Video Star (Voice of the Whirlwind)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Ric has survived a gang war, but now he's broke. He needs a new source of funds, and the hospital which stole his money is chock-full of a new neurohormone that’s worth a fortune. All Ric needs is to manipulate a street gang into doing the work for him. A novelette from Walter Jon Williams, the master of hard-boiled speculative fiction.
Kalla and the Abyss
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
With the ability to change the temperature around you and trapped in solitary how does one cope with life? For Kalla it has never been easy with no memory of any life before the prison cell. That is until the Myst, an organization that protects people like her, comes with a message that they plan on busting her out. She begins to learn the price of escape and sacrifice in her small world.
Harpies of Planet Sutherland
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,970. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mankind can only guess how long the alien water baskets have stood upon the planet of Sutherland. No clues have been found of the alien race who constructed such delicate mechanisms so long ago to harvest water from the arid planet's atmosphere. Those of the United Systems simply recognize the water's value, and so they refuse to allow the settlers of Zeb to jeopardize such ancient artifacts.
Professor Tomlinson's Last Experiment
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Professor Tomlinson thought he had it made. His new invention was bound to win him international acclaim and a Nobel Prize. But there was one thing he failed to take into account....
The Eclipse of a Black Sun
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A Medical Examiner discovers that the new anti-aging wonder drug is killing people, and the monster responsible could be a scorned woman. Can Dr. Singer solve the mystery before the Black Sun Cult conspires to poison mankind?
Star Hopper The Blake Hemlock Chronicles
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Series: The Blake Hemlock Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Blake, a self-proclaimed star hopper, didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he signed on as the Chief Engineer of the Viking. He got more than he bargained for as a member of the crew. Finding a friend in Seyfert, a rough and tumble Tartan. Their unlikely team up will take them on adventures across the universe.
Prayers on the Wind
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
All humanity is at peace under the Treasured King, the physical incarnation of the library that contains all wisdom. But now the peace is threatened by the alien Sang, and humanity’s response is fatally divided— and worse, the Treasured King seems to be going mad. This novelette was nominated for a Nebula Award on its first appearance.
Donuts and Disasters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Flying and fighting in the Interstellar Navy was the only thing Sophia Kane ever wanted to do with her career. She was a crack fighter pilot, one of the best, but her ambition wasn't very far beyond the cockpit until the Battle of Syne-Gamma.
Магьосникът на Фараона
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,750. Language: Bulgarian. Published: December 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Six science fiction & fantasy stories in Bulgarian. Първите два разказа се публикуват за пръв път в сборника.
Control Room
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
He sits alone, with no name. A faceless creature with a single purpose, he lives in a small room. He knows only his consoles, his buttons, his screens--the surfaces of a control room for a great machine that he calls "the universe." One room. Infinite possibilities.
Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
In a far future society, people change their identities, their societal roles, even their personalities based upon the masks they must don each day. But not every citizen is content to play their mandated part, longing instead to discover who they are beneath their masks: sinner, gentleman, or beast. Winner of the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
Frozen Treasure
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,490. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jack and Jaime Wolfe are down on their luck. After a string of infamous exploits they've hit a dry streak. Penned up on the ice planet Eis whilst repairing their ship, they have hatched a new plot: to smuggle goods off of the nearby world of Fortune disguised as a shipping company and take them to the station Penumbra for resale. What could possibly go wrong?
Piecework
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
In this chilling, award-nominated tale, a master of modern science fiction lets us glimpse an all-too possible near future when science, economics and individual dignity clash across the most intimate battlefield of all -- pregnancy. Might poor women earn a living by renting out their wombs for industrial "piecework" production of high-end organic machinery?
Stuck
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Series: Stuck, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A world too different from what we once knew . . . all we hold onto now is survival.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (April 2013)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,790. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Since 2009, each issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly has delivered a unique variety of character-driven speculative fiction short stories from both new and established writers. Our writers include first-time authors, Pushcart Prize nominees and Nebula award winners. This issue features 21 original stories from Wil Ogden, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Jamie Lackey, Brenda Stokes Barron, and many others.
The Arrival: A Timeline Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014 by Metahuman Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
As a threat strikes from space, the Challenge Squad must come to terms with their own role as the government's super-team even as they face a threat that endangers the very world.
Le Brouillard Du temps
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Series: Le Funambule Acoustique, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,400. Language: French. Published: January 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Perché sur le fil du temps, le funambule acoustique poursuit son odyssée intergalactique découvrant à mesure de ses rencontres, la marche à suivre. Perdu dans un brouillard éthéré, il fait, dans ce huitième épisode, une entrée fracassante dans une manufacture de planètes et son intrusion écervelée dans cet univers précoce n'est pas au goût de tout le monde.