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Breaking Point
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Star Catcher Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A man with nothing left to lose... A series of layoffs forces starship pilot Alfonso Wickham to make a shuttle delivery with no help other than the accompanying 'efficiency expert.' Nothing he does pleases the man. Neither do the native ground crews. Then local salvagers appear, viewing his cargo as an easy score. Alfonso just reached his breaking point… A science fiction adventure novelette.
The Lips of the Waves, The Tips of Their Wings
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 15,950. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Vessra of the Village of 100 rejects the transformation choice of his brood mate, he embarks on an adventure to find a different way to live—one that won’t require his brood-mate’s death. But different and better are two different things. Can Vessra face the secret of his race to ultimately transform himself?
Synthetic Saints
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,720. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Vagabondage Press LLC. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Alex Hargreaves is being haunted by the past. But the ghosts that plague him are born of science, not superstition. As a Security Specialist for the ISA, Alex has a memory implant that allows instantaneous access to memories – both good and bad. He can recall facts and figures with unfailing accuracy, but cannot move past the painful sense of death and abandonment.
Behind The Voice
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Price: Free! Words: 20,010. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Cordelia's world is turned inside out when she finds herself trapped in an elevator at the mercy of a presence who swears he's there to protect her. Forcing herself to trust a supernatural force against a life threatening situation, she must convince herself he actually exists, because he is the key to her survival.
The Shackles of Cause
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Price: Free! Words: 4,850. Language: British English. Published: July 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Cause and effect. One follows the other. One always follows the other. But what if you could break that link and live a life of no consequences? What would you do with that power?
Riding Fourth
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Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Commuting gets a lot harder in a world of high fuel prices and mandatory carpools. Especially when commuting is your job.
The Man Inside
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,260. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In 1861, the Confederate States of American tried to break free from the United States. They succeeded. Now, it is 1961, and the Confederacy is on the verge of collapsing and re-uniting with the USA. Unless they can get the atomic bomb. Rudy Schweitzer is a US spy in their midst. But he didn't volunteer, and he wants out. Will he be a turncoat to save his own skin? Who is THE MAN INSIDE?
Tales of a Century 2: Sleeping Beauty
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Price: Free! Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Anyone that would choose to settle on a faraway planet has their own reasons for wanting a new start. For Tom, a construction worker helping to build the new city, the decision was a hard one to make, but in the end he chose to leave his old life behind. Everything except his dead wife.
The Curious Proposal for Prosperity, Nevada
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Price: Free! Words: 13,130. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
How does one revive a dying town? That's the dilemma facing the small town of Prosperity, Nevada. Once a prosperous mining town, the silver ore has dried up and the residents are moving away toward a more productive future. To save itself from becoming a ghost town, its most influential residents come up with a unique plan. Will it be enough to save Prosperity?
Tales of a Century 1: Obsolescence
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Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Humanity is about to take its first giant leaps on a planet outside of the Solar system. The colonists of Century I thought they left the human world behind when they set out on their journey, but 4 and a half years traveling near lightspeed is a long time for those back on Earth, and when the colonists of Century I arrive at their new home, they find the world has changed.
Ceasa
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Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
It's a bad day when your spaceship crashes. But if it's a ship fueled by carbon emissions that runs aground on one of the most polluted habitable planets in the galaxy, your day might just be a little bit better. But if some people want to clean up that planet, it's a bad day for carbon-emission-fueled-spaceships.
Aurealis #52
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,250. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Aurealis is the Australian magazine of fantasy, science fiction and horror. Aurealis #52 is edited by Stephen Higgins and Scott Vandervalk. This issue includes a mix of fiction, news and reviews highlighting the best new writing around. Once again, unmissable!
The Crimson Scourge
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,430. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 by Wonder Realms Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A futuristic Independence Day short story. When the leader of the Gleisen revolution is killed during the celebration of their new freedom and democratic constitution, the leader's son, Jason, sets out to reverse his father's assassination. Includes a preview of the epic fantasy novel Worldshifters.
A Chasing After Wind: A Collection of Speculative Fiction Short Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,990. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A Chasing After Wind is not just a short story collection; another story surrounds the telling of these stories. Discover contemporary stories that walk the border between science fiction and fantasy, where moments of humor emerge from tragedies. Is this struggle in vain, a chasing after wind? Or does everyone deserve a second chance?
L'Actualité
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: French. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Le lancement d’un nouveau quotidien est toujours un événement. Surtout quand son éditeur se vante qu’un pourcent des informations qu’il contient sont fausses… Une nouvelle inédite d'Antoine Bello, l'auteur des Falsificateurs, des Eclaireurs (Prix France Culture Telerama 2009) et d'Eloge de la pièce manquante.
7:45 Evil Time
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Price: Free! Words: 740. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(2.75 from 4 reviews)
I'm sorry, I've recieved a few slightly rude reviews. As I stated in a previous description, this is a test. I do not know how to format. There is a reason it was free. Please, skip rude and try helpful. I'm trying to figure it out, but I'm having problems.
Smoke and Mirrors- Fourthcoming-Apartments, Darkness and Colors
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,230. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Welcome to a very different, very special apartment in New York...Or when you go on an archeological expedition and you cut corners, sometimes they cut back...Or what goes through a soldier's mind when there's just too much stress and no way to relieve it? All this and more awaits in this, the 4th companion book to the popular Sci Fi podcast: Smoke and Mirrors. www.smoke-and-mirrors.us
Eternal Quest (short story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
On its surface, this speculative fiction short story (7,800 words) deals with one man's obsessive quest for knowledge and the devastating price he must pay for the knowledge he ultimately acquires. Beneath the surface, this story is about deep friendships complicated by unrequited love, split loyalties, the interplay of id, ego and superego, and existentialist lessons learned too late in life.
Incursion
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A young boy working on his village’s plantation watches as alien craft scream overhead. His first emotion is excitement… until the technologically superior aliens start shooting. He has no choice but to grow up quickly, becoming one of his village’s most trusted defenders.
The Saxophone Player
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You set the price! Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
He was just another homeless person, but he makes me hear uncanny, lovely music and, when I close my eyes, I see celestial spheres.