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Distant Machines
By Simon John Cox
Price: $1.44 USD. Words: 11,090. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Three short stories that speculate about the distant machines that may or may not influence mankind's future.
Zev's Destiny
By Kira Bacal
Price: Free! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A heroic prophecy must be a good thing, right? ...Right?
Look What the Cat Dragged In
By Kira Bacal
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Beware of entertaining angels unaware...
Mars or Bust: An Admonitory Fable
By Kira Bacal
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A very quick (and cynical) peek into what might have happened to derail the 1970's US space program.
The Poisonings of Horpington
By Kate Trinity
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,900. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
Detective Harry Sergeant must find out why people are dying in his town. What Harry doesn't know is that two young women are also hunting for the perpetrators, who killed their relatives several years earlier. But what can two young women do against the perpetrators that Harry can't? In a victorian-esk world this story has a mildly steampunk feel, with steam engines, horses and the device.
Exploitation
By Tom Morris
Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A SF short story, inspired by Neal Asher's Polity novels, offering an alternative genesis for Earth Central, its all encompassing AI. A survey and mining team sent to Titan get rather more than they expected.
Caveat Veritatem
By Scott Roche
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Truth is a dangerous thing. A little of it goes a long way and it can come back to bite you. That’s why our society (and most societies I would imagine) encourage the polite, little lie. Thus my title for this anthology “Caveat Veritatem” or “Beware of the Truth”. Here are five stories that tell various truths, no matter the consequences for you or for the characters.
First Kill
By Susy Egneus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
A female snipers first mission. "When the Melting took the polar ice caps, the world was exposed to a breed of new species lying dormant under the ice. Not everybody was excited over the Alliance that was formed. Now a Death Squad is heading towards our Neutral Dragon Territory, and if they cross this bridge, we're too late to stop them. My finger is on the trigger, and I am waiting..."
Of Behemoths and Bureaucrats
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rhea brings her traveling carnival act to the Hegula Hephaesta mining colony to visit the new sun garden, but she and her Starwhals get caught in a battle for interstellar independence that mortally threatens her three gentle giants.
Genesis
By Rashaad Bell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On the Day of Epiphany, during the Fifth month of the yearlong mourning of NeoAtlantis, the Quantum Singularity appeared above the southernmost point of the crescent moon, engulfing the sky in such a blinding fury, that night became as midday.
A Glass of Shadow
By Liz Williams
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,710. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012 by NewCon Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of 19 previously uncollected stories personally selected by the author, including two original to this collection; tales that draw aside the veils of mundane reality to reveal the hidden truths of this world and beyond.
The Treasure of Mars
By Elizabeth Chater
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012 by Chater Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An alien creature crawls in from the desert with talk of treaure.
Visions Of Odd
By S. A. Barton
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A short anthology of flash fiction and vignettes, all speculative fiction, ranging from the edge of fantasy to the edge of the solar system. Visions Of Odd contains 7 stories totaling about 8400 words.
Extrasensory
By Darren G. Burton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Chris is out in the hills taking photos of the cityscape when he spies a strange green light in the night sky. He manages to snap off some hurried photos as the light moves erratically towards him. Something very bizarre happens to him as the object moves overhead. A pinprick of light enters his right eye and does something to his brain. This is a novelette of approximately 16,500 words.
On The Rocks
By Adrienne E. Keith
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
What has Charlotte Hill gotten herself into? On The Rocks is the second Charlotte Hill story, and picks up shortly after Ice Cream And Bullets. Meet Drake Jameson the man who's tasked with bringing Charlotte in and watch as the mystery grows, then gets set on fire.
Ice Cream And Bullets
By Adrienne E. Keith
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Ice Cream And Bullets is the story of Charlotte Hill, a trained operative. Or so she thinks. Ice Cream And Bullets follows Charlotte on her first encounter with Seattle. This is the story of self discovery and bullets, lots of bullets.
To Di(n)e For: A (Speculative) Horror Story
By Rebecca M. Senese
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Meredith accompanies her husband to the Mystery Meal Restaurant, “where the dinner is murder” so Meredith reads from the marquee. To impress an important client, they dine with clone-grown constructs of killers. It’s the latest in fine dining entertainment and it may end up being the last dinner of their lives. “To Di(n)e For” is 6,000 words.
Take Me Home
By Duncan James
Price: Free! Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
0.75 star(3.67 from 3 reviews)
A farmer and his wife, on a shopping visit to their quiet Hampshire village, find a young boy wandering in the High Street. Nobody appears to be looking for the boy, who is obviously a stranger and lost. The couple offer to look after him until he can be traced, but they soon discover that he is stranger than they think.
Apex Magazine - Issue 33
By Apex Publications
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,660. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Apex Magazine is a monthly zine of sf, fantasy, and horror short fiction. Issue 33 features work from David J. Schwartz, A.C. Wise, Maureen McHugh, Carrie Vaughn, and Alex Bledsoe.
Foreignright 4.5.1
By Eric Cline
Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the future, "firemen" don't put out fires. Instead . . . hey, this sounds familiar! Eric Cline, a writer who has been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and other places, delivers a loving flash fiction tribute to a classic work, updated for modern times.