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Mars or Bust: An Admonitory Fable
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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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,880. 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
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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
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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
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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 sniper's 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..."
A Glass of Shadow
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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
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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
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Price: $1.99 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
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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
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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
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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
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,320. 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
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Price: Free! Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(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
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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
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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.
Cirque des Étoiles
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,820. Language: Dutch. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
De beste verhalen van de Paul Harland Prijs 2011 met het gelijknamige, winnende verhaal van Boukje Balder.
Round Up At The Burger Bar Part 4
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012 by 53rd Street Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The slippery climb of Trixie Aioli up the corporate ladder continues. When we last left Trixie she and Cherry Bomb were developing a scheme to stop the wedding of Herman Pug to her greatest rival. She and Cherry time travel into the past only to be confronted with an even greater obstacle to her ambition. She may even be fired!
The Convert
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Science fiction short story. When one of his congregation wants to marry an alien who is more flora than fauna, what's a priest to do??
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?
To a Pile of Ashes
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012 by Triple V Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On a desolate, frozen planet three researchers are forced to seek shelter from the snow before the bear that's destroyed their ski plane finds them. A science fiction story from the author of "Deadstick" and "Vaporize Marineris".