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Aurealis #74
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: Australian English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this issue we feature Imogen Cassidy’s ‘Soul Partner’, an urban fantasy gumshoe pastiche with some original touches, and Leife Shallcross’ creepy and engrossing ‘Music for an Ivory Violin’. Chris Large brings some thoughtful silliness with his ‘When a Jedi Should Think Twice About Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight’, and Stephen Higgins continues his SF’s Sacred Cows with Asimov's Foundation.
Aurealis #73
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis features the near-future Melbourne of Daniel Baker’s gritty and evocative ‘Refraction’ and a chilling transformation story, 'Kisses with Teeth’, by Allan Chen. Shane M Brown’s article, ‘The Secret to Selling eBooks’, continues his series on thriving in the new publishing eco-system we live in, and we round things off with a bumper crop of speculative fiction reviews.
Ten Thousand Miles Up
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Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Captain Ateri has never known life outside his starship, but when a fleet of pirates offer him an opportunity to steal from his slave-masters, can he maintain the facade long enough to attain what he desires most?
Argo
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Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 13,130. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.38 from 13 reviews)
Searching for the answers to true artificial intelligence, Mira McAllister comes across a strange android named Eo who proves to hold more questions than answers.
Hanuman's Gift
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Series: Tale from the Archives. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2012 by ImagineThat! Studios. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Augustus Whitby toils in the Archives, dreaming up stories far more plausible than the supposed “investigations” of the field agents. A story from Agent Harrison Thorne and an artifact from his recent case, however, proves that there are some truths that are far stranger than fiction.
After The Darkness: Episode Four
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013 by Dark Tales Great Lives, LLC. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
In a world of never-ending winters and permanent darkness, fourteen-year-old Nadia Comani faces a future of servitude. Can she free herself and her family?
Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2014
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Series: Mad Scientist Journal, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,140. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014 by DefCon One Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Breeding coat hangers, alien spies posing as children, a war against interplanetary mold. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book. Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2014 collects three month's worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science.
Dinner on a Flying Saucer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2010 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sometimes, when a fella gets to help out with fightin’ a war between two alien races, it’s just not such a good idea to tell your wife. Sometimes the truth just isn't good enough. A really fun short story by USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith
Aurealis #67
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,280. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
More of the world's best new speculative fiction. The new year's first edition of Aurealis has a lot of bases covered with wildly different stories by Jennie Rix and Tsana Dolichva, plus an interview with actor Pierre Perrier about French Director Fabrice Gobert’s new zombie/ghost series, The Returned, considered to be one of the most gripping television dramas of recent years. Do not miss this.
The Eden Stream
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,940. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A novella about a man who follows a herd of elephants down an old road and ends up running for his life.
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....
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.
Chaos
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Dr. Michael Chauncey is a naval psychiatrist who uses his secret ability as a telepath to help his patients, but when a suspected AWOL and fellow telepath walks into his office he’ll have to go to extraordinary lengths to learn where this woman has been for the past seven years.
The War Veteran
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,100. Language: American English. Published: February 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The War Veteran is a 45 page, 11,000 word SHORT STORY. For seventy years, World War II veteran Jack Baker has endured vivid flashbacks to that horrific June day on Omaha Beach. But tonight, the flashback will be terrifyingly different. Tonight it becomes real. Tonight, Jack’s seventy-year-old secret will come back to claim him.
Porter
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,130. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Like the Science Fiction novel "Jumper" by Steven Gould, this is a novellete about young Allie Dans who has a surprising ability. Whereas most stories of "teleportation" such as Heinlein's "Tunnel in the Sky" or the "stepping discs" in Larry Niven's stories focus on the moving of large objects long distances, this one explores the notion that even a small portal conveys tremendous power.
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.
Martian Voices
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 27,160. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
While surveying the Martian landscape for future manned missions, the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit stumbles on a race of martians that live underground. To everybody’s amazement, this well developed society is made of tiny individuals who desperately try to communicate with the rover. This discovery has a profound effect on the plans for Mars colonization by humans.
Aurealis #68
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,980. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
More of the best speculative fiction from Aurealis. This issue contains fiction, reviews and general information that provides a wealth of entertainment. If you love speculative fiction (and even if you don't) you should get this.
My Day by Jones: the Cat's-Eye View of Alien
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,820. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Remember Jones, the ginger cat from the 1979 movie Alien? Of course you do. If you ever wondered what the events of the film looked like from his angle, here - at last - is a short story (approx 2200 words) that gives you the cat's-eye view. And if you never gave it any thought... well, maybe it's time you did. Because you know what cats are like.
To Ashes
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Finally, the scene is cleaned and the body tucked away. Alexander anxiously awaits the coming dawn so that he is able to dispose of the corpse, and put an end to his worry. The risk of his crime being discovered increases exponentially with each passing minute. Will time unravel his otherwise perfectly laid plans?