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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.
The Man Who Made No Mistakes
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 80,900. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
What if you had the power to rewind time? Make a scene in a restaurant, give your boss the finger, rob a bank just to see how it feels — you could satisfy any whim, fulfill any desire. The man who wanders into Father Holder's Las Vegas confessional says he has just such a power. This remarkable tale leads off Scott William Carter's latest short story collection.
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?
Reading Glasses: Stories Through an Unpredictable Lens
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 91,920. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
From the publishers of the popular Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey comes a mesmerizing compilation of new short fiction. Suspenseful and mysterious, with a touch of ironic humor, Reading Glasses will transport you to the very edge of reality.
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.
Mnemosyne Anthology
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,510. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014 by Mnemosyne Anthology. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Mnemosyne Anthology collects ten stories from up-and-coming writers in science-fiction, fantasy and horror. The curated stories encompass a wide range of what the genres have to offer - from cute to horrifying, serious to fluffy, fairytales to zombies - but are united by their solid writing, strong original ideas and overall high quality.
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.
Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 162,820. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014 by Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
From the Hugo Award-winning hosts of the Writing Excuses writing advice show comes a collection of all-new stories of the fantastic, with beautiful illustrations and a behind-the-scenes look at each story’s creation. Come for the stories by award-winning authors; stay for the peek behind the creative curtain.
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.
The Jerks of Gleise 581e
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
When humanity finally discovers intelligent life in our universe, we're in for a surprise - they're jerks!
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
Alien and the Girl
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Planet Earth, a crashed ship of unknown origin, and an Alien. One young woman, a famous lake in England and how she tries to save the planet. These two characters battle it out with a war of words. Who will win?
Interzone #254 Sept - Oct 2014
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Series: Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,350. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Issue 254 of the award winning magazine contains new stories by Nina Allan, Jay O'Connell, S.L. Nickerson, T.R. Napper, Julie C. Day, Sam J. Miller; Wayne Haag’s cover art and colour illustrations from Tara Bush, Richard Wagner and Daniel Bristow-Bailey. The usual features are augmented by the first of Nina Allan’s new regular column: Time Pieces. Book reviews include Nina’s new novel: The Race.
Chaos
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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.
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.
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.