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Darkest before the Darkwater
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Series: Tale from the Archives. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,110. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011 by ImagineThat! Studios. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
A group of survivors from the airship Guy Fawkes find themselves washed ashore on an uncharted island. In their search for survival they uncover one mystery after another.
Aurealis #76
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,570. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This issue features stories by Meryl Stenhouse and Melanie Rees as well as our monthly review of new titles and yet another instalment of 'Sacred Cows' by Stephen Higgins.
This Peaceful State of War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short story from Writers of the Future vol. 27. Envoy Miranda Tonkin must determine if human effort should be spent on stopping a vicious war between two alien species.
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 #75
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Issue #75's fiction department features Cecilia Quirk's 'Scattered Souls' and 'The Nevermaw' by Miles Hurt, two pieces that will engage and entertain. There is also a wealth of non fiction with a plethora of reviews, as well as a short look at the recent World Science Fiction Convention held in London.
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?
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
Minimalia Vol. 1
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Series: Minimalia. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: Italian. Published: December 30, 2014 by Ediciones Baleares. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Minimalia è una collana che raccoglierà scritti che non vi porteranno via che pochi minuti di tempo. Una raccolta di autori noti e meno noti, alcuni del tutto sconosciuti ma non per questo meno capaci. In questo primo volume ospitiamo i lavori di Gordiano Lupi, Marco Giorgini, Luigi Bruno Cristiano e Enrico Miglino Buona lettura
Stealing the Sun
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Sometimes there is little a man can do, but does that mean he has to do nothing? A military engineer troubleshoots a failed mission and discovers a truth no one wants to hear.
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.
Don't Press the Red X
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Bill is fresh out of college on the first day of his new job. He wants to make a good impression on his new bosses and express his true genius. Unfortunately, his first day does not go as planned.
Argo
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Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 13,130. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.47 from 15 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.
Aware
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,190. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jenkins’ biggest problem was not the huge hole that had been carved out of the hull of her ore runner by the uncharted chunk of rock in space, nor was it fighting off the insanity of being alone and stuck in space. Her biggest problem was working with a robot that she hated.
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.
Chloey, Joey, Zoey, and David Bowie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Three best friends who happen to have rhyming names are out for fun on the last night of summer, when they see something unusual. Was it a meteorite? Or something else? What they find is probably not what you expect!
The Shadows of Calcutta
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Series: Tale from the Archives. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,920. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011 by ImagineThat! Studios. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(4.00 from 1 review)
Agent Robert Smith, on return from a mission in Nepal, is diverted to India where he is charged to find a missing agent. Alex Tanner had been investigating a series of thefts and murders holding the Ministry’s attention, and now it falls on Agent Smith to find his missing comrade. Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.
Kediak and the Children of Nelvaa
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: American English. Published: February 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Attention all caravans traveling through the Meniskas: We are a tribe mining for copper along the easternmost trail. We are willing to trade our metal for goods or knowledge. We are not interested in profits, just fair trade. Treat us honestly and we will all prosper. The rumors about bear-men are entirely unfounded, a lie propounded by those who would take advantage of our isolation.
Murphy's Star
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,940. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
On a journey to a distant solar system a group of scientists discover they’ve picked up an unlikely passenger...and discover humans may not be as alone in the universe as they thought. Inspired by the amazing "Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates", by the incomparable Pat Murphy, "Murphy’s Star" is another exploration of love and what it means to "be".
Mars McCoy and the Curse of the Star Lance
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,510. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A daring young space ace confronts a cosmic mystery aboard a derelict starship. In the grand tradition of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon comes Mars McCoy! Nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best Short Story.
The Best and the Brightest
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2015 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a 1960s Chicago where Bobby Kennedy serves as president, Mayor Daley rules the city and Martin Luther King, Jr. finds himself victim to a failed assassination attempt, the African-American community hoped Willis would change the world. But when his chance comes in the form of a story implicating Kennedy and Daley in the hit on King, Willis must make a choice: fame or self-preservation.