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The Atrocity Exhibition (2026-2030)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,540. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A year ago, the world was introduced to a weapon that perfected the abilities of the mind in communion with it. This is the tale of the atrocities that tore the world apart, and the hidden events that revealed them as the birth of the world’s first true artificial intelligence. Also, a virtual world like no other, a new generation of terrorists, two men watching a bird, and a moment of true peace.
The Coming Storm (2025)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,170. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
History is the froth on the ocean, a series of small events telling of the movements in the depths below and skies above. This is the story of one such historical moment, in which a presentation is made, and a new technology unveiled to the world. These tactical computers will become the birth of true AI, as well as a world radically different from the one that preceded it, and it begins at this m
Nanobots in the Lawn
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Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
It's just another working day for Fred Thorsen when he arrives at the Wheatley's for a little lawn maintenance. Unfortunately, the bug and weed-killing nano-bots in the slurry he's applying have other ideas. As long as you don't snort it, it's perfectly safe...right? A short story.
Naissance (2020)
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Series: Still Light, Canto I, Act 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: British English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A short story of the day everything changed. A secret group called Abraxas has gathered the best of the world's talent on a remote island to create the foundation for the future, and it all hangs on the outcome of a single game. This is that day, and an intimation of things to come as Still Light extends into the 26st century. Also, Go-playing robots, secret organisations, and a giant mushroom
Artificial Squared
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,580. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Mark Mattias is a brilliant software engineer with the veritable "steel trap" mind. He has developed a greatly advanced Artificial Intelligence. Suddenly he awakes in an unknown room, with a total lack of memory, and begins remembering things he didn't realize that he ever knew.
"The Time Catalyst"
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Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 39,560. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Young billionaire, Dr. Patrick McClain, in Seattle, Washington, invented the ultimate solar powered source, called the Solar Unlimited. The Solar Unlimited condenses the Sun’s energy at historical levels. So potent is it that the SU punches a hole in space-time...thus opening the portal to Anarchists from 2287 to sow destruction. Tadosh, a cop from 2287, arrives to help Dr. McClain!
Remembrance Day
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Magnus is a broken-down veteran of the Basilisk war, running a bar on the Möbius Strip. His customers are trying to forget their pasts. He spends his time trying to remember his. A woman he once knew comes seeking his help. When Magnus finds out who is really involved it's time to reach for his blaster. But then he begins to discover just how unreliable his memories actually are...
Burden of Sisyphus (Brink of Distinction book #1)
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Series: Brink of Distinction, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 81,570. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Between the alien Alliance and the Terran Empire, a neutral zone stretches between the galaxies, a demilitarized zone that was established 150 years previous, following the Great War. The peace accord granted a semblance of peace to the universe. The peace, however, is a facade, and it is the responsibility of Michael Vance and his covert operations team to maintain that illusion.
In Search of the God Particle
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Price: Free! Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013 by Malachite Quills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
With the foundation of the Universal Alliance, the long-hidden Garmaurian archives of their research in the fundamental particle of the universe became available to Alliance scientists. The breath taking simplicity of Trionic Theory, with its ability to generate instantaneous universe-wide travel and communications, stunned the scientific community.
Allotropes (an Ell Donsaii story #8)
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Series: The Ell Donsaii stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,170. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
“Allotropes" is the eighth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon. In “Allotropes,” one of her waldoes is exploring the ringworld she discovered at Sigma Draconis. The aliens there are doing surprising things with carbon allotropes! Can we learn to do the same?
Now & Again
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,530. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When a day begins with burying your wife, you’d think it can’t get worse, but for Kendall McCaslin and his son, Josh, it can. On their way home they’re caught in a chain-reaction car crash and both killed. Surprisingly, they don’t stay dead. After devising an escape route from alternate car crashes they find they're trapped in a parallel version of their former life: one where the dead wife lives.
Echoes of Hush and Solace
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,710. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
From a bereaved man’s extraordinary love and unfathomable loss to the future of what it means to be human… a death-defying plunge into the vast hell-forges of Jupiter on a quest for redemption… and an occult jaunt through time to the White Sands of the Trinity Atomic Test Site in search of solace, this collection of stories shines new light on the paradox of the human condition.
Lights in the Deep
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,900. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013 by WordFire Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Ten astounding tales by triple award nominee Brad R. Torgersen. Go on fantastic new adventures at the bottom of Earth's oceans and at the edge of the solar system. Meet humans who are utterly alien and aliens who are all too human. Introductions by Stanley Schmidt, Mike Resnick and Allan Cole.
The Visitors - Arrival
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Price: Free! Words: 35,450. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
This is a “first contact” novel. Three visitors arrive on the Earth. Paradoxically, they seem both strange and familiar at the same time, and they certainly seem harmless, but there is much more happening than people are originally aware. This is a little like H.G. Wells “War of the Words” - but presented as a psychological thriller. Book 1 of a trilogy. See https://www.facebook.com/Visitors
The Well
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Price: $1.87 USD. Words: 52,460. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sci-fi, adventure, g-rated Jack Phylbin and Ted Rankin are about to begin an adventure that takes them on a journey neither of them would ever have expected - a journey through time and space, right here on Earth. What they discover when they begin exploring the bottom of an old water well that went dry on Jack’s ranch will have a profound impact on all mankind.
Great Red
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Life, love, grand adventure— Piotr Petschnigg had it all until the avalanche swept his brother away. Now he travels a billion kilometers from home to throw his life into the implacable roiling bowels of the Great Red Spot. To dredge up a sample of the fabled metallic hydrogen from the vast hell-forges of Jupiter. And maybe, just maybe, to find his redemption-- and the girl that got away.
Bilking Time
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Associate Professor Antoine Beasley can't win. He spars with Dr. Dennison Wigdor over half-baked grants. He tries to game arch-nemesis J. Peabody Cramer in a not-so-friendly contest of H-O-R-S-E. But then Beasley makes the most serious miscalculation of all: he tries to bilk time itself. The consequences will make you laugh out loud-- or your head explode-- whichever comes first.
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon
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Price: $9.90 USD. Words: 139,670. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon is an anthology by authors from both science and fiction writing backgrounds, illustrating some of the tech and ideology behind the illustrious goal of traveling to another star within the next century. Edited by Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling science fiction author, and James Benford, leading expert on space propulsion.
Climbing Blind
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013 by Triple V Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Melissa's visit to Caspar II on a regular survey should have jump-started her career. When a strange energy fluctuation shuts down all the expedition's equipment-including her artificial eyes-she's got to feel her way, literally, out of the situation. A companion story to Point Interruption by Sean Monaghan, author of Extraction Plan and The Tunnel.
Point Interruption
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,230. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013 by Triple V Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
A survey expedition to Caspar II should have been a simple, easy payday for Adrienne and her team: fly in, grab some samples, get on home. But when someone in her team finds an ancient structure, and people start dying, it becomes anything but easy. A companion story to Climbing Blind by Sean Monaghan, author of Extraction Plan and The Tunnel.