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A new life in Alaska, a haunted lodge, singing only Zach and Sasha can hear - It started with the inheritance of the Salmon Run Lodge. Then came the eccentric denizens of the small town itself, the discovery of aliens hidden nearby, and the wilds of Alaska itself. The Callahans are on the adventure of a lifetime, one that could affect everyone on Earth. Contains books 1-3 of the Salmon Run series.
Cat Eyes." What does it mean?
21 authors took on the challenge and came up with diverse answers. From literal cats, to idols, aliens, marbles, and so many other inventive possibilities across multiple genres.
The Forward Motion for Writer's Anthology is an annual showcase of the multi-national writing talent at the venerable writer's group.
Low-ranked crew member Riya Cobley gets the lovely privilege of joining the team to investigate the drifting space-freighter "Mary Celeste." The mystery mounts when they find prepared food still sitting on the tables, intact systems, yet no crew or record of them leaving. Where did everyone go? Then new alarms sound on both ships...
Inspired by the real "Mary Celeste" maritime mystery.
Summer, fall, winter, and breakup... Slush and mud mix with snow, turning Salmon Run into a gooey mess. Spring will soon arrive, a time the Callahans hope will bring lodgers. For Sasha and Jacob Neeley it means the tribal "coming of age" trial. In the midst of the madness, Nanuk and Yenni attempt to fit into the human world while waiting for rescue. In the forest, an ancient myth stirs to life...
Death lurks in the storm of a lifetime.
When a new family arrives in her apartment high-rise, Hikari Lark introduces them to their large outdoor balcony garden. As Abashiri Sky City shuts down for the storm of the decade, darker shadows lurk in her beautiful corner of existence.
Threatening everything she holds dear, including life itself.
A science fiction novelette
On a run for her very life…
For Mira Escala, a new job overseeing docks at Abashiri Sky City represents a new start. Until she winds up in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing the wrong event. Accused, her life on the line, and with no one to trust, Mira runs.
Before someone sends her on a long fall through the clouds below.
A science fiction suspense novelette.
With the equinox come the aurora and the itch of spring… Good moods are scarce in Salmon Run these days. Zach Callahan's lingering foul mood even manages to drive off Sasha. His concerned father insist on a check-up visit to the local spaceship just as Zach discovers a threat worthy of true worry: The return of a threat from the south.
Tea and cookies… with an imaginary friend?
Let people make fun of her if they want. Claire ignores them. Nemo finally came around for a proper visit, and they have local gossip to catch up on.
Until the warm glow of the gaslamps reveal the truth for everyone to see.
A science fiction steampunk short story. This edition includes the complete BONUS story "Bowl the Lizard" by J.A. Marlow.
Something is missing…
The Princess just knows it. Something important, something she can't think of. With robot caretakers in tow she goes in search through the extensive royal gardens, determined to continue until it's found.
No matter how deep into the gardens the search takes her.
A science fiction fairy tale short story. Includes the complete BONUS story, "Gaslight Tea Party" by Alex Vaugn.
Good thing physical books are rare in 5432, especially with poor Hembert transported uncontrollably to the time and place described. Now he's stuck in a historical Earth conflict called "World War Two." It's a race to find a book, any book, to transport him away.
But, why aren't they working?
A science fiction short story in the Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles. Includes the BONUS story, "Wolf Dance
Keeping the Sorin worlds free from vermin like poachers is a full-time job for Ranger Corsac. As a regular at the Gateway Roadhouse, the building appearing out of nowhere isn't a surprise. It asking for his help is.
A request which will collide with a hidden secret of his past.
A science fiction short story in the Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles. Includes the complete BONUS story, "The Book Nomad"
A determined bounty hunter meets her match in a silver-tongued criminal… Patricia Silverton privately battles the smugglers infesting the sky city of Abashiri. Only, the next smuggler on her list refuses to allow an arrest stand in his way of making the next delivery. One must give. Patricia promises it will not be her. Even if she dies trying. A science fiction thriller novelette.
Is leaving what she really wants?
Tilly Simpson and her classmates graduate with grand plans to leave the small town of Teacup Mountain for futures among the worlds of the Galactic Commonwealth. With worlds of opportunity and possibilities before her, will Tilly find the future she truly desires?
A 3300 word science fiction short story. Includes the complete BONUS story, "Crystal Wishes"
A string of wishes hang in the window…
Opal's parents latest obsession in frontier-world mining ends in tragedy. Even as the grief descends, the questions consume her: What does she do now? Does she stay or leave, and how can she pay for either? Alone on a harsh frontier world, can she dare trust anyone?
A science fiction short story. Edition includes the complete BONUS story, "Teacup Mountain"
A man with nothing left to lose...
A series of layoffs forces starship pilot Alfonso Wickham to make a shuttle delivery with no help other than the accompanying 'efficiency expert.' Nothing he does pleases the man. Neither do the native ground crews. Then local salvagers appear, viewing his cargo as an easy score.
Alfonso just reached his breaking point…
A science fiction adventure novelette.
A mysterious roadhouse leads Annette Staton to an impossible reunion in the war-torn past. To reunite with the man she loved and lost in his brave fight against a man driven insane by years of bitter war. But is this trip back in time a blessing or curse? Is she destined to die with him in one dark night of history? A steampunk romance novelette in the Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The Larson family head out in their space-RV on a vacation trip to Venus when the mini-disasters start piling up, soon leading to an age-old refrain…
"Are we there yet?"
A 4200 word science fiction humor short story. This edition includes the complete BONUS story, "The Great Salmon Run Cake Fiasco"
There is such a thing as too much help...
Amber Marley insists on giving Hawk and Zach Callahan lessons in basic survival training. Instead, they get an entire town of helpful interfering neighbors. Elsewhere, Admiral Kian orders their spaceship readied using Earth-based raw materials to manufacture their own parts.
Leading both to a dangerous encounter in the rugged Alaska mountains.
The Salmon Run Men's Club, the General Store cafe kitchen, and the one-month anniversary of the Callahans in Alaska... All the ingredients needed for a messy disaster of legendary proportions... A Salmon Run short story. This edition includes the complete BONUS story, "Are We There Yet?"
When the object of career criminal Shawn Pickett's desire asks him to do one last job, how can he say no? Besides, is it really stealing if he retrieves data from the thieves who originally stole it? As his last job unravels into a web of unexpected attraction and inter-planetary corporate espionage, a mysterious fog descends. A Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles suspense science fiction novelette.
Rachel Henderkito's job of caring for Redpoint One's plumbing isn't easy with citizen pets clogging up the pipes. Rare lizard breeder Ignacio Manetti doesn't have time for the dark memories romance brings. And yet, love blooms with the help of an alien flying squirrel and the ovably interfering Naughty Knitter's Club. Except Rachel hates his rare alien Newt while he unconditionally loves it.
After the earthquake Hawk and Zach Callahan get a nice surprise: customers. Right when the aliens choose to reveal themselves to Zach and Sasha's families. They need human help to identify a threat… in Bermuda. But, according to Uncle George's will, the trip could possibly cost the Callahans their lodge. Unless they can make the entire town believe they never left Salmon Run in the first place.
Emmie Kirkwood is delighted when the Gateway Roadhouse insists she take a day off. Finding herself in ancient Egypt, she can think of only one thing. Spending her precious day at the most fabled library in the ancient world: The Alexandria Library. She didn't expect to also arrive the day of an equally famous fire. A Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles Egyptian steampunk adventure novelette.
A traitorous fiance and a murderous stranger send straight-laced bookish Emmie Kirkwood fleeing into the 1870's London night fog. When a strange gas lamp appears at the side of the road, will it lead her to a place of refuge or a doom worse than what awaits her outside? Meanwhile, her would-be killer is still hot on her trail. A Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles steampunk suspense adventure novelette.
What Professor Hadrian wants with the Phoenix Eggs, no one knows. What Kelsey Hale and her team do know: They must find and secure them first. Before he can harness and use the raw power contained within. The lives across many universe, including theirs, depend on the team coming together like never before. Kelsey’s rare talent may turn the battle around. If her teammates will believe it exists.
The cursed Flying Dutchman returns to the spacelanes...
While busy with repairs, Sora Anali gets the surprise of her life: a real cursed ghost ship docking with Langdon Space Station. Then the Flying Dutchman triggers the servicing robots into delivering expensive and rare items needed for the station. Items she needs back.
But, the legends say to board her is to die on her...
I like to live.
I'm funny that way. I must convince the other passengers to stay with the ship and get the engines running. Before we lose all power. Before the drifting ship makes a fatal encounter with a pulsar jet.
Before time runs out.
A suspense science fiction short story. This edition includes the complete BONUS story, "Spires"
During a simple operation Tish Douglas died. And yet, she also awoke in what doctors called a 'psi event,' sending her fleeing to an ancient spacestation of alien origins called Redpoint One. There she meets new boss Arthur Getty, and the sparks fly. Despite Arthur knowing that as his employee Tish is off-limits. Despite the secret Tish keeps of what sent her fleeing in the first place.
It started an ordinary day and ended in a discovery that shook the planet of Jad. Through the threat of possible war, pirates, Chion Warriors, treasure hunters and more, Elvy Akuma and her friends Tiver and Pelik band together to protect themselves, the heritage of Jad, and peace itself. This Omnibus collects together: Glint of a Suncatcher, Glint of a Ring, Glint of an Artifact, Glint of a Tower
In a dream come true, Pelik is invited to train with the Chion Warriors. But duty to the Warriors wars with the needs of his friends to discover the secrets of the crashed ship and the data suncatchers before stalking treasure hunters get there first. In the balance hangs the very future of Jad and Pelik's own heart. A science fiction novelette. Title is included in the "Children of Jad Omnibus"
Pirates invading the archeological dig of an ancient crashed spaceship is bad enough. The lightening storm activating the data suncatchers is even worse. Tiver finds himself changed in ways he doesn't understand. Together with his friends, he seeks to understand what happened to him. Before the mysterious images invading his mind overwhelm him completely. A science fiction novelette.
A day at the archeological dig of an ancient crashed spaceship comes to an abrupt end when uninvited guests arrive: thieving pirates. Elvy Akuma and her friends race to save the artifacts and rescue her father before the pirates find a way into the barricaded storage room. Complicated by lurking Chion Warriors and a mysterious ring that won't come off Elvy's finger. A science fiction novelette.
An ominous singing voice only Zach and Sasha can hear... First came the blizzard. Then the earthquake hit. Even as the people of Salmon Run rally to pick up the pieces, Zach and Sasha start hearing a voice singing across the radio. Singing no one else can hear. They need answers from the only ones who can help. But, how do you find aliens who don't want to be found?
Disappearing food. An alien dropped off by a giant flaming bird... Abducted from Earth, Kelsey Hale finds herself in the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universes. She must not only survive, but also rescue her father from a dangerous group of unknown intent. In the process discovering a family secret that will change her life forever.
Captain Carme Batista doesn't have time for anything other than fighting the next battle. But Felix isn't an ordinary janitor. He remembers things no one else does, unobtrusively attentive, seeming to sense what she needs before even she knows it.
He doesn't seem to understand she has no emotion left. The war with the Chion destroyed them a long time ago...
Or did it?
After overseeing the downsizing of a construction facility at Arcturus, Zada Harper comes face-to-face with an old friend... whom she just helped lay off.
Zada then finds herself the next target of the ISC Corporation layoffs. She is suddenly without a job and forced into automatic arbitration for a severance settlement. But Zada won't go quietly. The ISC feels the sting of her departure.
A haunted lodge?
The Salmon Run Lodge needs a good cleaning. Hard to accomplish with the plumbing and power constantly going out. And the strange unexplained noises.
Nanuk wants to continue his scientific human observations. Hard to do when the Admiral insists he take along a new arrival to the Earth Mission.
How can alien and human worlds not collide?
The last thing reporter Steve Gortney expects is pirates raiding the strange space-elevator on the backworld of Vorstogen. While he's thrilled for the exclusive on a pirate raid-in-progress, he soon finds his own life in danger from a secret the pirates are willing to kill to keep hidden. Meanwhile, the space-elevator has a few secrets of its own... A science fiction novelette by J.A. Marlow.
On a world of valuable giant trees and intelligent animals, a red-cloaked headstrong teen struggles to save her family from a planetary conspiracy awaiting her at Grandmother's house.
A science fiction novel retelling of the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood."
For Hawk and Zach Callahan, getting to the small town of Salmon Run presents the first challenge. They think they have it made when they board the unique train that will take them through a dark roadless wilderness to their new home. The same night a massive Aurora Borealis strands them in the middle of nowhere. An Aurora also affecting an alien spaceship hidden beneath the ice and snow...
Amazing discovery or a trigger to war… Elvy Akuma hopes to make a little extra money by finding and selling Suncatchers, the shells of a native Jad land-mollusk, to tourists. She finds something else in the dirt, instead. An unexpected discovery that could make the humble world of Jad famous. Or it could reignite a war between Human and Chion. A science fiction novelette.
I should be barricaded at home, scared like the rest of them. But no. I'm out walking the streets, sure my mind is about to burn out. The last thing I need is to run into a snot-nosed kid with a stolen alien artifact. Both seem to have something to do with the vines invading the city, but why should I care? Unfortunately for me, the vines care. Includes the complete BONUS story, "In the Cauldron"
A Princess, A Boatman, and A Lizard. One prompt resulting in 17 different stories from 17 authors with works ranging from silly to dramatic across genres such as fairy tale, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, Native American tales and more.
The 2012 Forward Motion Writer's Anthology is an annual showcase of the multi-national writing talent at the venerable writer's group.