Stephen Cote

Biography

I am a Software Engineer and Consultant, a United States Marine, a martial artist, and an author. You can find more information about my early creative writing and ongoing open source projects on whitefrost.com. I enjoy writing hard and whimsical science fiction, adult fantasy, and poetry. As an early advocate of Creative Commons licensing, many of my short stories and poems have been available online since 1996.

If you would like to learn more about my writing, open source projects, please contact me at whitefrost.com.

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Books

Quota
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Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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Life is short and brutal in the apocalyptic wasteland. Skag Murdet culls herds for slaughter to help sustain the population on razor-thin margins of available sustenance. Everyone has a duty to perform. Everyone has a quota to fill. Parental Warning: This story contains imagery which may be disturbing to young readers.
Augmented Reality: The Atlantic Salmon GT
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Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In Derry's warped reality, a mundane architectural review takes place in a future ruled by high-tech racing. With protests in the hallway, and a marker crashing into an eraser on the whiteboard, Derry has to try to maintain his sanity long enough to ask the most important question: Is spending money on this code change worth saving twelve cents? Start your engines, it's meeting time.
Blood of the Lamb
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Price: Free! Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
In the nineteenth century, Cain is a gunfighter known as a leading cause of ghost towns. His desire for a peaceful life is impossible given his inability to remember his sordid past. Now, his friends from a Palouse tribe have begged him to right a wrong brought about by the US Cavalry. Indebted to the tribes, Cain rides to confront the Cavalry. And the demons of his past ride beside him.
XSL Primer
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Price: Free! Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Training and certification
This primer is targeted towards those who are interested in learning XSL. Familiarity with XML will help, but is not necessary. Some familiarity with HTML is helpful for most of the examples.
Catatone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Jideon de Rosa is a combat cyber-medic with the Spanish Legion. After his ex-wife takes their daughter, he tracks them to North America. He finds his wife missing and his daughter suffering from a drug. Jideon has less than a day to find the cure.
Phone Calls From God
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Price: Free! Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
Craig Henry is an atheist and he loves Tabitha Wolfe. Her mother, Christine Wolfe, is a devout Christian and thinks her daughter can do better. But, when Christine starts receiving phone calls from someone she believes is the Almighty, long hidden family secrets come to light.
Oblivion
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Price: Free! Words: 12,460. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
Diotitus was a Greek god for about a week. Now, he lives in an apartment in the afterlife reserved for the unaffiliated. His neighbor, Tif, has given up and become a catatonic drooler. When conscious thought left her mind she had a burst of insight. Now, to save the afterwords, the gods expect Diotitus to finish Tif's thought.
The Autumn Engagement
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Price: Free! Words: 13,260. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
When Baseball is used to settle political disputes, one bad pitch cost Janus Franko his wife, career, and reputation. Eight months later, he is presented an opportunity to prove that he didn't throw the game. However, he will have to attend a party that caters to the ultra-wealthy where the dress code includes a robot date on his arm.
The Predator of the Meadow
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Price: Free! Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Vincent Wagner is a soldier for the Panthera Corporation. His mind has been chemically and behaviorally altered to make him a more effective soldier. Soldiers for the Panthera Corporation have no memories of what transpired during their duty. For Vincent, his duty leaves him with the impression that he is a lion in a vast meadow, moving and fighting with perfect ferocity and no long-term memory.
Reflections
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Price: Free! Words: 8,110. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Chance Holly's spreadsheet doesn't add-up, the universe crashes. Then, it's up to the alien AI, Max, and a pair of researchers and their illegal magnetic-vortex to save the day. Featuring robot kittens.
Marionette
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Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mitch Tacit is Hyperion Dazzle's best friend, and being best friends with the universe's most famous media star requires going to extreme lengths. With Hyperion's new album ready to be released, Mitch uncovers a coup threatening his position as best friend. Thankfully, Mitch has his own network of friends to rely on for support.
Woman of Glass
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Price: Free! Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Julian scratches metal flamenco in a dive where humans and synthetics intermix. A man invites him to play a song for his disabled neighbor. Although he plays he is uncomfortable around her and never sees Lee again. Lee, on the other hand, has her own ideas.
Metalheart
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Price: Free! Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Seran is a scout fighting alongside other robots in the war against humans. When she detects wreckage of a fallen battleship, an errant process compels her to fight through the human forces and rescue a survivor. She is drawn to the dying robot and the attraction leads her away from the protocols of machine society.