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Fiction Vortex - July 2013
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Price: Free! Words: 45,170. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This issue of Fiction Vortex introduces some new subgenres that we haven't published before, including fractured fairytale, high fantasy, steampunk, and space western. Fiction Vortex publishes two new science fiction and fantasy stories each week. All stories in this issue appeared on the site during the month of July 2013.
Rodeo on Terul: Another Buck Johnson Fantasy-Adventure Space Western
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Series: Buck Johnson, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 11,340. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
The Intergalactic Rodeo Association has been revived – bronc riding, yertl tripping, dragon team roping, korth barrel racing, and dragon riding. Buck Johnson, Skeeter Evans, and Snort Jones are just trying to win enough credits to get the hell off Terul. But good intentions and well laid plans often take a wide detour, especially when illegal whiskey and Teltharine females are involved.
The Correct Way to Fill Out Form PCR-103-u
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Price: Free! Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
(short story) Deep in the bowels of the Bureau of Substandards, new hire Boris Niels discovers a vending machine with a very strange coin in the return slot. Can he get a refreshing beverage and still keep his job? Will he ever find his way back to his home dimension? What is it with aliens and paperwork?
Plasma Frequency Issue 7
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Price: Free! Words: 25,700. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Fiction By: J. W. Alden Milo James Fowler Julie Frost K. S. O'Neill Nanci Schwartz Steve Simpson J. S. Watts Eleanor Wood Art: Cover art by Laura Givens Book Review: Mermaid by Kate O'Connor
Seeking Forever
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Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: American English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jennifer O'Malley has been separated from her husband and son by miles and a few lifetimes since awakening from Cryogenic sleep in a post-apocalyptic world. She is obsessed to the point of near desperation in her drive to reunite with them; traversing a dysfunctional world far removed from the vision of the founders of Camelot Enterprises.
The Alpha Project: Book One
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Price: Free! Words: 27,090. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The alpha Project sends colonising spaceships to nearby stars. With crews hibernated the ships fly to their destinations. Book one charts the progress of Alpha Four as it awakes to its destination and a perilous and expedition-threatening emergency
The Red Flower was a War Factory
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Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A short science fiction tale taking place in 30,000 years from now on a hostile alien world called Errikus. A small team of humans are sent to investigate the site of some ancient ruins but soon discover they are not alone. This story takes place in the world of Deep Darkness an up and coming novel by the new author Stephen Landry.
The Fourth Treatment
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Price: Free! Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
When Jorge92A2020, the only survivor of the first dozen longevity pioneers, grants Andrea an exclusive interview before his Fourth Treatment, she learns the changes from his previous treatments are more than skin deep. He may look like a Neanderthal, but Jorge challenges Andrea to consider her own humanity as he pursues his quest for immortality.
Uncanny Tales of Crush and Pound Annual 1
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Series: Uncanny Tales of Crush and Pound Annual · Uncanny Tales of Crush and Pound. Price: Free! Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
Join Crush and Pound as they travel to Franklinville, NC, in a danger-filled and exciting adventure to rescue a band of missing Eagle Scouts! There is more to the legend of Faith Rock than our heroes could ever have bargained for!!
A Cause for One
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Price: Free! Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jaime has waited his whole life for the chance to change the world. Armed with a discrete bio-weapon, he prepares to assassinate the Great Sir of the Seven Systems and free millions from industrial serfdom. But Jaime is on a one way trip, one that will force him to choose between ideology and a love powerful enough to shatter an interplanetary empire.
The Master of All Paths
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Price: Free! Words: 19,560. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Follow the journey of Dee-Kam, a member of the xenophobic but deeply spiritual Kersh race, on his quest to find his path in the universe. Seeking guidance from the planet's elders, he finds that learning always comes at a price. This science fiction novella provides a unique point of view of the action and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish to become The Master of All Paths.
Star Wanderers: Benefactor (Part VI)
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Series: Star Wanderers, Book 6. You set the price! Words: 28,930. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(1.00 from 1 review)
In a cold and lonely universe, a simple act of grace can resonate across worlds. A 28,000 word (80-100 page) novella.
Virtual Hero
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Price: Free! Words: 14,440. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013 by Ethereal Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Superheroes in space! Not just any superheroes—virtual superheroes. Four exciting stories of Jeremy, Mickey, and Bridget from the Virtual Chronicles world await your enjoyment. From their base on Titan, the trio find plenty of exciting challenges for their new powers. You can join them on these fun adventures as they go where no virtual superhero has gone before.
Four Times Blessed
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Price: Free! Words: 78,400. Language: American English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What if one of history's (cough) less-fortunate heroes got a second chance? All sugar-and-spice, adventurous Crusa is once again in the embrace of her aunt's magical kitchen. Her family (or at least, one side of it) is thrilled, because (finally!) they can throw her a most-advantageous wedding. Her escapades get a rough start, as her not-quite-fairy godparents get her a bodyguard, the fiery Lium.
Cold Machines
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Price: Free! Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(2.00 from 1 review)
A post-apocalyptic fiction set after an indescribable race of machines descends upon the world. "Drop. A droplet of water like rain falls on me from a shredded gutter above. A single, lonely concrete structure stands behind me and I stand in the middle it a long overgrown field and I see animals moving through the brush, wild and vital, mercury things."
Bad Jump
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Price: Free! Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Nothing is ever easy in the wastelands left by The Teleportation Wars.
Astraeus 5
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Price: Free! Words: 31,340. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Will Hunt was expecting another major headache when he received the call from despatch. What he couldn't have anticipated was finding himself in another reality and going to Astraeus 5 with his counterpart, Billy.
How Dabney Got His Hat
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Price: Free! Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the future, humans have made contact with the rest of the universe and quickly joined them on numerous worlds. In these early days of expansion, Dabney is one human trying to live going from planet to planet and doing all sorts of jobs, both legal and not so much. He's a gambler, a drinker, an occasional scoundrel and and a pretty decent guy. This is how he got his hat.
Daughter of Llathe: A Tale of the Two Rings
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Series: Tales of the Two Rings. Price: Free! Words: 16,370. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Can Wayfinder Nali track down and destroy the evil creature which is stalking the jungle lowlands of the planet Llathe? Or will she become its next victim? “Daughter of Llathe” is a novella set in the space fantasy world of the Two Rings, and is the first story in the Tales of the Two Rings series. It is approximately 14,000 words long.
Black Box
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Price: Free! Words: 730. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Do not try to perceive the future in 1000 years. Even if someone shows it to you, you will not get it. Even if someone explains it to you, you will not get it. Black Box shows you why.