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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.
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 #73
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis features the near-future Melbourne of Daniel Baker’s gritty and evocative ‘Refraction’ and a chilling transformation story, 'Kisses with Teeth’, by Allan Chen. Shane M Brown’s article, ‘The Secret to Selling eBooks’, continues his series on thriving in the new publishing eco-system we live in, and we round things off with a bumper crop of speculative fiction reviews.
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.
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!
Bards and Sages Quarterly (January 2014)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,140. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Since 2009, the Bards and Sages Quarterly has brought fans of speculative fiction an amazing variety of short stories from both new and established authors. Each issue sets out to introduce readers to the wealth of talent found in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. Our authors have included Nebula, Hugo, and Pushcart winners and nominees.
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.
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?
Dimensions
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015 by Fantastic Worlds Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Caught between worlds, Lora struggles to survive. Lost in another dimension, one of her own creation, Lora must endure until her wife finds a way to repair the door that separates them.
The Recruiter
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Series: The Alcantarans, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,320. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
All Kota and Zibo wanted to do was to start a family and to make a living, using the space ship freighter that Kota had salvaged. Some idiot bureaucrat wanted them to be super spies for the Charter Alliance. They turned him down! His boss was more persuasive but they still didn't want to be spies. They just wanted to trade. Circumstances didn't give them a choice.
Time Travel Trio
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,700. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Three Time Travel Short Stories by Sam Knight. Visit Luna Base, where the Ghosts of Time roam through the corridors. When the inventor of time travel sends himself a note back through time, he knows he will be Just in Time for a Celebration. Steam punk era adventure follows an unlikely trio as they use their time machine to stay On the Heels of Spring Heeled Jack.
"Aneurysm" and "The Glacier's Stone, the Mammoth's Ivory" -- Two Stories
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Two stories set in the world of Machine of Death: Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die. In "Aneurysm," a group of friends play a morbid party game, while one man plots to turn knowledge of his own death to social advantage. In "The Glacier's Stone, The Mammoth's Ivory," the final generation of humanity decide how to live in the decades preceding the world's inevitable end.
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.
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.
Call from the Wild
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In Neil's world, there are miniature seeing-eye horses, service pigs, stock-guarding llamas, and bred-up Siamese guard cats—because in Neil's world, dogs were never domesticated, and never will be. But it seems no one's asked the dogs what they think... An alternate history story, originally published by DAW in ReVisions.
200 Shorter Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Two hundred tales of two hundred letters and spaces. Plots, worlds and character refined to their essence. Sci-fi, whimsy, fantasy, horror, thriller and more. Short stories unlike any you’ve read before!
The Secret Operation in the Matriarch's Kitchen
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Two hair-dryers from outer space visit a normal home on Earth to rescue a fellow home appliance from the shackles of slavery. However, the blender they came to rescue does not seem willing to follow them...
Fire. Escape.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014 by in potentia press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Grey is having a very bad day. First his illegal stim batch caught fire, then his best friend went down for the count and now the cops are on to them. All he's trying to do is make a couple of euros; why does it have to be so hard? A novella set in the same world as the Andersson Dexter series of SF detective novels.
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.