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Border Patrol
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Price: Free! Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a world where matter transportation is a reality how would countries protect their borders? Follow Bob, an aging Border Patrol officer, as he shows his new trainee Samuel exactly what it takes to keep the country safe from an avalanche of illegal immigrants.
Heartwood
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,110. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
While a secret group of collectors of the illegal and near-extinct gather to laud each others’ most flagrant trophies, a gang of rare-wood poachers targets the last cocobolo in a jungle Restoration Area. Opposing them are back-to-nature “New Druids” who believe all life is sacred. But can such high principles protect the trees they also claim to worship?
Mimozemstan
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Price: Free! Words: 1,990. Language: Slovak. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Kratky fantazijny pribeh Miroslava Halasa, ktory vsak hovori o podstate medziludskych vztahov. Prvykrat publikovany v novinach v roku 1990.
Antiquities and Tangibles and Other Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,660. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The third collection by Hugo Award-winning author Tim Pratt -- whose previous collection Hart & Boot and Other Stories was a World Fantasy Award finalist -- gathers 23 of his best recent works of SF and Fantasy. Stories include Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award nominee "Her Voice in a Bottle," Bram Stoker Award finalist "The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft" (with Nick Mamatas), and three new stories.
Causality
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A dream of desolation and death. A nightmare vision of a looming end, surrounded by hidden enemies and desperate strangers. His love taken. His hope lost. His life forfeit because of his failures, his inadequacies. How can this end be a beginning? And how can a dream seem so real?
The Call of the Elements: A Kiss of Fire
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Price: Free! Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
I shall begin with that which is passionate and beautiful, as an old man is wont to do. Fire, who consumes and destroys even as she gives light and warmth, loveliest of the Elements. Once, she locked herself away, hidden in a land of snow and ice, fearing the power that burned within her. More's the folly: we brought her back.
Overman
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Price: Free! Words: 5,320. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Psychiatrist Owen Hanks’s new patient, Conrad Davis, is a superhuman ex-police officer - formerly depicted by the press as a veritable superhero. Then something changed, and - without explanation - he began to take lives rather than saving them. Owen feels safe because his patient’s powers are being suppressed. But he’s about to learn that - even now - Davis might not be as harmless as he seems.
Eyes of Wax
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Two biotech nightmares in one ebook... In a world where implants make the blind see, the lame walk, and the deaf hear, what becomes of human mind? When public suspicion of the enhanced hits crisis, one man discovers just how much his fellow citizens value their humanity--and how far they'll go to squelch anything that threatens it. Includes bonus story: Self-Sustaining
Control Room
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
He sits alone, with no name. A faceless creature with a single purpose, he lives in a small room. He knows only his consoles, his buttons, his screens--the surfaces of a control room for a great machine that he calls "the universe." One room. Infinite possibilities.
Judgment Day
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Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Human race is on trial at the Supreme Court of the Galactic Empire for generalized crimes against life. Sentencing could mean instant annihilation of all mammals on Earth. What could one possible argue in the defense of the human race in front of beings of such immense wisdom and vast culture? Read this fifteen hundred word tale with a most surprising ending and find out.
The Stars Before Us
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Price: Free! Words: 21,960. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This collection of six stories by a new author features mostly pleasant tales of humans among stars and aliens.
Water Torture (From the Desk of Col. Garrett Ross)
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Series: Clements Academy. Price: Free! Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Clements Academy was established, somewhere around the year 2045, to train the best and brightest orphans from around the world into the perfect agents. Unfortunately none are perfect, especially hotheaded Amy Dunwald, and even genius Evan Aaronson. Can these 18 year olds complete their mission to destroy cruise ship, or be crushed by their doubts and the ocean below them?
Just A Phase (From the Desk of Col. Garrett Ross)
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Series: Clements Academy. Price: Free! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Clements Academy was established, somewhere around the year 2045, to train the best and brightest orphans from around the world into the perfect agents. Only one other child has been admitted with living parents: Gideon Ross. Can Jeremiah Whitfield, heir to a multi-billion dollar corporation, escape his repulsive household, can he survive Clements once he's in? Are they right? Is it a phase?
Ring of Salvation
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,280. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The comet Nefarious is on a collision course with Earth. Apparently. And the US is scrambling to stop it. But Tamas, a seasoned journalist in the Eastern world, discovers that there may be an ulterior motive for putting a huge arsenal of weapons into space.
Apex Magazine - Issue 44
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,410. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released on the first Tuesday of every month. This issue features Eugie Foster, Lettie Prell, Sarah Kuhn, and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
Listlessness In Early Automated Composition Devices
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Price: Free! Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Time-travelling ex-postman Harley Byrne's ongoing mission is to capture and make available for download “all the world’s music, ever.” In this newly rediscovered chapter from his lost memoirs, Byrne describes in full his mission to Manchester, 1952, to record the secret computer music of Alan Turing - war hero, mathematician, inventor of hands-free umbrella.
#Citybots
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Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of very short stories about robots going about their business in cities around the world. Featuring work by @blueberrio, @sooguy68, @mikearnzen, @sarcastic_f, @mediapathic, and @thebatinthehat.
Inheritance (From the Desk of Col. Garrett Ross)
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Series: Clements Academy. Price: Free! Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The Clements Academy was established, somewhere around the year 2045, to train the best and brightest orphans from around the world into the perfect agents. But something went wrong, and one of the school's regents enrolled his son shortly before he died. Was it really a heart attack, or is Gideon Ross right and there was foul play involved?
Mirror Girl
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mirror Girl is about a young lady who suspects that her idyllic home town is wholly different than it appears. Desdemona Pringle investigates several anomalies, and with the help of a mysterious friend, learns the astonishing truth about her existence and world. First published in Abyss & Apex, "Mirror Girl" has received an Honorable Mention in "The Year's Best Science Fiction, 27th Edition."
Tempest Borne
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Series: Treborel, Prelude. Price: Free! Words: 11,580. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This prelude to the Treborel Scifi/Fantasy Series introduces Mikel who returns from a journey across the sea to announce his bethrothal only to discover his long time mistress Zannia is with his child. After Mikel refuses to be blackmailed Zannia disappeares into the war torn landscape of Latria determined to make Mikel suffer.