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What Price to Live the Dream? (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
If it were within your power to change your subjective past through the use of technology, what price would you pay to revisit a crossroad in your life when you had made a terrible, life altering mistake? Would you give up an unfulfilled life haunted by the ghosts of roads not taken for the chance at happiness in an alternate reality?
Aurealis #105
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,770. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Aurealis has been publishing quality speculative fiction for over 25 years. It has won numerous awards, discovered major new talents and provided an outlet for established writers from all over the world. This issue of Aurealis provides more of the quality writing, art, reviews news and humour that our readers have come to expect.
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This short story delves into one possible chilling explanation for what lurks in the dark recesses of the human brain for which science has yet to discover a clear use. One man has discovered the truth, and it will kill him.
End of Days (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This short story poses a novel theory of cosmology involving the role of black holes in the creation and extinction of a limitless number of multiverses including our own. It explores scientific arrogance and the ability of determined terrorists to exploit it, using two suitcase nukes and a commercial plane in a field experiment that will begin an irreversible countdown to the end of days.
The Day the Dolphins Vanished (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When a dedicated marine biologist/linguist makes the breakthrough in the near future that allows true communication to take place between humans and dolphins, what might our aquatic cousins learn about us and teach us about ourselves, and what consequences might result from an exchange of knowledge?
Starchild
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Starchild's father was a star wanderer, and that was what set her above her peers. It gave her the freedom to choose her own mate, no small thing on an isolated space colony. In her innocence, though, she failed to see her place in the cycle of Outworld life—or how she was doomed to repeat it.
Eternal Quest (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On its surface, this speculative fiction short story (7,800 words) deals with one man's obsessive quest for knowledge and the devastating price he must pay for the knowledge he ultimately acquires. Beneath the surface, this story is about deep friendships complicated by unrequited love, split loyalties, the interplay of id, ego and superego, and existentialist lessons learned too late in life.
Aurealis #104
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,940. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Quality speculative fiction featuring new work from around the world. Each issue has great new fiction, reviews and articles of interest to readers, writers and, well just about everybody. You can subscribe to Aurealis by visiting our website at www.aurealis.com.au. We are on Facebook too!
Aurealis #102
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,360. Language: Australian English. Published: July 2, 2017 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis features Marlee Jane Ward’s ‘The Great House Thrippet, Season 246, Episode 12’, a tightly written story set in a chilling reality show of the future, James Rowland’s ‘The Planck Harvest’, a beautiful story of subtle stillness, and ‘Pretty Little Ones’ by Leigh Harlen, a powerful and disturbing tale of alienation that somehow manages to be both sad and terrifying.
Mergs (Or Why Godot Can't Come) (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a world that worships power and raises human beings onto pedestals erected from the insubstantial building blocks of ego, hubris, and self-delusion, it is no wonder that we look for meaning and enlightenment in all the wrong places. But what if even the most wretched soul amongst us were a god in a singular universe whom sentient beings worship and completely depend upon for their survival?
The Man Who Made No Mistakes
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 80,900. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Flying Raven Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
What if you had the power to rewind time? Make a scene in a restaurant, give your boss the finger, rob a bank just to see how it feels — you could satisfy any whim, fulfill any desire. The man who wanders into Father Holder's Las Vegas confessional says he has just such a power. This remarkable tale leads off Scott William Carter's latest short story collection.
Argo
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 13,130. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.44 from 16 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.
The Man in the Moon
Series: Science Fiction. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Elvis Murphy is a heavy equipment operator and a hero in his own right.
Mythic #4: Fall 2017
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 56,190. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017 by Founders House Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The fourth issue of MYTHIC brings together another selection of quality short fiction. Fantasy stories both dark and quirky mingle with tales of the future and thoughtful tales. Fiction by Jean Graham, Tyler Bourassa, Stephen Sottong, Erin Gitchell, Jill Hand, David A. Riley, E.J. Shumak, Scott Shank, S.L. Edwards, Caroline Friedel, D.B. Keele, Kaitlynn McShea, and Shaun Kilgore
Book of Dreams: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 25,620. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
This collection of five science fiction and speculative fiction short stories probes the interrelationship between dreams and reality, the nature of reality itself, and the dangers attendant to the single-minded pursuit of wish fulfillment with its attendant unexpected and unwanted consequences. NOTE: The author's Mindscapes collection includes all of the stories in this book and five new ones.
The Redemption Games (A SciFi Thriller Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,080. Language: American English. Published: April 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jillian doesn’t think things can get any worse. She ran away from home and has survived on the streets for over a year, but when a man shows up promising her a better future, she ignores her instincts and goes with him. Now she finds herself on an alien world in a last-man-standing competition that she has no hope of winning, unless she can find an ally.
Aurealis #100
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 57,120. Language: Australian English. Published: May 12, 2017 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Aurealis has reached a milestone very few science fiction and fantasy magazines reach. This is our hundredth issue. We have gone back and contacted everyone who appeared in Aurealis #1 in 1990 and asked them for a new story. Strap yourself in and get ready to be blasted into a strange place that is somehow both the past and the future.
The Guardian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,850. Language: British English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Guardians are defenders, carers and guides. Some look after individual people, others whole planets or universes, but all share a strong belief in their responsibility to protect their charges.
With a Twist of the Nib
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,750. Language: Australian English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of ten speculative fiction short stories. Dwarves, vampires, time travel, detectives, steampunk adventures or supernatural events - take your pick. With a Twist of the Nib is full of quick-read stories - reading times from under two minutes to under fifteen minutes per story. Perfect for commuting, waiting in line or when time is short.
Aurealis #101
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,730. Language: Australian English. Published: June 13, 2017 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Aurealis features Allan Chen’s taut ‘A Cold Heart’ which depicts a brutal order of monster killers who are more hired assassins than mythic heroes, Adam J Limbert’s unsettling ‘Carbon Copy’ which taps into classic SF themes of doppelgÓ“ngers, manufactured memories and identity theft, and Raluca Balasa’s intriguing ‘Perfect Assassin’ which puts a literal spin on the idea of love being dangerous.

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