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Aurealis #79
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,550. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Now in its 25th year, Aurealis continues to provide new speculative fiction, reviews and much more. This issue features stories by Melanie Rees and Lachlan Huddy, as well as Part 2 of Terry Wood's 'History of the Flying Car', and a new instalment of the Secret History of Australia.
The Engine Driver (A Dystopian Short Story)
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Series: Now Hear This!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Brig has never been allowed to hear a sad song in her entire life. Her Playlist Treatment Plan, designed to control her emotions by playing appropriate songs in her head, isn’t working for her. But when her friend is chosen to go to Musician’s School and given a musical instrument, Brig might have her one chance to hear a song that matches how she really feels, instead of how she should.
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
(4.00 from 1 review)
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?
Argo
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Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 13,130. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.44 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.
Orussian Quarantine
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Series: Tales of shrouded history, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
The Orussians had found a way to harness the power of labor by engineering ant-monkeys, a hard-working and loyal slave species—until the uprising. Having manipulated the genes of her own pet ant-monkey,and granting him free will,bioscientist Uriëlla has grievously breached the code of conduct.These events lead to a struggle of biblical proportions which promises to forever alter Orus civilization.
Held Captive by the Cavemen
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,120. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ellie’s been pushed back in time by her vengeful ex-lover. Now a tribe of frighteningly large, muscular, and very sexy cavemen are holding her captive. And they *all* want a turn. Warning: This 45 page sexy time-travel novella contains dubious consent, forced seduction, the threat of real violence, some m/m action, and a four-cavemen-with-one-modern-woman scene. Rated NC-17.
Life Companion: A Sci-Fi Romance Novella
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
In the future, no one leaves finding their soul mate to chance.
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.
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.
Meet Mr. G
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Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Gordon Garrison is a dark and tortured author, afflicted by the characters inside his head, who becomes aware he has unknowingly been manipulated into becoming a weapon.Under the pale-blue moonlight, the darkness awakens—tormented and creating. Gordon, Mr. G to all who know of him, has decided to turn the tables.
Good Boy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Being a cop was interesting enough before the wave of genetech arrived to make Lyr's life even more complicated than it had to be. Now she has to deal with Rael, an engineered life form, the genetic engineer that makes his life hell, and now there's a lost dog who only knows his owner as 'Master'.
Piecework
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
In this chilling, award-nominated tale, a master of modern science fiction lets us glimpse an all-too possible near future when science, economics and individual dignity clash across the most intimate battlefield of all -- pregnancy. Might poor women earn a living by renting out their wombs for industrial "piecework" production of high-end organic machinery?
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.
Stand the Line
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Series: IWC Science Fiction in Chronological Order. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 by A Conspiracy of Authors. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tadat of the Takara lives among the humans, fighting against the dangerous Vree, until a human friend brings him information about treachery that will change his life.
Mountainous Stretch of Wind
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,140. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2015 by MDR Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Etsuko delighted in meeting new aliens and learning of their cultures. Not as joyful was dealing with coworkers who viewed her as an odd little threat to their important experiments. Mountainous Stretch of Wind is a humorous SF story of learning to deal with unexpected circumstances and finding joy no matter what's thrown your way that you're sure to love.
Time Killer: A Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Detective Dominic is trying to solve a dozen nearly-identical murders. But the murders have happened so close together, it would be impossible for one person to commit them all. That's what Dominic believes, until she finds a time machine in the desk of one of the victims. Now Detective Dominic must chase down a time-hopping serial killer before he commits one more murder, one much closer to home.
The Skeptic And Other Glimpses
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,040. Language: American English. Published: March 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A UFO debunker bites off more than he can chew. A man faces an unusual test for an orbital job. Immortality becomes something to fear. Anchored around "The Skeptic," one of the last stories purchased by Dr. Stanley Schmidt prior to his retirement as editor of Analog, this collection of six short-short and flash stories shows glimpses of possibilities...and the future of Earth.
Altered Genesis
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Amara Scott's world has been turned upside down. The world is under attack, and she and her new friends must run to survive. With her father gone, and three new friends to protect, can Amara survive this altered world.
Эксперимент профессора Штерна
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,740. Language: Russian. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Мадлен Эмменталер, супруга удачливого молодого банкира, единоличного владельца одного из самых преуспевающих банков Маусвиля, банкирского дома Эмменталер, становится жертвой крысоловов и в конечном счете попадает на хирургический стол профессора Штерна, посвятившего себя проблеме пересадки органов. С этого дня для нее начинается новая жизнь, полная трагических событий.
No Beast so Fierce
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011 by A Conspiracy of Authors. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
In the far future, an ancient shapeshifter meets up with an old lover on a fastrain headed for disaster.