Mostly the residents of the island tolerate Polly's presence. As an off-worlder she's never going to be quite accepted, and the pilot Abigail is her worst antagonist. Being stuck in an aircraft with her is not Polly's idea of a good time.
Bianca's had about enough of Paulette, the school bully. But when she calls up magic to help out, both girls are in for more than they bargained for. Much more. A magic-fantasy short story from the author of "Akio Draws Manga"
Patty needs to know why Damon keeps winning the quarter mile uphill races in his Charger. She knows he's up to something, just doesn't know what. When she's forced to race him, she has to choose between winning, and finding out.
When Kelly Barton takes her first off-world research posting to Mapinkura, it was supposed to be an easy job. The planet is a pristine but slated for colonization and development. Research is winding. Except that illegal development has already begun. And they've just discovered evidence of alien civilization. If they can't get construction halted the sites will be overrun.
Flashpack number two. Five flash fiction stories, all with a zombie theme. A girl with scarily alluring eyes; a man looking for his lost love; a creature that won't give up; an infested spaceship and; a family hoping for redemption. "I must admit, I’m a sucker for a Monaghan tale" - William Pauley III.
Bounty hunter Bill Sefheron never expected his daughter to show up on his worksheet. Worse, she's been taken to the local Casselith - a mind-twisting alien structure. A dark sci-fi story from the writer of Big Banger Rentals and The Arm.
On a desolate, frozen planet three researchers are forced to seek shelter from the snow before the bear that's destroyed their ski plane finds them. A science fiction story from the author of "Deadstick" and "Vaporize Marineris".
Top Mars researcher Ben James loves getting out into the field. Under the stars. Into the dust and stone.
But today something's amiss. Something's out there. Calling to him.
Something he's got to find.
Even if it means breaking every protocol.
A short story from the author of The Molenstraat Music Festival. Includes three bonus Mars stories.