An Anthology of Worlds
An Anthology of Worlds is the fourth book in the Simpson Anthology series. It contains stories of a pirate hunt among the stars, a simple gold coin that acts as a gate to other worlds, a teenager haunted by an elven prince, the truth about banshees in space, and how someone from two cultures can find their place in a different world. More
An Anthology of Worlds is just under 20,000 words long and contains 5 short stories and 2 poems to playing with the idea of exploring different worlds, each of which is available individually. Some of these worlds are parallel to our own and others are literally on other planets, but all deal with a reality that's not the same as we know it now:
On a Ship Called Mythicus is a short story about the star ship Mythicus. The Mythicus is crewed by creatures of myth and legend, fairytale and urban lore. In this short episode, it and its crew pursue a space pirate until a small team must continue the pursuit on planet. With its firestarter captain and a defense system that takes its nomenclature too literally, this ship is one of a kind, a fact the rest of human space should be grateful for. It is approximately 5,250 words in length.
Finders-Keepers A single gold coin shines on the pavement, but no one except me seems to have noticed it. I watch it, hoping someone will take it and claim it as their own. Needing someone to take it. Please take it. Finders-Keepers is an 1,800-word vignette of this vigil.
In a Cyber-World is a social comment in poem form about how cyber communications and social niceties. It is 12 lines and 56 words long.
Two Worlds Collide is a 115-word modern poem about the things we glimpse from the corners of our eyes.
Palmyra Ridge Chani dreams of the ritual of Severance, which allows her to leave her people's homeland, but when the company she works for moves to take her people's lands, she is exactly where she needs to be. All she has to do is convince Security Officer Asleyan that her visits to Palmyra Ridge are essential, and maybe gain his assistance in defending those she holds most dear. But the security officer has a heritage and fears of his own. Can two people from two very different cultures work together to save nation, while retaining their own sense of self and sanity?
Palmyra Ridge is a short science fiction story exploring issues of belonging, bloodlines and heritage in a changing world. Just under 7,000 words in length.
Nettlefold Princess All is not well in Nettlefold Hollow. Amity claims she see things in the shadows and refuses to go out at night. Her classmates laugh at her until she goes missing on the way home from school. When her best friend, Samantha, looks in Amity's locker and finds her diary, she learns that Amity was being haunted by a fairy prince. Who can she rely on to help her with a problem like that? Nettlefold Hollow is just under 3,000 words long, and is the fourth story in the fourth Simpson Anthology, An Anthology of Worlds.
Screams for the Dying is a short science fiction story that blends myth, fantasy and science fiction. In the time in which this short story is set, banshees and star ships are real, and so are a lot of other things. It is approximately 2,500 words long.