An anthology of stories from the long-running One Step Beyond writers' group, including tales from all corners of the speculative fiction genre. All profits from the sale of this anthology will go to English PEN, a charitable network defending and promoting freedom of expression around the world.
Dr. Theosophus, the famous Victorian magician and his young assistant Nick are disturbed by a mysterious man who is dressed in heavy clothing despite the summer heat outside.
The man turns out to be trapped in a robot body and with missing beautiful sisters, dangerous scientists and the powers of the new Elektron Energy all coming into play, Dr. Theosophus and Nick are soon deep into a new case.
Johny is a simple man who works in a warehouse. When he is involved in an accident and dies he cannot understand why he has been kept on earth and his angel has not come to collect him.
Then, something happens at work and he realises why he has been saved.
This 2,500 words Fantasy story was originally published in Electric Velocipede
Published: June 9, 2011.
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This collection of eight fantasy and science fiction short stories contains something for everyone from the fantasy romance of "The Smell of Magic" to the urban fantasy of "Coopers Creek".
It also contains two bonus pieces of flash fiction.
A group of scientists and archaeologists travel to an abandoned alien world and try and work out why the aliens left and where they went. As they explore the city, the scientists feel the alien presence more and more strongly and it brings into focus their own feelings and fears.
A 4,200 word SF short story of alien contact.
Tony is a mailer; someone who sends themselves through the vacuum tube postal system in a box for the fun and thrill of the challenge.
When Brandon, arrives at the Mailers' hangout,and starts to make a move on Claire, Tony's almost girlfriend; Tony decides to call his bluff and challenges him to a race through the London network.
Love may smell sweet and betrayal bitter, but revenge has the richest scent of all...
Kelde has returned to his village after two years training as a Witch Hunter.
He meets up with Shara his childhood sweetheart, who has promised to wait for him, but is she everything she seems?
The Smell of Magic is a fantasy romance story with a twist and was first published in Realms of Fantasy
Jerry and Sue have just stolen a car from the LA Dome and they are on a road trip away from trouble.
They stop at Cooper's Creek, in the middle of nowhere and find an old-fashioned store. But it is unlike any store they've seen and Jerry soon finds that a man can change after all.
A 3,800 word Science Fiction story Cooper's Creek was originally published in The Mammoth Book of Road Stories.
Alyssa lives in a house protected from the outside world.
She only has Mentor, the house computer, and a mechanical Robin for company and initially is happy.
She explores the house and finds a secret that changes everything...
This 2,500 word Science Fiction short story originally appeared in Scheherezade magazine.