Michael Canfield writes about monsters, superheroes, couples, babies, astronauts, paranoids, obsessives, and other people. He has published mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror and just-plain-odd stories on fiction sites including StrangeHorizons, Spinetingler, EscapePod, Daily Science Fiction, in dead-tree magazines including Realms of Fantasy, Talebones, and Black Gate, and other places. "Super-Villains" was also republished in the prestigious Fantasy: The Year's Best series, edited by Rich Horton (Prime Books). Born in Las Vegas, he now lives, works, plays, writes, and watches television in Seattle and Los Angeles.
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Joe A. Clone
Joe makes a great living warning about the dangers of cloning. Why? Because he knows all about the human cost of genetic experiments gone wild. He's one of the first. Now, after a lifetime spent believing one thing, he discovers a new truth that rocks his world. An undeniable truth that, if he summons the courage to face it, will change Joe, the world’s most famous clone, forever. Novelette.
Time Flies At Elsinore
On a dark night, in the deepest recesses of the castle, a prince plots his long awaited revenge....Or does he?
Includes bonus story: "A Question of Authorship."
They Get Away From You
In the summer before 9/11, some many things are going right for Billy the superfan. The Mariners are in first place, and besides that, the All-Star game's about to be played in Seattle's beautiful new ballpark. Then Billy discovers, for the first time, he has a son. Bonus stories: “Library Rules”, “A Cold Day in Belgium”, “People with Earplugs”, and “The Odd Poem”.
At Philip's school everything comes with rules attached. Especially reading. The lelibrarian might think the system will simplify lives. They didn't count on Philip's love of books. Bonuses: This edition also includes 2 additional short stories and 2 flash stories: “They Get Away From You”, “A Cold Day in Belgium”, “People with Earplugs”, and “The Odd Poem”.
A Flavor of Quark
A truth-seeking physicist with a burning desire to expand human knowledge. A lab monkey struggling with a deadly disease. A few gold ions. These elements swirl together to make a quantum stew unlike any other. Every world has its creation myths. Even worlds yet to come.
Includes bonus story: "Hour of the Snowflake."
We Have Capacity
When a guy’s got a job to do he does it.
Even with nothing to sell.
Literally nothing. Which kinda makes it tough.
He does it even when he and the lovely young buyer across the table would both rather play games.
Not mind games. Computer games.
Makes it tougher.
Failure? Not an option.
This edition includes two bonus stories: "Transporter Technology", and "Second Season."
The Doppler Effect
Morgan had a job. Not a career, but a job that allowed him to live his slice of life, anyway. Sometimes he even got to hang onto a little bit of his memory, which might or might not be why he found the silent woman at the far end of the platform so intriguing, and the instinct to approach her so irresistible.
Includes bonus story: "The Van Winkle Attempt".
Think Of A Pink Ship
Clay has a choice: give up his new job in Dallas, or get a divorce. Clay doesn't like thinking about the things that brought Molly and him to this point. Now, traversing the empty and terrifyingly beautiful southwestern badlands, he'll have to face not only an otherworldly invasion, but the darkest truth about himself. Includes bonus story "Solid House."
Harried, deeply-devoted husband Jesse would do anything to make his spirited, brilliant, and imaginative wife Chloe happy. And to keep her safe. Never easy, not even before -- out of thin air -- a mysterious house appears at the end of their dark, quiet road. A house that lives and breathes ... and beckons. A house with plans for Chloe all its own. Includes bonus story "Think of a Pink Ship."
A Battle Royale in an broken-down TV studio stands between a local hero and the vaccine. Can he save himself? Will he have to sacrifice his humanity to do it? What about the girl he left behind? What about her baby?
Tune in tonight. Television to die for. Or kill for.
A story about how the world ends ...
one choice at a time.
Includes bonus story: "The Crossing."
No one knew what the ambassador truly looked like; the Cameradi admitted to adapting their corporeal forms. Even the design of their communication satellites and shuttles were changed to conform with ours, by malleability in their chemistry. Nevertheless, the ambassador claimed kinship with her new hosts...
Includes bonus story "Eleven Years".
Hour of the Snowflake
Smith and his buddies. Four regular guys who like to hang out in their favorite bar, talk smack, and avoid going home to their problems and fantasize about the waitress. Predictable. That's how they like it. Tonight, during a storm unlike any other, everything will change. Smith will discover a reality only as permanent as a snowflake.
Also includes a bonus short story: "A Flavor of Quark."
The Language of Monsters
Alien? Devil? Even the creature itself doesn't know its origin. But it knows what it wants. A place in the cosmos. If can learn the language — language in the deepest sense — of prisoners, of guards, of the guilty, of the innocent, but most importantly, of the man from the CIA — the one human who believes—then now, after millennia it might find a way to live, and a home. Short story.
Whatever Happened to NinjaBaby?
The greatest pint-sized action star in the world. As "Ninja Baby," he gave everything for his career. Genetic-modification, nano re-engineering, plastic surgery. All part of the fame game. Now, for the first time, he tells his own story -- in his own words -- for a last shot at the prize that's always eluded him -- redemption.
Includes a bonus story: "Landing Day".
The Mushroom King
Outcast on a desolate world, Jonny holds the key to survival for his fellow banished rejects, Now he must seize this last chance to redeem himself, and and find a way to coexist with the indigenous intelligence, before the aliens decide the humans represent a threat too dangerous to abide, and snuff them out. A novelette about a desperate struggle for existence on a strange new world.
Citadel Ninety-Nine: A High Fantasy Short Novel
The legion had conquered 98 walled cities without a single setback. No force in the lower world could oppose the Commander’s Legion. The Commander was a god. So what's one city more? A dark epic of doomed heroes and world-shattering battles. An homage to classic fantasy - with a real-world tinge. Extra: this edition also includes a bonus fantasy story, "The Common Knight."
On any given day you fight and you live or you fight and you die. Tom embraces that world, even if others don't. If others get hurt, then they get hurt. It happens. Even on the day the human race make first contact. Even on Landing Day. A hardboiled crime story, or a sense-of-wonder sci-fi tale? Maybe both.
Includes bonus story: "Whatever Happened To NinjaBaby?"
Attack of the 50 Ft. Cosmonaut: A Retro Sci-Fi Short Novel
The Berlin Wall comes down, but out in the Nevada desert, it's another weekend night; a carload of wild teens gives the big-bellied sheriff another headache. Especially Jack, whose patrolman father died out on the nuclear test range back in the early sixties. Died under mysterious circumstances. The hills had glowed green back that night too. With bonus story,"The Soft Invasions."
The Food Processor: A Twisted Fairy Tale
They wanted to make things. Wanted tools for their birthday. They didn't get them. Mother and Father don't like it, but the boys improvise.
A chilling and bizarre twisted fairy tale.
A short story like nothing else you've ever read.
Bonus Story: "Wednesday."
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Only Vincente braved the outside. Fear gripped the city, gripped even him, and rats roamed the streets. But he fought on when the others wouldn't. When they had given up. He knew he'd do better on his own: without Mama, the Colonel, or even Laura to slow him down. But would they be better without him?
Includes bonus story: "Cure!"
Short story. Late one fine mid-week morning half the world disappears. Done, over, finished. As in forever. Ben? Got anything to say for yourself?
Plus bonus story: "The Food Processor."
Once Upon A Time...At The Learning Annex
He came from nowhere, footing across sand and brush, to confront a parking lot and an Edge City. He made his way through parked cars, cheroot dangling between scarred lips. He removed his hat to wipe the sweat; his heavy brow still cast shadow over dark eyes. The creases surrounding his mustache cut like canyons. How tall? Tree tall. Includes bonus stories: "Kank's Last Breath" and "Borges, Yo!"
In Excelsior City trouble finds everybody. Lang Lofton's busy managing his media empire atop the Kryse Building and roaming the night as a masked vigilante. He's got an new problem too: no villains left to defeat. Until his arch-enemy Archetype goes free. And just as the Venus Diamond goes on display at the Supernatural Wonders Museum. Then a deadly new player appears. Coincidence? No.
The Whited Child
Men feared wolves. They feared disease, they feared the unknown. They feared the White Mountains. When a plagues comes down off the mountain and grips one of them, even a child, they cast the child out. Then all they have to fear is the retribution of Bad Pete. A dark fantasy short story of the far future.
Includes bonus story: "Ship of Salt".
Peas and Carrots
A girl, a boy, and a villain. One busy waiter, and one crowded Vienna café. Hundreds of performances, always ending the same.
Until now. If - just if - Sam can find the courage to step beyond the script.
To win her heart, Sam will have to take on the most difficult role of his career. Himself.
Includes Bonus Story: "The Woods Wife".
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