Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she's not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her recent short story publications include Space and Time Magazine, Shimmer Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction. You can see more of her work at www.nickydrayden.com.
We save and invest and plan for our future, but in twenty, thirty, forty years, science fiction will become our new reality. How do we go about retirement planning when human cloning will likely be a viable option? What degrees should we encourage our children to pursue when robots are competing for the best jobs? How will the housing market be affected by the discovery of parallel universes?
Maintenance workers tend to a living ship with mental issues, a tentacled alien competes in her first triathlon on Earth, a man goes to the ends of the Earth and beyond for the perfect anniversary present, and a horny translator hopes to put the "contact" in an impending first contact. This delightfully twisted story collection is easily devoured in one sitting and will leave you hungry for more.
Experience three times the twisted tales in this triple volume!
Star-crossed lovers test the strength of their relationship at a gator farm in outer space, a pair of teens hunt for deals on jeans at a Gap store run by zombies, mobster plants put the shakedown on an irresponsible gardener, a young dragon gets into the holiday spirit by burning villages and snacking on the unchaste, plus much more!
Two sisters spend an ordinary day together dodging tentacled aliens, a new mother puts her blood, sweat, tears, and bones into a nursery for her wee one, and a foul-mouthed golddigger gets more than she bargains for with an antimatter diamond engagement ring. This delightfully twisted collection of three short stories is easily devoured in one sitting and will leave you hungry for more.
A lonely zombie gets one last chance at romance, a mother's love comes in an unexpected form, a teacher holds onto hope for her pupils despite the ills that threaten their way of life, and a cruise director navigates treacherous temptations amidst the seas of time.
A curious restaurant patron gets more than she bargains for, a pair of drunken wizards cause a scene downtown, a boy learns that smoking in front of his little brother might not be such a bad thing, and a timid teen faces a giant in the name of love. This delightfully twisted collection of three short stories and a poem is easily devoured in one sitting and will leave you hungry for more.
A washed-up pirate gets one last chance at pirating again, a mother learns that an apple a day is not all it's cracked up to be, a knock at the door causes terror at the end of the world, and an old peach farmer suspects his plants have a spicier love life than he does. This delightfully twisted collection of four short stories is easily devoured in one sitting and will leave you hungry for more.
An old demon gets caught up in the bureaucracy of hell, a little girl is chosen to dance for fire-breathing goddesses, a hellhound finds a loving home, and a werewolf dabbles in the online dating scene. This delightfully twisted collection of four short stories is easily devoured in one sitting and will leave you hungry for more.
A shifty shapeshifter cons an intergalactic casino, a married robot couple moves to the burbs, punker space rhinos invade a small town in Colorado, and you, yes you, get to see firsthand what goes on in one of the strangest restrooms in the universe. This delightfully twisted collection of four short stories is easily devoured in one sitting and will leave you hungry for more.