Sean Monaghan is a New Zealand writer, though most of his stories are published elsewhere. With more than one hundred stories, in print, online, on broadcast radio and podcast, he varies from literary to science fiction. His stories include "Walking Gear" in Asimov's, and "Quisic Smith and the Russian Puzzle Doll" in Perihelion. He was the 2014 Grand Prize winner in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest. Web: seanmonaghan.com
Captain Arlon Stoddard loves his ship, the Luminou. Run by the best crew in twelve systems. They're like a family.
When the Authority sends the ship to investigate incidents on Asteroid Perry, the crew expects another routine mission.
Instead, what they find stuns them. It might just change everything they know.
If they can live through it.
A deep space adventure from the author of Athena Setting.
Flis wants to quit enduring the horrors of interstellar war. She's willing to burn out her embedded arlchip and return to a simple life. A cryptic message from her brother throws her plans into disarray.
Boarded by merciless river pirates Flis faces a desperate race. Aided by the mysterious Grae, she struggles through the wilds. When the pirates uncover Bryce's secret, the race becomes deadly.
Jess Candell loves the orbital runs between Jupiter's moons. Even if Athena isn't quite the right ship for the job.
In the Jovian system, when things go wrong, they go wrong fast. And bad. When it happens to Athena, she's heading for a fiery plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere.
With rescue ships days away, Jess will have to risk everything to save the survivors. If she can even find them.
Max Deacon, music producer extraordinaire, works with any band with a good idea. Inspiration is more important than the money. Though the money's good.
But with Unicorn Beluga playing their hits Max might just be out of his depth. Way out.
A sci-fi story with a heart from the author of The Molenstraat Music Festival and Crimson Birds of Small Miracles.
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.
When Den tracks down his sister Jenni in a squalid Ridgecrest condo, it looks like she's in worse shape than ever. Den's risking his career to help her out. And she doesn't even want what he's offering: a chance at a new life, and a new leg into the bargain. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, from the author of The Whalefall.
The deep space battleship Persephone Quest crashed on Paulding's surface centuries back.
The history books closed long ago. Leaving behind a monument and nothing much else.
When people start asking the wrong questions, Flis and Grae find themselves tangled in a tangled and tightening web of deception and corruption.
Only one person has the answers. The pilot of Persephone Quest herself.
Once the go-to guy for the most dangerous rescues, Tony Mirenne lives in self-imposed exile. All because of that one last rescue that went worse than badly.
But now the crew of Branson Six needs his help. If he can put his demons behind him.
A prize-winning* near-future story from Sean Monaghan, author of the Jim Baen Memorial Winning story "Low Arc"
Good fun story, with very dark overtones. Slade is a more complex character than I would have expected - not perfect, not necessarily likeable, but very pragmatic and practical, and certainly engaging.