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A Matter of Justice

A Matter of Justice


When the plane carrying P.O.S. Officer Schaeffer goes down, it’s no accident. She and her partner lose the prisoner they’re escorting to trial, and the local elves nearly lose their lives protecting the unicorns and a grove of dryads. With the aircraft and its passengers on the ground, Schaeffer has to secure her prisoner before the woman can create any more mischief—and with dusk...   [click here for more]
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An Anthology of Those Who Walk Among Us

An Anthology of Those Who Walk Among Us


An Anthology of Those who Walk Among Us is about creatures passing as humans in human settings. Stories cover a range of genres from paranormal urban to science fiction to magic realism. They feature the ubiquitous werewolves and vampires as well as other types of shape-shifters, or humans who aren’t quite all human. ...   [click here for more]
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366 Days of Flash Fiction

366 Days of Flash Fiction


Inside these covers is a short story for every day of the leap year, some of which tell of the fantastic, others which take us to the stars and a myriad of other worlds, and still others that horrify with creeping tales of the undead. Every story is an exploration of something that might have been and never was, or something that might yet be. Take a break from the world that is, and explore other...   [click here for more]
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366 Days of Poetry

366 Days of Poetry


366 poems of fantasy, science fiction, speculation and social comment, exploring the darkness, the future and the fear.   A poem for every day of the leap year, drawn from the fantastical, the future and the fallout from real life—and written for dreamers everywhere. These poems mainly use the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror for inspiration, although there...   [click here for more]
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A Legacy of Elves

A Legacy of Elves


The sun was setting and the trolls were out when we discovered the chapel. From the get-go it seemed almost too good to be true, but we needed refuge from the trolls. Between them, the dust smugglers, the pixie and the unicorns, we mighta bitten off more’n we could chew, but if we could survive this little fracas, we just might have found ourselves a home... we really needed a home…  ...   [click here for more]
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An Anthology of Dragons

An Anthology of Dragons


An Anthology of Dragons is a dragon-themed collection of short stories and poetry. A collection of haiku describes a battle between a dragon and a knight, and a more modern style of poem describes searching for a dragon in the modern world. The four short stories explore dragons as intelligent shapeshifter, companion and beast. ...   [click here for more]
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Autumnal Threat

Autumnal Threat


When planet-colonist, Joaquin, takes his daughter, Ry, into the autumn forest to show her the danger lurking amongst the trees, he does not expect to end the day fleeing for his life, nor does he think he can discover more about the spider-like orsovite, or what happened to his wife, one short year ago, but autumn is a time when the leaves fall, and secrets are uncovered.   ...   [click here for more]
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Banquet at Magic Mountain

Banquet at Magic Mountain


I hate camp. Every year yada yada yada. The only bright point is Luka, the Wild Man of Camp Mellinjo, an orphan and a stray grown up. When he bolts out of camp with the ook on his tail, I take off to see if I can save him, yet again—and that’s when I discover Camp Mellinjo isn’t what it seems, and neither is Luka. But seriously, guys, would my parents really sell me out?  ...   [click here for more]
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Bid the Moon Goodbye

Bid the Moon Goodbye


When Jervis’s son has a melt-down at school, and takes on partial wolf form, it’s just a normal family crisis, but when the nurse warns that anti-Lupine activists have the family’s name on a hit-list, Jervis needs to get them off the moon—and fast. The only question is how—and the only way to find an answer is to find a helpful spacer in the best pizza bar on Lunar...   [click here for more]
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Cloud Door

Cloud Door


So, we’ve done this job, and I’m checking our tails are clear, and I find they’re not—and then I find the only way to kick clear is to find the Cloud Door. Only trouble is the Cloud Door’s a legend, and Mack? Well, he’s not too fond of chasing legends. Fortunately, this one’s a no-brainer: we want to live, and that’s got to be enough to make anyone...   [click here for more]
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Destiny's Queen

Destiny's Queen


A dark fantasy short story about royalty, rivalry, and assassination Life’s not fair, when you have to find a fiancé or risk setting your kingdom up for a fall. It’s not fair, when your dead lover comes to call, assassins in his wake, and your dead maid by his side. And it’s really not fair, when everything happens on the night of your suitors’ ball. It...   [click here for more]
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Dreams of the Serpent

Dreams of the Serpent


When the contract’s done, and you’re fleeing for your life, the company’s supposed to be on your side, right? Am I right? So, you tell me what happens when the company understands the contract wrong, and you get stuck somewhere you really don’t wanta be. You tell me how I’m gonna make it back to the stars.   A short science fiction story set...   [click here for more]
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Earth and Lunar Dreaming

Earth and Lunar Dreaming


When werewolf, Chitin’s, nightly solitude is interrupted by a small child seeking his help, he does not suspect that her plea will touch his dreams for the world of his ancestors. He is determined to refuse her, but she is just as determined to gain his protection, and leaves him little choice but to help—at least at the start.      Earth and...   [click here for more]
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Fate in the Sun

Fate in the Sun


On Canon V, the colonists live underground—those that can, anyway. Those that are born unable, I help guide to the surface, and then I try to warn them of the creatures that come from beyond the rifts. Some listen. Most run away screaming. With the creatures coming more often, the last thing any of us expected was for corporate intervention. Now, we just have to work out if they’re offering...   [click here for more]
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Freeman's Choice

Freeman's Choice


When Lorellan Cartwright finds buying back the woman he loves an impossible task, he promptly steals her away, but escaping from the criminally minded third duke of Aristoc and reaching a place of safety are two very different things. And stealing from the duke embroils Lorellan and Megan in the politics of crime lords, long forgotten races of fantasy, aliens and interstellar law enforcement. Can...   [click here for more]
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Harper & the Unicorn

Harper & the Unicorn


When Harper goes after a lone unicorn without back-up she’s breaking every rule, and none. The only questions are: will her partner get to her before things go totally to pieces, and exactly how much havoc can one lone unicorn and a P.O.S. officer create before back-up arrives?   ...   [click here for more]
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Harper's Choice

Harper's Choice


“The world turns differently for each of us, and we have no choice but to take its hand and dance the next set of steps.” (Argyllis, 2017)   Harper disagreed. Rescuing pixies from drug-runners, and working alongside unicorns and elves was part of her job. The world had turned, and she had chosen, but, when she is badly injured and taken into the elven realms, Harper...   [click here for more]
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Headlines from the Starman

Headlines from the Starman


When a mysterious pod is found on the moon, and an alien emerges, the press have a field day.      This science-fiction short story is a first-contact tale that explores the relationship of the press to politics and to reality. ...   [click here for more]
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In Service to the Pinnacle

In Service to the Pinnacle


Jamie has two names, and a whole bunch of secrets that she keeps from everyone, including her employer, Odyssey—which is no mean feat, given what that company does—but, when a mission takes her to Askreya, she has to deal with an old dilemma, an old foe, and something entirely new, and her secrets begin to come to light. Can she finish her mission, without everything being revealed?  ...   [click here for more]
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Just a Dinosaur

Just a Dinosaur


The legends hinted at some kind of dinosaur. Oliver hoped it was a new species, and he had Nate believing him. Together, they hope to circumvent the prohibitions of intruding on a sacred site, to prove the creature existed—and all without their boss, and Nate’s lover, finding out. What exactly lies behind the legends—and, more importantly, will they be able to reveal it to the...   [click here for more]
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Lord of the Vortex

Lord of the Vortex


Vortex travel—you don’t ask, and I won’t screw up the explanation; closest thing I can get to it is that I pilot a transdimensional skipping stone through the edge of a vortex from one point in space to another, and it gets you where you want to be. Well, most of the time. Just not this time. This time, we’re crashing, and I don’t know where we are.  ...   [click here for more]
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Luck Among Servants

Luck Among Servants


I’d always considered myself one of the lucky ones, lucky that the slavers had taken me and left my family, lucky to have found a master as kind as the one I had, just… lucky, so, when my master asked me to ride one of the many-legged spurline on an early morning errand, I considered myself lucky to have the honour. I never thought what it might be like when my luck ran out, and my...   [click here for more]
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Mack 'n' Me: Arach

Mack 'n' Me: Arach


Nothing ruins a good cup of kaff than a spider teleporting on board… and these were in the six-foot-business-suite-and-tie range, carrying blasters and a sense of entitlement like you wouldn’t believe. They gave me a job to do, and held my ship hostage while I went to do it—and *that’s* when everything went all to Hell. Exactly how I’m gonna get us out of this one,...   [click here for more]
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Mack 'n' Me: Blaedergil's Host

Mack 'n' Me: Blaedergil's Host


I stayed off Mack's radar for a good three months, or so I'd thought. Maybe he was just letting me run. He found me, kicked my backside and hauled me right back on board. He'd been doing that on and off for the past twelve months. Problem was, Odyssey was also on my tail, and, when this job was done, Mack was supposed to hand me back. Not gonna happen. And, now I was back to Square One: Kick free...   [click here for more]
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Mack 'n' Me: Origins

Mack 'n' Me: Origins


I ran away from home to find a better life—not be forced into one. You can call me picky, but a girl likes to be asked if she wants to work for you, not coerced—and Odyssey should know better. Now, I have to find a way to kick free—of Odyssey, and my trainer, Mack—without getting myself killed. Surviving the mission is just the first step. Getting out from under, that’s...   [click here for more]
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Melerom Leads the Dance

Melerom Leads the Dance


When Melerom escapes the aftermath of his people’s massacre of the humans on Jehornak, he sets himself up as a wealthy wanderer on the Odyssey luxury liners, and acquires the one thing every gentleman needs—a valet—but when his valet begins showing unusually perceptive spurts of initiative, Melerom realises the man is not everything he seems. The only question is, can the man be...   [click here for more]
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Memory's Return

Memory's Return


I don’t remember how I got in the alley, at least, not when I first wake up—and I don’t remember the names of these friendly faces making sure I’m okay, but it’s coming back. I just wish it would come back faster, because one of these faces is all kinds of wrong underneath the friendly veneer, with an agenda all their own, and they don’t mind putting my team in...   [click here for more]
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Memory's Vampire

Memory's Vampire


Not all vampires feed on blood. The ones we hunt take your memories before they take your life—and now they are hunting back. We’ve been compromised, and I don’t know who to trust. That comes later. Right now, I just want to make it back to my body alive.   ...   [click here for more]
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Miss Delight's Mistake

Miss Delight's Mistake


People are disappearing on the close archaeological world of Jehornak, including an Odyssey operative’s sister, but that’s not why he’s there. It seems other people have gone missing, too, people with relatives rich enough to pay Odyssey to discover exactly what is happening in the mysterious cavern known as The Ballroom. However, when things go south on the mission, can Agent...   [click here for more]
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Reluctant Liaison

Reluctant Liaison


I woke up in a car—upside down, staring into the faces of a half dozen pixies sitting on a tree branch. To one side, was a cliff face, to the other, sky, and things were starting to shift. Apparently, I’d had an interesting night… if only I could remember what it was, and why I’d run, and why following the pixies scared me almost as much as the idea of staying in the car…  ...   [click here for more]
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Rendezvous at Raptor's Rest

Rendezvous at Raptor's Rest


When his flying ship, the Red Horizon, was shot down, Tescher told no-one he had a woman on board. Three years later, he returns to the ship wreck and finds Marianna not only survived the crash, but left him a message. She found what she was looking for aboard his ship, and she’ll wait for him at the Raptor’s Rest, but once a year—tonight. Tight flying will get him...   [click here for more]
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River's Edge

River's Edge


When my mother told me to run, I ran. I ran all the way to the river and then stopped—because the river was a frightening place, and forbidden by the raiders who came to take their annual toll of settlers. Faced with the choice of being taken, or taking my chances in the river, I took a step back, and hoped that somewhere, across the river I’d find help.   ...   [click here for more]
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Road Trip

Road Trip


When Melange feels the pull of utter dread emanating from a road train parked at a rest stop near her home, she investigates. She has no intention of being trapped in the cab on the driver’s unexpected return, nor of being stuck in the truck when he is murdered during the first delivery. But she can’t stay there. She’s discovered the prisoners that were the source of the dread,...   [click here for more]
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Seppelitus

Seppelitus


Being a bodyguard isn’t easy, not even when you’re the seventh son in a long line of seventh sons, not even when the magic comes when you call—and especially not when the man you are protecting is a treacherous, lecherous spoilt son of wealth and privilege, who betrays you for a pretty girl. Transported to the far north, Seppelitus must extricate himself from a deal between gargoyles,...   [click here for more]
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Serpents' Souls & Dragons' Hearts

Serpents' Souls & Dragons' Hearts


Mankind has legends of intelligent serpents, dragons and vampires in almost every culture, and now mankind is out amongst the stars. When an emergent psi of lizardine-human descent dreams of a many-legged threat and serpents walking the skies, mankind might just have a chance to discover those legends made real.   ...   [click here for more]
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Shades of Memory

Shades of Memory


When Aggie Dormain arrives in Canberra to paint some old diggers, she does not expect to meet an out-of-work archaeologist investigating an alien conspiracy, much less to be pulled into an adventure that would give Indiana Jones a run for his money.   ...   [click here for more]
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Shadow's Rise

Shadow's Rise


When the gods discover an ancient power has suborned a king, and now menaces their domains, they must find agents to act on their behalf. Will a goddess’s temper over losing a favorite to the cause stand in their way? Or the capture of one of their chosen mean the attempt is doomed to fail before it has begun? ...   [click here for more]
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The Depredides Dance

The Depredides Dance


All I had to do was disappear. That was it: disappear and stay out of sight. Hard enough with Abs running an auction for the last location she left me, but then I poked the Depredides communications network—and everything else looked downright easy… I’m not even sure there is a way out of this…   The Depredides Dance is a stand-alone short...   [click here for more]
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The Heights of Winter

The Heights of Winter


When Ramana Dewarth sneaks aboard a shuttle being taken on an illegal research mission, she gets into more trouble than she ever thought possible—and the space pirates weren’t the worst of it.      This science fiction short story takes us on another journey with Odyssey’s not-so-delightful Agent Delight. ...   [click here for more]
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The Magicians and the Silk Road

The Magicians and the Silk Road


Hani is surprised when his wife joins him on the journey to barter for spider silk, moreso when she brings their children. Nothing, however, prepares him for what the children do when they meet the spider queen.   ...   [click here for more]
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The Medusa's Starman

The Medusa's Starman


When the battlespike Oliver is flying is hit as he seeks shelter in the warp, life as he knows it ends. On the other side of the warp waits a new world, a new life, and whole new set of dangers, and Oliver is going to have to pick things up fast, if he is to survive. Will the lady from the caves be his salvation, or will she finish what the crash began?   ...   [click here for more]
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The Queen's Game

The Queen's Game


Never get involved with the Otherworld Fey. Take my word for it. I saved the Queen of Summer, and was betrothed to a lord of Winter by way of thanks—and then the human underworld got involved. So what do I do, when every choice is bad? What would you choose: death by troll, or the mercy of an elf?   ...   [click here for more]
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The Seeker from Hivrala

The Seeker from Hivrala


Sandfire is a dragon, a guardian of the mountains, and a servant of the Gatekeepers. It is her duty to collect those the Gatekeepers designate seekers and bring them to her masters. The only problem is that the latest seeker doesn’t want to go. Vestera doesn’t care what the dragon wants; as far as she’s concerned she’s not about to become a dragon’s pet—but now...   [click here for more]
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The Sevarine Sidestep

The Sevarine Sidestep


What do you do when your brother betrays you, and you end up on another world, in the employ of a company whose recruiting methods leave a lot to be desired? Well, I guess you keep your head down, while you try to figure out a way to get back home.   And I sure miss home, right now.   ...   [click here for more]
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The Songster & the Pirates

The Songster & the Pirates


Once a space merc, now a singer, Taran keeps her identity as a siren secret. When spacewolves join the audience at her current gig, she knows what they’re looking for. The only question is can she slip away, before the wolves and her past can catch up with her?   ...   [click here for more]
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The Starman's Arrival

The Starman's Arrival


Knocking over those crates of beer was a death sentence. I did it on purpose, in front of everyone, and then I did the only thing I could—I ran. I think I saved the starman. Now, the only way I’ll know, is if the supply ship comes in time to drive the raiders away—and I get back out of Blacklegs’ Forest alive. Wish me luck, okay? I’m gonna need it. ...   [click here for more]
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The Stars to Guide

The Stars to Guide


When the stars told me my father would not return, my life changed—and my mother was not amused.   ...   [click here for more]
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The Taletellers' Slumber

The Taletellers' Slumber


When Grey, the colony’s Head Botanist, disappears, Kiralee worries. When he has not returned after five months, she goes looking for him, for Grey is more than chief botanist, Grey is a storyteller at heart, a believer in the importance of the tale—and so was every single one of those who disappeared before him. Can Kiralee discover where they went, before the stories are lost forever?...   [click here for more]
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The Years of Voyage

The Years of Voyage


Someone had to go to the old ship—not because the colony was sick, but because the colony was dying, and the reason why was locked inside the transport’s hulk. Someone had to go out to where the ship had crashed, out into the dark, and past the plaguers. I just wished that someone didn’t have to be me.   ...   [click here for more]
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This Year's Star Fish

This Year's Star Fish


Every year the fish come down from the stars, and every year Faulknor hopes they come for him. Well, this year he’s tired of waiting; this year it’s his turn to do the seeking. This year, he’s going to catch himself the fish of his dreams. This year, he’s coming for them… just as soon as he’s finished with the assassin, and the elf with its human and orc sidekicks....   [click here for more]
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