From the inner realms of humanity to the far reaches of space, these are the science fiction and fantasy tales that are shaping the genre and the way we think about the future. Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan continues to shine a light on the very best writing, featuring both established authors and exciting new talents.
Within you will find twenty-eight incredible tales, showing the... [click here for more]
A trio of Firewall agents investigate a criminal racket that turns average citizens into monsters—before extracting their bodily fluids for dubious purposes.
Nostrum takes place in the Eclipse Phase universe. It appears in the Firewall sourcebook, and is the second story in a three part series, following El Destino Verde and followed by Termites in the Framework. The complete... [click here for more]
“Something put a fist full of fractal branching digits through his chest and took apart enough of his vital organs to kill him.”
The mysterious death of a scientist on the TITAN-altered moon Iapetus leads to an investigation of the research station's personnel that eventually reveals one of the moon's dark secrets.
“Into the White” takes place in the Eclipse... [click here for more]
How do you repair a dead planet?
Maintenance Bot M-3 was always proud of the smooth and reliable operation of the starships it maintained, as they roamed the galaxy searching for life on unexplored worlds. It lived for the desperate struggle against the forces of chaos and decay, fighting against time to complete repairs before disaster struck.
But this job may be beyond even its capabilities.... [click here for more]
FEATURING Paolo Bacigalupi • Elizabeth Bear • Greg Bear • Jeffrey Ford • Neil Gaiman • Nalo Hopkinson • Nisi Shawl • Simon Ings • Gwyneth Jones • Caitlin R. Kiernan • Ann Leckie • Kelly Link • Usman T. Malik • Ian McDonald • Vonda McIntrye • Sam J. Miller • Tamsyn Muir • Robert Reed • Alastair Reynolds •... [click here for more]
Ever wondered where the aliens are? Bill is sure they don't exist, but after centuries searching the galaxy for any sign of intelligent life, I'm not about to give up yet.
I've just received this hot tip from a gang of Luddites out near M15. Hot enough that even Bill has chosen to join me to for my final attempt to prove him wrong...
A 4,000 word (approx 20 pages) science fiction short story. ... [click here for more]
A stripper, a hitman, his target, and a monk with a severed head in his bag. It's a typical passenger manifest for the crew of the space freighter Big Momma.
Russ is hiding from 'Nam flashbacks. Alex may have met her dream guy. Max is tempted to throw them all out the airlock.
They only have to survive a three week flight from the Heavenly Retreat habitat--The Sleaziest Place In The... [click here for more]
Tired of healing wounded soldiers on the borders of the British Empire, Silas Cane returns to the heartlands of Victorian England as a rural doctor. The quiet Oxfordshire village is a welcome break from the chaos of war, until a smiling madman dies of a disease never seen before.
After watching so many men die, Cane will do whatever it takes to keep the villagers alive.
If they don't kill him first.... [click here for more]
No-one expects to find alien life in NGC 2419. But when the first probes encounter a dirty, industrial planet somewhere no human has gone, the race is on to be the first to welcome its inhabitants into the galactic community. Will it be two poker-playing starships, or The Future, for whom pretension is a vocation, not just a way of life?
A 5,500 word (approx 22 pages) science fiction first... [click here for more]