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Hammer and the Trolls

Hammer and the Trolls


In a world where trolls can invade a castle from the inside, an interstellar prince finds he’s not the only one who can fire a sun-cannon, and the princess discovers she isn’t the only one who needs rescuing.   Hammer and the Trolls is a tale of science fiction and fantasy. It is a stand-alone short story that can also be found in the following...   [click here for more]
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Ducky

Ducky


Three characters, a dead duck, and a plague-devastated city. What more could you ask for?   A post-apocalyptic short story of a ghostly girl, a pandemic and regret, told from three viewpoints.      ...   [click here for more]
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An Anthology of Worlds

An Anthology of Worlds


An Anthology of Worlds is the fourth book in the Simpson Anthology series. It contains stories of a pirate hunt among the stars, a simple gold coin that acts as a gate to other worlds, a teenager haunted by an elven prince, the truth about banshees in space, and how someone from two cultures found her place in a different world. ...   [click here for more]
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An Anthology of Blades

An Anthology of Blades


Axes, swords, knives, cursed, blessed or from the Otherlands, this anthology is all about things that cut, slice, dice or amputate. From a buried blade housing one of the protagonists of an ancient battle, to axes wielded by a barbarian at the crossroads of destiny, all the short stories and poems contained in this anthology have one common theme—they are some kind of blades.  ...   [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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A Battle of Minds

A Battle of Minds


Danzer is a VR combat star. Unfortunately, somebody wants him dead. Is it a private vendetta from someone he’s defeated, a disgruntled fan, or someone else entirely. Whoever they are, their poetry stinks, but its meaning is clear. Security personnel for the VR games insist on overseeing the match between him and his most dangerous opponent, but no one knows if it will be enough. Will Security...   [click here for more]
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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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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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Basofi's Choosing

Basofi's Choosing


There comes a time when a young person has to decide which path they're going to take. There comes a time when conflicting tides of family influence break against the shores of the future and the first step towards independence must be taken. Basofi has reached that time, but will his family support his decision, or will his choice tear them apart?      Basofi’s...   [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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Corporate Loyalty

Corporate Loyalty


Corporate Loyalty is an short pseudo-science adventure a la the 1950’s. Its science is unlikely; its people and their motivations are not. When a leading ‘bug’ researcher is returned to normal size early, he discovers the science which alters his size has a flaw. Can his best friend help him out of the trouble he’s in?   Corporate Loyalty...   [click here for more]
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Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light


Darkness and Light is one of the short stories to be included in An Anthology of Gods and Older Magic. It is currently only available as a stand-alone short story. Abselia has traveled a long way to reach the trading town. Shadows move at her arrival, and light shimmers in dismay. Can light’s champion find the stronghold of shadows, and solve the puzzle of its...   [click here for more]
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Dear Tiger: Don't Look Back

Dear Tiger: Don't Look Back


Simone escaping FedExplore was only the first step. Now, Tiger has to do the same. Simone says Odyssey can help, but Tiger is already on the run. Catching up with him and getting him to safety might be harder than it looks. Can he give FedExplore the slip, or will its bounty hunters bag him first? And what about the aliens that killed his parents? Are they really following him? Or is it just coincidence?...   [click here for more]
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Dear Tiger: I Like Your Lab

Dear Tiger: I Like Your Lab


Finally located in the same complex, Tiger and Simone are separated again, as Simone begins to mutate—and it isn’t pretty. Tiger says he’ll talk her through it, but will he be there when she finally emerges? There are some things no friendship can survive. Could the hunter fever be one of them?   Dear Tiger: I Like Your Lab is the fourth chapter book...   [click here for more]
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Dear Tiger: Let's Go A-Hunting

Dear Tiger: Let's Go A-Hunting


Several solar systems apart, Simone and Tiger must work together to rescue Marrietta before FedExplore terminates her as an experiment gone wrong. It’s a race against time, complicated by the increasing chances of an alien incursion, and Simone’s parents putting themselves in danger in Sharvin’s ruins. This time, the chances of them reuniting have never seemed so far away.  ...   [click here for more]
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Death Comes in Bone

Death Comes in Bone


Death Comes in Bone is a dark fantasy short story about a skeletal assassin. Murdered by his closest friend, Tanag is not surprised to wake and find himself dead. He is surprised, however, that others have come to the caves hidden not so far from what used to be his home. As the adventurers plunder his bones and move on, Tanag remembers who killed him, and the vow he made as he died....   [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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Gods in the Lianreida: A Tale of Tzamesch

Gods in the Lianreida: A Tale of Tzamesch


When Larias, god of problem-solving and secrets, flies over the forbidden lands of the elves, he only hopes to discover what force is powerful enough to breach the elven magic protecting the forest. What he finds, instead, is a battle in which he is compelled to intervene, but, regardless of intent, when gods meddle in the realms of other gods, there is always a price to pay.   Gods...   [click here for more]
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Gulvane and the Dragon: A Tale of Tzamesch

Gulvane and the Dragon: A Tale of Tzamesch


Preparing for a new era in his life, the wizard Gulvane walks the corridors of his mind, remembering the eras locked behind three doors. Forester, Fighter, Assassin. Behind each door lie the memories and skills of who and what he used to be, inaccessible, unless he chose to return to the professions he had left. Uncertain of where his life will lead him, or of what he will become, Gulvane wakes...   [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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Jalaya

Jalaya


Jalaya is the fourth and final short story to be found in An Anthology of Battle. It is also available as a stand-alone short story. Michael bound to the village chief and his soldiers by nanotechnology that provides a unique mental link. With it, he commands a military force divided into Marks, and inherited the duty of Protector. Ten years ago, he helped his community...   [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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Magick on the Forest's Edge: A Tale of Tzamesch

Magick on the Forest's Edge: A Tale of Tzamesch


Forced to flee with her village, priestly apprentice, Althessa, discovers that danger comes in many guises and salvation is often unexpected. When their undead pursuers are slain by an unknown force, Althessa assists her mistress in consecrating their remains to ensure they cannot return from the dead, yet again. But magick calls from a nearby forest, and another life is in danger. One of those...   [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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Men of Sand and Light

Men of Sand and Light


It was meant to be a surprise for Allan’s farewell, but the only person who got surprised was me. And the only farewell I was lookin’ at was my own, which just shows it’s never a good idea to look too closely at your heroes—even when you’re asked to, because now I’m gonna need a little help.   ...   [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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Of Hunters and the Color Blue: Tales from the Loft

Of Hunters and the Color Blue: Tales from the Loft


Of Hunters and the Color Blue is the first short story to be found in The Loft Anthology. It is also available as a stand-alone short story. A letter reveals the writer’s love for her daughter, and her reasons for leaving the child behind. It is a tale of flight and rescue, the birth of an AI, and reveals a weakness that plagues the deadly enemy on her trail.  ...   [click here for more]
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Old Magic

Old Magic


After disaster and disease wipe out the world we know, powers carried by right of ancestry act as a sixth sense for trouble in a ruined city. Can she be the only one to have survived?   Old Magic is one of the short stories that is currently available as a stand-alone story, but which will, one day, be included in An Anthology of Bloodlines. ...   [click here for more]
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Pigs Might Fly

Pigs Might Fly


All her life Lily has prepared herself for taking over the family farm. The property talks to her, the animals and plants thrive under her care, and even the old tractor bends to her will. Her brothers have other careers planned, and help Lily position herself to take over when they are gone, but her father has other ideas. He wants to pass the farm on to one of his sons. He says pigs might fly...   [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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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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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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Stiletto's Luck

Stiletto's Luck


Stiletto’s Luck is about an assassin dealing with the consequences of taking part in a battle for reasons of his own, while trying to remain uncompromised by either side. They could have called him Scimitar, Blade or Dagger, but, no, his parents had to call him Stiletto. Stiletto did the only thing he could. He learned to be the best at what he did, and he learned to walk tall...   [click here for more]
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The Buried Blade

The Buried Blade


When the grass in one of her uncle's fields starts to die, Amanda tries to work out why, but her uncle only sees stones, where she sees fragments of pottery. In a war as old as time, will Amanda convince her uncle of the truth, and remain unscathed, or will she fall under the control of an old and subtle power?   The Buried Blade is a short tale of dark fantasy, which...   [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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