Brian Burt

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Brian Burt writes both short and novel-length speculative fiction. He has published more than twenty science fiction and fantasy stories in various magazines and anthologies. His short story "The Last Indian War" won the Writers of the Future Gold Award and was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His debut novel, "Aquarius Rising Book 1: In the Tears of God," won EPIC’s 2014 eBook Award for Science Fiction. "Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide" won the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Science Fiction in 2016. Brian works as a cybersecurity engineer and lives with his wife, three sons, a mongrel puppy, and an adopted stray cat in idyllic Southwest Michigan. The cat, in particular, remains unimpressed with his literary efforts unless they come with tuna.

Stories · Posts · Books

Climbing Jacob's Ladder

Jan 5, 2019 · 6,789 words (25 minutes) · 2 likes · 108 views

Science Fiction

Raghib was determined to raise his family up the Ladder to Heaven... but he would have to fight his way through the Helldragons to get there.

down view of brown metal ladder
The Last Indian War

Dec 15, 2018 · 6,346 words (24 minutes) · 1 like · 117 views

Science Fiction

Joseph Soaring-Hawk had seen it happen too many times: human colonists destroying an alien race in their haste to grab another planet. This time, he would find a way to stop it... no matter what the cost. (This story won the L.Ron Hubbard Gold Award and was originally published in Writers of the Future Volume VIII.)

white and grey owl on tree
The Brilliant Blood of Souls

Nov 4, 2018 · 5,329 words (20 minutes) · 1 like · 129 views

Horror Science Fiction

Morpheus killed women in a way that the L.A. press found eerily romantic. Algernon Harris knew better... and only he could stop Morpheus from consuming the essence of the woman he loved.


Sep 30, 2018 · 6,152 words (23 minutes) · 2 likes · 217 views

Fantasy Horror

When day and night meet as equals, when light and darkness battle for the soul of the world, the Black Spring of Ojibwa legend has arrived.

landscape photography of forest

Sep 16, 2018 · 5,555 words (21 minutes) · 2 likes · 179 views

Science Fiction

The most courageous sacrifice a human being can make is to give his life for the lives of others... but the Synobians were not human. Would you give your death to save your species?

low light photo of person holding blue lighted ball
Time Bomb

Aug 31, 2018 · 4,476 words (17 minutes) · 3 likes · 265 views

Science Fiction

It's a terrible thing to lose the person you love most in the universe to a monster... but to see it happen timeline after timeline was more than Elias Rochon could bear. To save her, he would risk his life a thousand times and grapple with a madman on the brink of Never-Was.

Phantom Pain

Aug 11, 2018 · 5,884 words (22 minutes) · 2 likes · 225 views

Horror Fantasy

In New Orleans, the Devil buys on the layaway plan. If someone stole everything you loved, what price would you pay for revenge?

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