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THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES

By KJ Kabza

In KJ Kabza's debut print collect, sand cats speak, ghost bikes roll, corpses disappear, and hedge mazes are more bewildering than you’ve ever imagined. These 11 fantasy and science fiction stories have been dubbed "A fresh new voice in the genre" (Booklist) and "Bursting with both ideas and emotion" (RT Book Reviews) and will take you deep into other astonishing realities. Cover and interior illustrations by Dante Saunders. Introduction by Gordon Van Gelder.

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Exiled from town, Fairday is forced to raise her son, Catch, among the talking sand cats in the dunes and survive by selling the beautiful but mysterious stones that sometimes wash up on the beach. When Catch accidentally swallows one--and magically quadruples in size--Fairday must face her past to restore her son and rebuild her family in a way she never anticipated.

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Published Nov 13, 2018 · 13,480 words (50 minutes) · 206 views

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Ramshead Jones has discovered a secret in his backyard: a portal inside the hedge maze that leads to a near-infinite number of realities. But his wealthy, dysfunctional family has their own maze of secrets, and when the hedge maze and the portal—and Ramshead’s only way out of his meaningless life on Earth—are threatened, Ramshead must confront his painful familial truths to harness the alien magic needed to save his planet’s future.

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