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James Van Pelt

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Why I Write Science Fiction

Published Mar 22, 2020 · 1,051 words (4 minutes) · 81 views

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I was the guest speaker at The Colorado Readers Conference, a very literary gathering that generally wouldn't discuss science fiction, but they invited me, a science fiction writer to be the main presenter! This was the speech.

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Douglas Smith

Dream Flight

Published Mar 22, 2020 · 4,933 words (18 minutes)

Fantasy urban fantasy shapeshifting Shape-shifter Heroka

Lilith Hoyl is a Heroka of the bird totem—a shapeshifter who hates the humans who killed her mate and hunt her kind. But when she meets a young girl awaiting a critical operation, their mutual love for birds brings joy back into both their lives. "One expects magic with this set-up, and magic does, indeed, follow, but pain cannot be forever vanquished… The story charms as well as pains. … Smith avoids all the pitfalls and gives us something bittersweet instead." —Fantasy Literature

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Douglas Smith

A Bird in the Hand

Published Mar 22, 2020 · 4,233 words (16 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy urban fantasy shapeshifting Shape-shifter Heroka

AURORA AWARD FINALIST — Lilith Hoyl awakes to find herself a prisoner in a top-secret government laboratory. To win her freedom, all she needs to do is prove that she’s human. “A very interesting turn-around story, in which our expectations are upended at the last minute. ...a good read, and sadly, far too relevant to our own present world.” —The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf

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Rhiannon R-S

CompanionShip

Published Mar 22, 2020 · 2,776 words (11 minutes) · 2 likes · 42 views

Science Fiction biopunk living ship

A child is the sole survivor of a collision with a living-ship, a centuries-old extraterrestrial traveler. Can they both survive the disaster?

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Rhiannon R-S

How to Survive the Apocalypse

Published Mar 22, 2020 · 849 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 26 views

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Beauty tip essentials for the zombie apocalypse, or a short meditation on societal norms.

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Kurt Pankau

The Sentence

Published Mar 21, 2020 · 579 words (3 minutes) · 4 views

Humor Literary Fiction flash fiction meta courtroom drama

Some stunt fiction that I originally wrote as part of my Friday Flash Fiction experiment. The gimmick: the entire story is a single sentence.

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Douglas Smith

Spirit Dance

Published Mar 21, 2020 · 6,883 words (26 minutes)

Fantasy urban fantasy shapeshifting Shape-shifter Heroka

AURORA AWARD WINNER — Prequel to THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD — The Heroka, an ancient race of shapeshifters, draw their vitality from their totem animals. Gwyn Blaidd, a Heroka of the wolf totem, has lived as a recluse since a deadly battle with the Tainchel, the covert agency that hunts the Heroka, cost him the woman he loved. But when an old friend sets out to kill a powerful logging baron, Gwyn must again face the Tainchel—and his own dark past.

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S. N. Arly

Deputy Death

Published Mar 21, 2020 · 5,881 words (22 minutes) · 89 views

Fantasy Horror Humor powers Death Personified contemporary magic young adult teen

When a strange man comes to her family's suburban door, Liz was intrigued. She didn't expect him to know far more about her and her not-so-secret mystical power than a stranger had any right.

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Curious Fictions

Why We're Waiving Our Fees This Week

Published Mar 21, 2020 · 155 words (1 minute) · 397 views

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Why we're waiving our fees this week in response to COVID-19.

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Trent Jamieson

Leprechaun - A True Tale of Parenting and Garage Doors

Published Mar 21, 2020 · 797 words (3 minutes) · 76 views

Fantasy Humor

Sometimes the pot of gold is in your heart.

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