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James Van Pelt

Perceptual Set

Published Aug 7, 2019 · 8,359 words (31 minutes) · 46 views

Science Fiction Romance space travel First Encounter romantic science fiction asteroid mining

People claim to see the Virgin Mary in water stains on a church wall, and every oddly shaped rock on Mars looks like an animal or an artifact to people who want proof that aliens exist. They have a perceptual set to interpret what they see the way they want it to be. But what if the face sculpted into the side of an asteroid deep in space actually is a face? What will it mean for humanity, and what does that face have to do with cheesecake?

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Matthew Hughes

A God in Chains (excerpt)

Published Aug 7, 2019 · 4,426 words (17 minutes) · 1 like · 198 views

Fantasy adventure Dying Earth

This is the opening of A God in Chains (Edge SF and Fantasy Publishing, 2019) an adventure/mystery novel set in the fantasy milieu known as the Dying Earth.

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Verna McKinnon

The Demon Fortress

Published Aug 7, 2019 · 5,979 words (22 minutes) · 50 views

Fantasy Horror sword and sorcery

I wrote several short stories about the history of my world in my "Familiar's Tale," fantasy novel series. The Demon Fortress, or Gate of Bones, as the story was originally called, introduces the character of Neelam the Dwarven Wizard, who figures prominently in my series in book 2, Tree of Bones, and Book 3, The Fires of Rapiveshta. He is an old friend of Cathal's and fought side-by-side with him in the original Bloodstone Wars.

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Charlotte Platt

Leading Light

Published Aug 7, 2019 · 2,089 words (8 minutes) · 64 views

Fantasy Humor Strange magic islands Orkney WW2

In this slightly 'punk, slightly magical tale, a squadron of WW2 female pilots are on a mission to cause nuisance. Inspired by an open call by the wonderful Gallery of Curiosities, this story is a mixture of real WW2 information and magical re-imagination. Extra points for those who can spot the real life parts.

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Holly Caelum Heisey

Magnificent

Updated Aug 6, 2019 · 12,154 words (45 minutes) · 2 likes · 63 views

Fantasy Science Fiction genderqueer powers nonbinary deep issues transgender and a little bit of snarky humor superhero alternate history lgbtq

This story started from wondering what if an everyman family-values hero had a kid, and that kid was non-binary? So, Magnificent was born. This is my love letter to the superheroes who helped shape my life, and a fulfilling of my desperate need for a non-binary superhero to look up to. And every hero needs an origin story. | This is a serialized novelette, updated bi-weekly.

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K.G. Anderson

My Job Is Hell

Published Aug 6, 2019 · 726 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 25 views

Fantasy Humor "flash fiction"

A special day in the life of a lonely succubus.

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Charlotte Platt

"Digging" is now included in a podcast!

Published Aug 6, 2019 · 97 words (1 minute) · 17 views

Horror Strange lgbtq podcasts Digging reprint technically

My short story Digging has been made into part of a podcast by the fabulous people over at Monsters Out of The Closet, link below!

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I Am Become
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Verna McKinnon

Desperate Barbarians

Published Aug 5, 2019 · 7,273 words (27 minutes) · 28 views

Fantasy Humor Funny barbarians

Even barbarian women have relationship problems that neither sword nor axe can fix.

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Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Foraging

Published Aug 5, 2019 · 1,033 words (4 minutes) · 20 views

Fantasy #choices of honor #judgment of honor #goddess #vignette character study

Character sketch/outtake from JUDGMENT OF HONOR (out December 2019/January 2020). Betsona ea Ralsem deals with a distressing loss while trying to fix lunch. Set shortly after the end of CHOICES OF HONOR (out August 31, 2019).

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Prepping the kitchen for Blueberry Lavender Pies with Meyer Lemon Icing. It was a really tough day.
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Laurie Tom

The World That You Want - Author Notes

Published Aug 5, 2019 · 599 words (3 minutes) · 12 views

Thoughts and inspiration regarding this week's dark fantasy subscriber story.

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This is a vantage point seen often on social media, and I wanted to find it, but no one was forthcoming with the info. I started to use Google Maps 3D to try and locate where this was. I knew the ballpark—it had to be northeast of downtown. So after many attempts trying to find this cluster of palm trees, I eventually came across what had to be the location. This area, within Lincoln Heights, has lovely views but is off the beaten path. It was time for me to go make my photograph. That will never get old. I’ve loved that process ever since I was a kid. Here’s to many more in 2018!