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Phillip T. Stephens

Tips for writing about humans: Delivering what readers on the home world want

Jan 26, 2019 · 1,000 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 56 views

Fantasy Humor Satire Science Fiction Strange aliens

Are you new to the planet? Inspired to describe humans to readers on your homeworld? This article was discovered on the mother ship during my latest abduction experience.

Writing tips
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Jessica Reisman

The Bottom Garden

Jan 25, 2019 · 4,261 words (16 minutes) · 225 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction Strange

"The Bottom Garden" was originally published in the anthology Unfit for Eden. Unfit for Eden is how most every abandoned or lost creature feels. “The Bottom Garden” is an attempt to tell story about childhood loss. It’s actually one of my most personal stories. It responds to a line in an Adrienne Rich poem, “The child’s soul carries on/in the wake of home” (In the Wake of Home, 1983), weaving a travel blanket from the scraps of the lost warmth, safety, and nurture of family and home.

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James Van Pelt

Once They Were Monarchs

Jan 25, 2019 · 4,013 words (15 minutes) · 2 likes · 64 views

Fantasy Horror Mystery

Swimming pools in the summer are about sun and water and lying on towels and watchful guards on the towers. And sometimes there's a troll. I was a lifeguard for many summers, in case you ever wonder where writers get ideas. JVP

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Naching T Kassa

Carrion Man

Jan 24, 2019 · 1,836 words (7 minutes) · 1 like · 37 views

Horror Strange

Mara, a woman suffering from mental illness, must face her darkest fears during a bank robbery.

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Shane Halbach

Lullabies for a Clockwork Child

Jan 23, 2019 · 952 words (4 minutes) · 2 likes · 45 views

Horror

This story is about how love can make you blind, how you always want the best for your children, and why you should never, never wind that mainspring.

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Charlotte Platt

Neither Fishing nor Mending Nets chapter 4

Jan 23, 2019 · 1,012 words (4 minutes) · 76 views

Humor Literary Fiction

This is chapter four of a larger work, which deals with a disabled young woman in a rural community and the people she comes to know once she leaves home. This will update fortnightly.

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Michael McCormick

The Golden Chariot of Oswald Grade 3

Jan 22, 2019 · 7,686 words (28 minutes) · 2 likes · 102 views

Science Fiction alternate history WWII JFK

"Lee Harvey Oswald squinted past spaceships parked on the desert outside the dome." So begins the strange tale of Kennedys, Oswalds, mysterious aliens, and a missile crisis.

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P.A. Cornell

One Last Payday

Jan 22, 2019 · 12,615 words (46 minutes) · 1 like · 45 views

Science Fiction

Vega dreams of a better life off Earth and when she’s finally offered a job that pays well enough to make her dreams reality, she jumps at the chance. But there’s no such thing as easy money and she soon finds herself neck-deep in more trouble than she ever expected.

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A. T. Greenblatt

Listen and You'll Hear Us Speak

Jan 22, 2019 · 1,023 words (4 minutes) · 2 likes · 42 views

Science Fiction

A space station worker meets with a trader known as a Voice Stealer in hopes of finding the voice they lost years ago.

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M. E. Garber

After the Story Ends

Jan 21, 2019 · 3,481 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 53 views

Fantasy

Sometimes, saving your infant from the cradle-snatching Fae is the *easy* part.