Below are selections from the writers who were part of Penguicon 2021. Enjoy!
Bart is just a simple folk trying to get by. With a posse comprisin’ of a sparkle-loving horse, an unsettled ghost, and a magic old whiskey bottle, they wander from town to town in search of some needed coin, and maybe a brighter day.
Dime has just left her career as a Ja-lal Intelligence agent, ready to roll her own dice. When, instead, she’s accosted by winged invaders, some truths quickly fade—while others solidify. Begin Dime’s journey with this unexpected tale of pursuit and discovery.
In this short story collection you will encounter things that go bump in the night. Things that shamble in the darkness. Things that are nigh… unmentionable. This is Michael Cieslak, though, so even if you’ve experienced terror before, it never had this kind of sophistication. Only the most refined and polished fear can be found here. It is, truly, an Urbane Decay.
One of the most common fears is the fear of the dark: what might be lurking in the shadows, what we can’t see. All of the monsters from your childhood could be hiding in that darkness. Given this, what could be more terrifying than the infinite void of space? Who knows what creatures await you once you leave the comfortable confines of your home planet.Monsters in Spaaaace! contains seventeen such explorations, classic monsters in off world settings. This collection contains werewolves, vampires, ghosts, haunted items, and more all in the blackness of space or the terrifying settings of foreign worlds and abandoned starships. Prepare to be scared out of your spacesuit.
Eldritch Embraces: Putting the Love Back in Lovecraft
Combine the mind splintering horror of the Cthulhu Mythos and the heart shattering portion of that most terrible of emotions – love – and what do you have? You have Eldritch Embraces: Putting the Love Back in Lovecraft. This collection of short stories from some of the best working in the fields of horror and dark speculative fiction blends romance and Lovecraft in a way which will may make you sigh, smile, weep, or leave you the hollow shell of your former self.
At long last, peace emerges from the bitter war that ravaged the words of the Narvan. Anastassia Kazan brought about the end to the fighting between Vayen Ta’set’s homeworld of Artor and their rival, Jal. When she offers Vayen a job on her team of bodyguards, he leaps at the opportunity. He’ll do anything to keep Artor on the path to recovery.
Protecting the paranoid and mercurial woman whose deals and threats keep everyone in line is a tough, thankless task. One drunken night with Anastassia makes Vayen question why he got the job and whether he should keep it. But no one else on the team is willing to earn Anastassia’s disfavor by calling her out on her reckless choices. Reckless will get her killed and send the Narvan back into chaos.
Not everyone is happy with Anastassia’s changes on his homeworld and beyond. She’s also on less-than-friendly terms with her deadly ex-partner. Then Vayen discovers that Anastassia is only middle management. The Council she works for has ambitious plans for the Narvan’s military forces.
How much is Vayen willing to sacrifice to keep the Narvan at peace?
A collection of five short stories, including Sipper:Poverty has shaped Tia’s life since childhood, labeling her a roach. A day without hunger pains or despising looks is pure fantasy until she accepts a job offer to explore a wondrous deserted city on a distant world. All she can think about is the life-altering payout she’ll receive in six months. A hundred roaches are set free in the city of crystal spires. Their mission: To learn what they can about the previous occupants and to verify that the place is habitable for the host of wealthy future occupants waiting in orbit. Well-provisioned, Tia and her fellow roaches scatter to explore the dunes and spires. Then people start to disappear. Are they being picked off to lessen the payout or is there a killer among them? All the credits in the world won’t matter if she’s dead.
Bruce Gawain has been between knightly quests for longer than he’d like to admit. In the town of Holden, he meets a seer who tells him where he can finally find his destiny. All he has to do is travel to the distant Wall of Nok in Gambreland. With only three coins to his name, Bruce isn’t getting much further than a barstool at the town’s inn. As luck would have it, the innkeeper’s beautiful daughter Svetlana and her flock of troublesome god-gifted sheep need an escort to Gambreland. With a paying job, everything seems to fall into place for Bruce’s quest…except for Svetlana’s killjoy bodyguard sister, an evil overlord with looming prophecy issues, and a dragon threatening to eat the townspeople until its stolen treasure is returned. Bruce sets out with his pan-wielding companion Mydeara and the negligibly talented bard, Harold to seek out the Wall of Nok. Will they find Bruce’s destiny, return Svetlana safely home, and save the people of Holden from the vengeful dragon?
A hotel hosts a science fiction convention, a meeting of the Jane Austen Society, and, just possibly, an extraterrestrial presence. Enter a middle-aged SF fan with a troubled past, a lonely Janeite, a pair of genius fangirls, a nerd power couple, a duo of geeky brothers, Miss Austen’s most disreputable character, and an elite athlete epically out of her element.
And, of course, Azogo of Uirtkauwea’ki.
Through syllabus and syllabub, cosplay and quests, a robot battle in a parking garage, an intoxicated visit to the Augur of Quaoar, an intimate three-body problem, and an Anglican LARP, our heroes must answer the cosmic question: does anything we do matter? Or is it all just a con?
Includes related stories “Troll Bridge” and “Do You See What I See?”
Fairy tales have grown with us over history and changed over the years to capture the human experience. Yet, we often trap fairy tales in the past, calling them “tradition”, and it means that certain tales don’t get told. Nathan Frechette and Derek Newman-Stille bring out new tales from the old, telling stories from the voices that often aren’t heard.
Whispers Between Fairies is a conversation between two authors who love fairy tales and each author takes their own path to find the hidden possibilities for each fairy tale. These are tales of beauty and enchantment… but they are also tales of darkness and secrecy, much like the original fairy tales. They are echoes of the past, but also firm reminders of the magnificent diversity of the present, exploring Queer, Trans, Disabled, and Mad experiences.
Sit back and let our words be a spell that brings you to worlds of enchantment.
“Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?” This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. Typically, we’re faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re turned into pathetic, tragic souls; we merely exist to inspire the abled main characters to thrive; or even worse, we’re to overcome “what’s wrong with us” and be cured.
Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction, starring protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From hospital halls to jungle villages, from within the fantastical plane to deep into outer space, our heroes take us on a journey, make us think, and prompt us to cheer them on.
These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.
Since 2012, Vince Gotera has made the most of the month of April, writing new poems every day, in response to multiple NaPoWriMo and Poem-a-Day prompts. The Coolest Month brings together the best of those efforts, with a poem for each day of the month. The resulting collection is often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always an impressive display of poetic chops
Isolated, snowed in, no electricity, no cell phone reception; if it weren’t for the two beautiful women, Peter would be worried.
College sophomore, Peter, thinks he has his life well in hand, until an accident lands him and his best friend, Jeremy, in a remote cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The situation seems too good to be true when the occupants of the cabin turn out to be two beautiful cousins, Jill and Genevieve.
But things aren’t always as they seem, and Peter begins to suspect that the girls are hiding something. Secrets lie behind Genevieve’s eyes, in her diary, and in a trunk in the attic.
Peter wants to help if the women are in some kind of trouble. But he wonders just how far the girls are willing to go to keep their secrets.
“We the jury find the defendant, Rachel Iris Chester, guilty.” With those words, Sylvia Harbinger’s life as an NYPD detective is over.
Sylvia is done with serial killers, done with therapy, and done with a New York City now rife with WHISPs-the creepy, grey shadows of her nightmares. She and husband Ben have a deal. She retires and they both move to Montana to escape the WHISP phenomenon. It is the only way to save their marriage after the Chester case, even if it leaves their WHISP-affected son, Lincoln, behind.
Then the phone rings. Chester’s in jail, yet there’s been a copycat murder, and Sylvia can’t let the case go. If she missed something the first time, this new blood is on her hands. Ben gives her a month to work the case, but can their marriage survive that long? And as Sylvia digs deeper into the depths of the source of her phobia, how long will her sanity survive?
As both a veterinarian and an M.D, Dr. Evelyn Eisenhart is a unique woman. Comfortable with her quiet apartment, cantankerous cat, and mundane USDA job, her life is thrown into chaos when her abilities attract the attention of a young, handsome werewolf named David who is desperate to find a cure for his affliction. Suddenly the world of the Wolfkin leads straight to her front door.
David sees Evelyn as his savior, but others of his kind see her as a threat to their existence and David as a dangerous stray. When David realizes he’s brought Evelyn to their attention, he must protect her from their murderous intentions, even as Evelyn is swept up into a bizarre series of assassination attempts, insane werewolves, and pack politics.
Evelyn’s life will never be the same again. Assuming she and David find a way to survive.
Canada is in crisis. Climate change has taken hold, and amid the flooding and the super storms, the dead begin crawling out of the ground at night, screaming out strange gibberish songs that entrance anyone who hears them. The north quickly becomes a wild west, without the west.
Denny’s life changes forever one day when she sees her dad on TV, dead and screaming. Denny gives up her job, buys supplies, and heads out with her dad’s dog, Geoff, to discover the truth behind his death, but truth always comes with a cost. What Denny discovers in the wilds of Northern Ontario will shatter all of her assumptions about her life, and what lies beyond.
Kenzie is twenty-five, with two degrees and no job prospects. When her parents offer her a job curating their museum, Ettenby’s Log Palace, she accepts out of desperation, despite their history of family conflict. She arrives praying that her secrets will stay buried, and her hard-won mental health won’t relapse. Once at the Log Palace, Kenzie is fascinated by an unsettling collection of junk dolls found on the property. As she follows the thread left by the collection, she discovers a history of poltergeist activity, witchcraft and death on the small island housing the museum.
Cash Flow For Creators provides a map and a flashlight for building an artistic business from the ground up. Do you need a business bank account, and why? Should you incorporate, or make an LLC? How do you cope with accountants, regulations and deductions? Can you get your family on board? How do you pay taxes? What about keeping a business going, not just year after year but decade after decade? In the bewildering torrent of business rules, which matter to a creator—and which don’t? Cash Flow for Creators has you covered, and tells you the secret no other business book will:
Business is easier than art.
Once someone explains the rules, and tells you how to win.
Transport Layer Security, or TLS, makes ecommerce and online banking possible. It protects your passwords and your privacy. Let’s Encrypt transformed TLS from an expensive tool to a free one. TLS understanding and debugging is an essential sysadmin skill you must have.
Marc Sindri, prankster and contractor, comes to Arcanum Ohio to build a renaissance faire in only seven months. A man with a reputation for delivering miracles and a bad history with crazy people who believe in magical conspiracies, he soon finds himself in a small town filled with magick and intrigue. In spite of the recurring pain in the back of his head that reminds him of what happens when pretty girls smile, he gets caught up in a love triangle between Brenwyn, head of the local Wiccan coven, and Jeremiah, her demonologist ex. As Marc tries to meet his impossible deadlines, he navigates a landscape of witches, demons, power tools and undead skinless bunnies, armed only with his own abilities and a shovel.
The time of sex, magick, and power tools is coming to an end.”… unapologetically over-the-top, this supernatural tale maintains a fervent, magical pace.” – Kirkus ReviewsIn spite of the worst legal, economic, and metaphysical efforts of Jeremiah Stone and his surviving family, it is almost opening day at Arcanum Faire. Marc Sindri wields his shovel and noumena against all comers as the witch Brenwyn explores the concept of non-accidental sex magick. Construction workers, witches, and minions on all sides deal with all the most fearful things in Arcanum, Ohio: reanimated road-kill, raging queens, pike-wielding re-enactors, meat puppets, a Wiccan non-witch, and Eleazar’s terrifying encounter with monogamy.And there’s always the question of the second anvil.
Chris Day had a perfect life… when he was twelve years old. Twenty years later, he is divorced, unemployed, and desperate to get through to his twelve year daughter, Liv. He hopes his grandmother’s dairy farm in Crickson, California will be a good place to start a new life. Chris spent his boyhood summers in mischief and squirrel-launching there with his two best friends, Olivia and Rafael.Today, the dairy farmers grow marijuana to make ends meet, and the local radio station broadcasts the movements of the DEA to help them stay one step ahead. His grandmother’s obsession with squirrels has turned to a crusade of extermination. Olivia and Rafael are still in town, but nothing like the kids he dreamed of coming back to. Liv is sneaking out of the house late at night and Grandma has a collection of squirrel torture porn and homemade explosives. Pets and livestock are disappearing at an increasing rate. You really can’t go home again, especially when it’s being eaten by GMO killer squirrels.
A deadly, viral pandemic tears across the world, and on the eve of a nationwide lockdown, Daisy Colton leaves an abusive relationship, moving halfway across the country and back to her childhood home.
Unemployed and mending a broken spirit, she soon finds friendship in Luke Richards, her young, handsome neighbor, who seems like a prince straight off the silver-screen of Daisy’s favorite movies. Bonding over a shared love of books like Tolkien, and quoting movie references to one another, they quickly form a connection deeper than anything she’s experienced before.
But a traumatic past is not so easily shaken, and with the constant threat of infection from the virus on every television channel and around every corner, Daisy must decide if the life she left is the easier road, or if a new life is worth dying for.
Life is supposed to get easier the older you get, right?
After a life of world travel and jujitsu competitions, retired museum curator, Dorothy Claes, is ready for a quiet life. Despite the rambunctious antics of her feline companion, Solomon, taking over the antique shop her late-father willed to her seems like the perfect way to settle into retirement.
But when a mysterious stranger comes to call, spinning tales of magical artifacts and the organization in charge of them, life becomes anything but quiet. To discover the truth surrounding her father’s not-so natural death, Dorothy finds herself recruited into the organization her father had secretly been part of, The Silver Foxes.
With Solomon in tow, Dorothy heads out on her first mission: discover, obtain and neutralize the artifact that is causing pedigree cats in Paris to disappear and their owners’ memories to be wiped before it ends up in the hands of someone far more sinister.
In a land torn asunder by forbidden magic, four friends hold the key to saving the realm… or destroying it.
Jayson, Jack, and Leo never imagined wandering through the woodlands of Ohio could cause them to be whisked away to a fantasy world – but that’s exactly what happened. Trapped within the world of Chartile, a land on the brink of ruin, they have no clue how to wield their newfound and outlawed magic, let alone save a kingdom. With their new friend, Piper, they discover an ancient prophecy which may be the realm’s last hope. And if the prophecy is to be believed, Jayson, Jack and Leo are the reincarnated souls of Chartile’s ancient kings, their return long ago foretold to right the wrongs of the land. With an Elven Princess bent on taking every last bit of Chartile as her own, and a Dwarvik society on the brink of civil war, these friends must come together to save the realm, or risk losing everything. It’s safe to say, getting home is the least of their problems.
Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience)
This hilarious science-fiction comedy novel follows the first case for Noomi Rapier, rookie investigator with The Transdimensional Authority – the organisation that regulates travel between dimensions. When a dead body is found slumped over a modified transdimensional machine, Noomi and her more experienced partner, Crash Chumley, must find the dead man’s accomplices and discover what they were doing with the technology. Their investigation leads them to a variety of realities where Noomi comes face-to-face with four very different incarnations of herself, forcing her to consider how the choices she makes and the circumstances into which she is born determine who she is.
Ira Nayman’s new novel is both an hilarious romp through multiple dimensions in a variety of alternate realities, and a gentle satire on fate, ambition and expectation. Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) will appeal to comedy fans who have been bereft of much good science-fiction fare these last eleven years. Ira’s style is at times surreal, even off-the-wall, with the humour flying at you from unexpected angles; he describes it as fractal humour. Anyone who has read his Alternate Reality News Service stories will know how funny Ira is. The characters we meet from around the multiverse deserve to become firm favourites with all fans of science fiction comedy.
Good Intentions: The Multiverse Refugees Trilogy: First Pie in the Face
At the end of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head), Doctor Alhambra, the chief scientist of the Transdimensional Authority, set up an alarm to warn him if a universe is succumbing to the universe-killing machine that is at the heart of the story. But how would the Transdimensional Authority respond if that alarm went off?
In Good Intentions, the first book in the Multiverse Refugees Trilogy, but also the sixth Transdimensional Authority novel, we find out. In the process we not only meet the most unusual refugees in fiction (probably), learn what Noomi Rapier’s brother does (and with whom), revisit Dingle Dell, and finally discover what happened to chapter seventeen of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There.
Idiotocracy for Dummies:
All of the news from Vesampucceri, the world’s leading idiotocracy, in one handy volume! Contains the complete text of ARNS and the Man, E Deplorables Unum and Angels of Our Bitter Nature, as well as an introduction written especially for this volume.
With the release of the hit feature Star Trek: Nemesis this is the perfect opportunity to update this book with all of the Star movies featuring The Next Generation cast!
Here is the complete official guide to every episode of the television adventures of the Starship Enterprise and all four of the major motion pictures from Star Trek Generations to latest Star Trek: Nemesis. This companion is a compendium of information including plot summaries and credits for each show and motion picture, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into creation of The Next Generation. Take a glimpse into the shows incredible seven-year run where it reigned at the very top of the syndicated television ratings. Illustrated with more than 150 black and white photographs, this is the official reference guide to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
From the winner of the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Ada Palmer’s 2017 Compton Crook Award-winning political science fiction, Too Like the Lightning, ventures into a human future of extraordinary originality
The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.
And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life…
The Will to Battle is the third book of John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota series, a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity.
The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.
Stephen B. Pearl
In the early 21st century, Rowan is fighting a secret war against alien pirates bent on subjugating all of mankind.
At least, that’s what she thinks. In reality, it’s a thousand years later, Earth has long been part of an interstellar and interspecies republic, and she’s a character on Angel Black, an e-entertainment that allows viewers a complete sensory experience through her perspective. Who needs actors when you can clone famous performers and splice in some alien DNA? Since studio clones have no rights, their lives and experiences can be tailor-made for the program.
Stephen B. Pearl
Oil reserves depleted. Society collapsed.
A few places cling to modern technology. For everywhere else, there are the Tinkers.
In southern Ontario, Novo Gaia uses sustainable energy to support its citizens in comfort. From there, Novo Gaia sends Doctors of Applied General Technology, tinkers, into the Dark Lands to install everything from solar stills to televisions—and make a profit.
Brad Cooper is a tinker on his route in Guelph when he finds himself at the epicentre of a plague outbreak. Stranded without support in a tenuously-held quarantine zone, he must use his limited medical training in a desperate search for a treatment against an insidious relic from an age of excess.
Meanwhile, fuelled by panic, other townspeople caught within the quarantine zone conspire to sabotage relief efforts. Distrusted by the people he’s trying to help, hampered by political rivals, under-supplied, over-worked, and with his own risk of infection increasing, Brad seems to be fighting a losing battle as the casualties mount…
Stephen B. Pearl
The sun and moon have been devoured by the cosmic wolves Skoll and Hati. Fimbulwinter has envelopped the world in the cold and darkness. Men prey on each other in order to survive. Amid the chaos, in the struggle for the throne, comes a war between brothers. Hakon, illegitimate heir to the throne of Norveig, has obtained a horn that can summon a terror from the depths of the ocean. This monstrosity has been sinking the vessels of his half-brother, Jarl Erik Bloodaxe. Erik sends a company of untried heroes to infiltrate Hakon’s stronghold, and steal the horn. As with all things political there are other agendas. Fjorn, the leader of the team, is Erik’s half-brother who could challenge Erik for the throne. Erik’s wife Gunnhild is a powerful sorceress with her own ambitions- could her goals derail the heroes? In life, sometimes a Jarl wins, and other times a Jarl wins. HORN OF THE KRAKEN tells a vivid, stirring adventure tale that gives the reader a wild ride, but it also features that most enjoyable of reading experiences: characters who leap off the page and seem real, with all of their humor and anger and cutting comments. Great fun! Recommended!- Ed Greenwood, New York Times-bestselling creator of The Forgotten Realms®
Supernatural Streets brings together 14 Urban Fantasy authors to explore mysteries with a touch of Magic. The collection includes stories of psychic FBI agents, werewolf detectives, monster hunters, and an ordinary cop just trying to survive when the ritual daggers come out.The anthology includes work by Dragon Award Finalist Declan Finn, Hugo Award nominated author Cedar Sanderson, best-selling authors Ryk E. Spoor and Julie Frost, and other fan-favorites and rising stars. Contributors: Brena Bock, Bokerah Brumley, Mickey Dubrow (Allan Kemp), Declan Finn, Julie Frost, Amie Gibbons, A. C. Haskins, Paul Piatt, J. F. Posthumus, Rob Reed, Sam Robb, Ryk E. Spoor, Cedar Sanderson, Dawn Witzke.
WARRIORS AND SOLDIERS TIED TOGETHER THROUGHOUT TIME AND SPACE.
From the distant past to the far future, those who carry the sword rack up commendations for bravery. They are men and women who, like the swords they carry, have been forged in blood. These are their stories.
Featuring all-new stories by Michael Z. Williamson, Larry Correia, Tom Kratman, Tony Daniel, Micahel Massa, Peter Grant, John F. Holmes, and many more.
Contributors: Zachary Hill, Larry Correia, Michael Massa, John F. Holmes, Rob Reed, Dale Flowers, Tom Kratman, Leo Champion, Peter Grant, Christopher L. Smith, Jason Cordova, Tony Daniel, Kacey Ezell, Michael Z. Williamson.
NEW STORIES IN THE BEST-SELLING FREEHOLD SERIES, CREATED BY MICHAEL Z. WILLIAMSON. Featuring all-new stories by Larry Correia, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, Mike Massa, Kacey Ezell, and more!
When the UN invaded the Freehold of Grainne, the intent was simple: Force a noncompliant star nation back into the collective.
Stories by: Larry Correia, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, Mike Massa, Kacey Ezell,
Robert E. Hampson, Aaron Haskins, John F. Holmes, Marisa Wolf, Justin Watson, Jason Cordova, Jamie Ibson, Jessica Schlenker, Christopher Dinote, Rob Reed, Chris Smith, Jaime DiNote, Philip Wohlrab.
Alternate histories. Alternate realities.It’s said that every choice creates multiple timelines, each one exploring what could have happened if a different decision had been made. Most of these alternate histories stem from different outcomes to a pivotal battle, or to an assassination attempt, or to the ending or escalation of a war. All violent, all bloody, all brutal. But what about those choices made during peacetime, when there was no monumental, ongoing conflict? After all, everyone knows how significant the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can be, how far-reaching its effects can be felt.In these pages you will find fifteen new branches of history written by some of today’s greatest science fiction and fantasy writers, including Elektra Hammond, Dale Cozort, Harry Turtledove, C.W. Briar, Rick Wilber, Juliet E. McKenna, Michael Robertson, Kat Otis, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Brian Hugenbruch, Stephen Leigh, Elizabeth Kite, Ian R. MacLeod, Mike Barretta, and Kari Sperring, all stemming from a peaceful divergence in our past. Join them as they wander down familiar paths……and then swerve down roads not taken.
The victory of King Harold over William the (Would-be) Conqueror at Hastings in 1066 sets in motion an ever-expanding cascade of events—beginning with a conflict with the Papacy. Rome’s envoy to England, the papal legate Hildebrand, refuses to recognize Harold’s right to the island kingdom’s throne.
Harold didn’t back down from William, and he’s not going to back down now. He brings to England a Scottish monk, Colum-cille, setting underway a renaissance of the Celtic Church that hasn’t been seen since the Synod of Whitby.
As Colum-cille creates in England a church with a decreased importance for clergy and an increase emphasis on monasteries, Harold must deal with a Grand Alliance put together by the Papacy. The English earls and clergy are split between those who support Harold and those who are unhappy with his decision—and far from the island, Harold tries to form his own alliances with the Moors in Spain and the Byzantine Empire.
What next? It would have been so much simpler if William had won at Hastings like he was supposed to.
Jared Kavanagh edits a collection of short stories set in different Australias.
What if what we call Australia had become largely Dutch? Could Australia have led intervention in unexpected African conflicts? What adventures might Napoleon Bonaparte have had as he sought to colonise it before the British? Could a space programme launched Woomera have reached the Moon? How might the Emu War have gone differently?
From EPPIE Award winner Kathryn Sullivan come stories of magic and off-world adventure sure to appeal to readers of all ages.
A wizard seeking an apprentice won’t take no for an answer, and a would-be apprentice attempts the impossible to find a mentor. A twin discovers her sister’s new job is a lot different than she expects. And what’s the deal with the cat whiskers?
Wander through worlds of imagination, where things are often not even close to what they seem and events can turn…interesting…between one breath and the next.
Wildlife rescuer Meg finds an odd baby in the forest during a thunderstorm. She fights to keep it alive, not knowing that its parents are searching across worlds for their baby and the thief that stole their child.
The planets have fascinated humanity since the dawn of time. We’ve looked up into the heavens and wondered what these wandering stars are and why they are different from their more stationary cousins. In modern times, humans have sent probes to all the planets in our solar system, sending back tantalizing views from faraway worlds. The planets are woven into our culture and history. They are signposts of our journey ahead.
This collection of 108 science fiction haiku poems (scifaiku) will take you on a journey of exploration showcasing tiny moments of wonder with each of the planets of our solar system.
Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry
Wendy Van Camp
Eccentric Orbits highlights sci-fi poets from around the globe, celebrating the diversity and unity of the poetic form. Featuring the poetry of: Andrew Burton, Deborah L. Kelly, Erin J. Bauman, Jane Jago, Ken Goudsward, Kimberly Nugent, Mike Van Horn, R. C. Larlham, Stephanie Barr, Thomas Van Horn, Wendy Van Camp, Lee Garratt
Or What You Will is an utterly original novel about how stories are brought forth from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Jo Walton.
He has been too many things to count. He has been a dragon with a boy on his back. He has been a scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. He has been dream and dreamer. He has been a god. But “he” is in fact nothing more than a spark of idea, a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, 73, award-winning author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years. But Sylvia won’t live forever, any more than any human does. And he’s trapped inside her cave of bone, her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he. Now Sylvia is starting a new novel, a fantasy for adult readers, set in Thalia, the Florence-resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before. Of course he’s got a part in it. But he also has a notion. He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether. All he has to do is convince her.
It’s a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It’s a miracle that he’s friends with Pico della Mirandola, the Count of Concordia. It’s a miracle that when Girolamo visits the deathbed of Lorenzo “the Magnificent,” the dying Medici is wreathed in celestial light, a surprise to everyone, Lorenzo included. It’s a miracle that when Charles VIII of France invades northern Italy, Girolamo meets him in the field, and convinces him to not only spare Florence but also protect it. It’s a miracle than whenever Girolamo preaches, crowds swoon. It’s a miracle that, despite the Pope’s determination to bring young Girolamo to heel, he’s still on the loose…and, now, running Florence in all but name.
That’s only the beginning. Because Girolamo Savanarola is not who—or what—he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time. And this will be only the beginning of his many lives.
It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. Confused today, read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War-those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles? Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton’s My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives…and of how every life means the entire world.