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About Barbara G.Tarn
Barbara G.Tarn had an intense life in the Middle Ages that stuck to her through the centuries. She prefers swords to guns, long gowns to mini-skirts, and even though she buried the warrior woman, she deplores the death of knights in shining chainmail. She likes to think her condo apartment is a medieval castle, unfortunately lacking a dungeon to throw noisy neighbors and naughty colleagues in. Also known as the Lady with the Unicorns, these days she prefers to add a touch of fantasy to all her stories, past and present – when she’s not wandering on her fantasy world of Silvery Earth or in her science fantasy Star Minds Universe. She dabbles into historical fantasy with her Vampires Through the Centuries series and has started post-apocalyptic/steampunk series called Future Earth Chronicles.
She’s a writer, sometimes artist, mostly a world-creator and story-teller. Two of her stories received an Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future contest. One of her stories has been published in Pulphouse Magazine #5 (March 2019). She writes, draws, ignores her day job and blogs every other day.
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- THE QRIM CHIEFTAIN by Stan Morris - When a haughty princess scorns a barbarian chieftain, her city pays the price.
- ANTIMATTER ME by Steph Bennion - The experiment had not been a success and now time was running out. Or was it running in?
- EXPLAIN THAT TO A MARTIAN by Gary Weston - Drinkers sometimes see all kinds of things. But even I wasn't expecting to see a four-eyed Martian in my lounge...
- THE IMAGINARY INVASION by Ubiquitous Bubba - When our reality is invaded by extra-dimensional beings, imaginary characters may be humanity's only hope.
- THE GUNS OF NAPOLEON by Peter Lean - A professor of history, a mysterious scientific institute and an impossible painting in a story of time travel.
- CAUSALITY by Neil Shooter - A dream of desolation and death. How can this end be a beginning? And how can a dream seem so real?
- NECROMANCER by Emma Faragher - Mal is a necromancer. Now her greatest debt is being called in and her skills are needed. On a murder investigation, no less.
- KIRA by Ross Harrison - Kira's town has so far survived the destruction wrought by the Government on so many others. But for how much longer?
- IN THE LAP OF THE GODS by Steph Bennion - There are those who would stop at nothing to keep certain inventions from becoming a reality.
- MONDAY IMPS by Alexandra Butcher - Have you ever wondered about Mondays? Why is it everything seems to go wrong? There is a simple answer...
- SEPARATE WARS ON THE SAME STREET by Josh Karaczewski - A new war is being fought on the rooftops and alleyways by men in mech suits.
- MESRIN STATION by L. L. Watkin - Jan was never an upstanding citizen, but he was never stupid either; and now they are all in more trouble than they thought...
- HALF-BLOOD by Barbara G. Tarn - Giordano discovers he's a half-blood. His search for his 'real' father will take him farther than he thought.
Adventures among the stars need a ship to get you there.
Stories Rule Press presents Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel
Space Opera heroes and heroines explore the stars and discover cool new places in ships which range from beat-up rust-buckets to sleek technologically advanced craft that are the envy of the galaxy. Space ships are quintessential for the adventures and challenges our favourite characters face.
Come and explore over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press' 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest.
Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel is the second volume in a quarterly collection of genre fiction anthologies presented by Stories Rule Press.
"Sole Survivor" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Captain" by Stephen Sottong
"Big Top" by Sonia Orin Lyris
"Cycle Three" by Stephanie Mylchreest
"Star Cruise" by Ron Collins
"Watch of the Starsleepers" by Christopher D. Schmitz
"Tome Raiders" by Eric Del Carlo
"The Passenger" by Eve Morton
"An Ordinary World" by J. L. Royce
"Insanity is Infectious" by Cameron Cooper
"Achemar" by Jasmine Luck
"Moby Dick's Doors" by Michèle Laframboise
"Learning Curve" by Neil Williams
"Exotic Matters" by Phil Giunta
"An icub on Mars" by Barbara G. Tarn
"Of Hedgehogs and Humans" by Rob Nisbet
"Smugglers Blues" by Blaze Ward
"Altered Skin" by Sara C. Walker
"An Unexpected Taste of Home" by Terry Mixon
"Symphony" by Douglas Smith
Space Opera Science Fiction Anthology
Stories Rule Press is a family-run micropress in Alberta, Canada, working as a cooperative to bring great story-tellers together and assist them with publication.
Editor Tracy Cooper-Posey is one of the original authors with Stories Rule Press. She writes across several fiction genres, including space opera under two different pen names, and grew up reading classic science fiction.
I challenged folks to give me a crime story with a one word title that could complete that phrase above.
Many answered, and nearly twenty made the final cut, from coziest fun to darkest noir, always with Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment in the back of their minds.
Historic tales sent in mid-Twentieth Century Los Angeles or Budapest. Modern mysteries from small towns to Appalachia to the big city.
Crime takes many forms. Where will it take you?
Curses and blessing, sorcerous time travel, shape-shifters, hidden enchantment and corrupted blood.
Magic demands . . .
Saving those you love, courage, betrayal and fights against unspeakable forces.
Magic promises . . .
Last best hopes, reluctant and desperate heroes, ancient power unleashed and the compulsion to overcome death itself.
Magic risks . . .
Forbidden spells and deadly bargains.
Here be magic!
From life to death, from realm to realm, from past to future and in between—dare you adventure with wizards?
Table of Contents
1. "Good Scrying Gone Bad" by Dayle A. Dermatis
2. "Troll-magic" by J.M. Ney-Grimm
3. "Shakespeare's Curse" by Karen C. Klein
4. "Lords of Dyscrasia" by Seth Lindberg
5. "Chronicles of the Varian Empire - The Spell" by Barbara G.Tarn
6. "Hunting Wild" by J.M. Ney-Grimm
7. "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" by A. L. Butcher
8. "Legacy of Mist and Shadow" by Diana L. Wicker
9. "A Sudden Outbreak of Magic" by Michael Jasper
10. "Words of Rain and Shadows" by Linda Maye Adams
11. "Tales of Erana" by A. L. Butcher
12. "Mage of Merigor" by Alison Naomi Holt
13. "Drinking and Conjuring Don't Mix" by Stefon Mears
Starships, cyborg, mad scientists.
Ten snippets of galactic life in a space-faring civilization. Humanoids' adventures on their home planet and beyond.
THE STORIES IN THIS COLLECTION ARE:
"The Rogue Years"
Ten gripping space adventure tales spanning the galaxy.
Three more months have passed since the core broke. Jessica is back in Kenor City with Earl, and Adele is in Urbe, presenting her research. When the king of the United Kingdom of Kenorland dies, Jessica and Earl are free to wander in the royal house on wheels with Adele and Charlie, going around the world and studying cultures that almost vanished when the core broke.
A long journey around the northern hemisphere, meeting people and cementing relationships.
Six months after the end of Book 1, the core stops working and all the clocks stop at the same time. As the world's rotation slows, experts from all over the world head for the island of the core, a mechanical computer with clockwork and alchemic parts. And they vanish.
In increasingly bad weather, Adele needs to reach the core from Urbe, Charlie from Copper House, Rohan from Dilli. By airship or steam-powered train, they will have to cross continents and the sea to reach the core and fix it, as well as finding out who is doing this to the world.
Queen Georgina’s triplets were inseparable until the accident that disfigured her favorite, Simeon. Now he hides his face behind a golden mask, and hasn’t gone back to the world beyond the portals for fifteen years. Until now.
Earl and Eliza, his twins, haven’t spoken to him in years, busy with their own lives. The triplets used to be tightly knit. Will they be able to rekindle their bond despite their losses?
Things aren’t easy, on Earth and Otherside. And Simeon’s grief can cause a lot of damage.
A companion to the books or a standalone, a collection of four stories of Otherside, the steampunk world beyond portals. Whether born cat or human, on Earth or Otherside, these characters move to or through Otherside in search of something or someone with whom to live happily ever after.
The Last Case
The House on Wheels
The Siamese Cat
After her divorce, Jessica moves into a family heirloom, a cottage belonging to her aunt who vanished fifty years ago without trace. Welcomed by a stray cat, or so she presumes, she'll soon discover things are not always what they look like in the old house.
A novella of cats and women hopping between ours and a steampunk world, a portal fantasy for everyone.
No politics, no religion, no families. Strange disappearances. Memory losses that make no sense.
Bel lives in Rainbow Town, a multi-level underground settlement. But when she tries to contact her ex, he vanished.
Raj feels uncomfortable in Rainbow Town. His memory losses leave him uneasy and he wishes to go out in the great unknown, even if it might mean certain death.
With their friends, Bel and Raj must find the truth in a perfect town that feels more and more like a golden prison. A standalone novel of exploration and discovery of a future Earth that might never be.