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Princess and swordswoman, lawyer and motorcyclist, scholar and barbarian: there are many ways to be a heroine. In this anthology, seventeen authors find new ways to pair one weapon-wielding woman and one whose strengths lie in softer skills.
“Which is more powerful, the warrior or the gentlewoman?” these stories ask. And the answer is inevitably, “Both, working together!”
Herein, you’ll find duels and smugglers, dance battles and danger noodles, and even a new Swordspoint story!
From big names and bold new voices, these stories are fun, clever, and always positive about the power of love.
Aliette de Bodard
Yoon Ha Lee
Truth is a paradox, especially when magick is involved. To get beyond illusions of reality, then, a person must reach beyond what we think is possible and find what’s really there.
Set in the award-winning world of Mage: The Ascension, the 17 tales featured in this collection span from the bizarre humor of “The Theogenesis Gimmick” to the aching loss of “Life,” the tangled passions of “Toxic” love, and the grim assurance that “Nothing Important Happened Today.”
Hope, betrayal, fury, lust, even the lack of feeling for another’s pain – it’s all part of a realm where magick is real, and reality is magickal.
Mage: the Ascension and World of Darkness are registered trademarks of White Wolf Entertainment AB.
Amazon Bestseller top rankings: #1 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Kindle Store) on Amazon.com; #1 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store) on Amazon.com; #1 in Science Fiction Short Stories (Kindle Store) on Amazon.ca; #1 in Fantasy Anthologies (Kindle Store) on Amazon.ca; #1 in Superhero Fantasy eBooks on Amazon.ca.
Shooting off hands with lasers. Gambling fingers in a supernatural poker game. Poking a bear. These are just some ways to lose a finger that are not covered in this anthology.
This collection of fantastical stories follows a theme of “ways to lose a finger,” so you can bet someone is having bloody, handy trouble in each one. From comedy to creepy, from heroics to hopelessness, these light fantasy nibbles will entertain and enlighten about the human condition, even if that enlightenment only consists of “don’t stick that in there.” So settle in for some mythological comedy, cyberpunk, ghostly horror, superhero satire, and a big, fat, trans-dimensional cat!Featuring four all new tales from Seattle authors Z.D. Gladstone, Michael G. Munz, Tiffany Pitts, and Janine A. Southard, Four Fantastical Ways to Lose Your Fingers is a brilliant short story collection that’s guaranteed to waste at least 30 minutes of your time. Maybe even 3 hours, depending on how fast you read.
To prevent physical injury, please keep all hands and fingers inside the book.
Almost everyone carries a smartphone these days. They sit in pockets and on tables. They sleep on headboards and are the first things their owners check in the morning. They’ve edged out more mundane equipment like calendars and MP3 players.
They aren’t magical, of course. Or are they?
In Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, 21 authors twist reality and call into question the mundanity we hold in our hands. They ask the question, “Is that smartphone completely explainable by science?” and they decide the answer is a resounding “No!”
From award-winners and bold new voices, from experienced fantasists and professional technologists, these stories are fun, clever, and often positive about the power of technology.
Enjoy new stories from:
Rhiannon Held / Manny Frishberg / Edd Vick / H.M. Jones / Kris Millering / Raven Oak / Jon Lasser / Sarina Dorie / Jonathon Burgess / Jeremiah Reinmiller / C.S. O’Cinneide / Stevehen Warren / Aaron Giddings, Sr. / Amanda Hackwith / Dale Cameron Lowry / Dawn Vogel / Kyle Yadlosky / J.S. Rogers / Angela Dell’Isola / Stephanie Djock / A. Moritz
At the intersection of fantasy and technology, iPhones could go either way.
Magic knows your number, and it’s calling you.
Follow Rhiannon and her Hive across the galaxy! The first novel in this action-adventure series won an IPPY award for science fiction in 2013. It also consistently rates 4 stars on Amazon.com and Goodreads (approx 100 reviews between them). Since then, the books have only gotten better.
Queen & Commander
On a world where test scores determine your future, six rebels refuse to play the game. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them. Rhiannon, the inexperienced Queen leading this escape, will have to deal with blackmail by a supposed ally and kidnapping by people who should be role models in her quest to keep her crew alive.
"So Much to Offer"
How do the Devoted find their Queens? Alan tells the tale of all the Queens who courted him before he met Rhiannon.
Hive & Heist
A space station caper!
Is it really stealing when you take back what’s yours? Exhausted and broke, Rhiannon’s Hive limps into John Wayne Station on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Safe at last, this stop-over is looking bright until the authorities steal their ship’s engine. The only solution: steal it back!
Hive & Heist has action, druidry, and a sentient robot. Oh, and some sheep.
"The Robot Who Stole Herself"
Before she became an American Space Ranger. Before she joined Queen-Commander Rhiannon on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Before she was sentient, robotic M3L-15-A was a nanny.
In this science fiction short story, Melissa turns her child-rearing programming on herself and climbs to sentience. To avoid the scrap heap, Melissa finds her own path to freedom.
Reign & Revolution
The Hive Queen Saga’s thrilling conclusion!
Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. Since joining up, they’ve traveled farther and farther away from their home planet. Out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owned territory), home catches up.
But home isn't exactly as they left it, and a hostile space fleet stands between Rhiannon’s aging ship and her new/old life. Should she charge towards the fleet, or scurry back into international space as fast as her craft can go?
Spaceships. Heists. Anywhere but here.
Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. They've outsmarted kidnappers, survived severe oxygen deprivation, and heisted back their own ship engine from would-be thieves.
Since joining up, they’ve traveled farther and farther away from their home planet. But out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owned territory), home catches up.
When Alan’s former research advisor makes an offer that'll let them return to Dyfed as respected members of society, Rhiannon knows she must accept. But home isn't exactly as she left it, and a hostile space fleet stands between her aging ship and her new/old life. Should she charge towards the fleet, or scurry back into international space as fast as her craft can go?
Discover the Hive Queen Saga’s thrilling conclusion!
This collection stars four authors, each with their own distinct style. National bestselling mystery author Maia Chance, who is famous for her cozy mysteries, dazzles with humor and folklore. IPPY award-winning science fiction author Janine A. Southard beguiles with unexpected time-travel science. Science fiction and fantasy bestseller Raven Oak offers a look into the gothic past. And for a whole new perspective, debut fiction author and art expert G. Clemans dives into the intersections of creativity and mystery.
Joy to the Worlds brings together eight short works that explore mysteries across time and space. Ranging from dark dystopian worlds to comedic retro-futures, four diverse writers find new ways to combine these disparate worlds into something everyone will enjoy.
What can your phone do for you?
This is the story of a girl and her iPhone. No, that’s not quite right. This is the story of a middle-aged statistician and her best friend. Though she didn’t consider herself middle-aged. And the best friend was more of a roommate-with-whom-she’d-developed-a-friendship. And this description completely ignores the 6,000-year-old elf with whom the woman and her best friend enjoyed story gaming.
So let’s try this again.
This is the story of a woman who would rather play story games than actively work on her love life. Between story gaming and succumbing to the phone’s insidious sleekness, she learns that friendship trumps romance.
In the award-winning novel Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story, Janine A. Southard (a Seattle denizen) shows you how the geeks of Seattle live, provides a running and often-hilarious social commentary on today’s world, and reminds you that, so long as you have friends, you are never alone.
A New York detective discovers the dead body of her old Army mentor, and the corpse is covered in divination predictions. The longer she works the case, the more otherworldly her suspects become.
IPPY-award winning author Janine A. Southard mixes it up with this short police procedural. “Prophesy Murder” blends genres with the inclusion of fantasy and science fiction elements that get in the way of a hard-boiled detective.
In this science fiction short story, Melissa turns her child-rearing programming on herself and climbs to sentience. She would happily continue in her caregiving role, but her new interests lead her to less-than-ideal choices (as far as the child’s parents are concerned). To avoid the scrap heap, Melissa finds a novel path to freedom.
In her 40 years of existence, Melissa has come to sentience many times. This is the first.
M3L-15-A first appeared in Hive & Heist, book two of The Hive Queen Saga. “The Robot Who Stole Herself” can be read on its own, though there are references to characters in that series.
Is it really stealing when you take back what’s yours?
Exhausted and broke, Rhiannon’s Hive limps into John Wayne Station on the Ceridwen’s Cauldron. Safe at last, this stop-over is looking bright until the authorities steal their ship’s engine. The only solution: steal it back!
Between stage-handing a play (at the local brothel) and avoiding their law-enforcement roommate (a sentient robot), they grow into a real team. A real Dyfed-style Hive.
The law enforcement robot, meanwhile, is busy detecting a series of thefts and murders. She’s determined to use all her skills—programmed both before and after she clawed her way to sentience—to protect anyone else from getting hurt. Agents from a rival law enforcement group, however, bump into her investigation and create problems that she could really do without. She has a job to do, even if they’re determined to get in her way.
Hive & Heist has action, druidry, and a sentient robot. Oh, and some sheep.