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Writing as AstridL, erotic tales may be found at amazon.com/author/astridl
And here´s what a reader in France says in a 4-star review of Mercury Blobs: "You can't take one without the other!
Some stories remind us that everyone leads two lives. Mix and match Sylvia Petter's 'Mercury Blobs' with AstridL's 'Consuming the Muse and you'll see why. A Home is a Home and nice to get back to even after a Picnic at Niagara.
The Christmas Goose may not seem as exciting as a Cherry Strudel but it can sometimes help you get over what was Just Lunch.
Giggles? Laughter? The odd tear or two? I am now sure that The Ways of Love and The Wages of Bliss are the two sides of the same coin."
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This year, many Australian communities have been affected by bushfires. People—and animals—have lost their lives and their homes. The Australian Speculative Fiction community asked the question, ‘What can we do to help?’
‘Stories of Hope’ was born from the smoke and ashes, an anthology of fantasy and science fiction tales based on the theme of ‘hope.’ All money raised from the sales of this book will be donated to WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund and the Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund.
This is no ordinary anthology, it’s a message of hope for the future.
“Sylvia Petter has captured with wonderful brevity and efficiency a weird bit of history that came and went in a relatively short time, yet caused incalculable havoc to ordinary people’s lives in the most absurd and petty ways. She tells it in flash form but the story lingers long after you’ve read it.” - Simon Edge, author of The Hopkins Conundrum
“Sylvia Petter’s timely novel in flash evokes perfectly the letters sent, intercepted, and finally received, through which this story of fragmented yet enduring love and hope is told. Set against the backdrop of Chemnitz before and after the fall of the Berlin wall, Petter’s precise prose brings to life in crisp, vivid detail a not too distant past that rings eerily true to the present. A portent.” - Rachel J Fenton, author of Beerstorming with Charlotte Brontë in New York
“Who can you love? Who can you trust? Boldly reimagining the flash fiction form, Sylvia Petter has created an epic tale in a compressed space, a compelling, powerful, poetic retelling of history filled with secrets, dissidents, revolution, redemption and the indiscriminating winds of political change that touch us all.” - Nancy Stohlman, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction
Lose yourself in stories that bring together different generations through time travel as well as exploring futuristic ideas. Explore worlds where determination and resolve overcome impossible feats. Let your imagination go as you read about adventures under the sea, a magician's chair, dragons, and mischievous girls on a mission to prank their teacher. Dip into our world of short stories...
All monies raised from sales of this book will go directly to Foodbank, which provides emergency food for local people in crisis.
This anthology, the fourth from the Bath Flash Fiction Awards, contains 137 micro fictions of 300 words or under by writers from all over the world. The stories cover many topics: relationships in all their forms, familiar, strange, tragic or benign; war and displacement; the climate emergency; historical subjects; the fantastical and surreal. So many different styles and themes. So much to enjoy, make you think, and inspire you to write your own stories.
“From lush description to plot surprises to current events and complicated relationships of all kinds... a wonderful cross-section of flash fiction.”
~Nancy Stohlman, author of Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities
“There’s humor and pathos in these stories, conventional plots alongside innovative structures... personal stories and those concerning larger cultural themes.”
~Christopher Allen author of Other Household Toxins
“A real cornucopia of flash skills...all sparking joy.”
~Vanessa Gebbie author of The Coward’s Tale
Now, 20 years on, more than forty creators return to celebrate the survival of this maverick venture with the very best of work past, current and future. Their message to you is that independent publishing houses like IP are, and always will be, an essential part of the cultural landscape even in the face of globalisation and aspiring robots.
Who are these daring writers whose work is Just off Message?
You know how to find them.
- Joanne Harris, author of 'Chocolat'
“A cornucopia of witty, tragic, elegant, raw, heart-warming and terrifying stories that take the idea of Home, play with it as only truly talented writers can, and all to help those who have no home at all."
- Emma Darwin, author of 'The Mathematics of Love'
A home is something most of us have the luxury of taking for granted but for many it is a grim struggle to obtain what should be a basic necessity. Stories for Homes is a collection of witty, poignant, funny and heartbreaking short stories by fifty five authors, both established and emerging, reflecting the connection between the immediacy of housing crisis and the stories people tell about their lives around and within it. Volume Two of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction and again all proceeds will be donated to Shelter, the charity for housing and homelessness.
In return, what you get, is a book packed full of great short stories donated by some of best writers around today.
This book was put together by a dedicated team of volunteers who believe that now, more than ever, we live in a time where simple acts of kindness matter.
We sincerely hope you will accept this opportunity to join us in this mutual act of kindness by purchasing and enjoying the stories in this book.
Kommen Sie mit auf eine multikulturelle Reise der Emotionen, vom alten Kontinent zum neueren und zurück. Durch Linsen der Trennung und Entfernung führen die Erzählungen Sylvia Petters durch Einsichten über ein Leben der Beziehungen, von der Jugend und dem Erwachsensein bis zu einem Erwachen im Alter. Vielleicht finden Sie sich in den Einsichten der dargestellten Figuren wieder – Einsichten über Liebe, Leidenschaft, geschichtliche und politische Wahrnehmungen, Karriere und Tod. Erforschen Sie Abzweigungen in die freie und unvorhersehbare Welt der Phantasie der Mitspielenden.
Erleben Sie Überraschungen beim Lesen dieser im englischsprachigen Raum preisgekrönten Erzählungen. Die Reise ist es wert.
“The brilliant stories in Sylvia Petter’s Mercury Blobs are sometimes very funny and sometimes very moving, and often they are both at once, which is one of the best tests of a truly serious writer. Moreover, she is a master of the very short fictional forms that have become a crucial expressive medium of the 21st-century sensibility. This is a splendid collection from a gifted writer
–Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.
This anthology was prepared by an international team of volunteers and includes the donation of a poem in German with English translation by award-winning Austrian poet and writer, Friederike Mayröcker.
Greg Mc Queen, founder of 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan says this:
"You're holding a book that beat the odds. A book made from determination. From compassion. And by holding it - buying it - reading it - telling others about it - you stand with the writers and artists who created it: ordinary people who watched the lives of strangers destroyed and decided that they needed to help."
Celebrate with us Japan and its people.