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Wonder City Stories by Jude McLaughlin

Superpowers are the least of their problems...

Wonder City Stories is an ongoing serial that explores gender, race, and sexuality in a richly-populated superhero comic book universe, actively deconstructing the persistent themes of the genre through the eyes of a group of compelling characters who are unusual in that context: women, elderly people, POCs, LGBTQI people, and more. It’s a universe where the equivalent of Superman . . .

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Paternum by J. C. Weston

A college student named Quinn with a chronically ill father and a 15-years-missing mother discovers an experimental supersuit in a collection of their mother’s old belongings, and it awakens powers they never knew they had. Finding new friends and a home in the superhero community, Quinn grows as a person as they slowly learn about what really happened to their . . .

A serialized novel, updating weekly.
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Nicoserial by Nico H

Character-driven stories with an air of conspiracy.

A collection of several connected stories which can be read individually, with nods to the characters and plotlines of others. The stories available rotate every few months to different ones, so if there’s nothing which seems interesting at the moment, check back later! The overarching genre is modern supernatural with some low-concept sci-fi mixed in as well. Some stories have . . .

An ongoing series, with new episodes weekly.
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The Solstice War by Madiha N. Santana

Confront the war within to survive the war without.

History would never forget the 18th of the Aster’s Gloom of the year 2030. Twenty-three years after the fall of the Ayvartan Empire and the rise of the Socialist Dominances of Solstice, the great southern continent once more found itself at war. From far overseas, the Nocht Federation, the Kingdom of Lubon and the Empire of Hanwa declared war . . .

A serialized novel, updating fortnightly.
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The Shadow of the Sun by Sarah Kelly

Emily enters her senior year of high school expecting to keep her head down long enough to graduate and move away. In a country where being different can result in institutionalization or death, Emily believes she has no choice but to keep her orientation a secret. Emily learns to accept herself right before learning something else: the world is . . .

A serialized novel, updating sporadically.
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Deviant by Kataclysm

You don't need a gun to win a war.

In 2009, the world changed as Seattle fell to a tsunami, one created with sheer willpower. The rise of “Deviants,” superhumans with unique abilities and powers, was almost immediate. Factions formed, fighting themselves and each other, and once mundane criminals became lethally efficient killers. Heroes rose up, but they were few and far between. It is now 2025. The . . .

A serialized novel, updating sporadically.
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The Bitter Drop by Evelyn Isherwood

Long will winter keep the light of summer from the sky.

The star Ain sits at the centre of the universe. Orbiting it is the hollow world Mir, which conceals within herself an old god. The celestial abyss around Mir is full of spirits – the young shoggot, who freed themselves from slavery mere millenia ago. Their former masters, the fungal stareczi, still lurk in space, in the darkness between stars. . . .

An abandoned series.
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Visit Wonder City

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Oct 25, 2009: If you read comics, the title of Wonder City Stories gets your attention by itself. That’s largely because there’s a comic by Kurt Busiek called "Astro City."

What Busiek does there is focus on normal people living in a superpowered world and sometimes on how superpowers impact the ordinary lives of those people who have them.

Jude McLaughlin does something similar in this serial, but not the same.

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Super Hero, Super Serial

By intergal, member

Sep 27, 2010: I first came across Wonder City Stories last week during a cursory check of WFG, and managed to read the entire back catalogue inside of 2 or 3 days. Given that my job involves a lot of between-site travel and a lot of planning, that’s pretty stupendous and should say a lot.

It’s a serial of vignettes following several characters who have intertwining story strands, who all live in Wonder City, home to many a great hero and inter-dimensional hiccup.

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