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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 . . .

A series.
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Eikasia by Illise Montoya

An adventure of love and magic.

On a tower of metal and light, a girl faces an uncertain future. Awash with the tears of gods, a warrior stares down the universe. Together they journey across dangerous lands, to spare the world a demon’s madness. Romance and dark fantasy blend together in this interesting tale about the things we see and the things we don’t. Eikasia—Sometimes, . . .

A serialized novel, updating infrequently.
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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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Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts

A gender-swapped space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers

Dana D’Artagnan came to Paris Satellite to become a Musketeer – instead, she became best friends with three of them: Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Now she’s tangled up in a world of swords, spaceships, zero-gravity sports, war, romance and inter-planetary politics. The solar system is on the brink of war, the government is dangerously unstable thanks to an inconvenient . . .

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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Kindness From Strangers by Leradny

A series of short stories loosely connected by the themes of Fantasy, Equality, Intelligence, Angst, and Idealism. Characters (particularly a small, black-haired young woman) and settings (particularly a place not unlike present-day Earth) may be shared. Plotlines may be continued. Morals may be made. For sure, they are all written by the same author. . . .

A growing collection of stories, updated fortnightly.
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Thalia’s Musings by Amethyst Marie

Thalia’s Musings is narrated by Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, as she observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek pantheon. But when Thalia becomes more than an observer, the Fates take notice. Are Thalia’s powers limited to helping mortal playwrights hack out a comedy sketch, or can she create happy endings in real life, even for the . . .

A complete series.
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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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House of Cats by Joyce Sully

There's a new queen in the cattery!

At the House of Cats, those felines who are cursed to become humans when the moon enters Leo find a safe haven between two worlds. But the House has fallen into disrepair; the cat who should be leading them has run away. She dreams of being a chef, of living as a human all the time (or at least six . . .

A complete novel.
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A Bad Idea by Billy Higgins Peery

Anne’s got a problem — there’s a corpse in her bedroom. Dealing with both a criminal record and a chip on her shoulder, she’s doing her best to stay out of jail. Sure, she’s making dangerous weaponry, hanging out with criminals, buying drugs, crashing weddings . . .  I forgot where I was going with this. . . .

A complete novel.
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WONDER CITY STORIES

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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A BAD IDEA

Popcorn! Gitcher popcorn here!

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

Jul 24, 2016: The tl;dr is that A Bad Idea is a fun, snappy ride. It’s a great way to pass some time without all the ‘commitment’ of other serials, but unlike other serials, it never goes so far to earn that commitment. This is a casual read for the most casual reader; don’t go in thinking Grapes of Wrath of when we’re getting Saturday Morning Funnies.

The characters are damn fun. Each starts with a one-note personality that works exceptionally well at explaining [more . . .]

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