If you walk the streets of Phoenix during the day, you see a city, built by strong hands and strong minds. Her spires of glass and steel pierce the blue skies and scintillate in the blazing Arizona sun. Cars rush through the streets, billowing dust and desert scents. And once and a while you’ll notice a black and silver cab . . .
High school is miserable for Taylor. Despite the fact that her superpower is a little less conventional than super strength or shooting laser beams from her hands, she’s been holding on to a dream of becoming a superhero. As she takes the plunge, however, things don’t go as planned. Taylor finds herself immersed in a world of black and . . .
For a thousand years, the trapped, immortal Teacher has carefully planned escape. Everything now depends on one naive young man . . . Book one: Prince Temmin Antremont has been sheltered from assassins and women for eighteen years. Now at his father’s court, forces he can neither control nor understand pull at him from all sides. But none pull harder than the . . .
The Legion of Nothing is the story of Nick Klein and what happens when he takes on the identity (and powered armor) of “The Rocket.” Originally his grandfather’s superhero identity, the powered armor comes with a lot of baggage. Ranging from his grandfather’s service in World War II to connections with other heroes (and villains), the past has a . . .
Tales of MU is an open-ended serial detailing the college life of one Mackenzie Blaise, a university student in a world where our fantasy is reality and our science is fantasy. Moving from her sheltered existence as an outcast and self-professed geek into the wild, wide world of Magisterius University, Mackenzie narrates her own story for us in a style . . .
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 . . .
The Starwalker is a starship with an experimental star-stepping drive. Designed to use the gravity wells of stars to fold space, she can travel between star systems faster than FTL. That is, if they can get it to work. She is run by a sophisticated AI who doesn’t always follow her programming. She has only just been born, and . . .
The supposed memoirs of Arnold Schnabel, a brakeman/poet recovering from a mental breakdown in the quaint seaside resort of Cape May, NJ, in 1963. . . .
In the far future, the Earth is one giant planet-sized city, and it is in disrepair. The majority of the Earth’s human inhabitants are gone and in their place other, darker creatures are moving in. Allin Arcady is a young man on his own deep in the bowels of the city, his one goal to reach the Roof of the . . .
Diggory Franklin met a beautiful woman today. Twice. The first time, she warned him of impending doom and then bestowed the most passionate kiss of his life. The second time, she had no memory of the first. And that’s really just the start of his problems . . . . . .
As the meteors fall, we believe this is the end. The truth is only more frightening as Project Bastion reaches out to survivors and begins to rally humanity, not to rebuild, but to fight for survival. These are the stories of those survivors, drawn together first to find a safe haven, then to fight back against the alien invaders. . . .
Leta Adler is a young, well-bred Vescentian doctor who suddenly gets plucked off of her home planet by the unregistered criminal rustbucket, the Dionysian. The rustbucket she finds herself on belongs to the notorious weapons-dealing, smuggling and recklessly mad mercenary , Fiearius Soliveré and his younger brother, acclaimed engineering genius and unappreciated mechanic, Cyrus, both exiles from their home planet . . .
When sixteen-year-old Sam Hain runs away from home, his troubles are only just beginning. Seeking shelter in the mysterious Golgotha estate, he is forced to confront a myriad of supernatural creatures and manifestations that inhabit the place. With nowhere else to go and no one to turn to for help, Sam has no choice but to deal with the strangeness . . .
Mar 12, 2009: The author describes “Beasts of New York” as “a children’s book for grown-ups” and that’s a pretty fair description. It’s the story of Patch, a squirrel living in Central Park, and his desperate search for food. It’s the desperation that makes it a story for grown-ups. The writing style at the beginning is fairly simple, with some lovely imagery, but the underlying theme is survival, and as survival becomes more difficult, the story becomes more complex.
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May 5, 2011: I speculate that Torn World started with a vision of the survivors of a terrible disaster (The Upheaval) living in an arctic wilderness with the help of huge, mischievous unicorns, and wondering what it would be like when their descendants meet—and clash with—a vast empire that uses steam and time technologies. The Empire is ruled by scientists, themselves descendants of other survivors of the same world-wide disaster. These people—snow-unicorn riders and scientists alike—face a danger that could destroy them. Can they overcome their differences in time to identify the [more . . .]