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flesh phantoms by Alan P. Scott

cynical biped

The stories here are short (some very short) and are mostly sf – that is, speculative fiction: fantasies, myths, science fiction, slipstream . . . all the flavors of fabulation except, I hope, for the mundane. Many were written with the audience of the Usenet newsgroup talk.bizarre in mind, back when text was the thing. —APS . . .

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Tales of the Big Bad Wolf-Red Riding Hood by SgL

A world of fantasy and fairytales,twisted together. On a journey north to visit her ailing grandmother, Elanore Redley encounters the reclusive Count Wolfram while fleeing a monstrous pursuer. As the mysterious Wolfram draws her into his magic-filled world, her childhood friend Edmund must come to terms with his own feelings towards Elanore and his identity as a hunter. . . .

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City of Angles by Stefan Gagne

a web novel series of living a life amidst the twisted yet familiar

Buildings next to buildings, askew or aligned. Buildings sometimes intersecting buildings, for that matter. Walk down a hallway, end up in a ballroom, double glass doors to a subway station, third exit on the left goes to a dentist’s office. Probably wouldn’t want your cavities filled there, mind you. There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it—we’ve got . . .

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How Do You QA Test a Tsundere Android!? by DarkClaymore

After finishing his first degree in Computer Science, Nick now searches for a job in the hi-tech industry. His attention is drawn to Anomalia, the company developing the most advanced androids in the world. Blessed with the curse of finding uncanny flaws in every product, Nick aims to become a “Quality Assurance” tester. It’s a safe job, where he . . .

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The Northern Caves by Nostalgebraist

An online message board devoted to a cult fantasy author wrestles with his baffling final book. . . .

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Dreamers by Sarah R. Suleski

Life is but a dream...

To sleep, perchance to dream . . . or wake again in a different world. This is the dual life of Muse, Love, and other Immortals like them. Split between two lives in two worlds, they never sleep, never dream, and never die. In one life they walk among us, unknown, in the other, they are worshiped as gods. . . .

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Secrets and Skin by Amy Notdorft

Since losing her ability to sing, Selene Kondo has existed in limbo: juggling part-time jobs, avoiding her family, and watching the last of her friends drift away. When her friend’s going away party turns bloody, she is thrown into a supernatural conflict she never dreamed existed. Her loyalties divided between a red-haired stranger and a charming cop, Selene must . . .

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Steal Tomorrow by Ann Pino

When her parents died in a global pandemic, seventeen-year-old Cassie Thompson thought her biggest problem was finding her next meal. But “Telo” is a virally-transmitted genetic disease that targets adults, and no one is immune. Surviving to adulthood isn’t looking very good as her city succumbs to food shortages, sanitation problems, and gang violence. When Cassie accepts an invitation to . . .

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The Red Door by Jaskaran Singh

It’s last call for lost friends, as Jack stages a five year reunion hoping to encounter once familiar faces and see if shared experiences from the past still resonate in the future. . . .

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The Rat Messiah by Adam C. Richardson

Who knew the end times would be this much fun?

A cataclysmic event tears the fabric of reality apart. But the world doesn’t end as all the prophets predicted. Instead, it gets a whole lot stranger. In a bizarre landscape of mishmash realities, Eddie, Ruby, and a handful of their friends seek to understand what became of the Earth they once knew. They hear rumors of one who will . . .

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Lamia’s Daughter by Shirley

I didn't mean for the island to blow up.

Naida is a foundling being raised by a very poor village in Greece, until a disaster happens and it is blamed on her presence. She is thrust into a sphinx’s clutches and embarks on a journey to find out where she’s from. Her mother’s heart companion (a chimera by the name of Asteri) is there to help her until . . .

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Fictdoodles by David Wilson-Burns

A blog for very short fiction, the odd poem and the occasional illustration

I write a flash fiction piece every week for #fridayflash. Some humorous, some dramatic, some speculative. I also include poems and original illustrations. . . .

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BEYOND PACIFICA

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By Fiona Gregory, editor

Oct 6, 2013: I liked the short opening chapter in which a woman dives off a cliff and becomes a mermaid. It was quite evocative and brought back memories of the movie Splash.

The second chapter makes a grevious error – a time traveller encounters gladiators and the Coliseum in ancient Greece instead of Rome. Ouch. One mistake doesn’t necessarily condemn a story (the Coliseum scene is only a short vignette, and after that the action switches to Central America) but it does mark [more . . .]

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STRANGE LITTLE BAND

Going to hell in a handbasket and loving the ride.

By Lyn Thorne-Alder, author of Side Quest

Oct 12, 2009: Strange Little Band is an engrossing love/hate story set in the heart of a cold-hearted megacorp. The main players, Shane, an alien half-breed, and Addison, a psychic, are themselves both the players and the played in the elaborate game The Triptych Corporation is playing.

While I, too, would like to see more of the science that makes Triptych run, I find the interpersonal relationships more than enough to drive the story. Neither Addison nor Shane are likeable people, and yet, living [more . . .]

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