Kyrus Sr. is now ‘His Radiance’ and suddenly aware that his world is enormously bigger than he thought. He has to take his people . . . all of them . . . from low-tech to a high tech society to re-join a galactic civilization. The problem is that the Chairman of the planetary board believe’s he’s the sole owner since he bombed the Lainz ancestors out of . . .
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 . . .
Set in a world of the 1920’s that might have been, this is a tale of airships, adventure, gallant gentlemen, and sultry island maidens. . . .
To friends and family there is nothing remarkable about Justin Cade. Seeing only an awkward, sometimes isolated high school sophomore they would never suspect that he lives a double life as Milestone City’s protector: the holographic heroine known as Glimmer Girl. Juggling school, superherodom and his own skewed sense of self Justin starts down the road of transition into . . .
The Descendants is web serial styling itself after a comic book universe, right down to a format that included minis, annuals and one shot stories. The central plot follows the lives of a group of superpowered individuals (psionics) as they attempt to live together following a betrayal by the organization supposedly meant to protect them. Interpersonal relationships take as . . .
Once upon a time, a foolhardy smuggler pulled off an impossible heist, and then was forced to do it AGAIN by people who didn’t realize he’d never done it to begin with. That was Pay Me, Bug! Now, in a Rake by Starlight, the same foolhardy smuggler must survive two revolutions and a secret Black Ops organization suffering from buyer’s . . .
A Grey World follows Alexis, who has gone all out badass. Yeah, her mom’s an abusive druggie and her father is [classified]. Oh, and school’s no better, having a resident psychopath with a grudge. As a new member of the hitting-people-in-the-head school of therapy, she sets about taking out her problems on the local drug cartel. What could go . . .
The Slush Pile is a weekly short-fiction blog run by Hal Matthews that runs the gamut of speculative fiction. Updated every Wednesday, the stories can range in focus from power-armored paladins looking for love at the edge of space, to boys getting high with the monsters in their closets. . . .
A hard science fiction web serial dealing with first contact. After radio signals are detected to be coming from Kapteyn’s Star, humanity launches its first ever interstellar mission to investigate. The story is mostly narrated from the perspective of Liu Haipeng, the ship’s contact specialist, though there are also chapters from alien perspectives. . . .
Through the ruins of a fallen empire, a minotaur travels across a dying world, seeking the long roads back to his own world. A gentleman-adventurer and his trusty companions explore an alternate-Earth steampunk world wherein immortals rule and the creatures of myth dwell. A wild hill tribe sword maiden and a civilised one-time assassin of the cities seek . . .
Four unlikely friends are permanently linked together when they install a beta “ultimate collaboration” tool on their computers—that allows them to teleport to and from each other’s homes at ease. Of course, they get more than they bargained for when they discover they can’t turn their connections off . . . . . . .
Wayne Robertson is an astrophysicist at a radio telescope array in Antarctica who intercepts a series of transmissions from over half a billion light years away, and 176 years into the future. It is through these transmissions that he discovers the existence of Maxim Akihiko Broussad, a deranged genetic hybrid named Spegg, and a wealth of new technology that will . . .
The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading . . .
Sep 13, 2008: The Dark Icon Original Fiction web site contains a wide variety of stories set in different and interesting worlds. I only spent a significant amount of time with two.
I read all (so far) of the on-going web serial "Court of the Abominatrix" and a couple stories from the "Magekiller" series of short stories.
From what I’ve seen so far, I’m reminded of the science fiction/fantasy found in pulp magazines. The strongest [more . . .]
Nov 2, 2008: I tell people I’m a writer because I can’t read, thus I find myself guilty of the sin of hoping for reviews when I don’t often review myself.
One of the few series I find myself able to follow without prompting is ‘The Legion of Nothing’, which, in my glaring opinion, is an affectionate homage to great classic hero teams. To me there’s nothing richer than a good team book: adventure, gathering forces and looking out for one another, it encompasses [more . . .]