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“Bat Durstons” are welcome here. First and foremost, we publish Space Westerns: works with themes from the Western genre set in Outer-space. We border on Space Opera, Steampunk, and the Weird West. Contains fiction, poetry, music, radio-plays, and illustrated features. . . .

An anthology.
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Afterlife by Mike Monroe

A free online science fiction/western serial.

The world as we know it is gone. It’s become a vast desert wasteland where you could ride a sand bike for hundreds of miles before seeing signs of civilization. Our cities are long destroyed. Others have risen up in their ashes, but it’s taken thousands of years. A small number of wealthy business tycoons have managed to thrive in . . .

An ongoing series, with new episodes fortnightly.
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The Wayward Duck by TheUnluckyJackpot

The Duck is indeed, rather Wayward.

The Wayward Duck is the story of an individual, rejected by her homeland and her culture, and has found herself a new home with a group of mismatched individuals. Two groups, actually. She balances both her lives rather badly. Her path is a difficult one, made even more so by her sudden involvement in a universe-wide fight against evil. Just . . .

A serialized novel, updating fortnightly.
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To See the Stars as God by Ayami Tyndall

A star-hopping adventure set in an imaginative world, To See the Stars as God follows the latest journey of Glif, professional mercenary and mystery. Explore the Radius, heart of the galaxy where an alien star is only a few weeks away and where humanity has diverged into a series of mutant sub-species, some friendly, some hostile and some bizarre. . . .

A complete novel.
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Grimm Apparatus by Kaye Del Mar

Who says pirates can’t hound you in space, science can’t flirt with magic, and dragons can’t be made of metal?

For thousands of years, stories, be they oral folklore or literary fantasies, have entertained both adults and children alike. Damsels in distress and dashing white knights, pure-hearted princes and cherished, innocent princesses, kingdoms on the brink of war, wicked dragons and tyrannical rulers, the epic heroes—all these (and more) precious elements surround what we now know as fairy tales. . . .

A collection of stories.
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The Cygnus War by E.S. Wynn

The Tessa Chronicles: The Cygnus War is an online series of episodes released weekly (on Wednesdays) that chronicles the adventures of Minerva Squadron’s five pilots in an interstellar war with a shadowy enemy known as the Cygnan Coralate. Our main character is Tessa Eisenherz, a lieutenant commander in the Terran Commonwealth’s Galactic Naval Division (TCGND) who flies a Seindrive . . .

An ongoing series, with new episodes weekly.
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A ‘Verse Full of Scum by Alan Baxter

The story of galactic Bounty Hunter, Ghost, and his efforts to track down a rogue magic user who seems to be running as far away as he can, killing anyone that gets in his way. . . .

A complete novel.
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Autonomy by Wijbren van Tuinen

In the year 3000 humans are colonising the galaxy. They are taking the vast frontier of space and are segmenting it, culturing it and constricting it. Autonomy Jones, mercenary and bounty hunter, refuses to accept this. Together with Tommy, her robotic partner, she drifts through space from planet to planet and station to station, accepting any job that will keep . . .

An abandoned series.
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Not enough scum

By Chris Poirier, editor

Sep 20, 2008: After 32 chapters, I’m having a hard time figuring out what to say about A ‘Verse Full of Scum. At times, it works, and works well. At other times, it’s just okay.

The story is told first person by Ghost, a bounty hunter in a somewhat Firefly/Serenity universe. He’s hired by a government operative from one of the rich "civilized" planets to capture Pietre Gans, a "Magicker" responsible for several brutal murders. Gans is fleeing as fast as he can to [more . . .]

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A real rocket of a Sci-Fi story

By Dan M, member

Aug 31, 2008: I can’t quite recall at which point I was completely hooked, but it was early on. By that time, I had been dragged across the universe, witnessed a life’s worth of gleefully gruesome crimes and found my new hero and life coach- Ghost, one very nasty bounty hunter.

This is testament to Alan Baxter’s ever-sharpening narrative ability, delivered in this case through the gritted teeth of Ghost.

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