Free Fiction Monday: Skylight

Abandoned by everyone, Skye strikes a bargain with the Assassins Guild at the tender age of 14 to work off her education. But in the years that follow, her training proves she must escape an assassin’s life. After failing one final test, she learns her fate—a fate no one can see coming. This story marks the origin of Skye, the heroine of A Spy to […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Amelia Pillar’s Etiquette for the Space Traveler

As you prepare to embark on your yearlong space cruise, this excerpt from Amelia Pillar’s popular Etiquette for the Space Traveler will provide you with the skills you need to make your trip enjoyable for you and your fellow travelers. With tips such as making the most of the zero-G experience, interacting with new species, and properly utilizing your steward, this guide will help you […]

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Diving News! Cat News! Future News! Just…News!

Yes, as you can tell from the title of this, I’m stressed, busy, and a bit punch-drunk, without having any punch or alcohol. I’m running around like a chicken, trying to finish things before the Anthology Workshop starts on Friday. And then, I woke up this morning and realized (thanks to a kind DJ on the radio) that today is February 18. Which is… Release […]

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Visions of the Future

About a week ago, I got cheeky on Facebook, and said that figured the slogan for 2020 was What Fresh Hell Is This? (Hat-tip to Dorothy Parker, for memorializing a phrase that came into vogue…in the 1920s.) Every day of 2020 has brought something new and world-altering, from the coronavirus to Brexit to all the stuff happening in the U.S. to…well, I’m sure there’s something […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Arrival of Truth

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s alternate history stories have won or been nominated for every award in the sf field. “The Arrival of Truth” shows why. In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Once on the Blue Moon

As Collette’s parents take her on an outdated “luxury” starliner called the Blue Moon to yet another boarding school, she sees this as just one more crappy turn of events. But when the guys with guns show up, she knows boarding school pales in comparison to whatever these guys plan to do to her—and to her parents. So, when the bad guys lock her in […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crunchers, Inc.

Edith works for Number Crunchers Incorporated. Her job? Determine the monetary worth of each human being. But her corporation faces a nemesis—the EISHies. The ridiculously sentimental organization sabotages Crunchers, Inc. and other places just like it. Edith must discover how the EISHies infiltrated her business—and then figure out what to do about it, without succumbing to the EISHies’ subversive message: Everyone Is Someone’s Hero. “Crunchers, […]

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Bits and Pieces

I have a bunch of stories coming out in various anthologies. Yes, I’m back to work, and yes, I’m having fun. Can you tell? I think I’ll spread that news over the next ten days or so, though, just so each anthology gets its due. And a reminder: I use Amazon links only because I’m lazy and pressed for time. Please buy from your preferred […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Spaceships in the Desert

Laurel helps many people who return from the desert shaken by what they’ve seen—or think they’ve seen. But Mark seems different. He listens to her, and he makes her obsession with finding the strange silver objects—and discovering their secrets—his own. But that obsession comes with a cost: one neither might want to pay. “Spaceships in the Desert” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Safety Tests

Devlin trudges through his job on the space station waiting for retirement and hoping he won’t die first. A test pilot with Licensing and Regulation, he makes sure only the most qualified pilots make it to the test flight, let alone pass it. But sometimes, even the most jaded tester misses something. And the difference between life and death on a space station? Missing nothing. […]

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