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These science fiction and fantasy books have been written by the Writers of the Future award-winning authors and contest judges over the last year (along with a few coming out soon). The Writers of the Future program was created by L. Ron Hubbard to provide a chance for aspiring authors and their works to be seen and acknowledged. To receive information about the program click here.
Discover the cutting edge of speculative fiction, from space opera to hard science fiction, and urban fantasy to dark fantasy fiction, in both epic books and short stories.
Note: The anthologies below include one or more stories by Writers of the Future winners, judges, and L. Ron Hubbard (authors are bolded), and many include stories written by other authors as well.
Writer winners: Christopher Baker, Carrie Callahan, David Cleden, Preston Dennett, Andrew Dykstal, John Haas, Kyle Kirrin, Mica Scotti Kole, Rustin Lovewell, Wulf Moon, Elise Stephens, and Kai Wolden
Illustrators winners: Aliya Chen, Alexander Gustafson, Yingying Jiang, Sam Kemp, Qianjiao Ma, Allen Morris, Jennifer Ober, Josh Pemberton, Emerson Rabbitt, Christine Rhee, Vytas Vasiliauskas, and Alice Wang
Accompanied by: L. Ron Hubbard, Rebecca Moesta, Mike Resnick, Dean Wesley Smith, David Farland (editor), Echo Chernik, Bob Eggleton, Rob Prior, David Furnal (illustrator), and Brian C. Hailes (illustrator)
Brand new science fiction and fantasy authors and illustrators make their debut in the 35th international bestselling anthology of award-winning short stories, spanning from hardcore sci-fi to epic fantasy. Discover stories so fresh and new, they’re years ahead of the curve. Order now and receive an additional book in the series free.
“Hot new talent.” —Locus
In a time when we need to laugh more than ever, here are nine hilarious (and irreverent) short stories that blow political correctness to smithereens.
“2018 Recommended Reading List” —Tangent Online
A.I. Void Ship (A.I. Series Book 6)
Humanity’s war for survival against the galactic machines is coming to a grim end—our extinction has been given top priority by the main A.I. brain-core. While desperate tactics have kept us alive so far, we’d better find some strong allies fast or we’ll be another extinct species.
“Expertly crafted. Its wit and brutality conveys the reality of a stellar humanity in the near future.” —Amazon Reviewer
Eric Flint and Dave Freer
In a complex web of enemies, the usurper of Milan, also known to friend and foe as the Wolf of the North, must use the cunning and skill of his physician to neutralize the Venetian hostilities. But will it be enough to save him as Orkise, the snake-god of plague, uncoils its venomous magic in a plague of hell across northern Italy?
A fast-paced supernatural adventure from the labyrinth of Los Angeles freeways to a horrifying alternate world out of Greek Mythology. Sebastian Vickery, a disgraced ex-Secret Service agent and Agent Ingrid Castine must learn to trust each other if they are to survive, despite their old loyalties.
“Powers continues his run of smashing expectations and then playing with the pieces in this entertaining urban fantasy. More than a dash of the bizarre.” —Publishers Weekly
After being sacrificed to Poseidon, the young princess managed to survive and was washed ashore. She was adopted by the Amazons—legendary female warriors. She was granted a unique talent by the gods to catch glimpses of the future and hopes to use these visions to be reunited with her family. But was Artemis, patron of the Amazons and goddess of the hunt, simply using her as a tool to reach her own ends?
“Descriptions of the Amazons are really interesting.” —Amazon Reviewer
Howard V. Hendrix, Julie Novakova, Jay Werkeiser, Trevor Quachri (editor)
This issue of Analog includes finalist for Best Novella, “The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes” where Ciera learns that the A.I. at NSA has created some human avatars that gained the ability to manipulate people’s minds. While it drives its enemies to suicide, it doesn’t realize she’s an enemy until too late. Also included are “To See the Elephant” and “Kepler’s Law” and several more.
In this original short story, the ghost of Phil’s ex-girlfriend makes him an offer that will make his life better. Will he take her advice … or remain a slacker forever?
Gary Kloster, Gary A. Braunbeck, Storm Humbert, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Paul Jessup, Andrea Johnson, Russell Dickerson, and Jason Sizemore (editor)
Apex Magazine features original mind-bending short stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror, including the emotionally stirring dark fantasy “Godzilla vs. Buster Keaton, Or: I Didn’t Even Need a Map,” “Master Brahms” tackling the concept of identity with a new twist, the fast-paced heroic story of a word witch using her powers for good in “Toward a New Lexicon of Augury,” and the short story “Riding the Signal.” There are also author interviews and an insightful non-fiction article.
David D. Levine
The Crown, the Galaxy’s last superpower, has turned its sights on Mars. Arabella is torn between the loyalties of her new husband and love, who fights for the Crown, and that of the Martians. And while the resistance of Mars is hopeless, she has many friends there—will she abandon them or fight along with them?
“Sci-fi steampunk at its best. Strong storyline and characters.” —Amazon Reviewer
R. Garcia y Robertson, Alexander Jablokov, David Gerrold, Rudy Rucker, Marc Laidlaw, Michael Bishop, Lisa Goldstein, Cadwell Turnbull, Rich Larson, James Gunn, Sheila Finch, Michael Bishop, and Sheila Williams (editor)
This issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction includes the finalist for Best Novella, “The Girl Who Stole Herself” where Amanda is a proud space princess in V3, however, she’s a 17-year-old high school dropout who lives with her mom in the real world. Some parts of the V3 world are more real than they ought to be—the slavers are after her.
“A balance of fast-paced, high-tech adventure stories and intimate character studies.” —Tangent Online
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Karen Joy Fowler, James E. Gunn, Leah Cypess, Dale Bailey, William Preston, Will Ludwigsen, Peter Wood, Jay O’Connell, and Ian McHugh
Included in this issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction is Best Novella finalist “The Runabout” where in the Boneyard—the graveyard of spaceships abandoned by the mysterious Fleet thousands of years earlier—the boss searches to expand her work for the Lost Souls Corporation. Also includes the eerie story “Persephone of the Crows” and an intriguing series concerning pilgrims in “The Escape of the Adastra: Asha’s Story,” and many more original short stories and novellas.
“I have enjoyed this issue. Truly a welcome stellar journey. I look forward to another in the near future!” —Tangent Online
Billy Jeeling, after life-long service of cleaning up and repairing the atmosphere with the creation of the Skyship and its secret technologies, is under attack by the AmEarth Empire. They consider his old age a threat and have asked him to step down and turn over his technology. When he won’t, they launch a full-scale propaganda machine, resulting in massive demonstrations against him; and one officer who will stop at nothing to bring him down. However, Jeeling has even bigger secrets (and personal demons) that threaten himself and every living creature—and he is the only one that can save them.
“A good read.” —Amazon Reviewer
Sean Patrick Hazlett, Dawn Vogel, Eugen Bacon, Gustavo Bondoni, Kyla Chapek, Aaron DaMommio, Sarah Milne Das, Steve DuBois, David Fisher, and Julie Ann Dawson
Bards and Sages Quarterly is a celebration of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction short stories. It showcases amazing voices that otherwise might be missed. Discover both new and established writers is this collection of original work. This issue is a winner of their Reader’s Choice Awards.
Believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind, Binti has returned to her home planet. While her people are peaceful on the whole, the Khoush continue to fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Before Binti can get to her village, the anger and resentment have already claimed the lives of many close to her. It is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people once and for all, in this epic conclusion of the sci-fi trilogy that began with the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Binti.
“Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. Prepare to fall in love with Binti.” ―Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author of American Gods
Martin L. Shoemaker
Award-winning author of “Today I am Paul,” Martin L. Shoemaker, presents stories of everyday people, doing extraordinary things in interstellar situations. These are the people planning, constructing, exploring—living and dying—across the galaxy. The future doesn’t just happen … somebody has to build it.
“My only real complaint is that I want more stories.” —Amazon Reviewer
Edited by award-winning author Ken Liu, Broken Stars is a collection of Chinese science fiction and fantasy short stories that evoke the full emotional spectrum. They demonstrate the diversity and vibrancy of the genre, spanning from hard SF to cyberpunk, science fantasy to space opera, and showcasing stories with deeper Chinese culture.
“This anthology is a must-read.” ―Booklist (starred review)
The Kzinti learned the hard way that the reason humanity was no longer studying war, was because they were so good at it. Larry Niven’s Known Space is at war, the Man-Kzin Wars, and the Kzinti are getting another dose of why they should be respectful to the hairless Earthlings.
“Good addition to Niven’s Known Universe.” —Amazon Reviewer
Julie Frost, Peter McLean, Michael Ehart, Patrick Thomas, Matt Abraham, Milo James Fowler, Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Douglas Smith, Jason M. Waltz, and Peter Gnas
Crazy Town knows no limits. Thirteen daring authors step into the dark and deliver explosive, haunted action: sin, shots, and secrets. This is Mike Hammer meets Roger Rabbit, with another notch closer to crazy.
“You will find a solid mix of nearly all types of speculative fiction, from fantasy to dark fantasy and on to science fiction, a superhero tale, and perhaps a touch of horror here and there.” —Amazon Reviewer
Arch-criminal Tyvian Reldamar has gotten complacent, which could prove to be very dangerous for him and his family and loyal friends. The city is known for its genteel aristocracy as much as its diabolical scheming. The ruling families are scrabbling for control with ‘polite’ but cruel tactics, waging war on one another, and Tyvian is being drawn into it. With swashbuckling flare, you will be swept up into a world of crime, magic, and political intrigue where life is cheap and justice is expensive.
“Habershaw’s most thrilling Reldamar adventure yet, with high stakes and dire threats.” —Amazon Reviewer
Ken Liu, Christoph Weber, Jeff Wheeler, T.E. Bradford, Christopher Baxter, Charlie N. Holmberg, Obert Skye, and Micah Hyatt
Deep Magic, the e-zine of clean fantasy and science fiction, brings you five amazing short stories, including Ken Liu’s “The Ten Suns”, the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, Charlie N. Holmberg’s “The Plastic Magician,” and Obert Skye’s “Wizard for Hire.”
“Delightful refuge with spellbinding creativity and unbounded variety. These short stories are truly gifts of magic.” —Amazon Reviewer
To save the future of magic, Esta and Harte set off through time to steal back the elemental stones. The Book of Mysteries was supposed to hold the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but now the book’s furious power lives inside Harte. And if he loses control, the power will rip the world apart—and will use Esta to do it. Only the elemental stones can bind the power. Time is running out as the past and future collide, even for these time-traveling thieves.
“A marvelous book, richly imagined, skillfully plotted, and densely peopled with both real and imaginary figures from a variety of historical times and places.” —Amazon Reviewer
Robert J. Defendi, Matthew S. Cox, J.S. Hughes, Mark W. Woodring, J.P. Sloan, James Wymore, Wilbert Stanton, Patrick Burdine, and Benjamin Sperduto
Eleven unique stories in the Divergent Fates universe from nine daring authors: from the cyber-enhanced world of West City to 2418 Korea to the neo-feudal Japan, onto Allied Corporate Council territory, and straight into the Badlands.
“Well-written for the ever-expanding Divergent Fates universe. This collection of stories was all one could ask for.” —Amazon Reviewer
Grand-prize winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. David VonAllen grabs you from the star with this opening, “The Chained King. Flaming Goat. Moon of Day. Jane pinched the squares of heavy paper hard enough to turn her fingertips white. She’d finally drawn the hand of cards that would end her years of searching… ”
Dean Wesley Smith
While Colfax Shaw and Anna Tabor were born a hundred years apart, they find a compatible interest in one old Concord Coach. An exciting novel in the Thunder Mountain series, where both math and history become erratic—all because of a Concord stagecoach.
“Great novel combining time travel with a very interesting historical look at the earlier times.” —Amazon Reviewer on Thunder Mountain
A masterly conclusion of the alternate-history saga of the Roman invasion of North America. As the Mongol cavalry forges east, leaving destruction in their path, Roman Praetor Marcellinus and his Native American friends must summon all their allies in preparation for the dramatic final battle for the future of North America.
“Breathless and relentless. A satisfying culmination to the adventures of a Roman warrior in the New World.” —Kirkus Reviews
Shauna O’Meara, Jason Fischer, Liz Grzyb, Janeen Webb, Jane Routley, Jane Rawson, Tess Williams, Rivqa Rafael, Marian Womack, Jason Nahrung, Claire McKenna, D.K. Mok, Adam Browne, R. Jean Mathieu, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Emilie Collyer, Andrew Sullivan, Matthew Chrulew, Ian Nichols, Corey J. White, and Cat Sparks (Editor)
Ecopunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures examines how humanity might adjust to new versions of normal to cope with dramatic changes in nature, using innovative technologies and fresh attitudes to make the world sustainable. Enjoy nineteen stories of agricultural, meteorological, and biological technologies, alternative histories, archaeologies, beauty in flooded cities, animals on the verge of extinction, innovations in cross-continental travel, friendship, family, and love. Includes the Aurealis Award-winning “Island Green.”
“What a refreshing change! These tales are filled with hope and possibilities and brighter futures for us all. Highly recommended.” —Amazon Reviewer
Matthew Rotundo, Julie Frost, Hunter Nedland, Lizz Shepherd, Rei Rosenquist, Kate Kelly, Barry McConatha, Evan Dicken, Robert Madison, Lee French, Jon Gauthier, Heather Steadham, Gareth Gray, Emily Devenport, Samantha Bister, Sanet Schoeman, Madison Keller, Elizabeth Hosang, Tabatha Stirling, Ken Green, Eddie Newton, Madison Estes, E.J. Shumak, James Van Pelt, Aspen Hougen, Stephanie Losi, David Hoenig, Michael Sano, Joachim Heijndermans, John Sanders, John Carlo, Samuel Van Pelt, G.G. Silverman, Katherine Fox, Dale McMurray, Eric Blair, Matthew Timmins, Jack Bates, and Kevin Stadt
Thirty-eight international authors bring you original dystopian stories of the end of mankind as we know it. Explore the burnout and height of disaster, meet dominating warlocks, misbehaving aliens, thoughtless kaiji, and survival mutations, and get their desperate takes on artificial intelligence. Enjoy the humor and darkness of Enter the Aftermath.
“One emotional punch after another.” —Amazon Reviewer
The Moon experiment into self-replicating systems has gone wrong, very wrong. A once-thriving colony lies in ruin, while the machines continue to take over the Moon, already infesting more than two hundred miles and growing. The one man who could stop it is hiding, as the world holds him responsible. Now there are powers at work that would rather control this new machine outbreak than eliminate it. The battle to clean up the operation is turning into an all-out war.
“Action packed and with a lead that is easy to sympathize with. I highly recommend it.” —Amazon Reviewer
Leslie Claire Walker
A faery seerʼs apprentice, training to enforce magical law, gets in over his head when a troubled girl asks for help with her supernatural emergency. To save his friends, he must organize the resistance as hell arrives on Earth. He must face his own demons at the risk of becoming one. If you like hidden worlds and star-crossed romance at a fast pace, you’ll love this magical series.
“The stakes are higher than ever, and it’s not clear who can be trusted. Highly recommended!” —Amazon Reviewer
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Just coming into his magical power, Jasper LaZelle finds himself in unexpected trouble—a resentful cousin has cast a curse on him. He’ll need the help of his family to fight off the fairy infestation in this original story from Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
“Hoffmanʼs usual haunting and beautiful work. Fairies are something other than what you might expect!” —Amazon Reviewer
Ron Collins, Leslie Claire Walker, Fiction River, Diana Deverell, Robert Jeschonek, Lisa Silverthorne, Annie Reed, Eric Kent Edstrom, Dayle A. Dermatis, and Alexandra Brandt
Fiction River, an original anthology magazine, offers sixteen unique stories centered on the power of making a wish, including a crash course in wishery to save a life, the victim of someone else’s wish, teens trying to wish away their problems only to achieve unexpected results, and many more. These stories offer just the right amount of magic, heart, pathos, and hope—no matter the trouble, these stories will lift your spirit and remind you there is still magic in the world.
“Makes great reading.” —Tangent Online
D.A. D’Amico, Chris Philbrook, E.J. Stevens, Scott Goudsward, Morgan Sylvia, Michael Bailey, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Rachel Menard, Steve Van Samson, Emma Lowry, Dave Pasquantonio, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Peter N. Dudar, Errick A. Nunnally, Jeremy Flagg, C.H. Duryea, C.L. Alden, and Craig Martelle
Final Summons showcases fourteen brilliant speculative fiction writers and their mind-bending stories. Join assassins and improbable saviors as they battle for survival and strike deals with the Devil. Experience a planet-wide apocalypse and intimate tales of heart-wrenching sacrifice in this provocative short-story collection.
“Great new anthology. Different stories and styles.” —Amazon Reviewer
C. Stuart Hardwick
Analog Award Best Novelette. Experience the triumph of humanity over Cold War paranoia, in this heart-rending story of the Apollo Program, the Tsar Bomba.
“Real and well-told. A great story. Well done!” —SFRevu
Todd McCaffrey, Brianna Winner, and Brittany Winner
“Krea was bored and when she was bored, bad things always followed.” Welcome to the Twin Souls Series, a gaslamp fantasy world of magic, wyverns, dragons, airships, mechanical men, and mayhem. Newly-returned from the maiden voyage of the royal airship Spite, and tasked with a new and more dangerous voyage, Captain Ford and his crew are forced to choose between king and queen, glory or survival, and loyalty or greed, as they sail to the bitter north to bring back the winter wyvern—dead or alive. With adventure, romance, witchcraft, meddlesome gods, and danger around every corner, Frozen Sky is the thrilling sequel to Cloud Conqueror.
“Phenomenal at keeping the reader in anticipation.” —Amazon Reviewer
C.L. Holland, Martin L. Shoemaker, C. Hardwick, Matthew S. Rotundo, William Ledbetter, L.D. Colter, and Brian Trent
What happens when winners of the Writers of the Future Contest come together? They bring you truly exceptional stories: from lab rats on the run to rocket-borne dreams and weird casualty loops to Serlingesque kismet. These talented authors have just begun to receive accolades: two Golden Pen Awards, a Jim Baen Memorial Award finalist, a Nebula Award nominee, a Tangent Online Recommended Reading List selection, and a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.
“A marvelous collection of stories. Each story steps outside the walls of this world and shows us why these tremendous talents won Writers of the Future.” —Peter Wacks, co-author of the Heroes Reborn Series
Fiona Lehn, Brian J. Walton, J. Scott Worthington, Bill Hackenberger, Allison Spooner, R.K. Nickel, Mark Keigley, Judith Baron, Julianne Q. Johnson, Lynette Mejía, Nestor Delfino, Ellen Denton, and Andrea Kriz
Future Visions presents twelve visional tales of the future—visions of heartbreak, horror, and humor with the common thread that despite the infinite possibilities we are still human. These future visions include a horrifying scientific discovery about the common house cat and a mother forced to listen to the sounds of her dying child every night. These are just a glimpse of what you will discover in this collection.
“These stories are windows into our possible future.” —Amazon Reviewer
Editor: Mike Resnick
Stories: Robert Silverberg, Todd McCaffrey, Elly Bangs, Austin DeMarco, Dan Koboldt, Edward M. Lerner, Jane Yolen, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Thomas K. Carpenter, Bill Pronzini, Barry N. Malzberg, Joy Kennedy-O’Neill, Christopher Blake, Joe Haldeman, and Charles Sheffield
Columns, articles, and interviews: Robert J. Sawyer, Gregory Benford, Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Fawcett, and Joy Ward (interviewing F. Paul Wilson)
Galaxy’s Edge is a bi-monthly magazine of science fiction and fantasy. It features some fine stories by new and newer writers, plus old friends. Also included are the recommended books column, the science column, the literary column, an interview with F. Paul Wilson, and part three of Tomorrow and Tomorrow. The enthusiasm for the magazine has kept it going strong for six-years, now celebrating with issue 36!
An NPR Book Concierge selection (best books 2018). Lizbet embarks on an impossible journey to find a mysterious book, a book that will free her father from a terrible tyrant. To get it she must enlist the help of Strix, a sarcastic young witch. Together they must cross the Montagnes du Monde, globe-girdling mountains that reach to the sky, and outrun powerful witches, goblins, and criminals. But to her horror, Lizbet realizes that Strixʼs magic is turning her into a witch too.
“Genuinely thrilling, unexpectedly poignant, and oddly reverent. Powerful female friendship.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Tobias S. Buckell
New York Times bestseller based on the award-winning video game series Halo. It is 2535. Entrusted with a top-secret mission by the Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes heads to a remote corner of the galaxy where nothing is as it seems. He must rid the galaxy of navigational data that could potentially reveal the location of Earth, which would lead to the destruction of humanity.
“The richness of the Halo universe is developed even further in this amazing novel by an amazing author, Tobias Bucknell, who really seems to understand the tone and energy of the Halo lore. Cole Protocol is one of the most gripping tales.” —Amazon Reviewer
A riveting climatic conclusion to the five-book epic battle for control of the Named Lands. The struggle between the Y’Zirite Empire and the Andro-Francine Order of the Named Lands has reached a terrible turning point. Believing that his son is dead, Rudolfo has pretended to join with the Y’Zirite forces and Jin Li Tam is fighting a war against her own father in Y’Zir. While on the Moon, Neb takes the power of the Last Home Temple as his own.
“Science fiction and fantasy elements overlap seamlessly, bringing Scholesʼs far-future post-apocalyptic world to life in captivating detail.” ―Publishers Weekly
Aliette de Bodard
A dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In a devastated world, where beings of nightmares roam the land, Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons on the Earth. She becomes dangerously attracted to the dragon, who is her jailer and master. The question is whether her attraction will survive the revelation of Vu Cônʼs dark and unspeakable secrets.
“Emotionally complex relationships interweave with richly drawn and deftly nuanced world-building.” —Kate Elliott, author of the King’s Dragon
A compelling young adult debut thriller, both speculative fiction and a shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets—a propulsive, electrifying, and spine-tingling read. Realizing her innocence and naivety puts her at constant risk, Lauren agrees to an operation to correct her condition. The difference is so dramatic it is not certain if she has become a paranoid lunatic or a clear-eyed observer. The story is told in a series of session transcripts and journal entries annotated by her sister long after they happened.
“VERDICT: A fresh take on futuristic psychological thrillers.” —School Library Journal
Tony Pi, Steve Pantazis, K.G. Jewell, Jonathan Edelstein, and Megan Lee Beals
Orson Scott Cardʼs InterGalactic Medicine Show is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. This eclectic caravan of wonder brings you the sci-fi short story “God of Warˮ and fantasy short stories “The Late Mr. Folsom’s Luminosity Shop,ˮ “Nwanyi Enwe Eze,ˮ and “Coachwhip and Wade, Hex Tamers for Hire.”
L.D. Colter, Laurie Tom, Amanda J. Spedding, Jenny Blackford, Tonia Brown, Lillian Csernica, Diana Catt, Rie Sheridan Rose, H.R. Boldwood, Holly Newstein, Nancy Holder, Stacey Longo, Chantal Boudreau, Debra Robinson, Jennifer Brozek, M.J. Sydney, Karen Heuler, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Elaine Cunningham, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Barb Goffman, Julie Travis, Shannon Connor Winward, Jean Graham, Lindsey Goddard, Rebecca J. Allred, Lena Ng, Deborah Sheldon, Airika Sneve, Christine Morgan, Donna J.W. Munro, Tina Rath, Rebecca Fraser, Gerri Leen, Suzie Lockhart, Barbara A. Barnett, Rebecca Snow, and Rachel Caine
Thirty-eight of the best women horror writers unleash the hell-fire they suppress in the real world. Fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, and romance intertwine with unsettling horror stories, including tales of witches, werewolves, vampires, and zombies told in ways that will shock and unnerve you. Hoarding, anorexia, mental health, and post-partum depression will be viewed through the shadowy perspective of cognitive deception. Discover that women not only write good horror, sometimes they do it better.
“While every one of these stories is cringe-worthy and will make your skin crawl, some will also bring you to tears and some will make you cheer. Bloody amazing and highly recommended!” —Amazon Reviewer
Buffy is having a hard time keeping her chin up and taking responsibility for Dawn since the death of her mom—even the little things are getting her down. When evil mini-monsters are discovered in Weatherly Park wreaking havoc, Buffy and the Slayers have mega-trouble on their hands, and little things take on new meaning. If the Slayers are going to stop this economy-sized evil, they are going to have think small!
“It’s got all the makings for a real Buffy episode: drama, horror, humor … and Spike!” —Amazon Reviewer
Aurealis and Ditmar Award finalist. Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel. Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, traveling the Sand Road with a caravan of nomadic traders when the relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crashed to Earth. A chain of events begins a journey that leads her far away from the world she knows, and she is forced to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past—and the horror of her unfolding destiny. Meanwhile, something powerful has woken in the desert: a Lotus Blue, the deadliest of all the ancient war machines, and it’s programmed to wipe-out humanity.
“Imaginative and richly rendered. Sparks frames all of this in haunting, near-poetic detail. Sparks’s post-apocalyptic chaos is fresh.” —The New York Times
Amy Sterling Casil, Cody Sisco, Dario Ciriello, Allison Rose, Gabi Lorino, Jude-Marie Green, Andre Hardy, and Bonnie Randall
Los Angeles-based authors bring a diverse range of genres and voices. Nothing is off-limits. Contemporary, noir, literary, science fiction, and ghost stories that will forever change the way you look at this iconic metropolis. For example, in Amy Sterling Casil’s “Chromosome Circus” a circus of genetic freaks must care for an abandoned furry boy who shows up out of the blue.
“Vibrant. The voices on display are as diverse as the people who call this grand, sprawling, intimate place home.” —Dan Lopez, author of Keep Your Eyes Open Till Morning Light
William Ledbetter, C.C. Finlay, Gordon Van Gelder, Andy Stewart, Charlotte Ashley, Chi Hui, Susan Palwick, Marc Laidlaw, Charles de Lint, Paul Di Filippo, and Michelle West
These amazing authors bring you original works of science fiction and fantasy, exploring the dangers of the faery world colliding with the mortal realm, a moving story about acceptance and healing, a hunt for the beast from below, a young girl in Nigeria and the cost of social protest, a dark fantasy about being caught between the ocean and the cliffs, and a hard science fiction short story about the exploration of Titan. Read these short captivating tales and many more.
Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen, Martin L. Shoemaker, Brendan DuBois, Hal Colebach, Jessica Q. Fox, and Jason Fregeau
The Man-Kzin Wars have been going for years, and despite the series of battles, neither side has ever been able to declare victory once and for all. The humans should have been easy prey with their small stature and lack of claws for the predatory catlike warrior race known as the Kzin. They have encountered and conquered many alien worlds with little effort; however, the war with humanity rages on in these short stories by award-winning authors.
“Wonderful job of covering new territory, while reading EXACTLY like Niven. It is UTTERLY faithful to the entire series. Recommended without reservation.” —Amazon Reviewer
Mary A. Turzillo
A heady mix of Amie Kaufman’s high-tech escapades and Ursula K. Le Guin’s imagination. This fast-paced young adult science fiction adventure novel is set on Mars.
“An extraordinary tale of teenage adventure on a harsh planet. Heroines Nanoannie and Kapera use bravery and ingenuity to survive on a vividly imagined future Mars.” —Brenda Coope, author of Wilders
Geoffrey Girard’s modern and chilling version of the ghost story originally written by J.M. Barrie. Mary Rose’s concerned husband, intrigued by an early disappearance in her childhood, is determined to discover what happened during these mysterious three days. When they arrive at the island where she originally disappeared, her behavior grows stranger and his urgency to unlock the truth mounts—but is he ready for the terrifying truth?
“Perfect blend of a domestic psychological-suspense frame and a compelling, supernatural-horror plot.” —Booklist (starred review)
Julia H. West, Julie Frost, Lyn Worthen, Annie Reed, D.J. Butler, Gama Ray Martinez, Johnny Worthen, Melva L. Gifford, Virginia Baker, Leigh Saunders, Jay Barnson, Paul Genesse, David J. West, Susan Kroupa, M. Shayne Bell, Diann T. Read, Mary Pletsch, and Voss Foster
Mirages and Speculations present seventeen science fiction and fantasy stories of imagination baked under the desert skies that will make you both laugh and cry. Are the swirling dust clouds djinn or devils? Is the glimmer on the horizon a flying saucer visiting from a distant planet or just a lake, shimmering under the hot desert sun?
“An amazing collection—wonderfully eclectic. The underlying theme of the desert brings them all together into a beautifully coherent whole.” —Amazon Reviewer
Jody Lynn Nye and Travis S. Taylor
A teenage girl and her fellow Bright Sparks, along with twenty-five other teams, are making the first race around the Moon—counting on one another as they face thousands of kilometers of unknown dangers, where even a simple accident can have fatal consequences. While Dr. Bright is searching for rare minerals underneath a crater on the far side of the Moon, disaster strikes and only the Bright Sparks are close enough help him. Now the young scientists are not only racing for victory, but to save their beloved mentor.
“Fun and plausible futuristic elements. This science-fueled race around the moon is a nerdy Fast and the Furious.” —Booklist
Private eye Ben Lockwood, recently infected with lycanthropy, finds peace in his werewolf state. When one of his past horrors comes back into his life, armed with werewolf nanotech and determined to seek revenge, Ben is given a chance at payback of his own—his own inner demons may be a far graver threat than a nanotech-enhanced werewolf nearly twice his size.
“Frost’s newest book really keeps up the tension throughout. You won’t be able to stop turning pages.” —Amazon Reviewer
Scott T. Barnes, Marta Tanrikulu, Brent C. Smith, Delaney Green, Adele Gardner, Andy Oldfield, Susan Shell Winston, Andrew L. Roberts, Jennifer Winston, Bob Sojka, Toby MacNutt, Lisa Timpf, Ellen Denham, Vanessa Fogg, Aaron Zimmerman, R.W.W. Greene, Kathryn Yelinek, Gunnar De Winter, Christina Sng, Ann K. Schwader, Marge Simon, Rebecca Roland, Michelle Kaseler, Steven L. Peck, Ronald D. Ferguson, Jordan Taylor, Beth Cato, David Bowles, Stephen S. Power, Mike O’Reilly, Mark Arvind White, Doug Tierney, and Susan Winston (editor)
Passages by NewMyths e-zine presents twenty-five speculative stories and eight poems on the triumphs and losses, hopes and fears of entering—and surviving—every stage of life, from the magic of childhood to the struggles at the end. Contributing authors include award-winners of the NewMyths Reader’s Choice, Rhysling, Bram Stoker, and Writers of the Future along with other bonus and original material.
Stephen Lawson, M.T. Reiten, Andrew Peery, and Ville Meriläinen
Oliver Lawrence searched for survivors in the depths of Mammoth Cave many years before Thursday Forrester made a desperate trek across the states. With an invisible monster haunting him, Oliver uses his ever-dwindling resources—and his wit—to keep his team alive.
“Another great installment in The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide series. I love the premise of the series and the group of authors who are contributing their talents to the story.” —Amazon Reviewer
Ravaged by global warming, continuous plagues, and viruses unleashed, the surviving Humans battle the humanoid subspecies who have inherited the aftermath. There is one final desperate chance to avert global catastrophe. Ocypode and his comrades must fulfill the prophecy of the Storm-Slayer and prevent the storm of storms from wiping out all humanoid life on Earth.
“Price of Eden evolves beyond bloodlust and outrage to walk a delicate line between a survival story and a political sci-fi thriller. And the price all will pay to forge new paths towards peace.” —Midwest Book Review
In a world on the brink of devastation, with the population reeling from psychic visions, a team of remote viewers must find a way to reverse the damage. The team has one chance, and one choice—in their secret base under the Antarctic ice they have access to the wisdom from the dawn of time: will they accept this gift … and the consequences?
“An excellent read. Fun, suspenseful, terrifying, and thrilling at times.” —Amazon Reviewer
Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, J. Steven York, Robert Jeschonek, Kent Patterson, M. L. Buchman, Chuck Heintzelman, Michael Kowal, Jerry Oltion, Mary Jo Rabe, O’Neil De Noux, Ray Vukcevich, Sabrina Chase, David Stier, Valerie Brook, Stephanie Writt, and Annie Reed
Hugo Award-nominated magazine. As the cutting edge of modern short fiction, Pulphouse presents eighteen imaginative stories by some of the leading authors in contemporary short fiction. Just great stories, no topic or genre limitations. Feel, attitude, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
“All the stories have a lot of life to them.” —Tangent Online
Heloise is no longer a shell-shocked girl, but a figure of revolution. Crippling injuries and religious tyrants, make her cause grow stronger. With the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit, she must rise to greatness and face the tyrannical Order to win freedom for her people.
“A heart-wrenching, blood-racing, all-around page-turner. Spare, vivid and surprisingly sensual, with a small, fierce heroine who will stick in your mind and live in your soul. ” —Diana Gabaldon, author of New York Times bestselling Outlander
Daniel J. Davis
A fast-paced adventure fantasy set in a city of flintlock firearms, sorcery, and steam-powered machines, in the tradition of Fritz Leiber. When a supernatural monster tries to assassinate the queen, two unlikely heroes need to uncover the truth—an ex-magician, aging war hero, and once a member of the legendary Queen’s Adepts, and the “Holy Roller,” a prizefighting priest. However, the corrupt Homeguards plan to pin the crime on them and the Cardinal of the Church silences those who ask too many questions.
“Great book from a new author. If you like steampunk and fantasy mix, check it out.” —Amazon Reviewer
From the fabled Temple Mount of Jerusalem to Rome and on to the very gates of heaven itself, the forces of good and evil collide in an epic battle that threatens the very fabric of creation. Read this thrilling conclusion to Michael Livingston’s historical fantasy trilogy.
“Livingston has a talent for storytelling that will keep readers immersed in the complex tale.” ―Library Journal
Jody Lynn Nye, Brian Trent, Michael Ventrella, David Gerrold, Allen M. Steele, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Daniel M. Kimmel, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Shariann Lewitt, Alex Shvartsman, Matt Becthel, Shariann Lewitt, Gordon Linzner, Gail Z. Martin, Beth W. Patterson, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, and Cecilia Tan
Creative and varied fantasy, science fiction, outright comedy, and serious imaginings inspired by the concept: Release the Virgins. You’ll meet Manhattan gangsters, computer hackers, marathon-running aliens, teenage Cthulhu worshippers, sad superheroes, ghost dinosaurs, and even a unicorn or two.
“This collection keeps you guessing and grinning. Fantastic collection of well-known and respected authors who clearly enjoyed writing their short stories. Highly recommend.” —Amazon Reviewer
Arthur made a wish as a kid, and it’s a doozy. After he dies, an angel decides it is time for his wish to be granted. And despite the fact that he doesn’t want it anymore—to be a barbarian hero!—he’s getting it anyway. Angels have quotas too, you know! Join Arthur, Valeria the Paladin, and Dead Mike on a hilarious quest across the land, with loads of unwanted adventures … all while looking for a comfy place to sit.
“It is a light-hearted, witty, and sarcastic read that moves along swiftly and entertains delightfully.” —Amazon Reviewer
Doug C. Souza, Douglas Smith, Robert E. Howard, James Dorr, Gregory L. Norris, Jonathan Shipley, Kelly A. Harmon, Dennis Mombauer, C.B. Droege, Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Dale W. Glaser, Jeremy Zimmerman, Christine Lucas, Bradley Sinor, Chris Kuriata, and Vonnie Crist (editor)
Wander magical worlds in sixteen fantasy tales, from old gods outwitted by heroes, dragons roaming the earth, magical weapons that bring good and evil, a wizard witnessing endless battles, and much, much more. Re-Quest will take you on fantastical quests filled with magic, adventure, and danger.
A zombie outbreak, with storms, earthquakes, and devastating plagues appear to support the enigmatic Rev. Cameron Ingram’s claim that this is a biblical apocalypse. He is rapidly forcing the world to submit to his authority. Dr. Meg Perriman and a group of survivors head for the BioGenix research lab in hopes to find a cure, but getting there is nearly impossible with the dead rising from their graves … and Meg isn’t sure that science can explain these sinister mysteries.
“His unique storyteller abilities bring this story to life. This is a must read for sci-fi horror fans.” —Amazon Reviewer
A sequel to Gregory Benford’s award-winning bestseller Timescape. In this clever thriller, a history professor travels back to 1968, the year he was sixteen, where he finds a slew of others with the same ability, including Philip K. Dick, Albert Einstein, and Robert Heinlein. When he discovers this is a time loop, he tries to change one of the events of 1968, and not be self-indulgent—until some wicked time-travelers try to subvert him.
“Neatly balancing high concept hard SF with a humanistic appeal has made for a broadly accessible story that works well across the entire sci-fi spectrum.” —Amazon Reviewer
Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub, and Troy Little
Dungeons & Dragons paradigms are real, and until Rick and Morty made their mark, the rules were absolute. You will plead the fifth (edition) as this chaotically evil story of family friction and fantasy frolics immerse you. Reality’s most dysfunctional animated series. The world’s greatest role-playing game. What could go wrong?
“Tons of fun and for DnD players, it is full of laughs. You don’t even have to be a Rick and Morty fan to love this one. And the art is really, really well done.” —Amazon Reviewer
A little boy named Thomas sets out on a quest to find Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. He ends up in another world full of mystical creatures like elves, reindeer, giants, and fairies. His quest leads him through the nine worlds of the World Tree and brings him face to face with the terrifying Krumpas, the half-goat and half-demon, who punishes children who have misbehaved. Making many friends along the way, he learns about giving and loyalty—and that he is far braver than he thought.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
An epic search is sparked by a dangerous hope. The crew of the Ivoire is inspired by the hope that the Fleet still exists. Captain Cooper and Engineer Zarlengo know the dangers hope can pose—but this time it might lead them somewhere no one predicted.
“By mixing cerebral and investigative elements, emotional character segments, and the adrenaline of action, Rusch tells a complete yet varied tale that will please science fiction readers looking for something different from the usual fare.” —Publishers Weekly
Kevin J. Anderson
Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., has teamed up with a human lawyer who battles injustice for monsters, his ghost girlfriend, and a police officer to solve the bizarre mysteries in the Unnatural Quarter, where the monsters have gathered. Even death can’t keep a good detective down as he tackles cases from mysterious to absurd, from a book collector who finds deadly curses instead of valuable autographs to a headless man who is sure his head has been kidnapped. From a medusa who battles stringent beauty contest rules to an infernal monster cooking contest, and more!
“Kevin J. Anderson has a gift for writing fantasy that leaves you laughing out loud.” —Amazon Reviewer
Ville Meriläinen, B. Morris Allen, J.E. Bates, Jade Black, Gustavo Bondoni, Bokerah Brumley, Stephen Case, R.K. Duncan, M.C. Dwyer, Chloe Garner, Kelly A. Harmon, Pete Alex Harris, Ben Howels, Tom Jolly, Brandon M. Lindsay, Alice Loweecey, Jason J. McCuiston, Alex McGilvery, Jennifer R. Povey, Holly Lyn Walrath, Pat Woods, and Richard Zwicker, C.J. Brightley (editor)
This is an exciting collection of noblebright fantasy inspired by shards of myth and memory, the shards of life, shards of broken pottery or glass, and shards of a broken heart. The grimbright and nobledark stories included explore themes of brokenness tempered by redemption and despair tempered by hope. (‘Noblebright’ comes from gaming, taking noble + bright; opposite of grimdark. It is a fantasy fiction subgenre involving good triumphing over evil and often a heroic quest.)
“Wonderfully unique tales. Amazing world-building and storytelling.” —Amazon Reviewer
A thrilling Gothic horror story in the classical English tradition. On the run and accepting shelter from an old monastery, Richard Davey’s nightmare amps up when he comes face to face with the diabolic vengeance in feline shape that has haunted the monks for over two centuries, seeking redress for a crime committed long ago.
“Modern Gothic horror which actually entertained me.” —Amazon Reviewer
New York Times bestseller. Spensa’s dream to become a pilot and soar skyward to fight for her people seems hopeless, as the betrayal of her father has left a mark of disgrace that takes her chances for flight school from slim to none. However, fate works in mysterious ways … she may yet find a way to claim the stars when she stumbles into a long-forgotten cavern.
“A resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast. The pulse-pounding story intensifies as it reveals its secrets.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Ilsa J. Bick and Brotherhood Protectors World
The killers are en route with a Special Ops team to recapture Kate McEvoy. She reluctantly joins forces with Wynn, though she suspects a double-cross. Though it will mean recapture, she tries to signal her minders only to discover that she has not only lost access, but the biobots and Jack are battling to take control. The clock is ticking. It’s a fight for life. Or death for all of them.
“Outstanding book. This was a much-anticipated book that surpassed what I could even imagine it would be.” —Amazon Reviewer
Asimov’s Best Novella finalist. An alien world inhabited by highly-intelligent—and living—rivers, made a deal with the Great Ship: humanity will be given moons and planets as gifts IF they send a mortal human as a sacrifice. Amund unexpectedly volunteers. Now this ordinary mortal holds the lives of billions in his grasp.
“A very rich story and an interesting exploration of what life really is.” —SFRevu
Kassandra strives to defend both the living and the departed, with the whispers of spirits in her ear and unlikely allies at her back. She’s inherited the extraordinary talents of her parents, and when her mother vanishes and her father turns to drinking, she must navigate her own way. There is as much intrigue as adventure when she learns that not all those she’s had faith in are to be trusted.
Elizabeth E. Wein and Phil Noto
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron is the harrowing story of Rose and her sister Paige and the Cobalt Squadron. Experience the hardship and courage of the bomber pilots and technicians and their daring exploits, as they lead directly into the first scenes of The Last Jedi.
“A must-read.” —Amazon Reviewer
Brad R. Torgersen
The surviving factions of humanity are on the brink of war—a democracy vs. a totalitarian nightmare. The race to take control of the new Waywork intergalactic superhighway, and whatever revelation or power lies on the other side, will determine Humanity’s fate—freedom or endless dictatorship.
“Solid hard sci-fi with the frisson of well thought through action. Much to enjoy!” —Gregory Benford, author of Timescape
Scot Noel and Frank Schurter (illustrator)
The crew of the Intrepid, while responding to a distress call from an isolated colony, encounter the impossible—a winged god leading demonic warriors that can change shape and command great energies at will. This is just the beginning of their desperate mission, where through struggle and sacrifice, they risk their souls, challenge their beliefs, and suffer the loss of loved ones to stop psychotic alien renegades from establishing an eternal abyss among the stars. Stellar Glory is space opera in the tradition of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5, where flawed but heroic characters face overwhelming powers of destruction while bringing meaning and value to the world, whose actions are of consequence, and whose dreams are the vanguard of things to come.
In a world where Stone Mages rule the huge, red-sanded deserts, and the Sky Wardens control vast coastlines, children with magic ability are taken away to be trained in the Change. Sal must discover the connection between his new teacher and his mother—and learn to channel the magic of the Change—in order to escape the destiny that was chosen for him before he was born.
“An alchemical blend of elemental magic, tragic romance, and the coming of age of a young boy who is yet to come into his own power, poised between Earthsea and Mad Max, where the magic of fantasy meets the wonder of science fiction.” —Locus
Paula R. Stiles and Mikhail Stiles
Two brothers hunt down monsters and urban legends in the back roads of America. In search of their missing father, they’ll destroy any supernatural evil they encounter—if it doesn’t kill them first. The Supernatural Codex covers each season one episode of the much-loved WB/CW show. Come along for the ride.
“Includes a detailed recap and review of each episode. The author’s background in medieval history gives her a fascinating perspective on the material.” —Amazon Reviewer
Michael H. Payne, Julia H. West, Pauline J. Alama, Marian Allen, Robin Wayne Bailey, Lorie Calkins, Steve Chapman, Elaine Cunningham, Suzan Harden, Mercedes Lackey, Catherine Mintz, Kevin L. O’Brien, Deborah J. Ross, L.S. Patton, Jonathan Shipley, Dave Smeds, Michael Spence, Elisabeth Waters, and Rose Strickman
Eighteen original stories of sorcery and courage in the wondrous Marion Zimmer Bradley universe. For over two decades, she discovered and nurtured a new generation of authors whose voices would be heard again and again. Here are strong heroines facing overwhelming forces rising from the dead, witches conjuring magic, stories of zombies and ghosts, and several humorous stories.
“Another stellar collection of fantasy stories with a female protagonist who is either witch, warrior, or sorceress, or a combination of them all.” —Amazon Reviewer
Jody Lynn Nye, Dave Farland, Julie Frost, D.J. Butler, Don Perrin, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Quincy J. Allen, Steve Diamond, R. Jon Rock, John D. Payne, Ethan Hedman, Robert Bagnall, Kristin Janz, Andrew Dunlop, and Daniel Hand
Welcome to a world where mythology and magic are real. Tales of Ruma is a collection of seventeen stories inspired by Roman and Greek mythology, which include stories of brave men and women fighting alongside majestic unicorns, elite soldiers striving to bring civilization to the savages, and massive kaiju struggling for supremacy. Some stories are set in Ruma, the alternate Roman Empire, while others are in worlds similar to our own but with a flair for the fantastic.
“Amazing stories.” —Amazon Reviewer
InterPlanetary Council puts investigator Gethin Bryce to the task of uncovering the truth behind unexplained anomalies that lie outside their control. His investigation takes him from the battered Wastelands beyond civilization’s protection to the luxurious enclaves of Earth’s elite. He befriends a reluctant outlander who has an important piece of the puzzle—evidence of a sadistic entity which threatens not just civilization, but all life.
“A remarkable book. A believable and fascinating future, and he populated it with believable, motivated characters. Hats off to the new kid on the science fiction block!” —Mike Resnick, author of Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge
Due to the transit time lapse, twenty-eight-years pass before the disastrous diplomatic mission returns to Earth from World. There are only a few million survivors in the aftermath of the spore plague cloud, and the knowledge brought back by Marianne Jenner and her staff are the only hope in turning the tide of this overwhelming biological warfare.
“Kress mixes contemporary issues of isolationism and refugee status with classic SF first-contact tropes, threaded neatly with solid scientific theory and speculation.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
James Alan Gardner
Just days after a freak accident grants superhuman powers to Jools and her friends, they are on the hunt for a mad genius’s misplaced super-weapon. Jools falls in with a modern-day Robin Hood and his band of super-powered Merry Men, and soon realizes the line between the good guys and bad guys, is no longer clear—or on which side she truly belongs. Especially since nobody knows exactly what the super-weapon gun does.
“This book is packed with fun action, intelligent plotting, and likable characters.” —Amazon Reviewer
Martin L. Shoemaker
Carey takes care of Mildred as her everyday memories fade. She requires the aid of a full-time android to assist her in everyday life, but Carey’s true mission is to fill in the gaps in Mildred’s past; to bring yesterday into today by becoming a copy, a copy from the inside out. After Mildred passes, Carey must find a new purpose. That purpose is Mildred’s family for a time. Carey struggles, he seeks to understand life’s challenges, and to make its own path. Carey must learn to live. To care. To grow. To survive. To be.
“Takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, coming of age, and ultimately life itself. VERDICT: This exploration of artificial life in the vein of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot provides fresh insight into the human experience.” —Library Journal
Orson Scott Card
The quarrel over which newborn would be the baby Jesus in the Christmas pageant tore the town apart. Some decades later, a small-town genetic study being done by two scientists, runs directly up against the invisible walls that split the leading citizens into two congregations. The only way to join them is through love and forgiveness … and maybe a little deception—there are a few things that people just don’t need to know.
“Quirky enough to be thoroughly entertaining.” —Greensboro News and Record
Kevin J. Anderson, Brad R. Torgersen, Eric James Stone, David Farland, Wulf Moon, Julia H. West, Joe Monson, Nancy Fulda, Sandra Tayler, M.K. Hutchins, Daniel Friend, Emily Martha Sorensen, John M. Olsen, James Wymore, Eric G. Swedin, Paul Genesse, Beth Buck, and Jaleta Clegg (editor)
Trace the Stars was created in honor of Marion K. “Doc” Smith, the original faculty mentor behind the creation of Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE), the annual science fiction and fantasy academic symposium. These exciting hard science fiction and space opera stories include a consultant who discovers how to communicate effectively with ancient, alien beings, a human becomes a hero for his actions … after his death, hard choices that must be made to save loved ones, when insanity becomes an asset in trying to prevent imminent death, and many, many more amazing stories. Proceeds support their mission of educating writers, artists, and editors to become successful in the speculative fiction field.
J. Kathleen Cheney
In this astounding prequel to The Golden City, The Lady was to weld the four most powerful witches in the world into a team that would investigate the Northern Portugal Special Police. However, they must first hunt for an assassin, deal with demons, and break a prison not meant for mankind.
“A wonderful addition to the Golden City series.” —Amazon Reviewer
Doug C. Souza, Mary E. Merrell, S.A. Stovall, Tiffany O’Haro, Dana Ardis, and B.B. Swann
The Aeon Writers Group proudly presents Twisted Fairy Tales, original works that make you fall in love these timeless classics all over again. Time-honored fairy tales have reversed their roles in these twisted versions of the classics. Some are in space, others in the modern world, somewhere the villains are the heroes, and one where the wicked witch is not so wicked. Rediscover the magic from a new perspective.
Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Kary English, L.D. Colter, Steve Pantazis, Terry Madden, Lisa Mangum, Jessica Guernsey, Kristin Luna, Chris Mandeville, Lauren A. Lang, and Joy Dawn Johnson
Twelve short stories capturing the essence of what lies beneath. Creatures of classic mythology, mermaids, sirens, and sea serpents, swim alongside more unusual beasts, including underwater cats and singing whirlpools. A giant Kraken rules the deepest ocean. The smallest puffer fish creates intricate works of underwater art. Stories that dive deep into the fears, losses, death, and physical or emotional danger that we bury beneath the surface. When these fears rise up and threaten to consume us, we must make a choice: be conquered or conquer the fear.
“Full of fascinating, imaginative, and thrilling stories. Some of them are incredibly dark. Some are profoundly hopeful. And some are just weird and thought-provoking.” —Amazon Reviewer
America, land of the free and home of the warlocks. This triumphant conclusion of the American Craft Series takes our American magical shock troops from Tokyo to India to battle against the vilest monsters of the Left Hand Path. Things come to a boiling point in the mountains of Kashmir. It’s Armageddon in Shangri-La and the end of the world as we know it.
“An exciting cross between dark urban fantasy and special ops thrillers. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” ―Eric Flint, author of 1632, Ring of Fire Series
Bradley P. Beaulieu
With dark shameful secrets behind her, Djaga creates a new life in the Sharakhai fighting pits, rising as the famed Lion of Kundhun. However, her sister Afua tracks her down and threatens to reveal her past, which would not only ruin her new life but shatter the relationship with her new companion. Can Djaga face her past? And if she does, will she lose the one she loves?
“An exceedingly inventive story.” —Glen Cook, author of Chronicles of the Black Company
A new kind of zombie has arrived: mindless shamblers, ravenous, and infectious. The threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic is looming, and one of her loved ones has been stricken. While scrambling to come up with a cure, Angel discovers why the plague is spreading so quickly and adds revenge to the list. Angel is busting her butt dealing with shambling hordes, government jerks, zombie gators, and way too many mosquitoes—but this white trash chick ain’t giving up. Good thing, since on her undead shoulders rests the fate of the world.
“Rowland is a hilarious writer, and her White Trash Zombie series shines in a crowded genre.” —USA Today
Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape—the center of the Galaxy. The Xeelee have had time to build an immense structure here, without war or interference from humans. The Xeelee Belt has a radius ten thousand times Earth’s orbital distance, and its purpose is to preserve a community of Xeelee into the very far future. Poole and his party must explore the artifact and survive encounters with its alien inhabitants, before he, at last, finds the Xeelee who led to the destruction of Earth.
“A sense of grandeur few other SF novelists can even hope to match.” ―SFX Magazine
This impressive variety of sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories shows why the Writers of the Future is acclaimed as the leading speculative fiction contest for new talent, helping authors and illustrators to launch careers with a success record like no other.
“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things. The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.
“In these modern times, there are many communication lines for works of art. Because a few works of art can be shown so easily to so many, there may even be fewer artists. The competition is very keen and even dagger sharp.
“It is with this in mind that I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” —L. Ron Hubbard, in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 1
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WHY ONLY BRAND NEW SCIENCE FICTION?
We have limited this list to books that have come out since 2018, with a couple of exceptions, where the author’s most recent release was in 2017. The winning authors and judges of Writers of the Future have written thousands of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels and short stories (all genres and sub-genres of speculative fiction and beyond). If you notice we are missing any of their brand new books, please let us know (it would be impossible to find them all).
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