Privacy Most Public, by Andrew Burt (Science Fiction, 16000 words, read 25% free)
In the future, the Minuteman software system listens to all phone calls, reads all messages, watches everything, to keep Americans safe... but what happens when it mis-hears what someone says? Who's watching the watchers?
The Flight of the Sarah Mae, by Andrew Burt (Science Fiction, 16000 words, read 25% free)
Walsh McKeeg had tried before to salvage the wreck of the old bomber from the desolate planet where they'd crashed during the war. Was the old girl up to one last flight when it really mattered -- and could Walsh overcome his own ghosts?
Delta Pi, by Andrew Burt
(Science Fiction, 5300 words, read 15% free)
A Hard SF story about Math.
Whoever says Pi is a constant simply hasn't
checked it precisely enough — which may be a
A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity, by Andrew Burt
(Science Fiction, 2000 words, read 100% free)
If you'd wiped out humanity, perhaps you'd find
time dilation has its uses...
An Affliction of Wyrms, by Bud Sparhawk
(Fantasy, 14500 words, read 20% free)
Arthur, the magician, must discover how to release a captive
princess, rid the village of a curse, deal with the romantic problems
of his helper, deal with the bureauocracy, and do something about
that spavinned flying horse he's been saddled with. This is a comic
mystery story, of course.
Revenge of the Kosher Voles, by Joe Murphy
(Fantasy, 6080 words, read 40% free)
Alaskan's deep, dark winters can be unsettling for
a newcomer like Dolan--especially when he must
atone for past lives.
The Merlady on the Isle, by J.A.Howe
(Fantasy, 1850 words, read 25% free)
Fairy tale about how trees came to land... you'd
never guess that a mermaid caused it all.
Buggy, by Tony Thorne MBE
(Science Fiction, 2765 words, read 30% free)
Those famous three Laws of Robotics may have had
a few loopholes. What if a robot is used for
nefarious activities ..?
A Lesson in Texas Magic, by Joe Murphy
(Fantasy, 7180 words, read 35% free)
A hot tempered elf recieves a lesson in Texas
Magic from a crumpled up sword-slinger with a
Stumbling in the Language of a Dead Planet, by Joe Murphy
(Science Fiction, 9880 words, read 40% free)
So, The First had faced the same choices as
humanity. Like the Purists, they had decided to
end their lives rather than mutilate their flesh
with micro gadgetry. They had chosen to be
mortal or they would still exist. Could death be
the common ground?
It's Not a Romantic Thing, Really, by Christopher B Jorgensen
(Science Fiction, 5000 words, read 30% free)
After causing a deadly rocket crash on an alien
moon, it's up to Tom to save his beautiful captain
from the creatures that dwell within.
Nessie Thirteen, by Tony Thorne MBE
(Science Fiction, 1710 words, read 30% free)
A off-beat look into the mystery of that (in)
Killer, by Tony Thorne MBE
(Science Fiction, 2750 words, read 35% free)
A desperate owner plans to confuse his robot into
doing something otherwise illegal.
Sons of Thunder, by Edward Carmien
(Fantasy, 4300 words, read 20% free)
In this contemporary fantasy, learn what happens
when a street missionary accosts a man who turns
out to be more than she can imagine.... "Sons of
Thunder" first appeared in the DAW Books anthology
_Earth, Air, Fire, Water_, edited by Margaret Weis
(ISBN 0886778573, Nov 1999).
Emerging Technologies, by Thomas A. Easton
(Non-fiction, 35000 words, read 15% free)
A discussion of emerging technologies, mostly
computer-related. The free portion lists specific
technologies and explains the genesis of this book
inmy Emerging Technologies course.
Freakshow, by Richard Jones
(Science Fiction, 4900 words, read 25% free)
In which we learn the dangers of letting a severed hand have the
run of a mad scientist's laboratory.
Dead End Jump, by Elle Pepper
(Science Fiction, 1000 words, read 55% free)
The life you save may be...your own?
The Wanderer: An Urban Legend, by Elle Pepper
(Science Fiction, 4000 words, read 5% free)
What does justice look like in the future? Maybe a little like this?
Twelve Steps: The life and Death of, by Elle Pepper
(Science Fiction, 1800 words, read 5% free)
Funny the choices life and war sometimes force you to make.
The Runners, by Bob Buckley
(Science Fiction, 8188 words, read 40% free)
Four scientists visit the closing moments of the
Mesozoic and discover that the fossil record has
not been totally accurate as to the capability of
Havens in the Storm, by Stephen B. Pearl
(Fantasy, 79000 words, read 15% free)
Dominel, Prince of Bani, Captain of the Bani
heavy cavalry, leads his men in a desperate bid
to still the advance of the Storm, an army of
monsters that are slowly conquering his world.
Left for dead behind enemy lines Dominel must
fend off the monsters while trying to find a way
to resurrect the lost magic of his world, which
is his only hope of stopping the Storm. Running
from hiding place to hiding place he journeys to
the last of the wizards’ strongholds, gaining the
dubious companionship of a catatonic girl along
He arrives at the stronghold to find nothing
human alive. However, when dealing with wizards,
this isn’t the obstacle he at first believes, and
his instruction begins. Now the race is on. Can
Dominel master magic before the forces of the
Storm destroy his stronghold? Will he be able to
heal the shattered mind of the girl? Will he be
king enough to rally his downtrodden people for a
final effort? Will he be wizard enough to lead
them to the safe haven prepared for them by the
ancient mages, or is humanity doomed to become a
slave race to the monstrous Storm? By high magic,
low trickery and the bravery of the desperate,
all these questions are answered in HAVENS IN THE
Backwater Blues, by Josh Rogan
(Literary/non-genre, 4000 words, read 50% free)
'Backwater Blues' by Josh Rogan. Ogdenborough is
a small rain-lashed backwater in the English Lake
District. Nothing much of note ever happens
there - usually. Young Gerard Frazzell, harrassed
into arranging the evening's entertainment for
the annual village gala day and evening,
unwittingly causes the biggest stir this tiny
Cumbrian outpost has ever seen.
Legends Reborn, by Carol Hightshoe
(Science Fiction, 4902 words, read 25% free)
In a world that was destroyed by war over two
centuries ago, humanity is losing the struggle
“We should never presume to dominate this planet
and its resources the way the Ancestors did, but
neither should we completely withdraw. That’s
what we’re doing, and it’s destroying us.
Mankind is disappearing from this planet.”
Gwendolyn Robbins - Senior Geneticist for the
World Wildlife Foundation risks her own life to
violate the laws set forth by the World Council
to find a way to return Balance and Hope to the
Changelings, by Leah Cypess
(Fantasy, 4000 words, read 35% free)
Two girls banished from Faerie meet on a city
sidewalk. One claims she knows the way back, but
she isn’t telling everything she knows….
“Changelings” was originally published in the
fourth issue of Odyssey (1998).
The Hunt, by David Sherman
(Horror, 92000 words, read 10% free)
Vampires are real. Vampires go out during the day. Vampires can eat garlic. Vampires aren't afraid of crucifixes. Rocks is a vampire hunter. Rocks is the best at what he does. Rocks knows all the vampire tricks. Rocks is a vampire.
Temple of Stone, by Leah Cypess
(Fantasy, 3600 words, read 45% free)
A priestess in an underground temple is faced with
a terrible choice….
This story was first published in Issue #35 of
Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine.
The Ground Under Man, by Daniel Pearlman
(Science Fiction, 6300 words, read 100% free)
The last mortician on a post-burial earth is vilified as a social
deviant as he stubbornly persists in trying to deposit his beloved
wife's corpse in the ground.
The Ballad of the Horny Jay, by JA Howe
(Science Fiction, 6584 words, read 25% free)
...so, how ARE we going to get into space?
During an era of terrorism and commercialism,
what happens when the two come together
Russka's Last Painting, by Keesa Renee DuPre
(Fantasy, 2000 words, read 45% free)
Russka's skill as an artist has given her fame
and the patronage of a wealthy art lover. But
only the Creator can grant her heart's secret
The Heart of the Two-Mile Game, by Jerry Emerson Loomis
(Science Fiction, 2700 words, read 45% free)
The world ends on a dark night, walking in the
rain. The world ends half-way across a wet
street, with a car skidding suddenly around the
corner in a drunken left turn. Blazing
headlights. Then the impact . . . . I wish I'd
told her how I loved her . . . .
To Name a Star, by Keesa Renee DuPre
(Fantasy, 2500 words, read 40% free)
We name the things we love the most. Do we hope
by this action to claim them as ours?
Manhattan Transfer, by John E. Stith
(Science Fiction, 135000 words, read 10% free)
Manhattan is kidnapped by aliens. Read all about
it. A Hugo Award Honorable Mention. Locus said:
"Considerable ingenuity...Think of it as a
visually spectacular movie...and a really
outstanding, imaginative, and professional
production staff and special effects crew working
to bring off the big set-pieces and guarantee the
Stealing the Seed, by Jane Routley & Rebecca Locksley
(Science Fiction, 10000 words, read 30% free)
In a world where the sexes are at war, Yani
Kanedies is a secret agent struggling to
complete her mission by stealing the seed.
First published on Eidolon.
Cyber Hunt, by Scott M. Sandridge
(Science Fiction, 2200 words, read 40% free)
Zapped by Alien Skin in their April/May 2006
issue, this is the new, revised version
of "Cyber Hunt."
Captain Amanda McVae and Wiley of the Eagle
Federation track down a Dragon Army Cyber on the
Hellish moon, Io.
Selection Day, by Michael Seidel
(Science Fiction, 3600 words, read 40% free)
A son begins to learn the consequences of his
father's choices and thinks twice about being
saved from the sleep program.
A Gathering of Storm Clouds, by C. Craig R. McNeil
(Fantasy, 80000 words, read 20% free)
The discovery of Atlantis has led the British
Empire waxing in power in the early 20th century
instead of waning. The discovery of enigmatic
power crystals allowed the construction of great
monolithic dreadnaughts which rule the skies and
waves, enforcing the Empire’s will.
A British archaeological team exploring Atlantean
ruins discover an amazing artefact called the
Nucleus, a massive depository for long forgotten
On searching an outpost of Atlantis for power
crystals, the elite Nightshade Division are
attacked by strange deadly creatures and barely
get out alive.
The British Empire's top agent, John Murdoch joins
forces with the Nightshade Division's Captain John
Riley in a desperate race against time to stop
unseen evil forces from launching a deadly attack
against the greatest empire the world has ever
Juxt, Terrel and Malcolm, by D.F. Coe
(Fantasy, 744 words, read 100% free)
The bard, Juxt, has a chilling experience.
The Teeth of the Jade Lady, by D.F.Coe
(Fantasy, 508 words, read 100% free)
Boober and the Association do some acquiring
The Mithril Scale, by D.F. Coe
(Fantasy, 8505 words, read 35% free)
Boober and the Association try to steal from a
Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody, by Valerie Frankel
(Fantasy, 30000 words, read 30% free)
Catastrophe strikes Chickenfeet Academy, and it’s
not just the cafeteria food. Lord Revolting,
murderous goldfish-flusher, needs Really Wimpy’s
pet rock to conquer the world! While battling him
with squirt guns and cheesy how-to guides, Henry
Potty aces Hobology, preps for America’s Funniest
Fairygodchildren, and tries to avoid laundering
Professor Snort’s dreaded hankies, or worse,
watching A History of Cabbages in Polish. All the
while, the least likely character watches,
coveting the pet rock for her own sneaky agenda.
What part does Socks the parrot, wisecracking pet
of Headmaster Bumbling Bore, play in all this?
Will Revolting dare the ultimate villainy and
spoil the book? Will this novel waste your entire
morning? There’s only one way to know…
The Junkyard Dogs, by David Sherman
(Literary/non-genre, 121000 words, read 20% free)
US Marines in Vietnam. Three Marines from a
Combined Action Platoon become involved with the
CIA's secret Project Phoenix. Along the way, they
discover an NVA plan to attack their outpost and
wipe it out.
The Sigil, by Henry Gee
(Science Fiction, 178500 words, read 100% free)
Jack Corstorphine is a man with a rare intuition.
He is convinced that the landscape of Europe
hides a civilization a million years old. Jadis
Markham has a gift for analysis -- she can reach
solutions while everyone else is still grappling
with the problem. Together, they change the face
of prehistory. But prehistory bites back. Forces
almost beyond imagination are stirring in Jack
and Jadis' world, among the worlds of their
friends -- their scientist-priest mentor Domingo,
and their adopted son, Tom -- and among the
stars. The Sigil is an epic of near-future SF
about the nature of the past, religion, love and
the nature of humanity. About the author: Henry
Gee is a Senior Editor of the international
science magazine Nature, where he devised and
edited the award-winning Futures series of SF
short stories. His previous books include The
Science of Middle-earth, Jacob's Ladder and In
Search of Deep Time. The Sigil is his first novel.
Iko-Iko, by Henry Gee
(Science Fiction, 4400 words, read 100% free)
If you go down to the woods today, you'll be in
for a big surprise.
Puncher's Chance, by James Grayson & Kathy Ferguson
(Science Fiction, 20000 words, read 50% free)
The lead novella in Analog SFF in June 2006,
Puncher's Chance is the story of an ill-fated
mission to Mars in the near future, where the
crew of the McAuliffe have to battle against time-
-and each other--to rescue a doomed colony.
"Sometimes playing it safe is not an option."
Save-A-Door Dali, by Barry Rosenberg
(Fantasy, 4000 words, read 35% free)
Kissing cane toads doesn't work quite the same way
as kissing frogs. Mid-summer night's dream gone
Motherload, by David Collins-Rivera
(Science Fiction, 24000 words, read 100% free)
A remote corner of a bleak system...
A broken-down gunboat, stuck in space...
An incompetent captain and a misfit crew...
A pirate ship, a silent target, and a whole bunch
So how's YOUR day going?
Mutant Blues, by J-F Dube
(Science Fiction, 85000 words, read 30% free)
One would think you’d have enough on your plate
just being one of the six Recon team of C-MET,
the most technologically advanced military
project on Earth.
Then your boss asks you to meet face to face
with outsystem emissaries: those so-called New
Humans, the accursed mutants who left the Earth
200 years ago to colonize the neighboring solar
It was good riddance, wasn’t it? And the few of
them that stayed here are a constant pain in the
you-know-what, so, what good can come out of
such a meeting?
Well, Team Leader Tamby Wa and partner Nagga
Fox, the two most dangerous women on the planet,
backed-up by invincible bodyguards hidden in a
constructed universe and the might of 24th
century True Human science are ready for
Or are they really?
The Adventure of the Field Theorems, by Vonda N. McIntyre
(Science Fiction, 11000 words, read 50% free)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle hires Sherlock Holmes to
investigate crop circles.
First published in Sherlock Holmes in
Orbit, ed. Mike Resnick & Martin Harry
Greenberg, DAW, 1995.
Richard Wepner, A Legend., by Nick Bond
(Literary/non-genre, 1500 words, read 100% free)
The story of Richard Wepner, the greatest pool
player to ever play in England
Rock 'n' Roll Universe, by Ken Rand
(Fantasy, 36000 words, read 100% free)
The Summer of Love – and the end of the world.
Haight-Asbury, San Francisco, August 5,
1967. Five hippies form a band they call Rock ‘n’
Roll Universe. All they want to do is get high,
make love, make music – and get on the cover of
the Rolling Stone. But when they encounter a Very
Strange Fellow in the Golden Gate Park, very
strange things happen, and mind-boggling forces
propel the group into a cosmic battle for the
very fate of the universe.
Rock ‘n’ roll made them. And only rock ‘n’
roll can save them.
Rain, by D.A. Pennington
(Science Fiction, 435 words, read 45% free)
Rain that makes you forget
The Blue The Gray and The Dead, by D.A. Pennington
(Horror, 4700 words, read 30% free)
Civil war fought with zombies.
The Orc Who Finds a Friend, by David B. Beaver
(Fantasy, 2100 words, read 25% free)
The young orc Grotuk' generally keeps to
himself, a quiet and easy going orc child in his
villages. Everything in his life takes a drastic
turn for the worse however, when he loses
everything and everyone he's ever loved,
completely alone in the world...
In this touching tale Grotuk' wonders if he will
ever again, find a friend he can trust...
The Choice, by David Bure
(Fantasy, words, read 50% free)
A man wakes up on an Island with only a name. He has a mission to
complete, but no one will tell him what it is.
Tired of Death! Dungeon!, by Neil Hartley
(Fantasy, 65000 words, read 15% free)
How many times have you hacked down a zombie
without thinking about it? Ever wondered who the
shadowy force is behind that dungeon? Spared a
thought for the poor denizens who are sat around
in those chilly Crypts waiting for the next
victim? No? Perhaps it's time to see the story
from the other side...
Narg and the Necromancers Tower., by Neil Hartley
(Fantasy, 63000 words, read 55% free)
Introducing Narg, grizzled hero of a thousand
battles. His latest quest seems easy enough: Seek
out and put an end to a menacing necromancer.
However, things are rarely as simple as they
Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage: An Unauthorized Parody, by Valerie Estelle Frankel
(Fantasy, 47000 words, read 25% free)
Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and
unstoppable: An award-winning parody for all
ages. The devious Lord Revolting has split his
soul into seven Plot Devices, from the One Ring
to Coloring Book of Doom. Destroying the
Ministry of Muckups, he launches himself on a
campaign of terror and ruthlessness, the likes
of which hasn’t been seen since the last
Wizneyland Princess Beach Week. Can Henry Potty,
lousy student and heroic Chosen One, destroy the
Plot Devices in time? Or will a paper shortage
kill him, as the loudmouthed ghost of Bumbling
Bore foresees? Join Henry as he duels unexploded
mimes, flying monkeys, telemarketers, and the
dreaded Tooth Fairy. It’s a race against
National Treasures, Legions of Dimness, and
Miniclorians, from the Funhouse of Terror to
Chickenfeet Academy. But if Henry wants to
recoup his fans from Professor Sniffly Snort, he
must try. As the epic battle nears, only one
thing is certain: Henry Potty’s series is
Cats Don't Fly, by La Juana Williams
(Mystery, 88000 words, read 35% free)
Something evil has invaded the town of Tiller
and women are dying. Robert Whittier, a recent
parolee from California, has come to Tiller to
do a job. It entails killing successful
businesswomen and homemakers, not his usual
demographic, but he has a job to do. Since her
recent accident, Ray Taylor has been having
dreams and visions of sorts, some that relate to
the murders. But Ray’s fledgling psychic
abilities are erratic and not terribly
accurate. When she sees a local farmer in
mortal danger, she ignores her usual instinct to
stay out of other people’s business, and warns
him. The results are more tragic than she could
have imagined and some of the town’s folk think
her involvement was far more sinister than a
mere premonition. The notoriety causes ugly
rumors to surface about events that took place
in her family when she was a child. She turns
to Forrest Black, the new reporter at the Tiller
Times, to help her dig up clues from the past
that might reveal her father’s killer. Forrest
is also a new arrival from California, carrying
his own dark secret. Through a series of
events and fragmented psychic clues, Ray
realizes the killer is a close, somehow
connected to her inner circle and if he isn’t
stopped she and those closest to her could
become his next victims.
The Pain Within, by Jasmine Diaz
(Literary/non-genre, 1300 words, read 30% free)
Jamie has gone through some tough things. He's
always feel that internal pain. And now he wants
it to stop, for it all to end. But will he be able
to end it?
10 Seconds into the Future, by Neta Priel
(Science Fiction, 2200 words, read 50% free)
Careful what you wish for!
How a simple and controlled experiment in
developing a time machine can make life a living
The Destiny of our Making, by D.E. Bowers
(Science Fiction, 96000 words, read 35% free)
William Wilkes is an accomplished soldier
accepting the responsibility of blending a savage
military world with the civilian population by
retraining them in a new understanding and
acceptance of everyone who occupies the
Jamie Darans is the Creator of the Artificial
Intelligence, which merges the five territories
the Continent, after a disastrous attack by a
meteor shower, which occurs every five hundred
years. The meeting of the two distinct
personalities brings a new challenge to the
surface, the merging of advancing technology and
simplicity of everyday life.
Sweetmeats, by Frej Wasastjerna
(Fantasy, 2000 words, read 100% free)
Linetta of the Dragon Patrol and Grendygla, her
highly articulate dragon, face a pack of undead.
Dominion, by J. L. Bryan
(Science Fiction, 83000 words, read 100% free)
In the year 2036, the United States of America is
ruled by a totalitarian regime controlling all
information: education, religion, the mass media,
and the internet.
Daniel Ruppert is a talking head for the most
popular nightly news program in southern
California. Restless and weary of reporting
propaganda, Ruppert begins digging for the truth.
His urge to know puts his career, life, and family
at risk as he discovers the clandestine North
Atlantic Psychological Command--PSYCOM--and how it
manipulates the minds of the Western world.
He's following the trail of PSYCOM's darkest
secret--and he'll find it, if he can survive.
Sad, by J.A.R. Topper
(Fantasy, 99800 words, read 40% free)
A warlord from a bygone era comes to Earth in
human form. But why is she here and what is she
looking for? Her time is running out.
The Trial, by Dean Murray
(Fantasy, 68000 words, read 35% free)
Driven from their homes hundreds of years ago,
the People have made their home inside caves at
the top of the White Spike mountain range.
Before She left, the Goddess created their laws
and left a shadowy group of individuals to guide
and protect Her chosen.
Hundreds of years later, most of the outlying
villages have forgotten whatever they might have
known about the deadly Guadel whose word carries
the weight of absolute law.
An orphan nearly his entire life, Va'del wants
nothing so much as to find a place in his
village where he can belong. The invitation to
join a visiting Guadel family initially feels
like coming home, but events soon leave him more
bitterly alone than ever.
As a dangerous enemy circles ever closer,
threatening the complete destruction of the
People, Va'del is given the opportunity to
avenge his adopted family and protect the things
he's come to value above everything else.
The Dragon's Clause, by Kelly A. Harmon
(Fantasy, 5800 words, read 45% free)
If you have a contract with a dragon, you'd better
Set in 1600's Italy, The Dragon's Clause, is
about the city of San Marino’s bargain with a
dragon and how forgetfulness can lead to destruction.
The Dragon's Clause was
first published in the anthology, "Black Dragon,
White Dragon" as San Marino and the
The Futre of Engineering, by Miriam Pia
(Science Fiction, 1300 words, read 45% free)
Excitement breaks out in an engineering lab when
power goes out. Readers find out why but they
also learn how the world of engineering has
changed in the next 200 years.
Idle Thoughts, by K.C. Randall
(Horror, 1464 words, read 45% free)
Everyone has idle thoughts about violence that
they ignore. But for Lisa Phillips the temptation
may be too great. *Very mild gore.
The Legend of the Blue Unicorn, by Sybrina Durant
(Fantasy, 5000 words, read 35% free)
The Legend of the Blue Unicorn is a story about a
tribe of 11 magical unicorns and one plain blue
one. Read about Blue’s adventure to save his
tribe from the unicorn eating Manticore and how he
gains his own magic along the way.
A Bird in Hand, by Andrew Burt
(Science Fiction, words, read 10% free)
Sometimes I wish birds had never discovered that
humans were intelligent...
(If you like playing Angry Birds then you've got
to read this one. First published in Outside SF /
FarSector in 2003.)
Promise Kept, by Brandy Hunt
(Science Fiction, 60000 words, read 15% free)
In a world full of the relics of the past and
the toys of the future, Lila Howell is a psychic
who struggles to remain ethical in the face of
her government's demands. Currently, her
government is demanding that she use her job to
retrieve information from Susanne Newton. She
must make a decision between keeping her life or
reaching for something more.
Starfighter, Season 1, Episode 1, by Chase Preston Davies
(Science Fiction, 5000 words, read 100% free)
Jak Skinner is the new leader of Death's Head
squadron, a special forces starfighter unit. When
a member of his squadron dies in combat, Jak is
not only forced to deal with the guilt of his
friend's death, but the prospect of replacing him,
as well. Read this first installment in the
exciting new space opera serial - Starfighter.
Starfighter is serial, and is like a T.V. series -
in written form.
Black Rose, by Matt R. Anderson
(Mystery, 2704 words, read 100% free)
Growing up in a small town having no friends his own
age, a little boy meets someone that changes his
Gulf Shores, by Matt R. Anderson
(Mystery, 1500 words, read 100% free)
A beach walking man falls in love with a local
bartender from a local beach bar. But does she know