- Commuter’s Special - Two books with a total of 170 short stories, each story easily finished before your stop. Resolve to read more in 2015.
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David de Beer author of a story in Short Short Stories also presents this story in the anthology Storm Front and Nancy Fulda, author of a story in Shorter Stories has another story in Celestial Horizons
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Here are a few thumbnail sketches by the authors of new fiction added to the Anthology Builder Archives in 2014.
Click the stories to preview, then click authors’ name to preview their other stories in the data base,
and scroll down to see anthologies containing one or more of their stories. Or build your own custom anthology, it’s easy!
- enjoy, foxtale -
They were the enemy in a no-quarter war. The Junior war. No mercy, no prisoners. Except one day they took one -FMK
In the third year of the Junior Wars, we captured one. We dragged it to the castle kicking and screaming, fighting us every step of the way. It bit Marco on the shoulder, hard, and for a minute there the rest of us were fingering our weapons, eyeing him with a mixture of fear and incipient hatred, though we knew it wasn’t contagious. Not that way at least…
September 4, 1909 – He was the most striking man at the auction. Lourdes found her eyes drawn to that unknown man on the far side of the paddock – JKC
The mare wasn’t the one she’d come for, but Lourdes kept her eyes fixed on her anyway. The horse danced nervously in the corral. Calm, Lourdes thought at the creature. Safe. The mare’s nervous steps stopped and she stood still…
In the distant future mankind sent a ship with five thousand people into the depths of space to colonize a new world called Terra Seconda: Second Earth. But their journey takes 400 years - SW
It wasn’t paradise on this vessel. Robert could only imagine the torment and torture these five-thousand people experienced… the Arbitrators predicted the population to double by the time they arrived at Second Earth… Robert knew without tough controls …over sex… the population would … overtax the delicate resources of the ship. Humans bred like rodents and he was the exterminator to control the numbers…
It’s Halloween, and all the kids are trickin’ and treatin’. But is all that candy good for them… or bad… or worse – FMK
Sander’s face was a grinning skull painted in an unhealthy shade of dull creamy white. His own dark eyes all but disappeared into the black holes Jane had drawn around them; his nose was a sharp black triangle; gaping and crooked teeth were painted over his lips. Jane had used a black dye to color his hair…
***Linked Note*** ‘The Girl Who Wanted To Fly’ by Shane Ward, is currently in the anthology Celestial HorizonOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Three Random Teasers – for Winter 2014 - Lets hope this winter and the New Year see better luck for the space travel companies trying to launch orbit-bound payloads. In the meantime here are some random teasers from stories in which the authors have no trouble imagining space travel and the emotions, feelings, and actions of the participants. Click the Book Link to peruse the anthology containing the story. Click the story title to preview the story. Click the authors name and Scroll down to see their stories and anthologies containing one or more of their stories in the AB Database. Or, build your own Anthology. - enjoy, foxtale
… The cold January air still clung to Karen, and gently but quite suddenly, the cold permeated Sid’s room. Almost imperceptibly, he shivered. Then, above the red wool scarf that was tucked up under Karen’s chin, she smiled, and the room felt warm again. With her hands behind her back, Karen sauntered toward her father’s wheelchair.
“I have something for you,” she said… from behind her back she produced a toy spaceship…
- from PILGRIMS by Diane Gallant anthology link
“I am Sayla and this house is open to any who seek shelter. This is my daughter, Asha.”
The girl nodded, setting her curls bobbing.
The silver-haired stranger introduced herself, “I am Evriel Pashtan, emissary of our lord high regent.”
“Emissary?” the woman, Sayla, said blankly.
“You are?” the girl blurted, “From Alabaster?”
“From the home star – it’s not possible,” said Sayla, “The ships don’t come anymore, not even to Colonth…”
- from Lady of the White-Spired City by Sarah L. Edwards anthology link
“You’re twenty-three,” John said. “You don’t need your Mum’s permission.
“Twenty-four,” Mel corrected. “I know,” she added, about the permission.
“This is the chance of a lifetime, Mel, I thought you would have done it by now.”
Mel nodded. John was right. She should be getting her implants by now. It wasn’t every spastic, blind, twenty-four year old cripple who won the lottery to explore the stars… chosen for the chance to be a probe controller…
- from To Kiss The Star, a 2002 Nebula Award nominated story, by Amy Sterling Casil anthology link
*Linked Note* SURVIVAL STRATEGIES by Vaughan Stanger also appears in March of the RobotsOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
For November, you may enjoy this eclectic and random selection of short stories; one story acknowledges the sacrifices required of our veterans, another is about finding the right turkey, and lastly is a story about a toy space ship utilized by a different type of pilgrim. Each is a short story hammered out by a talented wordsmith; two classic authors and a new talent. Peruse these stories; click on the link, from there click the authors name to see their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing one or more of their stories. Or perhaps, BUILD an anthology of your own. Enjoy – foxtale
…WAR and rumors of war. That, and naught else, was what was to be heard flying across the country from west to east along its southern border. Conductors, brakemen, porters, and the desert-dusty cattlemen who boarded the train at the last stop seemed unaware of anything else under the dome of heaven but war… Jack London Story link
…I followed an ostensibly lame turkey over a considerable part of the United States one morning, because I believed in her and could not think she would deceive a mere boy, and one who was trusting her and considering her honest… Mark Twain Story Link
… The cold January air still clung to Karen, and gently but quite suddenly, the cold permeated Sid’s room. Almost imperceptibly, he shivered. Then, above the red wool scarf that was tucked up under Karen’s chin, she smiled, and the room felt warm again. With her hands behind her back, Karen sauntered toward her father’s wheelchair. “I have something for you,” she said… Diane Gallant Story Link
—— Linked NOTE — Jack London’s famous and jaded dispatch ‘The Red Game Of War’ also appears in the anthology ‘Soldier’s Song’Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
As the shadows lengthen and summer fades into fall, the time of bon-fires, school-days and Halloween rolls around.
Here are three random teasers from the AnthologyBuilder database of short stories; searched word “Halloween.”
Click the anthology link to view the book, then click the story title to preview story, from there click author’s name and scroll down to see their works in the AB database, or other anthologies containing one or more of their stories. Then perhaps, order an anthology from the Library Tab.
Enjoy these anthologies, or BUILD one of your own!
Trick Or Treat - Floris M. Kleijne
..Sander’s face was a grinning skull painted in an unhealthy shade of dull creamy white…. Halloween, and all the kids are trickin’ and treatin’. But is all that candy good for them… or bad… or worse?
Anthology Link – Mashup
Dances With Crows – Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
….crows are nasty. They have this way of looking at you, as though they’re wondering what you taste like, and whether they can fit their beaks round you…
Anthology Link - Scream In The Forest
The Splatterfairies’ Halloween - Shalanna Collins
…. the naughty fairies … spread chaos throughout the multiverse… when the veil between the worlds thins, the fairies come to us…
Anthology Link -Scarecrows and Pumpkin Heads-
—————Linked Note- Dances With Crows also appears in the anthology Twisted ReduxOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL - LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN - DEBORA J. ROSS (WHEELER)
Presenting – The Featured Writers of this summer 2014.
To preview one of their stories in AnthologyBuilder, click the anthology link, then scroll to their story. Click author’s name to access their stories currently in the AnthologyBuilder data-base. Then scroll down to find other anthologies containing their work. Want to read more? Peruse other anthologies in the AB library.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, and the 2011 Hugo-award winning short story, “For Want of a Nail.” In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been nominated for the Hugo and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and a dozen manual typewriters. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com
… She didn’t want to think about what would happen if she couldn’t repair the damage… -For Want of a Nail -
Anthology Link – An Eclectic Ten From Twelve
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. In 2007 he was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2010 he was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities. He’s also one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a speaker of Klingon. – not yap wa’ Hol
… eight leased buffalo dogs were already chewing enormous tunnels into the Martian rock… -A Buffalito of Mars -
Anthology Link – ’bout dogs and DOGS
Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler, wrote JAYDIUM (1993) and NORTHLIGHT (1995), as well as stories published in ASIMOV’S, FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, SISTERS OF THE NIGHT, STAR WARS: TALES FROM JABBA’S PALACE, REALMS OF FANTASY, and almost all of the SWORD & SORCERESS and Darkover anthologies. Her most recent projects — under her birth name, Ross — include Darkover novels with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley and an original fantasy series, THE SEVEN-PETALED SHIELD. Her 2008 editorial debut, LACE AND BLADE (Norilana Books) was received so enthusiastically that it became an annual anthology.
… he moved through the room with the deliberate grace of a tiger… -For King and Country -
Anthology Link - Adoration
Linked Note ….. A ‘Buffalito of Mars’ also appears in ‘Stories That Caught My Eye’
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Recent international events have brought about rumblings that in the near future Russia may block US access to the International Space Station, currently orbiting the earth. It is hard to imagine the US not in space. But it is obvious from the following selection of tales, in Anthology Builder’s archives, that these writers have no problem imagining living aboard a space station.
Click the anthology link then click story titles to preview the stories. From there, click the authors’ names to peruse their other stories in the archives, then scroll down to locate other anthologies containing their stories. —- enjoy – foxtale
-Veteran spacer Victoria Lewis heeds her old mentor’s dying wish that she join him in orbit for a special journey aboard an abandoned station leftover from a bygone era…
Station Thirteen – Camille Alexa, available in the anthology, Existence
-The Gary Hudson Exospheric Laboratory rotated lazily against an expanse of brilliant stars. Sunlight glinted off its blockish airlock, accentuating the trellises that joined its three concentric rings…
That Undiscovered Country - Nancy Fulda, available in the anthology, An Eclectic Ten From Twelve
-Izzy’s new job aboard the solar station orbiting Earth becomes more complicated when she begins receiving cryptic messages from a ghost… (A winner in the “L Ron Hubbard presents the Writers of the Future” 2010 contest.)
Digital Rights - Brent Knowles, available in the anthology, Eight
Linked Note - The story ‘Station Thirteen’ also appears in A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES in the AB LibraryOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.