Short Stories

A Place in the Sun

A sci-fi twist on a classic comedy. Jim Harding is something important at the World Congress. He lives in the city with his wife Joan and their two children. But Joan is tired of their cramped apartment and dreams of having a place in the sun. Of course, Jim is far too in demand to leave town. But when he falls for Nuevo Mondo's sales pitch, he goes all in and buys a custom designed house on his very own alternative Earth. Privacy guaranteed!

But then the arguments over the house design start, and the children don't like the new place, and then there are the strange noises. And when the Great Storm of 2072 hits, Jim finds himself cut off from his house and family, and all of this before he's had his first Martini!

Three Lives of Mary

Can a heart be broken, even when it's artificial?

Mary is part of an elite CySapient team. Together with her husband Ben--a total-conversion sentient spaceship--she surveys planets looking for potentially colonizable worlds.

While investigating a possibly habitable planet, Mary encounters a strange plant-animal hybrid that threatens to destroy her, despite her near invulnerable Cynetic body. Ben rescues her, but is severely damaged--including his highly expensive Dataract brain augmentation.

After limping back to the nearest repair base, Mary discovers that bad investments in immature colony worlds, along with Ben's taste for lavish hardware upgrades, have wiped out most of their funds. Unable to afford the life-saving repairs Ben needs, Mary must now risk everything to save him, and make decisions that will change both their lives forever.


How far would you go to protect your career? Your friends? Your family? Your way of life?

The Atolls--a group of elite off-world colonists--dominate from their position orbiting the Earth, restricting access to scroffers--their name for the people still living on the planet.

Shuttle pilot Guy Addison is one of the few allowed to make regular trips to the Atolls and feels little sympathy for his Earth-bound contemporaries.But after the Atolls announce a draconian clampdown on immigration, Addison faces the very real possibility that flights will be stopped and he will never be allowed into space again.

And when terrorists take over his shuttle, he must confront not only secrets from his past but also the deadly consequences of a new future. Can he successfully outwit both the terrorists, and the Atolls, to bring his ship home?

Atoll: An edge-of-the-seat suspense-filled thriller with action on every page!

Fenton Treeby is Missing

Sometimes in facing your fears, you discover a truth you wouldn't believe.

An entire town has vanished. And so has the world's greatest scientific mind, Fenton Treeby. The Internal Security Bureau wants answers and fast. ISB Agent Steve Boardman, is assigned to the case, but it's his first week back on the job after recovering from severe work-related PTSD. To make matters worse, his assigned partner, Lynna, is as busy trying to prove he's crazy as she is looking for a way to pin the disappearance on the Pan-Asians.

Boardman has a different theory. One that might be just enough to confirm Lynna's idea that he's cracked up. Can he prove her wrong and keep himself together long enough to discover what really happened to Fenton Treeby and the town?


It was Inser's job to watch over the Complex. The distance from Earth made that seem somewhat pointless and he always suspected the motive was more political -- the bureaucratic mind just couldn't imagine a project costing billions without some form of security. More crucially he watched those working in the Complex for any signs of misconduct. Potential danger was far more likely to come from someone there officially, someone who had slipped through the screening process. So he watched them, scrutinized them...

How Much is That Doggy?

Earl Duarte is at war.

He's fighting his aging body and dementia, not to mention his daughter's efforts to move him into an "assisted living" community.

But when an unexpected canine visit provides a peculiar dose of pet therapy, the astonishing consequences shatter his world and could destroy his relationship with his family and everything he holds dear.

A Slight Imperfection

Astrophysicist Alec Myre is researching the principles of Dark Energy and the nature of the Universe when he uncovers shocking evidence that questions the fundamentals of scientific theory. But given his history of mental illness, will anyone believe him? And is the truth more terrifying than even he imagines?


Sometimes, the only person who can help is the last person you'd want to call.

Commissioner Bellarbi's administration of the Information Systems Investigation Authority isn't going well. Communications networks are crumbling and a series of high-profile industrial and food production failures have threatened safety and cost jobs. He believes the global technology infrastructure is under attack from cyber-terrorists. With public protests rising and his job under threat, he needs answers fast. Leaving him only one choice: to seek help from her...

Mayrum Casteneda, the legendary founder of the Authority, is a relic from a bygone age who definitely doesn't suffer fools. She might just be the only person who can help, but are the answers buried too deep?


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