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Pawn to King Four

By: Timothy Zahn

Description: Badger and Dillon witness an alien invasion about to take place. They must now search for help in hopes of preventing a possible alien attack.

Excerpt: But it wasn’t just a handful of Cobras and a couple of civilians racing toward him across the open field. There were at least twenty men, plus a few women, and only about half of them were Cobras. And there was nothing impulsive about it—most of the civilians were carrying rifles or shotguns, and several had bulging backpacks riding their shoulders.

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Space Hero

By: Patrick Lundrigan

Description: Rob and his friends are about to embark on a dangerous mission to hopefully find their friend, Rob. He went ahead of the group, alone, and entered into a dangerous situation in which nobody knows if they can get him out of.

Excerpt: Out of habit and tradition long established before Jake ever arrived, the galley module maintained an Earthside ambience, complete with faux-wood paneling and incandescent lighting. The tables met in a single plane, providing space for everyone on-station to sit at one time--although sitting only required bellying up to the table and velcroing in. Station etiquette also meant sitting while eating. Jake came in late, grabbed a loaded tray and floated over to the ...

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Tanya: Princess of Elves

By: Larry Correia

Description: Tanya is an elf princess who breaks out from her sheltered life in the Enchanted Forest in hopes to discover adventure in the human world.

Excerpt: The queen of the elves pondered on that while she unwrapped a Ho-Ho and squirted ranch dressing on it. Her people had a sweet deal. The government paid them good money to stay right here in the Enchanted Forest, but some of the younger elves were getting uppity, talking about adventure. They’d been watching too many movies with fancy movie elves in them. They didn’t realize how good they had it here in the Enchanted Forest.

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The Brute Force Approach

By: Michael Z. Williamson

Description: Lt. Rick Stadter and Astrogator Robin Vela receive an emergency distress call from a large ship. There are more people aboard the ship than they are able to take on on their rescue ship. Standt and Vela reach the ship with a team of rescue men and try and fix the problem on the ship. They discover a breach in which someone has tampered with the ships entire structure.

Excerpt: Stadter winced and turned to his console. It took effort in 2 Gs. He wanted information on his own screens. Two hundred and sixteen people, minus any who were dead already. From the sound of it, most of the officers were dead or incapacitated. The couch under him was itchy-damp with sweat, and it wasn't just the acceleration causing it.

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The Grimnoir Chronicles: Detroit Christmas

By: Larry Correia

Description: Jake Sullivan runs his own investigation company. In this short story, he is hired on Christmas to hunt down a gang which commits horrible crimes and must finally bring them down.

Excerpt: He had to finish this before the Icebox could freeze him out. At this range, a clean shot could freeze him solid, but behind cover… even a really powerful Icebox wouldn’t be able to steal more than ten degrees a minute from room this big, but it had already been cold to begin with. That didn’t leave Sullivan much time.

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The Tailsman's Trinket

By: P.C. Hodgell

Description: The Tailsman, a new comer into town and a band of theives must come together to defeat a new enemy which attacks their town unexpectedly.

Excerpt: Bane’s silvery eyes slid sideways toward her and his mouth twisted. “Yes, innocence. Such a heady lure. Are you innocent too, little hobgoblin? Yes, I can smell it on you despite your blood, like Dally, like Jame, although her state is more complex. Innocent but not ignorant, oh yes.” He laughed again, weakly, wheezing from punctured lungs.

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A Murder of Crows

By: Alex Hernandez

Description: Hersh and Ameera must fight for their lives on Mars when they are suddenly attacked by aliens and now must fight for their lives.

Excerpt: The machine laid a tentacle on the harpy's shoulder and spoke in flawless, soothing Standard, Aello, it was my concealing dust storm that piqued their curiosity and my decision to maim their aircraft that incited the attack. I thought it would buy us some time. It was my miscalculation and so my responsibility.

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Angel in Flight

By: Sarah A. Hoyt

Description: Jarl, a holo escapee, partners up with Jane and her husband in order to free more holo members.

Excerpt: When he opened the panel, there was something in there, besides the circuits. At first he thought snow had got in there and not melted, but that was stupid. It would, of course, have melted. Touched, the whiteness revealed itself for a slip of paper. By the light of the holograms he read it. “Dear Jarl, I want you to know you are on our thoughts and in our prayers. On Christmas night, you were our savior angel. I don’t think we can rescue you—even if we found th...

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Away in a Manger

By: Wen Spencer

Description: Three animal friends, Alfie, Jack and Renard, in their day to day work, stumble across a baby and name it Jesus.

Excerpt: They had been working most of the year toward surviving the next winter. The last one had been the first for all of them to experience, so it had taken them off guard. Jack and Renard pulled through thanks to the fact they could eat everything from bugs to mice, but Alfie was skin and bones by the time the grass started to grow again. It had taken all summer for him regain all his weight. He didn't have the fat to survive another brutal winter.

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Checksum Checkmate

By: Tony Daniel

Description: This short story takes place in the future, where Earth gets invaded by alien preditors. They create a virtual realiity battle field where the soldiers practice their battlefield skills.

Excerpt: They’re getting better and better at making these things, NOCK thought. Not only that, the Twelve had tons of specialized apps available. There was even an app for feeling drunk, had he wanted to download it. He had downloaded a fairly costly suite of chemical analysis tools at Leher’s suggestion. The commander claimed these would to make NOCK’s work with the sceeve – both allies and enemies – go much more smoothly. Maybe one day he would even be able to underst...

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Conella and the Cyclops Sea Serpent of Doom

By: John Ringo

Description: This short story is about the heroic tale of Cornella, a great warrior, and how she defeats the serpent and saves King Porram's last remaining daughter from being taken by the serpent.

Excerpt: Conella, at great expense, had managed to obtain exactly one liter of concentrated Aaargh! juice. Which she had liberally applied to herself. A one-eyed creature cannot cross its eyes and sea serpents do not shed tears. The gathered watchers for years afterwards swore that the serpent first crossed its eye then began to slowly cry.

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Kinderspiel

By: Charles E. Gannon

Description: This story goes through adventure of Colonel Thomas North and his platoon in battle.

Excerpt: The unit’s senior officer, a well-respected fifteen-year veteran by the name of Grieg, was all that was keeping them together. But on the journey to replace the garrison at Biberach, he showed signs of coming down with some kind of fever. By the time they reached Biberach, he was barely able to sit his horse long enough to formally relieve the garrison’s commander. Already weak, he was one of the first victims of the plague that had been festering unknown in the...

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Landed Alien

By: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Description: Kara is in training to become a pilot. Making poor decisions, she must prove that she is worthy of graduating in hopes to be a top pilot.

Excerpt: She had come this far. She had completed her coursework, gained her second class license, despite the oppressive oversight that had caused others of her classmates -- friends from the Culture Club, and various others who had come from outworlds -- to drop out and return home. Kara ven'Arith hadn't quit. She had been clever, she had kept her head down, she had kept herself informed of the changing requirements, and she had graduated.

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Like Ghost Cat and a Dragon's Dog

By: Dave Freer

Description: The dragon, ghost cat and dark embark on an adventure in a foreign planet. The dog explains how he learns the barking human language.

Excerpt: Humans often say they wish we dogs could talk. I only wish they could listen, and dragons too. Then Fionn would have known what those barks meant, and it wasn’t as he assumed: “I’m hungry and let’s get going.” Those ideas are true too, but he’s putting barks into my mouth that I didn’t utter. And, although I know the water-deer are hiding in those lakes and he could catch them, I’m not pointing this out to him. Too many kitties are watching for them, and maybe t...

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Peace Offering

By: Wen Spencer

Description: With the current war that has broken out between the elses and omi, Olivia and the rest of the women are walking on eggshells as women have been getting killed in their town. Olivia seeks out to find a specific elf to write a story--whom she eventually falls in love with.

Excerpt: Before the war, there was actually a shortage of workers for low paying jobs. The city had needed people like her to fill the gaps. She'd been working at a bakery on third shift. She was paid under the table, so even though she was only making minimum wage, nothing was being held out for taxes or benefits. A week after the war started, though, the bakery was out of flour, sugar and salt.

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Taking the High Road

By: R. P. L. Johnson

Description: Written like a group of journal entries, this story take you through 25 years of a space mission to Mars. Written by one of the astronauts, she describes the life threatening issues and their endurance of finally making it back to Earth.

Excerpt: At Union last week, Beth and Chris announced that they were engaged. Commander Campbell ordered that the last of the chocolate pudding be served and joked that he was saving the ice cream for the birth of the first child in space. At least I think he was joking.

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The Age of the Warrior

By: Hank Reinhardt

Description: The Duke of Jagai, Asgalt is sent to battle, along with other soldiers, to lead them to defeat the Shang, a new threat posed to all the kingdoms.

Excerpt: Sweat stung his eyes, and his back began to ache from the strained unnatural position. He worked more slowly, and would stop after several strokes to gauge the depth of the cut, and to clear his vision. The bridge creaked and sagged even further as the amount of wood holding it grew less. After what seemed hours, the top began to splinter and snap. He quickly slipped off the beam and as he kicked back and away, swung the axe once more. The axe bit, the wood crac...

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Dog's Body

By: Sarah A. Hoyt

Description: This short story is about a cryptid blogger and how he accidentally crosses paths and helps save a young shape shifter.

Excerpt: I cast a quick glance to the side, veered all over the road, said, “Oh, my,” and bit down on a more vigorous exclamation, because huddled on the floor of the passenger side was a girl. She was blond and slight, and for just a moment I thought she was young – very young, like fourteen or fifteen. But then I focused on her face, because the rest was naked and I really didn’t want to look at it, and, my face burning, realized that she was in her late twenties, mayb...

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Eleutherios

By: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Description: Friar Julian is fixing an organ for the gods. He gets called in for a meeting as they have captured a stranger.

Excerpt: He held his arms awkwardly before him, crossed at the wrist. Friar Julian could see the sullen gleam of the binder beneath one frayed blue sleeve. He turned his head at Friar Julian's approach, and the cleric saw a line of dried blood on the man's neck.

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Haunts of Guilty Minds

By: John Lambshead

Description: Gaston gets sent to the Black Museum to deliver a 'special package' to a professor who works there. He encounters a few obstacles approaching the professors work area and learns the true magic behind the Black Museum.

Excerpt: She tossed the spear head behind her. The stag raised the broken spear in an overhead grip. It ended in a jagged splinter. A wooden stab wound could be lethal to Karla’s kind in a way that mere bullets weren’t. If the situation bothered her then she hid her fears convincingly. She bounced lightly on the balls of her feet, beckoning to the stag.

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