Juarez Square and Other Stories

Author: D. L. Young
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780990869603
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In this powerful debut collection, D.L. Young infuses edgy, dystopian science fiction stories with thought-provoking social commentary. These eleven works, five of which are original to this collection, explore the cultural and political impacts of advanced robotics, automated warfare, gene manipulation, and extremist ideologies.The award-winning story "The Reader," "Training the Fundies," and the title work "Juarez Square" envision an anarchic, cutthroat near-future along the US-Mexico border. "Ximena" explores the life of a robot brothel owner in Madrid, and "The Gianni Box" tells the tale of a stolen artificial intelligence that becomes the hottest designer in the fashion world. "The Jacob Seeds" takes place on a manmade floating island nation, where a scientist's revolutionary breakthrough in genetically modified food becomes the prize of a high stakes, winner-take-all political battle.This book marks the emergence of a compelling new voice in speculative fiction.

The Prophecy and Other Stories

Author: Drago Jancar
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810125781
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These newly collected short stories reveal a master at the top of his game. Drago Jancar possesses an acute understanding of the human psyche, enabling his stories to resonate beyond their particular milieu. This collection features seven pieces, drawn from four different collections, that together present the struggle of individuals against powerful forces. The characters try to make sense of a world of shifting borders and changing names that make the idea of a "homeland"—either literal or figurative—a dream rather than a reality.

The Earthquake Prophet

Author: David H. Brandin
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781462032556
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In this distinctive collection of thirty-nine short stories, author David H. Brandin mixes satire and political incorrectness with startling story-line twists in the tradition of O. Henry. Divided into four parts, The Earthquake Prophet combines modern history, fantasy, and current events to deliver a treasure trove of prose. Brandin delves into a variety of subjects that range from earthquake prediction and World War II to the hot political topics of today such as global warming, sanctuary cities, and TSA’s no-?y lists. With wit and his own unique brand of humor, Brandin o?ers an interesting explanation for the collapse of the American economic system; deftly describes the inanity of professional politicians; exposes corruption in the judicial system; and skewers high-stakes issues in national security. Stories also explore how the ordinary can turn extraordinary. Scuba diving takes a strange turn, a piano lesson lapses into terror, and an unusual Texas slot machine creates quite the controversy. Blending political, historical, and general ?ction with tales of science ?ction and fantasy, The Earthquake Prophet promises a fascinating literary adventure.

The Miracle of Alvito

Author: David H. Brandin
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465325492
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Why did the town of Alvito, Italy rename its church The Church of the Miracle in World War II? What happens when an airline misplaces a passenger? Is it gambling if theres no risk? Who was the Greatest RomanEver? Whats the easiest way to steal an identity? The author explores these and other questions in this eclectic and fun-filled mix of fiction, science fiction, and historical fiction and fantasy stories.

Last Stories and Other Stories

Author: William T Vollmann
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698135482
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Supernaturally tinged stories from William T. Vollmann, author of the National Book Award winner Europe Central In this magnificent new work of fiction, his first in nine years, celebrated author William T. Vollmann offers a collection of ghost stories linked by themes of love, death, and the erotic. A Bohemian farmer’s dead wife returns to him, and their love endures, but at a gruesome price. A geisha prolongs her life by turning into a cherry tree. A journalist, haunted by the half-forgotten killing of a Bosnian couple, watches their story, and his own wartime tragedy, slip away from him. A dying American romances the ghost of his high school sweetheart while a homeless salaryman in Tokyo animates paper cutouts of ancient heroes. Are ghosts memories, fantasies, or monsters? Is there life in death? Vollmann has always operated in the shadowy borderland between categories, and these eerie tales, however far-flung their settings, all focus on the attempts of the living to avoid, control, or even seduce death. Vollmann’s stories will transport readers to a fantastical world where love and lust make anything possible.

The Convict And Other Stories

Author: James Lee Burke
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1409132811
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A wonderful collection of 12 stories set mainly in and around the American Deep South from award-winning author James Lee Burke. For fans of James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux, THE CONVICT AND OTHER STORIES is a superb collection of stories set in and around the American Deep South and its charismatic people. From New Orleans to Dallas, with excursions further afield in Korea and Vietnam, James Lee Burke's characters live out lives of laughter and tragedy, mystery and intrigue, finding the memorable in the commonplace and bringing vividly to life the heat and dust of Southern life.

Jim Savage and the Tulare o Indians

Author: Annie Rosalind Mitchell
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Savage was a pre-Gold Rush explorer and miner in California. He was with the Mariposa Battalion and discovered Yosemite Valley. He lived with and became a leader among the Indians.

The Dusty Man

Author: K. J. Russell
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781512040029
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As the Eastern hemisphere slept, the mind of God awoke from a deep slumber. Invading the minds of all humanity, His awareness overwhelmed the waking West and rendered it void of life in an instant. Then as they slept, those in the East felt God die. His death emptied Hell onto Earth, unleashing demonic armies that drove mankind to the brink of extinction. Beijing rose as a final bastion, its military bolstered by ingenious technologies but driven to desperation by faltering supplies and the constant threat of invasion. And the one weapon that could save them has just been stolen... In the wastelands of Korea, a stranger covered in dust visits a lonely town of Buddhists and Christians living in an odd state of peace. He catches the eye of Seo Ha-Neul. The stranger brings lies, warnings, and violence. Rather than stop him, Seo tries to understand his motivations, even as supernatural forces threaten devastation. "K.J. Russell's work is often dark, sometimes brooding, always lush with mayhem and magic." - C. Stuart Hardwick, editor of 'Tides of Impossibility' "An intriguing and unvarnished tale of human tenacity, 'The Dusty Man' is definitely worth the read." - Corinn Heathers, author of 'Bound Together' "K.J. Russell excels in creating the kind of fantastic worlds you just love to lose yourself in. Wonderful stuff." - D.L. Young, author of 'Juarez Square and Other Stories' 'The Dusty Man' is K.J. Russell's debut novel, a story that strikes with images both exquisitely haunting and violent. It Introduces readers to the 'Ruin of the Fifth World', a grim alternate future in which the survivors of mankind are the strong, the ruthless and the ingenious. God is dead and the world is crumbling. Demonic commanders organize hideous armies against mankind and one another. The heroes that rise among humanity are just as terrifying as the monsters. And where are the Angels to bring goodness back to the world? Looking for a light in this shadowed world seems hopeless, but there are those who dare to challenge the tide of armageddon, and there is no God to help those who get in their way. ALSO CONTAINS AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY BY CORINN HEATHERS. Fantasy writer Corinn Heathers (author of 'Bound Together') offers her own take on this post-apocalyptic world. In the short story, 'Tears', a mysterious observer is tasked with gathering information about a tiny village. The observer is forbidden from affecting the village, but the misery of the population tests her conviction. The observer will soon learn that nowhere is safe in this world, and even this village might not be what it first appeared.