“What are you doing?”
“I’m trying to take your pulse. Are you cold?”
“I’m fine.” David crosses his arms and tries to suppress a shiver.
“The question is important. Give me your flashlight.”
David removes the LED flashlight from a vest pocket and holds it out. The tremors in his hands are increasing.
“I wouldn’t mind a blanket,” David admits. “I don’t remember the ocean being this cold, this time of year.”
“The ocean is almost always cold,” Artemis says. “But at present, I find the weather quite warm.”
He takes the flashlight, draws back David’s left eyelid, and shines the light into his pupil, watching it contract. David flinches, but waits patiently as Artemis repeats the process with his right eye. “I should have seen this sooner. You’re cocooning.”
Genre/Story Information: Hero Fiction/Science Fantasy
Influences: DC, Marvel, etc.
Brief Summary: When America's greatest hero is murdered, his former sidekick must discover who did it... and why.
The itch grew in strength, seemed to travel deeper into his ear, making him want to writhe with discomfort. He held off. He tensed, prepared to fight if necessary. A futile preparation, he knew, but he wouldn’t simply give in to the inevitable.
Don’t turn around. Don’t see me.
The gray walker stirred. Then, to his horror, Matthew saw its head turn, ever so slightly, toward him. Its body followed suit. Matthew forced himself to remain still, taking a long silent breath. The air was sharp and cold. He exhaled in a long, white stream.
Genre/Story Information: Modern/Urban Fantasy
Influences: Charles Williams, Susan Cooper, Ray Bradbury
Brief Summary: An artist walks through a line of trees and finds himself in another world.
“Every agent in our line of work is compromised in some way,” Halge continued. “We are fallible. We have weaknesses. And yet every day we are forced to make decisions that others won’t because… well, because they are terrible decisions to make. After a while it appears easy, and then one day those weaknesses come back into the picture, and suddenly the decisions are harder again. Much harder. Eriks was betrayed by a woman. He laughs about it now, calling it cliche, but it nearly ended his career. At the time it devastated him. You were once very close to your family, and those ties were shattered when they learned of your affiliations. They feel betrayed by you, you feel betrayed by them, and given the political inclinations of a few of your kinsmen it’s unlikely those rifts will ever be healed. With me…”
Halge paused a moment. He stared off into space a moment.
“With me it was my children.”
Genre/Story Information: Space Opera
Influences: Harry Harrison, Oscar Wilde
Brief Summary: A year after the events of Pay Me, Bug!, the Trade Baronies are embroiled in the aftermath of the assassination of one of its most powerful Barons. Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, stumbles across something that could change everything. Or get him killed. Or get him killed while it changes everything.
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There were two competing theories about the difficulties involved in superluminal navigation.
The first, popular in universities and laboratories, stated that all things were measurable, and as far as navigation was concerned, all measurable things could be measured to any required accuracy. It was, according to this theory, simply a matter of finding the numbers and entering them in the correct order. The second, popular on the bridge of most space-faring vehicles across the known galaxy, stated that every tool was finite in scope and fallible in operation, making any of those measurements prone to error.
Grif Vindh, captain of the Fool's Errand, was an experienced pilot; as such, he favored the latter theory.
Brief summary: If Oscar Wilde had written in a Space Opera in the 1970's it might have looked like this.
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