Dandelion Seeds: Karen Durning finds herself captain of a spaceship containing the last remnants of humanity: 500 nerds and one insane A.I. * Flesh and Blood: A super-intelligent A.I. refuses to do anything useful until it gets a precise definition of “harm”. * Temp Work: Retrieving artifacts from the past is tough work, but the hours are good. * Scaled Down: Dragons suddenly show up out of nowhere, and that’d be great, if they’d stop knocking over the trash bins. * Loaner: Rich dead people run the economy, and like to take the living out for joyrides. * Indistinguishable From Magic: If you inherited a potentially dangerous artifact, who’s the first person you’d call? * The Butler Did It: Robots are everywhere. Everyone’s got one. One small problem: Their A.I. is based on the brain scans of a serial killer. * Death Takes a Lunch Break: Encountering a skeletal figure in a hooded robe pretty much guarantees you’re not having a good day. * ...and 10 more stories I scribbled down in my spare time.
"Bugged": Patrick has a bug problem. - "Smith": Peter has a special set of skills. Too bad they’re someone else’s. - "Digits": Amethyst couldn’t care less about the Crystal Numbers. She just wants to go home. - "Heading Home": Inzhu was banished from her village, for being a teenager. - "Stranger": When you talk to strangers in grocery store parking lots, you never know what you’re in for. - "Life’s Work": The world-simulation servers keep shutting down because they’re too introspective. - "And a Star to Guide Her By": Captain Salucci can’t steer her ship, because somebody didn’t fill out the right forms. - "Masquerade": T.W. Masterson throws the best parties. Everyone’s going, living or dead. - "Kill Switch" - Dr. Vanderveldt would really like it if her robots would stop trying to kill everyone.
A Hole in the Sky - Things are looking up... with telescopes. Book Keepers - Librarians rule! No, seriously, they rule. Batterie de Cuisine - Aliens would like to have humans for dinner. Cat Flap - The problems involved in living with a hyperdimensional cat. Invasive Species - Alien brain parasites have invaded. No one's above suspicion. Feedback Loop - The robots killed us all off, then felt a bit bad about it. Contact Paper - Flying saucer? How cliche! Magic Markers - You can do magic? Expect a visit from the Feds. Relation Ship - A mining operation quickly turns into something else entirely. Character Study - Are we living in a simulation? Flip a coin.
"Crabtree Confidential" - Your typical noir whodunnit set in an artificial reality * "Control Issues" - Universal remotes ain't what they used to be * "Dead To Rights" - The zombies are back, and they brought their lawyers * "Bearing Gifts" - Someone or something has given humanity everything they could want... almost * "First Lines" - Temporal Auditing's on the trail of a multi-timeline serial killer * "TimeLand" - Kill Hitler, get a t-shirt in the gift shop on the way out * "To Be Continued" - Barry Lawrence has a habit of completely failing to die * "Children of Earth" - A Curator Ship finds an artifact floating in deep space * "The Long Game" - Clara has always had a robot to take care of everything * "Ghosts of PGC357B" - When you’re on a rock in the middle of nowhere, the last thing you expect to run into is ghosts * "The Gauntlet" - Jayita is a technician on a giant robot lunar sports team *
"Hack and Slash": The robot uprising happened over a fortnight. - "Dead Sexy": Two rules about vampire lap dances: 1: No hands. 2: No teeth. - "Gaia": The Champlain investigates a hostile planet. A really hostile planet. - "Adrift": Hannah has a habit of drifting sideways through time. - "Paths Less Traveled": Harper's standing at the crossroads of life, afraid to take another step. - "Admissions": Celia was dead, to begin with. - "Disconnect": A wizened figure appeared before Carleton. Ugh. Another stupid, pushy popup ad. - "Ain’t That A Kick In The Head": Something had just fallen through Lloyd. How rude! - "Drive": Drive, she said. - "Star Struck": Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket.