The problem is, John only has eight minutes before the end of planet Earth, to solve the mystery of an alien language and his own survival.
Bonus short story: The Emergence
The Emergence has always loved her captain, and as aliens endanger her, she must take steps to avoid what could be a horrible blunder with alien intelligence. For the Emergence is one of the first artificially intelligent spaceships.
Baby has lived a privileged life—her father always said she was “special.” And Baby knows she’s not like normal humans. She’s only 47 inches tall, even though she’s eighteen years old. She can live off tiny amounts of food. And she’s got a dorsal fin in the middle of her back.
Today’s the big day. She’s supposed to model for the world, and make her father proud. The only questions are why is she so nervous, and why won’t her father let her out of the lab? Most of all, Baby, also known as Model 37, wants to see the world.
Maybe even meet another “special” person like her.
Bonus short story: The Nannypod
It’s Monday morning, and Chris has to get to work. The only problem is, his Nannypod, the device strapped to his wrist that runs his life, just died. He doesn’t even know which bus to get on.
How will he live without it?
Keywords: DNA gene splicing genetic modification mutant mutation, mutants, apocalyptic, dystopian, classic, technology AI artificial global warming Darwinism evolution
Cathy Pembroke just can't seem to get a break. After having been assigned to a new task force in Oakland dealing with renegades from Fae, all she wants to do is enjoy a day shopping at Fisherman's Wharf. Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow wherever she goes. When fairies invade Pier 39, Cathy must figure a way to deal with the pesky things without getting in trouble with the Fairy Creature Protection Agency.
Bonus story: "Captured" about a fairy captured by humans who must outwit them before they feed her to a hungry troll with treasure . . .
Keywords: fairies, urban fantasy, humor, sword and sorcery, San Francisco, madcap adventure, funny short fiction
Ogres have taken over the popular tourist attraction at Alcatraz Isle, and worse, they've taken hostages. Cathy and her team must find a way to rescue the humans and the landmark. It's their greatest challenge yet.
Tags: sword and sorcery, strong female protagonists, urban fantasy, humorous short stories, San Francisco, monsters, creatures of Fae, adventure, young adult