We’re all Orphans in the Black …

Strap yourself in for nineteen thrilling short stories of space pirates, time travelers, aliens, AI, and more! Meet determined heroes forging their own path through the universe, men and women who won’t go down without a fight.

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ABOUT THE STORIES:

A Simple Thing
~ by Amy J. Murphy
Luc faces an impossible mission. To prove his worth to an elite fighting force, he must singlehandedly hunt down all alien fugitives in the treacherous streets of Tasemar. The aliens, humans as they call themselves, are dangerous infiltrators in the realm. But Luc faces other enemies... and knowing friend from foe is no simple thing.

Note to Self ~ by Joseph Lallo
Justin prides himself on his planning. Little does he know, a mysterious woman named Ruby has been making plans of her own. Now he has to ask himself just how long-term his plans should be.

Gravitational Pull ~ by Christine Pope
On a mission to investigate a stellar anomaly, Dr. Lina Golan knows to expect the unexpected. But is her growing unease caused only by the voices in her head...or something far worse?

Autoscopy ~ by Matt Verish
On the precipice of completing her life's work, support for Rosa's groundbreaking project suddenly runs out. Faced with an uncertain future, bereft of family, friends, and a career, she will make a dangerous decision. It's a price she's willing to pay to see her creation take its first steps toward humanity.

Fog of War ~ by Chris Reher
A deep space transport delivering dangerous prisoners is intercepted, helpless when their artificial intelligence is disabled. Only a few guards and officers remain to defend their cargo from the alien invaders.

The Alien ~ by Kay McSpadden
At first he passed for human to hide from the dreary collective of his alien world. But no matter how much creativity, passion, sex, and even love he found on Earth, he knew he was living on borrowed time.

No Eye in Emily ~ by Patty Jansen
Two women depend on each other in a deep space mission, sharing nothing except their first name. Emlee discovers quickly that Emily is no ordinary passenger with no ordinary goal.

Void Mage ~ by Chris Fox
The gods are dead, but they are not gone. Their bodies lurk in forgotten corners of the void, waiting for those with the will to claim their strength. Like it or not, I'm about to try.

Lost Souls and Other Anomalies ~ by Christopher Holliday
The death of Kaleigh's mother brings her home to the colony of Bergemon, where a haunting connection unfolds between monolithic artifacts, an indigenous species, and whispers of an afterlife unique to the former residents of her world.

Spacer ~ by J.A. Sutherland
Jon Bartlett's path is clear before him. Finish his last year of schooling, then off on the family's ships to learn the intricacies of interstellar trade. Then a message of tragedy at home comes for him and his expected life is flung far out of reach.

Murphy's Star ~ by C. Gockel
Humans are alone in the universe. Or so I believed. That was before my research team picked up a stowaway ... a stowaway that may the be key to surviving first contact with a deadly alien species.

Interference ~ by Michelle Diener
The tiny moon of Cepi is slated for destruction and all Nyha wants to do is get herself and her wards off of it. But someone else has plans for Cepi, and they think Nyha and her fellow orphans are just the ticket to getting what they want.

Stowaway ~ by Anthea Sharp
Liza Roth is on the run--from her past, from a tragic loss, from a powerful family who's placed a bounty on her head. Forced to leave the space station where she's taken refuge, Liza disguises herself as a maid on a luxury star liner, only to discover she's not the only fugitive on board...

In the Clutch ~ by LJ Cohen
For the lone Human crew member on a ship full of Quentarians, dealing with the overheated environment isn't her only problem--her supervisor actively dislikes her and most of the rest of the crew barely tolerate her. But when something goes drastically wrong with the atmosphere aboard, it falls to the thin-skinned, warm-blooded, small-statured woman to save The Endurance and her reptilian crew. 

Iron Lazarus by David Adams
Kwame Bahati donated his body to science. Pieces of him were removed for this and that; his kidneys were used to test a new medicine, his torso for training surgeons, and various other organs were designated as transplants for those who refused synthetic body parts for religious reasons. But his brain was sent to somewhere else entirely.

Dreams in the Dust ~ by Richard Tongue
Long Shot. A world abandoned, caught in the cracks between galactic empires. A desolate wasteland, home to the desperate, the lost, the betrayed. And for Triplanetary Agent Logan Winter, one more battlefield in his war with the shadowy forces of United Nations Intelligence. Both sides seek the answer to a twenty-year-old mystery, with the life of every soul on the planet at stake...

Freedom? ~ by M.R. Forbes
In the wake of a catastrophic failure, a machine learns what it means to be alive and free.

Combat Support ~ by Lindsay Buroker
After escaping from the medical research facility where she was isolated and experimented on for years, Masika has found a place among the crew of the Snapper. She likes the people, and she's finally doing something useful with her genetically engineered muscles. But her past hasn't forgotten about her, and when bounty hunters show up, she must worry not only about her own fate, but about that of her new friends as well.

The Last Astronaut ~ by Chris Dietzel
As the human population fades away, one man decides to spend the rest of his life amongst the stars. He isn't trying to escape the extinction. He's trying to get away from a personal loss.
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About the author

Amy J. Murphy is not a Jedi. (Although she’s married to this Scottish guy that claims to be one.) Her debut novel, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a finalist for the 2016 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel.

Lindsay Buroker is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered. 

M.R. Forbes is the creator of a growing catalog of speculative fiction titles, including the epic fantasy Tears of Blood series, the contemporary fantasy Divine series, and the world of Ghosts & Magic. He lives in the pacific northwest with his wife, a cat who thinks she's a dog, and a dog who thinks she's a cat.

Chris Fox has been writing since he was six years old. He lives just North of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Because she's a lover of many genres, her books include paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and science fiction/space opera romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. 

Patty Jansen lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her best-known works are the trilogies set in the Icefire world, and the popular and addictive Ambassador series. Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and if you look closely at her stories, you will find bits of science sprinkled throughout. 

Joseph Lallo is an unlikely entry into the world of literature. With a degree in IT, he fully intended to pursue a career in the tech sector. Things changed when, in January 2010, his friends finally convinced him to publish the story that had accumulated over the course of a decade of spare time. That story, now known as the Book of Deacon Trilogy, was a surprise hit, and once he got a taste of the world of indie writing, he was hooked. 

Anthea Sharp grew up on fairy tales and computer games, and melded the two in her award-winning Feyland series. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, hangs out in virtual worlds, plays the fiddle with her Celtic band Fiddlehead, and spends time with her small-but-good family.  

C. Gockel has been writing stories for her friends and family since the dark ages (i.e., before word processors existed.) A few years ago, she started posting those stories to the intertubes. She received messages from her fans telling her she should 'do this professionally.' She didn't; she is a coward, and life as a coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband's nagging wore her down: "You could be the next '50 Shades of Gray' and I could retire!" Unfortunately, the author writes science fiction and fantasy, not erotica. She is sad about this; she'd love for her husband to be able to retire and work for her so she could nag him. 

Matt Verish is a speculative fiction author who has been writing stories since the fourth grade. He realized his desire to become an author when he met his wife, Stefanie, in the autumn of 1997. Together they planted the seeds of their epic fantasy world, Secramore. Eventually they became M.S. Verish, and they have been writing books as married co-authors ever since. 

Chris Reher believes space opera is all about the people. 

Christopher Holliday is an award winning author. He writes character driven stories with genre wide ideas. His publishing credits include dozens of science fiction short stories in magazines and anthologies, as well as mainstream stories in college and literary presses.  

J.A. Sutherland spends his time sailing the Bahamas on a 43' 1925 John G. Alden sailboat called Little Bit ... Yeah ... no. In his dreams. Reality is a townhouse in Orlando with a 90 pound husky-wolf mix who won't let him take naps. 

Chris Dietzel's short stories have been published in Temenos, Foliate Oak, and Down in the Dirt. His novels have been required reading at the university level, been turned into critically acclaimed audiobooks produced by Podium Publishing, and featured on the Science Fiction Spotlight.

David Adams started writing in Star Trek roleplay-by email groups. But despite being one of the more active writers, he still couldn't tell all the stories he wanted to. In 2011 he started shaping those random, jumpling, thoughts into coherent narratives and began self-publishing. 

Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen is a poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. Lisa lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs. When not doing battle with a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lisa can be found writing, which looks a lot like daydreaming. She writes SF, Fantasy, and YA novels under the name LJ Cohen.

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. From the Tudor court, to the streets of Regency London, and into magical landscapes, she's never happier than when she's building worlds, sculpting unforgettable characters and crafting suspenseful plots.

Richard Tongue spent most of his life looking up at the stars; finally he was forced to accept that he was unlikely to ever actually command a starship himself, and instead opted to write about them for a living. Currently, he is working on the 'Battlecruiser Alamo' military science fiction series.

Kay McSpadden has been teaching almost 40 years at high poverty schools in the rural South, and still loves going to work each day--usually! She writes literary, sci-fi, and paranormal short fiction, and is a regualar contributor to the Charlotte Observer. Kay is the winner of the 2012 Norman Mailer Fiction Prize. 

  

 

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Publisher
C. Gockel
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Published on
Jan 16, 2018
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Pages
722
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ISBN
9781973742210
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
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