A novelette of about 9000 words.
Self-driving car, autonomous car, assisted driving, learning to drive, science fiction, scifi, specfic, speculative fiction, short story, emerging technology, woman, women, driving, driver, student driver, defamiliarization, making the familiar unfamiliar, Dodge Charger, 1969, Mojave Desert, southwest, AI, psuedo-AI, Siri, Cortana, digital assistant, decentralized grid, smart grid, relationship, boyfriend, girlfriend, retreat, finding yourself, automation, smart cart
S.A. Barton lives in coastal Virginia with his wife, grown stepson, two under-5s, and demanding cat (as they all are). His path to the present was a strange, sometimes harrowing, and winding one – a life of domesticity and writing seemed altogether out of the question until it happened – and you may find this reflected in his writing. He has previously appeared in the pages of Penumbra magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and most recently Amazing Stories as one of the winners of the Gernsback Writing Contest.
He is also proud to be a self-published author with dozens of short story ebook singles to his credit, which may be found through sabarton.com. He also tweets far too much as @Tao23 and supports his work with the welcome help of his kindly Patreon patrons.
While most of S.A. Barton's work is in science fiction, some of it strays into other genres such as fantasy, mainstream, alternate history and others -- like the cat, it wanders some.
Science Fiction, SciFi, Speculative Fiction, Missionary, Charity, Aid to developing countries, alternate dimension, alternate history, dimensional travel, interdimensional travel, alternate reality, New York City, solar car, electric car, zero emissions car, fossil fuel, renewable energy, advanced medicine, nanorobotic medicine, nanite, stranger, Neanderthal, Neandertal, alternate religion, alternate Christianity, what-if, higher civilization, advanced civilization, colonialism, neocolonialism, ebook single, short story, short fiction
Anthology, collection, short story collection, story collection, fiction collection, short fiction collection, science fiction, speculative fiction, speculative history, alternate history, historical science fiction, war, far future, distant past, future, futurism, Bering strait, Beringia, Native American migration, alien, aliens, alien spaceship, alien spacecraft, crashlanded alien, ancient aliens, future war, alienation, virtual reality, sensor drones, orbital strike, destruction, dystopia, end of civilization, end of the world, orbital civilization, space colony, space colonization, religion, orthodox religion, tradition, breaking tradition, defiance, defying religion, agnostic, atheist, post-apocalyptic world, nomad, nomads, cannibal, cannibals, cannibal tribe, dog, dog POV, genetically modified animal, humanoid animal, slave, teacher, Elvis
Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Ball Lightning (forthcoming)
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
A vignette is not a story, but is a scene. In this scene, a very old man sits in his study and contemplates his end. It is an end he has brought on himself, out of frustration and discontent. And it is an end he is determined to share... with everyone else in the entire world.
Science Fiction, Sci fi, scifi, Speculative Fiction, fiction, free ebook, free fiction, flash fiction, free flash fiction, aging, alienation, loner, alone, apocalypse, apocalyptic, dinosaur killer, comet, asteroid, impact, end of the world, end of civilization, regret, society, gordian knot, mad scientist, destroy civilization, FTW, teacher, teaching, professor, academic, academia, change the world, social change, fall of civilization, new beginning.