Pen-Ultimate II: A Speculative Fiction Anthology

Interrobang Books
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From the risks of having goddesses walk among us to surviving a fall from space with an improbable flying pig, Pen-Ultimate II brings you a new collection of tales from the imaginations of alumni from the Boston area Ultimate Science Fiction Writing Workshop. 

Journey with us as we explore inhuman dreams of love, perplexing alien lifeforms, time and matter manipulation, the divine and not-so-divine consequences of our choices and more in worlds like and unlike our own.


This speculative fiction anthology contains sixteen stories written by twelve graduates of the Boston area Ultimate SF Writing Workshop. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) emergency medical fund.

Stories by:

KJ Kabza
Chad Kroll
Orin Kornblit
Chris Howard
Scott Davis
Talib S. Hussain
LJ Cohen
William Gerke
David P. Fischer
Meredith Watts
T.S. Kay
Pam Phillips

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About the author

L. J. (Lisa Janice) Cohen is a novelist and poet. She enjoys writing science -fiction, fantasy, and young adult novels. Her title's include: Parallax, Dreadnought and Shuttle, Ithaka Rising, and Derelict.

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Publisher
Interrobang Books
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Published on
Jul 27, 2016
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Pages
191
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ISBN
9781942851035
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
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These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor's Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel "White Sand."

Arcanum Unbounded will also contain the 120-page Stormlight Archive novella "Edgedancer," which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere. It is a story of Lift, taking place between Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer.

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The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

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Arcanum Unbounded

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Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
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The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
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Amy J. Murphy
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.

Be transported to fantastical new worlds by award winning and bestselling authors. Download this exclusive collection today.

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.
Audrey Faye
There are rebels among the stars...

Meet eleven protagonists battling to save themselves and the ones they love. Human, cyborg, clone, or alien, they'll find themselves pitted against intergalactic crime bosses, interstellar mercenaries, a quantum-wave-riding collective mind, and the universe itself. Along the way, there’s plenty of action, adventure, humor, and even some romance.


Written by the freshest voices in science fiction, these stories are short, but they’ll light your imagination like a solar flare. Strap yourself in and join the rebellion! Download this collection today.



About the Star Rebels Stories:

A Tale of Two Ships by Audrey Faye
A KarmaCorp Story
Two ships crash into an unimportant digger rock. The first carries a newborn baby. The second will rewrite her destiny.

Carl Sagan’s Hunt for Intelligent Life in the Universe by C. Gockel
An Archangel Project Story
Sometimes intelligent life is right in front of your whiskers.

Blood Ties by Christine Pope
A Gaian Consortium Story
On the outlaw world of Iradia, Miala Fels and her computer hacker father discover that taking the wrong commission can have unexpected consequences.

Passage Out by Anthea Sharp
A Victoria Eternal Story
Street rat Diana Smythe has long since given up her hopes of escaping Earth, but that doesn’t mean she can’t watch the ships fly in and out of the spaceport and dream…

Arcturus 5 by D.L. Dunbar
A Twenty Sectors Story
Xella went to Arcturus 5 to mediate a simple trade dispute between the Mol and the Dark, but now she’s not sure she’ll get out alive.

Treason’s Course by L.J. Cohen
A Halcyone Space Story
In the midst of Earth's first off-planet war, a soldier is given a covert assignment and must decide if treason lies in carrying out her orders or disobeying them.

Falling by Pippa DaCosta
A Girl From Above Story
Trapped in a scrappers rig with a woman he’s been hired to kill, Caleb Shepperd is beginning to wonder if this job could be his last.

Starfall Station by Lindsay Buroker
A Fallen Empire Story
After the empire falls, cyborg soldier Leonidas Adler must avoid the Alliance operatives who want him for secrets only he knows, but that’s easier said than done. Worse, his past threatens those he’s traveling with, including Alisa, the freighter captain he has come to care about.

Luminescence by Patty Jansen
An ISF-Allion World Story
Hadie learns the price of being an artificial human when her partner has an accident and becomes unresponsive.

Glome by James Wells
A Great Symmetry Story
Humanity’s first interstellar colony ship has arrived at its destination, only to find an inhospitable death trap of a planet. Crew member Amanda Bowen wishes that was the biggest problem she faced.

Unfinished by Kendra C. Highley
An Unstrung Story
In a world where genetically-engineered humans serve as slave labor to “real humans,” two prototype children, designed to be the most superior models ever created, look to each other to find a way to escape their fate. They may discover that being “artificial” doesn't mean they can't love.



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