First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology
First Contact – Digital Science Fiction Anthology – Book 1, is an anthology of ten original science fiction short stories from professional writers. We are pleased to present in this exciting anthology a rich range of compelling new stories from established authors. In selecting stories for inclusion in this introductory edition we looked not only for exciting or novel content but for genuine literary quality. We know these science fiction tales will not only entertain, but will offer something extra as well: an aesthetic pleasure, a beauty, or a thought-provoking quality that renders them timeless.
Ten unique stories by professional science fiction authors. First Contact includes 10 first-time-published science fiction short stories by:
– Ian Creasey – How I Lost Eleven Stone and Found Love
– Ed Greenwood – Biting a Dead Man’s Hand
– Ken Liu – The Caretaker
– Jennifer R. Povey – Masks
– Rob Jacobsen – Hera’s Tempest
– Edward J. Knight – Roanoke Nevada
– Jessi Rita Hoffman – Nectar of the Gods
– Kenneth Schneyer – The Tortoise Parliament
– David Tallerman – Black Sun
– Curtis James McConnell – Pop Quiz
Amanda M Lee
Grim(ace) while you work …
Aisling Grimlock is having a bad week. Well, actually, sheâ€™s having a bad life — not that she’s complaining. Okay, she’s totally complaining.
After being laid off from her secretarial position, she has no choice but to join the family business, and now sheâ€™s a full-time grim reaper. Thatâ€™s right. She collects and transfers souls to the hereafter.
Cool, huh? Not quite.
On the second day of her new job, Aisling (literally!) stumbles over a dead body thatâ€™s not on her list and the stakes are suddenly raised because, when a name isnâ€™t on the list, that means someone stole it (and that’s never a good thing).
Aislingâ€™s family, which consists of a tempestuous father and four overbearing older brothers, are hot on the case â€“ but the answers theyâ€™re coming up with arenâ€™t exactly soothing.
It seems a contingent of wraiths have descended on the area, and theyâ€™re not just dangerous for unsuspecting souls and the general populace. The Grimlock family is at risk, too.
If that werenâ€™t bad enough, Aisling finds herself inexplicably drawn to Detective Griffin Taylor â€“ the police officer who considers her a murder suspect. Oh, and she’s a wraith-magnet — although, truth be told, she’s more interested in Detective Taylor.
Aisling is determined to prove that she has what it takes to be a great reaper â€“ even if it means risking her life and proving her father and brothers wrong when it comes to her competence level.
When things finally become clear, will Aisling survive long enough to make things right? Or, will she fall prey to the wraiths and the individual controlling them?
Bound by a Dragon
Linda K. Hopkins
Keira is content in her small, medieval village – well, sort of. Her mother is pressing her to marry, but her suitors are less than desirable. So when handsome Aaron Drake arrives in the village and focuses his attention on Keira, she cannot help but be interested. But Aaron is not the only new arrival in the area – a fire-breathing dragon has also taken up residence in the mountains, not far from the remote alpine castle that Aaron calls home. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? Why is his arrival coincident with the arrival of a beast? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?
People say karma’s a…well, you know. Personally, I don’t think I’m that bad.
It’s not like I wanted this job. I wasn’t even in my right mind when I accepted
Now, I’m surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who’s a bit of a tramp,
and Murphy’s Law, who’s a bumbling oaf. But the worst is Fate. He’s got a problem with transfers like myself, and I have to see him constantly. It’s unavoidable. We’re hunting the same man, my murderer.