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Phoenix: Rising
Martin
Allen

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The Magpie Chronicles
Sherry
Gloag

SHORT STORIES:  A clever collection of short stories based on the English “Magpie Rhyme”, “The Magpie Chronicles” gives each line of the poem a different story based on the number of magpies the characters see. The poem reads, “One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret, never to be told.

STEAMPUNK:  The year is 1884.  Tom Turner has traversed the world seeking the marvels of scientific wonder - he has seen volcanoes erupt and survived the Civil War. Now he finds himself staring down the specter of death in an unknown cavern.

ALIENS:  “Planet” is a stream-of-consciousness tale about the lives of alien octopi, called the Calamaris.  The primary activity of the Calamaris is cannibalism of their young.  A Calamari mother will have several thousand offspring in her life time, but she is only allowed to raise two.  It is common for infa

Houses of Common
Derick William
Dalton

SCI-FI:  Sckiik and Ranyk are brother and sister from the planet of Rildj.  Sckiik is an undercover agent, protecting the Rildj Ambassador from assassination.  Ranyk is a terraformer, able to regrow worlds from complete devastation.  But there’s trouble afoot for these two!  As Sckiik flies across the galaxy to protect the Rildj Ambassador, her ship is destroyed, and she finds herself hurtling

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