From computers that invent God to minds that travel through time, electronic ghosts to enigmatic extraterrestrials, these stories will jump-start your imagination and leave you awestruck at the boundless possibilities of our universe.
"Great, varied collection"
When her concerned parents investigate a treatment that could change her life forever, Hannah's world is thrown into turmoil. Unable to speak - at least not in ways most people can understand - Hannah struggles to face the question of who she really is, and who she wishes to become.
"Deeply moved by "Movement""
Award-winning author Nancy Fulda presents six stories of hope, heartache, humor and dignity. Within these pages, curses transmute into blessings, friends become enemies, possible futures collide with nonexistent pasts, and imaginary friends take on corporeal form. From invisible pets to magical islands, from a child with autism to a dying multimillionaire, these stories will touch your heart and leave your thoughts spinning long after the last page has been listened.
"Interesting, But I've Heard Better"
Award-winning author Nancy Fulda presents five stories of ghosts, witches, vanishing chocolate, and haunted pumpkins. Two of them are humorous. Two are thought-provoking. And one of them might just keep you up at night. Nancy Fulda is a Phobos Award Winner, a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient, and a Jim Baen Memorial Award winner. This collection includes three stories that have never before been released in ebook format.
Popular entertainment has frequently been hailed as the harbingers of social downfall, but is it really that simple? From public executions to theater, from ballet to video games, this brief essay examines the turmoil that surrounds history's most cherished forms of entertainment.
Six-year-old Jason doesn't want to be cloned, even if his parents think it's a good financial investment. Concerned that his second self may not be happy, he secretly plans to violate the rules of his society... with unexpected results.
"Great little read!"
Eugene Gutierez lost his wife, his pride, and part of his sanity during an undercover anti-terrorist operation in South America. When Eugene finds a cryptic message in a restaurant fortune cookie, he thinks his daughter's boyfriend is pulling a prank. The truth is far more complex, involves time travelers from Eugene's future, and will offer Eugene a final chance to restore his broken family.
Norma Jean Goodwyn is 120 years old and the founder of a most unusual space station. She and her peers - healthy, vibrant, yet forced into retirement - built the Gary Hudson Exospheric Laboratory as a haven for senior citizens who refused to grow idle in their old age. Now, political opponents are angling to take control of Hudson Exospheric, and Norma Jean won't have it. Over her dead body, or otherwise.
A mysterious presence stalks the hallways of the Sky-King's palace, stealing dreams and condemning the king's dancers to a living death. The task of unraveling this mystery falls to young Aesva, the last living bearer of the Gift. But she is young; inexperienced; and the woman most able to assist her has already died. Only Aesva can see the heartfires that flicker in the souls of the king's dancers. Only she knows that the heartfires are vanishing.
This sampler pack brings together three stories by Hugo and Nebula nominee Nancy Fulda. From an isolated telepath who flees her destiny to a sentient computer struggling to behave ethically, this collection revisits questions initially posed by Asimov and Clarke, and casts the HAL 9000 story in an intriguing new light.
Joseph Rannen is dead, and no one besides Morgan Kimball seems to believe he wasn't a traitor. With greedy Earth warships hovering overhead, Kimball has twelve hours to produce evidence that his friend and mentor was murdered, preferably without jeopardizing the colony's safety.
Kyle Ameus Waterbey is afflicted with a hideous illness. He would do anything to be rid of it. Anything. Kyle suffers from neurofibromatosis, a crippling disease most famously associated with the Elephant Man. When a shady medical practitioner offers Kyle a chance to cast off his deformed appearance forever, he accepts without a second thought. But does Kyle truly understand what this new treatment will cost him?
An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland has gone hideously wrong. Divine manifestations have become commonplace, the fundamental laws of physics are mutating, and only a young Hungarian grad student understands what has happened. This short story is a 2013 AML Award winner.