Ghosts, aliens and creatures we only thought we knew abound in a week of ongoing series, hilarious shorts and an original contributor returned. Let the reading (and commenting) commence!
Thursday Tales 6.30.2011
City of Walls: Chapter 7, Archnemesis_Goldenhair
Tara recounts being mugged by the modrpunks and their stinging nannites and the Goldbergs warn her of dangers she hadn't even imagined, all over chicken soup and sweet tea.
There are worlds in each of us. The thief takes them. Without these mental landscapes, it's victims are left in a coma. Only a small band of rebels and a mysterious entity take a stand against it.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.
Ongoing Adventures Issue 1: New Paradigm, now4the_post
An introduction points the reader to "In Defence of the Realm" and "Search for Dastardly", as this saga begins. In this chapter, the characters are confused: heroes and villains have lost their memories; however, "Dastardly" retains some memory but now has a new body; their need to recover their identities should help new readers follow the continuing story.
Bridge Builder, Chapter 49: Hurt, Shini: R.O.A.C.H.
After a shotgun wedding officiated by a violent alien empress how can Alex's day get any worse? He could spend the rest of it searching for his angry new bride, get a dose of complicated family dynamics, and the distinct impression that no one is impressed that the heir to the throne is now married to a human.
The Stork Option, John Wiswell
A special service cuts out the mess (and pain) of child-birth leaving only a tiny chance of birth defects due to recessive DNA. Published by Weird Tales, this short is presented as a YouTube video with changing screen text and soundtrack.
Saturday Short Stories 7.2.2011
Telepaths: The Park Slope Conspiracy - 31, Bamf.to.NYC
Andrew pays a visit to his friend in the lab, now in a coma after she attacked a doctor. Tensions run high as he meets with his boss and is given another assignment. The meeting doesn't go exactly as planned, his request for a government-mandated sabbatical is turned down and it's made clear that he's in too deep to just resign from his job. Not to say that Andrew doesn't have a little leverage in this situation, there are a lot of people who would love to know about the illegal lab in the basement.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.
Living In The House of the Dead, Bookwench
There are many things people fear in the House of the Dead, but to Martin it's just home. Each member of the family has their job in ushering departed souls onward. It a nice life where his biggest worry getting along with his peers. Until the day his father shows up at his school. What could upset the gatekeeper of the dead? Bookwench's latest tale is a wonderful mix of light and dark that will leave you wanting to know everything about the world she's created.
Hollow World Book 2 Chapter 7, Myseri
Defying Peter’s warning of caution, Chris steals a horse and rides off in the middle of the night. Zachariah quickly rides after him, hoping to prevent an impatient mistake that could get people killed.