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Sci fi stories that depict the future with little emphasis on technology or the scientific basis of the world. Return to general Sci Fi

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Word Count: 3,000

Summary: Lem and her dog, Spock, have a late-night encounter with a stowaway. ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Teapot… Not a creature was stirring, not even a lonely robot; The stockings were hung in the mess hall with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

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The Night Before - SI CLARKE
The Night Before
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Word Count: 52,000

Summary: A secret unicorn, a desperate family, and a cop dead set on hunting them down. Lem and the rag-tag gang of galactic adventurers on the starship Teapot are set to become roadies for the galaxy’s hottest band – but an urgent call from Bexley’s family means the rock stars will have to wait. Bexley’s soon-to-be-born sibling has a big secret: wings. On planet Hwin, skeledivergence is outlawed, so the Teapot crew swoop in to help the family escape. But their planet won’t let them go that easily. Hunted across the galaxy by a fanatical and eerily familiar cop, the Teapotters must find a way to outwit their pursuer and secure a future for skeledivergent people everywhere. Dive into the next adventure in this satirical space opera series. Artfully intertwining deep themes with tongue-in-cheek humour and intergalactic ridiculousness, Consider Pegasus is a must-read for fans of Ryka Aoki’s Light from Uncommon Stars or TJ Berry’s Space Unicorn Blues.  Scroll up and grab your copy now!

Consider Pegasus - SI Clarke
Consider Pegasus
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Word Count: 110000

Summary: Finding work is easy. Staying alive is a little bit harder. When Russ Wesley finds an unusual artifact in his grandfather’s collection of rare antiquities, the last thing he expects is for it to draw the attention of a ferocious alien from a distant planet. Equally surprising is the adventurous team of intergalactic exterminators dispatched to deal with the alien threat. They’re a little wild, and a little reckless. Worse yet, they’re so impressed with Russ’s marksmanship that they insist he join their squad . . . whether he wants to or not. Blurb “This book is so much fun it ought to be illegal in all known galaxies. Ash Bishop has written a wildly imagined, deeply felt, swashbuckling page turner. I loved it.” —Jesse Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning

Intergalactic Exterminators - Ash Bishop
Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc.
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Word Count: 50000

Summary: An act of desperation by young magician Brandon accidentally snatches Scott Hathaway from our world. Struggling to adapt to his new life, Scott becomes ensnared in dark local politics. He realizes he can use the knowledge he brought from his world to save his new friends, but at what cost? The first in a series. A story about an engineer who gets accidentally transported to a medieval type world where magic is real. But all is not as it seems!

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Enimnori - Jeff Webber
Enimnori SALE
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Word Count: 36000

Summary: INK (NOUN) Five definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell: 1) A colored fluid used for writing 2) The action of signing a deal 3) A black liquid ejected by squid 4) Publicity in the written media 5) A slang word for tattoos Ink features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Ink Anthology
Ink
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Word Count: 83000

Summary: Desperate for a cure, Amanda will trade anything. Even her supernatural echo power. Plagued by schizophrenia, Amanda often has trouble distinguishing her delusions from the insights of her supernatural echo power. When her case catches the interest of a Cordovan geneticist, she soon discovers there’s a fine line between a patient and a test subject. Even worse, the treatment for her disease might also erase her power. With Amanda left vulnerable by her treatment, the crew is in a race to save both her and the other test subjects. But their lone ship is no match for the Cordovan’s advanced technology.  Can Amanda use her power to save them before her consciousness is erased? Echo is the thrilling continuation of the New Dawn science fiction series. If you like complex characters, clashing cultures, and supernatural powers, you’ll love this multi-realm space opera.

Echo - Valerie J. Mikles - The New Dawn
Echo
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Word Count: 54545

Summary: Poor Poison Patty, the super sensually bio-augmented assassin, is in a powerfully pernicious predicament. Perhaps you read about it in Poison Patty, her first tragic tale? Patty used to be a gloriously gracious good girl, but that was before an awful arrogant acrimonious amoral aberrant Arabian king kidnapped her. Now she’s got a bite! Even so, Patty’s predicament has gotten worse. Not only is she sought after by two terribly tenacious powers, she’s under the thumb of a third. Patty’s also struggling with an essential existential enigma. Is she a superhero or a monster? A victim or a villain? Take a raucous run right through this second installment of Poison Patty’s troublous tale and decide for yourself.

Poison Patty's Predicament - James Chalk
Poison Patty’s Predicament
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Word Count: 31857

Summary: How does a nice young woman from a nice American neighborhood become a sensually augmented assassin trapped in an Arabian king's household? Is she a superhero or a monster? A victim or a villain? All will be revealed, and you can decide for yourself, while enjoying a raucous ride with Poison Patty!

Poison Patty - James Chalk
Poison Patty
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Word Count: 83000

Summary: Seeing the future is not the same as saving it. When the first premonition hits, Amanda thinks it’s a hallucination. She doesn’t have psychic power; she echoes the powers of others. No one on the ship has that power, but the Confluence stones they acquired on Terrana seems to have extended her range. Her sudden ability to see the future has done little to help her crew prepare. Led off course, their ship finds Nola, a peaceful farming town celebrating their annual Festival. The moment she enters the city, Amanda feels more echoes of power than she can control. Overwhelmed by both the Festival and the spirit power in the city, Amanda begins a hunt for a powerful human-spirit half-breed that can help her, and finds herself at the center of the city’s battle to purge spirit-kind from their midst. Can Amanda’s borrowed powers give the crew the edge the need? Find out in this epic sci-fi thriller, because knowing the future is only half the battle.

Premonition - Valerie J. Mikles - The New Dawn
Premonition
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Word Count: 36000

Summary: IN-NO-VA-TION (Noun) 1) A new idea, method, or device. 2) The introduction of something new. 3) The application of better solutions to meet unarticulated needs. Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites. Innovation features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Innovation
Innovation
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Word Count: 93000

Summary: A militia officer on the hunt for a murderer. A scientist with the key to humanity’s future. A girl locked in a glass tank. One seeking justice. One seeking fame. One seeking answers. With the galaxy on the brink of war, time is not on their side. Join them in their battle for survival.

The Parallels - Keyla Damaer - The Sehnsucht Series
The Parallels
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Word Count: 93358

Summary: Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Matthew knows this absolutely—until he doesn’t. Matthew and his friend Cory are thrilled to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. On their pre-entry visit, they met Morgan Bentley and his stuck-up friends. Matthew takes an instant dislike to the arrogant, conceited, self-obsessed, beautiful, intelligent, and charismatic boy. Throughout the next year, Matthew harbours his dislike, never missing the opportunity to complain to his best friend, Cory, what a bastard Morgan is. Then, an unexpected turn of events catapults Matthew, Morgan, and Cory into a nightmare, and all the things Cory had said about Matthew’s true feelings about Morgan come crashing down on his head, and he realises that what he thought was hatred and anger was, in fact, growing attraction and begrudging admiration. But when the deadly nature of the elusive Project X is revealed, it seems their budding romance is doomed before it begins, as one of them is unlikely to survive.

Project X - Cheryl Headford
Project X
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Summary: He believes in science, but only magic can help his mom. Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books—and to his best friend, Gabi—to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic. "This is an incredible book, no matter which time universe you're in. I couldn't put it down. One of my favorite debut novels of the year."—Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times bestselling author and 2018 Newbery Medal winner

A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity - Nicole Valentine
A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity
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Word Count: 15,767

Summary: Juniper “June” and Eloise have been together since they were fifteen, and have been married for four years. When they first became friends, June fell in love with Eloise’s bubbly personality, but now, she can only see her wife’s flaws: recklessness, impulsiveness, and the ability to make any situation more complex than it should be. Fed up, June declares she wants a divorce and leaves. But the universe has other plans for her. When June boards the light rail home one day, she falls asleep and wakes up in a realm comprised of her own memories. Unable to escape, she’s guided by a younger version of herself, who she calls “Young June.” Although June is certain she wants to end her marriage, her younger self tries to convince her otherwise by showing her major events in her history with Eloise. But as their journey continues, June grows more stubborn and fails to recognize her own mistakes. Will she ever own up to the things she did wrong? Will she want to reconcile with Eloise? Or is it too late?

Stations of Life - Chloe Spencer
Stations of Life
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Word Count: 103900

Summary: A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband. After the attack on San Jose, Todd is appointed to Special Envoy for Terran Affairs by the nentraee, a position many world leaders question. Undeterred Todd wants to build bridges between both people. However, this new position brings with it a new set of problems that not only he, but his new allies Mi’ko and Mirtoff must overcome. Will the humans and nentraee learn to work together despite mistrust and threats of more attacks by a new global terrorist group, or will the terrorists win? Will this bring an end to an already shaky alliance between nentraee and humans?

Conviction - M.D. Neu - A New World
Conviction
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Word Count: 60000

Summary: Planet Hy Man is in turmoil. Its’ leader lost on earth. Will Mex rise to the challenge or fade faster than her hair dye? Mex is heading for the Edinburgh Festival in search of planet Hy Man’s lost energy. A feat made near impossible considering her arch-rival has taken over Planet Hy man’s “operations room” along with every high- tech spying equipment going. Led down the road of false leads by her `arch rival” Mex hooks up with a troupe of performing transvestites, delves into the seedier side of the festival and discovers gin. Saving Planet Hy Man could not be further from her mind if she was comatose until that is her personnel robot Pete finds her. Will Pete convince Mex to sober up and save their planet or will Mex stick with the padded bras and all who wear them? Rebel Without A Bra is the quirky second book in the Planet Hy Man science fiction comedy series. If you like high-mileage heroines, fast-paced satire, and meticulously crafted universes, then you’ll love Kerrie Noor’s otherworldly farce. 

Rebel Without a Braw - Kerrie Noor - Planey Hy Man
Rebel Without A Bra
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Word Count: 71800

Summary: A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It's home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband. On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?

Contact - M.D. Neu - A New World
Contact
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Word Count: 81000

Summary: A hijacked spaceship... kidnapped colonists... their destiny changed forever Award-winning first book of the Titan trilogy follows a family whose torn loyalties threaten doom on a strange world that real-life science has only begun to explore. What if you awoke on a shadowy moon where water freezes as hard as granite and lakes fill with liquid methane? On Titan, a bizarre cult seeks utopia, but what will be different on this distant world? Real readers say: Dynamic story - Engaging characters - Feel like you were there - Devoured this book Discover a riveting mix of science and society on Saturn's deadly frozen moon. If you love gripping science fiction with twists and turns, you won't want to put it down.kk

Titan - Kate Rauner - Titan Series
Titan
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Summary: He dreamed of escaping. She had a plan. Had Douglas found his chance to break free, or had he allied himself with crazy? He’d never flown his patchwork biplane, but he and his father had dreamed of flying it over the mountains. His father’s work had been sanctioned, Douglas’ was not. The stolen parts and the fuel were sure to land him in prison. Or worse, dead. But the moment Sky saw the plane, she knew she’d found her escape. Sky wasn’t like any woman in Rocan. She seemed to appear from nowhere. She spoke a dozen languages, and she claimed to be over a hundred years old, though she didn’t look it. She knew how to fix ancient technology, and carried devices unlike anything they had in Rocan. And she was determined to fly his plane out of the city whether he wanted to go or not. She claimed there were places to go – cities they could run to. Spaceships that would take them to the moon and back. She would take him as far as he wanted to go. Was she crazy? Was he? You’ll love this sci-fi adventure, because freedom is worth fighting for, even if it requires a giant leap of faith. Buy it now.

Sequestered - Valerie J. Mikles - The New Dawn
Sequestered
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Summary: Memories of another life and lover guide her, but are they even hers? She is a Bearer—keeper of past lifetimes and gifted with strange talents. Ember must find her answers away from safe Longquan Village, snared instead in the sensuality and dangers of The City. Hidden among spider farmers and slaves, prostitutes and weavers, a nest of people like her are waiting. A powerful man outside The City raises his forces, determined to hunt down the ‘demons’ who could taint his followers. Threatened from without and within, can the Bearers even trust each other? Powers will rise and alliances will be forged in a dark new world. The Memory Bearers are coming. This book includes violent and mature content. Reader discretion is advised.

After the Garden - Michele Browne
After the Garden
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