The Ananke was beautiful, its gravity-producing mass nestled in its center, contained by a cage of sparking magnets, with the rest of the ship curling out over the core, the lights of windows studding its black spiral like bioluminescence. When it drifted through black space, it looked like an extinct creature of Terran ocean depths, a creature out of time and into space. The Ananke was Althea’s in heart of not in law, and Althea knew her every inch.
I have a confession. I don’t know that much about art. What’s good, what’s bad, it’s all a complete mystery to me. But I don’t get paid for my understanding of art…
Just my ability to steal it.
Lucifer Jennifer Ignacio Das Neves—just call her Lucifer (not Lucy)—is a very gifted thief. Gifted in the sense that she can wield supernatural power and cast hexes in order to get the job done. Under the wing of mother figure and ...
The emperor was so in love with these strong, dedicated and deadly women that when his son Ghirit came of age, he passed an edict that the boy’s bride would be determined in the style of a ro’haar tournament. Considering that any female with a claim to power in the empire would be allowed to enter the tournament, the councils adopted the edict immediately. Everyone imagined their sister, niece or daughter winning and becoming the next empress.
The Empress Game ...
It’s only when we’re back in the house and have crept upstairs that she turns and looks at me for a long moment. ‘That was so special,’ she says. ‘Wasn’t it?’
I nod. I’m not good at talking about stuff like this, but I know what she means.
‘Everything’s so special. We should remember that.’
For decades, humans have tested their young routinely for a “defective” gene. Those who test positive are whisked away by the government ...
“Almost any concept or idea in the world can be expressed through comparison with a classic Warner Bros. cartoon.”
“Even the Albuquerque Door?”
You know what a wormhole is, right?
You know what I’m talking about. It’s the scene in certain sci-fi stories when a character takes a piece of paper and a pencil, and draws Point A and Point B, then asks some unsuspecting noob to figure out the shortest distance between the two ...
--The hippogriffs...must die. So, how?
--Mmmm. Death by explosion.
--Okay, okay. Like, spontaneous combustion?
--Nah, dynamite. Let’s go old school, too. Like Chuck Jones, Wile E. Coyote hot dog dynamite.
--Niiiccce. In their butts?
--You made it up, sicko.
--I did not! I was going to say MOUTHS.
--All right then, butts AND mouths.
In the small, sleepy town of Litchfield, New Hampshire, the Rook family tries to make a fresh start. For 13-year-old Sailor Rook, a ...
Stranje House is a strange place.
In the year 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte has been defeated and sent to the island of Elba—yet all of Britain remains leery of his exile. None moreso than Georgiana Fitzwilliam, the daughter of a gentleman in Regency era England, but with no intention of becoming a ruffles-obsessed debutante and pawn in her mother’s marriage schemes. Georgiana has much better things to do with her time, namely, the experimentation and perfection of her formula to create ...
“And they really expect all humans to make the same choice? Are they that naive?”
“I don’t know,” Chrystal said.
“Are they unified? Do they all want the same thing?” Nona pressed.
Yi answered. “The ones we’ve met are.”
Nona looked from one to the other. “If you were still human, what would you do?”
They looked back and forth between each other, their facial expressions subdued.
Thousands of years ago, we took to the ...