A collection of SF and fantasy stories, with a touch of magic and horror.
The Dragon, Fly
She sits on a pillar of stone, a hermit in the desert, on a world called Teusza. Dragons live there too, beautiful, mystical creatures who cannot be harmed or killed by any weapons, and they feed and care for her. Who is she? Tyagi must climb that pinnacle if he wants an answer, risking falling or attack by the dragons.
Melloney was a dancer, until she fell from a cliff and broke her back. Now paralysed and confined to a wheelchair, she has technology to be her hands and work all the house’s equipment. Alone, in a storm, is it enough to save her from the secret buried in her past?
The Omnidirectional Woman
Dr Lawrence Valentine has a new patient, Judith von Thal, who’s sent to him for psychological help after the death of her husband. He becomes obsessed with her, and when she tells him there are holes in space and she can walk through them, he thinks it’s just a symptom of her madness.
Death and Cai-Lee McGeoghan
Lost in a blizzard, Cai-Lee and her companions stumble into a system of caves. In a locked and forbidden room, Cai-Lee meets Death and makes a bargain with Her. Such things never end well!
The Serpent's Claw
Rebekkah is rescued from slavery and becomes a novice in the Sisterhood of Grace, a feared religious order of assassins, but she has visions and has seen the order's destruction. This is the story of Rebekkah's life, her journey to the rank of Grand-Mother, leader of the Sisterhood.
That Cold, Terrible Place Filled with Stars
Dory is a Pilot, her body and mind Altered to link with her ship. She takes a passenger on what starts as a simple interplanetary trip and ends in an attack that almost kills her.
The Bride carried Tigers
Anji and Venn live on Earth, in a city that covers the whole world. They have food, shelter, freedom from disease and a simple, untroubled life - but is the cost of their utopia too high?
La Belle Epoque and Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Two excerpts from novels about Anna-Marie Delany, an ex-actress turned spy, and her computer partner, Zenith Alpha 4013.
With a beautiful cover illustration by Morgan Fitzsimons.