Three Random Teasers – for Winter 2014 - Lets hope this winter and the New Year see better luck for the space travel companies trying to launch orbit-bound payloads. In the meantime here are some random teasers from stories in which the authors have no trouble imagining space travel and the emotions, feelings, and actions of the participants. Click the Book Link to peruse the anthology containing the story. Click the story title to preview the story. Click the authors name and Scroll down to see their stories and anthologies containing one or more of their stories in the AB Database. Or, build your own Anthology. - enjoy, foxtale
… The cold January air still clung to Karen, and gently but quite suddenly, the cold permeated Sid’s room. Almost imperceptibly, he shivered. Then, above the red wool scarf that was tucked up under Karen’s chin, she smiled, and the room felt warm again. With her hands behind her back, Karen sauntered toward her father’s wheelchair.
“I have something for you,” she said… from behind her back she produced a toy spaceship…
- from PILGRIMS by Diane Gallant anthology link
“I am Sayla and this house is open to any who seek shelter. This is my daughter, Asha.”
The girl nodded, setting her curls bobbing.
The silver-haired stranger introduced herself, “I am Evriel Pashtan, emissary of our lord high regent.”
“Emissary?” the woman, Sayla, said blankly.
“You are?” the girl blurted, “From Alabaster?”
“From the home star – it’s not possible,” said Sayla, “The ships don’t come anymore, not even to Colonth…”
- from Lady of the White-Spired City by Sarah L. Edwards anthology link
“You’re twenty-three,” John said. “You don’t need your Mum’s permission.
“Twenty-four,” Mel corrected. “I know,” she added, about the permission.
“This is the chance of a lifetime, Mel, I thought you would have done it by now.”
Mel nodded. John was right. She should be getting her implants by now. It wasn’t every spastic, blind, twenty-four year old cripple who won the lottery to explore the stars… chosen for the chance to be a probe controller…
- from To Kiss The Star, a 2002 Nebula Award nominated story, by Amy Sterling Casil anthology link
*Linked Note* SURVIVAL STRATEGIES by Vaughan Stanger also appears in March of the Robots