literature

Science fiction's most popular literary writers from Isaac Asimov to Stephen King and Frank Herbert, and the rising stars of today.

Outrun Storiesa year ago
Outrun Stories #25
“The easy way out?” she asks herself, cruising along the Pacific coast highway, top down, the moist night blowing through her thick hair. “Is there ever any easy way out?” She flicks her cigarette awa...
F. Simon Granta year ago
Birdhead Father in Brightness
When Birdhead Father found the box baby (as his name in that moment went from being "Birdhead" to "Birdhead Father") the problem was his (literal) birdhead moved independently as a (literal) bird's mi...
Spring
Carl is drinking heavily—two bottles of gin and a bottle of Hennessey. He sits alone in his home with the television volume turned way up. He’s watching a funny sitcom but can’t remember the name. He ...
Alva v.Harzia year ago
The Voice of the Universe
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is t...
Quietude of Soul
A Diary, by Τίποτα Oὔτις
Chas C. Smitha year ago
Sweethearts: Chapter 1
Zaz is in love. Unfortunately, he's in love with two different women. Before you get critical, he's not dating either one of them right now. Let us start from the beginning. Zaz started his day as he ...
Mickey Finna year ago
Gender Ender
Carter didn’t know who she was or where she came from. He went to bed and when he woke up and came downstairs there she was at the casino bar. She had perfectly coiffed red hair, cut in a style from t...
F. Simon Granta year ago
Shoulders of Knees
John Anomalies sold real estate for Shoulders of Knees long before he knew his whole world was inside the body of Theo Huxtable. Everything was full of bright light, unexpected in retrospect for insid...
Carla Daya year ago
The Close
A nondescript Volvo estate rolls down the gravelled drive, the engine switched off. This is the perfect way to intrigue a whole close, cobbled-together with geriatric and naturally suspicious neighbou...
Paul Levinsona year ago
The Best Novel You Likely Never Heard Of
Right, it's not one of my mine. And I do this every few years — blog about a novel that's not only one of the best you likely never heard of, but, for what it's worth, is one of the best I've ever rea...
A Lunch Meeting With Death
Death was late again for lunch. Or, it had already happened for him. Skipping as he did along time like it was an elastic band stretching and contracting to his amused will. He laughed at the linear c...
Extract from Tied Love
There would be many rumours about what had happened that night in the small town of Betley, but none of them would be true. Looking into his eyes one last time, tears started to trickle down her pasty...
Krow Fischera year ago
Apollo's Creed
Hello out there. It’s me again. I have been thinking about our last conversation, where you said nothing. Sometimes it feels like I am communicating through a Bliss Board, one of those devices with li...
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Danni Phantoma year ago
Eternally Immortal
In the forest, its dark, hardly anything can be seen, there's something dark lurking, but I cannot tell what. My white dress flows in the moon's pale light dancing across my skin, almost making me glo...
Joshua Skya year ago
Where X Marks the Spot: An Interview with Steve Barnes
Steve Barnes is a writer, lecturer, personal performance coach and a killer philosopher. He has published more than 25 science fiction, fantasy and horror novels, including New York Times bestsellers....
Matthew Kresala year ago
White Knight
Everything was in motion at once. The vibration came from the fuel pumps below kicking into life, sending the rocket's lifeblood in motion. Those pumps would have to help the engines to produce enough...
Novel Samples
A sample of Chapter 1 for Smile of a Broken King. A knock sounded at the door, prompting the servant to stand and allow a large, dark man with crow’s wings in. His sharp, yellow eyes looked the girl o...
Kevin Chasea year ago
The Ink Ranger
Jayden Howles is a nineteen-year-old Computer Science student, and hobbyist writer, attending Riverton College. One night, he stumbles across an injured beggar who offers him a mysterious book in exch...