Tag: Science fiction and fantasy

  • Hail the Imprisoned Conqueror

    Bonjean, fabled one-eyed general of the Unified Resisting Planets and hero of the people, frowned at the supplicating tyrant. “You what?” “I surrender,” the prone former emperor said. “Completely and utterly. Please, imprison me.” Bonjean’s second-in-command, the legendary pirate-turned-flying ace known only as Bird, stepped forward, a snarl tearing across his mottled, scarred face. “It’s…

  • Adam, the Avenger

    “It’s a shame,” Yen said, idly scrolling through their tablet. “I really would have liked the breeding pair.” “Pair?” Nor was a field agent, nothing more. They knew little of the grander details, often missing the galaxy for the stars, but what they lacked in knowledge they more than made up for in creativity. It…

  • Unexceptional

    Hudson cleared her throat for what must have been the hundredth time. “Will you quit that?” Jeremy muttered. “You’re making me nervous.” “I can’t help it,” Hudson hissed. “I trained to parley with other human diplomats that were already our allies, not this… alien… nonsense.” “The formation of a Galactic Federation is not ‘nonsense’,” Jeremy…

  • Your Cousins are Wizards

    “ISABELLA!” The spell-enhanced voice would have been deafening in other circumstances, but of course, Mother was too in-control for that. It was all the pain with none of the permanent damage. The electricity in my room shut off in the blink of an eye; my monitor was dead, and so was my laptop, despite the…

  • Voidborne

    *Subject 34387B is deceased.* I paused for a moment and flexed my claws. Despite what certain members of the press said, I did not take relish in the death of my experiments, even if they were somewhat flawed prior to their entry into the program. *Cause of death is determined to be auto asphyxiation exactly…

  • Dreamers

    “You’re hiding something from me,” Jesanth declared. “Hiding?” I asked, faux-offended. “Me? Never. I am in a profession where truth matters more than anything else.” Jesanth snorted. “Sure. Whatever.” She took a sip of her beer, then looked at it appreciatively. “Good stuff.” “What, you’re not going to complain about how toxic it is, how…

  • Desperation

    After half a lifetime of poverty, I knew better than to beg for food. I didn’t *want* food, not in the temporary sense. A loaf of bread would merely prolong my suffering. It meant a temporary respite from the incessant stabbing, the aching knife of hunger that tore at my gut every day, duller and…

  • Monsters Back Home

    Dear Sam, Wow. One month already since you left. The time is just flying, isn’t it? At least, I hope it is for you. We’ve been doing… okay, at least since you left, but boy, things sure are different. Not *bad* different, I guess, but… different. Well, for starters, your room is *totally* different. I…

  • Accidentally Occult

    Ben’s eyes flicked behind me, then back to my face. I could feel his anxiety like a physical thickness in the warm summer air. It brought a sour taste to my cappuccino, knowing that even my oldest friends were uncomfortable around me. “Do they… do they ever stop chanting?” Ben asked. I set down my…

  • A Stormlight Archive Fanfiction

    (Possible mild spoilers for Stormlight Archive, Words of Radiance) *** Shirari had always thought of himself as a good soldier. He fought for all the right reasons, at least; not for the love of blood or the Thrill of the fight, but for Honor, for the safety of his family, for the protection of the…