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An Unusual Practice

Kept Woman

Kind of Super

Top Dog Gone

Barter Queen

Sweet Bells Jangled

Fiction

An Unusual Practice

Dr. Matthew Hamilton just wanted a nice, quiet practice at a small clinic. He never bargained for a reputation as the go-to doctor for supernatural creatures. But his very first patient leads him into a world of werewolves, ghosts, sprites, glass people, imps, and witches. In order for Dr. Hamilton’s unique clinic to succeed, however, he must triumph over malevolent forces who don’t want the supernatural world to have their own “Doctor of the Unusual.”

Kept Woman

After literally sucking the life out of her abusive husband, a ghost wife tells her story of ruin and retribution.

Kind of Super

What happens when your superhero powers aren’t so super anymore?

Top Dog Gone

One day a rabid animal took a bite out of Breeder’s beloved pet and sidekick Top Dog. Top Dog is a muscular, spoiled canine with a colossal appetite. Breeder always let Top Dog play with Creatures, even dangerous and wild ones. He secretly got a kick out of watching Top Dog’s nature grow hellish and animated when he toyed with them. Top Dog also had a talent for dominating Creatures of all kinds. Breeder bragged to Brother often. 

Barter Queen

Soledad and her brother arrive at Marytown, a post-apocalyptic stronghold where normal people can live in relative safety–as long as they have a skill to offer the community. The anachronistically well-groomed Queen Mary sees potential in Soledad, introducing both comfort and danger to the siblings’ lives.

How I Came to Be Raised by Balniwan the Fool

Debts are called in high in the hills in this bronze-age fantasy.

Sweet Bells Jangled

This comes from a review on Goodreads:

Stories of survey teams on alien planets are always welcome and that’s what Regina Clarke delivers in ‘Sweet Bells Jangled’. Karin heads up a group of disparate and interesting characters exploring tunnels lined with luminous rock that Earth needs. Good suspense with a satisfactorily scientific denouement and love thrown in. What more could you ask?

The Devil’s Triangle

First came the time-storm, which erased half the population. Then came the Dinosaur Apocalypse …

Live Nude Death

A hitman hired to kill the Four Horsemen and prevent the apocalypse has one last target waiting for him in the parking lot of an abandoned strip club. But how do you kill Death?

Reviews

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 23

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a post-apocalyptic western, a sexy shape shifter, a sexy alien, and four epic fantasies. Oh, and a demonic insurance agency.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 16

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes faeries, aliens, zombies, demigods, and an EMP apocalypse.

Come True takes a nightmarish look at where dreams come from

This movie is a new psychological thriller that deals with dreams. For horror and sci-fi fans, it has a secret to startle you with.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 9

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes the start of a 100-book-plus space opera series, an EMP survival book, a fairytale retold, and a succubus with an insatiable appetite for sex.

What Lovecraft Feared – A Review of Winter Tide and Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

In Winter Tide and its sequel Deep Roots, Emrys pays homage to the drama and lyrical beauty of Lovecraft’s writing, staying scrupulously true to the mythos while turning its fear of the unknown inside-out.

Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education Blends Harry Potter with Hunger Games

Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education could be seen as Harry Potter meets Hunger Games, or “Hungry Potter” if you will.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 2

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a leather-wearing armed bounty hunter, vampires, werewolves, witches, mages, and elves. Oh, and an alien planet with telepathic beings.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for June 25

We’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes Vampires, witches, sexy dragons, sexy shape shifters, more sexy dragons, and sexy aliens.

Essays

Militaries plunder sci-fi for tech ideas, but turn a blind eye to the social commentary

One of the most interesting tools for thinking about future defense technology isn’t big data forecasting and the use of synthetic training environments, but narrative and imagination. And we get this from science fiction.

Are there any planets outside of our solar system?

The number of planets in the universe is truly astronomical — some are gas giants, like Jupiter in our solar system. Others may be water worlds or ice planets. And some are Earth-like.

Can consciousness be explained by quantum physics?

New knowledge of quantum fractals could provide the foundations for scientists to experimentally test the theory of quantum consciousness.

Female astronauts: How performance products like space suits and bras are designed to pave the way for women’s accomplishments

NASA recently had to cancel a long-planned spacesuit because of the lack of a spacesuit in the right size. NASA, you broke our hearts.

News

2021 World Fantasy Award finalists announced

The finalists for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards have been announced, including Lifetime Achievement recipients Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop.

An author’s first take on Kindle Vella

E. M. Foner tries out Amazon’s Kindle Vella, a new publishing option for episodic fiction, and tells us what he thinks about the platform.

On a quest through uncharted territory

Math professor Ankur Moitra seeks algorithms with provable guarantees, to pin down the mechanisms of machine learning.

Global Student Robotics Competition breaks Guinness World Record

The Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship had broken the Guinness World Record as the largest online robot championship.

The Winners of the 56th Nebula Awards: a Brief Rundown

The Winners of the 56th Nebula Awards: a Brief Rundown By Amira Loutfi Last Saturday, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 56th Nebula Awards. You can watch the entire ceremony on YouTube here. You can see all of this year’s finalists here. The

NavyCon, Coming to a Computer Near You

NavyCon, the premier science fiction and national security conference, returns for its fourth edition inviting speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including all five branches of the service, as well as civilian academia and science fiction fandom, to present on topics within the theme of national security in transition.

A Blow to the Rebels: Amazon pulls unauthorized “Star Wars” novel

On May 9, Amazon pulled the Star Wars novel “Heart of the Jedi,” from sale on its online retailer. While there is no official statement from Amazon or Lucasfilm as to the matter, one can hypothesize that Disney took action against the selling of an unauthorized Star Wars book.

Video: You can print body parts

Do you want Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand? Thanks to 3D printing technology, soon you will be able to have it.

On Writing

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for July 25

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.

Resources About Deep Point of View

Deep point of view is a technique that modern writers use to make stories feel more compelling and immediate for the reader. You can use this technique in both first person and third person narration.

Backups for writers

How I, a tech and cybersecurity journalist, backup all my computer systems.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for July 18

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.

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