Hyperpowers

Updated May 28, 2016

Fictional military superpowers have captured our imaginations since Plato invented Atlantis, and superpowers are all too real in today's technological world. How would our stories evolve if they took place on other worlds?

Hyperpowers from Third Flatiron Anthologies, edited by Bascomb James, takes on the challenge of telling short speculative fiction stories that explore popular space opera and military fiction themes. It features 16 stories by an international cast of authors.

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Contents

Grid Drop by William Huggins
Between Two Heartbeats by Jonathan Shipley
Dirt Moon by Dan Koboldt
The Silicates by John M. Campbell
Dreaming Empire by Mark Rookyard
Symphony in First Contact, Hostile by Sam Bellotto Jr.
Duck and Cover by Erik B. Scott
Outer Patrol by E. J. Shumak
Child of Soss by Brandon L. Summers
The Mytilenian Delay by Neil James Hudson
Kill the Coffee Boilers! by Robert Walton
Alien Dreams by K. S. Dearsley
Yesterday's Weapon by Noel Ayers
Claim Jumpers by Elliotte Rusty Harold
Pre-emptive Survivors by Martin Clark
I've Got the Horse Right Here. . . by Art Lasky (Grins and Gurgles)

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It's Come to Our Attention

Updated April 6, 2016

Read "Surplus Army" by Pauline J. Alama (free!) and check out the podcast.

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"It's Come to Our Attention" from Third Flatiron Anthologies is about things that could be happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, but which could still be extremely significant or make a big difference.

Visit a landfill to hear some real trash talk. Tag along with an alien agent here to save the earth from his hideout in the insane asylum. Bust a conspiracy to change the climate via mind control. Form an unhealthy attachment to your radio. Go down to the basement even though we told you not to. Decide on the pros and cons of immortality. Tell a librarian she would look really great without her glasses. Find out what's at the bottom of the wishing well (besides coins). Indulge in a little illegal but highly satisfying genetic tinkering. Acknowledge the debt we all owe to French culture.

Fourteen international authors come together to scratch below the surface to unearth a world of hidden gems.

Contents

Surplus Army by Pauline J. Alama
Agents of the Volurian Empire, Help Is on the Way! by James H. Zorn
Midnight on Addison Street by Wendy Nikel
Time's Winged Chariot by Philip Brian Hall
Spirit Cat by Hunter Liguore
Ice-Cold by Nyki Blatchley
Chocolat by James Dorr
The Thing Is, the Basement by Greg Beatty
The Wishing Well by Terri Bruce
The Argentine Radio by Joel Richards
All True by Marie DesJardin
The Translator by Arthur M. Doweyko
Something in Forever by E. M. Eastick
Déjà Vu by Lisa Timpf

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Third Flatiron's Best of 2015

Updated December 1, 2015

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When an anthology comes together around a theme, it's a thing of wonder, and Third Flatiron is justly proud of all of its anthologies. But sometimes a theme limits the scope of the speculative fiction to one or two genres. Thus, for those of you who prefer a smorgasbord, we are eager to offer this international sampler of original stories by new and established authors, our Best of 2015.

Many of these stories are available as free podcasts. See the Podcasts tab.

Contents

A Little Mischief by Ken Altabef
Going Viral by Dan Koboldt
James and the Prince of Darkness by Kevin Lauderdale
A House of Mirrors by Stephanie Flood
O Shades, My Woe by Eric J. Guignard
Across the Styx of Norway by Jacob M. Lambert
False Footfall by Martin Clark
A Rock in the Air by Neil James Hudson
What Is Sacred to Dogs by A. P. Sessler
Wind Chimes by Sean O'Dea
Just Visulate by E. E. King
Pantomimus by Lyn Godfrey
With Gilded Wings by Evan Henry

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Ain't Superstitious

Updated: September 1, 2015

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Let your imagination run away with you for a change.

Since the Age of Enlightenment, it's become the norm to reject belief in miracles, revelation, magic, or the supernatural. But it's only human to feel that delicious frisson of fear when things get a little strange. Third Flatiron Anthologies proudly presents "Ain't Superstitious," a double issue packed with 26 stories of the weird, wild, and magical.

Contents

Salt and Bone by Amy Aderman
Coffee Lake by Spencer Carvalho
Confrontation on the Big One Three by Maureen Bowden
The Plague Well by Dennis Mombauer
Across the Styx of Norway by Jacob M. Lambert
The Necromancer by John Hegenberger
Pandora's Pinata by E. E. King
A Day to End All Days by James Aquilone
Upon a Pale Horse by Bruce Golden
Wind Chimes by Sean O'Dea
James and the Prince of Darkness by Kevin Lauderdale
Spellcasting by Gerri Leen
What Is Sacred to Dogs by A. P. Sessler
The Apple Falls Upward by Andrew Kozma
Sam, Sam, and the Demoness by K. T. Katzmann
Ambrose's Eight-plus-Oneth by Judith Field
The Annual Scarecrow Festival by John Paul Davies
Nine Ways to Communicate with the Living by Sarina Dorie
Schrodinger's Schrodinger by Benjamin Jacobson
A Little Mischief by Ken Altabef
Gualicho Days by Gustavo Bondoni
Wolf Call by Adele Gardner
The Candlestick by Will Morton
Dead Men's Drinks by Christina Bates
Pantomimus by Lyn Godfrey
O Shades, My Woe by Eric J. Guignard

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Only Disconnect

Updated: August 28, 2015

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Too much to do, too little time. Technology provides amazing new tools
that help us reach out, connect with friends, and avoid boredom. But
if we depend too heavily on our computers, will we even notice when
the Singularity occurs?

"Only Disconnect" from Third Flatiron Anthologies contains 13 short
fantasy, science fiction, and horror pieces that explore the nature of
reality versus how we'd like to change it. Visit near-future
societies, where citizens must take mind-control drugs or surrender
their consciousness at work, be the first college student to attend an
alien university, and laugh out loud as gut bacteria realize they
exert a great deal of control over us. Decide whether it's worth it to
try to keep our loved ones alive forever. Play along with expert
gamers forced to disengage, only to find reality on an alien planet's
even more exciting. Discover how some might cope with AIs, killer
grizzly-human hybrids, and nature gods, each disgruntled with humanity
in a different way. Remember that while experiments can go wrong, by
our very nature we can never totally disconnect from our innate
curiosity.

"Only Disconnect" proudly showcases an international group of new and
established speculative fiction authors.

Contents

Seventh Sense by Evan Henry
Super Bugs by Robert Lowell Russell
Aqua Equal by Jonathan Shipley
Carnival of Colours by Evelyn Deshane
The Eyes in the Water by Matt Weinburg
Life After Download by Wendy Nikel
Just Visulate by E. E. King
Grins and Gurgles (Flash Fiction): Email Recovered from Genetech Debris, Lieutenant Jeffrey Abramowitz Investigating
by Elliotte Rusty Harold
Killing the Tree Spirit by Adria Laycraft
A House of Mirrors by Stephanie Flood
She Dies by Jason Lairamore
Jacked by Steve Coate
Into the Light by Paul Barclay

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Want to read some reviews? Review from Tangent Online. Review from Albedo One.

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The Time It Happened

Updated: April 26, 2015

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It's not just the big events that change the world. Missing that
morning cup of coffee might spoil your day, but did you ever think it
could alter the course of history?

Third Flatiron Anthologies presents "The Time It Happened." Fifteen
speculative fiction authors grapple with time, memory, and history in
this all-new collection from Third Flatiron Anthologies. Explore the
secret history of world-changing events real and imagined, from
presidential intrigue and alien invasion to the unpredictable realm of
scientific discovery. Remember what you were doing that day the world
changed?

"The Time It Happened" proudly showcases an international group of new
and established speculative fiction authors.

Contents

Editor's Note by Juliana Rew
False Footfall by Martin Clark
Lincoln's Watch by Atar Hadari
Going Viral by Dan Koboldt
Stilled Life by Ellen Denton
Kin Carriers by Jason Lairamore
What Was Lost by Larry C. Kay
Armada of Snow by Richard Mark Ankers
Puppy Love by Thomas Canfield
Good to the Last Drop by Wendy Nikel
With Gilded Wings by Evan Henry
Net War I by Elliotte Rusty Harold
A Rock In the Air by Neil James Hudson
Grins and Gurgles (Flash Humor):
Blargnorff Industries New Employee Handbook Human Edition by Dana Schellings
The Zzzombie Apocalypse by Mark Hill
Xenofabulous by Amanda C. Davis

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Abbreviated Epics

Updated: December 11, 2014

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Third Flatiron Anthologies presents "Abbreviated Epics," bringing you
the Hero's Journey in stories of ten pages or less. Join canny samurai
and brave shield maidens on adventures in fantastic realms,
repurposing old myths and forging new ones. Features Jo Walton's epic
poem, "Odin on the Tree."

Abbreviated Epics proudly showcases an international group of 20 new and
established speculative fiction authors, who share a brief glimpse of
the heroic and grand.

Contents

Blade Between Oni and Hare by Siobhan Gallagher
HMS Invisible and the Halifax Slaver by Iain Ishbel
Beyond the Turning Orrery by Deborah Walker
Heart-Shaped by Manuel Royal
A Wolf Is Made by Jordan Ashley Moore
Through an Ocular, Darkly by Martin Clark
Damfino Plays for Table Stakes by Ben Solomon
Flash Humor: The Committee by Margarita Tenser
Rain over Lesser Boso by Gustavo Bondoni
The Perfection of the Steam-Powered Armour by Adria Laycraft
Assault on the Summit by Daniel Coble
Fortunate Son by Steve Coate
Odin on the Tree by Jo Walton
Refusing the Call by Elliotte Rusty Harold
The Blue Cup by Marissa James
Toward the Back by Jake Teeny
The Lost Children by Alison McBain
Great Light's Daughters by Patricia S. Bowne
Qinggong Ji by Stephen D. Rogers
On a Train With a Coyote Ghost by Robin Wyatt Dunn

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Master Minds

Updated: September 29, 2014

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Third Flatiron Anthologies presents "Master Minds," a mind-expanding collection of short stories exploring sentience and sapience.

It's Question Time: What is intelligence, anyway? Who has it? Who wants it? Can humans recognize it in other species? Come the Singularity, will humans survive? Is survival only for the fittest? What will newly sentient creations want to do first? Can we love machines, and can they love us back? Could the 'Mozart effect' of music transform us? Are the super-intelligent more likely to be tormented by issues like happiness and the meaning of life?

Join new and established speculative fiction writers as they consider the many different meanings of intelligence.

Contents

The Abstract Heart by Martin Clark
Oi, Robot! by Konstantine Paradias
I Scream Man by William Huggins
The Frankenstein Project by Ellen Denton
Survival by Jason Lairamore
Broken Toys in a Big Backyard by Vince Liberato
Hacking 'Wilkes-Barre PA, May 2001' by NM Whitley
The Cabin by Lela E. Buis
In Mrs. Timmet's Class by Patrick McCarty
Watching the Skies by Robin Wyatt Dunn
Music of the Mind by Cherith Baldry
The Right Books by Elliotte Rusty Harold
Schadenfreude by Russell Nichols

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Astronomical Odds

Updated: May 5, 2014

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It's not the end of everything, just approaching the limit. Maybe you can beat the odds. Third Flatiron Anthologies presents "Astronomical Odds," a fresh selection of short SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor stories with a mathematical twist.

What are the chances of getting away with murder? Or of getting back that letter the Post Office lost? Stranded in space and time? Odds of survival may be tiny, but you may luck out and find a friendly planet--or maybe not. Stuck in a dead end life? Having a "perfect" baby or spouse is usually a crapshoot, but maybe an adjustment can be made. Wondering what the future holds? The Northern Line just opened a new tube route to Betelgeuse, but tickets to New Eden are one-way only. Get your tickets now! Brother Dill's Traveling Circus is in town, elephants can fly, and the boy genius has all the answers.

Contents

In the Blood by Ken Altabef
Garden of Fog and Monsters by Michelle Ann King
From Here to the Northern Line by Edoardo Albert
Mother of All by John A. McColley
The Shamrock Award by Jennifer R. Povey
The League of Lame Superheroes by James Aquilone
Casualties by Martin Clark
Good Odds for Murder by Iain Ishbel
A Clone Called Slick by Garry McNulty
Time's Elastic String by Nick Slosser
Lost in the Mail by Benjamin T. Smith
Birth Lottery by Susan Nance Carhart
The Olinauts by Adele Gardner

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Redshifted: Martian Stories

Updated: February 11, 2014

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Mars! Dreaming of exploring the Red Planet?

You know you want to go, and Mars has rarely been closer. Patch up that old spacesuit, stick out your thumb, and hitch a ride with thirteen talented speculative fiction writers, collected here in "Redshifted: Martian Stories," from Third Flatiron Publishing.
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Contents

Eurydice in Capricorn by Neil James Hudson
Make Carrots, Not War by Maureen Bowden
Colorblind on the Red Planet by Vince Liberato
The Journal of Miss Emily Carlton by Lela E. Buis
The Canary and the Roach by Ian Rose
For Sale: One Red Planet by Jeff Hewitt
Cadaver by Robina Williams
No Ravens on Mars by Martin Clark
The FALCON by Jaimie M. Engle
First Step by Jason Lairamore
MarsMail by Michael McGlade
And a Pebble in Her Shoe by Kara Race-Moore
The Read Planet by Chuck Rothman

Look for your sign as an astrologer casts a Martian colony's horoscope, the Roman god decides war's not in his stars, and a tycoon finds his way back to Barsoom. Cheer as a clockwork man takes his girl on the trip of a lifetime, a Martian bride refuses to miss her wedding, and Man's Best Friend turns out to be a giant roach. Shadow a being who's "just here to help," and another who's just here to hurt. Shiver as murderous antibodies attack an expedition, and a workfare crew struggles to dispose of hazardous junk from space. And of course, get a good laugh as you peruse the Want Ads and check your Marsmail.

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