In the mid-21st century, the dream of faster-than-light travel was finally achieved. Suddenly the doorway to the stars was flung wide open. But the new frontier was colonized not as an organized, united effort -- it became a massive “land rush.” The Anisoi, debased descendants of a once-mighty empire laid low by a mysterious calamity, could only watch as the newcomers laid claim to stars... [click here for more]
“What’s keeping you, Bel? C’mon, let’s go!”Berlin was halfway into the door of my cabin. I could almost smell the excitement on him, like a strong cologne.“Ease, ch’haal. There’ll be plenty of guys left for you to pick up when we get there.”Berlin gave an annoyed grunt.... [click here for more]
“That’ll be fifteen credits.”Fifteen creds? For a coffin berth? I shook my head as I handed over my credcard. While the desk clerk ran it, I took a quick look around. This place wasn’t worth fifteen credits a night. With no time to find another place, I picked the first one that didn’t look infested.After stowing my bag... [click here for more]
Film noir (“black film”; plural films noir) is a type of stylized crime movie made from the early 1940s to the late 1950s and known for dark and cynical worldviews, usually illustrated by innovative — and often disturbing — directing and lighting techniques. Films noir highlighted social post-war angst and insecurity and featured such tropes as corrupt authority, deeply... [click here for more]
When the capital of a hostile country is bombed by its wartime opponent, the situation presents a golden opportunity for the Agents’ government to modify the attitudes of a brutal dictatorship. The plan is simple: replace the country’s leader — believed buried in the rubble of his parliament building — with a double ready to steer the enemy government in a more productive direction.... [click here for more]
What if there were people Out There somewhere with designs on our world, not to conquer it, but to save it from itself?
And what if these benevolent aliens decided that the best people to do so were some of its own inhabitants, training and equipping these men and women from all walks of life with fantastic devices far and away more advanced than anything Earth has yet developed?
And what if these... [click here for more]
In 1957, the people of Earth met and defeated an alien invasion when an extraterrestrial race dispatched a giant robot to steal the world’s energy. After a rampage of death and destruction, a trio of plucky scientists managed to destroy the artifact by turning its own power against it. But the robot’s alien builders weren’t so easily deterred. Analyzing the data sent back by their... [click here for more]