Five stories, five protagonists, a common theme: people from vastly different civilizations suddenly must live together and learn how to survive now that their worlds are touching. Will they find common ground despite starting off the wrong foot, or are they doomed to remain wary and fearful of each other?
This is my second attempt at a short story collection, containing some of my newer, better works:
You can download it from Smashwords, or else from Leanpub, or even read it online right here:
- Peripheral, 2012: a cyberpunk epistolary novelette about a rich teenager in hiding on the edges of a near-future society that's falling apart (plain text version);
- Parole Planet, 2013: a spoiled teenager is sentenced for a crime he commits on a distant planet with strange people and customs... that will slowly change him (plain text version);
- Collectivity, 2014, where two galactic civilizations based on antithetic principles narrowly avoid mutual destruction, thanks to a young soldier with empathy (plain text version);
- Distant Encounters, 2014: on a lost colony recently rediscovered, some people will kill to maintain their power now that the starships are returning (plain text version);
- Second Contact, 2012: the inhabitants of a lost colony in the middle of a civil war meet their distant descendants, who are no longer entirely human by now (plain text version).
Peripheral is from the Gray World series, so the link points over there.