This anthology collects all 25 original stories from the first two years of Diabolical Plots, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy, with a preference for the weird. Evangelist Roombas, cybernetic giraffes, psychosomatic hair syndrome, sentient ships who must maintain their human ecosystems inside them for their own health. The stories vary from humorous to tragic to thoughtful, from contemporary authors both new and established.
The stories in this anthology are:
"The Osteomancer's Husband" by Henry Szabranski
"Bloody Therapy" by Suzan Palumbo
"The Banshee Behind Beamon's Bakery" by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
"The Blood Tree War" by Daniel Ausema
"Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House!" by Matthew Sanborn Smith
"May Dreams Shelter Us" by Kate O'Connor
"Not a Bird" by H.E. Roulo
"In Memoriam" by Rachel Reddick
"Virtual Blues" by Lee Budar-Danoff
"The Princess in the Basement" by Hope Erica Schultz
"The Superhero Registry" by Adam Gaylord
"The Grave Can Wait" by Thomas Berubeg
"The Weight of Kanzashi" by Joshua Gage
"One's Company" by Davian Aw
"The Avatar In Us All" by J.D. Carelli
"Do Not Question the University" by PC Keeler
"Curl Up and Dye" by Tina Gower
"October's Wedding of the Month" by Emma McDonald
"The Schismatic Element Aboard Continental Drift" by Lee Budar-Danoff
"A Room For Lost Things" by Chloe N. Clark
"Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen's Proposal to Bluma Zilberman" by Rebecca Fraimow
"Future Fragments, Six Seconds Long" by Alex Shvartsman
"Taste the Whip" by Andy Dudak
"Sustaining Memory" by Coral Moore
"St. Roomba's Gospel" by Rachael K. Jones
In the newest Dilbert collection, award-winning cartoonist Scott Adams turns passive-aggressive corporate communication into comic strip gold. The office culture in Dilbert abounds with hazards, from risky re-orgs and ergonomic ball chair disasters to Wally’s flying toenail clippings. After a colleague suggests planning a huddle to ideate around an opportunity, Dilbert suffers an acute bout of jargon poisoning. It’s all part of the delightful drudgery of Eagerly Awaiting Your Irrational Response.
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Despite what Jordan Peterson says, there are more than twelve rules for life . . . a lot more. Thankfully, you now have this witty guide to remedy every annoying little thing society throws at you.488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it’s not you who needs help—it’s other people. Whether they’re walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, people just don’t know the rules. But now, thanks to Australian comedian Kitty Flanagan’s comprehensive guide to modern behavior, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don’t ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it . . . where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and refrain from reheating their fish curry in the office microwave . . . where middle-aged men don’t have ponytails. What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan’s popular segment on ABC TV’s The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)
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