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
The final volume in the New York Times–bestselling, award-winning steampunk trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart
In Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, readers met the optimistic young hero Owen Hardy, as well as the more reluctant adventurer Marinda Peake, in an amazing world of airships and alchemy, fantastic carnivals and lost cities. Now Owen Hardy, retired and content in his quiet, perfect life with the beautiful Francesca, is pulled into one last adventure with his eager grandson Alain. This final mission for the Watchmaker will take them up to the frozen lands of Ultima Thule and the ends of the Earth. Marinda Peake must undertake a mission of her own, not only to compile the true life story of the mysterious Watchmaker, but also to stop a deadly new group of anarchists.
The Clockwork trilogy is based on the story and lyrics from the last album of musical titans Rush, with Anderson and Peart expanding the world, stories, and characters. The two developed the final novel in the trilogy in the last years of Peart’s life, and more than a year after his passing, Anderson returned to that unfinished project, with the full support of Peart’s wife, bringing Owen and Marinda’s stories to a satisfying and stirring conclusion.
In order to terraform Mars, Earth first had to transform people… The Red Planet is a harsh place, and normal humans cannot survive there during the many years of taming the planet. But a group of humans—called “volunteers,” even though they were taken from prison gulags—have been surgically altered to survive the environment. They are exiles, never again able to breathe Earth’s air. But for all their work, as they make Mars a place where normal humans can live, these altered humans are no longer suited for their own home. They are obsolete people. They sacrificed their humanity to become the first Martians. And they will not stand by as humans come to take their home.
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