A short story collection by Douglas Smith
AURORA AWARD Finalist
We all have things we hide away inside—secrets, fears, aspects of ourselves we keep locked away. Or try to.
In that respect, the characters we meet in Douglas Smith’s IMPOSSIBILIA are like any of us. They have things inside them too. Only their things are a little… different.
A dead wife that won’t leave. A wolf. The secret to being the luckiest man alive.
In ‘Bouquet of Flowers in Vase, by van Gogh’, remote viewing drives a search through the past for lost masterpieces. An ex-CIA agent, haunted by the presence of his dead wife, falls in love with a beautiful remote viewer with her own secret. But can viewing the past change the present?
Cree Indian legends, a love triangle, a covert government agency, and shape shifters collide in the award-winning ‘Spirit Dance’, described in Challenging Destiny as “…a vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King.”
In ‘Going Down to Lucky Town’, an itinerant gambler chases a streak of luck across the country, while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The secret he finds forces him into an ultimate gamble for the highest stakes of all: his daughter’s life.
And through all the stories, these characters share one more thing beyond what they hold inside. In the decisions they face, in the choices they make, they do what they do out of love. Lost love, found love, the love of a child. But love. So maybe they aren’t that different from us after all…
A short story by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Whale Rock’s sheriff, Dan Retsler, considers himself a practical man. But he has no explanation for the horrible deaths that take place on his beach. Nor does he know why so many locals fear the sea. The answer lies in legends of mermaids—not the pretty kind, but the kind that lure sailors to their deaths. Retsler doesn’t believe in them, but nothing quite explains the women he sees, near the beach when he investigates a friend’s sudden and tragic death.
“Fantasy creatures and paranormal powers in a great writing style.”
—The Best Reviews on Fantasy Life
Like early Ray Bradbury, Rusch has the ability to switch on a universal dark.
—The Times (London)
A novelette by Ron Collins
“You know I can’t let you kill another eight million people, right, dad?”
Vanguard may be just a greenhorn kid, but he’s a greenhorn kid who’s already a member of an elite band of genetically altered superhumans who play with the forces of nature like they’re so much silly putty. His father, Dr. Nova, was a leader of that group until a single terrorist bomb changed him forever. Now Vanguard and his team are all that stands between his father’s rampage and the devastation of an entire city.
And Vanguard knows it won’t stop there.
To save the world, though, he’ll have to risk losing everything he’s ever known.
T-Minus Zero Plus Forever: A story of love, vengeance, and a father gone wrong…