Hybrid Fiction: Issue 1
This edition Hybrid Fiction delves into the highs and lows of human experience all within the realm of cross-genre speculative fiction. In this issue, readers explore the far future, the near future, the now, and the might-not-have-been. All stories are intricately told and illuminated by black-and-white illustrations from the publisher and Art Director. The artwork, from Marc Rene, Naomi Reinhart, and Eden "Eddie" Richards is all imaginative, unique, and throbbing with color.
So, if you like well-told stories eased by beautiful artwork, believe that genres should cross boundaries whenever possible, and thoroughly enjoy fantasy and science fiction stories and art, then there's sure to be something here for you. In fact, we count on it. So crack it open and enjoy!
Here's a peak at the content:
1) "Oh God, Not Again": A far future science fiction short story by Jon Lasser.
Tagline: "What happens when a teleportation device goes wrong, and who handles the grief?"
2) "The High City": A swords and spaceships fantasy where not everything turns out as it seems by Bill Davidson.
Tagline: "Sara and her daughter live in an ancient city perched on a column high above a scorched world. When disaster strikes, it becomes clear that nothing was ever as it seems."
3) "The Magic Black Pearl": A darkly comedic noir mystery story with a fantasy bent by John H. Dromey.
Tagline: "A homicide detective investigates a fatal assault involving a coveted black pearl. As the case progresses, he can't help but wonder whether or not the reputed magical properties of the pearl are real."
4) "Debrief": A gorgeous, eye-popping illustration of an astronaut by Marc Rene.
Tagline: "Inspired by our constant attempts to understand and face the unknown. Once we debrief, learn, and understand, we are able to grow stronger and prepare to take on even greater challenges."
5) "Ear Worm": Another dark comedy story--but this time crossed with horror--about a blue, three-headed alien space worm by Lena Ng.
Tagline: "A young man named Elmer battles an alien ear worm intent on taking over Earth."
6) "A Hard Peace": A great steampunk, medieval-esque war story by Eric Lewis.
Tagline: "A down on his luck veteran can't put the war behind him. When an old comrade offers him a once-in-a-lifetime job tracking down a dangerous weapon, he realizes he's not the only one.
7) "Driving with Attitude": A quirky, almost slipstream near-future science fiction about an artificial intelligence (A.I.) GPS system by Nestor Delfino.
Tagline: "In the near future, good driving companions will be easy to come by--although they might be a bit annoying."
8) "Darker": A fantasy, explorer illustration in muted colors by Naomi Reinhart.
Tagline: "Spelunking in a dragon's cave."
9) "The Empty Garden": A magical realism tale about a girl who comes up against a great evil by Nathan Alling Long.
Tagline: "A young girl is left to explore her new urban neighborhood on her own and discovers a mysterious walled-in garden.
10) "Aidis": A slipstream short story that explores life-after-death by Bonnie Van Wormer.
Tagline: "A confused girl tries to figure out where she is, stumbling through memories of a hazy past and vague surroundings."
11) "Ghost Drive": An invigorating steampunk, alternate timeline fantasy story that oscillates between the past and the present by David Tallerman.
Tagline: "In a Victorian England that never was, Dolores Pulcifer flings herself and her experimental aircraft the Morgana into the final confrontation between a corrupt British empire and the vengeful forces of its American colonies.
12) "Eddie's Dead, Baby!": An action-packed fantasy cyberpunk illustration by Eden "Eddie" Richards.
Tagline: "Cyrus, a Necromancer, draws energy off of Eddie, his undead outlaw familiar, as they flee a city in the desert on a motorcycle while pursued by another mage."
Production Team: H. Mattson, Dakota Caulder, Eden Richards, Loui Ankerstjerne
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