A darkening world, a divisive political climate, a shrinking horizon of hope. It would be easy to step in line, but this glass is half-full and it's time to riot for hope.
HOPE RIOT brings 7 stories from across the sci-fi and fantasy spectrums under a banner of hopepunk and hopeful to inject light and fight in a world that seems darkening.
With stories from:
Cheyenne L. Campbell
Dorothy Dreyer, USA Today Bestselling Author
Xan van Rooyen
Jody Neil Ruth
Free in the Knowledge By Cheyenne L. Campbell - Galen, a pilot running a black market off-world shuttle service, delivers a client whose mission is to self-destruct on landing, wiping out a village to fulfil a vendetta that puts Galen's hard-earned cover and business in jeopardy, not to mention his life -- but when he finds the young sole survivor of the blast, he faces the question of what vengeance will gain him, and what it will cost.
Ember Tide By Dorothy Dreyer - Their land: invaded. Their people: imprisoned. Their dragon: slayed. Still, Quinn Tarrenhorn refuses to surrender to the forces of the ruthless Wrobian army. When searching for a glimmer of hope to hang on to, she stumbles upon the unexpected. But can she pull off a perilous plan in time to save the kingdom?
Tribute By Janina Franck - Curiosity has a price. And yet, young Leonari refuses to give up their search for information on their people's past, a time before the Elders came and demanded tributes.
The Best Defense By Jessica Gunn - The last isolated bastion of a centuries-long war faces peril when the first message from outside in hundreds of years appears: Surrender.
Anthem for the Chemical Youth By Xan van Rooyen - When Wraith, a half-blood Ethereal, witnesses first-hand the devastation synthetic magic can wreak on the innocent, he is forced to make a terrible decision: betray his family and everything he thought he stood for, or standby while the city is sucked into another brutal war between humans and Ethereals.
Hope By Jody Neil Ruth - A man who has doomed humanity to a dark and impossible future must try and save it by sending his most powerful weapon against mankind's foes: his daughter.
Dive By Fahim Sheikh - A washed out hacker coping with a troubled past through self-medication takes on a supposed easy job for big money with a pair of up and comers only to find their cargo is not what they expected and a group of dangerous corporate repomen hunting them down.
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