From a ghost park to a time-travel penitentiary of murderers to a menagerie of Egyptian deities, Quantum Zoo presents 12 compelling stories involving 12 very different living exhibitions. Including a wonderfully atmospheric tale by Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bridget McKenna.
“A King in Exile” – Lady Penelope Smythe-Everton, a nineteenth century British aristocrat with a penchant for adventures to exotic locales, leads an unconventional life. When she brings home a very curious egg from one such excursion, the unconventional becomes…unique. See the excerpt here.
“Echoes of Earth” – Tentacle-laden aliens abduct family man Bill when he steps out for an evening jog. He awakens powerless, not in the pulp-classic alien embrace, but displayed in an interstellar zoo and tormented by the diverse alien species that pass through. See the excerpt.
“Bestiarum” – Humanity’s last survivors hurtle toward a barely-habitable planet light years away in a failing lifeboat, stressed from generations of wear-and-tear. When Zookeeper Thimet meets a group of schoolchildren in the ship’s Bestiarum, one little girl’s curiosity gets the better of her. What dangerous secret has Thimet been hiding for decades…?
“Ignoble Deeds” – Lila embarks on a disquieting errand to give her dying and troubled mother peace of mind. It takes every bit of craftiness and deceit she can muster to get inside the new tourist attraction that’s set up shop in an old, abandoned zoo. You won’t believe what happens once she does…
“At Home in the Stars” – When two manicure-loving, jacuzzi-seeking, pink cadillac-admiring friends tangle with the alien masters of the galaxy, who wins? The ladies? The aliens? Or good ol’ human nature?
“The Most Dangerous Lies” – A new zoo puts some of history’s most evil monsters on display for the public to see in the flesh, but is their newest addition – Jack the Ripper – too dangerous to be left to his own devices?
“Playing Man” – Corporate executive Jordem Lun revisits Earth during his annual vacation. Maintained as a vast safari preserve, the old home planet displays gorgeous scenery and breathtaking wildlife, but something mysterious acts in its shadows.
“You’ll Be So Happy, My Dear” – An inexperienced starfarer seeks local help when her spaceship malfunctions near a backwater planet. The most prominent ad on the internet directs her to just the right repair shop. Or does it?
“Skipdrive” – Alien leviathans, discovered floating in space beyond the orbit of Neptune, provoke a “space race” between the competing nations of Earth. Maintenance Chief Eliza, half-cyborg and immune to the strange side effects of the skipdrive, suspects that the first ship on the scene – hers – just made a very big mistake. See the excerpt here.
“Demon Rising” – A monster lives under little Katherine’s bed. She knows he means her no harm, but would anyone else agree? See the excerpt here.
“Your Day at the Zoo” – What if you inhabited the consciousness of a great cat or a lazily coiled serpent or a great ape for just one day? What would it be like?
“Serpent’s Foe” – Bastet, divine protectress of Egypt’s gods, lies defeated in a cage. Trapped in beast form, imprisoned behind bars, and confused by nightmares, she longs for freedom. See the excerpt here.
A wonderful volume of exciting, enthralling short stories from a dozen of the best new authors in science fiction and fantasy. Visit these 12 exotic worlds on a thrilling ride through Quantum Zoo. Get your ticket now!
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READER PRAISE FOR QUANTUM ZOO AUTHORS
Morgan Johnson writes a “fast, fierce and gritty cyberpunk space lovecraftian tale. Seamlessly honed to a wicked point.”
“Definitely a page turner, exciting, funny, and heart-wrenching at the same time. Gelner ‘knocked it out of the park’!”
“Furie has an eye for witty detail that keeps you turning the pages. More, please!”
“A.C. Smyth has written a gripping, captivating page-turner… Sylas owns my heart, and his journey alternately makes me want to laugh, cry, smack him upside his stubborn head, scream, and most of all, keep reading!”
“McKenna’s subtle style and deft handling are practically textbook perfect for short form fiction.”
Stegall “clearly loves two things: historical research and San Francisco. I’m not sure if I learned more about San Francisco or Wyatt Earp, but I had a great time in the process.”
“Batt has done it again. This story is just unfairly funny. I couldn’t stop laughing, which got me plenty of odd looks in public, I’ll tell you…”
“…always fun to discover a new, talented author, and Scott Dyson is my latest find.”
“A brilliant new fantasy concept, intelligent writing… [McCoy’s] innate story-telling ability combined to produce a tale that I could not get enough of.”
Ney-Grimm “has an ethereal sort of quality to her writing…it’s almost mystical…absolutely unique, and absolutely engaging.”
“Damn you John Hindmarsh – I am on vacation in Turkey and am waking up late every day because I start reading this book in the evening and can’t put it down until 2:30AM!”