Allenthology – Volume I

AllenthologyCoverESpeculative stories of love and disaster.

Aliens, androids, magic, destruction and romance, all mixed together in this quarter century of science fiction and fantasy stories from B. Morris Allen.

Includes the complete contents of the collections Metaphorosis, Start With Stones, and Tocsin, plus a few extras, and author’s notes for each story.

Contents

First Era – Waiting for Inspiration

  • Blind – Who says you’re not god?
  • Sacrifice – When you don’t stop for death.
  • Erm the Invincible – Sometimes, they’re not wrong.
  • Proteus’ Revenge – Words are tricky, mutable entities. Be nice to them.

Second Era – So That’s How It Works

  • Spring and the Arachnodactylist – It’s a warm, sunny day. Why not stay inside and read?
  • Metaphorosis – Never change, sweetheart. Not into that.
  • Manifest Destiny – In the city of prophecy, a hero arrives on the wings of destiny – just in time for his appointment.
  • The Digital Revival – Don’t point that at me, it has a nail in it.
  • Silver Lining – Why can’t the elder races just learn to get along?
  • One Fine Day in Asgard – What the gods do before twilight
  • The Matter of God – Just what are gods made of, anyway, and who makes them?
  • The First Assembly of God – Putting together a god is a delicate business. Especially if you don’t read the instructions.
  • All’s Fair – On the day before the last battle, the old powers rally for a final effort.
  • Drive Like Lightning … – After following an ancient trail into the territory of the deadly Mechanics, one woman and her ship must escape with vital information.
  • …Crash Like Thunder – The alien Mechanics attacked from nowhere and for no reason. Or did they?

Third Era – In Search of Misplaced Time

  • Maison d’Etre – Are you living someone else’s life? Should you be?
  • The Dark Distillery – Where does evil go when it’s gone?
  • Crash Boom Bang – A story at any length you like.
  • Parabolic – One man, one cave, an audience.
  • The Girl Who Just Went Wrong – And why she did it.
  • Dancing Through Winter – Having played all summer, the human race must dance all winter to stay warm.
  • Coup de Tart – The true story of the Knave of Hearts
  • At Stake – Condemned as a witch, a woman searches for one last sign of love.
  • House of Hope – Stone and timber make a house, and much, much more.
  • My Trip to the Awe Tanks – A young boy’s look at progress.
  • Palimpsest – Change is for the better. Isn’t it?
  • Tocsin – A lonely buoy stands guard.
  • Crust – Where do you go when the going gets painful? And how do you get back?
  • Start with Stones – If you look for magic under rocks, you might find something you don’t expect.
  • The Stone in the Sword – Some things TH White never quite got around to explaining.

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Tocsin – and other stories

Stories of adventure and determination. A collection of (mostly) science fiction stories.

  • Tocsin – A lonely buoy stands guard.
  • The Digital Revival – Don’t point that at me, it has a nail in it.
  • Drive Like Lightning … Crash Like Thunder – The alien Mechanics attacked from nowhere and for no reason. Or did they?
  • Maison d’Etre – Are you living someone else’s life? Should you be?
  • The Dark Distillery – Where does evil go when it’s gone?
  • Dancing Through Winter – Having played all summer, the human race must dance all winter to stay warm.
  • My Trip to the Awe Tanks – A young boy’s look at progress.
  • Crash Boom Bang – A story at any length you like.
  • Crust – Where do you go when the going gets painful? And how do you get back?

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Start With Stones – collected stories

StartWithStonesCover2500aSpeculative tales of love and disaster. A collection of light-hearted fantasy and science fiction stories.

  • Silver Lining – Why can’t the elder races just learn to get along?
  • The Girl Who Just Went Wrong – And why she did it.
  • Start with Stones – If you look for magic under rocks, you might find something you don’t expect.
  • The First Assembly of God – Putting together a god is a delicate business. Especially if you don’t read the instructions.
  • Manifest Destiny – In the city of prophecy, a hero arrives on the wings of destiny – just in time for his appointment.
  • The Matter of God – Just what are gods made of, anyway, and who makes them?
  • The Stone in the Sword – Some things TH White never quite got around to explaining.

 

ISBN: 978-0-9856091-7-7 (EPUB)


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Metaphorosis – a collection of stories

MetaphorosisCover2500Metaphor, allegory, parable – tales to excite the imagination. A collection of speculative fiction stories.

  • Coup de Tart – The true story of the Knave of Hearts
  • One Fine Day in Asgard – What the gods do before twilight
  • Metaphorosis – Never change, sweetheart. Not into that.
  • House of Hope – Stone and timber make a house, and much, much more.
  • At Stake – Condemned as a witch, a woman searches for one last sign of love.
  • Parabolic – One man, one cave, an audience.
  • All’s Fair – On the day before the last battle, the old powers rally for a final effort.
  • Palimpsest – Change is for the better. Isn’t it?
  • Spring and the Arachnodactylist – It’s a warm, sunny day. Why not stay inside and read? 

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Dancing Through Winter

DtWCoverHaving played all summer, the human race must dance all winter to stay warm.

After the war, four people survive in a cavern – two adults, two children. But when young Jim learns the truth about his dead father, his small world begins to fall apart.

This is a 7,300 word SHORT STORY.

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ISBN: 978-0-9856091-5-3 (EPUB)
Amazon: B00D09TVEO

 

Note: this story is not related to the novella The Speed of Winter by the same author.

Crust

CrustCoverWhere do you go when the going gets painful? And how do you get back?

Between a rock and some very sharp objects – you’ve been captured by the Alliance, you’re mostly paralyzed, and there are some nasty tools hanging on the wall. What’s a simple signals analyst to do? And where’s your tough soldier brother when you need him? 

This is a 6,300 word SHORT STORY.

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Amazon: B00CWRC0NE

WARNING:This is a graphic, literally visceral story about torture (albeit somewhat lighthearted). Definitely not suitable for children.