The Reckoning by Stephanie Scissom

Four teenagers on a Randonautica hunt get more than they bargain for when their game inadvertently reopens a long-cold missing person case.

The Spirit of Rodeo by Beth W. Patterson

It’s an anxiety dream come true. Curtis Baum, frontman for the up-and-coming rock band Frozen Wanda, is forced to be a rodeo clown for one night, sparring with a snarky shape-shifting bull.

Carpe Detritus by Tim Mendees

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it, right? Refuse collection is a miserable task at the best of times, but Matthew’s life is about to get a whole lot worse.

They by G. Allen Wilbanks

I do not know what They are. I don’t know where They came from. All I know for certain is They appeared in the house about six weeks after Amy and I moved in.

Spiritus ex Machina by G. Allen Wilbanks

Alexander Devin’s life is about to change. Pulled from the edge of death, he wakes to find his mind has been preserved in a new body, a mechanical body that will never know pain, illness, or old age. But it is much more than that.

The Bookworm by L.T. Emery and Andreas Hort

Gerald prides himself on his librarian skills—he’s a teacher, a researcher, a human database, and the one he coined himself, a recommender; with just a few details, he knows the perfect book for every customer.

The Salamandrion by Mike Adamson

In the late 25th century, a systems analyst is called in to diagnose a strange instability in the computers of a base established on the most volcanically active planet ever encountered. What he finds shakes his understanding of reality, because this planet is not as dead as it seems, and it wants humans gone—for their own sake.

This Hideous Joy by Jonathan Inbody

Spring is in the air. The town of Bract Hollow, Vermont, is a nice, normal place full of nice, normal people, or at least it used to be. Now, everyone smiles a little too widely, even when they ought to be sad, and few seem to notice the difference.

This Coroner by J. Motoki

One barb-tongued, big-haired, county coroner, one schoolteacher husband, one Pink Wave.

We Who Sleep by G. Allen Wilbanks

Alexander Devin’s life is about to change. Pulled from the edge of death, he wakes to find his mind has been preserved in a new body, a mechanical body that will never know pain, illness, or old age. But it is much more than that.