Facets of Fantasy is a collection of speculative novellas: Halogen Crossing (high fantasy/steampunk blend); Jurant (space fantasy); and The Amulet of Renari (medieval fantasy.) All the stories share the umbrella theme of two sides at war for generations. Karl (Halogen Crossing); Don (Jurant), and Stuart (Renari) each feel a certain passivity in the face of a world that hasn’t changed much in a long time and they prefer to pursue their own hobbies or remain isolated than to participate in what they view as circular politics and corrupt family leadership. But when powerful amulets and ancient religions spring back to life, each boy must rise to the challenge—with the assistance of a young lady who offers more answers than the heroes would like to admit at first. In the process hope is born, kingdoms reach their final conclusion, and with enough sacrifice, there is no mistake too great to be put to rights.
Beyond the Stars Novellas 1, 2, & 3
Fantasy, Epic; Short Stories and Anthologies. 238 pages. Death of a loved one and bitterness influence some of the characters.
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The Birthday Present (with MC) is a pair of evocative short stories about girls whose worlds are coming to an end. Lucy (The Birthday Present) and Alyce (Millhaven Castle) both belong to tiny subcultures that were created in a violent, flawed past that is now only dimly understood. Lucy’s world is science fiction, ruled by improved versions of humans called GMFs. She is supposed to blend in with a colony of hidden humans, but she is actually a time-traveler from history with a built-in mission of her own. Alyce lives in a small rural kingdom, reminiscent of fairy tales, ruled by a dynasty that took over the country questionably. Her people, the Sherbans, are still locked in a humdrum argument about that succession, but it turns out the king cares about those old politics quite as much as they do. Each girl owns a special item, like a box or a bracelet, that could resolve centuries-old disputes as friends in unexpected places and a number of surprises accompany the end of an era and the start of something new.
Beyond the Stars Novellas 4 & 5
Science Fiction and Fantasy; Short Stories and Anthologies. 117 pages. No content warnings.