The island that looks lonely and far away may be the cradle of some other tribe with strange customs and costumes. Actually, that describes Vashon pretty well. The island cultivates hippies, yuppies, artists, musicians…and writers. When asked to write something about islands, these particular writers produced the stories in this book:
In Mistress of Hemlock Cottage, when Audrey inherits her grandfather’s house on Anderson Island, she quits her hateful job and moves across the country to start a new life only to find herself haunted by the past.
In Here & Beyond LLC, Borgan is tired of touring the great sights and cities of the world. A tour of the island of purgatory sounds exotic—as long as you don’t get off the bus.
In Cl-Clunk, Cl-Clunk, Clunky-Clunk, Moose the mighty dachshund takes up ratting.
In The Best People, an asteroid is about the destroy the Earth, and the Notorious Derrenasty D is one of the elite few chosen to escape to the island planet destined to be the cradle of humanity’s future. Only he’s lost the departure watch that will tell him when his turn comes to board the ship.
In Water, Wind and Whispers, Crystal thinks she’s gotten away with her ex-boyfriend’s ill-gotten goods until a storm forces her to spend the night on a tiny uninhabited island. Unfortunately, the island is uninhabited for a very good reason.
In Island Magic Tales, Jane Valencia shares a collection of Native American myths and fairy tales--how the earth is formed as an island in an endless ocean, a tale set on the island of Ireland and a few that happen on an island just a step to the left of our world.
In Watching from Heaven, Christian comes to Vashon Island hoping to hide herself away in isolation, but islands only look isolated when you see them from the outside.
In Modern Love, Scott is making the trek all the way to Vashon Island, thinking he’s going to dinner with his oldest friend. If only she wasn’t determined to set him up with the perfect date… It’s not like Scott can’t make his own love connections.
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Some things have changed in his absence. Mora is about to finish her doctoral thesis, an algorithm for mapping super-complex chaotic systems, and Alistair, once a harmless teller of strange tales, intends to make the darkest and most dreadful of those stories real. He has found the inter-dimensional route to the resting place of an ancient and monstrous goddess, He plans to wake her and bring her back to exact revenge on a universe that fails to recognize his genius.
Hal is determined to stop his friend from reaching his loathsome goddess, but it’s a job for hero, and Hal is afraid he isn’t that man anymore.
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Meet Emma Sloan
Mega-star holo-play personality Emma Sloan teeters on the edge of death after a freak studio accident burns over eighty percent of her body. In a last-ditch effort to save her life, desperate doctors implant her burned skin with a bio-engineered symbiotic organism.
Emma isn't the first person to be implanted with a new skin. When the other Symbionts break out of the hospital and escape, Emma is forced to help track them down or be destroyed like a lab animal. But her new skin has survival imperatives of its own, and it is more powerful than its designers intended. Emma isn't going to be easy to kill.
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When Doctor Annia 4424 first isolated the dormant retrovirus, she thought she had uncovered a harmless fragment of DNA. By the time she realized what she had really found, her discovery had triggered an alarm. Century Plague was so virulent it had twice threatened to wipe out galactic civilization, and even to study it in simulation carried a Federation death sentence. But Annia knows something no one else does. The virus wasn’t eradicated with the firebombing of the infected worlds. It is programmed to come out of dormancy and spread again across a defenseless galaxy.
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When Century Plague erupts from its hundred-year hibernation, Annia, a refugee from the Federation, is the only person on the remote planet of Yetfurther who knows enough about the virus to gengineer a cure. However, to get the equipment she needs, she must ally herself with the gangster, Ganymede Solante and trust him not to betray her to the Federation hunter sent to recapture Annia and the two clone soldiers she stole in her escape.
Will Annia solve the puzzle of the plague virus in time to save her friends, her adopted home world, and galactic civilization? Or will the plague spread unchecked across the civilized worlds?
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My husband Doug and I live on 2 1/4 acres of gulch where I cut down trees to build fences for the goat and the chickens. Keeping the gulch clear of blackberries, nettles and holly is a full time job for the goat, but I have high hopes of someday landscaping the whole thing with flowers and adorable little paths. It's important to dream big. Really, really big.
Doug is a computer programmer by day and a musician and recording engineer by night; I fell in love with his saxophone almost before I fell in love with him. We both love science-fiction and first bonded over a discussion of the merits of Star Trek old and new. He acts as an occasional science consultant when my sci gets a little too fi, and is otherwise an uncritical fan.
And if I want real-world conversation, there are always my six pug-chihuahua mix dogs. We have long, amusing debates as to whether they are good dogs (yes), whether they are particularly smart (no, but they are cute, so it doesn't matter), and whether they should chase the chickens (yes, and Mother is stupid for stopping them).