Today’s the day! No Way Home, a brand new sci-fi anthology, is now available to all you lovely people.
NO WAY HOME – STORIES FROM WHICH THERE IS NO ESCAPE
Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off.
Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home.
A soldier trapped in an endless war dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction.
In rural 70s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own.
A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet’s suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same programme and shouldn’t be there at all.
A suicidal woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses.
An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder an insurgent, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist.
These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.
We’ve had some fantastic responses thus far, and Jason Gurley was kind enough to put together the divine cover art. This is really a stunner for any bookshelf.
Our curator, Lucas Bale, author of The Heretic, has been fantastic in putting all this together and rallying the contributors. If any of you have a spare dollar, pick up his book now for a sure fire thrill.
I was invited to take part in this a few months back, and I’m thrilled to be contributing to such a gambit of tight new stories. My fellow contributors are all up-and-coming big names in sci-fi—be sure to watch out for them all in the near future, and pick up their other books for some real gems.
wHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
The theme is isolation and the notion of being stranded, and I had the perfect story in mind: I wanted to focus on the first colonists on Mars in a real, balls-to-the-wall, gritty realism. I’ve seen Mars novels aplenty over the years, but they always seem to miss the real crux of the emotional effects—just what being locked in a metal cube underground for the rest of your life, two-hundred-million-miles from home, would do to a person.
I’d seen enough techno-babble filled ‘novels’ that read like engineering manuals, or some far flung ‘soft’ novel the sketched out green men throwing laser-beams around the place. I wanted something illuminated by fluorescent lights, in a sanitised environment, something eerily quiet and lonely and, quite literally, alien.
I’d sketched it out in novel form a bunch of times, and it’s been something of a pet project bubbling away in the back of my mind. This was the perfect opportunity to give it some new life and let is stretch its legs in short story form.
So without further ado, here’s a little about my story:
The Happy Place – Michael Tanner always knew he was meant for the stars and his dream took him from the corn fields of Nebraska to the first inhabited colony on Mars. Years later, that dream is in ruins – the Red Planet has ripped away almost everything he has ever loved. Widowed and relegated to the role of a postdoctoral janitor, he struggles to raise two children on an alien world. When the mission commander loses touch with reality and endangers the entire station, all that stands between Michael and insanity is reliving the false memory of his dreams: the Happy Place.
This anthology is one for any die-hard sci-fi fan with a penchant for original ideas and off-the-wall storytelling. I urge all of you to pick up a copy right now and spread the word—the future of sci-fi is in these pages!
Paperback and ebook version are live, and both are discounted for the first week, so be sure to nab yours before the release promotions end. Happy reading, folks!