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Apr 25·edited Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

“ Surrounded on all sides by soul-eating wraiths, Ruathen the hermit must conjure up old magic if he hopes to free himself from his tower and take back his home. “

I present The Encircling Cells, a 2000-word short story originally written for a competition.

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https://open.substack.com/pub/ericfalden/p/the-encircling-cells?r=3ecd72&utm_medium=ios

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I really enjoyed this one.

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Thanks, Hanna!

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Thank you for doing this!

Judith Temple is most comfortable with cold, hard facts, but she’s pushed far outside of her comfort zone when her seemingly psychic visions draw her into a missing persons cold case.

Here’s episode 1 of my speculative serial mystery novella Down in the Holler:

https://open.substack.com/pub/bridgetriley/p/down-in-the-holler?r=9e3cr&utm_medium=ios

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Definitely worth reading! I loved Episode 1 and look forward to seeing how it unfolds!

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This is a good one!

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Apr 25·edited Apr 28Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

The second novel of Bone Valley introduces Lord Der Arzte—a man with a painfully hidden past and a whole lotta money!

He joins forces with Lieutenant Ehrlich—a woman police officer who wears pants (how scandalous!)—to hunt down a beheading psycho who’s driving their rebuilding city and the Council of Five to the very edge of destruction.

It doesn’t help that he has to be nice to the mummified head of Dr Frankenfurter, who's making moves on…. everyone in his household, including Lord Der Arzte’s Mother! And now, his Lordship has to cope with the Grand Poohbah of the Brotherhood of the Wigged Elk and his disastrous band of henchpeople. If you're into Disc World, this is for you.

https://pandorasinfinitestories.substack.com/p/the-best-fiction-fantasy-for-the?r=2d0ibi

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Is the wrong story linked. I mean the story was good but it didn’t seem Bone Valley-ish…

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Apr 25·edited Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Summary: a young woman with the power to read minds, navigates a data-worshipping society as she races to unlock the secrets of her deteriorating body

https://open.substack.com/pub/keithhayden/p/sync-whole?r=qlc8m&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Sounds like a story about Grimes, the musician! 😅

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Lol never thought of it that way before!

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Apr 25·edited Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

This month I'd like to contribute here with the first short story that I published on Substack. It takes place around 3650 CE and is set in my cli-fi universe 'The Deep Dive'.

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Title: 'Welcome to gulmohur' - https://www.storyvoyager.com/p/welcome-to-gulmohur

Logline: A young teacher at a school for gifted children is looking forward to getting her first student.

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Hey another Pitch!

Well, my current ongoing serial, The Southern Calt, follows the perspective of soldiers at war in a sci-fi fantasy world known as Astra. It's been a ton of fun and part 4 drops tomorrow! Now is a good time to jump into part 1 I'd say!

https://open.substack.com/pub/llford/p/the-southern-calt-pt-1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=1v5vok

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Looking forward to settling down with a cup of tea and Part 4!

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

In chapter 7 of Oceanus, the team of survivors have to get through the dense jungle and find a way back their ship. Anthony, their chief scientist, is paralysed by the power of his own dreams, some of which could kill him. https://open.substack.com/pub/hannadelaneywrites/p/chapter-7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=2byo0o

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I'm really enjoying Oceanus!

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Thank you. I'm getting to the sticky bits now so I'm glad it has been well received so far. That'll get me through a few more writing sessions 😃

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

I’m sharing a piece of Sci-Fi flash fiction, which I might continue as a series of short pieces. This one is just about 400 words.

The Gravediggers of Orpheus.

A crew of selfless men going down into the war-zone of planet Orpheus to bury the dead civilians with dignity. An unexpected find.

https://open.substack.com/pub/kathrineelaine/p/the-gravediggers-of-orpheus?r=2rhgsy&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&showWelcomeOnShare=true

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Apr 26Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

"Backward Things" is a paranormal mystery, part of the Time Witch series. When a woman buys an old Carnegie library, she is transported to 1910 when the library was built, and meets the handsome builder, a skeleton and past & present Coven members that have something to hide. https://open.substack.com/pub/tellmeamystery/p/the-time-witch-backward-things?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=19f5he

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Apr 26Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

https://open.substack.com/pub/scvickers/p/jack-wars

A snippet from my alt-history/steampunkish WIP featuring jackalopes and a country that never was.

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Loved that action! Great start to your story!

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In post-apocalypse England Henry's dream is to eat a fresh apple but will the town of Appleton provide its namesake or have been stripped of all it once held dear...

https://reddoscarwrites.substack.com/p/in-search-of-an-apple

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I really enjoyed this short story, well worth reading!

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Ryson is a rock miner on Sagan 7, a moon-like world orbiting Vega, home to humanity's first off-world mining colony. After an accident claims the life of his best friend Dave, Ryson drinks too much and sleeps too little. And he has no idea what to do with Dave's prized possession: a shiny red Corvette. On the hood of which Dave commissioned a painting of Christ. Title: Corvette Jesus. Sci-Fi novelette.

https://authorryanschneider.substack.com/p/corvette-jesus?r=2n06tl

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Just read this after finding it here on The Pitch, great story!

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Thank you VERY much. Glad you enjoyed it. I like that story, too.

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

I've got a single page story in the Bradburian mode about a boy talking about his friend that drives the bus:

https://hwtaylor.substack.com/p/bus-driver-sci-fi

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

In "Bad Tech", we find out why it's a very bad idea to hand control of the presidential nuclear football over to AI.

https://indianamichael.substack.com/p/bad-tech

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Eidothea needs to find the Greal (known to us humans as the Holy Grail) in order for the Chosen Court to form and avert extinction of everything and everyone. In Chapter 11, she meets her grandmother for the first time and receives a crucial gift.

https://open.substack.com/pub/projectstarfish/p/11-with-one-ring-to-find-them?r=1mk6at&utm_medium=ios

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Torn between the blurred memories of a life that was taken from her and the commands of her sinister master, Theta must come to grips with who and what she is in a desperate battle for freedom and redemption.

Awakening is a dark fantasy short story set in the Middle World of E'a.

https://mpsiddell.substack.com/p/awakening

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Apr 25·edited Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

This is a part of my 1st chapter IN THE SHADOW OF THE MANDALORE. It takes place long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. If you like STAR WARS, come along for the ride. It's not Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, but 2000 years before them. https://open.substack.com/pub/benwoestenburg/p/in-the-shadow-of-the-mandalore-3ef?r=254e8w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

The playground and hunting ground for Leo and Marissa Yassi, an entitled couple skilled in deception and cyber manipulation, navigate the high-stakes world of financial fraud in the year 2150-CE.

A short short sci-fi short... https://rippublishing.substack.com/p/black-hat-phishing-club

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Don't get these ladies mad: https://davidperlmutter.substack.com/p/f-is-for

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

Hey Brian, almost forgot about you.

Today I give you my opening for Chapter 2. (Mostly because I don't remember which one I shared last time, but also) this is a good spot to jump in because of all the background in it.

After Logan accidentally overdoses Misty with a sedative that stops her heart, she relives some scenes from her past, that give us a bunch of background on where she came from and what her life was like.

https://open.substack.com/pub/jennyhoman01/p/8-opening-chapter-two?r=25941x&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

A man finds himself jumping through different realities after a quantum research accident, and in each he is married to different versions of this wife.

Read The Unstuck Man: https://jonauerbach.substack.com/p/the-unstuck-man

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Wow!!! Fantastic! I'm a fan and can't wait to read more!

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

A warrior of dubious mettle must defeat an impending existential threat to his way of life in this satirical and irreverent 100 word story freshly published (yesterday).

https://joshtatter.substack.com/p/doom-and-gloom?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

THE VENATOR'S APPRENTICE

A tale of centuries-old demon slayers, 20-something burnouts, and the fight between good and evil. It’s SOLOMON KANE for the 70s, with hot rods, occult weirdness & a righteous warrior bringing all to heel.

https://astounding.substack.com/p/the-venators-apprentice

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Apr 25Liked by Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

A rogue planet comes dashing out from the other side of the sun, seemingly on a collision course with Earth. On what may prove to be the world's last night, a young, grief-stricken man and his dog go for a final walk around their neighborhood.

https://whateverblues.substack.com/p/perihelion

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"Terrific" features serialized superhero stories set in a world where super-powers are new and only a few people have taken the initiative to serve as superheroes. This first installment, however, is barely a superhero story and takes us into surreal territory.

https://danielsherrier.substack.com/p/the-manor-within-part-1

Thank you!

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