I'm happy to present another five compelling stories by some fantastic authors! Our first story this time around—"Emerging from the Shadows" by Clinton Lawrence—is a fun adventure that follows two young women who grew up on an asteroid colony founded by a hijacked colony ship 60 years prior. The women find their world disrupted when the colony has its first encounter with a ship from earth. (8800 words). The second story in our line-up, Matt Fuchs' "National Mission System," is a fascinating look at an AI that was created for the express purpose of overhauling the constitution of the United States (4840 words). Our third story, "The Setting of the Sun" by Benjamin C. Kinney, is a short, beautiful tale about a complex machine swarm designed to harvest energy from stars (1300 words). Next we have "Paint by Numbers," another poignant piece by Pip Coen. This one is about a young woman who works for a military program after she demonstrates tremendous genius at "composing" space fleet battle simulations (2010 words). Our final story is "The Dirt Dances" by Michael E. Johnson. The story is about a new kind of hard labor that an old man teaches his young protégé (2300 words).

If you enjoy the magazine, please help us spread the word online and consider supporting us on Patreon (if you don't already). Your patronage keeps the magazine alive and stimulates the creation of great science fiction. We'll be back with more stories in October!

Take care my friends,

Joe Stech

Subscribe Now!

P.S. You can also buy issue 1, issue 2, issue 3, issue 4, issue 5, issue 6, issue 7, or issue 8 from the Kindle Store.

Compelling Issue 8

August/September 2017

Join our mailing list

Sign up below to receive news about Compelling Science Fiction. We will not abuse your inbox. You can also get updates via Twitter by following @CompellingSF.

We are an online science fiction magazine focused on plausible science fiction. All our stories are freely readable on this site, and we also provide a DRM-free subscription for .mobi and .epub formats through Patreon to read on your favorite e-reader. You can support us at any level you feel comfortable with. Your support allows us to provide high-quality stories in a simple, no-nonsense format and pay a professional rate to the authors who write them.

© 2016-2017 Compelling Science Fiction Ltd.