Issue 15

We're back!

It's taken us a while to get this new issue out due to pandemic-related delays, but I'm very happy that our new partnership with Flame Tree has allowed us to start publishing again!

Here are the five new stories that you can enjoy right now:

We start with Steve Rodgers' "Housefly Tours". Four hundred years in the future, a very special adventure tour takes tourists to spy on the only other sentient race ever discovered. But human mistakes and frailty may just ruin everything (9461 words). Our second story is "The Stillness of the Stars" by Jessica McAdams. A young woman escapes the lower-class decks of a generation ship only to find that those on the affluent upper decks have been lying about the journey on which they’ve all embarked (5627 words). The third story this issue, Dominic Teague's "Portrait of a Rogue," is a story about an investigative journalist who interviews a wealthy savant concerning his family’s shady history of scientific and artistic innovations (2000 words). Next we have "Two Moons" by Elena Pavlova. This one is a story about a young girl who must survive a coming-of-age trial outside the giant extra-terrestrial organism in which she lives (6500 words). The final story is "Drought and Blood" by Spencer Koelle. Amelia Okella's life work is threatened by public suspicion when a man is found exsanguinated in a field of her bio-engineered drought-prevention plants (5900 words).

Thank you so much for your support! I hope you all are staying safe out there.

Take care my friends,

Joe Stech

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P.S. You can also buy issues from the Kindle Store, and we still have some physical copies available of our fantasic first collection for $15.

Note from Flame Tree

Flame Tree is glad to provide support and assistance to Compelling Science Fiction. Since the first issue Joe and his team have crafted an expert, passion-led contribution to the SF community and, in spite of the best efforts of COVID-19, here is the first fruit of our association.

Flame Tree publishes a range of SF and related books, including the latest 480 page short story collection of new and classic authors A Dying Planet Short Story Anthology with tales from around the world, including the US, Canada, Spain, Italy, the UK, India and Greece.

New books from FLAME TREE PRESS include:

The first English Translation of Francis Carsac’s classic The City Among The Stars ("This stunning classic stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov, and Heinlein." – New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear).

The Gemini Experiment by Brian Pinkerton ("A dizzying compilation of action scenes and moral quandaries...Pinkerton wields fast pacing and an entertaining, electrifying plot" - Publishers Weekly)

The Guardian by J.D. Moyer. (“Complexity and moral ambiguity enough to make this a serious, engrossing story” – Analog SF

The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Michael R. Johnston The sequel to The Widening Gyre, praised by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal and more!

See here for the full list of FLAME TREE PRESS new novels.

And our full range of Gothic Fantasy short story collections in SF, fantasy, horror, crime and mystery here.

Compelling Issue 15

May 2020

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