Ten Thousand Worlds

Science Fiction

Titles in the Science Fiction Genre

Doctor Fathom

Version 1.0, December 2012


She specializes in the study of applied biomimicry, using nature as an inspiration for her engineering designs. Marisol’s best design yet has been the “Fathom” powered deep-sea diving suit. With the suit, she’s been able to venture farther and deeper than most undersea explorers, and with her knack for following her hunches, Mari has discovered creatures of myth and civilizations of legend. So far, Dr. Paz has kept these things out of her papers, satisfied to write only about her engineering work.


Version 1.0, December 2012


When tested, he was once able to target ten different sheep identified only by numbered ear-tags, each one running in a different direction inside a herd of hundreds, and simultaneously teleport each sheep into a different pen. Young Mr. White can do these sorts of things because he creates, destroys, and manipulates miniature wormholes at will.


Version 1.0, October 2012


The reports usually arrive after a sighting of a strange shape-shifting creature, and are on topics as far-ranging as cover-ups of dangerous, badly-designed bridges to connections between port officials and pirates. It is an open secret that several trans-national oil company executives have pooled their resources to put out a bounty on the creature.


Version 1.0, July 2012


In this state, he unconsciously assesses the known capabilities of his opponents, predicts their most likely moves, visualizes the consequences of his potential responses, and calculates his best possible course of action. His mind recalculates all the known variables in an ongoing battle from moment to moment.


Version 1.0, May 2012


Sophie made a new life for herself among the homeless, squatters, gangs, and anarchists of the urban jungle. In this dangerous world, she found a ready outlet for her rage, and plenty of opportunities to practice using her unusual abilities in life-or-death situations.

Fly Me to the Moon

Version 1.0, January 2011


Proposed as long ago as 1994 CE by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, this faster-than-light space drive did not become a reality until one was finally forged from dark matter itself … When activated, it wraps the ship in a bubble of space-time that experiences no acceleration, while outside the bubble it warps space in a wave, contracting it ahead of the ship while expanding the space behind it…


Version 1.0, March 2010


Outsiders who visit Earth sometimes leave behind the odd trinket. Few of these items can be triggered by mere humans; even fewer can be controlled without killing their users or driving them mad; but a very few can actually be reverse-engineered and mated with terrestrial technology.


Version 1.0, February 2009


…the underworld can tell you how McLeish earned her nickname. Sara remembers everything you did, including things you did in the dark, things you’d rather forget; and if you disappoint her, Cruel Sara will show it all back to you.


Version 1.0, January 2009


Donner once converted all the white marble, granite, and aluminum in the Washington monument into black basalt and iron.


Version 1.0, December 2008


Andrew can see, hear, and smell as well as the best nocturnal predators. On moonlit nights, he sees as much detail as most humans can see during the day. Charters can hear a heartbeat in another room, or isolate a single voice in a crowd. He can remember smells the way other people remember faces.


Version 1.0, November 2008


From a very young age, Byron had realized that he was different from other kids, even though he wasn’t sure how. There was no room in his father’s world for anything other than a “normal” son –a tough, strong, accomplished athlete– so Byron became that, and hid his true nature from his father and everyone else.


Version 1.1, October 2008


Instead of worrying about how to tell her parents that she wanted to be an artist instead of a veterinarian, she was worrying about how to survive the agents of the Sovereign-hunting Project Rancher.


Version 1.2, September 2008


Long before the general population had even heard of a Sovereign, his father, Andrew Charters, was working under government contract to build “little machines” that could change people at the genetic level, ostensibly as a medical tool. His father volunteered to test the prototype machines in his own body –and they slowly broke Andrew’s brain. Nate grew up being told that his father had died in a lab accident…


Version 1.0, March 2008


“…Somewhere in there sprawling, half over the edge of a dock, watching neon dance on multiplying ripples as bits of my shattered mind tried tumbling back together. Staring into the reflection of a nightmare creature wearing my face and asking: ‘What’s my name?’”

Or et Argent

Version 1.0, December 2007


…two flashy engineers who started flying into aerospace shows in gold and silver flying suits to promote their new firm. Everyone just assumed they were male…


Version 1.0, November 2007


Hiram kept his end of the bargain, and even stuck up for them when some rude spring-breakers at Playa del Carmen wanted to use them for dwarf-tossing. They were thankful, saying something about wanting to avoid disintegrating the locals…


Version 1.0, October 2007


She also learned about their program for creating mentally enhanced soldiers, for building machines to augment and control psychics, for spinning off from any government program, and for forming an organization to hunt down and train “special” children under the guise of a world-wide charity. It was a lot for a five-year-old to take…


Version 1.0, August 2007


It took a long time for Laquesha to put it all together, but her psychic abilities are the result of a Creche experiment gone horribly wrong. Her parents, both doctors, met on a UN World Health Organization mission in Kenya…


Version 1.0, July 2007


“…Within an hour of blowing the whistle to Jargenson, Keiko had a ‘lab accident’ –seems she fell and hit her head on a giant magnet seven times before dying. I nearly got cooked when a microwave laser ‘misfired’ a centimeter from my scalp…”


Version 1.01, June 2007


“…One night I’m shooting darts at Terry’s with a few odd short blue-skinned tourist types, when we start buying each others’ shots. We’re all having a grand time, and then one of the little fellows jumps behind the bar and offers to make up a special drink for me. The next thing I remember, Terry’s youngest boy is shaking me awake in the rafters…”


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