Flight ~ Anthology Blog Review Tour & Excerpt!

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Hiya guys, we have the flash fiction Anthology Flight popping in today, I’d like to say with it’s authors but there’s 110 of them so… no LOL but we do have an excerpt (one of the stories) for you to enjoy, we also have some awesome artwork from the book and my review. So guys check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Flight

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110 Various Authors

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

illustrations by Mila May.

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Excerpt

Smoke, by Zev de Valera

He rubbed his temples and squinted at the soft light of his surroundings through the fans of his thick eyelashes. The last drink had been a mistake.

Was that a shaker he’d felt, or the onset of a hangover?

He clutched a silken pillow and waited.

Suddenly, he felt his home tremble; a few pieces of glass and ceramic ware teetered and then fell to their demise.

Shit. This is the real thing.

With an effort, he hauled himself from his bed.

How many years had it been since the last one?

Sixty? Seventy?

The shaking ceased, and he looked around his small dwelling.
A model unit when he’d purchased it. Now filled with the result of years of collecting: a gramophone, a first generation television set, a water clock. And much more. All of it all had sentimental value—as did the photos of the various men that sat atop or alongside the items in his collection. Some of these men had loved him. All of them had once owned him. Now he owned their memories. That was the bargain.

Another shake. Followed by several unnerving tilts. He willed his cherished possessions to remain in place and willed himself into sobriety and a more becoming appearance as he prepared himself for work.

What to wear?

He selected a red brocade tunic and pants. A classic look always worked best for the initial consultation.

A resounding thud.

He peered up into the small shaftway at the center of the ceiling.

A pop.

Then a small circle of light at the end of the shaft.

He sighed, folded his arms, and transformed into a cloud of red smoke.

Up and away to meet his new master.

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All stories

*QSF Flash Fiction Judge’s Choice **QSF Flash Fiction Winner

Science Fiction Part I

Life/Flight by Rory Ni Coileain
Horizon by Elliot Cooper
Suits of Hubris by Mann Ramblings
Flight… by Eloreen Moon
Nightstream DarkLight by Natsuya Uesugi
The Rush of Wind by Loren Rhoads
Wings by Kirby Quinlan
Resupply by Paul Stevens
Escape by Jo Tannah
Ranulf Takes Flight by Bear Kosik
Foreign Stars by Meraki P. Lyhne
The Fall by Valentina Heart
Paulding Night by Jackie Nacht
Transition by S.E. Greer
When the Fur Flies by Tam Ames
The Trip by Jessica Bansbach
Birdsong by Skylar M. Cates
Rendevous with an Angel by John Moralee
Wing’d HIs Roving Flight by Jeff Baker
Moth to Flame by R.R. Angell
Coffee by Mathew Ortiz
The Flight of the Undertaker, His Assistant, and a Corpse by Christine Wright
Earthbound by Victoria Zagar
The Watch by J.P. Barnaby
Flight Test by Jennifer Lavoie
Test Flight by Katelyn Cameron
Weren’t Fantasy by Missy Welsh*
Athena-Class Engineering by Liz Fury*

Fantasy Part I 

Stronger Than Flight by Tray Ellis
Captive by L.V. Lloyd
Aerial by Marie Brown
Flight of Those Left Behind by A.M. Burns
Mage’s Tether by Lloyd A. Meeker
Just Fall by Cheryl Headford
Eagle Eyes by A.T. Weaver
Taking Flight by Jenna Hale
Dye by Kelly Haworth
Earth & Air by Rhi Etzweiler
Of Angels and Artists by Jonah Bergan
The Spinners by Capri S. Bard
Like Falling by Jana Denardo
Smoke by Zev de Valera*
Walking on Air by John Allenson*

Horror

Beseech the Razors by Odin Alexander
Dies Irae by H.J. Chacon
The Welcome by Elizabella Gold
The Woods by Jambrea Jo Jones
To Have and To Harm by Avery Dawes
A Cup of Coffee and a Slice of Death by Ofelia Gränd
Truth or Power by T. Allen Walton
First Flight by Christopher Hawthorne Moss*

Paranormal

Raven Takes Flight by Michael M. Jones
Sadie’s Ghost by Iona Burnfield
Phoenix by L.M. Brown
Duncan’s Savior by Danielle Draken
Andersen’s Other Daughter by Brandon Witt
The Aviary by Foster Bridget Cassidy
Fallen by Saxon Hawke
On Angel’s Wings by Christina Mary Francis
Freefall by A.M. Leibowitz
Angels Who Have Sinned by Julia Talbot
Transcendent by S.A. Collins
After by L.E. Franks
Purrsuasion by K.C. Faelan
Guardian by K-lee Klein
Rebellion by Ryvr Jones
Justice by J.R. Frontera
The Last Step by Bealevon Nolan
Anachronism by Jaylee James

Fantasy Part II

Paper Arrows by P.T. Wyant
Black Butterfly by Bran Lindy Ayres
Gambit by Jon Keys
The Skimmer by Ginger Streusel
Flight of Freedom by M.D. Grimm
Silver Dragon Song by Eric Alan Westfall
Last Flight by Nicole Dennis
Fledgling by L.M. Somerton
Foundation Myth by Jojo Saunders
The Gifts by Thea Nishimori
White & Black by Bey Deckard
Performance by Ellery Jude*
The Secret Lives of Octopuses by Nina Packebush**

Science Fiction Part II

Conceptually Speaking by ‘Nathan Burgoine
On My Will And His Prayer by Hank T. Cannon
Flight of the Buttheads by Andrea Speed
Scratch by J. Comer
The Space Between Us by Kaje Harper
Flight of the Sky Zephyr by Ross Common
Grebe in Flight by Donald Qualls
Gift Wrapped Heavens by Kiterie Aine
Her Bird, Her Builder by Qaida Harte
The Noisy Colors by Michelle Browne
Evolutionary Perspective by M.A. Church
Mile High by Michael J. Bode
Turnabout by Thursday Euclid
A Sub Mechanic’s Panic by Kellie Doherty
Changed by Alicia Nordwell
I Will Move the Stars for You by E.W. Murks
Initiation by Mario K. Lipinski
Rough Flight by Rebecca Cohen
Pensions Are Overrated by Al Stewart & Claire Davis
Diversion by Brent D. Seth
Flight Plan by Rin Sparrow
Fleeing to the Clouds by Colton Aalto
Going Home by Jase Daniels
Fault (Stars (Ours)) by Gretchen Crane
Zero-G by Alexis Woods
Refuge of Last Resort by Jude Dunn
Make Me Fly by Clare London**
Your Weird Aunt PollyMorph Says Hello by Jerome W. Stueart**

anthology-flight-teaser4About Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction

In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”.

This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

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Review

anthology-flight-front-coverTitle: Flight

Series: QUEER SCI FI’S THIRD ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Author: 110 Various authors

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Length: Novella (140)

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books ()

Heat Level: Low, Moderate, Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ – 5 Hearts

Blurb: A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

Illustrations by Mila May.

ISBN: MSCRBK0000084

Product Link:  Amazon | ARe | Kobo

Reviewer: Pixie 

Review: With one hundred and ten authors contributing to this anthology with stories of three hundred words or less there is no way I can review each individual story so I’m just gonna say that this is a fantastic collection of stories, each story managing to give us a glimpse of something interesting and special.

The stories are all varied, there’s paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror, no two stories alike so we eagerly move on to the next story wanting more. There is an amazing depth to many of the stories, with many of them making you wish they were longer.

There are many types of love & hate throughout the book; we have bitter lovers, revenge, fear, anger, love, surprise, sacrifice and danger playing out through various stories. With some of the stories we learn that love doesn’t always win, and with some love overcomes all else.

There are stories for everyone in this anthology, gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual and more. Each tiny story is just perfect for a five minute break or read the entire anthology in one go, you won’t be disappointed.

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