Stories Of An Awkward Size

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About the author:
Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth - JSH - is an Australian author of Slipstream and hard Science Fiction.
Having grown up in the city of Melbourne's suburbia, JSH now lives in the Australian bush with his partner and a small menagerie of animals and wildlife.
A former musician, software engineer and computer scientist by training, he has shifted back to writing full time. His other passions include astronomy, photography and travel.

Stories Of An Awkward Size

A Slipstream And Hard SF Anthology

Authored by Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth
Edition: 1

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"Swords-Holdsworth has a lot of talent. The stories were well written, and I couldn't put them down."
- San Francisco Book Review

"The stories were varied, captivating, enthralling and quite immersive in one notable case... and it was not uncommon for my legs to fall asleep because I sat reading too long and lost circulation."


Volume One of the "Awkward Stories" collection


You can read most of the story 'Black Prince' for FREE! Just click 'Look inside' on the AMAZON KINDLE EDITION cover!

An excerpt:

He noticed a movement out of the corner of his eye. He looked down and beheld the shadow of a cat, moving on the white of the wall.
"Heh, Kitty," he said aloud, turning and searching for the original. He scanned along the top of his fence.
There was no cat.
Damn things move too fast, he thought, and looked back at the wall.
The shadow was still there.
He looked back at the fence, then again at the wall in a doubletake.
Still there was no cat, anywhere. And now he realised - there was no angle that could have put a cat's shadow on the wall. Not in that way.
Fear. A pulse of it hit him, surprising him and leaving him breathless. An icy chill had crept down his back and he felt his hair standing up, his heart pounding. In the back-room of his mind a voice had whispered ...


Slipstream - the genre of the New Strange. Tales that leave you feeling disturbed, not quite back in your seat, looking over your shoulder a little. Here Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth gives you five Slipstream "long stories" based in hard Science-Fiction.

Take a walk through the afterlife, immortality, bio-tech, virtual reality, future weapons, graffiti, drones, artificial intelligence, hypersonic jet-liners, Japanese performance-art and more.

* Black Prince
A disillusioned man's life is turned upside down by something just outside his back gate. Does anyone know where it lives, where it came from, or what it wants?

* Come Silent Winged Sleep
Two homicide detectives find themselves involved in a baffling and messy investigation, after the city of Melbourne experiences a shocking late-night event. But nothing gets simpler, everything gets scarier, and their supposed allies are keeping secrets.

* The Ghost Of Rene Magritte
A start-up has created true Virtual Reality, directly interfaced to your nervous system - you're "there". But it turns out that Reality has a few more things to say when you try to escape it. Some of them you don't ignore.

Let these stories and their siblings pull you into the unexpected.

Publication Date:
1505582601 / 9781505582604
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Science Fiction / High Tech

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