The World’s Last Misfit by Peter Stack
Genre: Science fiction
.99 Days: Sept 24-26
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A short story set in the not-so-distant future when utopia isn’t quite what it seems.
Ben was perfect.
His girlfriend Rachel was perfect.
His apartment was perfect.
In fact, everything in the world around him was perfect – thanks to the omnipresence of the beneficent Guardians.
So, why was it that Ben felt that he just wasn’t part of the world he inhabited? Why did the idea of ‘imperfect’ seem so attractive to him?
Could he change things so that at least a little imperfection existed in the impeccably managed society around him?
To find out what less-than-perfection meant, he’d need to match his wits against the titanic intellects of the Guardians and hope to win. It was a challenge he was determined to take on against all the odds.
Of course, even if Ben managed to achieve imperfection, would it yield the result he hoped for?
Brand Loyalty by F. M. Kahren
Free Days:Sept 24-26
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Retired from the Marine Corps and the California Department of Corrections, Major Matt Rommel’s life has been one long exercise in applied violence. A docent at San Francisco’s Palace of the Legion of Honor, he spends his days surrounded by art treasures and his nights in the Mission District at Vince’s bar.
The years have also changed the life of Carolyn Kast, leaving her with a failed marriage to a man committed only to his forlorn hope of a technology company. Now, Carolyn is a single mother in her middle forties with a fledgling ad agency and two partners who are always at each other’s throats. Worse, someone is trying to kill her.
Six-year-old Aubrey knows what to do. Go to the museum, to the man she has decided is an enforcer for Santa Claus: The Scary Man!