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I didn’t do very well with my ser­i­al web fic­tion Honor&Truth, but now that I’ve decid­ed to begin again with the tale, I know what mis­takes I’ve made.  That said, there are some pret­ty awe­some web seri­als out there and I thought I’d take the time to tell you about the ones I most admire.

1.  Steal Tomor­row by Ann Pino — This is one of the first web seri­als I’ve ever read and one of the best by far.  You can read the entire sto­ry along with mul­ti­ple extra short sto­ries.

When her par­ents died in a glob­al pan­dem­ic, sev­en­teen-year-old Cassie Thomp­son thought her biggest prob­lem was find­ing her next meal. But “Telo” is a viral­ly-trans­mit­ted genet­ic dis­ease that tar­gets adults, and no one is immune. Sur­viv­ing to adult­hood isn’t look­ing very good as her city suc­cumbs to food short­ages, san­i­ta­tion prob­lems, and gang vio­lence. When Cassie accepts an invi­ta­tion to join a group of young peo­ple liv­ing in a lux­u­ry hotel, she thinks her most imme­di­ate trou­bles are over. Her new tribe appears com­mit­ted to alliance-build­ing, order, and civil­i­ty. She soon finds, how­ev­er, that her new friends have dark secrets and the boy she is falling in love with might be the most dan­ger­ous of them all.

Steal Tomor­row can be pur­chased for Kin­dle on Ama­zon.  You can see more of Ann Pino’s writ­ing at http://www.ampino.com/.

2.  Caught Some­where In Time by David Schick — I start­ed read­ing CSiT over a year ago and unfor­tu­nate­ly nev­er fin­ished (some­thing I intend to do soon), but that is cer­tain­ly not an indi­ca­tion of how incred­i­bly awe­some this sto­ry is.  This glossy pro­fes­sion­al tale com­bines cool hard sci­ence, space, and aliens.  It is so very worth the read.

In the twen­ty-third cen­tu­ry, human­i­ty will live in colonies on many dif­fer­ent worlds, all of them still with­in this Solar sys­tem. We will not be part of any league of alien cul­tures liv­ing peace­ful­ly among the stars, because even though we can move around the solar sys­tem in a mat­ter of hours or days, the next near­est star is not close enough to reach in a human’s life­time, or even a hun­dred gen­er­a­tions. We are caught some­where in space, unable to leave this part of the galaxy, and no one ever real­ly comes here for a vis­it.

The recent dis­cov­ery of our abil­i­ty to move through time presents alter­nate ideas on how to reach alien cul­tures. The pre­vail­ing idea is that we could fea­si­bly go back in time and meet any extrater­res­tri­al cul­ture that might have pre­vi­ous­ly vis­it­ed us, maybe at a time in our his­to­ry when we were sim­ply not evolved enough to under­stand the impli­ca­tions of such a meet­ing.  The most like­ly can­di­date is the alleged crash of an alien ship out­side of Roswell, New Mex­i­co in 1947.

Caught Some­where in Time fol­lows a team of humans as they embark on a jour­ney to encounter alien life in our own past, while dis­cov­er­ing the seeds of a project called The Chil­dren of Time.

3.  Dark Roads by Laz­lo Azavaar — I read this sto­ry to com­ple­tion in a short peri­od of time.  I loved the swift pace and this sto­ry is about as unpre­dictable as they come.

Alex Abi­an (Also on flickr.com/alexabian) / Fot­er

Two run­aways, their psy­cho dad, and an unseen ene­my.  No longer able to with­stand his abuse any longer, Cal­lie Longstreet, in a fit of anger, takes a fry­ing pan to the back of her father’s head and knocks him out cold. Now, she and her old­er broth­er Michael must ride the dark roads, pur­sued by night­mares, their psy­chot­ic father, and an unseen ene­my who watch­es their every move.

There is a sequel called The War of the Ma’jai.  Laz­lo Azavaar says it’s stalled.  Per­haps if you went over to the site and made some noise you’d prompt him to get a move on…

4.  Star­walk­er by Melanie Edmonds — Like CSiT, Star­walk­er is one of those ubber slick and pro­fes­sion­al look­ing ser­i­al blogs.  The writ­ing is just as ter­rif­ic.  I found Star­walk­er around the same time I start­ed my blog as well and was unable to fin­ish it.  Again, the fact that I didn’t fin­ish read­ing is absolute­ly no indi­ca­tion of how won­der­ful­ly smart and tight­ly writ­ten this piece of ser­i­al fic­tion is.  It is sim­ply gold­en and is on my list to go back and com­plete.

NASA God­dard Pho­to and Video / Fot­er

The Star­walk­er is a star­ship with an exper­i­men­tal star-step­ping dri­ve. Designed to use the grav­i­ty wells of stars to fold space, she can trav­el between star sys­tems faster than FTL. That is, if they can get it to work.

She is run by a sophis­ti­cat­ed AI who doesn’t always fol­low her pro­gram­ming. She has only just been born, and she has a lot to fig­ure out. She is often torn between the needs of the crew and the demands of the sci­en­tists respon­si­ble for run­ning the tests on the new dri­ve. There are pol­i­tics sur­round­ing this new dri­ve of hers that she has to get a grip on before they get a grip on her.

Most of all, she needs to track down and explain the glitch­es in her soft­ware before some­one notices and wipes her mem­o­ry dri­ves. What she doesn’t know is that it wouldn’t be the first time.

5.  The Apoc­a­lypse Blog — also by Melanie Edmonds — The end of the world, zom­bies, and a girl who blogs about it…nuf said.  Zom­bies are always a good addi­tion, or a bad one, depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion you’re in.

Scabeat­er / Fot­er

On 24 Decem­ber 2008, a bomb was det­o­nat­ed over Faith’s home city and her world end­ed. This blog is the chron­i­cle of her strug­gle to sur­vive and make sense of the bro­ken remains left behind by the bomb, told in real-time.

She must bat­tle through acid rain, sick­ness, and the descent of her own soci­ety. Then, the dead start sham­bling. With a small group of like-mind­ed sur­vivors, Faith has to find a way to live with­out los­ing all sight of who she is in a world ready to devour her.

You can read the Apoc­a­lypse Blog online or you can pur­chase it at Ama­zon.  Melanie Edmonds can also be found on Twit­ter and Goodreads.

 

(All descrip­tions come from author web­sites or oth­er places they are vis­i­ble.)