The Odin Chronicles
Welcome to Odin III, a grubby little mining world on the dark and dusty backside of nowhere. It’s a world where everything that’s worth having is already owned by Galactic Mining, and where people have come to squander their hopes and lives, working for the company and dreaming of striking it big.
It’s also a world where some very strange things have begun to happen...
On Sale December 2022
Edited by Pete Wood and Jonathan Sherwood
— FROM THE ODIN CHRONICLES —
Hadiza kept the butt of her rifle tight to her shoulder. One eye looking through the scope. Finger hovering over the trigger.
“Joe,” she whispered, hoping she spoke loudly enough for her ear comm to pick up her voice. “Joe, I think it’s here.”
Around her, the vast blue bamboo forest swayed in the constant breeze. A never-ceasing clatter of windchimes, mixed with the rustle of the bamboo’s upper leaves and the hiss of the light rain. Her knee sank into the mud.
“Joe,” she said louder.
“Hadiza,” Joe’s voice crackled in her ear. His voice echoed her strain. “Are you sure?”
“Dammit,” Hadiza muttered, and spit rain off her lips. Her eye never left the scope. She was sure she’d seen it, weaving around the bamboo like a goddamn ghost snake. And now, she stared with every neuron straining to discern something behind the endless stalks of swaying blue. She and Joe thought they’d chased it into this forest. Now she realized it had lured them here.
Roxana Arama is a Romanian American author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her debut thriller Extreme Vetting will be published in 2023 by Ooligan Press (Portland State University). She lives in Seattle with her family. More at https://roxanaarama.com or @RoxanaArama on Twitter.
Gustavo Bondoni is novelist and short story writer with over three hundred stories published in fifteen countries, in seven languages. He is a member of Codex and an Active Member of SFWA. His latest novel is Test Site Horror (2020). He has also published two other monster books: Ice Station: Death (2019) and Jungle Lab Terror (2020), three science fiction novels: Incursion (2017), Outside (2017) and Siege (2016) and an ebook novella entitled Branch. In 2019, Gustavo was awarded second place in the Jim Baen Memorial Contest and in 2018 he received a Judges Commendation (and second place) in The James White Award. He was also a 2019 finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest.
Travis Burnham’s work has found homes in Far Fetched Fables, Hypnos Magazine, Bad Dreams Entertainment, South85 Journal, SQ Quarterly, and others. He is a member of the online writers’ group, Codex, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College. He also recently won the Wyrm’s Gauntlet online writing contest. Burnham has been a DJ on three continents, and teaches middle school science and college level composition. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal with his wife, but grew up in Massachusetts, is from Maine at heart, and has lived in Japan, Colombia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
When not traveling to parallel universes, Paul Celmer is a technical writer in Durham, North Carolina. His recently published flash science fiction includes “Spooky Action At a Distance” in Daily Science Fiction and “The Last Rosy-Fingered Dawn” in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.
Jenna Hanchey is a critical/cultural communication professor by day, and a speculative fiction writer by...um...earlier in the day. Her current research investigates decolonial politics in Africanfuturism. She has stories published in Nature: Futures, Daily Science Fiction, Martian Magazine, and Wyngraf, among other venues. Sometimes you'll find her recording audiobook narration or indoor rock climbing, too! Follow her adventures on Twitter (@jennahanchey) or at www.jennahanchey.com.
Carol Scheina is a deaf speculative fiction author from the Northern Virginia area, where she spent too much of her childhood hanging out at the library and watching Star Trek. She still lives in the area with her husband, two kids, and a very needy tuxedo cat. You’ll find that many of her stories were thought up while sitting in local traffic, resulting in tales that have appeared in Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and other publications. You can find more of her work at carolscheina.wordpress.com.
Jonathan Sherwood has written about science and scientists for research universities for more than two decades, and science fiction for even longer. He holds a bachelors in science writing from Cornell University and an MA in English from the University of Rochester. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, and others. More at www.JonathanSherwood.com
Pete Wood is an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina where he lives with his kind and very patient wife. He has had over sixty short stories published in such publications as Stupefying Stories (where he is also an editor), Everyday Fiction and Asimov's. In 2019 his short story Quantum Doughnut became a movie.