Seven Threads

Seven Threads

Jason Fischer

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Seven Threads is a mini-collection to introduce new readers to the work of Australian fantasy author Jason Fischer.Seven Threads is a mini-collection to introduce new readers to the work of Australian fantasy author Jason Fischer. Stories in this collection include the Aurealis Award winning novella "Defy the Grey Kings" and "The House of Nameless", winner of the Writers of the Future contest.Follow these seven threads through Fischer's fantastic worlds, through grim futures, through heroics and heartbreak. Described by reviewers as "an impressive talent" and "a strong new voice with a distinctive vision", these stories of Fischer's are a great sampler and a taste of his unpredictable imagination.“If you haven’t been reading Jason Fischer, your literary diet is lacking in zest, zing, and essential vitamins." - Gardner Dozois, multiple Hugo Award winning editor.
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The House of Nameless

The House of Nameless

Jason Fischer

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A dinner at a minotaur's house brings an unwelcome intruder. Raoul Mithras, a godling both old and new, is forced to pursue an old foe across a surreal landscape, hoping to prevent the awakening of the One-Way-World - if he is not destroyed first.This story was a winner in the "L Ron Hubbard presents the Writers of the Future" contest, and first appeared in WOTF Vol XXVI.When a catastrophic natural disaster looms on the near horizon, the government releases an airborne virus designed to make the human race tougher, better able to survive. It was developed for soldiers to make them better able to fight, go longer without food and water, and increase their strength. In its virus host it bonds itself to our own cells and helps them to regenerate at an advanced rate, so that even if you die you can rise again. In non combat field tests the soldiers become aware of this, they called the phenomenon Overclocking and looked at it in a positive light. How could you look negatively at being able to live forever? A quick shot of the antidote after the heart had begun to beat again and the virus seemed to slip into remission, leaving a healed body the would come out of the virus induced coma in a few days once again its own.But the virus does something the governments didn't consider, it never stops working, never truly becomes dormant. Even after the body has ceased any real life, the virus lives on, rebuilding it's host in a new and potentially indestructible way. Days later, what was dead becomes alive once more. In this book those closest to Project Bluechip begin to pick up the pieces of their world and get themselves to safety. They have heard rumors of a place in the South that might offer safety, but getting there may require a price that is far too high to pay...
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