There are as many predictions of man’s future as there have been visionaries. From varying degrees of apocalypse through dystopian societies to utopias made or delivered.
Within this book you will find seventy* visions of where humanity could go and what they might get up to. Told from viewpoints ranging from the common man to the leaders of worlds and the inhabitants of others, this volume provides a kaleidoscope of possibilities for your consideration.
Using the flash fiction format, originally attributed to Hemingway and gaining popularity as a medium for visceral storytelling in a minimum of words, interspersed with short fiction pieces, this collection will take you far from today to places you may not be comfortable in, but will be glad you visited. Food for thought and imagination in stories that can be read individually during moments of leisure time in this increasingly hectic world.
'Destinies' is my first volume of science fantasy flash and short fiction. It contains all of my 2010 and most of my 2011 stories that appeared on 365 Tomorrows and my deviantART page. (The stories included that are currently online are hyperlinked from the contents list below.)
It is a 230 page perfect bound A5 format volume on heavyweight recycled paper with a laminated colour cover.
Thanks to SimonJM for letting me use a piece of his original art for the cover. All rights to the original work remain with him.
The ebook is available for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad and several other formats from Smashwords. Click HERE for the Destinies page over there.
For Apple devices via iBookstore or iTunes, click HERE.
The paperback edition is £8. To order a copy, click HERE and then scroll down the page to find Destinies.
Introduction: Shapes of Things • Transit • 262 • Contact • Going Steady • Back to the Weapons • Pipeline • Cerberus • Future Past • Mercy •
Hello World • Delegate • WO:NC • The Nature of the Beast • Colossus • Coffee • Which Way is Up • Little Foxes • Orbital Decay • Speeding •
Once Bitten • Riph • Catch • Tongues • Groundskeeper • One Vision • Treasure Hunt• Escapist • Goldrush • Pour Me • Reset • Genesis •
Refuge • Everybody Needs • Silverback • Write • Terror Trade • Revelation • Chores • Phalanx • Broken • Adapt • Neighbours • Hair of the Dog •
The Oldest Game • Matches • Hacked Off • Goggle Box • A Warrior’s Path • Knights • Snowman • Hostages • If You Go Down to the Woods* •
Omissions • Open Sesame • Stationary • Ee I Ee I Oh • Coil • New World Border • Streetlife • Service or Silence • Colony 91 • Dog of War •
Toymaster • Memoriam • Tools of the Trade • Cold Smoke & Warm Tentacles • Resistance • Homecoming • Skid • Sundown
* 'If You Go Down to the Woods' is not included in the ebook edition due to a currently unfixable problem with the special font that is unfortunately integral to the story.
Copyright 2013 Julian M. Miles