The Alteruvium Expanse – a universe where anything and everything can and will happen.
This collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories was created by a group of authors based on a common writing prompt. The story had to be set in a system with two suns and refer to a person, corporation or entity titled “Chroneshaw”.
The result? A collaborative series of unique short stories that can be read in 90 minutes or less. Dive in to discover tales of love and loss, hope and despair.
Each story stands alone, with different characters and settings and they can be read in any order. Choose which ones take your fancy or download them all!
From Above (MK Clark)
The community used to revere a Retriever’s ability to see the past on command. But they had long since given in to fear and jealousy.
After all, no one likes a tattle-tale.
Now, Retrievers like TiaNu spend their entire lives trying to forget what they are. However, when a strange ship crashes near her home, she may no longer have that option.
In a world where no one else is supposed to exist, knowing if their unexpected visitors are a threat becomes the highest priority, but when it becomes clear that there are no survivors of the crash, this task is impossible without TiaNu. The only problem is that TiaNu isn’t so sure the personal cost is worth it, especially for a people that never gave a damn about her.
Apotheosis by E. D. Cask
The conflict between magic and technology is growing. In a world where anyone can use technology to supersede magic, Dek has been hiding in the shadows, waiting for decades to take down the tech lords. The coming conjunction of the twin suns provides the perfect opportunity to gain the power he needs to right the wrongs of the tech age.
Will he be able to defeat the notorious Dr. Croneshaw and his minions?
Alura's Gambit by J.P. Douglas
Cooper is stranded.
Stranded in a dead end sector of space.
A sector controlled by a corrupt corporation bent on scorching the entire system for profit
He’s almost out of money, and he’s low on choices. The only option is to do what he does best, find a game and make enough money to get out of there. Now, he’s in at a table with a cheat, and he’s determined to outfox the swindler before he finds himself at the mercy of the Croneshaw Corporation.
At this gaming table, nothing is as it seems, but as the jackpot grows, Cooper might have to take some action to stay in the game.
The Valley of Souls by T.S. Brothers
When a petty warlord causes the inadvertent death of General Remi Gudoux’s bonded Ami, a creature that grants him incredible powers, Remi becomes a broken man.
He wanders away from the battlefield, searching for solace in a life that had provided him none. Approached by a small stone golem, Remi falls into conversation with the creature before realizing the golem may be more than meets the eye.
A story of revenge and filled with a deep history, The Valley of Souls takes you into the world of Terremere and transports you onto the battlefield. Will Remi remain broken, or will he find his revenge?
Clockwork Titan by Jon Cronshaw
When a power-hungry lord reawakens an ancient titan, things don’t quite go to plan…
The titan’s mind forms a magical bond with an unintended new master–a lighthouse keeper’s young daughter, Anna.
Seeing through the giant’s eyes, Anna must come to terms with her new power, but with Lord Krauss willing to stoop to any depths to take control of the clockwork giant, Anna must give everything she has to keep her home and family safe.
Forgotten Worlds by Andre Jeter
Bad luck seems to follow Robert no matter what planet he escapes to. This time, his gambling habit may have gone too far. After losing a fortune to Don Capatron on Aleon, there’s no chance of him repaying the half-million credits within two weeks in return for his girlfriend Vivian.
So when a mysterious man shows up and declares that he can solve everything, Robert is skeptical. Can he turn things around by trusting this man and his outrageous request?
Red Sun Rising by Alison Ingleby
Humans are visiting Taur. But do they desire peace or war?
For the first time in Taur history, another species will set foot on their world. It is intended to be the start of an amicable relationship but Tadia suspects the humans are not quite as peaceful as they seem. As protector, it’s down to her to keep the dome safe, and the taur’s precious elladium secret.
When the visit takes a disastrous turn, it’s up to Tadia and her team to stop their technology from getting into the wrong hands. But as they race against time, Tadia realizes that the price of success may be higher than the price of failure.
Call Me M by B.K. Boes
New Haven Acropolis is an oasis under a dome—at least for the Ri, who manifest powers at a young age. For the rest, the Normals, life is just about surviving day-to-day.
Moira Venixa is a Normal girl trying to work hard enough to get her mother out of the dome-patcher chemical plant that’s slowly killing her. But Moira’s whole world is turned upside-down when her true identity is revealed.
The Ri will want to destroy her, and the Equality Alliance will want to use her. All Moira wants is revenge. With her life forfeit, she knows she must find a way out—but first, she’ll make them pay.
Gateway by Paul B Kohler
Robert Paulson and Paul Robertson have real a problem. Each of them have suffered physical or mental injuries, causing moderate cases of amnesia. Hypnosis and other experimental devices are employed—with varying levels of effectiveness—in restoring their memories.
As their past and present lives are revealed, it becomes alarmingly clear that they each think they’re in the wrong persons body. In the end, only one can exist.
Twin Lives by S.L. Mason
With only one way off a dying planet, one sister gives her twin a chance to live. The Croneshaw Corporation will only take young healthy families of reproductive age to the new colony in the asteroid belt. The impossible choice, trade places to save a family or stay on the planet and die.
Can Rachael fake being her twin long enough to save her sisters family or will she be discovered and destroy it? Will she find out too much and become another casualty? With only three weeks, everything must go perfectly to pull this off…
Asteroidea by Lynn Sheridan
It was supposed to be the discovery of a lifetime, but some things are best kept on ice…
Renowned marine biologist, Dr. Jane Crawford arrives on the frozen world of Caldwell IV to investigate an unprecedented biological discovery at a water extraction plant. Jane has devoted her life to the search for extraterrestrial life. Could she have finally found it?
She needs time to conduct her research, but the plant foreman has other ideas. He has orders to fulfil and he’s not prepared to shut down operations for a microscopic organism. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that is about to become the least of their problems.