Main Fiction: Unexpected Launch, by Alan Baxter
(Originally published in Anywhere But Earth anthology by Coeur De Lion Publications)
Gareth stared, open mouthed, at flames blooming massive and silent against a backdrop of stars. Bright, molten debris spun out from orange and black clouds, folding in on themselves without more oxygen to fuel them. Then the deep black of space, an ocean of dark, twisted debris and the sound of Dean vomiting.
Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He is the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) published by HarperVoyager Australia, and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2) from Gryphonwood Press. He co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, with David Wood. Alan also writes short fiction with more than 50 stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France. His short fiction has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction (forthcoming), Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010 and 2012). He has twice been a finalist in the Ditmar Awards.
Alan lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog and cat. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – www.warriorscribe.com – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.
Narrator: Nikolle Doolin
Nikolle is a writer and a voice actor. Her fiction, poetry, and plays have been published and performed; and her voice has appeared in various mediums. Nikolle narrates classic literature in her podcast Audio Literature Odyssey and also narrates contemporary stories for Tales to Terrify, Far-Fetched Fables, Crime City Central, and the NoSleep Podcast. To learn more about Nikolle, visit her website at www.nikolledoolin.com.