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Story ideas, teasers, and short stories

About the Book

This book is a bit... different.

It's not exactly a collection of standalone short stories. Although it also isn't not such a collection. Some of the stories you'll read here are meant to be standalone, meaning there's no more thought in them beyond what you read here. Much of what you'll read, however, are ideas for stories. They're the prologue, the first chapter, or some other initial "chunk" of the story. They may, over time, evolve into full novellas or novels.

About the Author

Don Jones
Don Jones

Don Jones has been in the IT industry since the mid 1990s, and has been a recipient of Microsoft's "Most Valuable Professional" Award since 2003. He's a co-founder of and The DevOps Collective, and a Curriculum Director for online video training company Pluralsight. Don authored some of the first books ever published for Windows PowerShell, and is the co-author of Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, the bestselling entry-level book for PowerShell. Don's a sought-after speaker at technology conferences like Microsoft Ignite, TechMentor, and many more. In 2014, Don started writing fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and had produced several notable novels, including The Never: A Tale of Peter and the Fae, The Achillios Chronicles trilogy (Alabaster, Onyx, and Verdant), and Daniel Scratch: A Story of Witchkind. You can find him on Twitter @concentratedDon, or on his website, 

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
  • Leading Ideas
  • Sentinels
    • Failure
    • Recruitment
    • Bonding
    • Awakening
    • Commander
  • The Sharded World
    • Prologue
    • Chapter One
  • Apostate Space
    • Chapter One
    • Chapter Two
  • Other Ideas
  • Truthsayer
    • Chapter One
    • Chapter Two
  • World Without Fire
    • Prologue
  • Bloodlives
    • Prologue
  • Wells of Power
    • Chapter One
  • 23 and Magic
    • Chapter One
  • New Botany Bay
    • Chapter One
    • Emerald City
  • The Mysterium
    • Prologue
  • Crappy Heroes
    • Chapter One
  • Kingdoms of Chess
    • Chapter One
  • The Park
    • Prologue
    • Chapter One
    • Chapter Two
  • Shorts
  • Short: Hall of Knowledge
  • Short: Action Heroes
  • Short: Safety Recall
  • Previews
  • Preview: The Never
    • Prologue
    • The Last Battle
    • Exile
    • The Coronation
    • The Great Exhibition
    • A Jubilee
  • Preview: Alabaster
    • Prologue
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Four
  • Preview: Power Wave
    • Harbor City Herald: Another Downtown Attack
  • Preview: A History of the Galactic War
    • 2037: First Incursion
    • 2040: Discoveries
    • 2042: The Build-Up
    • 2048: Side Effects
    • 2057: Second Incursion
    • 2058: Defensive Buildup

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