Exotic Worlds, Unique Exhibits

From a ghost park to a time-travel penitentiary of murderers to a menagerie of Egyptian deities, Quantum Zoo presents 12 compelling stories involving 12 very different living exhibitions. Including a wonderfully atmospheric tale by Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bridget McKenna.
"Skipdrive": Alien leviathans, discovered floating in space beyond the orbit of Neptune, provoke a “space race” between the competing nations of Earth. Maintainance Chief Eliza, half-cyborg and immune to the strange side effects of the skipdrive, suspects that the first ship on the scene – hers – just made a very big mistake.

"Demon Rising": A monster lives under little Katherine’s bed. She knows he means her no harm, but would anyone else agree?

"Playing Man": Corporate executive Jordem Lun revisits Earth during his annual vacation. Maintained as a vast safari preserve, the old home planet displays gorgeous scenery and breathtaking wildlife, but something mysterious acts in its shadows.

"Serpent's Foe": Bastet, divine protectress of the gods themselves, lies defeated in a cage. Trapped in beast form, imprisoned behind bars, and confused by nightmares, she longs for freedom.

"Echoes of Earth": Tentacle-laden aliens abduct family man Bill when he steps out for an evening jog. He awakens powerless, not in the pulp-classic alien embrace, but displayed in an interstellar zoo and tormented by the diverse alien species that pass through.

All these plus A.C. Smyth's "Ignoble Deeds," Ken Furie's "The Most Dangerous Lies," and more.

Visit 12 exotic worlds on a thrilling ride through Quantum Zoo. Get your ticket now!

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For a limited time only, you can pick it up at the special introductory price of $0.99!
What are you waiting for! :D

Quantum Zoo in Paperback!

We're super excited to announce that the paperback edition of Quantum Zoo is now available! We think the book is gorgeous, and the stories inside it are as fantastic as when the ebook was released. Pick up a copy or two - one for your shelf and one to give to a friend! :D 

From a haunted old zoo filled with ghosts to a dying starship on its way to a new home - humanity's final gasp, Quantum Zoo presents a dozen compelling stories featuring a dozen exotic and unusual menageries.  

Jack the Ripper arrives for one last murder, while a dinosaur - out of place and out of time - bridges the gap between two poignant lovers in the wonderfully atmospheric England of Hugo-­ and Nebula-­nominated Bridget McKenna.  

Quantum Zoo propels you on an enthralling journey through awe and emotion, highs and lows, with tender romance following hair-­raising action. Join some of the hottest independent science-­fiction and fantasy authors writing today in the fascinating worlds they create from the zoo!  

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"What a terrific anthology! Quantum Zoo brings together a great collection of stories by both new and seasoned authors. Given only the starting concept of "zoo," each author was then allowed to explore that theme in any way they chose. The result: a head-spinning collection of amazingly inventive stories ranging from high fantasy to horror to science fiction." - Michael Major  


Morgan Johnson writes a "fast, fierce and gritty cyberpunk space lovecraftian tale. Seamlessly honed to a wicked point." 

 "Definitely a page turner, exciting, funny, and heart-wrenching at the same time. Gelner 'knocked it out of the park'!" 

 "Furie has an eye for witty detail that keeps you turning the pages. More, please!"  
 "A.C. Smyth has written a gripping, captivating page-turner... Sylas owns my heart, and his journey alternately makes me want to laugh, cry, smack him upside his stubborn head, scream, and most of all, keep reading!" 

 "McKenna's subtle style and deft handling are practically textbook perfect for short form fiction."  

Stegall "clearly loves two things: historical research and San Francisco. I'm not sure if I learned more about San Francisco or Wyatt Earp, but I had a great time in the process."  

"Batt has done it again. This story is just unfairly funny. I couldn't stop laughing, which got me plenty of odd looks in public, I'll tell you..."  

"...always fun to discover a new, talented author, and Scott Dyson is my latest find." 

 "A brilliant new fantasy concept, intelligent writing... [McCoy's] innate story-telling ability combined to produce a tale that I could not get enough of." 

 Ney-Grimm "has an ethereal sort of quality to her writing...it's almost mystical...absolutely unique, and absolutely engaging." 

 "Damn you John Hindmarsh - I am on vacation in Turkey and am waking up late every day because I start reading this book in the evening and can't put it down until 2:30AM!"  

Quantum Zoo continues to be available as an ebook. 
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The Party Starts NOW!

Update:The sun has risen and set upon June 25, 2014. Our party began with the dawn and ended at midnight. I think we, the author hosts, had as much fun as our guests! Thank you to all who participated. :D

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Quantum Zoo Party!

Quantum Zoo's book launch was very successful!
Within 24 hours, Quantum Zoo reached the top five on several of Amazon's bestseller lists. And #1 on the Hot New Releases list!

Our Invitation to You
Join our celebration here
June 25, 2014
We are giving away:
Funny Hats* 
*Perhaps not the funny hats and whistles! :D
What do you have to do to WIN?
These are just a few of the prizes:
Come visit us here June 25, 2014 and have fun! 

Quantum Zoo's Launch

Quantum Zoo has achieved lift off!

And we are celebrating!

The book released June 17th and steadily climbed three bestseller charts on Amazon.
By the next morning, it was sitting at #3 on the science fiction anthology list.

On the Hot New releases list for SF anthologies, it was...



The book will likely float up and down on the list as sales fluctuate, but this is an excellent start.

I'll say we have cause to celebrate!

How are we celebrating? That's where you come in.

We're having the party right here on this page.

On party day, we'll put up a new post, and in the comments we'll hold contests, drawings, and book giveaways of other works by the authors of Quantum Zoo.

You might win the novel Crowchanger by A.C. Smyth, an impromptu haiku poem written by Frances Stewart on the subject of the winner's choice, the chance to be named as a character in John Hindmarsh's upcoming Mark Three, my own novel Troll-magic, and more.

You’ll post. We’ll post. It’ll be fun, and you’ll likely head home with some cool reads!

The party will last all day! Pop in and out of it as the whim strikes you.

We look forward to meeting you here on this website - "Quantum Zoo Ultra"!

12 Exotic Worlds...One Convenient Ticket

Looking for a good story? Or twelve? 

Need a few enticing tales to pass the time in line at the supermarket or during your commute? Maybe you're just a fan of disgustingly evil aliens or Egyptian gods or dinosaurs.

If any of those things sound good, then we've got a treat for you.

We're proud to announce Quantum Zoo.

Why Quantum Zoo? Because that's the theme of this inaugural edition and the "prompt" that our authors used for their stories. 


The only other requirement was that the story fit somewhere within the genre realms of science fiction and fantasy. We put out an open call for submissions (thanks "Passive Voice"!) and hoped for the best.

We were blown away! We received a bunch of great stories from some amazing indie authors. Their ingenuity knew few bounds; we were consistently and pleasantly surprised by the creative directions they explored.

We did have to make some tough decisions, ending up with twelve top-notch stories that we both agreed were simply fantastic. The list of authors includes (in no particular order):

Bridget McKenna
Sarah Stegall
D.J. Gelner
A.C. Smyth
S.E. Batt
John Hindmarsh
Scott Dyson
Ken Furie
J.M. Ney-Grimm
Morgan Johnson
R.S. McCoy
Frances Stewart

Quantum Zoo will be released in early June 2014. Sign up for our mailing list (below) and we'll let you know when Quantum Zoo lifts off.

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Pick up a copy and join us on this fantastic journey!

D.J. & J.M.

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