In the near future, the corporations that rule society treat their citizens like products and tools. People live to work and work to live, but not everyone—some people prosper on the fringe, some thrive as thorns in the paws of the corporate lions . . .
Juliet just wants to get a ride home from her double shift at the scrapyard when something bizarre and horrifying happens, something that throws her into the crosshairs of Western Bio Dynamics, a mega-corporation out of Phoenix that would just as soon dissect a person as interview them.
She didn’t ask for the stolen, illegal tech that falls into her hands, but she accepted it. Now she needs to find a way to skip town, find a way to hide from WBD until she figures out a plan. She has to learn to live in the shadows, to work outside the corporate system, and to deal with the sundry characters, honorable and nefarious, inhabiting that world.
Join Juliet as she works to improve herself physically, mentally, and in reputation. She has a lot of learning to do and will face many challenges along the way, from synthetic bounty hunters to double-crossing operators, to struggles with her own long-held beliefs about right and wrong.
Can one scrapyard welder stand up to the big corporations? Can she find a way to not only survive but also make a name for herself? Keep reading to find out . . .
New chapters every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (3,000 to 5,000 words each.)
Patreon: My works in progress have 15+ advance chapters available on Patreon.
Cover designed by MiblArt
Milo lives in a steel cave within a man-made mountain of steel and concrete. He spends his days repairing the machinery that keeps the habitat livable and tinkering with the prosthetics that help his twisted body move about through the small tunnels and air shafts that are his world. He's as much a piece of discarded machinery as the equipment he keeps running.
Given a chance at being someone different will he become a hero and live in the sunlight? The light beckons, but there are secrets buried in the ground. Ancient mysteries left by races that delved deep and stayed below. Maybe only a tunnel rat could find them?
And thanks to the artist of that handsome rat for inspiration. Find more of her work here: https://www.deviantart.com/watch/memymine/deviations
WELCOME TO THE RETROFUTURE!
The Future That Never Was features an alternate space age where the Soviets colonized the belt before David Bowie sang Life on Mars; where rogue AIs took over the web; where pizza came in cans. Humankind couldn’t dream of a more exciting future. Yet, as foolishness eventually turned Earth into a nuclear wasteland, shadows began to conspire from the heart of the Moon to beyond the mysterious Planet Nine…
This book series is an extended universe which includes numerous R-rated titles. All of them will be uploaded on Royal Road for free. Check the Index or the list below for the main stories.
🐈 KITTY KITTY - Completed - READ
Join sassy space cat Lee and his Desert Eagle-toting, soda-swigging human partner, Ali, in a future stuck in the late 80s/early 90s. Board the dynamic duo’s ship, the mythical Kitty, as they bounty-hunt their way through a dystopian solar system—so lock and load, and shout Cowabunga! because it’s crime-fightin’ time!
🪐 PACHINKO BLUES - Back in April! - START READING
Amid the chaos of the Rings Civil War, a disgraced pilot finds himself tangled in a vast vendetta involving a megacorporation, android mercenaries and data-cartels. From Saturn’s Plastic Fields to the fringes of Kuiper, his violent redemption is an 80s-esthetic space western filled with tears, blood and... ducks?
Other stories related to the first arc of The Future That Never Was:
• RADIO FREAK - Standalone biopunk short story featuring Ali Koviràn, the Data Maiden and Bill Murray
• STELLAR PATRIOTS - Short special with Braun Kamirov, linking KITTY KITTY and the book series
• DATA ONE & DATA ZERO - 2023
• CYBER MACHO - TBA
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Life is rough. Jobs are non-existent. And far too many people live in poverty in the real world and can only find work online in VR worlds. And it's getting worse. The old internet is unusable and hacked to pieces. The new system needs AI to run things, but most of them are destroyed. Now everyone is scrambling to get into the GENESIS ENGINE, as it becomes the new global market place
Everyone wants a piece of the new game. The guilds are competing to be the first to find the dungeons and kill the biggest monster. The corporations are claiming land and putting in their online market places. Ozzy and his friends just want a paycheck.
Four friends find they are locked into five year contracts as virtual serfs in a small village, and can't go adventuring at all to gain money and buy their way to freedom. They don't have many choices. They can work as a blacksmith, barmaid and shepherd for all those years....or they can cheat and find ways they can take advantage of the system.
When they give you a mop and not a sword, you have to find the loopholes and change the rules.
In the gutters of New Vultun, the greatest megacity in the world, Avo finds himself resurrected from the clutches of death and tasked with a mission by a father he long thought dead. Now, he must rise to stop the usurpation of reality by the Eight Great Guilds that rule his world. Only by learning from his deaths and grafting newer and greater eldritch gods onto his being can he reach apotheosis and avert certain damnation.
Yet, as he ascends to claim the mantle of divinity, a question lingers... what kind of god will he become?
Now with discord access
Chapters will usually be around 2.5 to 3k words. Author no longer laying face-down. Will return to near-regular updates.
Disclaimer: Expect detailed descriptions of violence, cannibalism, and cursing.
Expect: Violence, monster mc, magitech, cyberpunk, implants, atrocities, oppression, non-human protagonist, reality-warping powers, and combined arms warfare.
Do not expect: Smut, romance, overt sentimentality.
If you develop a sudden outbreak of rash after reading Godclads, it's not the story. But go see a doctor. Just in case.
Some seek power. Some seek justice. Others seek to root out the filth lurking in the darkest of corners.
Spot was summoned from his comfortable charging pad and familiar floors to a world of magic and intrigue. After the flight of his new patrons, he is left to care for a filthy castle. During his quest to keep this new home clean, he will face demons, foreign armies, and the dreaded stairs.
All those who stand before him will be swept away. Those who follow his spotless trail will find enlightenment, purity, and a world on its knees.
Follow this wholesome vacuum on his quest to power.
Posts Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]
In space, isolation is a slow killer. Company quickens the pace.
Waking up adrift in an ancient battleground, Alex is left dazed and confused with no clue how she ended up trapped aboard a failing vessel. With only a mysterious voice in her head to guide her she must act in order to survive.
Every piece of the puzzle she collects only leads to more questions about her origins and the star she's trapped around might not be as deserted as she first thought.
All she knows for sure is that she could die at any minute, but Alex is not going to go down without a fight.
Spoilers possible in the Book 2 and 3 synopsis below.
Escaping from an angry drone graveyard with the help and sacrifice of one of her own, Alex finds herself in a fringe system populated by mankind, a species that would fear and hate her if they knew the truth.
Still, she can't wait to see the new sights and make more friends! She just has to be a little subtle about it... And maybe trade in some anti-matter nuclear warheads while avoiding genocide on a planetary scale.
War is good for Business. Business depends on Diplomacy. Diplomacy warrants... Cakes and Kebab?
Ship? Destroyed. Core? Inactive. Friends and family? Unavailable. Alex faces the consequences of her choices on a ship full of strangers. Forced to confront a civilization built on the regulation of her kind, she's forced to learn and adapt to situations she never imagined. Some see her as the key to breaking a stalemate of a decades old cold war, others as a threat that will ignite the fires of war once more.
But all Alex wants is her sister and NAI back.
Meanwhile Starlight Revolution must manage the aftermath as best they can to rebuild, repurposing available resources while reaffirming their status as an budding system power fit to endure both military and corporate interests. And hopefully keep their status as possessors and producers of regulated, mostly illegal technologies from getting too many people killed or worse...
Hope and trust. The foundation of all enterprise. No more daunting a task than to rise again, foundation cracked.
Copyright © 2023 by Erios909
An unshackled killer cyborg ends up terminating her way through...ahem ‘exploring’ fantasyland with a dungeon core power source! A lighthearted super-OP misunderstanding-filled Isekai LitRPG adventure!
A note on spinoffs and spoilers: This novel is technically a spinoff of my other novel, The Faceless Minion, however I intend for it to be standalone and so will attempt to write it in such a way that will not require you to have read the other first. There might be some slight, unavoidable spoilers in the premise if you are not fully up to date on The Faceless Minion (chapter 187 to be precise) and if you read that one first the backstory of the premise will make more sense and you will start off more invested in the MC, but it should not be necessary to enjoy this novel. With that out of the way, let’s begin!
Non-Standard Leashed-Intelligence Cybernetic Enforcer, Designation: NSLICE-00P, was your average, everyday killer cyborg enslaved to a shadow organization bent on world domination in a superhero universe…that is until she ended up getting hacked, sent back in time, and ordered to terminate her own creator!
And once she succeeded, the resulting time paradox ejected her from her reality!
Now the wayward cyborg girl/living superweapon finds herself in a strange new world…with no directives. No knowledge. No commanders. No shadow organizations. No way home.
But with new and fantastic powers.
What could possibly go wrong?
Note that though the MC has dungeon powers, we won’t be focusing on dungeon construction or management (at least to start off, later plot TBD). We’re terminating the other world, not turtling in the other world!
Schedule is as fast as I can for Writathon, afterwards whatever I feel like! (But most likely either daily or weekdays, based on what RL looks like when Writathon concludes)
[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]
Formerly titled Transmigrating Into the Main Character's Political Rival
Kayla is a burned-out college graduate who's neck-deep in student debt, stuck in a minimum-wage job, and about to be evicted from her apartment. One morning, she abruptly wakes up in the body of a short-lived villain from a web novel set in Ancient China. Now, Kayla has to deal with living in the body of a man while trying to survive as the doomed political rival of the Seventh Prince. She'd rather roll over and play dead than take on a fight, but fate and the Imperial family seem to have different plans for her. Caught in a web of political intrigue and backstabbing amidst a succession struggle between the Imperial Princes, it will take Kayla every ounce of wit she has to stay alive.
A political fantasy set in Ancient Chinese with elements of magic, transmigration, and time travel. This story will be updated every five days for the time being, we will return to the 4 day update schedule as soon as possible.
Eight Thousand Years after the Glassing of Earth, Terran Descent Humanity has largely become a post-scarcity society based on consent and enjoying life. With the discovery of another ancient race beyond the "Great Gulf", events and history collide to draw the Terran Confederacy into war against a hundred million year old empire that has always won and believes it always will. With allies and enemies of multiple species, the Orion Galactic Arm Spur will be wracked by warfare the likes of which have not been seen. Cracked, harried, wounded, and damaged, Terran Descent Humanity willfully throws itself against the universe itself.
"The universe hates you and will take away everything you love, laughing while it does so." - Terran belief.
A wiki is available (although under construction) at: https://fcgestalt.fandom.com/wiki/First_Contact_Gestalt_Archive_Wiki
Told largely from the viewpoint of other species, the story is currently ongoing. It involves graphic depictions of violence, war, adult language and situations, drug use, and other mature topics.
The story will be updated on weekdays, so keep an eye on this page for more chapters.
The story is 700+ chapters, and repeating characters do not start appearing until the Vuxten chapters. If you're in a hurry for repeating characters then this story will not be enjoyable to you. The interwoven plot is not based on a single person but the entire war, with its effects upon multiple people.
[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge for April 2022]
Strip away wants. Strip away desire, strip away dreams and hopes. When you peel it back, such things are luxuries only possible when you have first guaranteed your survival. Survival is everything, and in its pursuit, even the self may need to be stripped away for the survival of the species. Life, of her and her people, was nothing to the aliens if it was not useful. So she would be useful, she would be obedient, and she would survive. Under the control of the new rulers of her world and species, as a pawn in a conflict she could scarce comprehend, she would survive. And in this cosmic war of forces beyond her understanding, when all that is known is stripped away, survival is not just everything; it is all there is left.
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[Winner during the Royal Road Writathon Challenge October 2022]
[Winner during the Royal Road Writathon Challenge April 2022]
[Winner during the Royal Road Writathon Challenge October 2021]
(( Chapters are 5,500 words on average. Upload schedule is set to every 3rd day, consistently. You can always find my drafts and first story versions on Royal Road, are able to purchase Kindle or ebook-edition versions here, and if you want to support my work or gain further access to the world of War Queen, as well as early chapter viewing, consider donating for Discord access. Thank you, and enjoy.))
Discord Link at: TPoT link! Always up if I'm online.
Getting carved off a soul is traumatic. Getting snared by an extradimensional entity for unknown reasons is worse. Waking up in a new world that is suspiciously familiar to your favorite reading material as a kid is downright crazy, but there's been some big changes to canon...
Soul-Shard Vier wakes up in a Marvel Universe with no idea of what to do in the grand scheme... but it's a super-hero universe, and it's friendly to EVERYTHING you might try to do.
Time to not buy into comic book universe power stasis and start climbing the scales, and if you get to exploit some canon that's still relevant along the way, all the better, right?
---A Marvel Comic universe (not Cinematic!) style fanfiction, with some major differences.
---As a comic book universe, power-ups happen with great speed. Leveling meets Bestowed Great Power for Great Responsibility!
---It's a comic book universe, so the scale goes Way Up, and anything goes.
Credit to Jack of Hearts for the cover!
Updated Daily. The Power of Ten series has updated daily since 11/2019!
This is the sixth time in a row Power of Ten has satisfied the Weekly Writing Marathon, and basically holds to a pace that would satisfy the Marathon constantly 100% of the time!
Soldiers may have a lucky knife, or lucky boots, but never a lucky sword. Because all swords are lucky, and it's all the same sort of luck. It points both ways. Labeling a sword "Lucky" is taunting both the gods of fortune. The old man who plays dice, and the ladies who do not. There are only two types of soldiers who would touch such a sword. Those who don't know what the symbol meant, but if you've been a soldier long enough you know the symbols. And then there's the sort of soldier who does it anyway.
Those soldiers, if they don't die, stick close to them. Because if they don't die, then they really do have one of the gods of luck on their side. The longer they live, the tighter you stick to them. Until their luck runs out, and if it runs out in battle? Then run. There's no contract or oath worth fighting for in the face of that omen, child. Because if a Soldier of Fortune dies, then either the Old Man is rolling his dice or the Ladies are clipping their threads.
And if they're working together? Then you can't run far or fast enough, because the web is woven and the dice are loaded.
This is a story about a sword, a dying old man, the slave boy that he saves from bondage, and a spy. The sword's not magical, the old man isn't a hidden master, the boy is just sort of special, and the spy's not very good at her job. Yet they disrupt the status quo of a powerful Orthodox Sect and destroy a clandestine clan, shaking the foundations of an empire.
It has been ninety years since the Initialization, when Earth was inundated by a galaxy-sized cloud of nanites called Mist. With it came a system by which people could upgrade and improve themselves to superhman levels, but it came with a cost. Billions dead. A world overrun by monsters. Cities abandoned and destroyed. And over it all, powerful alien overlords await for the opportunity to swoop in and exploit Earth and its people for all their worth.
Follow Mirabelle in this post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk setting as her uncle trains her to survive in this brutal, unforgiving universe.
New chapters every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday (should be around 3000-4000 words) at 9AM CST. I hope to increase that to four chapters a week at some point, but that may be a couple of months down the road.
Urban explorer Yulia Ishenko makes a wish upon the heart of Chernobyl to make a difference in the world. Upon touching Chernobylite she is pulled into the world of magic and is reborn in a chimera village on the Edge of the Infinite Dungeon.
What are these odd, crystalline-organic chimera? What is the System? Can Yulia macgyver her litrpg System to get ahead in an alien culture, return her humanity and regain what she lost without becoming a monster herself? Can she live long enough to discover the truth behind how and why she was reincarnated? Read to find out!
A progression litrpg with wholesome characters & plentiful adventures of doom!
Dragons, Catgirls, Guns, and Magic. Oh, and the ability to stop time. What more could a modern gal want?
Well... If my past would stay locked in a dark corner back on Earth, that'd be nice.
Right. There was that one other thing. The world is coming to an end. But that seems to happen every Tuesday these days.
*LitRPG-Isekai start with a return to Earth to stop the System apocalypse goal.
Updates Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Still a first draft, but with a bunch of edits from you guys thrown in. Thanks for that.
This story is only available on RoyalRoad and my Patreon. If you find it anywhere else, please reach out to me. Thank you.
The last thing 40-year-old project manager Tori Felix remembered was scrolling through a wiki article about a dating sim game franchise while on the shinkansen. Then she was hurled forward to the sound of metal creaking, the smell of smoke, and was knocked out.
When Tori woke, she was in a lavish four poster bed with a splitting headache and in the bruised teenage body of a Marquis' arrogant daughter from the popular dating sim "The Romance of Soleil".
Problem #1: There is a possibility she's dead in her world. This meant she couldn't meet up with her friends. Also, her tickets to Universal Studios were useless now.
Problem #2: This body may be young, but weaker than her original. And where were her boobs?
Lastly, Problem #3: She now inhabited the body of Victoria de Guevera; the villainess of "The Romance of Soleil" whose final ending, according to the wiki article, was a violent death at the hands of sex slavers.
With just a few weeks before the heroine and the villainess collide, there is no time for an existential crisis. Tori took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and whispered her personal mantra:
"Assess the situation, then make a plan of action. You don't want to die like a b-tch."
[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]
In the town of Destiny, Florida (not to be confused with Destin, also in Florida), magic portals open and spew out undead horrors. A few lucky survivors discover that killing the invaders grants magic powers seemingly following popular game or comic book tropes. For Maya Wennefer that's only the beginning of her problems.
Invaders from another world, normal people realizing there are easier paths to power, the government's reaction to the new reality; surviving all that is hard, let alone becoming a superhero. As chaos spreads and stronger monsters appear, human greed may yet prove to be more dangerous than any invader.
What to expect:
Man-eating monsters, unsupervised young adults, mistakes being made, exploration of superpowers, violence, superheroics, cheaty power combos, arrogance, struggle.
Book 4, Down to the Wire, begins on February 13th!
It was going to be January 30th, but life happened, sorry!
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Caleb hasn't had a good day ever since he was abducted into outer space. The food sucks. Nobody understands a word he says. The aliens won't even let him leave his cell.
Best he can tell, he'll need to fight to escape and survive.
Confronted with hostile aliens, intent on holding him prisoner, Caleb chooses to dive headfirst among forces he can't understand. He'll either learn the eddies of the alien worlds he's stranded in, or else he'll never make it back home.
If his hallucination of one of the other abductees can be trusted, maybe they can make it through the trials before them.
At least there's no homework?
The Bridge to Forever is a place where no one ever dies. Not permanently, anyway. If a Pathfinder is killed, they respawn and attempt the innumerable trials of the Bridge all over again.
But immortality creates bad habits, and when the Pathfinders return to earth, they view human life as dispensable. Abusing their godly strength to treat mortals like dirt.
Lan is a victim of such cruelty, forced to spend years living on the brutal streets after his parents were murdered.
As he grows older, his hate for the people that killed his parents, and the Bridge that made them that way festers.
And when he finally gets the opportunity to sneak onto the Bridge himself, he only has one thing in mind.