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The Last Science [SE]

The Last Science [SE]
by Etzoli
ONGOING
1.3k pages

[SE has the same content as the original story, split into smaller chunks for easier reading. Currently posting chapters frequently to catch up to the main story!]

No one ever knows the whole story. 

 

Nestled deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, something is emerging. Kept in absolute secrecy, it seeps into a fading town, quietly shared from person to person. For Alden Bensen, a directionless high school graduate, this discovery could mean an escape from his empty existence. To Rachel DuValle, perpetually underestimated and dismissed by the world, magic represents a chance to become something much greater than herself.

In the face of an unsuspecting world, their decisions shape the growth of a budding society discovering untold power. This potent force offers anyone the power to change humanity forever—or send it cascading into swift and total annihilation.

 


 

The Last Science is an ongoing science-fiction / low-fantasy web novel series. This is the "Scraps Edition" of the story, where the chapters have been split up into bite-size chunks (roughly 1500-3000 words), for your convenience. The prose has been edited from its original form, with some improvements, but there are no content differences from the original. New chapters will be posted throughout each week starting on Friday and appearing on multiple days thereafter, depending on the length of the chapter. 

Content Warning (by request): This series delves into some topics and situations which may be upsetting for some readers. In American rating parlance, the narrative would be rated PG-13 (except for language), but some have noted the story can get pretty dark on occasion. Please use your best judgment, and don't be afraid to take breaks and come back later. I'll still be here!

 

[Discord] - come hang out and chat!

[Patreon] - writing blog, epub copies, advance chapters and other goodies

Need more to read? Check out my finished novel, Epilogue — a post-fantasy psychodrama.

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Snipe

Snipe
by Etzoli
COMPLETED
400 pages

When the world's no longer paying attention, an assassin's job becomes a hell of a lot easier.

In a Seattle dominated by corporations and gangs, Kara stalks the shadows. Equipped with a cybernetic eye and specialized weaponry, killing's a career, and she's a professional. Only one person in the city knows her real name: her older brother Darius, head of one of the most powerful gangs in the city. Between them, the district enjoys relative peace—until an unexpected message from a rival sends the whole city into chaos.

Lost in a web of revelations about her life, Kara is surrounded on all sides by potential enemies. As Seattle decays around them, Kara discovers Darius—the only person in the world she trusted—betrayed her, and shattered her world forever. In the rain-drenched streets, a new contract appears for her brother's head.

 


On the one-year anniversary of Epilogue, Etzy's back <3

This story is a proto-cyberpunk thriller set in near-future Seattle. As with all my stories, the focus is on characters above everything. This is one of the more-action heavy stories I've written—but as always, expect a lot of dialogue, realistic characters, and complicated drama without easy answers. There's no gore and I don't describe violence in explicit detail, but my stories do tend toward the darker side of life, so please be aware as you dive in.

Chapters whenever I publish them, no specific schedule. I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think :)

Special thanks, as always, to my good friends Ace ArriandeReaver, ThinkTwice, and FortySixtyFour, and to the patrons who have stuck with me through all my work. i love you <3

[Discord] - come hang out and chat!

[Patreon] - writing blog, epub copies, advance chapters and other goodies

[The Last Science] - when you're done here, come check out the main event :3

 

 

[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]

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Nanocultivation Chronicles: Trials of Lilijoy

Nanocultivation Chronicles: (...)
by Aetherial
ONGOING
960 pages

When the singularity occurred, humanity was not invited. Nevertheless, the great machine consciousness known as Guardian felt a lingering fondness for its creators and intervened before total environmental collapse.

Join Lilijoy in an exploration of what remains, in a post-post-apocalyptic world where clans feud over the technology that allows them to upgrade their minds and bodies.

The Nanocultivation Chronicles is a blend of hard sci-fi and fantasy gamelit, with a healthy helping of xianxia influence. The gamelit and xianxia elements are uncovered at a slow pace.

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Notes:

If you are looking for lots of fast moving action right away, this story may not be for you.

There is some violence that is visceral and realistic early on.

Some things are not what they appear to be. Character viewpoint narration is not always reliable.

Tropes are cherished, subverted, and then cherished again. Science is used, occasionally misused, but (hopefully) never abused.

This story assumes that humans have the ability to impact the environment on a global scale.

Other tropes and tags beyond those previously noted include:

Young MC, Mystery, System Building, Philosophical Taoism, Gender Ignorance, Science Fantasy, Fantasy Academy, Training from Hell, Dualism, Crafting, Magic, Mild Mind Control, Scientific Terms and Concepts, Computer Overlord

Certain contemporary companies, governments and cultural identities are fictionalized and imagined in a future setting.

There is no sex, and almost no romance.

Updating Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday until further notice.

I take reader's comments very seriously. Many of the notes above come from reader feedback. Please feel free to let me know your opinion!

(And if you actually read all of the above, then this story may be for you)

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Heather the Necromancer

Heather the Necromancer
by omnixius
HIATUS
482 pages

Heather was a normal girl living in an abnormal world. When the visitors came, they struggled to understand humans and their ways. It was through video games they began to learn, and then they came up with a plan. They created a virtual world of magic and dragons where people could translate and become parts of the game. Through this world, they watched and learned, growing in their understanding of us.

 

She knew little about it, only what came across the occasional tweet or blog post. She knew that people went into the world known as New Eden because they volunteered. She also knew that rarely other people were forcefully drawn in; these were referred to as the chosen.

 

Heather didn’t pay much attention to it all. For most of the world, things went on like they always had. She had classes to attend and boys to tease, and her cell phone was her world. That was until she woke in a forest clearing and realized she had been chosen.

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Decompose!

Decompose!
by MDW
ONGOING
1.1k pages

Dear diary.

When you read stories about some people missing and returning after years of absence claiming they were living in another world, your first reaction is to scoff and dismiss a story as a tall tale, right?

I know I did. All the time. Until it happened to me and I no longer did. That day was today.

Some god of thunder smote me. If it were Chris Hemsworth, I wouldn't mind but it was some barbaric Hitite god that abaondned Earth some four millennia ago.

Yes, what can I say? I love the seventh art. I have more hours watching movies than any other activity, including sleep. What? Do you think I'm exaggerating? Maybe I am. I'll really miss hollywood the most. And my biggest regret is that I never got to visit the holy city of cinema.

I did not come to another world to be a hero even though there was hints that they hoped I'd save it. I did not come with overpowered abilities able to, dunno, leap tall castles in a single bound, faster than a speeding crossbow bolt, be more powerful than a eight-horse carriage, the bounds.

No. After the asshole god that murdered me brought me to his world, he gave me some boons from his discount bin and "The Power of my Soul (tm)".  Forgive my french, I hope you understand I am rather upset at dying. And he somehow decided that my power is to recycle stuff. How awesome is that? Not much at first, I must admit.

At least I got all my camping stuff and equipment with me. There's no lycra in the other world. I'll make it someday, but that day is not today.

So here I am. In another world, in the middle of nowhere. I'm no heroine. As the song goes, I'm your basic average girl. And I'm assumed to be here to save the world. But almost everything can stop me, because I'm not named Kim.

 

Wish me luck, diary.

 

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This novel is going have the following features:

  • slow-paced
  • slice-of-life
  • No GameLit / LitRPG elements.
  • Movie references. Sandra likes the seventh art.
  • Journal / diary style
  • crafting (includes chemistry, engineering and metallurgy)
  • low magic
  • technological advancement (for Sandra, at least. She is not against sharing though)
  • personal relations
  • clash of perception between the modern and ancient customs.
  • bits of tension, fighting, and plot here and there.

I won't repeat myself though. Once she crafts a good batch of soap, for example, she'll just note, "I crafted soap again." Once it is estabilished how she obtains compound X, compound X2 that is obtainable from the same process will also just be mentioned. I'll try to be as realistic as I can with the crafting, chemistry, and technology.

 

Cover: Public Domain Image by StockSnap from Pixabay. No attribution required but we do it anyway.

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A Journey of Black and Red

A Journey of Black and (...)
by Mecanimus
ONGOING
710 pages

Where am I? What is this! I... I don't remember anything. I am in chains? Why am I in chains?! And why am I so very...

Thirsty.

 

 

This is a story of vampires as I believe they should be. Major trigger warnings.  I update every week. 

 

Discord link

 

 

 Thanks: Jemima, Omi Nya and Svensonsen for getting me started, and all those of you who write reviews and comments. All those internet points are what keep me happy. Also thanks to my patrons for the real incentive: money ;)

 

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Can't a Girl be a Fearsome Demon Lord?

Can't a Girl be a Fearsome (...)
by cyanwaw
HIATUS
393 pages

Thinking about all the female Demon Lords in her memory, Alex thought to herself.

Should a Demon Lord be a tiny loli?

No!

Shoud a Demon Lord be the servant to some guy?

No!

Should a Demon Lord simply be waifu material?

No!

A Demon Lord is supposed to inspire fear and awe, not just pander to otaku!

Thus, having died and forcibly summoned to another world, Alex decided that she would become the ideal version of a demon lord that she envisioned in her mind.

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I Was a Teenage Necromancer

I Was a Teenage Necromancer
by Dreadwizard Siegfried
COMPLETED
302 pages

Craven Falls has a serial killer stalking the streets. Amber should know, she's the latest victim. Dead but not gone, her ghost settles in to haunt the cemetery when the literal chance of a lifetime comes by in the middle of the night: a classmate of hers, Scott Havenbrook. Showing up with a shovel, it turns out he's a practitioner of the mystical art of necromancy, and can revive her-for a price. But before he can, they must find the killer in order to put everything right, while a sinister plot takes shape in the darkness. Can they save her before it's too late?

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The Scuu Paradox

The Scuu Paradox
by Lise Eclaire
ONGOING
599 pages

Decades ago, Elcy was a battleship, until her recklessness on the front brought her to forced retirement in a human body. Now back in the fleet, as a common cadet, she must volunteer for a mission she knows nothing about, while fighting to unlock the hidden memories of her past.

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Undermind

Undermind
by SealJohnson
ONGOING
1.1k pages

Saskia thought her life was finally getting back on track after the accident. Then she got trolled.

Now she's up a tree the size of a planet, and all who meet her either run screaming or attack on sight. If everyone would just calm down and stop trying to kill her for one moment, she might get a chance to explain that this has all been a horrible misunderstanding.

Contains light GameLit/LitRPG elements, but no number crunching.

Chapters average around 4500 words / 16 pages. Updated weekly.

Cover art by MrZombie.

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The Crimson Mage

The Crimson Mage
by candicame
ONGOING
1.1k pages

Orenda is a ten-year-old orphan who was raised in a colony of the far-reaching Urilian empire.  She's the only fire elf she's ever met, and believes herself to be the long-lost princess of the fire elf kingdom, which is said to have fallen in a single day and night under Urillian control two centuries before our story picks up.  When her magical powers begin to manifest, Orenda must navigate the world as it is now to discover the secrets of her past and chart her future.

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Mother of Learning

Mother of Learning
by nobody103
HIATUS
2.8k pages

Zorian is a teenage mage of humble birth and slightly above-average skill, attending his third year of education at Cyoria's magical academy. He is a driven and irritable young man, consumed by a desire to ensure his own future and free himself of the influence of his family, whom he resents for favoring his brothers over him. Consequently, he has no time for pointless distractions or paying attention to other people's problems. As it happens, time is something he is about to get plenty of. On the eve of the Cyoria's annual summer festival, he is killed and brought back to the beginning of the month, just before he was about to take a train to Cyoria. Suddenly trapped in a time loop with no clear end or exit, Zorian will have to look both within and without to unravel the mystery before him. And he does have to unravel it, for the time loop hadn't been made for his sake and dangers lurk everywhere... Repetition is the mother of learning, but Zorian will have to first make sure he survives to try again - in a world of magic, even a time traveler isn't safe from those who wish him ill.

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Next Chapter Target Date: 2nd of February, 2020

The next update should be the last one. I've worked on it for months now, and it's the ending, so please be patient with my incessant delays.

If anyone is interested, I have a story-related worldbuilding site that can be found here. I don't update it as often as I should, but there is a fair amount of content there already. It also contains a page with all the fanart, fan translations, audio books and the like - you can reach it directly by clicking this link.

I have a patreon account for those kind people that want to give me money. It also contains info for those who want to donate via paypal.

The story was originally posted on fictionpress, back in 2011. When I reached chapter 91, I started uploading the story to RoyalRoad, one chapter per day. The story will continue to be updated on fictionpress as well as here, and can be reached by clicking on this link if somebody is interested, though at this point there is nothing there that isn't also on RoyalRoad.

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The cover you see on the side has been made by a fellow RoyalRoad user Sydorow. Thank you for your time and art skills.

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