There is No Wheel

There is No Wheel


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James Maxey's fiction has appeared in over a dozen anthologies and professional outlets such as Asimov's and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. There is No Wheel gathers the ten best of Maxey's stories in an eclectic collection mixing science fiction, urban fantasy, superheroes, and ghost stories... sometimes all in the same tale.

To the East, a Bright Star: A former circus aerialist rescues a girl from an abandoned building in the face of the ultimate natural disaster.

Silent as Dust: A tale of Seven Chimneys, a haunted house with one ghost too many.

Final Flight of the Blue Bee: The Blue Bee's former sidekick, Stinger, is released from prison after forty years with a scheme to finally find the justice he deserves armed only with a venom gun, a suitcase full of twenties, ten million bees, and a hostage.

Empire of Dreams and Miracles: In the future Atlantis, the city provides for all needs. Men live with no fear of poverty, disease, or death. But what is left of a human life once all the great struggles are gone?

Return to Sender: Crystal Lance is a half-breed angel assigned to root out a demonic cult in a small college town. The monks who've raised her have trained her in martial arts and taught her the true names of the 7,777 heavenly powers. But can Crystal's holy mission survive the temptations of coffee, pizza, her first kiss, and Elvis?

Pentacle on His Forehead, Lizard on His Breath: A junkie uses drugs and magic to search for his dead father. Will he still be sane enough to deal with the consequences when his dead father finds him?

To Know All Things That Are In the Earth: In the aftermath of the Rapture, a scientist attempts to understand the mind of God through the autopsy of an angel.

Echo of the Eye: In a town of famous for its barbeque, Kidd is a vegetarian. Mostly.

Where Their Worm Dieth Not: Atomahawk! She-Devil! Retaliator! The most powerful members of the Law Legion must unite to thwart the villainous scheme of the Prime Mover, until Retaliator discovers that they may be in the grip of an even more insidious evil.

Perhaps the Snail: A young woman is invited back to the trailer of her pop-star idol for a sexual encounter involving a silver tray, a wine bottle, a pistol, a large pink snail, and sudden mystic glimpse at the entirety of creation.

Edmund Schubert, editor of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, where three of these stories were first published, writes in the introduction: "One thing about James: he pushes boundaries, and he pushes them hard. ... James's stories require a strong mind and strong stomach. They're freaky weird and hauntingly honest at the same time."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732553705
Publisher: James Maxey
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

James Maxey’s debut novel was the superhero tale Nobody Gets the Girl. This was followed by a fantasy trilogy, Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed, another superhero novel (Burn Baby Burn) and his latest fantasy series, the Dragon Apocalypse. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and over a dozen anthologies, most recently appearing in the superhero anthology Masked. His ghost story "Silent as Dust" was reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2009. In 2008, James taught at the Odyssey Fantasy Writer's Workshop as a guest lecturer. For more information about James and his writing, visit

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