A selection of short, medium and long reads, all free.
Once Upon a Time in Second Life®
A work in progress for several years now, Once Upon a Time in Second Life is a collection of long short stories set in our favourite virtual world. Two of them have been published on this blog.
Len wants out of his virtual relationship with Swellen, but he doesn’t want to be the bad guy.
Nicholas finds out his attractive line manager has an SL account, and tracks her down in the metaverse.
The Avatar Dining Club Mysteries
A series of short stories about The Avatar Dining Club, a group of metaversians who meet in real life each month for a meal and a virtual world mystery.
Builder Raw Concrete has had his social alt outed by a friend. But how did she work it out? [Originally published on The Virtual Review.]
Club host Edward brings a virtual guest to the meeting, a man who’s been caught in an affair by some photos that should have been impossible to take.
Peacemaker can’t work out how a friend of hers managed to be in two places in the metaverse at the same time. [Originally published on Virtual Writers’ World.]
Jennifer’s guest asks the club for help in proving that an automated avatar is actually a human pretending to be a bot.
Much to Edward’s dismay, Rainy’s guest demands evidence that her metaverse girlfriend isn’t a man in real life. [Originally published on The Virtual Review.]
Indigo recounts the toe-curling incident that introduced her to her business partner.
Board game maker Deadly Number seeks the group’s help in explaining the inexplicable disappearance of his Christmas table.
Shoemaker Twenty-six Bournemouth can’t understand why his virtual world girlfriend thought he didn’t show up for a date. According to him, he absolutely did.
Juniper July tries to figure out why a blog editor paid her for a review which he then never published.
Rainy September tries to work out why she’s heard nothing from Deadly Number, ever since his declaration of love to her.
Celebrity metaverse blogger Emilia Checkpoint fumes over a friend’s apparent betrayal.
The Adventures of Hard Luck
Luck is hired by an avatar who believes her metaverse husband is plotting to kill her in real life.
Fistsmasher Jenkins hires Luck to check out the apparent death of his virtual girlfriend… after he just paid her a considerable sum of money.
Violet Shrinking hires Luck to follow her metaverse lover.
Luck is hired by a particle physicist to investigate a poltergeist.
Luck follows his mark to a dance bar, in search of a password.
Nightclub owner Honeycomb Crumbled hires Luck to check out her suspicion that her competitor is hiring people to act as her customers.
A bullet with his name on it sends Luck on his last case ever, an investigation into the world of avatar death.