Ab Terra 2021 edited by Yen Ooi an Dawn Ostlund

Ab Terra 2021

edited by Yen Ooi and Dawn Ostlund


Ab Terra Books • Release Date: May 3, 2022

Print ISBN: 978-1-948559-79-9 • Ebook ISBN: 978-1-948559-75-1

Brain Mill Press offers Ab Terra 2021 in ebook and trade paperback editions. Ebook buyers receive access to MOBI (Kindle), EPUB, and PDF files, offered without DRM restrictions. Print book buyers receive a physical copy of the book and access to the ebook files in all formats.

Ab Terra 2021 delivers the second installment of an annual short story anthology that seeks to recreate the feeling of the moment when we first laid eyes on our world through stories of science fiction belonging to all, from Earth. Twelve stories from both emerging and recognized science fiction authors offer diverse cultural perspectives and provide readers with journeys that in one way or another are “from Earth,” even if home is far, far away.


Fountains of Paradox by S. D. Campbell

A scientist-turned-monk is invited back to rescue the project that defined his career.

The Somerset Provision by Thomas Pace

A team of inventors tries to figure out why their wildly popular humanoid robots are self-destructing.

Weightless by Thomas Badlan

A woman perfectly suited to her space station home is forced to decide whether to join colonists returning to Earth.

Aloha by Gavin Boyter

When conservative politics gets in the way of communication with a friendly alien race, a father and daughter say good-bye.

Planets without Borders by Jonathan Worlde

A lawyer representing a refugee from an unfamiliar planet is surprised to discover the alien has an agenda.

The Zero Manuscript by Stephen Flight

A researcher’s connection to an ancient manuscript prompts her to take unexpected risks.

The Cult of Venus by Dylan Connell

When a programmer becomes fascinated with a sculpture of Aphrodite, his world quickly spins out of control.

Meta-Shanghai by Angus Stewart

A diarist explains how his virtual city became a force to be reckoned with.

What These Hands Dare Touch by Mark Edwin Elgersma

The son of the scientist famous for popularizing palmistry struggles with the future written on his hands.

The Time Traveler by Susan M. Breall

A thirteen-year-old discovers time travel and the secrets his own family keeps.

Mama Tried by Michael A. Clark

A flight crew en route to Mars struggles to understand inexplicable phenomena.

The Arcade by Janelle Blasdel

In a world where memories are easily deleted, a young woman has to decide what to keep and what to let go of.


Yen Ooi is a writer and editor—2023 Hugo Award finalist—whose works explore cultural storytelling and its effects on identity. She is obsessed with science fiction, where she excavates stories to expose and explore permutations of culture across the genre. Yen is author of Rén: The Ancient Chinese Art of Finding Peace and Fulfilment, narrative designer on Road to Guangdong, as well as author of Sun: Queens of Earth (novel) and A Suspicious Collection of Short Stories and Poetry (collection). When she hasn’t got her head in a book, Yen also lectures, mentors, and plays the viola.

Dawn Ostlund writes stories about technology’s effect on rituals and traditions around the world. She holds an MA in Politics, Media and Performance and an MA in Creative Writing.


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