September ACLU Fundraiser: “Trading Worlds”

The 2017 ACLU Short Story Fundraiser continues, this month with “Trading Worlds” and a cover crafted by artist Jeff Dillon:

Trading Worlds cover

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It’s September 11, 2001. I turn thirty and the world gets a little older, too.

As with all of the fundraisers, this story is only available for one month and costs $1.99. Please buy the story and spread the word!

August ACLU Fundraiser: “Bobby”

Last month, a long title. This month, a very short one. Meet “Bobby.”

Bobby cover

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Bobby’s life is a story of tragedy and privilege. Of death and victory. Of defeat and faith. See it from the inside.

As with all of the fundraisers, this story is only available for one month and costs $1.99. Please buy the story and spread the word!

August ACLU Fundraiser DELAYED

Hey, all! Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the August story will not be available today. It will be up later in the week. Apologies.

In the meantime, check out the cover:

Bobby cover

July ACLU Fundraiser: “The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition)”

Weird, long title, eh? Read the story — it’ll make sense. I promise.

Life Cycle of Stars cover

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With her son now in school, bored stay-at-home mom Heather no longer needs to stay at home. At the local university, she starts auditing classes, looking for something to do as her husband desperately tries to turn his garage band into something more. She studies cinema and literature and then astronomy.

Where she meets Jamie.

In the life cycle of stars, ignition is dangerous, powerful, and necessary. In the life cycle of Heather, it can be all of these, and more.

As with all of the fundraisers, this story is only available for one month and costs $1.99. Please buy the story and spread the word!

ACLU Bonus: “Four Minutes”

Of the six stories published thus far for my series of ACLU fundraisers, the one that’s gotten the biggest reaction has been April’s “Four Minutes.”

As a result, I’ve decided to put it back on sale for the foreseeable future, so that people who missed it can have another shot at it. The new price is $2.99, to give even more money to the ACLU.

Download it, read it, and spread the word!

 

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS STORY GO TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!Four Minutes cover

The place: The suburbs.

The time: Tomorrow, maybe.

The situation: Ray is just trying to get by in the newer, greater America. With a wife and a new baby, he can’t afford to get mixed up in politics or the fight for civil liberties. But as the world shrinks and darkens around him, Ray finds that the safe harbor he’s crafted for himself and his family may not be big enough or strong enough to stand.

And then one night, there’s a knock at the door. Now there’s nowhere to hide, and soon Ray will have to make the hardest decision of his life.

With cold, relentless precision, Barry Lyga explores a future that is too close for comfort in what might be his darkest, most disturbing work to date.

“Four Minutes” may, indeed, be the most brutal thing I’ve ever written. And that’s saying something.

You can find “Four Minutes” here: