Lucas Bale

Award-Winning Speculative Fiction Author

An anthology containing stories by some of the most exciting new speculative fiction authors working today: S. Elliot BrandisJ.S. CollyerS.W. FairbrotherMichael Patrick HicksHarry MannersNadine Matheson and Alex Roddie. And myself, obviously.

Stories From Which There is No Escape.

Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off. Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home.

A soldier trapped in an endless war, dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction. 

In rural 70’s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own. 

A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet's suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same program and shouldn’t be there at all.

A depressed woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses. 

An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder a woman, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist. 

These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.

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Strong, dramatic and thought-provoking stories, all with a powerful take-home message.
— E.E. Giorgi, author of the award-winning bestseller Chimeras
This anthology has a great premise. The unifying theme of being stranded grabbed my attention immediately, and the myriad ways that the authors explored the theme kept me interested all the way through. Every story was interesting, well-written, and utilized the theme in a different way. I really appreciated that diversity; reading a book-full of people simply stuck somewhere over and over would have been nowhere near as wonderful.
— S.E. Lehenbauer
The entire anthology, No Way Home, when taken as a collective whole, is great. The range of stories runs the gamut between psychological horror to science fiction action adventure. Each author took the theme of ‘no way home’ and did something unique and enjoyable. I was impressed by the authorial chops that came together for this compilation along with the sheer volume of ideas expounded upon.
— Anthony Vicino
When I first read the premise of these short stories, I thought it both an interesting and a hard theme to pull off in short story form. Establishing a concise and well-formulated beginning, middle and end is always a challenge when writing shorts, but the “No Way Home” theme invites the use of elaborate back stories and complicated plots that require a deftness of writing not all authors possess. Thankfully, this cast of writers were up to the task.
— Amazon Review
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All words copyright Lucas Bale, 2015