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And the BAD POWER winner is…

Matthew Powell, for his answer to the question, “If you had a superpower, what would it be?”:


I would like the power to write competition-winning entries just by blinking, because {blink}.


What? It’s funny! Also ironic, because he did win. See?

Email me your address, Matthew, for a signed copy of BAD POWER.

And, thanks, everyone for playing!



“One of us is in prison.”

“Both of us, as it happens.”

“Yeah? What’d you do, Sheriff, land you in here with me?”

“I was the fool put on this badge.”

“They lock you up for that? This place has a temper.”

“You only just now working that out?”

– Titular story from BAD POWER


She calls herself ‘Bad’, hides out as a man and a regular human being, but she has the power to control people. If she could control more than one person at a time, she wouldn’t be in this mess. But when she’s kidnapped by bandits and forced to do their bidding, she withers around her pregnant belly, relying for her escape on a promise she extracted from a Sheriff in a town whose name she doesn’t recall. If her son’s ever born, she’ll call him Maxillius and tell him this story. But it’s fifty-fifty either one of them will live.

(P.S. If you’d still like a copy of BAD POWER, it’s available via Twelfth Planet Press & several good bookstores.)