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The Nex is a free, serialized online science fantasy novel by Tim Pratt, supported by donations from readers.
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“No? I didn’t know cyborgs were a race.” “We’re persecuted,” Templeton said. He glanced at Howlaa. His eyes bulged out, telescoping like spyglasses. “Howlaa, could you shed that nasty skin? A Nagalinda tore off my original arms. I don’t like … Continue reading
“He was probably lying,” Howlaa said, after I’d explained. “But not definitely lying,” Wisp said. “It’s possible.” “Not probable,” Howlaa countered. “This is Nexington-on-Axis,” Wisp said. “Home to sentient machines, hallucinogenic swamp gas, orbital love palaces, skinshifters, the Bodiless, and … Continue reading
“My Dad is dead.” I clenched my butterknife so hard it made my fingers hurt. “Oh? Really? Perhaps I’ve been misinformed. How did he die?” “A gas explosion destroyed his restaurant.” “Ahh.” The Regent sat back, crossing his hands over … Continue reading
“No way,” I said again. “I’m not going anywhere with you. You want to talk, we can do it right here.” I was pretty comfy on my rock. It was no worse than the other places I’d been hanging out … Continue reading
Two hours later we’d managed to find some wheels, but only individual unattached ones, scattered on the ground near smoking heaps of junk, which wasn’t quite what we’d had in mind. The nuclear fireball sun was still up, but it … Continue reading
Howlaa’s new form was kind of like the armored Humvee version of a Komodo dragon, big and covered in spiky plates, with a long flat snout full of fangs. It reared up on two legs and showed off four arms, … Continue reading
The fish shifted in a sudden surge of water, either from invisible currents or because of Howlaa’s slimy violence. I hauled back on the stick way too hard and the fish’s head tilted up, up, up, but I took a … Continue reading
Table of Contents: Chapter 1 * Chapter 2 * Chapter 3 * Chapter 4 * Chapter 5 * Chapter 6 * Chapter 7 * Chapter 8 * Chapter 9 * Chapter 10 * Chapter 11 * Chapter 12 * Chapter … Continue reading
We slept in a giant bird’s nest, a surprisingly soft place padded with leaves and made of what looked like whole uprooted trees. The nest perched in a pile of tumbled boulders, and Howlaa had to carry me up most … Continue reading