About Far, Far Away:
In a land far, far away… In a distant galaxy… Once upon a time…
These are all ways to begin fantastical tales of love and adventure. Gateways into the realms of imagination. In this anthology, we bring together authors from all over this world to transport you into the worlds they’ve created.
Travel through space and experience infinity three hours at a time. Explore dangerous caverns for the source of a deadly disturbance. Get stranded on a mysterious island from which no one returns, then learn to survive on a distant planet while you hope for rescue.
In this far-reaching, magical collection love allows you to see in colour, time is vast but fragile, and changing minds and hearts in Ancient Rome is only one stop on an epic journey across time, space, and reality.
My name is Justine Alley Dowsett, and I had the privilege and honour to not only help select all the stories that appear in the Far, Far Away Anthology, but also to help shape them through editing and put them all together in what I hope you will agree turned out to be a beautiful collection.
The theme of the anthology is experienced through its many settings. We wanted to showcase the imaginative worlds created by talented authors from all over so that you, the reader, could go on a journey through time, space, and reality without ever leaving whatever comfortable spot you chose to settle down with this book. In that, we think we’ve succeeded.
This anthology was a team effort. From the contest entrants, the judges, the winning authors, the editors, and myself to you, the readers. It took all of us to complete. In it, you’ll get to experience space travel, other planets, love like you’ve never seen it, time travel, fate, and the fight to survive. The stories vary in length, theme, setting, and style and no two are alike.
We hope you’ll take a chance on these seven stories and escape with us into the worlds these fantastic authors have created. We promise, it’ll be worth your time.
Bio: Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of ten novels and counting, and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and occasionally role-playing with her friends.
Stories Included in the Anthology:
“Piece of Mind” by L.R. Braden
Read an Excerpt:
It’s 2021. The pandemic drags on and we’re all stuck inside. Blegh. Reality sucks.
So why not take this opportunity to escape into fiction?
A year ago we ran a contest and we asked writers to submit stories set in other times, places, and versions of reality. Then we had our judges pick the best ones to include in this anthology.
Therefore, the seven stories you are about to read are windows into other worlds, but also into the minds of eight extremely creative and talented individuals. We’ve included their bios and a few words from each of them so you can get to know the people who have created such imaginative stories to take us far, far away, if only for a little while.
So pack your bags, or don’t because you won’t be needing them for this journey. Instead, sit back, relax, and turn the page to find distant galaxies, alien cultures, mysterious magical islands, unknown planets, the value of colour, the fragility of time, and the fickle nature of fate.