A Hero By Any Other Name

What does a sidekick do after retirement? What does an excellent villain do whilst he meets an evil more than himself? Is it energy that defines a hero, or anything else? All of those questions and extra are replied in A Hero through the other identify, a suite of news by means of a few of today's best-known technology fiction and delusion authors. those riveting adventures delve into the lives of a few not-so-conventional superheroes, sidekicks, and villains. This isn't all tights-and-fights, yet a glance at heroes that might ceaselessly modify your point of view on those that decide to dwell at the back of a masks. contains tales from Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Janine ok. Spendlove, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Bryan younger, Jean Rabe, R.T. Kaelin, Maggie Allen, and Ron Garner

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She asked coldly. The man of Dulcis Isle slumped down onto the stairs, swallowing. He stared at her, his face gold-green in the light. He swallowed again. Then he shouted at her. She had heard every name they could think of to shout before she had ever come to the tower. She walked up the stairs past him; he did not have the courage to touch her. She went to stand among her plants. Corbeil of Stoney Head lay where he had fallen, a little brown patch of wet earth beside his open mouth. As she looked, the sun dried it, and the first of the carrion-birds landed.

I would have stayed to watch the execution, but a sudden summer storm came up, and I fled to my hole. " said the Scarecrow. "Oh, anyone can ask," said the Fox. "No doubt the Crow would have asked for my charity if she'd been able to squeeze breath through her gullet. " The Scarecrow didn't know. He tried to close his eyes to squeeze out the sight of the gallows tree in the next field over, but his eyes were painted open. He tried not to listen to the Fox, but his ears were painted open. He tried to still the beating in his chest, but he couldn't; this was because a family of Mice had discovered the Scarecrow and were exploring him as a possible home.

We were bold. Nonetheless the voyage was a disaster. A northeaster roared down on us like a herd of drunken whales and swept us far off course. We missed our landfall —Ireland — by at least two hundred miles and carried past into the open Atlantic. Eight weeks we sailed, looking for land. Thorkell the Old was bailing one gray afternoon and found three menhaden in his bucket. We ate them raw. I speared an albatross and hung it round my neck. It was no picnic. Then one night we heard the cries of gulls like souls stricken in the dark.

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