Deep Space Dogfights

We have a cover for Deep Space Dogfights! This is one of the anthologies I'm editing for Rogue Planet Press (an imprint of Horrified Press.) The art is by the awesome Stephen Cooney. Submissions are still open, so tell your friends and get those stories in!

Deep Space Dogfights

Deadline: May 28th, 2015 – or until full

Payment: Exposure and royalties

Flash fiction and short stories (6,000 words max)

Poetry and reprints will also be considered

Skirmishes between starfighters! Strap yourself in the pilot’s seat and prepare to engage the enemy in the deep darkness of space. Bring on the action-packed sci-fi stories of battles between starships, between high-tech interceptors and the pilots who fly them.

Please submit your manuscript as a *.rtf, *.doc or *.docx file.

Please check grammar.

Upon acceptance into the anthology, you agree that Horrified Press holds exclusive publishing rights for six months from the date of publication; after that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Horrified Press retains distribution rights in the format of the contracted anthology.

This title will be available as an e-book and trade quality paperback.

E. S. Wynn will be presiding over this anthology.

Email your submission as an attachment to:

The email subject line must read “SUBMISSION – Deep Space Dogfights – ‘your story title'".

Successful applicants will be notified before the deadline has expired.

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Sword & Planet!

You can read my story "The Hunters of the Burab Khai" and a ton of other fantastic pieces by great writers in this killer anthology put out by Rogue Planet Press!

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Reach For The Highest Skies

What is the Highest Skies RPG?

Highest Skies began as a simple, text-only space exploration game and has grown to include an entire RPG (Roleplaying Game) with rules that can be picked up quickly and easily. It is sandbox/open world in format, living in nature, with a "Changelog" to track the addition of new content. The website, which contains dozens of interstellar destinations you can visit with casual, online play, is ad free. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: explore the cosmos, interact with what you find and/or just have fun reading the entries.

Who runs the Highest Skies RPG?

My name is E.S. Wynn. I am the author of over 70 books. I am the chief editor of two long-running online journals, one poetry in nature, the other featuring science fiction stories you can read for free. You can find out more about me by navigating the links on the left, or by visiting my publishing company [here].

How often is the Highest Skies RPG updated?

Check the Highest Skies Changelog for more information.

What inspired the Highest Skies RPG?

Love. Love of space, of exploration and science fiction. There are echoes of all of my favorite authors here, tributes, homages, dreams and a million other things. Samuel R. DelanyCarl Sagan, James Cameron, Jean Giraud, Chris Foss, John Berkey, Kingdom of Loathing-- there are too many muses to list.

How can I support the Highest Skies RPG?

The best way is by picking up a book for yourself or for someone else from my publishing company, Thunderune Publishing. A core book detailing play is available here: [link]Another way is by becoming a supporter on my Patreon page, or by donating through the link below.


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This Project Was Formerly Called Zero Dusk (c)2014
Zero Dusk and Highest Skies are (c) E.S. Wynn, 2014.
"Cadillac Nebula" Painting Copyright Alex Rayne Rubsam (2016).

Highest Skies Changelog

* October 19, 2023: New destination added.

* August 18, 2022: Three new destinations added.

* August 15, 2022: Highest Skies RPG book now on

* February 22, 2020: Highest Skies RPG book published.

* February 21, 2020: Link maintenance and preparation for launch of official book.

* January 23, 2020: Preview copy of the free rules for the Highest Skies RPG engine shared with supporters only on my Patreon:

* February 2, 2019: New destination added. New classification added (Praxis.)

* January 30, 2019: Name of project changed to Highest Skies with development of the Highest Skies RPG. Official website registered.

* August 5, 2016: New destination added.

* June 14, 2015: New destination added.

* June 11, 2015: New destination added.

* June 10, 2015: New destination added.

* June 3, 2015: New destination added.

* May 31, 2015: New destination added.

* May 28, 2015: New destination added.

* May 27, 2015: New destination added.

* May 26, 2015: New destination added.

* April 17, 2015: New destination added.

* April 16, 2015: New destination added.

* April 15, 2015: New destination added.

* March 2, 2015: New destination added.

* December 17, 2014: New destination added.

* November 27, 2014: New destination added.

* November 22, 2014: New destination added.

* November 17, 2014: New destination added.

* August 6, 2014: New destination added.

* August 4, 2014: New destination added.

* August 3, 2014: New destination added.

* August 2, 2014: New destination added.

* August 1, 2014: New destination added.

* July 30, 2014: New destination added.

* July 29, 2014: Seven new destinations added.

* July 26, 2014: Six new destinations added.

* July 25, 2014: Four new destinations added.

* July 24, 2014: Five new destinations added.

* July 22, 2014: New destination added.

* July 21, 2014: Three new destinations added.

* July 20, 2014: Six new destinations added.

* July 19, 2014: Eight new destinations added.

* July 18, 2014: Four new destinations added.

* July 17, 2014: Three new destinations added.

* July 16, 2014: Highest Skies goes live under the name of Zero Dusk. Three destinations added to manifest.

Madeleine Swann

Madeleine Swann is the author of the novella entitled "The Filing Cabinet of Doom". Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing her! Check it out and pick up a copy of her novel today!

E.S.: Hey Madeleine! First of all, tell us a little about yourself.

M.S.: I live in deepest, darkest Essex in England. Parts of it are quite rural and I imagine Americans would make a whole bunch of horror films here. In fact the next county over is home to a family of polygamists which is nice.

I'm drawn to weirder fiction, films and television, stuff that makes my imagination crackle. Aside from my books my film collection is a point of pride.

E.S.: Tell us about your novella, "The Filing Cabinet of Doom".

M.S.: The Filing Cabinet of Doom novella is a surreal comedy set in a black and white, soundless world. A psychic from a travelling carnival informs a village the world will end. Panic ensues and three people make their way to the Head Office at the Council, a far off and dangerous place. The book also contains short stories of mine - some serious, some funny and all a little odd. It's out with Burning Bulb Publishing who, oddly enough, published my first ever story The Gathering.

E.S.: Tell us a little about the work you've done for Strange Saturdays, Polluto Magazine and others you're particularly proud of being associated with.

M.S.: I've done a few flash fiction pieces lately for Weirdyear, Strange Saturdays, the new Strange Edge magazine as well as their website and Bizarro Central. They spurt from my brain in between other projects and I enjoy them. I'm really pleased with my longer stories in anthologies though, such as Lucy's Lips in American Nightmare, a fifties set horror anthology. I watched everything fifties I had including Rebel Without A Cause and a good few infomercials to get the speech right. I love those infomercials, there's something comforting about a time period that never existed. Nobody was ever that perfect.

Author/graphic artist Matthew Revert designed the cover for a story of mine that appeared on his site LegumeMan Books, Sweet Sweets Emporium. His work is great so I was very excited. Lastly A Piece Worth Millions (Polluto magazine issue 10) is testament to the power of dreams - I woke up with it almost fully formed in my head.

E.S.: Where do you think the future of the written word is going?

M.S.: I still love reading paper books although I can definitely see the benefits of kindle, but I think people have always enjoyed stories in a number of ways. For example the Welcome to Night Vale podcast is often beautiful writing which is streamed through computers (or whatever devices you people use). The fact that it's performed aloud is reminiscent not only of the oral tradition of storytelling but also old radio broadcasts which make the listener feel like part of the past and future at the same time. Audiobooks too, if I'm ill there's nothing I enjoy more than listening to ghost stories. I think the future will bring more and unexpected ways to do this. Paper books will always be there, though, because to collectors like me it's a satisfying feeling to own them.

E.S.: What advice do you have for other writers, especially those who are just getting started?

M.S.: I'm not too far into the writing profession myself, I have a long way to go and a lot to learn. However Roald Dahl once said he always imagined the reader losing interest with each word so made sure every sentence was important. That's probably a good thing to aim for.

E.S.: Where can our readers find more of your work?

M.S.: My website is shiny and very organised, if you wish to search out my work it will be there and labelled neatly. How I love those labels...

Madeleine's Website:

Madelein's profile on Weekly Artist: [click here]

Amazon link for "The Filing Cabinet of Doom" [click here]

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