The Divided States of America


We’re now reading for a new project called “The Divided States of America.”

You can read the complete guidelines at

No one can say with any reasonable certainty when the United States of America began to fall apart.  Many point to the presidential election of 2016, but most believe the breakup started long before this.  Now, in the year 2110, the former United States is made up of 13 nation-states and The Wastelands.  Some of the nation-states have prospered under self-rule, while others have declined.  Some nation-states are very accepting of outsiders, while others trust no one…sometimes not even their fellow citizens.  There is chaos in some places, and order in others…sometimes too much order.

The first state to break away from the USA was, not unexpectedly, Texas, and from there, things continued to spiral out of control as the national government tried to hold on to control that the state governments wanted back, and eventually, the federal government was no longer able to control the states, and the break-up came about.

Some of the nation-states kept the name “America” in their new names.  Some did this as a tribute to where they had come from, while others did it to remind their citizens of what they were breaking away from.  Others adopted new names, or took on names that were given to them.

Borders in some areas are heavily patrolled, even walled in places, while other borders have no protection at all…mostly it depends on the views of the new government and its citizens, even though sometimes those two groups still don’t agree.  Let’s face it, greed and independence are bred into the human race, and even allying with others that have similar viewpoints does not necessarily mean that they will always get along.




Nano-Bytes is now available in our store at:

Nano-Bytes features five stories from Daniel C. Smith that first appeared in The Fifth Di… In these pages you’ll find a virus which has startling effects on a team of archaeologists, parents looking to splice their son’s genes, a man who realizes he is all he can ever be, the unexpected consequences of mating with an alien, and a trip through space that ends up in an unexpected destination.

The Tulku of Titan and The Terror of Titan


Two stories from Mike Morgan set on Titanville, an space station orbiting Titan.
THE TULKU OF TITAN: The Dalai Lama has passed away, but the monks who are to search for his new incarnation are not prepared for the fact that he has gone into space…nor are they prepared for what they find once they reach Titan.
THE TERROR OF TITAN: A murder has been committed, and a husband and wife are each quick to admit to having committed it, but have they? It’s up to Marshal Augusta Thrum to discover the truth.


Get the October 2016 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk early


We’re still a week away from the release of the new issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk, but you can pick up your issue now from our store.  Not only can you download it today, but instead of paying the usual $1 for it, you can get it for 75 cents! Yeah, it’s only a quarter, but these days, everything helps.