William's Mental Sketchbook 7A good two decades past, a Chinese-American woman and several companions flee the burning wreckage of a freighter moored in the curve of a small island in the mid-Pacific. In tow is the young daughter of the owner of the ship, the host of the martial arts tournament that just concluded--the woman our protagonist loved.William's Mental Sketchbook 7 by ~WilliamAcorn
In the present day, she receives a letter--an invitation to a tournament held in the same spot for the same prize. She and her adopted daughter travel to the tournament, seeking answers as to what happened two decades ago--and why her old love is still alive, but hasn't aged a day...
William's Mental Sketchbook 6Far in the future, galactic civilization has buckled under its own weight, and the Five Races stand intermingled, ruled over by expansive pirate cabals. Though there are many powerful groups, most of the galaxy is in flux, ununified and chaotic.William's Mental Sketchbook 6 by ~WilliamAcorn
When a powerful race of creatures from outside the galaxy sends an invasion fleet stabbing into the heart of the Milky Way, slaughtering all it comes across, a lone pirate captain pulls together a band of survivors and leads the resistance, unifying the galaxy and forging an empire.
William's Mental Sketchbook 5In a world filled with superheroes, people with powers are born all the time--there's a system in place for regulating such things, and the occasional villain that arises is dealt with quickly. Born to a powerful telepath/telekinetic and a florapath is a girl who has the power to...alter.William's Mental Sketchbook 5 by ~WilliamAcorn
Unsure of the full extent of her budding powers, the girl lives a quiet life until her absent father launches an assault on her home; escaping, she falls in with a band of up-and-coming powers, seeking to understand her own and escape her father's growing madness--and his attempts to capture her for unknown experiments...
William's Mental Sketchbook 4It's so familiar: a band of heroes has cornered the madman in his laboratory, ready to put a stop to his nefarious plan forever. The scene has played itself out a thousand, thousand, million times.William's Mental Sketchbook 4 by ~WilliamAcorn
This time, however...
The madman activates his device as the heroes enter the room, then kills himself, so they can't make him reverse it. In an instant, the universe is no longer infinite and expanding ever-more-rapidly; in the next instant, a band of existence one one-hundredth the width of a hydrogen atom is consumed by white light in the entirety of the edges of the universe.
In the next instant, the same volume is consumed of the now-smaller universe. Then again, and again, and again, ever-more-swiftly closing in on Earth, where the device was activated.
The heroes set every resource they can against the encroaching wall to no avail. Some fall to the light while evacuating worlds further out. Some die to angry mobs, looking for some