Fiction

Post image for “One Sixth Gravity of the Heart” by Charlie Bookout

When a young art student falls for her instructor, she learns the secrets that are never taught in school—secrets kept by a twisted ruling class in a society where madness is the order of the day. [30min]

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Post image for “Bestiary” by Nicholas P. Oakley

A lonely harvester operator on a remote terraforming project discovers a wild beast that he adopts as a companion, but the relationship isn’t all that it seems. (21 min)

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Post image for “Two Things” by Amanda C. Davis

Two starship flunkies find the corpse of their drinking buddy missing from cold storage, and take dubious action. (16 min)

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Post image for “My Own Creature” by Megan Tilley

Magdalena is coming home five years after her twin’s accidental drowning, only to discover that the drowning may not have been accidental after all.

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“Demoted” by Kate Story

February 9, 2014

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The best laid plans may go awry—even the fairest.

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Post image for “Modern Love” by M. Darusha Wehm

For Marian and Graeme, it’s love at first sight—and second and third and fourth…

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Post image for “The Mary-Jane Effect” by AJ Fitzwater

Out of a scrapbook of memories, expectations, and propaganda, the Lost are a generation of young women stuck in a dichotomous war of terror between the body and the mind.

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Post image for “Profiles in Survival” by Simon McCaffery

An iconic president and band of survivors fight for survival after the USSR launches a biological weapon at the mainland during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

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Post image for “Numbers” by A.J. Brown

They all thought Dane was just crazy, but the dark recesses of her mind hold the secret to the numbers. (24 min)

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Post image for “Live by the Sword” by Andrew Knighton

For Ubu, the gladiator life is short and brutal, but in the shadow of the arena there is a chance for something more. [15min] Excerpt: Ubu ducked and Klaus’s sword hissed over his head, death missing him by a fearful inch. Sand spurted into the air as he span left, rolling across the packed floor […]

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Post image for “Where the Dacouvri Died” by Brian Dolton

Caught between two enemies, the Dacouvri turned to the goddess of the mountains for protection. But what does that protection really mean – and what does it cost? [14 min]

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Post image for “Beached” by Nicole Feldringer

When the last of the sea ice disappears, Nattiq must decide whether her future lies in her seal skin … or in a different form entirely. [11 min]

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Post image for “Waking the Taniwha” by Dan Rabarts

The search for a missing ship becomes a desperate race with an unknown creature across New Zealand’s untamed wilderness. [27min]

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Post image for “Cineraku” by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt

Takemoto-sensei took in a slow breath. Released it. He cleared his mind. He willed the arthritis out of his fingers. He did not have time for the pains of an old man. The performance was about to start.

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Post image for “Presenting the Mobius Follies” by Tom Brennan

“I don’t remember seeing any photos or sketches of the set and I’ve been through most of the archives.” …
The old director stared at him. “And you never will. They burned all the plans afterward.” [17min]

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Post image for “Nihil Est” by Fosco Graves

If you disappeared, would anyone notice?

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Post image for “The Lords of Zero” by Tony Richards

The gang’s leader only ever showed up after evening fell … but where exactly was he coming from? [32 min]

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Post image for “The Sentinels of San Saba” by H.J. Hill

Never betray an old friend, especially the one who knows where the treasure is buried. [17 min]

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Post image for “The Precarious Perch of Lookout County” by Russell Linton

Marshal Ellis discovers he may just be in over his head as he condemns a local man, turned fae, to the cold iron tether at the outskirts of town.

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Post image for “Cindy” by James S. Dorr

It seems like a lot of trouble for a godmother to go through to get Cinderella ready for the ball and the marriage which must inevitably follow. But what if the fairy has her own agenda?

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