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Story of the Week: April 18

Into the Adlight

By Jason Franks

Satire Science Fiction cyberpunk documentary punk advertising

3378 words (13 minutes) · 3 likes

Abram Jonas is a documentary filmmaker most accustomed to covering war. But when he’s given unexpected access to the “bogeyman of advertising”—a man infamous for embedding ads in anything and everything, including people’s corneas—Abe has no choice but to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Author Jason Franks lives in Australia, and his novels and short stories have been short-listed for the Aurealis award and appeared in many anthologies and magazines.

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Featured April 18, 2019

Jason Franks

Into the Adlight

Apr 16, 2019 · 3,378 words (13 minutes) · 3 likes · 337 views

Satire Science Fiction cyberpunk documentary punk advertising

Abram Jonas is a documentary filmmaker most accustomed to covering war. But when he’s given unexpected access to the “bogeyman of advertising”—a man infamous for embedding ads in anything and everything, including people’s corneas—Abe has no choice but to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Author Jason Franks lives in Australia, and his novels and short stories have been short-listed for the Aurealis award and appeared in many anthologies and magazines.

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Featured April 11, 2019

Laura Blackwell

The Posthumous Novel of Edward L. Heard

Apr 8, 2019 · 2,201 words (9 minutes) · 6 likes · 169 views

Fantasy unequal bargains life after death fandom

We’ve all known the pain of a series left unfinished, but no one felt it as keenly as Becca -- or were willing to trade away 6 years of life to fix it. But life-or-death trades don’t always go as planned, and Becca has a difficult decision to make. Author Laura Blackwell’s work has appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning 'She Walks in Shadows,' Nightmare, PseudoPod, and more. She’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as copy editor at Shimmer.

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Featured April 4, 2019

Kat Otis

To Be Selfish

Apr 3, 2019 · 5,507 words (21 minutes) · 8 likes · 334 views

Fantasy contemporary young adult

Megan is the only one in her family who understands why the stars mysteriously align for her mom and sister. But when her sister’s luck abruptly runs out, Megan must uncover the truth about her family’s strange powers. A world traveler, historian, and recovering mathematician, author Kat Otis has had many pieces of short fiction published in Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and more.

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Featured March 27, 2019

Dominica Phetteplace

The Story of a True Artist

Mar 27, 2019 · 4,125 words (15 minutes) · 4 likes · 368 views

Humor Literary Fiction

This week’s featured story is the Pushcart Prize-winning “The Story of a True Artist,” now available online for the first time ever. Cam&Lo, dynamic YouTube star duo, are on top of the world with a Taco Bell endorsement and 800,000 followers. But when Cam ditches her to go solo, Lo must navigate the fickleness of internet celebrity and the gig economy alone. Author Dominica Phetteplace bridges science fiction and literary fiction in her stories and poetry. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed and more, and her honors include a MacDowell Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and a Rona Jaffe Award.

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Featured March 21, 2019

Ben Serna-Grey

Sigh

Mar 20, 2019 · 1,995 words (8 minutes) · 9 likes · 778 views

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You wake up, wires surrounding your head like a halo. You try to speak, but mechanical chirps emerge instead of words. The world may have ended, but your new life has just begun. This haunting story comes from author Ben Serna-Grey, a musician, writer, and fiction reviewer living in the Pacific Northwest.

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Featured March 13, 2019

Jaymee Goh

The Tin Spirit

Mar 9, 2019 · 4,982 words (19 minutes) · 5 likes · 380 views

Fantasy Historical steampunk historical fantasy Malay whodunnit

Tok Kadir and his apprentice Saifan travel to a remote factory to investigate a series of mysterious deaths. Rumors swirl about the coincidental arrival of a beautiful young woman named Maria just before the deaths began, but Tok Kadir suspects all is not as it seems. Author Jaymee Goh writes alternative histories and analyzes postcolonialism through the lens of steampunk. Her work has appeared on Tor.com, and she's a graduate of both UC Riverside‘s Comparative Literature PhD program and the Clarion Writers‘ Workshop. A Malaysian citizen living in Berkeley, Jaymee is now an editor at Tachyon Publications.

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