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Story of the Week: April 12
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In “Four Hours of a Revolution,” there’s no such thing as a neutral party in times of war: not even Death. Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and spec fic writer based in Canada, and in addition to many fine words, she is also an excellent source of beetle photos.
Featured April 5, 2018
2068 words (8 minutes) · 8 likes
We love Edward Ashton’s stories for the way they use faraway settings to expose the nature of the humans in them, whether good, bad, or anything in between. Read “Tessa,” a tale of love, loss, and what-ifs in an untethered ship cartwheeling through space.
Featured March 21, 2018
3431 words (13 minutes) · 6 likes
In “Even the Mountains Are Not Forever,” an aging icon to her people seeks a successor for her lonely role: carrying insight across generations in a life punctuated by cryosleeps. Laurie Tom is a Chinese American author living in southern California.
Featured March 14, 2018
2423 words (9 minutes) · 10 likes
In "Wire Paladin," Stephen S. Power brings to life a surveillance-oriented SearchBot who makes its own judgments -- maybe with a more discerning eye than the humans involved. Stephen is the author of the novel "The Dragon Round," and has published more than 30 speculative fiction stories. His Lightspeed story "Fade to Red" was a notable story/honorable mention in two best-of anthologies.
Featured March 7, 2018
2208 words (9 minutes) · 12 likes
“That’s where the trick comes in. Any apothecary can make a good poison. But my work is untraceable art.” San Francisco-based Effie Seiberg was one of our debut featured authors shortly after launch, and now she's back with a story as neatly-constructed as an expert assassin's poison pills. “The Apothecary's Handbook” will keep you on your toes (or off them?). Don't miss it!
Featured February 28, 2018
1093 words (4 minutes) · 9 likes
In "A Song to Charm the Beasts," Ofira must play the fiddle to save the one she loves in this wild west retelling of a classic myth, full of hope and loss and howling desert wind. Wendy Nikel, short story sorcerer and tea drinker extraordinaire, recently released a time travel novella called "The Continuum," available from World Weaver Press.