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Featured April 1, 2018

Edward Ashton


Mar 21, 2018 · 2,068 words (8 minutes) · 9 likes · 694 views

Science Fiction Love

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

Laurie Tom

Even the Mountains Are Not Forever

Sep 19, 2017 · 3,431 words (13 minutes) · 7 likes · 636 views

Science Fiction

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

Stephen S. Power

Wire Paladin

Mar 11, 2018 · 2,423 words (9 minutes) · 11 likes · 869 views

Science Fiction

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

Effie Seiberg

The Apothecary's Handbook

Feb 28, 2018 · 2,208 words (9 minutes) · 13 likes · 1112 views

Science Fiction Better Living Through Chemistry Sherlock Holmes Homage

“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!

Purple Pipette

Featured February 28, 2018

Wendy Nikel

A Song to Charm the Beasts

Sep 19, 2017 · 1,093 words (4 minutes) · 9 likes · 740 views

Fantasy Classic western marriage retelling deal with the devil mythology music gender-swapped weird west

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.

my fiancées violin. old, sounds good even when combined with metal guitars for my music…

Featured February 21, 2018

Anatoly Belilovsky

Iron Feliks

Feb 13, 2018 · 2,521 words (10 minutes) · 2 likes · 553 views

Fantasy Horror Strange

Russia’s recent past may be a bit different than you remember in this week’s featured story by Anatoly Belilovsky. Anatoly learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a pediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. His original and translated work has appeared in NATURE, F&SF, Daily Science Fiction, and many other fine publications.

Moscow story

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