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Featured July 26, 2019

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Marlee Jane Ward

The Beasts and the Birthday

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 5,157 words (19 minutes) · 4 likes · 453 views

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The beasts that changed the world came just before Georgia was born. Her family’s struggles to survive haunt them still — but, years later, a taboo birthday celebration might be enough to keep hope alive.

Author Marlee Jane Ward lives in Melbourne, Australia, and her work has appeared in Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, and more. The final installment in her award-winning Orphancorp trilogy is now available from Brio Books.

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Featured July 19, 2019

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Jeremy Szal

Tomorrow, the Sunset Will Be Blue

Published Jul 14, 2019 · 990 words (4 minutes) · 6 likes · 351 views

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It’s not for everyone, but Sola and Benn jumped at the chance for a new life at a remote research outpost—one with deadly metal dust in the air and hauntingly magical sunsets. But that may all change thanks to a secret Sola can't quite bring herself to face.

Author Jeremy Szal is the fiction editor for the Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa, as his work has appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and more.

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Featured July 12, 2019

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Laurie Tom

Unfilial Child

Published Jul 8, 2019 · 3,986 words (15 minutes) · 9 likes · 431 views

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June tries to be a dutiful granddaughter, always bringing gifts on her weekend visits (if not a husband or great-grandchildren). But when her grandmother takes in a mysterious infant, June learns her own childhood⁠—and her parents’ disappearance⁠—may not have been what it seemed.

Author Laurie Tom lives in Los Angeles, and her work has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, IGMS, Crossed Genres, and many more.

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This picture was taken late in the day on my first full day in NYC. One of my life long dreams is to travel to China, so I felt like a visit to Chinatown might give me a tiny taste of what it might be like. It exceed my expectations in almost every way. This part of the trip reenforced desires to travel abroad, specifically Asia and China.
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Featured August 16, 2019

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Claire Humphrey

Haunts

Published Jul 7, 2019 · 5,270 words (20 minutes) · 1 like · 300 views

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Alekra was one of the finest duelists in the business before an injury ended her career. Now, she'll do whatever it takes to keep her old academy—and its ghosts—alive. Author Claire Humphrey’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Apex, Crossed Genres, and more, and her first novel, Spells of Blood and Kin, won the 2017 Sunburst Award.

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Featured July 5, 2019

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Stephen Dedman

The Lady Macbeth Blues

Published Jul 4, 2019 · 6,890 words (26 minutes) · 6 likes · 395 views

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As jobs are automated away, a rising tide of “traditional values” groups erodes the rights of women to hold jobs or leave marriages. But as they’re poised to cement their control with longevity-increasing nanotechnology, just one woman stands in their way. This BSFA Award-nominated story was originally published in Interzone.

Author Stephen Dedman has been publishing short stories and novels for more than twenty years. He’s been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, and many more. Content warning: racism, misogyny.

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Featured June 27, 2019

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Amit Gupta

Medically Snacked

Published Jun 24, 2019 · 5,064 words (19 minutes) · 23 likes · 735 views

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In a world with guaranteed income and a daily allotment of calories in the form of soybars or synth chocolate, everyone’s free to follow their dreams — everyone except a former baker, that is. What would Marty risk to bake just one more cupcake?

Author Amit Gupta has lived in a commune, ridden cross-country on a motorcycle with his dog, and appeared on the CBS Early Show with cupcakes in hand. He writes optimistic science fiction and believes in the future.

Content warning: discussion of weight and calories.

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Featured June 13, 2019

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Novae Caelum

Possibilities of a Quantum Soul

Published Jun 6, 2019 · 1,008 words (4 minutes) · 7 likes · 460 views

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A human being with a quantum soul contains many possible lives and identities. If you unmake one of those lives, is it theft, murder, or none of the above? Dari struggles to find the woman responsible and reclaim their own identity.

Holly Heisey is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer whose work has appeared in Escape Pod, Transcendent 2, F&SF, SciFutures, and more. They generously make many of their #ownvoices stories available under a Creative Commons license, and share a roundup of all their LGBTQIA work on Curious Fictions here.

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Featured June 7, 2019

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A.C. Wise

Matthew, Waiting

Published Jun 6, 2019 · 3,395 words (13 minutes) · 8 likes · 1304 views

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The world after The Change isn't the way Matthew remembers it, but then, his memory isn't what it used to be these days. All he knows now is that the makeshift orphanage he presides over has many Annes, but he's looking for the right one. Enjoy this post-apocalyptic tale inspired by an unusual source: Anne of Green Gables.

Author A.C. Wise's work has appeared in Tor.com, Apex Magazine, and the Year's Best Horror and Science Fiction anthologies. She has two collections published with Lethe Press, and a novella forthcoming from Broken Eye Books.

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Featured June 21, 2019

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Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

Alienated

Published Jun 3, 2019 · 1,019 words (4 minutes) · 6 likes · 423 views

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A woman got off light for her husband's murder: only 5 months' transport and 20 years hard labor off-world. But something shimmery, green, and definitely not human lurks outside the colony's walls. Author Sylvia Spruck Wrigley lives in Tallinn, and her work has been nominated for a Nebula and been published by Tor.com, Nature Futures, and many others.

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Featured May 31, 2019

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L.X. Beckett

Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling

Updated May 25, 2019 · 24,735 words (90 minutes) · 3 likes · 542 views

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Near-future journalist Drow sees his future crumble before his eyes when an ill-advised story crashes his social standing all around the internet and the world. He becomes desperate — so desperate, that he might just be willing to take part in an eccentric artstorm aficionado's dangerous piece of performance art.

Enjoy our first featured novella this weekend by L.X. Beckett, a Toronto-based writer and editor whose novel Gamechanger, set in the same universe, is now available for pre-order from Tor.

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