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Featured February 20, 2021

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Charles Q. Choi

By the Will of the Gods

Updated Feb 18, 2021 · 13,842 words (51 minutes) · 1 like · 259 views

Mystery Science Fiction murder mystery Hard science fiction

In Nightingale, an underground city with a digital sky, an orphan must solve the murder of the one person who looked out for him—the caretaker of a temple dedicated to foretelling the future.

Enjoy this novelette by Charles Q. Choi, a science journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science, and more.

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Featured March 24, 2021

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Benjamin C. Kinney

Conference of the Birds

Published Feb 15, 2021 · 3,979 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 907 views

Science Fiction artificial intelligence cyberpunk Robots

To track down a rogue human agent, an AI surveillance program heads down a forbidden path: imitating a human mind, in all its capriciousness. Just what a human simulacrum armed with a flock of bird drones will do, however, is anyone’s guess.

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and two-time Hugo Award finalist as Assistant Editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. His work has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and more.

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Featured February 14, 2021

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Maria Haskins

My Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup - January 2021

Published Feb 4, 2021 · 4,405 words (17 minutes) · 1301 views

This week’s recommendation is... more recommendations! Maria Haskins shares 24 excellent stories she read in January 2021.

Maria is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator, and you can read her work, as well her five weekly recommended stories, by subscribing to her on Curious Fictions.

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Featured February 5, 2021

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Barbara Krasnoff

Topfuntersetzer

Published Jan 25, 2021 · 2,754 words (11 minutes) · 3 likes · 607 views

Humor Science Fiction

With the rise and fall of a civilization or two—and a dash of interstellar regifting—a humble kitchen trivet achieves unlikely heights.

Barbara Krasnoff is Reviews Editor at The Verge, and is the author of more than 35 short stories, including the 2016 Nebula finalist “Sabbath Wine.”

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Featured January 15, 2021

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Elizabeth Rubio

Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Published Dec 26, 2020 · 4,863 words (18 minutes) · 3 likes · 589 views

Fantasy second world religion queer

The gods struck a bargain: one person known as The Light will suffer, and in return, the local townspeople will enjoy a host of minor miracles and blessings. Most see The Light as a means to an end. But one, known as the Flamekeeper, sees her as far more than that.

Author Elizabeth Rubio lives in Austin, Texas, and her work has appeared in Analog, Mythic, Little Blue Marble, and more.

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Featured December 29, 2020

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Barbara Krasnoff

Why Penguins Can’t Fly: A Christmas Story

Published Dec 23, 2020 · 2,170 words (8 minutes) · 6 likes · 906 views

Fantasy Penguins Reindeer christmas

Everyone knows reindeer fly because of magic. But few know the tale of where they got it—because all magic requires a trade, and flying doesn’t come cheap.

Barbara Krasnoff is Reviews Editor at The Verge, and is the author of more than 35 short stories, including the 2016 Nebula finalist “Sabbath Wine.”

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Featured December 20, 2020

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Jo Miles

#SaveJade

Published Dec 16, 2020 · 7,938 words (29 minutes) · 3 likes · 342 views

Fantasy

It’s not easy when someone with your name lives a life you can only dream about. But it’s even worse when a changeling demon steals your identity to try to take that fame for their own. 

Author Jo Miles lives in Maryland and works with nonprofits on digital marketing and advocacy. Their work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Analog, Nature Futures, and more.

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Featured January 7, 2021

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Marlee Jane Ward

Atavistacular

Published Dec 14, 2020 · 1,457 words (6 minutes) · 5 likes · 735 views

Science Fiction It Girl portmanteau transhumanism

You’ve never known embarrassment until you’ve shown up at a skinrave with the same facio-cranial avatar upgrade as your nemesis. Luckily, Cordite Hadli’s doctor will set her up with a proto-trend so unique, it’ll settle this rivalry once and for all.

Australian author Marlee Jane Ward is a graduate of Clarion West, and her work has appeared in Terraform, Apex, Aurealis, and more.

Content note: mature.

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Featured December 11, 2020

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Tabatha Wood

LAST CHAPTER

Published Dec 11, 2020 · 4,187 words (16 minutes) · 3 likes · 679 views

Fantasy Horror writer fear failure

Maurice is a prolific author with a long and successful career. But when he tries to kill off his most beloved character, the man he thought lived only in his imagination might just fight back.

Author Tabatha Wood lives in Wellington, New Zealand, and writes strange dark fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, and her debut collection “Dark Winds Over Wellington” was nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Collected Fiction in 2020.

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Featured December 5, 2020

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Rebecca Campbell

We Love the Store

Published Dec 4, 2020 · 3,191 words (12 minutes) · 6 likes · 837 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction family biography ghosts weird fiction small town

The Store is full of the odds and ends you can’t get at a suburban megamart, like creamed corn dating from the Bush era, spectral figures, and your long-lost hopes and dreams.

Rebecca Campbell writes weird fiction, often about the islands and woods on the west coast of Canada. Her work has appeared in F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award.

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