Featured May 2, 2018
Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Sep 19, 2017 · 934 words (4 minutes) · 3 likes
If an experimental venture to colonize Mars wishes to save money with a one-way trip and a population accustomed to close living quarters, it makes perfect sense to recruit from a nursing home. Doesn’t it? Author Sylvia Spruck Wrigley lives in Tallinn, Estonia, where she writes about plane crashes and Estonian air maidens. Her fiction has been nominated for a Nebula and translated into over a dozen languages.
Featured April 22, 2018
Apr 4, 2018 · 849 words (4 minutes) · 7 likes
A haunting, lovely story for your Friday reading, the title may seem to say it all, but the spaces between the words say so much more. Lynette Mejía writes from the wilds of southern Louisiana, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. Give it a read.
Featured April 15, 2018
Apr 19, 2018 · 3,381 words (13 minutes) · 2 likes
Find a little magic in Amy Sisson’s “Jackpot Time,” where a decrepit old slot machine gives out quarters that aren’t what they should be at the Lovelock Grand View Cafe.
Featured April 8, 2018
Apr 9, 2018 · 4,264 words (16 minutes) · 6 likes
Fantasy Horror Science Fiction
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 1, 2018
Mar 21, 2018 · 2,068 words (8 minutes) · 9 likes
Love Science Fiction
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
Sep 19, 2017 · 3,431 words (13 minutes) · 7 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
Stephen S. Power
Mar 11, 2018 · 2,423 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
Feb 28, 2018 · 2,208 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
Sep 19, 2017 · 1,093 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.
Featured February 21, 2018
Feb 13, 2018 · 2,521 words (10 minutes) · 2 likes
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.