The Thrum of the Locust

The Thrum of the Locust

by Axel Hassen Taiari

Swallow an egg and carry a hatchling. Carry a hatchling and spawn a broodling. Spawn a broodling and raise a brood. Raise a brood and expand the hive. Expand the hive and bless us all. I thank […]

The Last Trap

The Last Trap

by Simon Kewin

Swan halted half-way up the wall of the North Tower of Emperor Xanthe’s palace. The wind had picked up for a moment, gusts threatening to pluck her off and hurl her to the distant ground. She dug the spikes of her climbing […]

Kim and the Mantas

Kim and the Mantas

by Barton Paul Levenson

 

Kim surfaced like a mermaid–upright, bent back slightly, arms at her sides and hands out, as if she stood above the water on a tail. The illusion broke as she dropped back and turned over to swim back to […]

Kaitlin Out of Space

Kaitlin Out of Space

by Krishan Coupland

When I went outside Kaitlin was lying on the lawn, surrounded by a circle of burned grass. I know that was her name because it was etched into her spacesuit: Kaitlin Morris. Almost invisible under all that soot. The sky was […]

Flotsam

Flotsam

by Anthony Bell

 

Mom always nagged me to be careful because I ran around barefoot. The sand felt nice between my toes—but¸ I’d tell her, it wasn’t only that: shoes were hard to come by, so I was doing us a favor by being […]

Bankrupt Memories for Auction

Bankrupt Memories for Auction

by Thomas K. Carpenter

 

“The best memories have an air of mystery to them. The empty child’s room, a flash of eyes the color of glaciers, or a box unopened.” The old farmer’s wisdom-lined face crinkled in a grin. “These can often hold treasures worth […]

The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

by Jordan Taylor

 

The Crone

Yumiko’s grandmother adjusts her brown kimono, the blue veins in her hands like swollen rivers.

“Child, are you listening?” she asks. Her voice is very small, a field mouse’s scratch in the semi-darkness.

Yumiko […]

Spiked

Spiked

by Rich Larson

 

When Jasper skypes me at midnight suggesting we break into his parents’ not-yet-insured reefhouse to drink with some girls, I can tell he is past tipsy, getting to turvy. I sit up in bed and dim my phone to a dull red, squinting […]

Go Outside

Go Outside

by Adam Vine

 

We are in the sky, pinching clouds apart with our fingers. They have no flight suits, and didn’t allow me to bring mine. But I don’t need anything. I am riding on one of their backs. The experience is strange. I feel like […]

Egg Lilies

Egg Lilies

by Brenda Kalt

 

Gliding through the Prime Minister’s party in her long-sleeved black shift that concealed her alien form, Milla TaPo tried not to look at the human party-goers in their various states of undress. As the Vendan custodian of the egg lilies arranged on […]