The Shipwright

“The Shipwright”

by Stephen Kotowych

“So, shipwright, how would you work a man-‘o-war?”

The pirate asking had been addressed as ‘captain’ when Telig was brought into the ship-beast’s low, arched sternum cavity. His broad face, scared and tattooed with swirling, inky blue patterns, looked like an angry sea.

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Leaping Dragon, Sleeping Eagle

“Leaping Dragon, Sleeping Eagle” by George S. Walker

The boom sounded like Leaping Dragon had hit something.

As Chang watched from Earth, everything in its main mission module jerked, including the six crewmembers. Unsecured objects flew through the air. Alarms shrieked.

“What happened?” demanded Major Peng from the virtual.

“We […]

It’ll All Be Over Soon

It’ll All Be Over Soon by C. Erickson

The wings sprouted as gnarled nubs of bone and nascent feather seeds, scratching and poking their way to the surface of the skin, piercing each subcutaneous layer of flesh like a tender and ruthless plant. Arriving with them was the unrelenting pain […]

With Triumph Home Unto Her House

With Triumph Home Unto Her House

by Barbara Krasnoff

The apartment floor moved.

No, Sara corrected herself numbly, it wasn’t the floor — because the floor wasn’t visible beneath the layers of paper, old takeout boxes, discarded clothing and open garbage bags. It was, instead, the hundreds of […]

In Memoriam

“In Memoriam”

by James Van Pelt

Cemeteries hold stories like butterflies alight on your palm. Every stone a revelation. Every flower laid on the ground, some with nothing left but stems, some as fresh as yesterday, every framed picture faded in the sun, leaning on the stone, or […]

Brown Eyes

Brown Eyes

by Kelsey M. Snyder

 

I remembered nothing of my life before the Menagerie.

The Menagerie wasn’t its official name. That was engraved upon the sandstone entrance in great block letters–RIKERS ORPHANAGE OF NEW YORK CITY–but no one ever called it that, not even us orphans. […]

Human Trials

Human Trials

by Alec Austin and Marissa Lingen

It was three weeks into the study, and participants were already claiming to see results. Pauline Lin kept warning her patients that it was the early days yet, and that they should be careful not to discuss anything that might […]

Street Rat

Street Rat by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

 

The bio-house’s heartbeat annoyed the hell out of Chase. The deep throb behind the walls pulsed through his eardrums, behind his eyes, impossible to shut out. Made it tough to focus as he crouched in a stranger’s living room in the dark, penlight in […]

Out of Feyvale

Out of Feyvale by Astrid S. Nielsen

 

It all began with dandelions. Yrisa, I remembered vaguely, was the name of the girl who suddenly stood there at the bar, offering me a handful of the yellow flowers. I didn’t get up from my stool behind the counter; obviously she was not […]

Bute Street

Bute Street by Craig Owen Jones

Gwen strode along the beach towards the cove, her hair streaming eastward in the breeze. She would not have been out in such weather, but it had been days since she had left the house, and she had succumbed to a bout of cabin […]