The Dwarf Femme and the Dragon

The Dwarf Femme and the Dragon by Charie’ Craig


Ludmilla adjusted the leather armor to fit over the bulky bandages flattening her breasts. The chains of gold links pinched where they looped around her waist. “What if I wear the links over the bandages?”

“Then they’ll jingle when you […]

PRIVATE: No Parents Allowed

PRIVATE: No Parents Allowed by K. A. Gillett

My son’s draft notice arrived earlier today—on his tenth birthday.

I haven’t read the actual letter yet, since it’s addressed to him, with warnings printed in neon green about prosecution if someone other than the addressee opens the black envelope. But I know the red […]

Good Luck Charm

Good Luck Charm

by Ron Collins

Jim Clayton was only two minutes late as he stepped out of his car and slammed the door. But two minutes is two minutes.

Manowitz would notice.

He saw a golf ball wedged against a crack in the curb. A never-ending string […]

Dreadnought Under Ice

Dreadnought Under Ice by George S. Walker

The dreadnought had gotten itself pinned under the unexploded fragment it was trying to retrieve.

Liu wouldn’t even have known the thing was in this part of Europa’s ocean but for the megawatt of power it was pumping into its underwater sound generators.




by Larry Hodges

I was hidin’ behind the tribute tree snackin’ on sugar-plums when the redcoat came down the chimney on the night of 24th December. If Ma and Pa knew they’d thrash me and prob’ly make me go to school. But I had to see one […]

Faith is a Nanooka

Faith Is A Nanooka

by Corie Ralston


Manda sat on the terrace just before dawn and wondered what decision the doctors had made about her. The sun was contemplating making another showing and the sky was that deep blue-gray that could go either way. Only the birds […]



by Greg Forshaw

“Can I show you something?” she asked him in fluent if flat English, having come out into the primal light of July in Sicily from the gloom below the strangler fig.

Surprised, Sean said, “Of course.”

But she’d already stepped off the gingery cinder […]

The Fifer of Moments

The Fifer of Moments

by James K. Isaac

Sol played his fife to distract the crowd, pulled notes of melodious history through their minds, knotted personal moments into the present. He gave the gents a gift of happy memories; meanwhile hands cut their purses. Or Sol […]



by Rati Mehrotra

Friday was the last good day. On Saturday the hunters came and by Tuesday Mira was gone, swallowed in the maw of the crowd fleeing Chandipur.

Mira my older sister, the normal one. I look up at the stars glittering in […]


Capricorn by Rich Larson

Nyx sold his product in the exercise yard, in a blindspot the rusty autoturrets couldn’t swivel to anymore. Inmates walked in slow circles around the synthetic track and every so often one would stop off for the furtive exchange. Nyx slapped neoprene baggies into palms with […]