The Plumes of Enceladus

The Plumes of Enceladus

by Stewart C Baker

 

Andry (T1 minus forty hours)

Just after lift-off, a man walked up behind Andry and rested one hand on the handle of her wheelchair as if he knew her.

“Quite something, isn’t it?” he said, gesturing with his free […]

The Farmgirl and the Kitsune

The Farmgirl and the Kitsune

Patrick J. Hurley

 

In a land far away, where dragon sages watch the stars and turtle gods rule the rivers, there was a girl named Ishiko, the only child of a prosperous farmer. She was small and quick, taking after her father, […]

Study. Learn. Know.

Study. Learn. Know.

by Amy Sisson

 

When Kaylen slept, she dreamed of hermit crabs.

It was hardly surprising, considering how long she’d been studying them. Kaylen’s decades at the Grove of Academe blended together almost seamlessly, but one memory stood out sharply: the moment when Aleanor, Kaylen’s […]

Not Always a Coastal Species

Not Always a Coastal Species

by Sunny Chan

 

Mara is sixteen when they finally tell her.

It’s not even because they meant to tell her, not because they thought she was mature enough to handle it, or because they owed her the truth, or because there’s nothing […]

I, Shidigi

I, Shigidi

by Wole Talabi

 

Prologue

The Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos. | June 20th, 1977 | 11:46 pm.

The air was saturated with a heady mix of lust, freedom and marijuana.

Aadit Kumar was sitting at an unstable table carved of cheap wood and held together […]

Somethingness

Somethingness

by Emil Terziev

 

Before his death, my father would spend most of his evenings in the library with a bottle of brandy. Its contents did not originally belong to him – all the shelves and the tomes that burdened their wood were there upon purchase of […]

Haunted

Haunted

Bud Sparhawk and Cat Rambo

DATE/TIME: Long Light Years Forever

Silence. The darkness enfolds me.

While my mind roams free I wonder if my body remains on the station, lies asleep in a redwood hammock, or nestles in an alien starship’s living breast?

There is no sound, […]

Granddaddy’s Mermaid

Granddaddy’s Mermaid

by David Shieh

 

The rain began just as Bobby stepped onto the gravel drive. The clouds had hung sodden and swollen at the valley’s rim all day, so when it finally fell, it was almost a relief. The bottoms filled with the electric crackle […]

Sweeter than Honey, Clear as a Mountain Spring

Sweeter than Honey, Clear as a Mountain Spring

by Alter S. Reiss

 

It was a picture-postcard day when the provincial flag went down in Sudbury, and the Ninety Stars went up. First the Maritimes had gone, then the three Quebecs. Then trade agreements came to Ontario, then […]

The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald

The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald

by Douglas J Lane

 

“We were told you can create a golem.” The man in the suit flicks ash from a thin black cigarette into the ash tray.

Gerstmann turns from the TV behind the bar–Mayor Koch making proclamations about the ongoing city […]