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.
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
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 […]
by Wole Talabi
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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
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
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 […]
Cheatin’ by J. Kenton Pierce
“If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’ hard enough.”
That’d be our motto, if we was a big, fancy Town like Greenline or Agro 9. We were just a Homestead so we didn’t really have a motto. I still think it’d be a great one, […]