The Golden Daffodils

The Golden Daffodils

by James Van Pelt

 

No one should get drunk at carnivals. They are drunk already with rippling tents, cotton candy, rollercoaster, and always, always screaming children. Carnivals reel on their own. To be there is to wallow in revelry, to be sucked in, to […]

The Vengeance of Curion

The Vengeance of Curion

by S. L. Harris

 

Marl had gotten clean away with the crown of Curion and was drinking down the first of his profits when the vengeance of that immortal sorcerer began. The rogue’s gaze traveled down his lifted tankard to behold a wracked […]

All the Grace Was in the Fire

All the Grace was in the Fire

by Ryan Row

 

In his dreams, Asher was engulfed in flames. It was a pleasant, safe feeling. Like being in someone’s arms.

Fire had a certain kind of physical poetry, which was to him like music. A body that was […]

Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen

by M. E. Owen

 

I’m the one you see every day for lunch. I’m the one with my hair in a kerchief, standing in fragrant steam as I ladle chili. Or slicing the stale pies collected before dawn from the big chain groceries. Or putting […]

Human Child

Human Child

by Pauline J. Alama

 

Come away, O, human child!

To the woods and waters wild

With a fairy hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping

than you can understand.

–W. […]

We Hit Back

We Hit Back

by Sean Patrick Hazlett

 

A column of Chinese tanks lumbered over a muddy pontoon bridge floating on the Amur River. From his comfortable Palo Alto office, Lionel Jones shook his head as he watched the scene unfold on his plasma screen TV. Ethnic […]

Blind Perseus

Blind Perseus

by Angus McIntyre

 

When the fuel is flowing smoothly, it feels like silk under my fingertips. It unravels, kilometer after kilometer, soft and slightly warm to the touch. Through my fingers I sense any interruption in the flow, the grittiness that signals the presence of […]

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 […]