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This month’s fiction

The Mama Puzzle

“The Mama Puzzle” by Emmalia Harrington Yide wanted to kill her twin. “I can’t wait for Grandmother to come home from work,” Erde said, a smile in her voice. “I’ll ask her so many things.” Erde trotted ahead, oblivious to … Continue reading

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The Choice

“The Choice” by Rebecca Burton The first time she came to me, I was sat on a park bench pretending to be invisible. I’d been sat there for a while in the weak winter sunshine, hiding my bloodshot, swollen eyes … Continue reading

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Tempus Reverso

  “Tempus Reverso” by Ember Randall This is not a drill. The words scampered around Rowan O’Carroll’s mind like frightened mice. Not a drill… not a drill… The nonsensical litany drowned out all other thoughts, leaving nothing but the klaxon … Continue reading

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Doors of the Past

  “Doors of the Past” by John Burridge Kari’s freelancers were on the final stretch of the road to Devor when Kari’s amulet began to tingle in warning. The triple loop of enchanted silver had saved her life more than … Continue reading

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Deadhead

“Deadhead” by Maggie Slater   Nothing bothered Alex anymore. The light on the palm-sized Guardian unit at the nape of his neck blinked steadily no matter what anyone said or did. Even when Shira dulled-out part way through their biweekly … Continue reading

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Cascade

“Cascade” by Simon Brown   I watch a man die less than ten metres from me. I see him briefly, alive and well, and then glance his way again just as he is shot in the head. He says “Oh”, … Continue reading

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Ablution

“Ablution” by anne m. gibson   First, I strip off the overalls that I wore in the stables, or what remains of them. The left sleeve is gone, the torso is crusted with blood (some of it mine), and the … Continue reading

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Installing Linux on a Dead Badger

“Installing Linux on a Dead Badger” by Lucy Snyder   Let’s face it: any script kiddie with a pair of pliers can put Red Hat on a Compaq, his mom’s toaster, or even the family dog. But nothing earns you … Continue reading

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Entries From My Grandmother’s Diary Pertaining To My Father’s Early Inflammation

“Entries From My Grandmother’s Diary Pertaining To My Father’s Early Inflammation” by Marc A. Criley and Hazel L. Criley ANNUAL DIARY 1938 Mrs. Robert “Lily” Harrison 288 S 42nd E. Alton, Ill.   July 30, 1938: Robbie Jr has fever … Continue reading

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Malum in Se

“Malum in Se” by Deborah L. Davitt Tanoute Atalia woke from her nightmare as she always did, sweating and flailing. Violet afterimages of the explosion, the dark, alien shapes of the boarding party- She sat up in the dark. Set … Continue reading

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