SF & Fantasy

  I ate some more wrap and drank some coffee.  “Who was Celeste?”  I felt my face do something, and it was like I’d just let my eyes widen after flopping quads. Crap. The chances she’d missed it were zero,…Read more

Excerpted from the IntroductionINTRODUCTION ____  "With war in Asia, bankruptcy in Europe and starvation everywhere, what do you suppose Aldous Huxley is now worrying about? Too much happiness."  (Disgruntled reviewer of Brave New World )  Brave New World is not…Read more

Sol Year 2435, One Day Post–Boarding Games  The hardest part was the smiling.  Commander Rosa Martín Rivas pasted another smile onto her face as she wove through the crowds and headed for her ship at the far end of the…Read more

Chapter 4 There’s Always a Bloody Ghost  What Puck and the puppet Jones didn’t realize about my death, despite how clever and magical they thought themselves, was just how knob-twistingly lonely it was. If only I could hover ethereal over Jessica…Read more

Exhalation
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Exhalation

Ted Chiang

O mighty Caliph and Commander of the Faithful, I am humbled to be in the splendor of your presence; a man can hope for no greater blessing as long as he lives. The story I have to tell is truly…Read more

The Lesson
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The Lesson

Cadwell Turnbull

Let Them Talk  Derrick started deleting the hate emails. He could spot those at a glance: the reliance on caps lock, the multiple exclamation marks, the slurs hastily written in near-unintelligible text-speak. They were directed mostly at Mera, though every…Read more

Two  The days after Thrax’s death passed with agonising slowness. From hour to hour, I alternately grieved and berated myself for not trying harder to avert the fate I had foreseen for him. I blamed Thrax for his crime, whatever…Read more

Kava and Leopard have been saving mingi children for ten and nine moons.  The Leopard did not sleep on the house floor, not even when he was a man. Each evening he climbed farther up the tree, and fell asleep…Read more