Blue Morphos in the Garden

By Lis Mitchell When Vivian and her daughter witness the family matriarch die without leaving a corpse, Vivian can no longer ignore the family “gift” or the choice that lies before her. I am elbows-deep in dishwater and morning sunlight when Lily brings me the news. “Gray-Granna’s down by the river,” Lily says. “She’s turningContinue reading Blue Morphos in the Garden

The Hundredth House Had No Walls

By Laurie Penny The King was bored. For five hundred years he had been King of the country of Myth and Shadow, and he was a good king, if a slightly bewildered one. The countryside rolled with treacherous forests rammed full of all the requisite enchanted creatures, and stories grew wild and weird in theContinue reading The Hundredth House Had No Walls

In Xanadu

By Lavie Tidhar Security through physicality. Security through redundancy. Security through obscurity. How do immortal artificial intelligences defend themselves? With an air gap. With a security force that has no connection to anything that can harm them. With a young woman, trained to fight and to die who, along with her cohort must keep themContinue reading In Xanadu

Manuscript Tradition

By Harry Turtledove Dr. Feyrouz Hanafusa is a curator at Yale in the 23rd century. Space exploration is still ongoing, and signs of life have been discovered on a planet near TRAPPIST-1. Signs, Dr. Hanafusa realizes, that suspiciously resemble drawings in the Voynich manuscript, which no one has been able to decipher for over eightContinue reading “Manuscript Tradition”

Dark Warm Heart

By Rich Larson “Dark Warm Heart” by Rich Larson is a horror story about a woman whose husband returns from the frozen Canadian North Territories, obsessed with texts he discovered there. The bite mark was wine-red on anemic-white, crenellating Kristine’s bare shoulder. She moved the strap of her nightgown when Noel stumbled into the kitchen,Continue reading “Dark Warm Heart”

Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light

By Sarah McCarry “Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light” is about a lonely young woman, recently moved to the big city, who is looking for love. What she finds is a friend and confidante who is much older and wiser than she. Marcus arrived on the third day of school. Of course, Rosamunde didn’tContinue reading “Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light”

When Stars Are Scattered

By Spencer Ellsworth Ahmed is a doctor working in a far flung outpost of humanity. His way was paid for by the leaders of his faith and his atheism is a guarded secret. His encounters with the “kite people” will cause him to doubt his whole worldview however when the aliens start dying and escalatingContinue reading “When Stars Are Scattered”

Shape Without Form, Shade Without Color

By Sunny Moraine Haunted by starlings in the dark, a young woman spirals into an altered state of consciousness. Starlings whisper from the bamboo. Sometimes sense emerges. It’s nothing but pattern recognition run amok, nothing but old instinct performing where it’s no longer needed, but the experience is pleasurable. If you stand in the drivewayContinue reading “Shape Without Form, Shade Without Color”

This World Is Full of Monsters

By Jeff VanderMeer An alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth. I Did Not Recognize What Sought Me The story that meant the end arrived late one night. A tiny story, covered in green fur or lichen, shaky on itsContinue reading “This World Is Full of Monsters”