The Citadel of Weeping Pearls By Aliette de Bodard (excerpt) The world around Diem Huong shifted and twisted; and vanished – and, for a moment, she hung in a vacuum as deep as the space between stars, small and alone and frightened, on the edge of extinction – and, for a moment, she felt the […]
A Stopped Clock By Madeline Ashby (excerpt) The next night, the traffic lights started acting up. From their place on the corner, through the clouds of steam rising up from Jun-seo’s bubbling pans of ddukbokki, the change seemed almost organic. Green to red and back again, like the fluttering of a moth’s wings. At first […]
The Game of Smash and Recovery By Kelly Link (excerpt) Something is wrong with Oscar. Well, more wrong than is usual these days. Well, more wrong than is usual these days. Down in the warehouse, he keeps getting underfoot. Underhand, in the case of the Handmaids. When Anat extends all sixteen of her senses, she […]
No Placeholder for You, My Love By Nick Wolven (excerpt) Claire didn’t see him again for a thousand nights. It felt like a thousand, anyway. It may have been more. Claire had stopped counting long, long ago.
The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill By Kelly Robson (excerpt) September 11, 2001 Jessica waited alone for the school bus. The street was deserted. When the bus pulled up the driver was chattering before she’d even climbed in. “Can you believe it? Isn’t it horrible?” The driver’s eyes were puffy, mascara swiped to a gray […]
In Panic Town, on the Backward Moon By Michael F. Flynn (excerpt) Port Rosario sits in Arabia, a densely cratered, heavily eroded upland in the Northern Territories. Despite its name, it sits over some of the richest ice-bearing strata on Mars. Old-water canyons wind through the terrain and onto the lowlands, an ancient ocean bed. […]
The First Gate of Logic By Benjamin Rosenbaum (excerpt) The new clothes were bright white shifts, like Father Grobbard always wore. And Mother Pip, mostly. Fift felt grown up, and strange, and stiff. She was scrubbed and polished and her heads were shaved and oiled and her fingernails and toenails were trimmed. She sat in […]
Ice by Rich Larson (excerpt) Most of the lads Sedgewick had met at last week’s game were waiting at the end of the exit tunnel, slouched under flickering florescents and passing a vape from hand to hand. He’d slotted their names and faces into a doc and memorized it. It wasn’t Sedgewick’s first run as […]
Capitalism in the 22nd Century of A.I.R. By Geoff Ryman (excerpt) Remember the morning it snowed? Snowed in Belém do Para? I think we were l3. You can round and round inside our great apartment, all the French doors open. You blew out frosty breath, your eyes sparkling. “It’ beautiful!” you said. “It’s cold!” I […]
Hello, Hello; Can You Hear Me, Hello Seanan McGuire An air of anticipation hung over the lab. The pied crow – whose name, according to Tasha, was Pitch, and who had been raised in captivity, bouncing from wildlife center to wildlife center before winding up living in my sister’s private aviary – gripped her perch […]
Billy Tumult By Nick Harkaway (excerpt) Billy Tumult, walking down the street. Tips his hat to the ladies, bids the fellas good afternoon. Going to the Marshall’s office. Want to be in good with the local force. No stink-of-armipit law-keeper, this one, but a high buttoned pinstripe and waistcoat number, almost a dandy. What are […]
Silence Like Diamonds By John Barnes (excerpt) While I read NitCo’s report about the drone collision, the firefighters from Lightning Fast arrived. As soon as Markus was satisfied with their perimeter security, and that they knew enough to stay out of flowerbeds, he came down.
The Daughters of John Demetrius By Joe Pitkin (excerpt) On waking he felt again the perfect confidence that he would walk out of Dessicant Wells with the child of Lupe Hansen. The night’s sleep, the revitalizing Ambrosias, the brilliant white tunic all convinced him that success was a foregone conclusion.
It Takes More Muscles to Frown By Ned Beauman (excerpt) “Cantabrian don’t have access to any pipeline data,” I said. “But they built our security architecture. They have back doors.” “The programmers are in Singapore,” said Soto.
Planet of Fear By Paul J. McAuley They sweapt through the building. Dormitories. A mess hall. Offices. Stores. Two generators purring in a shack constructed from concrete blocks and corrugated iron. An assay lab and a small clinic. A cold store with three bodies wrapped in black plastic sheeting. One had been badly mangled in […]
Inhuman Garbage By Kristie Kathryn Rusch (excerpt) Getting the crime scene unit to a warehouse outside of the dome took more work than Ethan Broduer liked to do. Fortunately, he was a deputy coroner, which meant he couldn’t control the crime scene unit. Someone with more seniority had to handle requisitioning the right vehicle from […]
Machine Learning by Nancy Kress (excerpt) Building 18 was devoted to machine learning. Ethan’s research partner, Jamie Peregoy, stood in their lab, welcoming this afternoon’s test subject, Cassie McAvoy. The little girl came with her mother every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after school. Ethan took his place at the display console.
Trapping the Pleistocene By James Sarafin (excerpt) He could see the lighted tower, looming ever larger through occasional gaps in the trees, well before he arrived. An example of the newest footprint-reducing architecture, the tower was built like a giant morel: a tall, narrow cap with an irregular, ridged surface overhanging a smaller, round base. […]
City of Ash By Paolo Bacigalupi The thought filled her with relief. The dream of escape… She could still see Papa flying, proud and strong, free of all the tethers that kept them trapped in Phoenix. This broken city wasn’t the last stop as Maria had feared. It wasn’t their dead end. She and her […]
Today I Am Paul By Martin L. Shoemaker (excerpt) Today I am Anna. Even extending my fake hair to its maximum length, I cannot emulate her long brown curls so I do not understand how Mildred can see the young woman in me; but that is what she sees, and so I am Anna.
The Children of Gal By Allen M. Steele (excerpt) In the days that followed, Sanjay did his best to put his mother’s banishment behind him. With less than three weeks – thirteen days – left in summer, there was much that needed to be done before the season changed: fish to be caught, dried, and […]