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  1. Fireside Fiction has a science fiction story from Elizabeth Bear

    Before she turned into a dragon, Kathy Cutter was Comanche Zariphes’ best friend.

    You might say Comanche Zariphes was Kathy Cutter’s only friend.

    That wasn’t because nobody wanted to be friends with Kathy Cutter. It was because Kathy Cutter didn’t want to be friends with anybody else.

    Kathy Cutter’s hair was blonde and her eyes were green. Her face was a perfect geneshaped oval and she had a discreet little interface button that gleamed like mother of pearl behind her left ear. She was smart enough but not too smart. She wore cute tailored clothes from the fancy boutique.

    Comanche Zariphes’ mom eshopped at ConsignMart and everybody knew it.

    Kathy Cutter’s dad was a pediatrician and her mom was an architect. They lived in a big house with trees and grass so green it looked fake and a swing in the yard. They had a personal car, not just a sharecar. They ate fresh food and somebody else cooked it for them, and they were all rightminded to perfect happiness and stability. Supposedly.

    – “Form and Void”

  2. Tor has novelettes from Dale Bailey, Jonathan L. Howard, and Mary Robinette Kowal

    He lay restless in the dark, a boy on the precipice of manhood or a man freshly plunged over the other side, he couldn’t say which and maybe it didn’t matter. Change troubled him: a snake shedding its skin, a locust shucking its husk. He was fifteen years old. The crops withered in the fields that summer and savage winds scoured the land, rocking the old house to its rafters. His father’s father had laid its foundations and cultivated the rich prairie in the first great wave of homesteaders to sweep westward, and it had come to the boy’s father in his turn. Someday, he supposed, it would fall to him, motherless and alone, the only son of an only son.

    – “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey

  3. HiLobrow is starting a new serialization: The Zayat Kiss by Sax Rohmer

    His eyes were too bright, certainly, and a hardness now had crept over his face. I got out the whiskey and siphon, saying:

    “You have taken your leave early?”

    “I am not on leave,” he replied, and slowly filled his pipe. “I am on duty.”

    “On duty!” I exclaimed. “What, are you moved to London, or something?”

    “I have got a roving commission, Petrie, and it doesn’t rest with me where I am to-day, nor where I shall be to-morrow.”

    There was something ominous in the words, and putting down my glass, I faced round and looked him squarely in the eyes.

    “Out with it!” I said. “What is it all about?”

    Smith suddenly stood up and stripped off his coat. Rolling back his left shirt sleeve he revealed a wicked-looking wound in the fleshy part of the forearm. It was quite healed, but curiously striated for an inch or so around.

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  • @Dargonzine: Ol Tamboch Narhin by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr – Thread 5: The Rigors of War [Shared World Fantasy]
  • @HiLobrow: The Zayat Kiss by Sax Rohmer – Part 1 of 6 [Science Fiction – from 1912]
  • @Author’s Site: The Greenland Diaries by Patrick Marsh – Day 84 – Part 2 [Post Apocalyptic]

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