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If You Take My Meaning • 2020 • Tentacle Romance novelette by Charlie Jane Anders

First sentence: They woke up stuck together again, still halfway in a shared dream, as the city blared to life around them. Synopsis: Alyssa is about to become a biological body enhancement from an alien race in the form of … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales for Robots • SF novelette by Sofia Samatar

First sentence: 1. Sleeping Beauty. Dear Child, I would like to tell you a story. Synopsis: The human narrator addresses her robotic creation as a child in the night just before it will wake up. She spends the entire night telling … Continue reading

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The Inaccessibility of Heaven • Urban Fantasy novelette by Aliette de Bodard

First sentence: Night. A night like any other in Starhollow: the headlights of cars, small and lost between the skyscrapers; the smell of hydromel and wine wafting from those few bars still open; and above me, the distant light of the … Continue reading

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Wait for Night • 2020 • Horror short story by Stephen Graham Jones

Synopsis: A day laborer is hired as part of a crew to clean up a flooded creek after a flood just outside of Boulder, CO. Thirty minutes later, that five o’clock whistle blowing a couple hours late, my uncle’s unregistered … Continue reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods • 2020 • short story by Maria Dahvana Headley

First sentence: Gods won’t save you. Gods will break you. Nevertheless, you will persist, and become anew. This is the first myth: that your boyfriend from when you were fifteen will come and get you out of hell.  Synopsis: Ah, … Continue reading

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Dresses Like White Elephants • 2020 • Magical Realism short story by Meg Elison

Synopsis: Beni is an aging drag queen about to deliver his last show with a bang. He needs the perfect dress for that event and goes shopping at a dress convention.  His requirements are detailed, and come with a price, … Continue reading

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In the Lands of the Spill • 2020 • Posthuman short story Aliette de Bodard

First sentence: It was a quiet stretch of the Red River: glistening waters that parted under my legs, and the damaged karst pillars rising on either side of me like fallen fortresses, and the remnants of the pre-Spill factories: the sharp … Continue reading

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The Sycamore and the Sybil • 2020 • Fantasy short story by Alix E. Harrow

First sentence: Before I was a sycamore I was a woman, and before I was a woman I was a girl, and before I was a girl I was a wet seed wild in the hot-pulp belly of my mother.  … Continue reading

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50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know • 2020 • Near Future SF short story by Ken Liu

First sentence: WHEEP-3 (“Dr. Weep”), probably the most renowned AI AI-critic of the last two decades, was retired by the Shallow Laboratory at Stanford University last Wednesday. Synopsis: WHEEP-3 was created by Dr Tran as a teaching assistant for Stanford’s … Continue reading

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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again • 2018 • Magical realism novelette by Zen Cho

Synopsis: Byam is an imugi, an ugly, earthbound proto-Dragon from Korean folklore. The story starts with the very day at which he’s supposed to transform to a glorious dragon after a thousand years of meditation and training.  The chapter’s title … Continue reading

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