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Metal Like Blood in the Dark • 2020 • SF Fairy Tale short story by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)

First sentence: Once upon a time there was a man who built two enormous machines, and he loved them very much. Synopsis: The man names those two sentient machines Brother and Sister and sends them out to enjoy the ruins of … Continue reading

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The Mermaid Astronaut • 2020 • SF Fairy Tale short story by Yoon Ha Lee

First sentence: On a wide and wondering world in a wide and wondering galaxy, there lived a mermaid. Synopsis: Essarala, meaning “seeks the stars” is a mermaid longing to be an astronaut visiting the stars. Traders arrived with their space … Continue reading

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Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon • 2020 • Science Fantasy novella by  Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Synopsis:  In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the city Ife-Iyoku is protected by a shield against the nuclear fall out. People developed psi mutations, mostly depending on their gender. There are seers, feelers, light weavers etc. who all have to be useful, … Continue reading

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Little Free Library • 2020 • Magical Realism short story by Naomi Kritzer

Synopsis: Meigan operates a “Little Free Libary” which is a sheltered box outside where you can put in books that others might want and others can put in theirs – a kind of community exchange in one’s neighborhood.  She initially … Continue reading

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The Four Profound Weaves • 2020 • Fantasy novella by R.B. Lemberg

The Four Profound Weaves. A carpet of wind, a carpet of sand, a carpet of song, and a carpet of bones. Change, wanderlust, hope, and death. Synopsis: The Four Profound Weaves follows a nameless man and Uiziya, two 63 years … Continue reading

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The Pill • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Meg Elison

I hope you don’t mind me calling the protagonists in this story “fat” instead of some cultivated term paraphrasing extreme forms of obesity. One, I’m a German guy culturally tending towards direct aggressive terminology. Two, the main protagonists thinks of … Continue reading

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Stepsister • 2020 • Fairy tale novelette by Leah Cypess

Synopsis: The story follows Garrin’s perspective of what happens five years after Cinderella’s wedding. Garrin is the half-brother and best friend of prince Charming, now King Ciar. Both fear and love drive Garrin to be absolutely loyal to Ciar, although … Continue reading

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Shadow Prisons • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Caroline M. Yoachim

Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a harsher form of the Chinese social credit system is implemented. The reader witnesses the system becoming deployed with the help of glasses and implants for augmented reality. They make the whole world look pretty … Continue reading

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Tower of Mud and Straw • 2020 • Gaslamp Fantasy novella by Yaroslav Barsukov

Synopsis: Former minister of internal affairs Shea Ashcroft was banned from the capitol to see to the completion of an anti-airship tower just at the border to the nation of Duma. The paranoid duke doesn’t like to have someone placed … Continue reading

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Two Truths and a Lie • 2020 • Horror novelette by Sarah Pinsker

Synopsis: Stella is in her 40s. She helps an old high-school friend cleaning out his late brother’s house. She’s only there for one day but that turns out horrific in several ways. First, the brother was a compulsive hoarder with … Continue reading

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