Tag Archives: Story

The Emptiness in the Heart of All Things • 2018 • Magical reality novelette by Fábio Fernandes

Synopsis: Anita investigates a series of murders in the sertão, in Northern Brazil. The victims were all male, leading her four thousand kilometers to a house were Elizabeth lives, an elderly author living for herself.  he had a glorious mane … Continue reading

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Bootblack • 2017 • Time travel short story by Tade Thompson

Synopsis: Linus Carter is an African resident of Cardiff, living as a shoeshine in 1919 just after the Great War. He’s a mentally retarded young man, depending on his parents.  The story hears his police testimony, signed with his thumbprint … Continue reading

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Eyes of the Crocodile • 2020 • Post-singularity short story by Malena Salazar Maciá

First sentences: My return to our ancestral roots began with a crocodile’s eye that sprouted on my right breast. It felt like a grazing kiss from a razor-sharp bamboo tip, or the sting of the cold current of a river … Continue reading

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The Tomato Thief • 2016 • Magical realism novelette by Ursula Vernon

Synopsis: Grandma Harken is back, after the issue with the Jackalope Wives. She lives alone on the edge of the desert, because that’s were the tomatoes grow best. She can hardly wait for this season’s ripe tomatoes, laid out on … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Samsara • 2009 • SF short story by Han Song

Synopsis: A Martian woman discovers anomalies in a Tibetan lamasery. The eponymous Wheel of Samsara gives creepy sounds unlike any of the other bronze wheels hung around the wall of the temple.  She returns with her father, a scientist, who … Continue reading

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A Dead Djinn in Cairo • 2016 • Steampunk novelette by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

This is my second entry for May, the month of Wyrd&Wonder.  Synopsis: Egypt, 1912, an alternate history where Djinns, Angels, and other supernatural entities got through a portal some 40 years ago to Cairo, together with all their magic and … Continue reading

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Delhi • 2004 • Time travel short story by Vandana Singh

Synopsis: Aseem lives in contemporary Delhi. When he first meets a kind of ghost, he thinks to halluzinate or to get mad. Turns out, he doesn’t but has the unique capability of perceiving glimpses of other times, future or past … Continue reading

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The Angel of Khan el-Khalili • 2017 • Steampunk short story by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

This is my first entry for May, the month of Wyrd&Wonder.  Synopsis: In the alternate early twentieth-century Cairo setting, the unnamed narrator wants to find the eponymous angel. Her sister Aisha is heavily injured in a fire of their employer’s … Continue reading

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Virtual Snapshots • 2016 • short story by Tlotlo Tsamaase

First sentences: Thirteen years ago when I was three years old, the sky used to be a clean blue, curving outward to meet the horizon. The sun was a bright burning spot and the stars candles in the night. Men’s … Continue reading

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Fandom for Robots • 2017 • SF short story by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Synopsis: Computron is the “only known sentient robot” located in a museum where he plays a role a performance by interactively answering questions from the audience.  One such question led him to watch an animated TV show and he discovered … Continue reading

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