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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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The Green • 2012 • Planetary Horror short story by Lauren Beukes

First sentence: The Pinocchios are starting to rot. Synopsis: Coco Yengko has been recruited from slums to harvest Pharma specimen from an extremely dangerous alien planet. Many co-workers have found death by the aggressive biosphere. Anything slipping past the filters or … Continue reading

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The Old Man with the Third Hand • 2017 • Weird fiction short story by Kofi Nyameye

First sentence: The old man with the third hand sat on the beach and watched the waves wash over the sand. Synopsis: The story follows a young girl who befriends a man on the beach who has a third hand growing … Continue reading

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The Bank of Burkina Faso • 2012 • Magical realism short story by Ekaterina Sedia

Synopsis: Did you ever get one of those spam mails urging you to help with money transfer from a foreign bank? You won’t believe this story then. Because it’s the tale of the exiled Prince of Burundi, now residing in … Continue reading

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The Cryptid • 2021 • Fantasy novelette by Emil Hjörvar Petersen

Synopsis: Nyradur Njalsson is a cryptozoologist, searching for a mythological snake in Iceland’s Lagar River. Aldis, a dwarf helps her with her copper-red submarine.  This is her last chance to get a proof of the snake. Her equipment is getting … Continue reading

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DUMP • 2018 • Cyberpunk short story by Cristina Jurado

Synopsis: Naima lives at the bottom of society as one of the ‘Rats’ who sieve through plastic garbage. Either that or providing dubious services to people higher in the pecking order. Sibilo had loathed seeing her suck him off with … Continue reading

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The Sun from Both Sides • 2019 • Space Opera novelette by R. S. A. Garcia

Synopsis: The story follows a husband and his wife in two parts.  The man is captured by slavers from his contemplative, rural homeworld in the first part. It nearly feels like an epic fantasy setting. Until his wife is going … Continue reading

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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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