The World She Left Behind

  The planet shuddered as the moon passed too close. Atmosphere dragged from the turbulent blue planet to the rocky satellite. Tidal tsunamis spread across the oceans and onto the continents. Bryan spread his fingers against the observation glass. He squinted down at the planet, sussing out the obscured continents, searching for a large bay […]

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The Book Orchard

Marlene knew she shouldn’t have read the unsterilized book, but sometimes it’s hard to say no. She’d been hired as a booksheller and placed in the “pleasant books” division. She slept through training – who didn’t? – and then was placed out in the orchard, plucking the ripened nuts from the thick, thick branches. She […]

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A Good Book is a Mirror

I just finished reading Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King. This is a Good Book. It paints a chillingly accurate picture of spousal abuse from the eyes of a child with a stunningly original speculative twist thrown in: Sarah, sixteen years old at the time of the novel, encounters herself as a ten-year-old, […]

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Daddy and Daughter Time

“Come here, pixie!” David laughed as he snatched up his daughter and tickled her. She flailed her arms and legs, giggling. Her eyes glowed with love for her dad. They plunked down on the couch in front of the tv, and the tickles continued for a few moments. Sara snuggled into her dad with a […]

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A Stranger in the Woods

“You get that fire going yet, Fin?” “Naw, it’s hard to start a fire with wet wood,” spat Fin. “All the wood in this forest is wet,” said Dimber. “So just make do.” “I’ll make do with your teeth!” snapped Fin. “What does that even mean?” asked Dimber, gently setting a bag on the ground, […]

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Under the Sunless Sky

Home. Finally, finally home. I almost see it. I ache, it’s so close. Finally, I’ll leave the sunless sky of the colony ship. Finally, I will know the sky. The real, endless, glorious sky! Home. It’s a word we use so casually. Like it’s meaningless. Just a syllable for a place we inhabit. But that […]

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Kerthis and the Half-Giant Menace

Pitter-patter. Slide. Shift. Pitter-patter. The cacophony woke me. He fell into the cave. Cold light tumbled in from outside, splattering all over dark stones and a dark, dark pool. He landed on his face with a startled yell, his cloak fluttering about him. A husky breath, two, and he jumped up, flinging his cloak behind […]

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