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Young Love on the Run from the Federal Alien Administration New Mexico Division (1984)

Young Love on the Run from the Federal Alien Administration New Mexico Division (1984) by Grant Stone in Strange Horizons, May 9, 2011

Roland twirls the phone cord around his finger and listens to the ring. He looks around the room. It’s pretty shitty. Besides the bed there’s a TV fixed to the ceiling, a fridge he can hear humming even from over here and a chair the same chocolate brown as the carpet. The phone he is calling is beige and sits on a small table next to the stairs in a house in a tree-lined street in Burbank. He imagines his mother putting down the duster and hurrying downstairs like he’s seen her do a million times before. | Read More...

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Mansfield with Monsters

Mansfield with Monsters by Katherine Mansfield, with Matt & Debbie Cowens

Mansfield once wrote, “don’t lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath—as terrible as you like—but a mask.” While we may never know Mansfield’s true face or fate, Matt and Debbie Cowens are proud to draw back the public mask of one of our most beloved authors to reveal the more chilling one beneath.

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Mary Had a Unicorn

Mary Had a Unicorn by Ripley Patton in Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear

The last thing on earth Mary Maloney wanted was a unicorn. She wasn’t an addict, no matter what they said at the clinic. Sure, she used sometimes just to have some fun, or when she was down. But who didn’t? It wasn’t any different than the booze her dad tanked. Or the pot he smoked. But you didn’t see anyone assigning him a freakin’ genetically engineered, one-horned parole officer.

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Lily’s Tale

Lily’s Tale by Grace Bridges in OtherSheep October 2011

On Planet Monday, abused and alone, Lily is an outcast even among her fellow slaves – because she remembers things they’re supposed to forget. Forget everything, and be a good girl, Lily. But she can’t. She remembers everything they did to her. She remembers that her friends disappeared after they talked about hearing voices…then she hears the voice herself.

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Underground…Undersea

Underground…Undersea by Grace Bridges in Underground Rising

The underground rebels have successfully escaped the Lost Zone prison on Great Barrier Island, although their mindware super-abilities have been short-circuited and their confidence has vanished with it. Now they rely on a Maori prophet to guide them to a hidden tunnel far below Britomart Station in Auckland, where he directs them to dig for an object that will help their cause.

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Never Look Back

Never Look Back by Grace Bridges in Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6, from Flying Pen Press

Mars. Ten years ago. I didn’t kill him, I swear. It was an accident. And now his brother wants to kill me. I ran from him, into the farthest reaches of travelled space. But now my sister wants to die. I have to fight for her life before we can fight for both of us. Somewhere out there is my enemy…and he’s coming for me.

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Fungus Among Us and Tell-Tale Signs of a Wonderful Life

Fungus Among Us and Tell-Tale Signs of a Wonderful Life by Grace Bridges in The Cross and the Cosmos Anthology: Year 1

In these two linked tales, we view life from the viewpoint of a community of sentient fungi on an alien planet who communicate by vibrations. The scientist assigned to investigate them despairs of ever proving her theory, until the fungal linguistic analysis team catches up with her and finds a way to speak in her words…

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Giant Leap

Giant Leap by Mark English in Every Day Fiction, October 21, 2011

Roaring on a mighty flame stack, the rocket ship Conquest descended through the atmosphere to the surface of planet Alpha-1. Bulbous-bodied, tri-finned, and gleaming, the interstellar colony ship was breath-taking — which was part of the Big Idea. Camera drones had arrived the week before, and taken up strategic positions around the planned landing site to stream the event in real time back to Earth.

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