A young Maori mother is frazzled by the pace of modern life. She tells her grandmother that times have changed since the twenty-four hour day was first created; but Kuia speaks words that bestow a spiritual gift of time. Surely her grandmother is playing games with her – but even though hours have passed, the coffee is still hot…
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.
Prince Sigismund has grown up hearing fantastical stories about enchantments and faie spells, basilisks and dragons, knights-errant and heroic quests. He’d love for them to be true—he’s been sheltered in a country castle for most of his life and longs for adventure—but they are just stories. Or are they?
Five years after the Wall of Night was breached and her stronghold home assaulted, Malian of Night and her friend and ally, Kalan, remain missing, believed dead in the wild country of Jaransor.
But not all accept Malian’s death, and now her enemies are on the hunt.
Just when he’d been looking forward to another quiet night delving into mind-bending arcane lore and mentally wrestling with the deepest magicks, along came this mysterious thief to disturb him. Why was it nothing in Ragonnard’s life ever went to plan?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.