Book Review: The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi
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by Arley Sorg
1w ago
Every now and then, even reviewer Arley Sorg needs to take a break from short fiction. This month, he's recommending an exciting new fantasy novel: The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi ..read more
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Author Spotlight: Isabel J. Kim
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by Laurel Amberdine
1w ago
I had been thinking a lot about constructed narratives, reality television and the blurred line between authenticity and falsehood. I had also been thinking a lot about the concept of a story that is out to get you. I had been thinking about the grand tradition of “murdergame” stories (Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, Squid Game, etc.). And I thought that a subversion of a murdergame story, where death is an escape and life is being trapped, had a lot of weirdness potential. And that’s the bedrock the rest of the story was built from ..read more
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Between the Stones and the Stars
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by A.L. Goldfuss
1w ago
His rival appraises him with a measured stare, but he is used to such scrutiny, insults half-whispered through gritted teeth. He stands his ground, here among the windswept ruins of broken pillars and half-buried busts, before the vine-choked temple in the thin mountain air. He stands his ground, and the woman studying him smirks. He has not come all this way to be defeated by that. His rival leans against a sunken marble building, curls spilling down her back and muscles rippling under her sleeves. She’s beautiful in the winter sun, brown and freckled, with reddish hair and the thic ..read more
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The Narrative Implications of Your Untimely Death
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by Isabel J. Kim
1w ago
Your deathless heart spasms. Once. Twice. You suck in a long, rattling gasp, and twist over the decanting table, great hacking coughs. Someone thumps your back. “Welcome back, boyo,” Media & Talent Production Coordinator Kayn says. “They got some great footage out of your death. Viewership tripled for the episode.” “Damn,” you wheeze. “Any chance I’m out?” Goosebumps pimple across your cold skin. You’re so sick of the Talent Decanting Room. You hope for finales. You hope for your exit stage left. “Nah,” Kayn says. “You’re polling too well with the sixteen to twenty-four ..read more
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Book Review: Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk
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by Aigner Loren Wilson
2w ago
Find our why our team says: C.L. Polk’s fantasy novella Even Though I Knew the End is the queer supernatural detective noir everyone needs in their life ..read more
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Author Spotlight: Maria Dong
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by Laurel Amberdine
2w ago
Everything important in the story is in the spaces between words and actions---the waiting and the dread---which means there needs to be a lot of breathing room. In that way, it’s a very queer story: at least when I was growing up, so much of the experience of being a young queer person was learning to navigate this kind of communication where nothing was solid and the outcome could either be extremely dangerous or very wonderful, and you had no way of knowing which was more likely ..read more
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Braid Me a Howling Tongue
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by Maria Dong
2w ago
When I was young, I used to fray apart my mother’s tales, seeking the threads of their structure. They were journeys, always, and marked by transition-places: doorway, gate, river. On the other side, someone offered the rules of this new environment. I liked the stories where these interpreters were animals or hags, though in my least favorite, it was a child with ragged clothes that admonished, that’s not the way things work here. I understand. Understand that people bore easily, that stories must be pragmatic. No time to waste on the heroine, bumbling her way through years of figuring o ..read more
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A Guide to Alien Terms Useful in the Human Diaspora
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by Deborah L. Davitt
2w ago
As you travel the spacelanes, the argot of your fellow beings may at first confuse and disconcert you. This guide is offered to help you acclimate to your new world and the strange beings that people it. All terms will be presented first as definitions, then used in context. Arakua (Origin: Tarukhxi, noun.) The process of “scooping” fuel in the form of hydrogen from the corona of a star, nebula, or gas giant. See also: il’arakua, mild pejorative. Scooping fuel from nearly-empty space; cf. “bottom of the barrel ..read more
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Editorial: January 2023
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by John Joseph Adams
3w ago
Check out the editorial for a rundown of this month's delightful content ..read more
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A Man Walks Into a Bar: In Which More Than Four Decades After My Father’s Reluctant Night of Darts on West 54th Street I Finally Understand What Needs to Be Done
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by Scott Edelman, RSS - Lightspeed Magazine
3w ago
My father was so honest, people often spoke of him in cliches. For example---you know the way someone will sometimes say so-and-so was so honest they’d walk five miles to return an extra nickel they’d been given in their change? Nobody means anybody actually did that kind of thing when they say it, of course---you and I both know they’re only exaggerating for effect. Except in the case of my father. My Dad had really done that. Around the neighborhood, he was seen as so calm and understanding when compared to other fathers, other husbands . . . some of the grownups jokingly referred ..read more
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