The Free Orcs of Cascadia
Written by Margaret Killjoy
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Free Orcs of Cascadia is a fascinating story detailing the creation of a counterculture where LARPing moves beyond the make believe and becomes reality. We see bands of people identifying as orcs and reverting their society back to pre-modern norms and fighting styles.
The Crafter at the Web's Heart
Written by Izzy Wasserstein
The Crafter at the Web’s Heart is a powerful tale of magic and the collapse of a society that benefits the rich and forgets the poor. Our lead character is a rogue at heart who gets caught up in a plot to level-set the world and bring about massive change. There are two main strengths that stand out: the depiction of magic and its effects on the caster, and a critique of a society centered on a culture of wealth.
The Stylized Unicorn Escapes Its Poster in a Seattle Teenager's Bedroom
Written by Thomas K. Carpenter
The Stylized Unicorn Escapes Its Poster in a Seattle Teenager’s Bedroom is a deeply emotional tale, depicting a girl who struggles with the realities of the life she’s been given and her tentative place in the world. She retreats from her anger-filled home life and her unsupportive school environment into fantasy worlds from books and movies, trying desperately to find some sense of normalcy within the characters and plots.
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