‘Cold Iron Comfort’ Short Review

Cold Iron Comfort is the story of a person entranced by a Fae who becomes abusive in their relationship until they finally escape. We see their journey as an abuse survivor, becoming more sure of themself as they find a friend and begins to believe they deserve a life without this evil being. Complications are…

‘Playscape’ Short Review

Playscape follows the tragedy of a mother who has lost her child at a public park and the ensuing evolution of the case against her. We follow from the perspective of another mother who knew her. Opinions continue to evolve from sympathy to blaming the mother to personalizing the tragedy. The child has disappeared without…

‘Dreams Strung like Pearls Between War and Peace’ Short Review

Dreams Strung like Pearls Between War and Peace is the story of a woman confused by her uneven memories, reluctant to embrace the revolution taking place on the fringes of her society. Central to the story is a fear she will be lumped in with her family’s actions of the past. This dissipates as she…

‘Terrible Trudy on the Lam’ Short Review

Terrible Trudy on the Lam is a wildly fun read, introducing us to a tapir who has escaped from the San Diego Zoo. I loved this tale—it’s imaginative and as fun as a short story could be. We see Trudy become an ice-skating wonder, doing her act in a local club, much to the excitement of…

‘The Crafter at the Web’s Heart’ Short Review

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…

‘The Free Orcs of Cascadia’ Short Review

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. They’re committed to their way of life, risking everything to live by…

‘Soft We Wake’ Short Review

Soft We Wake features an expertly crafted story of the future, showing a woman trying to come to terms with her new reality. Imagine lying down in a pod, preparing to be woken up a few decades from now, only to be delayed by centuries or a millennia. It’s a thought that’s both exciting and…

‘The End of Lunar Hens’ Short Review

The End of Lunar Hens is a hard-science look at the dilemma of creating enough food in a lunar environment. Hutchins adds a comical feel to the piece, detailing the various struggles with trying to create food when a shipment from Earth isn’t an option. The title indicates the beginning of the project’s downfall, namely…

‘Eighteen Songs by Debussy’ Short Review

Eighteen Songs by Debussy provides a series of fascinating snippets laid out in a connected montage. This is a world inhabited by robots and mechanical beings, a world so futuristic that it feels like a fantasy. The writing style is wonderfully whimsical, taking on an Alice in Wonderland feel throughout. We see the mating rituals…