Review: Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling

Freezing Rain, A Chance Of Falling presents us with a tech-heavy world not too distant from our own, where social media reigns supreme and a man will do anything in order to get back in the good graces of the public. The story burns bright from start to finish, leading down an ever descending path…

Shorts: The Phobos Experience

The Phobos Experience is a quick, adventurous jaunt into space, pairing a bit of space exploration with a few high-stakes situations and well-timed geology puns. Kowal is a master at writing realistic space expeditions and I continuously find myself amazed at her abilities as a storyteller. THE PHOBOS EXPERIENCE Mary Robinette Kowal The Magazine of…

Shorts: The Prevaricator

The Prevaricator weaves a clever story of fraud and corruption, providing a magical solution to a greedy man intent on scamming his way to wealth and untold riches. With wizards, demons and unsuspecting victims, this caper tale provides a big helping of amusement with a side of morality. THE PREVARICATOR Matthew Hughes The Magazine of…

Shorts: The Queen of the Peri Takes Her Time

The Queen of the Peri Takes Her Time brings the magic of One Thousand and One Nights to modern day, weaving a tale of intrigue, seduction and betrayal. I love the casualness of the setting and the lack of surprise at such beings in the world. It takes the magic beyond the fairy tale level,…

Shorts: The Adjunct

The Adjunct is a fun story that takes a sharp turn from mundane to horror, leveled by a consistent mocking of the absurdity of citation systems and college adjunct expectations. The huge plot twist made me laugh out loud, and it’s a great usage of fantasy amidst every day life. THE ADJUNCT Cassandra Rose Clarke…

Shorts: Hainted

Hainted is a deeply emotional piece, one that tugs at the heartstrings as we follow a young girl watching her family unravel, searching for answers in the coal mines of her hometown. Blooms treats the dynamics of broken men and lost dreams with delicacy, showing us what might happen when the lives we want become…

Shorts: Morbier

Brimming with hilarious imagery and obscured omens, Morbier is a time travel tale featuring regular people in a regular setting. I love the author’s writing style – it’s fun and sarcastic, laughing at the world in the midst of dark deeds. MORBIER R.S. Benedict The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2018 STORY We…

Shorts: Bedtime Story

Bedtime Story is a powerful bit of flash fiction, showing the winding down of humanity after a devastating plague. We see the decline of a small town and a deep friendship beyond death. It’s filled with tragedy and a longing for a home that’s gone. BEDTIME STORY James Sallis The Magazine of Fantasy & Science…