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Fell Our Selves

Content warning: death and suicide ideation Here Dustin “And this is the control room!” Dustin stifled a yawn. His new employer bounced on her toes, sprightly for a predawn start. Her coily hair bounced along with her. Akeza, her name was. “Do you like it?” she asked. “Looks like it’s in functioning order.” “Killjoy.” The […]

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Old Seeds

When the ship restarts my newly thawed brain, the first thing I do is panic. I open my eyes and see the star-spattered void, and I pinwheel and tumble, trying to swim in microgravity like an idiot. I drift out of the open lid of the stasis bed, dizzy and nauseated. I finally manage to […]

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Patterns in Stone and Stars

Szkazy forced her attention back to the candle, the flame weak and flickering in the breeze from the ship’s air duct. Somewhere in the computer bowels, the clock was ticking away her allotted minutes for kindling an open flame. She’d had the dispensation renewed last month—and yet it still felt as if the ship itself […]

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Little Gardens Everywhere

The wind-chimes of my heart prelude Jerry’s arrival. “There’s two of you,” the man says over the slinking bassline. City people don’t believe in fairytales, but they like stating the obvious as long as they can make a pick-up line out of it. Jerry digs her chin into my glitter-coated shoulder. Her auburn hair has […]

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Begging the Moon

I’m pulling the wok off my bike and setting it on the butane when I spot Emilio standing in the shadows like a vulture. He’s still wearing that trench coat, all waxy on the bottom from years of wading through Diyu’s deepest calles. Emilio is the reaper he looks like, tall and gaunt, neuros creeping […]

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Elsewhere, Elsewhen

In the city at the heart of time, with its spires of lapis and its foundations of coiled brass, where death is a whispered legend and the sun itself stands motionless in the sky, the Grand Harvester saunters to her execution. The air is finely scented with the sharp bloom of ice florets at dawn […]

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Hydroplaning

Chapter One I drove into Deepcalm, the single small town on the edge of Lake Caill, peering through veils of rain for my hotel. Then my tires left the ground and the world fell away. It was rainy. I had been driving too fast and with no thought for the rain on the road. I […]

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To Revolt is to be Undone

The bureaucratic white motorcar idled like cold prey amid a jungle of cargo containers on the shipping pier. Mythili warmed herself thinking of the extra money she was making moonlighting as her boss’ chauffeur. The brick came in through the back window. Mythili buckled forward, slamming her head against the car horn. She slid down […]

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In the Time of the Telperi Flower

To: Her prestige Navaneth Anassa, High Imperatrix & First Keeper of the Institute of Erudition [9th Ring, Inner Order] Your scholarly eminence, Even now this unworthy hand trembles with excitement at your impending arrival to the Telperi flower’s research site. Upon hearing the High Imperatrix herself had accepted my invitation to witness the flora’s deadly […]

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