1st and Starlight

"The Skin Script" by Stephanie Loree

A Cappella Zoo

"Wayfare" by D T Friedman (April 2009)

Absolute Magnitude

"Requiem" by Lawrence M. Schoen (March 2005)

"Black Boxes" by Matthew S. Rotundo (January 2001)

Little Brother is watching you.


"Fitzwell's Oracle" by Lawrence M. Schoen

Alternative Coordinates

"The Name of Trust" by Barbara A. Barnett (May 2010)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

"The Language of Flowers" by Ian Creasey (May 2016)

Every morning I harvested the most luscious blooms from the gardens for display in the showroom. Today the quince blazed with bright orange blossom, so I cut a few twigs. As I carried them inside, I sniffed the flowers to check the engineered pheromones. A wave of longing overtook me: a sudden urge to do something mischievous and subversive.

"Pincushion Pete" by Ian Creasey (July 2015)

On a bright but chilly summer morning in Edinburgh, Peter Lonsdale entered the campaign headquarters at his usual time of seven o'clock. No-one else had arrived yet, but the computers had been active overnight, scanning the world's media for news stories and offensive terms. Pete glanced at the big screen, pleased to see that the trend lines still sloped downward for IDIOT, CRETIN, MORON and the rest. News items were spiking upward, as expected. This week marked the tenth anniversary of the Campaign Against Intellectual Discrimination, and Pete had spent the last few days writing articles and giving interviews.

"An Exercise in Motivation" by Ian Creasey (November 2014)

"Sentinel Chickens" by David W. Goldman (May 2013)

Mosquitos, mass delusions, and epidemiologists.

"Stone Age" by Alastair Mayer (June 2011)

Short story, adapted from two of the first few chapters of a novel in progress.

"Small Penalties" by Alastair Mayer (April 2011)

Probability Zero. Spam email is just a minor annoyance. May the punishment fit the crime.

"The First Conquest of Earth" by David W. Goldman (January 2011)

The sweetness of conquest. Also the ropy mucus.

"That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" by Eric James Stone (September 2010)

The human leader of a Mormon congregation that includes swales -- plasma beings that live inside the sun -- must negotiate with the biggest swale for the rights of smaller swales.

"A Talent For Vanessa" by David W. Goldman (May 2010)

Now that the Greater Depression is over, you need a Special Talent like you need a hole in your head.

"Rejiggering the Thingamajig" by Eric James Stone (January 2010)

What would happen if a Buddhist Tyrannosaurus Rex, an insane talking gun, and a nanoswarm janitor went on a quest to restore the galactic teleport network?

"Attitude Adjustment" by Eric James Stone (September 2009)

When disaster strikes a tourist flight around the moon, the captain and passengers must figure out a way to keep the ship from crashing into the surface.

"The Final Element" by Eric James Stone (April 2009)

What's the difference between a Stradivarius violin and an exact atomic duplicate?

"Invasion of the Pattern Snatchers" by David W. Goldman (September 2008)

Biological warfare—measures and counter-measures, human and otherwise. Plus Flemish.

"The Ashes of His Fathers" by Eric James Stone (May 2008)

The representative of a far-flung religious colony returns to Earth with the ashes of the original colonists.

"Reunion" by David W. Goldman (December 2007)

Eighteen years after a failed revolution, one of the rebels is hired by her government to locate a missing artifact crucial to the colony’s survival.

"Radical Acceptance" by David W. Goldman (January 2007)

Space-otter helps humanity to get over angels.

"Upgrade" by Eric James Stone (December 2006)

Why does "John Smith" need an upgraded digestive system?

"Warning! Warning!" by Guy Stewart (October 2005)

"Resonance" by Eric James Stone (September 2005)

The race is on to win the prize for the first functional space elevator.

"Take Me To Your Liederkranz" by Lawrence M. Schoen (September 2005)

"A Pig Tale" by Guy Stewart (May 2000)

"Absolute Limits" by Guy Stewart (August 1997)

"Permission to Speak Freely" by David Walton

"Rival of Mars" by David Walton

Aoife's Kiss

"Chrysalis" by Mary Robinette Kowal (December 2007)

"Gilvaethwy" by LisaShapter (March 2007)

Aoife's Kiss is a magazine of fantasy, science fiction, sword & sorcery and slipstream, published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Aoife's Kiss publishes short stories, poems, illustrations, articles, and movie/book/chapbook reviews.

"Hands" by David Walton (September 2004)

Apex Magazine

"Memories of the Knacker's Yard" by Ian Creasey (July 2007)

Short story, SF/Horror

"Locked In" by Mary Robinette Kowal (April 2007)

"Cerbo en Vitra ujo" by Mary Robinette Kowal (August 2006)

"I’m reluctant to say that 'Cerbo en Vitra ujo' by Mary Robinette Kowal is my favorite story. I think perhaps to know for sure I’d had to read it again and I’m not planning to do that anytime soon. 'Cerbo' sunk its scalpels into me and drug me along for a ride. I had a good idea close to the beginning where it was headed. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t take me there like a double mocha moolatte smothered in smooth chocolate. Oh yes, I slid right through 'Cerbo,' landing at the end wrapped in goo and trepidation."

--Michelle Lee, reviewer


"My Time on Earth" by Ian Creasey (October 2015)

Earth is a world full of ghosts. That's because it's so full of people, and they've got all that history they keep going on about. I wanted to see a ghost, as there's no point visiting Earth if you don't see anything weird.

"Ormonde and Chase" by Ian Creasey (June 2014)

"Within These Well-Scrubbed Walls" by Ian Creasey (October 2013)

"The Unparallel'd Death-Defying Feats of Astoundio, Escape Artist Extraordinaire"
by Ian Creasey (September 2013)

An escapologist attempts to escape from a black hole.

"Joining the High Flyers" by Ian Creasey (August 2012)

This novelette is a sequel to "The Prize Beyond Gold" (December 2010)

"Souvenirs" by Ian Creasey (April 2012)

"The Odour of Sanctity" by Ian Creasey (September 2011)

"I Was Nearly Your Mother" by Ian Creasey (March 2011)

A girl is visited by an alternate version of her dead mother, arriving from a parallel universe. (SF novelette)

"The Most Important Thing in the World" by Steve Bein (March 2011)

"The Prize Beyond Gold" by Ian Creasey (December 2010)

In a future when all athletics records have reached their theoretical limit, Delroy has a chance to break the world record for the 100m sprint, a record which has stood for 70 years.

"Crimes, Follies, Misfortunes, and Love" by Ian Creasey (August 2010)

"Erosion" by Ian Creasey (October 2009)

"Let me tell you about my last week on Earth...."

"Cut Loose the Bonds of Flesh and Bone" by Ian Creasey (September 2008)

"An Almanac for the Alien Invaders" by Merrie Haskell (April 2008)

Collaborators with the alien invasion.

"This Is How It Feels" by Ian Creasey (March 2008)

"The Golden Record" by Ian Creasey (December 2006)

"Silence in Florence" by Ian Creasey (September 2006)

""Feather and Ring"" by Ruth Nestvold (August 2006)

"The Edge of the Map" by Ian Creasey (June 2006)

"The Final Flight of the Blue Bee" by James Maxey (April 2006)

"Datacide" by Steve Bein (April 2006)

"The Hastillan Weed" by Ian Creasey (February 2006)

"To the East, a Bright Star" by James Maxey (December 2005)

""Rainmakers"" by Ruth Nestvold (July 2005)

""Looking Through Lace"" by Ruth Nestvold (September 2003)

""Latency Time"" by Ruth Nestvold (July 2001)

Big Pulp

"A Good Eye" by Beth Cato (June 2012)

Antiques Roadshow/urban fantasy crossover.

Black Static

"The Holy Spear" by Barbara A. Barnett (October 2011)

"The Wounded House" by Barbara A. Barnett (December 2010)

Boston Literary Magazine

"Apple Pie" by William T. Vandemark (July 2010)


California Cantata

"American Shadow" by Beth Cato (March 2013)

Join Kazka Press as we explore California's past and uncover how much of a role magic had to play in the formation of the Golden State.


"[Year Redacted]" by Alexei Collier (January 2015)

"I regret to inform you that the world will be ending sooner than expected."

"This Little Pig" by Mary Robinette Kowal

Science-fiction: After the Oil Wars, private vehicles are largely considered taboo, but a young boy in the Netherlands covets a 1952 MG-TD.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

"The Witching Hour" by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald (April 2018)

African fantasy short story


"For Solo Cello, op. 12" by Mary Robinette Kowal (March 2007)

Cricket Magazine

"Mystery on Space Station Courage" by Guy Stewart (November 1997)

Crossed Genres

"Crossed Genres Quarterly 2"

Quarterly edition of Crossed Genres Magazines, contains issues 28 (Superhero), 29 (Mystery) and 30 (Luck)

"Crossed Genres Quarterly 2"

Quarterly edition of Crossed Genres Magazines, contains issues 28 (Superhero), 29 (Mystery) and 30 (Luck)

Cucurbital 3

"Overlap" by Beth Cato (October 2012)

Digital Science Fiction

"The Sun Dodgers" by Kate O'Connor (September 2011)

"Pressure and the Argument Tree" by Kyle Aisteach (September 2011)

"How I Lost Eleven Stone And Found Love" by Ian Creasey (June 2011)

People always ask me, "Does it hurt?"

"Fruitful" by David Steffen

Nora has never met her children. Why would she have? She has an android to take care of them for her, just like everyone else. But when troubles at work threaten her family's finances, she has to find a way to stay afloat.

Electric Velocipede

"Setting My Spider Free" by Caroline M. Yoachim

"Cool air swirled in through the window and carried with it the faint tapping of claws scratching against stone. A spiderling was climbing my tower."

"The Dragon's Tears" by Aliette de Bodard (November 2008)


"Odin's Spear [Russian translation]" by Steve Bein

"Datacide [Russian translation]" by Steve Bein

Fantastique Unfettered

"A Spectacular Display" by Beth Cato (October 2011)

The gorgeous new issue of the amazing contemporary fantasy periodical, featuring Bram Stoker Award Winner Bruce Boston. Features Beth Cato's feminist steampunk flash, "A Spectacular Display."

Fantasy Magazine

"The Dead Girl's Wedding March" by Cat Rambo (December 2006)

Wooed by a rat, Zuleika must decide between her city and the appeal of the new.

Flash Fiction Online

"213 Myrtle Street" by Beth Cato (April 2012)

A sentient, enchanted house struggles to understand the loss of its beloved owner.


"Chance of Snow" by Alex Wilson (November 2008)

It's spring and you're in love with a woman who's made out of snow. An interactive story.


"Sleepers" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (May 2014)

"The Damaged" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (January 2014)

"Ys" by Aliette de Bodard (May 2009)

September, and the wind blows Françoise back to Quimper , to roam the cramped streets of the Old City amidst squalls of rain.

She shops for clothes, planning the colours of the baby’s room; ambles along the deserted bridges over the canals, breathing in the smell of brine and wet ivy. But all the while she’s aware that she’s only playing a game with herself–she knows she’s only pretending that she hasn’t seen the goddess.

"Buttefly, Falling at Dawn" by Aliette de Bodard (November 2008)

"The Lost Xuyan Bride" by Aliette de Bodard (November 2007)

"Deer Flight" by Aliette de Bodard (July 2007)

"Odin's Spear" by Steve Bein

Jim Baen's Universe

"Canaan" by Matt Rotundo (October 2009)

The new mystery girl in Eric's life is Not From Around Here. And some will stop at nothing to send her back.

"Premature Emergence" by Eric James Stone (February 2008)

The lone human on a cargo ship finds himself stranded in dangerous space.

"Demonstration Day" by Ian Creasey (February 2007)

"Medic!" by William Ledbetter (August 2006)

Near future military science fiction.

"Pastry Run" by Nancy Fulda


Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet

"The Shop of Dying Illusions" by Barbara A. Barnett (July 2016)

"A Wizard of MapQuest" by Alex Wilson (December 2008)

Directions and advice from your evil mage father.

Lightspeed Magazine

"Alive, Alive Oh" by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (May 2013)


"Canopy of Skulls" by Beth Cato (March 2013)

Oceans of the Mind

"The Franklin J. Berneville Memorial Trophy for Saving The World From Extreme Peril"
by Ian Creasey (March 2006)

"Best in Show" by Ian Creasey (September 2004)

"Demonstration Day" by Ian Creasey (September 2003)

On Spec

"The Scaffold" by Ian Creasey

"The Sounds That Come After Screaming" by Ian Creasey

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

"What the Blood Bog Takes" by Barbara A. Barnett (September 2015)

"The Monastery of the Parallels" by Holly Heisey (July 2015)

A jaded general and a revolutionary historian; two facets of the same soul who meet in one parallel with the help of the Monastery of the Parallels, which watches over all incarnations of a soul and meddles at will.

"Escape from the Andromedan Empire" by Ian Creasey (November 2013)

"Wet Work: A Tale of the Unseen" by Matthew S. Rotundo (September 2013)

It’s the last night of the competition. The winner goes to work for a powerful demon. And the loser . . .

"Southside Gods" by Sarah Grey (September 2013)

This is his element: water.

"Notes on a Page" by Barbara A. Barnett (February 2013)

"Winning Veronica's Heart" by Ian Creasey (February 2013)

A science fiction story in the form of a standup comedian's monologue

"The Butcher of Londinium" by J. Deery Wray (July 2012)

"Second Chances Made of Glass and Wood" by Michael T Banker (August 2011)

A necromancer transfers the spirits of the dying into the bodies of dolls. Nattly, transferred as a baby, never got to experience being human.

"Right Before Your Very Eyes" by Matthew S. Rotundo (October 2010)

A tale of magicians, demons, and things that aren't what they seem.

"An Early Ford Mustang" by Eric James Stone (June 2010)

Brad inherited a magical Ford Mustang from his late uncle, but he must be careful of the curse.

"Mudlarks" by Kat Otis (January 2010)

"The Report of a Doubtful Creature" by Ian Creasey (November 2009)

"Like Diamond Tears From Emerald Eyes" by Eric James Stone (July 2009)

Two half-brothers break into a wizard's castle to steal a box for a bride.

"The Multiplicity Has Arrived" by Matthew S. Rotundo (May 2009)

In over 200 years of politics in America, not much has really changed . . . until now.

"The End-of-the-World Pool" by Scott M. Roberts (May 2009)

A boy encounters a disturbing presence at the bottom of a scummy pool.

"Tekkai Exhales His Avatar" by Tony Pi (March 2009)

"The Robot Sorcerer" by Eric James Stone (December 2008)

A robotic probe sent through a wormhole encounters something unexpected.

"Blood & Water" by Alethea Kontis (July 2008)

She's a mermaid. And a vampire. And there are pirates.

"Horus Ascending" by Aliette de Bodard (April 2008)

"Accounting for Dragons" by Eric James Stone (April 2008)

Why dragons need accountants.

"The Frankenstein Diaries" by Matthew S. Rotundo (April 2008)

A writer struggles to understand why his son Paul is so very different from his beloved, deceased Steven, even though Paul was born of Steven's cloned cells.

"Tabloid Reporter to the Stars" by Eric James Stone (February 2007)

A tabloid reporter goes on humanity's first interstellar voyage.

"Small Magics" by Alethea Kontis (October 2006)

In a Victorian fantasy world where women still possess the magic that men have ignored, a young girl appeals to the Society of Alchemists in the hopes of furthering her magical career.

"To Know All Things That Are In The Earth" by James Maxey (October 2006)

Winner of the Codexian Idol contest

"Xoco's Fire" by Oliver Dale (October 2006)

Xoco's forced pain and suffering fuels the magic that makes it possible for the rest of her tribe to live in comfort, but when she gives birth to conjoined twins she realizes they will be made to suffer too, and that she will not allow.

"Salt of Judas" by Eric James Stone (March 2006)

A painter in medieval England gets more than he bargained for when a new apothecary offers to help bring his paintings to life.

"Taint of Treason" by Eric James Stone (October 2005)

A young man is ordered to behead his own father.

"Respite" by Rachel Ann Dryden (October 2005)

"Trill and the Beanstalk" by Edmund R. Schubert

(October 2005)


"Monsters Among Us" by Stephanie Loree

6-part novella serial accompanying Hell's Rebels adventure path.


"The Woman on the Bench" by Stephanie Lorée (October 2014)

"The Cicadas of Okinawa" by Stephanie Lorée (July 2013)

"Clementine, Who Swims with Mermaids" by Beth Cato (May 2013)

Clementine, Who Swims with Mermaids by Beth Cato **Featured Story**
When a little boy’s sister disappears into the waves, he continues to play her mermaid game…and she, with him.

"Light Chimes" by Matthew S. Rotundo (March 2013)

You’re stranded in a canyon on an airless world, but at least the scenery is pretty. And it may be aware of you.

"Ghost Writer to the Dead" by Barbara A. Barnett (October 2012)

"Red" by Kate O'Connor (October 2012)

Postscripts to Darkness 4

"Six Aspects of Cath Baduma" by Kate Heartfield (October 2013)

"Whenever we got a new job, Cath would eat ribs. Pork ribs, probably, but with Cath Baduma it didn't do to assume..."

Read Short Fiction

"Skeletons" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (September 2014)

In the Geek Girls edition of the Canadian all-women magazine

Realms of Fantasy

"The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara"
by Christopher Kastensmidt (April 2010)

"Digging for Paradise" by Ian Creasey (August 2009)

"Magic can do anything," he said. "That's why it's called magic."

""Roger Lambelin"" by Ruth Nestvold and Jay Lake (October 2007)

"Sunday" by Alethea Kontis (October 2006)

We all know that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince, but there's always someone who insists on kissing the same frog over and over again.

""Schwarze Madonna and the Sandalwood Knight""
by Ruth Nestvold and Jay Lake (June 2006)

""King Orfeigh"" by Ruth Nestvold (October 2004)

"A Type of Favor" by Mary Robinette Kowal (June 2010)

"Like most of the co-operatives that sprang up after the Oil Wars, the Broadway co-op had a specialty. While other co-ops might focus on medicine or music, the Broadway members created and exported films to the commercial world. In exchange for pooling their time and resources they were able to have a higher standard of living than any independent artist. But of course, even an economy based on sharing and cooperation demands sacrifices..."

Shimmer Magazine

"The Giant & The Unicorn" by Alethea Kontis (December 2009)

A brave little clockwork Unicorn helps the scary, mad Giant when the Toybox begins to wind down. Based on Aesop's "The Lion & The Mouse" fable.(Clockwork Jungle Issue)

"A Red One Cannot See" by Barbara A. Barnett (November 2009)

"Firefly Igloo" by Caroline M. Yoachim (March 2009)

Available in print or as a free promotional PDF download!

"Even the Slowest Fall" by D T Friedman (September 2008)


"The Dentist's Apprentice" by Kate Heartfield (December 2013)

A children's story, for the Giants issue.

Stupefying Stories

"The Wrong Dog" by Kyle Aisteach (July 2013)

"Toilet Gnomes at War" by Beth Cato (November 2012)

"Red Dust and Dancing Horses" by Beth Cato (April 2012)

A horse story set on Mars, where horses cannot exist.


"The Best Last Choice I Ever Made" by Caroline M. Yoachim (June 2009)

"The Rings of Jupiter" by David Walton (May 2008)

"Death Comes but Twice" by Mary Robinette Kowal (April 2007)

The Colored Lens

"The Land of Dreams" by Kate O'Connor (March 2013)

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"La Héron" by Charlotte Ashley (March 2015)

""Mars: A Traveler's Guide"" by Ruth Nestvold (January 2008)

"Five Tales of the Aqueduct" by Spencer Ellsworth

Five weird, creepy and/or dreamy tales about water where it shouldn't be.

This Mutant Life: Bad Company

"The Integrity of Broken Buildings" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (November 2013)

Two janitors clean up the city after an epic superhero-villain battle and discuss the philosophical ramifications of living in a world with superhumans.

Weird Tales

"Strawberry Thief" by Ian Creasey (June 2007)

Fantasy novella