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Joined June 2009 and calls As the Moon Climbs home.

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Stories

  1. Before Valentine

    Two men ran naked down the suburban street, laughing, the blood on their foreheads hot despite the pre-dawn chill. If they were caught, they could go to jail for indecency or public exposure, but at the moment they didn’t care. As they passed a h...

  2. Dollars and Sense

    He was only a child when his parents were gunned down by a mugger in a dark alley. What they had been doing there he couldn’t remember, but it was no doubt important. The boy became heir to a vast empire of successful companies that he was too yo...

  3. The Motions of Objects

    Teleporting didn’t always bother me. It was straightforward: step into the booth, dial up your destination, close your eyes and when you opened them, there you were. Texas to Tokyo in an instant. Miami to Maui. London to Luna 2. But it wasn’...

  4. Diplomacy

    Alicia bounded out of her apartment in a clingy slip of cloth, sashaying in front of Rick . “Do you like my new dress?” He shrugged. “I didn’t realize how much weight you’d put on.” “If you didn’t have a ...

  5. The Course of True Love

    Charles glared at Regan. “After all we’ve been through, I’m not giving up. Not when we were finally going to start our new life with each other.” Regan furrowed her brow. “But it’s over. Julia won’t be there to...

  6. The Third Half

    The teacher gestured and the next question in the lesson hovered in front of the white board. The dark letters were as clear as if they’d been printed on the air. “What is the capital of New New York?” she asked. A dozen holodesk ligh...

  7. Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus

    Like Thomas plunging prurient fingers into Christ’s bleeding side, Shaw slid scissors under brittle skin, snipped through dead fur to find stitches beneath where none existed. Impossible that such a creature could evolve; bird bill and feet, beaver t...

  8. Body Dysmorphia

    “Just one more time, doctor,” the man pleaded. “Please?” Dr. Habber tapped the hologram of the patient’s chart that floated above her hand, flicking through its many pages with a frown. “John, if I approve this, you&...

  9. Subtilize

    Quentin took longer than he expected to suss out the robot’s problem. It was a standard E-class bot, a learning agent programmed to score entrance exams for Parkview College. Diagnostics showed the hardware was fine, all sensors and systems funct...

  10. Rataplan

    Reese’s body shook with staccato beats he could no longer tell apart. Rain rattled against metal sheets, thumped against tarps. Machine guns fired. Bullets struck concrete and sandbags, hard earth and soft flesh. His own heart drove blood through...

  11. Yen

    The radishes had been bad enough. Jacob’s wife swore she’d die without them, and they were too poor to buy any, so he sneaked into Dame Gothel’s garden to steal some. Just a few, hardly noticeable among the lush carpet of greens. Then...

  12. Heliolatry

    Houyi was almost sorry to have shot them now that their dying forms surrounded him, cooling as their blood watered the parched earth. He could have simply subdued them as their father Dijun had requested—but no. The Sun-birds were spoiled, mischi...

  13. Amok

    Lisa didn’t know why the man let her live. One second she was eating a burger, the next she hid under the table as he fired round after round into the other people in the restaurant. The young basketball players. The old woman and her grandson. T...

  14. Curiosity Kills

    Dana sprawled on her bed in her room upstairs, reading the assigned parts of Hamlet for class. She wanted to talk to Stacy about Aiden, but if she got another C in English her parents would ground her again. They’d given her a lecture before they...

  15. Haunted House For Sale

    “So, that’s the grand tour,” the realtor said, flashing her pearly whites at Hank. “What do you think?” “Needs a lot of work,” he said, ticking off items on his fingers. “Every door and window squeaks, no...

  16. The Customer Is Always Right

    Leah was idly arranging a vase of carnations when the customer approached her: an older man, wearing a heavy coat despite the mild spring weather, and already scowling. Business had been slow, so she summoned her most cheerful smile. “Give me a b...

  17. Bad Habit

    We’d thought the church would be safe from the legions of undead. We were wrong. Alone, they were weak and easily dispatched, but together they formed a battering ram of flesh that turned the tall oak doors into firewood. Even the stained glass w...

  18. Leaving

    It’s spring in Miami and everything is leaving. The snowbirds who flew down for the winter with the actual birds have packed their suitcases and locked the doors of their vacation homes. The spring break students have stumbled off the beache...

  19. Prohibition

    “I wish you wouldn’t hang around those places,” Daisy said. Jim sighed. “It’s not dangerous like the Feds say. We just—” Daisy held up a hand. “Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know about speake...

  20. Right Hand Woman

    “Good morning, Mr. Poole.” Nola Shields stood in the living room of her employer’s downtown penthouse, her black suit neatly pressed, her shoes shined. “Good morning, Ms. Shields.” Roy Poole examined the clothes she had la...

  21. Confession (Mature)

  22. Lucid

    I stood under a lamppost, its flickering light turning the street into an empty off-tempo night club. A tiny old man in front of me was hunched over smoking a cigarette, pointed ears sticking up through his white hair. He smelled like a barn. “Th...

  23. Where Have All the Flowers Gone

    The train from Munich to Zurich only ran once a day since the fighting had escalated. Armored rail cars scouted first, removing bodies from the tracks or stopping the train to disarm explosives. The five-hour trip was now three times that long. Still, ...

  24. Cacophony

    Connor heard the wailing before he saw its source. Thinking someone was in trouble, he veered off the path and toward the river, branches slapping his arms as he ran. He reached the edge of the tree line and saw the scene clearly, drawing back in alarm...

  25. Fire of Sky and Air

    “Ragnarok is coming.” Mani frowned at his sister, Sol, as she handed him the reins of the sun chariot. “How do you know?” To his surprise, she blushed. “My, you know, hasn’t started.” Mani stared at her blankly...

  26. The Doors of Perception

    “Welcome back, Giselle,” Randy said. Giselle groaned. “Sorbet. Now.” Randy handed her the lemon ice to cleanse her palate. Prophecy by glossolalia always left a weird taste in her mouth; this time it was cigarettes, whiskey and ...

  27. Yellow

    Kate wore black clothes to work so she could go straight to the funeral instead of stopping at home to change. It was cold for March, so she looped her favorite yellow scarf around her neck and made a mental note to remove it before she got to the wake...

  28. Super Is As Super Does

    Blast Girl stared at the device in horror. “It’s a bomb!” “How much time—” Jade Fist began. “Fifteen seconds!” They knew they wouldn’t make it out of the building before it blew up. Despite her expl...

  29. Airy Nothings

    “Hey, Puck, you sodding bastard, look at me!” I peered at the furious fairy over the rim of my beer mug. “Good morrow, fairest spirit in the land. What cause—” “Don’t talk to me like that,” she said. R...

  30. Gravitas

    My father sent me a postcard of the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. On the back, he wrote: “Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow Speak gently, she can hear the daisies grow.” Oscar Wilde’s lines, but I knew “she” me...

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