Morning Glory

Jack just sits there, sits there in his own filth, barely covered up by an ancient string vest and soiled Y-fronts. Day in, day out, month after…


30 Birds: “My Hero” by Annie Wonoffate Million

Getting fired was a little bit like teaching a cat to play fetch: I tossed item after object across the room, and in return received disregard and…


Christy’s Fantasy

“What are you doing?” Christy giggled. “I’m watching a naughty movie. There’s this one scene, oh my God, it’s so hot. It’s my fantasy.” “What’s…


Bleating Goats

The dim light flickers above his cell. The room is calm and silent and only the sound of bones scraping against the cement walls chews the boy’s…


White Letters

The clink and clatter of heavy china and silverware underlies a dull roar. Dozens of people talking: aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents,…


A Job for a Ship

Despite the big AIs, the god machine and the mother, JAMBI and Mithene, and the massive, efficient timekeeping systems and schedules these AIs…


The Great Family

translated by Toshiya Kamei "I'm drunk," he said. "I'm dead drunk." He sounded almost as if he were awarded a Medal of Honor, however modest. He took…


The Seaside Cottage

“Pretty spooky, right?” Weber did not know if Scanlan was talking about the cottage or the many empty houses staring out to sea. The two men stood on…


Date Night

Ron says he has a tragic history with women. He goes through stages of blaming himself, of going on and on about where it all went wrong. How he…


Knocking Shop

The building had a drab stairwell, always murky. There were exploitation chambers on all floors of the tenement. Inside these rooms were an array of…