A.W. Shoot

Cortical grapeshot explodes along Jonas’ mind’s horizon. Another day. Another insipid day. Inner ear ringing, muscle-wrenching tension in neck. Kids…


Blue Butterflies, Part 2

VII. She was a nervous wreck just from this wait. Hajji and his companion were home at last. He ran to her and picked her up. She kissed and hugged…


Brooch, Part 1

I. As he left the office, Hugh mentally scolded himself. He was still half a week behind, but he must drive far into the state. A rush job: they…


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…