2015 YTD By Magazine

This is the same set of stories listed in the Year-To-Date by Rating page, grouped by magazine and issue, to show which issues have multiple recommended stories.
Each magazine section has links to reviews of individual issues by Locus (Lois Tilton), SFRevu (Sam Tomaino), and Tangent (various reviewers). This makes it easier to read reviews by those reviewers even if the stories weren't recommended by them (but recommended by others).

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Analog Science Fiction & Fact

Stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: Jan/Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul/Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Samsara and Ice by Andy Dudak  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
On a distant planet, every few years, two soldiers awake and try to kill each other. The locals think they're gods, and no one seems to remember what the war was about.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
Unmother by Lex Wilson  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A unit of an intelligent alien parasite in a human brain finds evidence that the host's immune system is on to them.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Usher by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Uplifting story in which Dave, a scientist who is losing his sight and hearing to Usher syndrome, attempts to communicate with aliens that neither see nor hear.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Blue Ribbon by Marissa Lingen  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 03|15
Out in the Oort cloud, teen-age Tereza and her sister just won a 4H club competition, but when the kids try to return to the space station, no one answers.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP
Down Please: The Only Recorded Adventure of Lars Fouton, Captain's Lift Operator on the Starship Magnificent by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 04|15
An alien general takes an interest in the unfortunate Lars, who has the dullest job on the starship.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
No Gain by Aubry Kae Andersen  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Maggie, a former champion gymnast, coaches a 16-year-old Uzbek, Sabina, who seems inhumanly focused on winning.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
The Audience by Sean Mcmullen  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueAnalog 06|15
The Javelin reaches a rogue planet 36 light-days from Earth, but the crew finds something terrible there.
The Odds by Ron Collins  Time: 03m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 06|15
What are the odds that two species at roughly equal levels of development would meet in space and learn to trust each other?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Three Bodies at Mitanni by Seth Dickinson  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 06|15
Earth has sent a powerful starship to find the colonies it established 1,000 years ago and to destroy any that pose a threat to humanity.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: NClarke
Delivery by Bud Sparhawk  Time: 03m (900 words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
What if online shopping software was so good it could ship what you needed before you even ordered it?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Pincushion Pete by Ian Creasey  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A man dedicated to helping people increase their intelligence is threatened by a newspaper expose.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Potential Side Effects May Include by Marissa Lingen And Alec Austin  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A young woman in a trial of anti-anxiety implants finds they work better than expected.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Sleeping Dogs by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 1h:10m (21K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
An old man, long in hiding on a remote, tropical world, struggles to cope with the arrival of a figure from the worst part of his past.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton SFRevu:5
The Narrative of More by Tom Greene  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A scientist studies the stone-age human survivors of a long-lost colony, and he finds there's something very disturbing about them.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
The Tarn by Rob Chilson  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
In a far-future Earth, a whole town goes digging for treasure--the Arbiter is sure it's a scam, but who is behind it?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 09|15
An art connoisseur who specializes in dynamic "evolutionary art" gets involved with the finest collection there is.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton
My Father's Crab by Bruce Mcallister  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 10|15
A man remembers the good times he had as a boy with his father, a US Naval officer. He remembers a strange crab that bit his father, and how it changed their lives. The boy's love for his dad feels very real.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
The Daughters of John Demetrius by Joe Pitkin  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 10|15
In a future (~100 years) Mexico, out in the desert, a transhuman young man helps out some normal people, even though he's in peril from other transhumans who are hunting him. There seems to be a well-developed world behind this little story, and it defini
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois RHorton
Evangelist by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 18m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
A man hits bottom and visits a soup kitchen run by aliens pitching their own religion.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Story of Daro and the Arbolita by Shane Halbach  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
On planet Tillal, the Arbolita practically worship their margolo trees, and killing one is a crime--even to save a life.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Builders Of Leaf Houses by Catherine Wells  Time: 1h:04m (19K words)  IssueAnalog 12|15
On Dray's planet, the natives in Motherlove's village meet humans at an inconvenient time, for they are coping with a number of challenges. Marta and Shipner mean well, but they have problems of their own, and communication is difficult.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 KTB
Footprints In The Snow by Bud Sparhawk  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 12|15
Alberto seems to be a caricature of a bigot. He hates the family of spider-like alien refugees who've moved in next door and won't give them a fair chance. But first impressions can be misleading--this story rewards readers who persist.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 SFRevu:4
Paris, 1835 by Bill Johnson  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueAnalog 12|15
A lady time-traveler falls into bad company in nineteenth-century Paris.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB SFEP
The Master's Voice by Brendan DuBois  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 12|15
Today is Jake's 7th birthday (13 Earth years), and the celebration formally makes him a man.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB
The Museum Of Modern Warfare by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 12|15
The narrator, now a diplomat, returns to a planet where she and other humans had allied with natives to win a bloody victory. She's there to visit a new war museum and investigate complaints about it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

Asimov’s Science Fiction

Stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: Jan Feb Mar Apr/May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct/Nov Dec
Ninety-Five Percent Safe by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
Crowded into a huge, underground city, survivors of a nuclear war can opt to take a one-way trip through a wormhole and settle on another planet. But 5% of the pods get destroyed.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Songs in the Key of You by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
In the near future, all the cool Highschool kids wear "Kurzwailers" on their wrists, which play music that's customized for them alone. Aisha's family is too poor for her to have one, but she does have a gift for creating music.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP
The Unveiling by Christopher Rowe  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
A middle-aged foreman whose crew does menial jobs on planet Castellon finds something unusual during a routine job cleaning statues meant to be unveiled the next day.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP
Watergirl by Rudy Rucker And Marc Laidlaw  Time: 40m (12K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
Del and his friend Zep are near-future surf bums living in Hawaii. Zep finds them work with a wealthy developer using nanotechnology to create programmable waves.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Forgiveness by Leah Cypess  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAsimov's 02|15
A high-school girl's abusive boyfriend comes back to school equipped with an anti-violence chip. No one understands how despite everything she still loves him.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 KTB
On the Night of the Robo-Bulls and Zombie Dancers by Nick Wolven  Time: 1h:10m (21K words)  IssueAsimov's 02|15
In a nightmarish near-future New York where wake-up pills mean no one ever sleeps, Gabriel investigates strange behavior by his financial trading company's AIs.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:5
Red Legacy by Eneasz Brodski  Time: 33m (10K words)  IssueAsimov's 02|15
In an alternate Cold War, Marya works on a secret genetics project for Stalin, but her goals aren't quite what the Russians think they are.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Inhuman Garbage by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 1h:24m (25K words)  IssueAsimov's 03|15
A young woman is murdered in Armstrong City, Luna, and both the police and organized crime want to understand why. Captivating.
Military Secrets by Kit Reed  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 03|15
When the Navy reports Jessie's father is missing-in-action, life at school becomes very strange. Surreal.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Twelve and Tag by Gregory Norman Bossert  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 03|15
At the end of the 21st Century, the crew of Tethys initiates a pair of new crew members via a story-telling game. Chilling.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton
How to Walk Through Historic Graveyards in the Post-Digital Age by Fran Wilde  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
After a grave injury reporting on a future US war, Eleanor's eyes were replaced with advanced prosthetics--but now she seems to be seeing ghosts.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB
Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters—H'ard and Andy are Come to Town by Michael Swanwick And Gregory Frost  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Andy and H'ard are magical con men who offer to "help" a drought-ridden, depression-era, southwest town.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
Paul and His Son by Joe M. Mcdermott  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
In a near-future NYC, 14-year-old Paul Jr. keeps running away from home, and Paul Sr. is willing to go to great lengths to stop him.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
The Children of Gal by Allen M. Steele  Time: 1h:07m (20K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Sanjay's mother is exiled from the Eos colony for heresy because she claimed she saw "stars" moving in the night skies.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer  Time: 1h:04m (19K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Tess is writing an article about a new disease that causes women to give birth to clones of themselves.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB
What I Intend by Robert Reed  Time: 26m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
A wealthy investor decides to pour resources into the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, with unexpected results.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Mutability by Ray Nayler  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
In a comfortable future world, a man meets a woman from a past he doesn't remember.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton RHorton
Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 54m (16K words)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
One of the last live bands struggles to do performances in a mostly-online world.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 SFRevu:4 SFEP
The End of the War by Django Wexler  Time: 41m (13K words)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
In deep interplanetary space of some other solar system, war is fought between squads of self-replicating robots while their human operators engage in almost-friendly conversation.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 SFEP
The Muses of Shuyedan-18 by Indrapramit Das  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
Lesbian couple studying the native life on Teysanzi make a real impression on a towering alien.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois
Acres of Perhaps by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 44m (13K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
In his old age, a TV writer reflects on a show he worked on fifty years ago--the only work he's really proud of--and the almost supernatural way it came to an end.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [0]  Recommended By: RHorton
Like Native Things by Mary Robinette Kowal  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
Tilda is a middle-aged German scientist researching technology to link human minds with animals--she's been very successful, but today something goes very wrong.
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Petroglyph Man by Rudy Rucker  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
Julio, a young man visiting Hawaii with his wife, explores his company's technology that modifies photos based on the user's thoughts.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
Pollen from a Future Harvest by Derek Künsken  Time: 1h:23m (25K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
In the 24th Century, Major Okonkwo investigates the suspicious death of her husband in the context of research on a secret portal that links 11 years into the past and the future.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFEP
Caisson by Karl Bunker  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
A young man helping build the Brooklyn Bridge in 1871 copes with a friend who's too interested in the fossils they find on the riverbed.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP
No Placeholder for You, My Love by Nick Wolven  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Claire meets a handsome older man at a dinner party held in a virtual reality where something has gone subtly wrong.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 GDozois NClarke
Two-Year Man by Kelly Robson  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Mikkel isn't very bright, but he cleverly supplements his janitorial job by scavenging useful items his superiors discard and bringing them home to his wife--then one day he brings home a mutant baby.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 LTilton NClarke
Wild Honey by Paul Mcauley  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
In post-Collapse America, Mel operates a hive of augmented bees and trading honey and medicines with locals--until a crew of bandits arrives.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP NClarke
Calved by Sam J. Miller  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueAsimov's 09|15
A refugee from drowned New York City tries to reconnect with his teenage son during a break from the menial work he does on ice boats.
Duller's Peace by Jason Sanford  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 09|15
A young girl lives with her grandfather in a near-future totalitarian south-east Asian country whose rulers use an airborne nanotechnology to track everyone's thoughts.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB SFRevu:4
Last Hunt by Vylar Kaftan  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueAsimov's 09|15
A young, pre-European Inuit girl and her cousin witness a falling spaceship, and she insists they investigate, wondering if it is a message from the spirits.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Searching for Commander Parsec by Peter Wood  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 09|15
A single mom learns that the 50s-style radio show her lonely young son loves listening to is coming from a radio station that no longer exists.
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The Molenstraat Music Festival by Sean Monaghan  Time: 48m (15K words)  IssueAsimov's 09|15
On an arid planet, an former musician--now a painter in his old age--attempts to help a damaged but extremely talented young musician find the strength to heal herself.
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The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Life After Death by Sandra Mcdonald  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
Ghost of an adjunct professor haunting her department is inundated by victims of a campus shooting.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 KTB
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette De Bodard  Time: 1h:48m (32K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
The Empress of the Dai Viet Interstellar Empire assigned a team to track down her rebellious daughter, who disappeared thirty years ago. Now the scientist leading the investigation as also disappeared.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 SFEP GDozois
The Hard Woman by Ian Mcdowell  Time: 51m (16K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
French woman in the 1880s old West can become invulnerable, at some cost, and makes a living as a stage performer--until something goes wrong in Tombstone.
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Walking to Boston by Rick Wilber  Time: 44m (13K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
A man takes his Alzheimer's-afflicted wife to Boston to fulfill a promise he made when they were young.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton SFRevu:4 SFEP
With Folded RAM by Brooks Peck  Time: 06m (2K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
A team infiltrates a space station just as two researchers are about to create the ultimate AI.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB
Empty by Robert Reed  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 12|15
Lerner Pong is an AI on a mission to the outer solar system following a huge war between machines that has left the inner solar system in ruins.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton NClarke
Of Apricots and Dying by Amanda Forrest  Time: 28m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 12|15
In a near-future Pakistan, 19-year-old Asma has to choose between a high-tech job in the city or staying home to help her family. A complex story, and there is more to things than meets the eye.
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The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan  Time: 1h:04m (19K words)  IssueAsimov's 12|15
The situation on Vesta has reached the point where certain people flee to Ceres in suspended animation. Anna, the new Director of Ceres, tries to understand the refugees better as relations with Vesta continue to deteriorate.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 LTilton SFEP

Clarkesworld

Stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
Locus Reviews: 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111
SFRevu Reviews: 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 100
Entertaining tale of a modern search engine that achieves real artificial intelligence by accident and decides it wants to be helpful to people.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton NClarke
Ether by Zhang Ran  Time: 48m (15K words)  IssueClarkesworld 100
One dreary day follows another for the underemployed, middle-aged narrator until a mysterious figure in black fleeing the police stops to trace a figure in the palm of his hand.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton
The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary by Kij Johnson  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 100
All the imaginary creatures a young person could want to make apartment life more pleasant.
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A key scientist in the Dai Viet interstellar empire has died, and three people who were close to her mourn her passing in different ways.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 GDozois
Meshed by Rich Larson  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 101
In near-future Seattle, a basketball scout finds an unusually talented high school senior, but there's one catch. This story is uplifting and painful all at once.
In an alternate history ~1880s steampunk+magic Chicago, a woman detective for the Pinkerton's investigates someone who might have been involved in a terrorist attack on Chicago.
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In 2001, just before the attacks, a girl out West has a very close encounter with space aliens.
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Cassandra by Ken Liu  Time: 18m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Nameless lady villain explains how misguided Superman is for trying to stop her.
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Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Zhou is an ad man for a Chinese marketing firm, and he has to find a way to get people to buy a new photo technology that has unusual capabilities.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton SFRevu:4
Slowly Builds An Empire by Naim Kabir  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
In a future Tokyo, Shinsuke Takinami is an outcast because he can't use the augments that normal people use to communicate with each other--he has to talk.
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Surreal tale about the loves and losses of Violet Wild, a girl from the purple country, who crosses the spectrum accompanied by a unicorn, a sorrow, and a herd of time squirrels.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton
Let Baser Things Devise by Berrien C. Henderson  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 103
In alternate-history America, an uplifted chimp gets certified as a person and goes to the moon.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: LTilton SFRevu:4
The Empress in Her Glory by Robert Reed  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 103
Aliens decide to rule the Earth indirectly, picking a middle-aged woman from an insurance company to be their intermediary.
An Evolutionary Myth by Bo-Young Kim  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
What if people's bodies evolved during a single lifespan, changing form according to the actions and the character of each individual?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
For the Love of Sylvia City by Andrea M. Pawley  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
The 19-year-old heroine, who maintains the cable that links her peaceful underwater city with the war-torn mainland, finds something troubling during a routine repair.
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In 2335, a lonely old woman tries to get her robot to help her commit suicide.
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Asymptotic by Andy Dudak  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 105
Intergalactic policeman enforces Einstein's speed limit, but suffers the side effects of violating it himself.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton
Forestspirit, Forestspirit by Bogi Takács  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 105
In the far future, a military system left-over from a war hides in a forest until a boy asks it for help.
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A war reporter investigates a possible alien landing in Hungary although her previous reporting has made her a lot of enemies there.
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Further North by Kay Chronister  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Two Turkish sisters struggle to survive in an Alaska ravaged by giant mutant worms.
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The Hunger Tower by Pan Haitian  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
An aircraft crashes in the desert on an unpopulated planet, and the passengers struggle to survive.
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When Your Child Strays From God by Sam J. Miller  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Fundamentalist mom takes networking drug so she can track down her missing teenage boy.
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Security Check by Han Song  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 107
A man in a future, security obsessed America longs for freedom, but lacks the courage to defy the security guards at the subway entrance.
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The Servant by Emily Devenport  Time: 50m (15K words)  IssueClarkesworld 107
A servant girl on a generation ship plots to overthrow the evil and corrupt rulers.
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Today I Am Paul by Martin L. Shoemaker  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 107
Alzheimer's patient's family can't visit her very often, so they buy a robot to fool her into thinking they're visiting her. The robot tells the story.
Egg Island by Karen Heuler  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
In a fairly near future, Audra visits the mid Pacific to watch how the ecosystem is evolving to incorporate plastics.
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Ice by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
At 16, freshly moved to an alien planet, Sedgewick plans to meet some local boys for a midnight challenge/initiation, but his 14-year-old brother tags along.
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Summer at Grandma's House by Hao Jingfang  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
In China, a failing student decides to spend the summer with his grandmother, an eccentric scientist.
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Xia Jia  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 110
The narrator is a librarian who acquires a mysterious book of poems and becomes obsessed with finding information about the author.
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In 2139 Beiruit, Suraya sends a sequence of e-mails that summarize her team's progress saving as many people in Lebanon as possible from a coming global catastrophe.
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So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 110
During a flu epidemic, the narrator uses her cooking blog to tell the world about how she and her family make do on short rations.
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Yuanyuan’s Bubbles by Liu Cixin  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 111
(Hard SF) Yuanyuan has been fascinated with bubbles ever since she was a baby, but her hometown is dying from drought and needs water, not bubbles.
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Fantasy & Science Fiction

Stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
Farewell Blues by Bud Webster  Time: 45m (14K words)  IssueF&SF 01.02|15
In 1937, Juney Walker was a young man playing the blues with a band in the Louisiana bayou. He played with a man named Jake Fell, who could play to raise the dead--and one time did. A very moving story.
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Prisoner of Pandarius by Matthew Hughes  Time: 35m (11K words)  IssueF&SF 01.02|15
In this amusing tale, Raffalon the Thief accepts a job from Cascor, a minor magician who wants him to steal an unknown object from Cascor's former employer.
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Telling Stories to the Sky by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueF&SF 01.02|15
Heartwarming tale of a beggar girl in a long-forgotten city who tells stories to the wind.
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The Man from X by Gregor Hartmann  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueF&SF 01.02|15
Franden wants to be a writer, but he's hoping to immigrate to a less populous, less competitive world. If he can just fool immigration into believing he's really an artist.
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A Small Diversion On the Road to Hell by Jonathan L. Howard  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
Humorous story about a bartender on another planet having a slow day until a time traveler turns up.
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A User's Guide to Increments of Time by Kat Howard  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
Siobhan and Finn are chronomancers, who can manipulate the passage of time. Former lovers, they hate each other now, and use their magic against each other.
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Little Girls in Bone Museums by Sadie Bruce  Time: 11m (4K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
Deeply disturbing story about Piedra, a young woman whose body has been twisted into a work of art called a "bone knot."
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The Mantis Tattoo by Paul M. Berger  Time: 28m (8K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
In this clever historical fantasy, set in the Pleistocene, young Nudur gets called to serve Mantis, and Mantis sets him a difficult task to prove himself.
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This Is the Way the Universe Ends: with a Bang by Brian Dolton  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
In the far future, near the end of the Universe, Titus and the 92 remaining intelligences cope with the discovery of something new.
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What Has Passed Shall In Kinder Light Appear by Bao Shu  Time: 1h:20m (24K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
A Chinese man recounts his life, in which the events of history as we know them appear to be coming in reverse.
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A Turkey with Egg on His Face by Rob Chilson  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueF&SF 05.06|15
Modest, young Missouri man has "friends" who bully him, a "girlfriend" who doesn't know he likes her, and a time machine.
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Entanglements by David Gerrold  Time: 39m (12K words)  IssueF&SF 05.06|15
A writer gets a device that lets him examine alternate universes.
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Entrepreneurs by Robert Grossbach  Time: 1h:12m (22K words)  IssueF&SF 05.06|15
An engineer on Earth in the 1980s attempts a business deal with rather tiny space aliens.
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Trapping the Pleistocene by James Sarafin  Time: 50m (15K words)  IssueF&SF 05.06|15
Fur trapper from ~22nd-Century Ohio goes back in time to try to catch a giant beaver.
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Dixon's Road by Richard Chwedyk  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
A stranger from the spaceport visits the house of a famous poet, preserved from the original terraforming of the planet.
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Johnny Rev by Rachel Pollack  Time: 1h:20m (24K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Jack Shade, a supernatural investigator in New York City, is stalked by his own duplicate.
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Paradise and Trout by Betsy James  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
The ghost of a ten-year-old boy tries to find his way to paradise.
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The Body Pirate by Van Aaron Hughes  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Symbiotic intelligences combining a bird-like entity with a humanoid one suffer problems when progress allows each bird to control multiple humanoids.
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The Curse of the Myrmelon by Matthew Hughes  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
A fantasy-world shipping clerk thinks discrepancies in his accounts are the result of a curse, so he hires Cascor, a sort of magic-using private detective.
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The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir  Time: 28m (8K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Things from the deep ocean invade a small American town, and a 16-year-old girl who can glimpse the future seeks the cause of it all.
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Don't Move by Dennis Etchison  Time: 11m (4K words)  IssueF&SF 09.10|15
Surreal tale of a young man who gets off a bus in the middle of nowhere and the mysterious girl who follows him.
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Ten Stamps Viewed Under Water by Marissa Lingen  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueF&SF 09.10|15
Two young sisters in a fantasy world wait out a plague at home. One of them collects stamps to pass the time, but what she really wants is to find a way to help find a magical solution.
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The Adventure of the Clockwork Men by Ron Goulart  Time: 26m (8K words)  IssueF&SF 09.10|15
In a humorous 1903 steampunk London, a detective who specializes in the supernatural hunts a criminal mastermind who has kidnapped his girl.
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The Bone War by Elizabeth Bear  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueF&SF 09.10|15
Bijou the artificer makes animated skeletons, but she's never been asked to apply her magic to a dinosaur skeleton before.
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The Lord of Ragnarök by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 56m (17K words)  IssueF&SF 09.10|15
A middle-aged knight in early 13th-Century France bringing his squire (and future master) to meet "The Master of the Tides," reflects on the things he's done, variously brave, cowardly, kind, and horrible, and those he's seen--including the terrifying sup
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We're So Very Sorry for Your Recent Tragic Loss by Nick Wolven  Time: 32m (10K words)  IssueF&SF 09.10|15
In a world where everything is connected, a bug causes the system to think that thirty-five-year-old Meg has suffered a death in the family, and everything in her daily life, from her pillow to the ads on the sidewalk, starts commiserating with her.
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Cleanout by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
The narrator and her two sisters have come to clean out their comatose mother's house and select items they might want to remember her by.
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DreamPet by Bruce Mcallister  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
The narrator is senior VP for design at a company that makes genetically-modified pets, and he likes to give them as gifts to family members.
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Gypsy by Carter Scholz  Time: 1h:18m (24K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
With Earth falling apart, a secret group launches a mission to Alpha Centauri in 2041. Launching is only half the problem; getting there is the real challenge.
Her Echo by Kj Kabza  Time: 02m (615 words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
In the style of an old legend, this story tells about what happened to Old Wise Woman's reflection, shadow, and echo after she died.
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It's All Relative at the Space-Time Café by Norman Birnbach  Time: 06m (2K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
Bohr meets his ex, Jenny, at the café, where they reminisce about love and science in terms of puns.
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The City of Your Soul by Robert Reed  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
You take a plane flight to Seattle, but disturbing news from Brazil bothers everyone on the flight. And beyond.
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The Fabulous Follicle by Harvey Jacobs  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
Cute slipstream story about Morris the barber, who takes on some rather non-traditional clients in order to raise money to open his own shop.
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The Winter Wraith by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
All alone at home during bad winter weather, Henry wants to get rid of the dead Christmas tree in the living-room. It drops needles and ornaments and there just seems to be something wrong with it.
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Lightspeed

Stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
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SFRevu Reviews: 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67
Headwater LLC by Sequoia Nagamatsu  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 56
Headwater Bottled Refreshments sells bottled water with literally magical properties. Yoko works in the home office and knows that the mythical, aquatic, Kappa on the logo isn't so mythical.
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In the modern world, a water spirit mourns the loss of her mortal lover.
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Rhye a bitter ex-supersoldier, fights to rescue Rack, her hacker partner in crime, after the criminals they're working for kill Rack's body while his mind is in cyberspace.
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Things You Can Buy for a Penny by Will Kaufman  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 57
If you are desperate, visit the burned-out cottage by moonlight, find the forbidden well where the wet gentleman lurks. If you give him a penny, he might grant your wish.
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Documentary by Vajra Chandrasekera  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 58
Somebody is making a documentary about Kamaria, who is a were-helicopter.
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Hot Rods by Cat Sparks  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueLightspeed 58
Near future Australia is dying from drought, and Harper's boyfriend has taken a job at a local mysterious American military base.
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The Universe, Sung in Stars by Kat Howard  Time: 06m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 59
Orrey maker decides to try working with real stars and galaxies.
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We'll Be Together Forever by Joseph Allen Hill  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 59
A dysfunctional couple decides to make a love potion to prevent themselves from breaking up.
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The Myth of Rain by Seanan Mcguire  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueLightspeed 60
In the near-future Pacific Northwest, environmentalists race to save key species from a forest that's slated to be destroyed.
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Time Bomb Time by C. C. Finlay  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 60
Hannah's boyfriend wants to test his time experiment in Hannah's room.
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Maddie's list of things to do before the end of the world tells a sad, sweet story.
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Helping Hand by Claudine Griggs  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
When Alexandria's propulsion unit fails on a solo space mission, she knows she's going to die if she can't think of something--it's just a matter of time.
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Influence Isolated, Make Peace by John Chu  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Cyborg struggles to prove he can fit into society now that the war is over.
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Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Madeline is having an adverse reaction to an experimental drug--she revisits episodes in her past.
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A group of Englishmen sharing an evening in a pub near a canal on "Old Mars" meet a stranger who knows their secret and makes them an offer.
Two By Two by Tim Susman  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
The blight destroyed almost all plant life, and Daniel and Vijay are seeking shelter with Daniel's family in Texas who may have a way out.
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Crazy Rhythm by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 62
In 1925, a young woman assistant works on the set of a silent movie about World War I.
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Saltwater Railroad by Andrea Hairston  Time: 52m (16K words)  IssueLightspeed 62
In 1835, a mysterious young woman washes ashore on an island off the Georgia/Florida coast where a group of runaway slaves have built a community.
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Violation of the TrueNet Security Act by Taiyo Fujii  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueLightspeed 62
A washed-up programmer in near-future Japan explores old code that she wrote back before the Internet was replaced by TrueNet.
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Ghosts of Home by Sam J. Miller  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 63
A young woman with a bank job appeasing spirits who haunt foreclosed homes meets an attractive young male spirit who causes her to question the rules.
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Repeated runs of a simulation in which women from fairy tales fight to the death with knives.
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The Smog Society by Chen Qiufan  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueLightspeed 63
A lonely old Chinese man gets involved in the fight against smog--without government approval.
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All in a Hot and Copper Sky by Megan Arkenberg  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
Thirty years after a catastrophe in a Mars mission simulation, a woman writes letters to her dead lover--the one they call the Angel of death.
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Young scientist trying to develop time travel encounters an alien intelligence that lives outside of time.
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The Ninth Seduction by Sean Mcmullen  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
A goblin craftsman who makes things of beauty for his cruel elvish mistress learns to make her weapons from the mundane world.
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Werewolf Loves Mermaid by Heather Lindsley  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
Humorous slipstream tale about a romance between a werewolf and a mermaid in the real world.
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The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club by Nike Sulway  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 65
What if rhinoceroses behaved like human beings and talked about their upcoming extinction during book club meetings?
The Plausibility of Dragons by Kenneth Schneyer  Time: 21m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 66
In which Malik, a Moor from Cordoba, and Fara, a lady knight, unite to hunt a powerful and uniquely deceitful dragon.
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Ex Libris Noctis by Jay Lake  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 67
(Urban Fantasy) Beatrice is dying, her brass heart failing, her captor leering at her. To survive and escape, she needs to remember how she got here.
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Tor.com

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Damage by David D. Levine  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueTor.com 01/21/15
An intelligent, patchwork fighter ship struggles to help the last of the Free Belt fight off the Earth Force.
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The Language of Knives by Haralambi Markov  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueTor.com 02/04/15
A man butchers the corpse of his husband to cook a meal for the gods, as required by his culture's funeral rites.
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Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueTor.com 02/11/15
Kim and Alana are two bodies sharing a single mind, which makes them world-class gymnasts--as long as they keep it a secret.
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The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri  Time: 21m (6K words)  IssueTor.com 03/04/15
The narrator's uses the family time machine to try to reach some closure with mother who abandoned him in 1963.
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The Thyme Fiend by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 46m (14K words)  IssueTor.com 03/11/15
In 1915 Ohio, 14-year-old Emmett's night terrors get worse after he finds a dead body in an abandoned well.
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Dog by Bruce Mcallister  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueTor.com 03/25/15
In the 1980s, when a young American couple goes to Mexico to study Spanish, a Mexican-American friend warns them to pay attention to the dogs.
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The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueTor.com 04/15/15
In Mexico in 1562, Bienvenida meets an imprisoned Spanish girl her own age, befriends her, and looks for the magic to set her free.
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The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik  Time: 1h:14m (22K words)  IssueTor.com 04/22/15
Salman pursues the truth behind stories his grandfather told him about an impoverished princess he used to know back in Pakistan and the Jinn that protected her.
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Elephants and Corpses by Kameron Hurley  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueTor.com 05/13/15
Nev can jump to bodies of the freshly dead, or to bodies he keeps on ice, but his latest acquisition causes no end of trouble.
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Zapped by Sherwood Smith  Time: 46m (14K words)  IssueTor.com 05/27/15
Laurel is starting highschool in a new town, and although she's smart enough not to talk about her telekinetic ability, she can't resist using it sometimes.
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Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson  Time: 1h:02m (19K words)  IssueTor.com 06/10/15
Sylvain de Guilherand secretly uses a captive water spirit to provide indoor plumbing to Louis XV's Versailles, but the spirit is childish, playful, and getting bored.
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At the End of Babel by Michael Livingston  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueTor.com 07/01/15
In a future authoritarian America that doesn't tolerate cultural or linguistic diversity, Tabitha Hoarse Raven returns to the pueblo of Acona to finish the sacred dance her father died trying to complete.
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You are a lonely ten-year-old boy living in an old house with your mom when a man claiming to be your uncle arrives and strange things start to happen.
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Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma  Time: 31m (9K words)  IssueTor.com 07/27/15
Lola (aka Eliza) has had problems dealing with people ever since she was a child, but she's always been good with snakes.
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Please Undo This Hurt by Seth Dickinson  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueTor.com 09/16/15
A woman paramedic and her best friend fear that despite their best efforts, they end up causing more pain than they relieve.
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Hold-Time Violations by John Chu  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueTor.com 10/07/15
Ellie is trying to catch a train from Boston to DC so she can visit her ailing mother when her sister calls to tell her she needs to "go to the skunkworks and repair the physics of this universe."
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Variations on an Apple by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueTor.com 10/14/15
Surreal science fantasy, in which three goddesses come to Paris, prince of a mathematical Troy, and ask him to decide to whom to award an apple.
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Some Gods of El Paso by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueTor.com 10/28/15
In a magical, 2020s Texas, Lorna and Vix sell sex, but they mostly trade emotions; they'll take what you don't want, and sell the kind you do. As long as the law doesn't catch them.
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Oral Argument by Kim Stanley Robinson  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueTor.com 12/07/15
(SF) A transcript of testimony before the U.S. Supreme Court gradually reveals what really happened with a human photosynthesis technology.
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Other Magazines, etc

All Who Tremble by A.A. Balaskovits  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueApex 74
The neighbors in their Russian village fear and loathe the strange family in their whirring house, but the daughter dreams of a better life.
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Going Endo by Rich Larson  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueApex 74
A sensitive technician works with heavily-bioengineered people (tough exos and the brainy endos inside them) who hunt for pirates in the Oort cloud.
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It is Healing, It is Never Whole by Sunny Moraine  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueApex 75
When the souls of the suicides tumble out of the low, gray clouds, the narrator is one of the ones who collect them, contain them, and load them onto the train.
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(High Fantasy) The usurped king lives in exile, guarded (and tortured) by an automaton--so people say. The truth seems to be a bit more comfortable than that though.
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(Literary) From childhood, Flora, painted disturbing paintings, and her nurse fears the young lady carried this obsession into adulthood.
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(Fantasy) Tonight the hero risks her family to battle the Kaiju Maximus, one of the enormous aliens that drove most of humanity underground.
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The Lily and the Horn by Catherynne Valente  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueFantasy 59
(High Fantasy) Laburnum castle hosts key nobles from across the kingdom as well as the king himself for an enormous feast--a feast that's equivalent to a war.
A Murmuration by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueInterzone 257
(Hard SF) Scientist studying flock behavior of starlings gets astonishing results but struggles to get her paper accepted.
Blossoms Falling Down by Aliya Whiteley  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueInterzone 257
(SF) Katsumi's first night/she meets a navigator/in the haiku room. The endless journey/of the generation ship/for him, she brightens.
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The Worshipful Company of Milliners by Tendai Huchu  Time: 26m (8K words)  IssueInterzone 257
(Urban fantasy) Kitsi is a feline spirit called into existence to create the invisible hats that give writers their inspirations.
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After His Kind by Richard W. Strachan  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueInterzone 259
The sole survivor of a colony ship nevertheless raises a host of rather strange children, and today he hosts a special ceremony at "the worm farm."
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Edited by Rich Larson  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueInterzone 259
Two teenage boys spend a weekend with a friend who's just been "edited." The narrator struggles to accept the changes in his friend and wonders if things can still be the same.
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Midnight Funk Association by Mack Leonard  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueInterzone 259
Bunchess Taylor, a black musician in Detroit, learns that someone or something is poisoning Detroit's music when his assistant, "the white boy," buys an extra-sensitive piece of equipment.
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The Deep Of Winter by Chris Butler  Time: 35m (11K words)  IssueInterzone 259
In an alternate world, a group of men go down into the abandoned undercity to search for two people who have disappeared.
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Silence Like Diamonds by John Barnes  Time: 33m (10K words)  IssueLightreading.com 
(SF) Yip, a software security consultant, works for her sister, Yazzy. She expects cases to be challenging, but not life-threatening. Until now.
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Little Sisters by Vonda N. McIntyre  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueLittle Sisters 
(SF) Badly damaged in action, Qad's ship barely makes it to a shipyard. Qad expects a reward for his efforts, but things have changed since his last visit.
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City of Ash by Paolo Bacigalupi  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueMatter 7/27/15
In a near-future, water-starved Phoenix, AZ, Maria hides from the smoke of distant forest fires and thinks about everything that went wrong.
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueNightmare 37
(Horror) Meimei dates really bad guys. Who want to use her. Who don't know what they're in for.
Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold  Time: 2h:04m (37K words)  IssuePenric's Demon 
Penric, age 19, is accidentally possessed by a demon meant for someone else. Demons can be useful, but they are dangerous, and Penric has no idea what to do with one.
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Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 2h:19m (42K words)  IssueSlow Bullets 
Scur, a soldier in an interstellar war, wakes up from hibernation on a prison ship. The ship is failing, they don't know where they are, and the prisoners are trying to kill each other.
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(SF) Anat doesn't remember her parents, but she loves her brother Oscar. They live in a wonderful world full of strange creatures and machines. The more she learns, the stranger things seem.
This Evening's Performance by Genevieve Valentine  Time: 55m (17K words)  IssueThe Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk 
(Steampunk) The last three human actors struggle to find roles in a post-WWI world where automata have replaced people on the stage.
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The Two Paupers by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 1h:02m (19K words)  IssueThe Two Paupers 
(Fantasy)  Gideon always destroys the statures he carves. Analise (who both loves and hates him) decides to save one, not expecting it to come to life.
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Black Dog by Neil Gaiman  Time: 45m (14K words)  IssueTrigger Warning 
(Horror) A young American man wanders into a gloomy English village where legend tells of a spectral black dog which is the harbinger of death.
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Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang  Time: 54m (16K words)  IssueUncanny 2
(Science Fantasy) Lao Dao processes trash in a fantastic future "third-space" Beijing. To get money for his daughter's education, he makes a dangerous trip to first-space--a city that unfolds when his own Beijing sleeps.
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Wooden Feathers by Ursula Vernon  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueUncanny 7
Moving story about a woman who carves mediocre decoy ducks and an old man who buys one every week.
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Rockets Red by Mary Robinette Kowal  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueWord Puppets 
(Alternate History) In 1974, twenty years after Mars was settled, Aaron tries to put on the first Martian fireworks display--despite his mother's attempts to help him. A sweet little story.
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Eric Wong
January 22, 2016

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