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Body Language

by on Sep 3, 2013 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

Saskia leaned into the darkness above the stage, only vaguely aware of the wood rail against her hips as she retied the left headstring on her marionette. On the stage below, the Snow Queen’s head eased into balance. The marionette telegraphed its stance back up the strings to the...

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Weaving Dreams

by on Oct 2, 2012 in Short Fiction | 4 comments

Note from Editor-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas: Mary Robinette Kowal requested the opportunity to revise this story, after a reader pointed out that parts of the story perpetrated racist and colonialist tropes. Mary and I had both missed this.   We discussed this issue, agreed that we...

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow

by on Jan 6, 2011 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

By Mary Robinette Kowal The moment Tuyet walked into the Dagenais’s compartment, she knew something was different.  The usual pack of dogs swarmed around her, distracting her, before she figured out that the compartment smelled different.  Not bad–not like the times they had...

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Horizontal Rain

by on Mar 7, 2010 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

By Mary Robinette Kowal Maxwell Sanders pressed the phone closer to his ear as if that would somehow bring comprehension. “Did you say trolls?” “Yes, Max.” With her words, he could picture Amalia’s rigid posture. He ran a hand over his scalp. “I can’t redo the aluminum plant blueprints...

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Scenting the Dark

by on Mar 7, 2010 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

By Mary Robinette Kowal Lifting the stopper from the vial to his nose, Penn inhaled slowly. Against the neutral backdrop of his ship’s cleanroom, he picked out aromas of quince, elderberry, and bright Martian soil that hinted of blood, with undercurrents of cinnamon and Zeta Epsilon’s...

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