Launch

Jane Harrison tells the story of man’s voyage to Mars—and the dating troubles that ensue.

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Miri in Love

Maggie Tokuda-Hall describes the special, intimate relationship between a woman and her office supplies.

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Judy and the Dream of HORSE

Ivan Hernandez tells the story of a girl who just wants to ride, and the basketball game standing between her and freedom.

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The Age of Dingdong

David Cairns tells the story of an unholy sacrifice, a Boy Scout troop, and the lengths the mega-rich would go for power.

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The Autobiography of Deanna Troi

Robin Higgins presents a series of excerpts from the life of one of science fiction’s most beloved half-Betazoids.

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The Seed Lives Forever

A short story by Ivan Hernandez concerning a sticky corpse and a feminist private investigator.

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Kevin's List

Jason Weisberger imagines a near-future where Google gets a little too eager to please.

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Star Star Narayan

A short story by John Biggs, taken from his new anthology, School Police. (Reading time: <5m)

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Frightening cosplay character


Cosplayer Yuri Ros created this costume for a character called "Calne Miku," sporting insectile mouth-parts and terrifying symbiotic head-bugs.

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The Cold Dark

John Biggs presents a vignette from the world of Mytro, his new young-adult novel about a secret train system that can take you anywhere in the world. [5m read time]

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Meet the man who remade Middle‑earth

Ethan Gilsdorf interviews John Howe, Tolkien Illustrator and Conceptual Designer of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogies

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Long Hidden: re-telling colonialization from the point of view of the colonized

Read Rose Fox and Daniel José Older’s introduction to The Long Hidden, a new anthology of historical fiction.

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Is professionally-published Fan Fiction the next victim of Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Rachel Edidin asks: "Publishers Are Warming to Fan Fiction, But Can It Go Mainstream?"

Literary publishing’s uneasy relationship with fan fiction has been complicated by the realization that fandom is a huge potential market—one stocked with both prolific authors and enthusiastic readers. But tapping that market is a dilemma few publishers seem quite prepared to engage.

Acadia: A New Sci-Fi Novel (Excerpt)

Enjoy the first chapter of a new novel from James Erwin, creator of Rome Sweet Rome. If you’d like to support it, Erwin has established a crowdfunding project where you can order DRM-free ebooks and hardcopies.

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Bruce Sterling: "From Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter," a short story

I wasn’t too chuffed about the weird changes I saw in my favorite start-up guy. Crawferd was a techie I knew from my circuit: GE Industrial Internet, IBM Smart Cities, the Internet-of-Things in Hackney hackathons. The kind of guy I thought I understood.

I relied on Crawferd to deliver an out-there networked-matter pitch to my potential investors. He was great at this, since he was imaginative, inventive, fearless, tireless, and he had no formal education. Crawferd wore unlaced Converse shoes and a lot of Armani. He had all the bumbling sincerity of a Twitter Arab Spring.

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