For Old Times’ Sake by Geoff Gander [fantasy]

For Old Times’ Sake by Geoff Gander Sarah studied the balding, broad-shouldered man dipping a biscotti into his coffee and smiled. “Facebook didn’t lie. You don’t look bad after 30 years,” she said. Frank looked up and straightened.…

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Nativity by Frances Silversmith [fantasy]

Nativity by Frances Silversmith “Meow.” Kris ignored the cat and continued to stare at her cup of Wassail. A tear dropped into the drink. Her divorce had gone through yesterday. After two years of separation, it shouldn’t hurt…

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Price of Allegiance by Alex Shvartsman [sci-fi]

Price of Allegiance by Alex Shvartsman “Mr. Tobin, there is a Cicada here to see you.” Alastair Tobin, Earth’s ambassador to the Galactic Union, was more than a little surprised. In his eight years of service, he could…

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Target Audience by H.L. Fullerton [sci-fi horror]

Target Audience by H.L. Fullerton Yesterday, Madave Black had celebrated her forty-ninth birthday. Today, as she exited the subway, instead of being bombarded by Between Us Girls ads, she heard her first hype for AARP. She froze in…

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Chain Letter Inc. by Jean Graham [horror]

Chain Letter Inc. by Jean Graham Know anyone who’s died lately? Odds are the deceased received our letter. Odds are they also broke the chain. You know the letter. Yes, that one. With all the charm of a…

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Study. Learn. Know. by Amy Sisson [sci-fi]

Study. Learn. Know. by Amy Sisson When Kaylen slept, she dreamed of hermit crabs. It was hardly surprising, considering how long she’d been studying them. Kaylen’s decades at the Grove of Academe blended together almost seamlessly, but one…

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Rookies Take Point by David M. Hoenig [horror]

Rookies Take Point by David M. Hoenig The advertisement read: Calling All Ghostbusters—Non-Believers Need Not Apply. That phrase ran through my mind over and over again in the wake of the strangest job interview I’d ever had. I’d…

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