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Today's illustration is for the two "The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences" stories in the audio fiction.
@Lightspeed Magazine: "Frost Painting" by Carolyn Ives Gilman. Science Fiction.
“It’s easy for you East‑Coasters to be tolerant,” the man said. “You don’t have to live near them. I’ll tell you this: If those weirdos ever decide to come out of the mountains, we’re going to be ready for them. That is, if you liberals haven’t taken away our guns by then, too.”@Author's Site: "Elites" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Science Fiction.
"Rowena runs the House, a place for homeless Sky veterans. The House, open only to the women who compose the Elite Squad, has only a few rules: No names, no details, no weapons. The problem? Anything can become a weapon—even a toilet bowl scrubber. Even a word. Especially a word. A word that could destroy both Rowena and her House."@Daily Science Fiction: "Dharma Dog and Dogma" by Steven Paul Mathes.
"The door crashes open, shattered by a kicking black boot. The police have cloaking devices, noise cancellation, robots, battering rams, and computerized lock picks--technology. The big black jackboots? Awkward, but what a retro statement."
@Strange Horizons: "The All-Night Truck Stop Polka Band (part 1 of 2)" by Shaenon K. Garrity. Speculative Fiction.
"Meanwhile, the band members were busy. They were saving the world. They mentioned this pretty often, although all they seemed to do was drink beer, smoke Marlboros, watch TV, and raid the kitchen. They all loved TV. They'd missed thirteen years of it, and everything fascinated them."
@The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: "Hanuman’s Gift" written and narrated by Helen E. H. Madden. Steampunk. [via Parsec Awards]
"Deep in the Archives, Augustus Whitby toils through his duties in the Archives, dreaming up romantic stories far more plausible than the supposed “investigations” of the field agents. A story from Agent Harrison Thorne and an unassuming artifact from his recent case, however, proves much to Whitby’s chagrin that there are some truths that are far stranger than fiction."@The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: "A Ruby in Rain" written and narrated by Grant Stone. Steampunk. [via Parsec Awards]
"From the farthest edge of the Empire, New Zealand agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson are called to interview a recent arrival to Auckland’s prisons. An infamous gambler, according to the constable’s account, has turned himself into their custody, not for the safety of society but for his own. The Ministry steps in to uncover a man’s story of impressive luck, and more incredible vision."
@Wily Writers Podcast: "Catch and Release" by Cassandra D’Angelo. Fantasy, Paranormal Romance. Text version also available. [via Parsec Awards]
"The story of a young man’s deep desire to be known by someone else. What he doesn’t know is that the only person who can truly appreciate him is a merwoman, destined to live her life just out of his reach"@Wily Writers Podcast: "Fear of Darkness" by Christine Danse. Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal Romance. Text version also available. [via Parsec Awards]
"Alena Swift, hunter of creatures that stalk the night, is terrified of the dark–and in love with a shadow. When a terrible demon is unleashed upon San Francisco, it is up to her and her mysterious hunting partner to stop it."
Classic Serial Audio
@Triplanetary: The Adventures of Superman "Looking for Kryptonite parts 6-10"
"Helped by his friends, Batman and Robin, Superman pursues the mysterious gang whose symbol is a crescent and star. It's interesting to note that unlike today's Batman, who often uses the threat of torture to get criminals to talk, this Golden Age Batman instead gets info using a clever ruse. Odd, but clever. "