@Fantasy Magazine: "The Swordsman Whose Name Was Not Death" by Ellen Kushner.
"Curious, he had asked the wounded man, “Did you slam into me on purpose?” People did sometimes, to provoke a fight with Richard St. Vier, the master swordsman who wouldn’t take challenges from just anyone."@Lightspeed: "Snow" by John Crowley.
"Georgie got rid of most of what she’d inherited from him, liquidated it. It was cash that she had liked best about that marriage anyway; but the Wasp couldn’t really be got rid of. Georgie ignored it."
@Kat and Mouse: "Into The Woods - Part Ten" by Abner Senires.
And Tina stepped through, a pistol in hand. She saw us and grinned. "Good thinking, big bro," she said to Kyle.
@Paizo: "Faithful Servants - Chapter One: Down at the Clever Endeavor" by James L. Sutter.
- "The Clever Endeavor wasn't the best bar on Axis. Nor was it the cleanest, or the cheapest—and definitely not the friendliest. It was a bar you went to when you didn't want to be seen."
@Ray Gun Revival: "The Worker Prince – Chapter One (part one)" by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
"Sweet, fruity perfumes contrasted with stale sweat from gyrating bodies and afflicted Davi’s nose. “I told you we looked good in our uniforms,” he joked as his eyes turned back to his friends. After twenty-one years, he’d never gotten used to it."
@World SF Blog: "The City of Silence - (Part One)" by Ma Boyong, translated by Ken Liu.
The State needed no name because, other than it, there were no states. It was just like the Department of Propaganda kept on emphasizing: there are no other states besides the State, and It is who It is, It has always been and always will be.
@Lightspeed: "Snow" by John Crowley, read by Stefan Rudnicki.