[art from Murray Leinster's Forgotten Planet, linked below]
• At Baen: "Away in a Manger" by Wen Spencer. "It was so cold in the tower when Jack woke, his breath turned to smoke as he breathed out. From the windows of the overlook, dawn's pale light revealed no telling glitter of frost on the asphalt below. Nor was there any on the patches of green among the tall buildings that they'd deemed pasture and hay field. The wind carried the scent of autumn leaves but nothing of grass sheared by the cold." <.br>
• At Black Gate: "The Renunciation of the Crimes of Gharad the Undying" by Alex Kreis. Fantasy.
"To the noble citizens of the People’s Republic of Falland, and to the General Directorate that serves them: I, Gharad Arvelaird, called the Undying, humbly apologize for my crimes against the People and against nature during my illegitimate reign as the Supreme Archon of Falland."
• At Electric Velocipede: "North" by Kristy Truax-Nichols.
"“Do you ever think about flying?” Julie asks him. She’s got her toes tucked up under Chris’s leg, and he shifts and tries to ignore them."
• At L5R: "Scions of the Colonies, Part 2" by Shawn Carman. Fantasy.
"Far from Rokugan, the samurai of the Great Clans conspire against one another in ever-tightening circles, and the threat of simmering hostility bursting into the flames of war grows more present with each passing day."
• At Project Gutenberg: The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster. Science Fiction. 1954.
"Beneath dense gray clouds through which no sun shone lay a forgotten planet. It was a nightmare world of grotesque and terrifying animal-plant life. Gigantic beetles, spiders, bugs and ants filled the putrid, musty earth—ready to kill and devour anything in sight."
• At Tor.com: "Intestate" by Charlie Jane Anders. SF.
"My father may no longer be human. But we're still family. Kind of."
• At The WiFiles: "Blind Curve" by R. Christophe Ryber. Speculative Fiction.
"“No, Matthew, it’s just a snowplow.” She bit her lip and held her breath until the snowplow’s flashing amber lights vanished into the darkness. “Just a snowplow,” she whispered to herself."
- At Daily Science Fiction: "The Dead Letter Office" by Matthew Marinet.
- At Enchanted Conversations: "How Beautiful She Is" by Mary Meriam. Fairy Tale Poem.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Grampa’s Stories" by Desmond Hussey. Science Fiction.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Seven Days" by Gene Davis. Science Fiction.
• At Author's Site: "The MVP Episode #10" by Scott Sigler. Science Fiction. Football.
"Quentin savors the first day of practice as he and the Krakens finally get down to the business of football. John Tweedy has an agenda all his own, and Quentin will have to cope."
• At Author's Site: "Daryl and the Davenport of Death!" by Matthew Sanborn Smith. Weird.
• At Beam Me Up: "Land of Fire & Ashes" by Colin P. Davies.Science Fiction.
• At The Fantastic World of Edgar Rice Burroughs: Episode 11 - The Return of Tarzan. Adventure.
"Tarzan and the daughter of Kador Ben Saden have been stranded in the mountains of Algeria by the machinations of Lieut. Gernois and Nicholas Rokoff. It is night and they have come face to face with Numa, El Adrea – the huge black Algerian lion – “the lord with the large head”. Numa springs!"
- Audio at Crime City Central: "Something Pretty, Something Beautiful" by Eric Barnes.
- Audio at Decoder Ring Theater: Black Jack Justice - "The More Things Change" Noir.
- Audio at Every Day Fiction: "From Here to the Sargasso" by Andrew S. Williams.
- Audio at Tales of Old: "Hoplite" by Leslien Lupien. Historical. Ancient Greece.
- Flash Fiction at Every Day Fiction: "Space Cadet" by Wayne Scheer. Humor.
- Audio at PRI: Selected Shorts: "Things Are Not What They Seem" “A Priest in the Family” by Colm Toibin, "Dusk" by James Salter, and "The Bureau" by J. Robert Lennon.