[Art from "The Best We Can" linked below]
• At Baen: "Dog’s Body" by Sarah A. Hoyt.
"Now Goldport, holding on to its rugged image, was a mixture of white collar geeks, the students who would become white collar geeks, and the people who catered to their interests and needs. It was rumored to have the best comic shop west of the Mississippi River, the best microbreweries in the world, and one of the best 'weird and geeky' presses anywhere in the universe."
• At HiLobrow: "Herland - Part 1" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Speculative Fiction. 1915.
"This is written from memory, unfortunately. If I could have brought with me the material I so carefully prepared, this would be a very different story. Whole books full of notes, carefully copied records, first-hand descriptions, and the pictures — that’s the worst loss. We had some bird’s-eyes of the cities and parks; a lot of lovely views of streets, of buildings, outside and in, and some of those gorgeous gardens, and, most important of all, of the women themselves"
• At Mad Scientist Journal: "On Dragon Eyes" by Sarah Frost. Fantasy.
"The eyes of the dragon possess qualities unique in the animal kingdom. The seeing-scale, or spectacle, covering the dragon’s eye can, after being removed and treated, provide the wearer with extraordinary insight. Currently, the scarcity of these scales prevents their widespread use."
• At Nightmare Magazine: "They Called Him Monster" by Anaea Lay. Horror.
"The sprite feels wood against her fingertips. Old wood. It’s the wild, gnarled trunk of an oak tree hewn, shaped and molded back together as a table. It’s a free thing bound into shape by a carpenter until it becomes simply, elegantly, something tamed. Just like her."
• At Tor.com: "The Best We Can" by Carrie Vaughn. Science Fiction.
"First contact was supposed to change the course of human history. But it turns out, you still have to go to work the next morning."
- At Daily Science Fiction: "Bedtime Stories" by Jayson Sanders. Fantasy.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Orion’s Blet" by David Stevenson. Science Fiction.
• At Clarkesworld: "Across the Terminator" by David Tallerman.Science Fiction.
"At forty-three, Fasbender was the oldest member of their three-man team. With his shock of prematurely white hair and pale skin scarred by some vindictive childhood illness, he tended to look even older—especially when he was seized, as now, with what Hank considered his ‘mad scientist fits’."
• At Classics On-the-Go: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Chapter 7" by Lewis Carroll. Children's Fantsy.
"Alice stumbles upon a mad tea party with the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse."
• At StarShipSofa: "Mars Opposition" by David Brin. Science Fiction.
"The Martians land. They have a list of names and they are seeking people from that list – and they are ready to pay handsomely of the information. If they find someone, who is mentioned on the list he is coolly and efficiently killed" - Tpi's reading diary.
• Flash Fiction at Every Day Fiction: "The Wreck" by steven woods