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• At Nightmare: "Old Friends" by Charles L. Grant. Horror.
"David told himself there was nothing to be afraid of, nothing at all. It was, of course, only the delicious sense of anticipation he was feeling and not the fear that he could be mistaken. No. After all these years, all that pain, all that twisting of what he thought he knew . . . mistaken."
• At Paizo: "Armored" Chapters One and Two by Stephanie Lorée.Fantasy.
"The tip of her longsword carved a channel along the beachhead of Lake Encarthan. She dragged the weapon, held it listlessly in her hand. Hers were dark, dirtied hands that knew the weight of good steel, the heft of a man's heart. She remembered a time when she was clean, though she could not recall the feeling of pristine boot soles, nor of a soul unstained."
• At Tor.com: "As Good As New" by Charlie Jane Anders. Science Fiction.
"The panic room had pretty much every TV show ever made on its massive hard drive, with multiple backup systems and a fail-proof generator, so there was nothing stopping Marisol from marathoning The Facts of Life for sixteen hours a day, starting over again with season one when she got to the end of the bedraggled final season."
- At Daily Science Fiction: "Five Days to a Better You with Parallel Worlds (Executive Edition)" by Erica L. Satifka. Science Fiction.
- At Daily Science Fiction: "Man in the Bottle" by JD DeHart. Science Fiction.
- At Nature: "The Tiger Waiting on the Shore" by Paul Currion.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Luminaris" by Duncan Shields. Science Fiction.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Pay the Piper" by Jae Miles. Science Fiction.
• At Clarkesworld: "Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points” by JY Yang and read by Kate Baker.
"Our mother is dead, murdered, blood seared and flesh rendered, her blackened bones lying in a yellow bag on a steel mortuary table somewhere we don’t know. The Right will not tell. After the flames and radiation had freed the sports stadium from their embrace, the Right were the first on the disaster scene, and it was their ambulances that took the remains away to some Central hospital that the Left has no access to."
• At Forgotten Classics: "The People of the Mist, chapters 38-39" by H. Rider Haggard.
• At StarShipSofa: "No 353 Kathryn Cramer"
“Disextinction, Inc.” by Kathryn Cramer and “You, In Emulation” by Kathryn Cramer
“I checked you out of the library. You were due back in two weeks for synchronization, but I kept you out much longer, running up huge fines. The librarian was very nice and didn’t make me pay right away, but said that she had very little discretion; that the fines were set by the library system and your publisher.”
• At DriveThruRPG: PO-1 The Stolen Child. Fantasy. Pay what you want.
"The pleasant town of Sligo has its tranquility shattered when a young boy vanishes in the middle of the night. Investigating the disappearance, the characters discover lost ruins and an ancient plot for revenge and a long forgotten enemy of humanity. Will the characters be able to rescue the stolen child or will a cruel, wronged race be able to wreak vengeance on all humanity? An OSR compatible module for any old school RPG or modern clone, designed for character levels 7-9, The Stolen Child is easily adaptable to other levels."