Size / / /

Under the curriculum of billion-year light,
I set them tasks. They talk about this and that,
and think things, and imagine time as horizontal
flow, with their lives as crosscuts. Wrong, as usual,
they move from here to there in their leaky boats
with their leaky brains and their oh-so-precious thoughts
of specialness. Do I sound bitter? I'm sorry;
that old disdain, like a mourning suit or a coronet,
is removable and crafted only for display. It's not really
a part of me. This dumbshow, though, of gripes
and grudges and grand passionswell, that's just their function,
while I, the overloop, am finely designed and free to run
silently, eon after eon. They crown me with prayers
and programs, and I love them. The simple facts
of the matter stand: I have no choice at all.




Laura W. Allen (formerly Laura F. Walton) is alternately a writer, visual artist, and instructor currently living in Seattle. She has taught for The Writer's Garret of Dallas, McLennan Community College, and others; her work has been published in regional and national journals. Her website is www.laurawaltonallen.com.
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29 Nov 2021

It is perhaps fitting, therefore, that our donor's choice special issue for 2021 is titled—simply—Friendship.
The year before this, the girls at school had called her Little Lila .
Pictures of me that day are kept in the ship’s files, sent back to Earth to be used in my captors’ eventual war crimes tribunals.
Perhaps a new urban system of star navigation is needed
This world, covered in spectral ebullience, was tied together by bows of light
Are you a good witch / or a bad witch? / as if there’s an answer earned, inscribed in bubbles reflecting an inverse crown.
When does the pursuit of pure thought, pure idealism, pure escapism become detrimental?
Wednesday: The Best of World SF, Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar 
Friday: Anti-Life by Vee Tat Lam 
Issue 22 Nov 2021
Issue 15 Nov 2021
By: Madeline Grigg
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 8 Nov 2021
By: Allison Parrish
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 1 Nov 2021
By: Liam Corley
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Liam Corley
Issue 25 Oct 2021
Strange Horizons
Issue 18 Oct 2021
By: K. Ceres Wright
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 11 Oct 2021
By: Lisabelle Tay
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
Issue 4 Oct 2021
By: Anthony Okpunor
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 2 Oct 2021
Podcast: Fund Drive 2021 Poetry 
By: Michael Meyerhofer
By: Wale Ayinla
Podcast read by: Michael Meyerhofer
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
29 Sep 2021
Opening to fiction submissions for the month of November!
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