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My grandmother grew flowers for each grandchild,

Let us pick rose or lily, sunflower or black-eyed susan.

Tiger lilies for me, their petals dusted with black pollen

Like a moth's shadow.

In the summer evenings, we sat on the porch,

Feeling the day's warmth in the floorboards,

And watched the night swell up from the horizon,

Playing Chinese checkers until everything was darkness

Edged with streetlights where great orange moths

Shaped like flowers flickered through their pools.

I'd read Hans Christian Andersen and imagined

Every object in my vicinity charged with storytelling

And explaining its existence:

The Chinese checkers telling twenty separate tales

As they hopped across the board. One was a pirate's gem,

Another had flown in an UFO, big bellied and orange as marsh gas.

One had fallen in love with the scent of madness

And one ran away, rolled away into the grass

To sing to the tiger lily that was its love

In the silvery moonlight that touched each rose.




Current Issue
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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