Ava was a young violinist poised at the cusp of stardom when an accident claimed her left arm. When insurance denies her an AI-powered prosthetic, she’s sure she has to leave her dream behind—until a mysterious benefactor named Mrs. DuVerne offers to donate a similar model to her. There’s just one catch: the prosthetic had been previously used by Mrs. DuVerne’s late wife, a violin prodigy in her own right. Is this a chance for Ava to find music in her life again—or is the offer too good to be true?
Galaxy Girl and the November Monstrosity
Jessie is coming home for Thanksgiving and she’s dreading it. Her mother has always made clear that it’s her sister, Angela, who is the favourite daughter. It doesn’t even matter that Jessie ended up in a freak space-time vortex brought on by her crush’s senior art project that gave her superhero powers and made her into Galaxy Girl: nothing she does can measure up.
“Galaxy Girl and the November Monstrosity” was published in Uncharted Magazine in January 2023 and selected for Tor.Com’s “Must Read Short Speculative Fiction” list for January 2023. You can read the story here.
Words of Advice at the End of the World
Constance Sienkiewicz writes an advice column for an online magazine. But how can you possibly help people when the world is ending?
“Words of Advice at the End of the World” appears in Volume 1 of BSFA’s second Fission anthology. Learn more here. It is currently available for free for BSFA members and available on Amazon for purchase in paperback form for everyone else.
It is also temporarily available to read on this website, at this link, in time for award nomination season! If you like this story, please consider putting it on your Nebula, Hugo, Ignyte, BSFA, or other ballot. 🙂
This story received an honourable mention in the CRAFT 2021 Short Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2021 Uncharted Magazine Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Story Award judged by Ken Liu.
A Life Measured in Moons
A young woman. Her little brother. The choices she must make to protect him, and the consequences that follow.
“A Life Measured in Moons” won the Grand Prize in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. You can read the short story, as well as an interview with the author, online and in the May/June 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Cover artwork created by the brilliant Milad Aramnia. You can find more of his work and contact information at https://www.miladaramnia.com/.
The Bakery: Prelude to a Fairy Tale
The 2019 JordanCon Anthology
In the days since her mother’s funeral, Elle is struggling to keep it together. She’s just learned that the family bakery is in debt, and the dough from its signature bread has stopped rising. Elle tries to find her mother’s original recipe, hoping for a solution — and discovers a terrible family secret instead.
“The Bakery: Prelude to a Fairy Tale” was published for a limited run in the 2019 JordanCon anthology, alongside stories from speculative fiction powerhouses like Seanan McGuire and Brandon Sanderson.
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