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Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies Author: Brooke Bolander I was playing at being mortal this century because I love cigarettes and shawarma, and it’s easier to order shawarma if your piercing shriek doesn’t drive the delivery boy mad. Mortality is fun in small doses. It’s very authentic, very down–in–the–dirt nitty–gritty. There are lullabies and lily…

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The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees Author: E. Lily Yu The terms of the relationship were copied out, at the wasps’ direction, on small paper plaques embedded in propolis and wax around the hive. As paper and ink were new substances to the bees, they jostled and touched and tasted the bills until the…

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Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby Author: Donald Barthelme Some of us had been threatening our friend Colby for a long time, because of the way he had been behaving. And now he’d gone too far, so we decided to hang him. Colby argued that just because he had gone too far…

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It Happened To Me: My Doppelganger Stole My Credit Card Info, and then My Life Author: Nino Cipri My mother: “The Nono thing started when you were a toddler. Nono was your favorite word, and your father and I liked to say that it wasn’t you who’d pulled all of the dishtowels out of the…

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Children’s Stories Made Horrific: The Frog Prince Author: Mallory Ortberg In an old time in an old country there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful and all unlucky. To be beautiful in this country was to be noticed by men; for this reason the girls were unlucky. It is lucky for a woman…

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Gunnerkrigg Court Author: Tom Siddell Two interesting things happened on this day. The first was the end of the school year. And the second was when a god emerged from Gillitie Wood. We’ll come to the latter in a moment. Theatre of Cruelty Author: Terry Pratchett “Well, now,” said Sergeant Colon (Ankh-Morpork City Guard, Night…

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Wolf 359 (Audio) Cast and Crew: Gabriel Urbina, Zach Valenti, Emma Sherr-Ziarko, Michaela Swee, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Zach Libresco, Noah Masur, Michelle Agresti, Scotty Shoemaker, Ariela Rotenberg, Alan Rodi, Sarah Shachat Minkowski: I don’t have a temper. I have an airlock. Piper in the Woods Author: Phillip K. Dick “Well, Corporal Westerburg,” Doctor Henry Harris said…

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All Your Hostages Are In Love With You Day! Author: Bob Powers Your partner hangs up the phone with the FBI. “They need three hostages.” You pretend to not be listening. “You go tell them or I will! Ask some of them to leave. You’ve got like nineteen guys back there.” How to Talk to…

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A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez They both looked at the fallen body with a mute stupor. He was dressed like a ragpicker. There were only a few faded hairs left on his bald skull and very few teeth in his mouth, and his pitiful condition of a drenched great-grandfather…