Special Episode for BCS Science-Fantasy Month, read by Cat Rambo.

The Spinies pressed flutes to their chest-maws and trilled a maniacal improvisation, something like Chinese opera filtered through jazz and spliced with a catfight. Not what I'd call music to die for, but my opinion didn't count much. Customs had generously allowed me to keep my pistol, after draining its battery to red. I had maybe three shots. Worse yet, if I killed someone, that was the end of my journey to sanity. I’d be deported or executed.

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Read “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich, in Issue #90, Science-Fantasy Month

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Chris Willrich's work has appeared in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tales from the Magician’s Skull, and multiple times in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, including the Gaunt and Bone tale “The Sword of Loving Kindness” in BCS #1 and “Shadowdrop” in BCS #261. His books include the Gaunt and Bone novel The Scroll of Years (Pyr, 2013) and its sequels. A librarian by trade, Chris lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

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