BCS 157: Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud

Issue #181

Read by Folly Blaine.

In the sky behind, a group of children Calli's age swooped and dove in unison, followed by one of the tower's magisters. Calli heard scraps of song. A lesson about wind shifts. The students' wings cut patches of bright color in the deep blue air. Calli knew each span and spar, even from this distance. She'd tested them all.


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Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy. She can also tie a bunch of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions. Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Asimov’s, Nature, and on Tor.com. Her interview series Cooking the Books, about the intersection between food and fiction, has appeared at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and on her blog, franwilde.wordpress.com. Her first novel, Updraft, set in the same world as "Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud," was a finalist for the Nebula Awards and won the Andre Norton Award and the Compton Crook Award. Her next novel, Cloudbound, a companion novel to Updraft, appeared in September 2016, and a third will follow in September 2017. Her novella “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” published by Tor.com Publishing, is a finalist for the Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards. Find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook@franwildewrites.

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