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, will appear in September 2016, and her novella “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” was published by Tor.com Publishing in May 2016. Find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook@franwildewrites.

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