Issue #195 – Science-Fantasy Month 3
March 17, 2016

Special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3, featuring a bonus story, a bonus podcast, and science-fantasy cover art “Research Lab” by Sung Choi.


A Salvaging of Ghosts

In the darkness at the hole in the ship's hull, Thuy isn't blind. Her suit lights up with warnings—temperature, pressure, distortions. That last is what will kill her: the layers of unreality utterly unsuited to human existence, getting stronger and stronger as the current carries her closer to the wreck, crushing her lungs and vital organs like crumpled paper when her suit finally fails. It's what killed Kim Anh on her last dive

The Mountains His Crown

The soldier shrugged. His look was almost sympathetic. They turned back toward the fields. I would have liked to tell them to take the road, to stop trampling our remaining crops, but I knew better than to rile them. The soldier's horse dropped the chewed flower stalk as they disappeared back between the rows.

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories

Even though the chilled spring day promised nothing but beauty, the grains in Frere-Jones's body shivered to her sadness as she looked at the nearby dirt road. The day-fellows along the road were packing their caravan. Evidently her promises of safety weren’t enough for them to chance staying even a few more hours.

Audio Fiction Podcast:
A Salvaging of Ghosts
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Thuy deactivates the suits' propulsion units and watches her daughter's remains, floating beside her.
Audio Fiction Podcast:
The Mountains His Crown
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With soldiers, with emperors, it could always be worse. After a moment I knelt beside her.
Audio Vault:
The Breath of War
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Introduced by the author.
From the Archives:
The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife
Nicolai was three years dead when I lighted to EZ Aquarii to forget him. Naturally he came along too.