Issue #33 — Dec. 31, 2009

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“In the Age of Iron and Ashes,” by Aliette de Bodard

The girl did not answer for a while; for so long, in fact, that Yudhyana had started to move back towards the camp. When she spoke, her voice stopped him, as surely as a knife drawn across his throat. “Everything lives and dies,” she whispered. “Everything changes, and all changes end in death.”

“On the Transmontane Run with the Aerial Mail Express,” by B. Gordon

Willow kicked the pedal and steered to a tree leaning over the lake. Giff squealed, confused that she wasn’t at the mast. Susie hopped, wanting to explore. In the scramble to disembark, unbalanced by the cargo-bag, Willow lost her footing and hung over the black water. Giff caught her jacket and swung her to the bank. Her legs trembled, or it might have been the quaking ground.

Audio Fiction Podcast 028

“The Woman and the Mountain,” by Sarah L. Edwards, from BCS #29

The mountain would not watch her without replying, for such was too close to deceit. But before he turned his thoughts away from the valley and the woman standing in it, he saw once more her face, her eyes that had glittered moments ago with threatening tears. He felt the shapes of her feet, pressing into the soil. Then he looked instead to desolate ridges of stone and silent peaks, but the image of her remained.

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