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Some of the Best from 2013 Edition!

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We are thrilled to announce the 2013 edition of Some of the Best from, an anthology of twenty-one of our favorite stories, selected from the sixty-plus stories we published this year. This …

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“And the Deep Blue Sea” is Bear’s take on the post-apocalyptic messenger story. Bear’s fascination with abandoned places, and the fact that she lived for years in Las Vegas — “America’s Nuclear City” — led her to write this story. As research for this piece, she says she learned how to move safely through a radioactive zone, which should come in handy should the events leading up to this story ever come to pass.

And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear - Wastelands

Elizabeth Bear is the author of several SF novels, including Jenny Casey trilogy — Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired — which won the Locus Award for best first novel, Undertow, and Carnival, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of the Promethean Age fantasy series, and, with Sarah […]

The great thing about new original fairy tales is the way they take old motifs, old themes and older tales and remix them in a new way to create a new story. “The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” by Delia Sherman combines several motifs of trickster tales along with myths and legends featuring musical instruments. The story that unfolds is a wonderful down to earth tale surrounding a trickster fiddler set in a deep south bayou. The link goes to a podcast telling the full story, the text is…

PodCastle 62: The Fiddler of Bayou Teche - PodCastle

Show Notes Rated PG. for tricksters and fiddle music. The Fiddler of Bayou Teche by Delia Sherman One night, paddling far from home, I see lights that are not the pale feu follets that dance in the swamp at night. They are yellow lights, lantern lights, and they tell me I have come to a farm. I am a little afraid, for Tante Eulalie used to warn me about letting people see me. “You know how ducks carry on when a strange bird land in their water?” she says. “The good people of Pierreville…

This post apocalyptic story, which was a finalist for the Nebula Award, takes place in a world where there are no more normal births. Each and every one is a mutation–which is both good and bad for Dr. Trevin’s Traveling Zoological Extravaganza…

The Last of the O-Forms by James Van Pelt - Wastelands

James Van Pelt is the author of the novel Summer of the Apocalypse, and nearly 90 short stories, which have mostly appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, and Talebones. He also has two collections, Strangers and Beggars and The Last of the O-Forms and Other Stories. Van Pelt had been writing a series of […]

"When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" by Cory Doctorow is a short post apocalyptic story about a team of sysadmins and their, "vainglorious struggle to keep the servers online as the world went offline." Winner of the Locus Award!

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth: .mobi and .epub

Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson converted my story When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth (from the collection Overclocked) into .mobi and .epub for easy viewing on an e-reader or mobile device. I probably get mo...

Sad to read this right after hearing about the middle school students trashing the 9/11 memorial. Rickert says that she wrote this post apocalyptic story in response to news reports concerning food packages being dropped in Afghanistan which were wrapped in the same color packaging as bombs — which detonated when picked up by hungry children. Many authors have been moved to write 9/11 stories; this is Rickert’s.

Bread and Bombs by M. Rickert - Wastelands

Mary Rickert’s stories have been appearing regularly in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for several years, starting in 1999 with her first publication, “The Girl Who Ate Butterflies.” Her work has also appeared in SCI FICTION and the anthology Feeling Very Strange, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award. Her collection, Map […]

“The People of Sand and Slag” is a post apocalyptic short story that starts as straight military sf — and then twists.

The People of Sand and Slag - Short story by Paolo Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories)

"The People of Sand and Slag" starts as straight military science fiction -- and then twists. It was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics by Daniel Abraham is a fantastical short story. Now, a cambist deals in exchanging money from one rate to another. In this story the cambist is approached by a rich man who wants to make trouble and exchange some unknown type of bills for pounds sterling. By English law the cambist must legally exchange the money in 24 hours. We soon learn a fascinating lesson about economics that begins about money and ends about far greater things than…

The Cambist and Lord Iron

"The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics" is the 2008 Hugo-Award-nominated short story by Daniel Abraham originally published in Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories (available from Bantam Spectra).

The House of Mechanical Pain by Chaz Brenchley is a horrific short story about the consequences generations of abuse can haunt a family with. A young woman reunites with her distant and dysfunctional family as they ready to auction off old family belongings. With the help of her photographer friend she uncovers ancient family secrets and sins hidden in plain sight in the family's attic.

The House of Mechanical Pain