Onto the Sands

Onto the Sands

The ambassador’s richly tailored white suit glowed. A dozen marines spread around the perimeter of the restaurant and wedged themselves into tiny booths. The room’s windows had been bolted shut to keep out the sunlight and heat. Madelyn stood waiting, her linen blazer cleanly pressed. The ambassador dabbed his pink brow with an ornate handkerchief, [...]

The Magic of Allusions

The Magic of Allusions

Rocannon's World may not be one of the first dozen Ursula K. Le Guin books that I'd recommend but the novel did birth a legacy that, rather appropriately, stretches through time from the story's 1966 publication through the present day. Needing a means of communication that could bridge the time-dilation gap of faster than light [...]

Steady, Alice

Steady, Alice

Under anesthesia, I told him over and over again: This body's yours to keep. And though he promised me, he said he'd do as I pleased, I stand before you on these same selfish feet. Envy on the Coast, "The Gift of Paralysis" Later, they’d tell me that I had been in shock, that I didn't know [...]