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The Goose’s Wing

“What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose’s wing?” – Abbas ibn Firnas It’s the 1050th anniversary of the invention of the hang-glider, and Andalusian peace activist Tariq ait Fortun falls into the talons of … Continue reading

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Tandem: a better story

Earlier this week, I asked for writing prompts, and the inimitable Emil Minchev responded: “Remember Solo? Do the opposite” Okay, so…IN THE DISTANT FUTURE, IN THIS VERY GALAXY… A wealthy, middle-aged woman named Foong Tandem stays on her comfortable, safe, … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Wada Junko

(first)(previous) Make me a lawbender All equalized Saved from the chill and heat — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” KoInu-chan reached out of the camera’s frame and grabbed the pillow shaped like the Earth. She smiled at the off-camera friend who had … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Jody Ann

(first)(previous) “Lightbringer Tamer of night Blossom of hours unleashed” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Nothing ever surprised Jody Ann Farewell. She had walked out of her flat in Kingston, scanned the street, and found the red-plate taxi that would take her … Continue reading

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Culinary International: the Rising Agent

You thought I was kidding about writing this story? The dial rotated, and deep within the device, a circuit flipped from the OFF to the ON position. Electrical current began to flow through a nickle-chromium coil. Nichrom is a poor … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Karim

(Previous) “Cloudraker Cloudraker, share your finds All your wonders at my demand.” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Karim Narimani found the answer to his prayers in a pile of trash. In this case, the prayer was, “please, God, give me something … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Teddy

“Landsailor Landsailor, sail on time Rain or shine, I know you can.” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Teodora Chorbadzhieva opened her medicine cabinet with pride. It was the American kind, a metal box mounted on the wall with shelves inside and … Continue reading

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Ropes Course

Happy birthday to Simon Roy! He makes scifi comics and has a Patreon. Yup. Go give him money and read his stuff. And if you want something more to read, here’s a new Fellow Tetrapod story. “Shambling ape!” Cawed the … Continue reading

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Birds and Beasts

The wormhole casts harsh rainbow light across the moon rocks, and the Ambassador of the Dominated Parturitions of the Fwit Earth struts through. In his environment suit , he looks like a character from a children’s cartoon — a puffy … Continue reading

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Release the Goats of Eco-War!

The enemy’s first act if war was to release the goats. Fisher found the animals well west of the Continental Divide, gorging themselves on his Cascadian undergrowth. He shot them with his .22, sending their Prairie goatherd running. Fisher tracked … Continue reading

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