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the genre's premiere review magazine for short SF & Fantasy since 1993

No Horns on these Helmets, ed. by Erin Lale

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No Horns on these Helmets

Edited by

Erin Lale

(Sky Warrior Book Publishing LLC, May, 2015)

“Gullveig Drowning” by Jackson Eflin
“Second Time Around” by Brianne Chalfant
“The Legend of Delbel the Butzemann” by Robert Lusch Schreiwer
“In Chains Until Ragnarok” by Tyree Kimber
“Her Gothic Vacation” by Tony Thorne MBE
“Blades of Ice and Ivory” by Christine Morgan
“The Dragon Bone Tower” by Cynthia Ward
“Victorious Girlfriend” by Laura Dasnoit
“The Door in the Lake” by T.J. O’Hare
“The Youngest Valkyrie” by Kathryn M. Hearst
“To Love Loki” by Gerri Leen
“Norn Porridge” by Ross Baxter
“The Guardian” by John Loving
“A Draugr's Tale” by Hugh B. Long
“Kinsmen” by Garman Lord
“Woodencloak” by Erin Lale
“Blood Allies” by L. J. Bonham
“Kenaz” by Hannah Burton
“Jörmungandr” by Jeff Szappan
“A Wolf in the Hills” by J. M. Ross

Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods, ed. by Liana Kerzner & Jerome Stueart

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Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18

Edited by

Liana Kerzner & Jerome Stueart

(Edge, April 2015, 280 pages)

"Mecha-Jesus" by Derwin Mak
"Come All Ye Faithful" by Robert J. Sawyer (reprint, not reviewed)
"The Queen in the Poplar Forest" by S. L. Nickerson
"A Cut and a Prayer" by Janet K. Nicolson
"Under The Iron Rain" by John Park
"The Shadows of Gods" by Mary-Jean Harris
"Burnt Offerings" by Mary Pletsch
"Ascension" by Jennifer Rahn
"The Faith Circus" by Alyxandra Harvey
"The Seven Creations – Book One" by Halli Lilburn
"The Harsh Light of Morning" by David Jon Fuller
"Summon the Sun" by Carla Richards
"So Loved" by Matthew Hughes (reprint, not reviewed)
"The Moral of the Story" by J. M. Frey
"Soul Survivor" by Steve Stanton
"Chromatophoric Histories of the Sepiidae" by James Bambury
"Ganapati Bappa Moriya" by Savithri Machiraju
"Abominatio" by Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki
"The Last Man on Earth" by Suzanne M. McNabb
"Where the Scorched Man Walks" by Megan Fennell

The End Has Come, ed. by John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey

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The End Has Come:

The Apocalypse Triptych

Edited by

John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey

(Broad Reach Publishing, May 2015)

Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn
Dancing with a Stranger in the Land of Nod” by Will McIntosh
Like All Beautiful Places” by Megan Arkenberg
The Seventh Day of Deer Camp” by Scott Sigler
Prototype” by Sarah Langan
Act of Creation” by Chris Avellone
Resistance” by Seanan McGuire
Wandering Star” by Leife Shallcross
Heaven Come Down” by Ben H. Winters
Agent Neutralized” by David Wellington
Goodnight Earth” by Annie Bellet
Carriers” by Tananarive Due
In the Valley of the Shadow of the Promised Land” by Robin Wasserman
The Uncertainty Machine” by Jamie Ford
Margin of Survival” by Elizabeth Bear
The Last Movie Ever Made” by Charlie Jane Anders
The Gray Sunrise” by Jake Kerr
The Gods Have Not Died in Vain” by Ken Liu
The Happiest Place” by Mira Grant
In the Woods” by Hugh Howey
Blessings” by Nancy Kress

XIII: Stories of Transformation, ed. by Mark Teppo

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XIII: Stories of Transformation

edited byMark Teppo

(Underland Press, March 2015)


Skin and Paper” by Adrienne J. Odasso
With a Musket and a Ducat The Dutch Trading Company in Nineteen Sketches, Paintings, and Luminos” by Tais Teng
Selma Eats” by Fiona Moore
Oh, How the Ghost of You Clings” by Richard Bowes
You Can Go Anywhere” by Jennifer Geisbrecht
Twilight for the Nightingale” by David Tallerman
The Thirteenth Ewe” by Lyn McConchie
Augustus Clementine” by Liz Argall
Pretty Little Boxes” by Julie C. Day
Two Will Walk With You” by Grá Linnaea
Eidolon” by Christie Yant
Slow Shift” by Rik Hoskin
The Math (A Fairy Tale)” by Marc Levinthal
Chrysalis” by Richard Thomas
Occupy Maple Street” by Gregory L. Norris
Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
Creezum Zuum” by Juli Mallett
A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed” by Fran Wilde
We All Look Like Harrie” by Andrew Penn Romine
Letters to a Body on the Cusp of Drowning” by A.C. Wise
Blackbird Lullaby” by George Cotronis
Digital” by Daryl Gregory
Why Ulu Left the Bladescliff” by Amanda C. Davis
Follow Me Through Anarchy” by Jetse de Vries
The Ghost Eater” by Cat Rambo
The Soldier Who Swung on the End of a Thread” by M. David Blake
Rabbit, Cat, Girl” by Rebecca Kuder
The Thirteenth Goddess” by Claude Lalumière

The Time It Happened, edited by Juliana Rew

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The Time It Happened:

Third Flatiron Anthologies

Edited by Juliana Rew

(Third Flatiron Publishing, Spring 2015)


False Footfall” by Martin Clark
Lincoln's Watch” by Atar Hatari
Going Viral” by Dan Koboldt
Stilled Life” by Ellen Denton
Kin Carriers” by Jason Lairamore
What Was Lost” by Larry C. Kay
Armada of Snow” by Richard Mark Ankers
Puppy Love” by Thomas Canfield
Good to the Last Drop” by Wendy Nikel
With Gilded Wings” by Evan Henry
Net War I” by Elliotte Rusty Harold
A Rock in the Air” by Neil James Hudson
Blargnorff Industries New Employee Handbook Human Edition” by Dana Schellings
The Zzzombie Apocalypse” by Mark Hill
Xenofabulous” by Amanda C. Davis

Operation Arcana, ed. John Joseph Adams

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Operation Arcana

edited by John Joseph Adams

(Baen Books, tpb, March 2015, $15.00)

“Rules of Enchantment” by David Klecha and Tobias Buckell

“The Damned One Hundred” by Jonathan Maberry
“Blood, Ash, Braids” by Genevieve Valentine
“Mercenary’s Honor” by Elizabeth Moon
“The Guns of the Wastes” by Django Wexler
“The Graphology of Hemorrhage” by Yoon Ha Lee
“American Golem” by Weston Ochse
“Weapons in the Earth” by Myke Cole
“Heavy Sulfur” by Ari Marmell
“Steel Ships” by Tanya Huff
“Sealskin” by Carrie Vaughn
“Pathfinder” by T. C. McCarthy
“Bone Eaters” by Glen Cook
“Bomber’s Moon” by Simon R. Green
“In Skelton Leaves” by Seanan McGuire
“The Way Home” by Linda Nagata

Death's Realm: Where the Here and the Hereafter Collide

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Death's Realm:

Where the Here and the Hereafter Collide

Edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson

(Grey Matter Press, January 2015)


"Omniscopic" by Rhoads Brazos
"Some Other Day" by John F.D. Taff
"Haunter" by Hank Swaeble
"Burial Suit" by John C. Foster
"Nine" by Aaron Polson
"Penumbra" by Jay Caselberg
"Foxhole" by JG Faherty
"Drowning" by Gregory L. Norris
"The Weight" by Jane Brooks
"Harder You Fall" by Brian Fatah Steele
"Mirrorworld" by Martin Rose
"March Hays" by Matthew Pegg
"High Art" by Karen Runge and Simon Dewar
"A Pirate's Ransom" by Jay O'Shea
"To Touch the Dead" by Paul Michael Anderson
"You Only Die Once" by Stephen Graham Jones

Carbide Tipped Pens, ed. Ben Bova & Eric Choi

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Carbide Tipped Pens:

Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction

Edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi

(Tor, December 2014, 400 pages)


The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever” by Daniel H. Wilson
A Slow Unfurling of Truth” by Aliette de Bodard
Thunderwell” by Doug Beason
The Circle” by Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu)
Old Timer’s Game” by Ben Bova
"The Snows of Yesteryear” by Jean-Louis Trudel
Skin Deep” by Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy
Lady with Fox” by Gregory Benford
Habilis” by Howard Hendrix
The Play’s the Thing” by Jack McDevitt
Every Hill Ends with Sky” by Robert Reed
She Just Looks that Way” by Eric Choi
SIREN of Titan” by David DeGraff
The Yoke of Inauspicious Stars” by Kate Story
Ambiguous Nature” by Carl Frederick
The Mandelbrot Bet” by Dirk Strasser
"Recollection” by Nancy Fulda

Forging Freedom: Dimensions, ed. by Val Muller

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Forging Freedom: Dimensions

Edited by Val Muller

(Freedom Forge Press, November 2014)


Inhuman” by A. K. Lindsay
Bringing Home Major Tom” by Leigh Kimmel
The Rainbow Children” by Leo Norman
Freedom from Perfection” by Hayden Lawrence
The Circular Nature of Time” by Hollis Whitlock
Dorn’s Act” by Jason J. Sergi
A Brief Biography of Baron Otto von Korek (1717-1783)” by Donald J. Bingle
Hope” by Lesley L. Smith
The Pathless Skies” by Neil Weston
Ezra’s Prophecy” by Deborah Walker
Amnesty Intergalactic” by Douglas W. Texter
The Last Dragoon” by Charles Kyffhausen
The Fourth Poet” by Val Muller
The Witch Toaster” by R. David Fulcher
To Do As You Please” by Paul Cucinotta
Why Can You Never Escape with Escape?” by A. J. Kirby
Pedestal” by James Hartley
Halfer” by Tracy Doering

Triangulation: Parch, ed. Stephen V. Ramey

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Triangulation: Parch

The 2014 Edition of PARSEC Ink’s

Annual Confluence of Speculative Fiction

(2nd edition, September 2014)

Edited by Stephen V. Ramey


A Prayer at Noon” by John M. Shade
Koan” by Jacob Edwards
Passages” by Jacques Barbéri (translated by Michael Shreve)
Noah” by Madhvi Ramani
Dust Storm” by Chuck Rothman
Vegan” by Diane Turnshek
Dream Warriors: Ramayan Redux” by Rochelle Potkar
The Well” by Kenneth B. Chiacchia
Floorboards” by Christopher Nadeau
A Fine Selection of Wines and Poisons” by John A. Frochio
The Straw-Mother” by Jamie Lackey
Smitten” by Tinatsu Wallace
Parched in Purnululu” by Jetse de Vries
Bitter Water” by Julia August
Mask of Sleep” by Rosemary Bensko
The Hope of a Thirsty Planet” by Kaitlin McCloughan
Before Bastrop” by Michael Collins
Shuttle Season” by Jen White
A Long-Forgotten Memory” by Elizabeth Spencer
The Way We Were” by Fruma Klass

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