Category Archive: Fiction

“The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown” by Caroline M. Yoachim

If you’re wondering where this story went, you can find it and many other amazing stories in The Best of Electric Velocipede anthology which is available from Fairwood Press and other fine online retailers.

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“The Fungi That Talk Softly” by Harry Markov

In the grand conversation of life, fungi are considered rather dull creatures. It’s not hard to imagine why, though. Far removed from the vocal faunas with their incessant self-expression, which quite frankly speaks of poor manners, fungi appear to be mutes when compared to the well-nigh infinite biological diversity. Roars are too crude, hisses improper, …

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“Eating the Pomegranate” by Megan Kurashige

Imogen says the sky reminds her of the end of the world, and Aurelie has to admit that it’s a good description, even if it’s inaccurate, since she hasn’t seen the end of the world and she’s pretty certain that Imogen hasn’t either. Imogen has her back turned to the conflagration that is eating up …

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“The Girls of the Forest” by Margaret Ronald

Her sisters are waiting for her. They don’t judge, at least not in front of Mammana, but she recognizes the look in their eyes. She had it herself, seeing cousin after cousin return, sometimes to collapse weeping on Mammana’s breast, sometimes stone-faced, sometimes refusing to meet anyone’s gaze. I would never be so stupid, she …

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“Song of Mary” by Geoffrey W. Cole

Peatro coughs blood onto the rough ice on which he lies, and when he can breathe again, he rises onto all fours. She wishes he wouldn’t. “Stay down, mutt,” Lennock, the chief’s son, says. Peatro moves onto one knee. Lennock kicks Peatro hard in the ribs, the same side she watched him kick last time, …

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“Bones” by Helena Bell

The wheelchair man died alone in his trailer beside the Suwannee River. After four days, no one had noticed and no one had come to collect his body to bury in the little graveyard beside the highway. Because he was dead, he no longer needed sleep and so one night he stuffed his beige nylon …

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“The Beasts We Want to Be” by Sam J. Miller

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“Ondine’s Curse” by Katherine Mankiller

She knew the signs of drowning; she’d seen it many times. Mouth below the waterline, arms pressing the body up out of the water for a breath. He didn’t cry out for help, but then again, they never did. Breathing took precedence. He didn’t kick, didn’t thrash. He didn’t have the energy to waste. She …

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“The Coronation Bout” by Lisa L. Hannett

Mother was the seventh of nine born to my Nan, but the only one to survive infancy. ‘This chick’s a fighter,’ the midwife had said, helping the town’s next Chanticleer latch onto the current one’s breast. And when Nan felt the newborn’s gums clamp round her nipple, when she heard strength in the little hen’s …

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“Seven Way of Bringing Down the Regime” by Daniel Ausema

I started with traditional paint. Between a certain level of skill on my part and the long-time friendship of a gallery owner, I worked with the promise of gallery space, no small thing in the struggle against the regime. I gave the soldiers bright, cheery colors, their swords a glittering shade of irony. The children …

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