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Author Spotlight: Eljay Daly

The long history of the Bitterdark and the Alwaystar feels to me like a cake: wide layers, complex and dark, whole strata of events–but the secret allure is the rich band of sweetness that holds the layers together

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Beer Helps: Lavie Tidhar

Do we “need” spaceships? I think the argument that’s been made repeatedly about science fiction, for a long time now, that the dream of space so central to its early premise has failed. Space, especially in the context of science fiction, is not a physical space but a powerful metaphor, if you like, about escape.

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Author Spotlight: Willow Fagan

I think that sometimes dramatic changes happen in people’s lives (fictional and real) but I’m not sure that I believe in clean breaks; in my experience, change always takes times, and occurs in spirals and layers rather than straight lines.

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Author Spotlight: Toiya Kristen Finley

I’ve mentioned that Virgil’s story in many ways is my own. Over the years, I’ve often thought of those journals and the two people who lived in the house. The man who built it. The woman who lived there and disguised herself as a man

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The Way-Not-Determined: Monica Byrne

To me, that’s what the missing finger is. It’s the way-not-determined. Alba sees nine visions of the future in which, despite having (literally) won the lottery, she’s still trapped.

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Author Spotlight: Joseph F. Nacino

Normally, I have a writing exercise that involves timing myself to write within a 15-minute period which is perfect if I want to flesh out a particular concept. But this time, because I was feeling particularly inspired with the idea, I extended my 15-minutes to give birth to the vignette, “The Word-Eater Falls in Love.”

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Author Spotlight: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

When you are growing up poor, with no prospects, you’re spraying graffiti on the walls, not considering a degree in art. There’s even a certain innocence in the malice.

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Aidan Doyle: Children Sometimes Notice Things That Adults Don’t

Cherry blossoms have a special place in Japanese culture. They mark the arrival of spring and as the blossoms only last a couple of weeks, they came to represent the transience of beauty.

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Author Spotlight: Rachel Swirsky

If what I imagined wasn’t your Diana, then I hope she was interesting to ponder. The only thing I’m sure of is she wasn’t the real Diana.

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Author Spotlight: Eilis O’Neal

I had this image of a girl who had the coloration of a calico cat, and I had a vague idea that her mother might or might not have actually been a cat, but I didn’t know anything else.