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The Things My Mother Left Me

Tausi sat listening to her aunts, who crowded in a circle at the far end of the room. Their dresses were a kaleidoscope of greens, reds, blues, and yellows, each worked with repeating patterns that shifted with the eye. Huddled like that they seemed to her one polychromatic beast with seven heads and fourteen limbs. None of them made an effort to whisper as they planned her life.

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The Padishah Begum’s Reflections

Hidden by the feathers of the Peacock Throne, Jahanara watched the Frenchmen’s heads appear at the top of the steps. Diwan-i-Khas, the hall of so-called private audience, would loom before them now. Morning light caught on its outer pillars and scalloped arches, setting the whole aglow: marble embers sparking with pearl and silver inlay in creeper patterns wound around gearwork. Light slanted through the hall, danced on silk and dust and metal, and threw the delegates’ shadows in before them unannounced.

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The Lily and the Horn

War is a dinner party. My ladies and I have spent the dregs of summer making ready. We have hung garlands of pennyroyal and snowberries in the snug, familiar halls of Laburnum Castle, strained cheese as pure as ice for weeks in the caves and the kitchens, covered any gloomy stone with tapestries or stags’ heads with mistletoe braided through their antlers. We sent away south to the great markets of Mother-of-Millions for new silks and velvets and furs.

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Wishes and Feathers by Patricia Russo (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is Wishes and Features written by Patricia Russo and read by M. K. Hobson

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The Sometimes Child by Caroline Yoachim (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is The Sometimes Child written by Caroline Yoachim and read by M. K. Hobson

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Tenientes by Nathaniel Williams (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is Tenientes written by Nathaniel Williams and read by M. K. Hobson

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The Armature of Flight by Sharon Mock (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is The Armature of Flight written by Sharon Mock and read by Mark Bukovec

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After the Dragon by Sarah Monette (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is After the Dragon written by Sarah Monette and read by Sarah Tolbert

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Above It All by Carol Emshwiller (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is Above It All written by Carol Emshwiller and read by M. K. Hobson

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Images of Anna by Nancy Kress (audio)

The morning was turning out to be a bust. The first client wanted to pay with a personal check, which I’ve learned to not accept. She had no cash, credit card, or ID. The second client had cash but turned out to be a thirteen-year-old kid who wanted a “really sexy picture” for her boyfriend. No way: session cancelled. The third client was late.