Congratulations to Jessica J Lee, our winner of the Best Fantasy Story of 2009 Poll and Contest, and well done to Camille Alexa, Aidan Doyle, Cate Gardner, and Aliette de Bodard for their talented, top four stories!
Shades of White and Road by Camille Alexa
Reading by Numbers by Aidan Doyle
Trench Foot by Cate Gardner
Golden Lilies by Aliette de Bodard
For our reader contest, we had quite a lot of responses, and the winner is…Bob Dennis, and his comment was for “The Tongue of Bees” by Claire Humphrey: “Without actually adding two drops of laudanum to your morning tea Ms. Humphrey takes you with her words as far as you can go on a sensual, decadent trip. Young Raymond’s coming-of-age journey travels that rare knife edge of wicked innocence. The best part is that this is just a preface; “The Tongue of Bees” is laden like a basketful of belladonna berries with a portentous future: the mysterious back of the bookshop, the start of a coven, and the chance to fly anywhere.”