I have been focusing a lot lately on gratitude. It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the US as I write this and, while I don’t tend to get sentimental or swept up in the holiday, this year it happens to coincide with a personal feeling of thanksgiving. This issue wraps year number four. Sixteen issues, hundreds …

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Wicked

“I don’t know why everyone is so disposed to believe her version of everything,” Malligne said, tapping a squared French tip against her water bottle. “I guess because she’s young and cute, and that trumps.” We all nodded. It was an old, familiar story. We all had our version. We met every Thursday night in …

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Welcome to Vhan’thu, Commander Wilcox. I’m Trinka, Harth’s betrothed. Ah, yes: Jennifer; of course I’ll call you Jennifer. Harth’s friends are mine as well, after all. I’m so pleased to finally meet you. Harth has told me a great deal about your time together in the Corps. The first exchange of greetings can be tricky, …

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I met Amelia when she was five and three-quarters years old, almost six, but her grandmother could not manage to keep me a secret until her birthday. The first time I saw her, she sat in the nursery leaning over a dollhouse, and when she turned around her eyes widened and her smile spread so …

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There is a unicorn. When a unicorn stands rampant on a hilltop, lit by the sun until her organs and veins shine through her skin and glow with their own light, silhouetted in triumph and majesty, blood roaring like a hurricane, seething like the sea—well, then, when people crave her closeness, it is out of …

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I met her before I met him. She was the first person I met at college. Not literally as in she was the first person that I was introduced to, but rather in the sense that she was the first person who I really got to know at college. We were both English majors, quiet, …

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The starfields and galaxies hurtle past behind her closed lids at the speed of thought. They move so fast that they paint a trail of shining white and blue and a dozen other colors across all that her mind can see. She spins bewildered in their wake, wondering how she will ever make sense of …

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A wolf seduced her sister and a witch wrapped her bony fingers around her brother’s heart, so when a giant came for her, she told him she wouldn’t go. He plucked a rose petal from the bushes that grew around his castle, and that was her bed. When the day grew hot, he offered dewy …

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Alien

So you’re the young lady who knows everything? Madame tapped Sophie sharply on the back, calling the young girl’s attention back to the well-dressed man standing in front of her. “Sophie, it isn’t polite to ignore a financier’s questions,” she scolded. She smiled at the well-dressed man. “I apologize, Mister Galveston, the procedure hasn’t quite …

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I don’t really want to talk about it right now. I can think of nothing else. *** Tanith is dead. Her spirit is spent and her body is broken, frozen and fractured under the weight of defying the universe’s fortune. But though I cry, clutching her hand as if to thaw and return her, elsewhere …

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