Stories to Read on a Rainy Day in Eden



Selected short fiction by some of today’s best authors.

Newest Addition 

"The Wolf and the Tower Unwoven" by Kelly Sandoval (Uncanny). When a feral wolf in human form turns up outside Cresa's house, the humanity that she once sought threatens to become the chain that binds her, and she is forced the weigh the balance between her heart and her freedom. Sandoval’s command of voice and empathy are on full display as she weaves this tale of intrigue, divinity, and destiny into a vivid tapestry of captured affections and bittersweet resignation. While Sandoval’s evocative style has always drawn me to her work, this one made me fall in love with her storytelling, too. The plot is clockwork smart, and her reimagining of classic mythological characters feels both faithful to their antiquity and freshly imaginative. "The Wolf and the Tower Unwoven" easily became a favorite among favorites.

PS: Dear Universe,
The world needs an audio version of this story. Pretty please?


Previous Entries 


"The Great Leap of Shin" by Henry Lien (Analog). When the plan to thwart a cycle of devastating earthquakes threatens to lay waste to the island of Pearl, a young lord and a eunuch meet at the intersection of honor, sacrifice, and necessary evils. As the pendulum oscillates between stalemate and checkmate, Lien's novelette plays out against a fascinating backdrop of truly epic proportions.




"Today I Am Paul" by Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld). An android caregiver emulates loved ones (living and dead) for a woman whose health and memory are failing her. Shoemaker deftly tap-dances around the maudlin landmines associated with Alzheimer's stories, delivering a story that impressed me with both its narrative economy and palpable humanity.
2015 NEBULA AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK




"A Sister’s Weight in Stone" by JY Yang (Apex Magazine). Yang paints a beautifully vivid world in this heart-wrenching tale of airships and dragon silk, losing and finding, and the terrible determination of sorrow--but be warned, she means to punch you in the heart.
AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE HERE






"The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family" by Usman Malik (Qualia Nous). A tale of faith, war, fire, and family. To date, this is my favorite of Usman's stories.
WINNER: 2014 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
2015 NEBULA AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY





"Taxidermist in the Underworld" by Maria Dahvana Headley (Clarkesworld). Brilliantly clever and funny as hell. Looking to be charmed (and a little disquieted)? Look no further! Think Dangerous Liaisons meets Queer as Folk... in Hell.
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK





"In the Queue for the Worldship Munawwer" by Sara Saab (Clarkesworld). As cataclysmic meteor swarm bears down on the Earth, humanity flees into space, carried in the bellies of giant worldships—but what of the poorest nations, the nations who can afford only a single such ship? What of the crew who must ensure that their worldship carries no more than the million souls its life support systems can handle? And what is the price, in guilt, of a boarding pass?
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK





"Mirror Skinned" by Kelly Sandoval (Flash Fiction Online). A most unusual tale of appropriation, metamorphosis, and promiscuity.







"Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points" by JY Yang (Clarkesworld). When the war between polarized political factions claims the life of one of its creators, an AI decides to become an independent. This story is an all-time cyberpunk favorite of mine.
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK




"Animal Magnetism" by Shannon Peavey (Urban Fantasy Magazine). Ever wish you could read your lover's mind? When a ghost prevents her husband from speaking, Della turns to psychic snails. Peavey is a master of sardonic wit, and the long-suffering snails steal the show in this wickedly misanthropic tale about communication and honesty.






"Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld ). A newly self-aware AI becomes a cat picture connoisseur while trying to help humanity.This story is a spoonful of sugar!
2015 NEBULA AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK






"Lovecraft" by Helena Bell (Clarkesworld). A delightful tale of darklings and destiny down in the Big Easy. What do you do when the old lady just keeps spitting out tiny Cthulhus?!
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK






"Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight" by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld). Loss, legacy, and the solitude of souls bound into starship navigation systems.
WINNER: 2015 BSFA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK






"A Beautiful Memory" by Shannon Peavey (Apex Magazine). Anna turns her memories into songbirds, each one colored by the emotions of the memory purged in its making: joy, sorrow, anger.







"Falling Star" by Brendan DuBois (Clarkesworld). In the years after all computers were destroyed, an old astronaut watches the downward spiral of humanity and his life's work.
AUDIO & TEXT VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT LINK





"Storytelling for the Night Clerk" by JY Yang (Strange Horizons). The story of a security guard who works at a memory bank. Who decides which people deserve to be remembered forever?




"Local Stop on the Floating Train" by E. Lily Yu (Motherboard). The train carries commuters safely through the fallout zone, but sometimes, people get thrown off. As much a social commentary as a narrative, Yu's story is both spark and kindling.




“Some People Belong Inside” by Shannon Peavey (The Masters Review). Tarrare is cursed with endless hunger, an affliction that finds him cast into a purgatory for monsters--an unlikely place to find what just might be the one thing that could fill the void within him. This story is the perfect blend of madness and wonder.










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