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The Impossible Bird by Jamie Lackey
"'You can't be real,' Tommy whispered. 'There are no blue jays in Europe.'"
Taking Root by dave ring
"In the forest they were wild things."
Better to Curse the Dark than Light a Candle by Joseph Cusumano
"I must find a soul darker than my own."
Three Hundred and Forty-Nine by Gerri Leen
"Inside him, a war goes on between the programming that makes him give chase and the need to rebel that he feels each time his queen’s mind touches his."
The Sphere by Garrett Rowlan
"'The circle holds the fundamental fact of existence,' she had told him once."
Never Ending Litany by Diane Arrelle
"I heard it, the call, but it was daytime faint."
Leanan Sidhe by Lucy Stone
"When he was in the music—when he was the music—it opened up a space inside his head where he could be himself, just for the length of a canto."
Intergalactic Litany by Kayleigh Shoen
"As if the Universe were built for granting wishes."
The Tower by Jay Caselberg
"Now why, you ask, would you cast an infant from the very peak of a stone edifice?"
For the Sake of Mushrooms by Mary E. Lowd
"In the belly of the red giant, could Irudy find her lost home?"
When Wizards Sing by Steve Carr
"Then silence fell, and I lay upon the whale's back and held my breath."
Dreams of the Docent by Lee Clark Zumpe
"I told myself that the dreams would not follow me home from Shady Haven."
The Lighthouse by Sharon Frame Gay
"She returned to bed before dawn, smelling of the sea, her body slipping next to mine when the sparrows began to sing."
Not Locks but Keys by Michael Walker
"He played the poem over in his mind. In the small, floating part of his mind that still belonged to him."
The Melodic Travels of a Man Selling Lives by Dennis Mombauer
"The countdown began, the shell enveloped Marcus—and all of a sudden, softly and without warning, he heard the music again, the exact same melody, in the exact same moment before the entry into foldspace."
Muzi's Boon by Drema Deòraich
"The sight of villagers crowding her at every Flowering to beg selfish boons turned my stomach."
Players by Astra Crompton
"The itch in my code is excruciating now; a punishment for my disobedience but a price I am willing to pay."
I Wanted You to be Happy by Alexandra Grunberg
"The reason for the end of the world, was me."
A Fitting End by Tom Howard
"It would have been nice to have friends who existed outside of books, her only companions during her battle with DIPG."
The Waves by Lara Alonso Corona
"But you get used to all sorts of things. Like having the Old Town underwater."
Stowaway by John Visclosky
"She knew that Venus was not like Earth. On Venus, there was still work. It was a planet with a future, where even a girl from a dusty village could be whatever she wanted."
Reflections by Hugh McStay
"It was through the mirrors that the nightmares came."
A Cure for Spring by Larina Warnock
"'I wanted…' Carmyne gasped between every word. 'I wanted it to feel like the end of everything.'"
The Linear Concept of Time by C. S. Lytal
"'But maybe they can’t come back to us. Maybe we have to go to them,'” I say, thinking of the tunnel of darkness and stars."