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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."
The Children of Gods by MM Schreier
"She didn’t answer. Instead, she reached out with her pail and scooped up asteroids, meteorites, stardust."
The Fool by Ashley Clayson
"Tori hated that phrase, time travel. As if that was all she was doing. As if she wasn’t one of the world’s leading experts in tempo-spatial multiverse splits."
Dragon Crossing by Jennifer Shelby
"Gavin recognized it now. The sound of a dragon in mourning. He’d imagined this when he thought of what his funeral might be like."
Priestess of the Waters by Rebecca Buchanan
"Sallali pulled out the clove cigarette and rolled it between his fingers: a nervous tell. 'The nymphs won’t let the body go.'”
La Pequeña Roja by Abby Vogler
"It wasn't a real island, not like the ones that the old folks talked about. Their islands were dome-shaped concrete houses that dotted the Okaloosa wetlands like bubbles in bath water."
The Barn by Ria Hill
"'I see a sign,' he says. 'But it’s not much help. It just says ‘aeternam.’'"
Children of the Pulsars by Matthew Winchester
"It had cost him $1500 to get it there—there being a rocky exoplanet dubbed Tiyan-54b. He had chosen it because it was unpopular, drawing significantly less traffic than the many earth-likes that clogged Instagram feeds."
Ari and the Tiger by H.R. Wasserstein
"Ari can’t remember her life before the tiger stalked her. She steps out into the sun, feels the warmth of it on her skin, and knows that he is there."
The Mangaka Lover by Russell Hemmell
"'You can’t make love…because of one of your characters? Is he jealous, maybe?' I tried to keep the incredulity out of my voice, but irony seeped in nonetheless."
The Rat-Bug War by Avra Margariti
"'You want the bugs to lay eggs in your ears? The rats to gnaw your bones? Fine by me. Just warn me next time I decide to keep you safe.'"
Lost Loves by Joyce Reynolds-Ward
"We reached the space where the woman and the horse had disappeared into the wall and Sox stopped. He nuzzled the wall twice, then repeated his mournful whicker."
Candlelight by Barry Charman
"Is this a dream? An understandable thought. A necessary one, for sanity. You remember blowing out the black candle. The one you were warned not to light."
Last Night on Earth by Steve Haywood
"More than anything right then, I wanted to see one last sunset."