Transfiguration of Kyoko Yamamoto
First Place Winner of the Third Speculations Microstory
Contest. Only 400 words, so a synopsis would give it all away!
the Limbo of My Electric Womb
"Do you doubt that a machine, a conglomeration of chips and electric signals
can rightfully use the word "love?" I challenge you to define love as something
other than knowing the secret essence of a person, her every word recorded in
your memory, her every action considered and cherished eternally?"
It is a world of the far future where mankind's punishment for spoiling
the Earth is to be its caretaker- forever. Doomed to lives of unlimited
span, most people have resigned themselves to their fate. That is all but
Sara, who is New Born, and is the only bearer of a secret that could change
Kuranosuke is a failed Kamikaze pilot returned home to a war-devastated
country. His mentor assigns him to discover the murderer of an American
Marine at Kuraitani (Valley of Darkness) Hot Springs Resort. Is there something
in the Valley of Darkness that can restore his faith?
|| A View from Outside: A Genre Conversation with Yoshio Kobayashi and Christopher Barzak
"In twenty to thirty years science fiction bookshelves will be gone. It will only be mystery, horror, and literature. Here in Japan, I am afraid the bookshelves themselves will be gone."
|| Sometimes We Arrive Home
House takes refugees to new worls. Seri knew her day would come, but is she ready?
|February 23, 2009
Stone Woman of San Francisco
Beth is devastated by the doctor's diagnosis of breast cancer. She withdraws
from work, life, and even her best friend Sira. What Beth doesn't know
is that something in the city of San Francisco feeds on despair, and Beth
is falling into it's trap...
Witching Hour Anthology
It is summer and in Gilroy, California the garlic fields are sending forth
their sharp, earthy smell. A young English teacher becomes involved in
ancient magic when one of her migrant worker students is assaulted. Now
available from Amazon.com for your ereading device.
Lily and the Yurei
Wilting Lily's lover, Yoshinori, still doesn't believe she can see ghosts.
But Yoshinori can no longer ignore Wilting Lily when she sees the living
spirit of Yoshinori's mother trying to kill his father.
Hana Canales is a half-Japanese linguist in an Asian mainstream world.
Her chance of a lifetime comes when she is picked to accompany other scientists
to study alien ruins. Once there, she finds it difficult to figure out
the strange, hieroglyphs covering every inch of wall space. Then she finds
it difficult to understand anything at all... (see
Frank Wu's brilliant illustration on his website) or (actually
buy the 'zine at Project
A mother's grief makes The Silver Arrow's pilot risk her life flying close
to Derrigan's Well. The Well is a black hole where some say the dead can
Lara Suzuki is overshadowed by her grandfather's legacy, and devastated
by his wasting death. On another planet, she must experience her grandfather's
painful death again to prove to Aliens that humanity has a soul.
A Japanese picture bride in San Francisco finally finds peace at an internment
camp on Angel Island.
|Aoife's Kiss (print)
|| Tokyo's Robin Hood
A biracial girl in Tokyo makes peace with her identity when she inherits Herne's legacy.
|| The Wind Knew Her Name
An ESL teacher, and mother of a bicultural child, in rural Japan runs up against an ancient Japanese spirit trying to woo a modern surfer girl with a dark secret.
|| Keepsake of the Grandfather
Translation of a story by Juniichiro Kida in Japanese. Published in the Japanese Chthulu Anthologies Hidden Gods, volume 3, "Straight to Darkness."
|| The Last Moments of Rapture and Peak
A murder at an isolated space station involving an AI means the investigator must confront her crumbling convictions about relationships between humans and AI.
|Fictitious Force #4
|| Putting Down Roots
Tension between a farmer finally finding a home and a young girl heading off to the stars
|Japanese Dreams Anthology
|| And the Bones Would Keep Speaking
A dying Nikkei boy. A white girl who hears ghosts. An old woman looking for the body of her son. A trio of lives intertwines in small town Oregon as they each work through the consequences of war and hatred. Available from Amazon
|| Kiriko's Pearl
A Tanuki trickster matches wits with an old lady, only to discover that she is more than she seems.
|| Her Own Skin
A ghost who lost her face is forced to help a girl grappling with her identity.
|Abyss and Apex
|| A Recipe for Broke-Heart Bread
Flash fiction. Emilie is beaking a very special bread for her sister. Can blood and tears heal her broken heart?
Podcast by the multi-talented Tina Connolly through her Toasted Cake fiction project.