Original short fiction published on Tor.com

April 15 2015

The Ways of Walls and Words

Can the spirit truly be imprisoned?
April 1 2015

Ballroom Blitz

Can't stop drinking, can't stop dancing, can't stop smoking, can't even die.
March 25 2015


"Watch the dogs when you're down there, David."
March 18 2015

The Museum and the Music Box

Noah Keller
History is rotting away, just like the museum.
March 11 2015

The Thyme Fiend

Jeffrey Ford
It's not all in his head.
March 4 2015

The Shape of My Name

“The Shape of My Name” by Nino Cipri is a time travel story about what it means to truly claim yourself.
February 25 2015

The Hell of It

Peter Orullian
Some heroes don't carry blades or go to war. Some heroes are fathers desperately trying not to fail their sons.
February 18 2015

Schrödinger’s Gun

Of all the crime scenes in all the timelines in all the multiverse, Detective O’Harren walks into the basement on West 21st. In every possible universe, Johnny Rivers is dead. But the questions that need answering—who killed him and why—are still a matter of uncertainty.
February 11 2015

Acrobatic Duality

At the pinnacle of this demanding sport, artistry and balance is found in two moving as one. Yet the world's best pair of acrobats dare not reveal that their athletic brilliance has come at the price of their very identities.
February 4 2015

The Language of Knives

“The Language of Knives” by Haralambi Markov is about the death rituals of this secondary world. A strong-willed daughter is guided by her unloved parent in the customs of how to respect the remains of her favorite parent.
February 3 2015

The Human Engineer

Ever since Diotech Corporation released the first artificial womb—a safe and convenient new way to birth human babies—controversy for the cutting-edge product has risen as swiftly as the demand. For Rickar Hallix, however, the biomedical engineer who invented the womb, life has become steadily worse. When Rickar stumbles upon a possible defect in the latest batch of product, he suddenly finds himself thrust into the center of the endless, cut-throat battle between corporate greed and the security of human life.
January 28 2015

The Sound of Useless Wings

In this prequel to Tin Star, we meet Heckleck, the Hort alien who befriends Tula Bane on the space station Yertina Feray in her fight for survival. In his modest beginnings, Heckleck is raised to understand that breeding and propagating his own kind is the sole reason for living. When he is called upon to settle on a new planet, he meets the daughter of a politician, Goglu, with whom he falls helplessly in love, and is determined to win over. But nothing is easy in love and space exploration, and when his plans become thwarted, he must find a new way of life.
January 21 2015


In the extremities of war, we may know what we’ve been, but not what we will become. “Damage” is a tale of desperate times, desperate measures, and the inner life of a fighter spacecraft.
January 14 2015

And the Burned Moths Remain

The shape of treason is a trunk of thorns, and Jingfei climbs knowing forgiveness waits at the zenith. But for the traitorous Record of Tiansong, who let their planet burn under the guns of the Hegemony, a second treason may be the only escape from their eternal prison.
January 7 2015

A Beautiful Accident

Peter Orullian
In a culture where ritualized torture is used to teach its people strength through long-suffering, a foreign sufferer unintentionally teaches them something stronger . . . something gentler.
January 6 2015

Kia and Gio

Kia’s a week shy of her seventeenth birthday, which is about how old her cousin Gio was six years ago when he just up and went away. Kia’s a little bit in love with Giovanni (and who wasn’t, really?) but she hasn’t thought about him this much since the day he disappeared. It’s not until a run-of-the-mill work shift at Baba Eddie’s botánica goes awry that she begins to understand why he’s on her mind…
December 18 2014

A Long Spoon

You may have heard of Johannes Cabal; he is a necromancer and a little infamous. He is also very sensitive to attempts on his life. When a murder of crows tries to... well, murder him, and the contents of his bath are transmuted into hot nitric acid, he suspects someone may mean him harm. The trail leads to one of the less travelled parts of Hell itself, and there Cabal will need a guide.
December 10 2014

Burnt Sugar

Ava, Lock, and Ezra are on assignment—for the magical mafia, of course. Faced with a gingerbread house, they’re pretty sure that what’s inside isn’t nearly as sweet as the outside. It never is.
December 9 2014

Father Christmas: A Wonder Tale of the North

Happy Holidays from Tor.com
December 3 2014

Skin in the Game

Some monsters learn how to pass.
November 19 2014

Where the Trains Turn

His imagination runs wild.
November 12 2014

The Walk

Creative differences can be brutal.
November 5 2014

Where the Lost Things Are

Everything has to wind up somewhere.
October 29 2014

A Kiss with Teeth

Happy Halloween.
October 22 2014

This Chance Planet

We are alone, except for the dog.
October 15 2014

Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza

A Wild Cards story.
October 14 2014

The Girl in the High Tower

A Crewel story.
October 8 2014

Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch

An unconventional romance.
October 1 2014

Daughter of Necessity

By day she crafts; by night she unmakes. Surely somewhere, in all the myriad crossings of the threads, there is a future in which all will be well. Marie Brennan offers an intriguing new spin on a classic tale.
September 24 2014

Midway Relics and Dying Breeds

The trouble with wanting to do the right thing is that frequently the right thing today is the wrong thing for tomorrow, or the wrong thing for the people who are standing between you and your perfect, platonic future. The wild was the wrong place for our elephant, just like the recycler was the wrong place for Billie, and the cities were the wrong place for me. A tale of bioengineering, a carnival, and the cost of finding one’s right place.