Looking for original short fiction in December and January? Look no further! Tor.com has nine wonderful short stories coming over the course of the next two months, including a stand-alone Kim Stanley Robinson short story, plus other tales from Brian Staveley, Melissa Marr, and Angela Slatter. Welsh Gold, mysterious disappearances, pirates and Supreme Court Justices populate these stories. To keep track of our upcoming fiction, you can always check this page.
We tamper with time at our peril. A new story in the Mongolian Wizard series.
On a cold winter’s night, a goblin is caught stealing firewood. Then things start getting weird.
A. M. Dellamonica is at it again! The thrilling adventures of Gale Filachild and Captain Perrish continue in a series of prequel stories that offers to take us deeper into the fascinating world of Stormwrack.
When Gale and the crew of the Nightjar are called back to the fleet to handle an issue involving a law regulating new patents and a missing magical inscription, they soon find themselves embroiled in a plot that is could potentially pit island against island. Now, they must discover the mystery of the glass galago before time runs out for both it and the fleet.
“Finnegan’s Field” by Angela Slatter is a dark fantasy novelette about a six year old child who mysteriously disappears for three years, only to return home just as mysteriously—but not quite the same. At least, not to her mother.
The Sin du Jour procurement team has been tasked with acquiring a substantial cache of rare Welsh gold for a rather important event, but when they stumble upon rivals factions of the smallest warriors they’ve ever encountered, they’ll need to bring out the big guns if they’re to survive.
“The Caretakers” by David Nickle is a strange tale about a group of people called to a meeting with their intimidating boss. The newest member of their organization is not so sure she wants to even be there.
How do you kill with honor? When is murder not a murder? In “First Kill,” assassin Kiam Miar will find out when his first assignment goes awry and he is faced with an ethical choice… as if assassins could have ethics. And if he makes the wrong choice, he could not only lose his life but throw a good chunk of his world into chaos…
“The Maiden Thief”
Written by Melissa Marr
Illustrated by Rovina Cai
Edited by Ellen Datlow
“The Maiden Thief” by Melissa Marr is a dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women. Her father blames her when once of her sisters is one of the taken.