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I don't often rec WiP, knowing all too well from my own experience how easily they stop being updated, but I'm making an exception for this: 'The Course of Honour' by Avoliot. It hits many of my buttons, full of misunderstandings after a second arranged marriage for Jainan to a man who is very different from his first, recently-deceased, husband. M/M
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'Sea of Dreams' by Alter S. Reiss, published on Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Ierois has been a prisoner, left on an island with only occasional visits from a ship bringing food, since being deposed by his brother. He's learned the hard way that the sea surrounding the island is a source of lies, turning stones into precious gems only for the sailors to laugh at him when he tried to use them to buy his freedom. Now, after so many years alone, he has a fellow prisoner to share his isolation...
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Another excellent story from [ profile] s2b2, The Lemon Priest by Wasureta Yume - although he's a salesman rather than a scientist, Malcolm is sent to oversee the glassworks in Miyai after the sudden death of his predecessor, only to find he's more than a little out of his depth. Nothing, it would appear, is quite what it seems and that includes Malcolm's new gardener or the lemon tree that dominates his garden. M/M.
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'Quarter Days' by Iona Sharma, originally published on Giganotosaurus.

Grace and her colleagues deal with magic and an unexpected train crash, in a post-World War 1 setting where law and magic are very closely aligned.
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'Wooden Feathers' by Ursula Vernon, originally published in Uncanny Magazine.

Sarah makes a meagre living carving duck decoys which even she admits are not all that good, so why exactly is the old man buying the cheapest she has on sale every week?
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'Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters' by N.K. Jemisin, published in Uncanny Magazine. Gen.

In the run-up to Hurricane Katrina, after Tookie has decided to stay put, he has an encounter with 'the nosiest damn lizard' and that's the least of what happens to him.

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'A Year and a Day in Old Theradane' by Scott Lynch, first published in Rogues, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Duzois. Gen.

Amarelle Parathis and her gang of thieves have bought their freedom from prosecution (well, most of them though you'll meet the one who didn't in this story too...) on condition they obey the law in Theradane. So when Amarelle is approached by one of the wizards fighting for pre-eminence over the city, she's less than keen to get involved in what's going on, even before what she's asked to steal seems impossible to manage.
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'Stone Prayers' by Kate Marshall, first published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Gen.

Her gods are made of stone, but these people worship a beast of bone and sinew. They keep their god and their emperor in the center of their city. He is an emperor of nothing; his empire was broken before he was born, and the Korondi now seek to suck its marrow. But his palace rises from the shell of a god, and so an emperor he is called.
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'Catcall' by Delilah S. Dawson, originally published in Uncanny Magazine. Gen.

The first time it happened, I was thirteen. I was in a bar, but not because I wanted to be in a bar. Because my Uncle Louis took us to a fancy restaurant in a fancy hotel that had a fancy bar stuck down in the middle of it like a freaking gauntlet you had to run for the privilege of peeing. I didn’t see it as a gauntlet then, not yet. But now, looking back, remembering those trembling fawn footsteps in my cheap, barely–high heels, I can’t believe my mom just flapped a hand at me and told me I’d be fine.
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'Needle and Thread' by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky, originally published in Lone Star Stories. Having returned from a deal with the Sidhe, a dressmaker is commanded by her queen to sew a dress that will make her daughter beautiful. Of course, it's not as simple as that. Gen.
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'In Libres' by Elizabeth Bear, originally published in Uncanny Magazine.

The Library was not a single building, but rather a complex of buildings on the edge of campus, with only one way in. It was said to have one copy of every book ever written. This was probably an exaggeration, despite the fact that it seemed to have a functionally infinite interior. The Library was bigger on the inside, and it iterated.
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'Here Be Monsters' by Carrie Patel, originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Each day I watch the horizon, and each night I watch the stars. They can tell you a lot if you know how to read them: where you are in the world, how long you’ve been there.
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'When the Circus Lights Down' by Sarah Pinsker, originally published by Uncanny Magazine.

The circus landed in late October. It was a Tuesday night, near midnight, and I should have been asleep. I had been asleep, actually, on the couch that served as my bed, but then the rain started. Not a gentle autumn rain like we’d been getting off and on for the last week. Sharp, slanted rain that would rip the last brilliant leaves from the sycamores lining the street; the kind that drenched the floor under the window before I was awake enough to register what was happening.
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'The Nalendar' by Ann Leckie, originally published in Uncanny Magazine. Gen.

Fleeing an unwelcome suitor, Umri heads down the Nalendar river. This is a universe full of gods and, to make her escape, she makes a deal with a small god who is looking to reclaim his former status, getting dragged into his complicated (and not a little dangerous) scheme to do so.
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'The Universe, Sung in Stars' by Kat Howard, published in Lightspeed Magazine. Gen.

There is music in the stars. The stars, the planets, the asteroids, the galaxies. Everything that is flung, whirling in orbit through space and time. We dwell inside an enormous, ever-changing symphony, and each of the many universes sings a song of its own.
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'Monkey King, Faerie Queen' by Zen Cho - if, like me, you love the Monkey King, then you'll love this, as the Great Sage Equal to Heaven encounters the Fair Folk and probably scars them for life. Published in 'Kaleidotrope', gen.
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'Goatskin' by K.C. Norton - originally published on Beneath Ceaseless Skies, this is the story of Shanzi, a 'goatskin girl', who can turn herself into anything or, as she discovers, anyone. Gen.
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'Make No Promises' by Rachel Halpern - originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, what do you do when you can see the future? When the people around you don't know what's going to happen, but you do, including the betrayals? Gen.
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'The King in the Cathedral' by Rich Larson - originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies this is a really nicely drawn story of an unwilling king sent into exile where nothing is quite as it seems at first. Gen.
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'The Earth and Everything Under' by K.M. Ferebee, originally published by Shimmer.

Peter had been in the ground for six months when the birds began pushing up out of the earth. Small ones, at first, with brown feathers: sparrows, spitting out topsoil, their black eyes alert. They shook and stretched their wings in the sunlight. Soon they were pecking the juniper berries and perching on rooftops, just like other birds. They were small, fat, and soft; Elyse wanted to hold them. But they were not tame and they would not come to her.


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