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S2.23 Daughter of the Sea

Daughter of the Sea by George Nikolopoulos

George Nikolopoulos is a speculative fiction writer and poet from Athens, Greece and a member of Codex Writers’ Group. His short stories have been published in Galaxy’s Edge, Best Vegan SFF 2016, Grievous Angel, and many other magazines and anthologies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. When not writing he is, among other occupations, a father, a husband, a reader, an actor and an engineer.

Summer Days, Winter Nights

George Nikolopoulos

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S2.22 Morning After

Morning After by Kiley Levinson


Kiley Levinson is a young writer currently studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bangor University. She was an editor and contributor to Not Quite Airplanes, an anthology of amateur writing available on Amazon and editor of the booklet for the 2017 Bangor Student Media Showcase. She knows too much about grammar and magic systems, and not enough about how to be an adult or talk to people. Current projects include writing about zombies, fictional universes, and fire mages, knitting a massive scarf, and cross-stitching cats.

Read more about Margot’s story at New Life as a Vegan Zombie.

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S2.21 The Parasite and the Widow

The Parasite and the Widow by Jeremy Gottwig


Jeremy’s recent work has appeared in Nature: Futures, the InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Darkfuse.  He lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and young son and is a member of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Critique Circle.

Links:
Strange Shuttle
@jgottwig
Facebook

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S2.20 Please Wash Your Hands

Please Wash Your Hands by Keith P Graham

Keith P. Graham is a Beekeeper, Computer Programmer, Blues Harp Player, and Science Fiction Lover. He has worked for IBM, Verizon, and Lockheed Martin where, among many other things, he wrote a large part of the original EZ-Pass system for automated highways.

Keith is the webmaster for one of the largest and oldest Blues Harmonica related sites on the internet: www.jt30.com. He is the author of the ancient Science Fiction site: www.cthreepo.com.

He has been reading Science Fiction since the early 1960’s and even has some stories he wrote back then.  Now retired, Keith is finally having time to write Science Fiction and Fantasy. He has sold about four dozen stories. He lives in New York State with five obnoxious cats and Erica.

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S2.19 Petty Gremlins

Petty Gremlins by Kurt Pankau


Kurt Pankau is a software developer in St. Louis, Missouri. Kurt has a weakness for stories about time-travel. His flash fiction has previously appeared in Daily Science Fiction and been produced for Wisconsin Public Radio.
Read more from Kurt on Twitter @KurtPankau.

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Take a listen and a question

I would encourage you all to check out the #2podsaday campaign. #2PodsADay – Listen More, Listen Indie. Some really interesting podcasts (and I’ll be coming up at some point this month too!)

I had a wonderful podcast with Linda at Poetry Ponderings Podcast about the power of poetry, flash fiction, and trusting the reader. Plus a bonus short from the Smoke Jumper World.Poetry Ponderings Podcast: PPP # 012 Deep in the Woods with Mariah Avix

Finally a question for you…

How do you keep track of …why you made the decisions to cut something/add something? Do you? Do you assume you’ll remember? Do you remember? Do you ever try something you’ve already tried that didn’t work and then had to throw it out again?

S2.18 Walls of Nigeria

Walls of Nigeria by Jeremy Szal


Originally published in Nature.

Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia and was raised by wild dingoes. His science-fiction and fantasy work has appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, The Drabblecast, and has been translated into multiple languages. He is the fiction editor for Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa where he’s worked with authors such as George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, and Joe R. Lansdale. He’s completed multiple novels and is on the hunt for literary representation. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia, where he consumes too much beer. Find him at http://jeremyszal.com/ or @JeremySzal

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S2.17 Distance

Distance by Soar

Distance was narrated by Soar

Soar is an international poet and storyteller living in Berlin, author of four books on the themes of love, human values, life and positive thinking. Currently a new book and a vinyl are in development, under the project “Poetry-in-Motion”, by ©Soar.

The author is a member of the Society of Authors (UK), Poets&Writers (USA) and collaborates with international magazines in Germany, Italy, UK, Romania and the US (Decanto The Poetry Magazine, Enigma, Lastbench, Flash Literary Journal, Women Move the Soul, Indie Spirit Magazine, Märkische Allgemeine, BW Polyglott – BDÜ Magazine, Schwäbische Zeitung, Woman@Work Magazine, The Munich Eye, The Berlin Eye, Terpress Urbana, Confluente literare). She also organizes the yearly charity event “Love for UNICEF”, where every downloaded book/poem/story at the end of each year goes to the benefit of “Child Survival and Development Program“.

Soar graduated from the universities in Romania, France and Germany and she finished her master studies in International Relations in The United Kingdom. She lectures and performs to various artistic events in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Further enquiries and booking for interviews, readings, artistic events:

www.soaring-words.com  
info@soaring-words.com

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2.16 Basilisk on a Yellow Field

Basilisk on a Yellow Field by Jon Cronshaw


Jon Cronshaw is a UK-based science fiction and fantasy author. He has published three short story collections, Host, The Gibson Continuum, and Her Name Was Red.

His debut novel Wizard of the Wasteland is out now. He has a PhD in the history of art and has seen his writing published in regional and national newspapers across the UK, including the Metro and Guardian.

He’s an ex-gamer, a guide dog owner, a voracious reader, and a certified geek.

www.joncronshaw.com
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Twitter: @jlcronshaw

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S2.15 State of the Union

State of the Union by Michael Haynes

Originally published in Space and Time magazine in 2016

Michael Haynes lives in Central Ohio where he helps keep IT systems running for a large corporation during the day and puts his characters through the wringer by night. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories appear in periodicals such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction and his work has also appeared in anthologies such as Deep Cuts, Not Our Kind: Tales of Not Belonging, and Kwik Krimes. He is the chair of the Cinevent classic film convention and enjoys photography, geocaching, and travel. His website is http://michaelhaynes.info/ and he can be found on Twitter as @mohio73.

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