A ghost who borrows and reanimates the dead has become a cop and is in love with his partner, one Janine. One nasty winter’s day, our ghost finds himself shot and “killed,” followed close at hand by Ms. Janine. Love is in the ether, but a surprise is in store for our hero.
What happens when you read five tales in space about humans and aliens in one cosmic collection? Find out more about each one of these short stories in my review.
If you’ve ever milked a cow by hand, you know there’s something Zen-like about the experience: The rhythm of milk zinging into a steel bucket, the close smell of a warm barn, the presence of a huge, sleepy animal standing over you. This is a story about a cow named Iris, a farmer deeply set in his morning routine, and the end of the world.
A mother travels at night with her child, searching for something she thought was lost long ago. But finding it has a price. What will she do in the face of an impossible decision?
When people are edged out because of what they are rather than who they are and what they can do, there is often high price to be paid.
And it isn’t always those overlooked who pay it. Ignoring half the population’s potential is a sure way to ruin.
A suggestive bookstore delivery has employees in a tizzy, making them wonder if a children’s author has inappropriate motives.
Not everyone has a green thumb. How many would give everything to keep their garden alive? Lottie is determined for her garden to make it. But will she?
A brother teaches his little sister an important life lesson: invisibility comes at a price . . . one penny as it turns out.
***GIVEAWAY IN SHOW NOTES***
Fran Wilde is the author of the Andre Norton- and Compton Crook Award-winning, Nebula-nominated novel Updraft (Tor 2015). She wrote an episode for Season 2 of The Witch Who Came In From The Cold, a series put out by Serial Box. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com.
Come and learn more about Fran and her stories in this episode of 30-Minute Author Interviews.