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Cast of Wonders 61: The Great Game, Part 6 – When Stars Fall

The Great Game, Part 6–When Stars Fall by James Vachowski Child! Quickly now, come here! Pull the drapes back, there’s a good lad, and roll me to the window.  See… there! That flash of light!  What?  A meteor?  Don’t be a dunce, child, there’s no such thing. That was a star falling from the heavens, as sure as […]

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Cast of Wonders 434: The Pop-up Artisan of Drink Me Café

The Pop-up Artisan of Drink Me Café by Marie Croke I came to her coffee shop, but never bought anything–things like that the owner’s bound to notice. Figured my days were numbered as soon as she took note, but my mom ran me off and the cold drove me in and there’s only so many stores one […]

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Cast of Wonders 392: The Angel (Staff Picks 2019)

The Angel by Kate Cobey I: Sterile “Just don’t treat her like anything less than a person,” Mama fretted from the front row of the cab. Never mind that this was the fourth time we’d come to see her, and we’d heard the same plea every single time. Cautiously, Mama asked the white hospital archway […]

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Cast of Wonders 351: The Angel (Artemis Rising 5)

The Angel by Kate Cobey I: Sterile “Just don’t treat her like anything less than a person,” Mama fretted from the front row of the cab. Never mind that this was the fourth time we’d come to see her, and we’d heard the same plea every single time. Cautiously, Mama asked the white hospital archway […]

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Cast of Wonders 350: The Last Fifth (Part 2 of 2)

The Last Fifth (Part 2 of 2) by Naru Dames Sundar Anur cradled his face in his hands, his split lip still oozing blood.  It hurt, a kind of searing pain far greater than the dull ache of bruises he had suffered at the hands of the bullies at school.  He tried to run when […]

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Cast of Wonders 320: Presumed Dead (Part 7)

Presumed Dead (Part 7) by Rick Kennett The Xenoid hadn’t tried to cover up evidence of its theft. Her raft had been dragged out from behind the fungi bush and now lay on the white sand beach. Many of its locker doors hung open, their contents spilled on the floor. There was a gouged-out space […]

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Cast of Wonders 281: Little Wonders 16: Siblings in Space

Houston, Houston, Do You Read James Tiptree? by Rachael K. Jones After two hours of work, Daria got the space station’s recycler back online without Hugh there to help her. If he had just waited ten minutes while she tried resetting power. If he had let her double-check his gear before his spacewalk, like he […]

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Cast of Wonders 199: Leapling

Leapling by Nicole Feldringer My brother, Jack, parks his beater at the beach lot. Beyond the windshield, dune grass blocks my view of the Gulf, and I shift in my seat. My thighs and shoulders are slick with sweat against the cracked vinyl. Jack turns off the car and sets the e-brake. “You going to […]

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Cast of Wonders 186: A School Story (Staff Pick 2015)

A School Story by M.R. James Two men in a smoking-room were talking of their private-school days. “At our school,” said A., “we had a ghost’s footmark on the staircase. What was it like? Oh, very unconvincing. Just the shape of a shoe, with a square toe, if I remember right. The staircase was a […]

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