Here's a selection of the best that April had to offer! Happy reading, and please be sure to leave a comment on each submission if you favourite or read it.
"There is a tempest inside of her, and her golden lion's mane is thinning."
A beautiful piece which conjures up a wash of golds and sleeping ancient giants. Concora does a great job with the contrasts of the dream-like fantasy world and the subtly bleak reality hinted at throughout this short story. It is truly a story about escape and to some extent acceptance of fate.
From our May 7th Round-up. _______________________________________________________
It's an eight-hour flight to Iapetus - but amongst the rings of Saturn is something well worth waiting for.
A proper sci-fi story set amongst the moons of Saturn. By anchoring the story in the themes of our everyday life - such looking forward to the weekend or worrying about whether your workplace will survive the summer - it's very easy to relate to and warm to the characters. The background of space becomes an interesting context for a story, rather than the dominant feature. For a story set in zero-gravity, this is suprisingly well-grounded fiction.
From our May 14th Round-up.
In the aftermath of the alien invasion, the lives of every schoolchild have changed forever. Today, the students of Resistance Element Foxtrot attend their graduation ceremony, where their commanding officer gives his address in a final call to action.
A short but empowering speech, WanderingGoose transcends the piece's story-specific purpose and presents to the reader a universal principle: "We can submit to the world or challenge it. For the distance between a day of tragedy and a day of victory can only be closed by what we choose to do."
From our May 21st Round-up.
A character portrait, painted in tones of honesty, respect and warmth.
Vivid poetry which is deceptively complex. On the one hand, it describes a man, a mechanic, concentrating on his work. But there's a deep respect captured in between the lines, an admiration of a craftsman which looks beyond the grease and the smoke.
From our May 28th Round-up.