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Far Fetched Fables No. 173 Sarah L. Byrne

“Princess Cosima and the 1,000 Cats” by Sarah L. Byrne (Originally published in Betwixt #4.) “Provide ships or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes, and there will be some who will not fear even that void.” — Johannes Kepler, 1610 The red palace was home to a thousand cats. Or so people said. Princess Cosima, twenty, beautiful […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 172 Hal Duncan

Main Story: “The Tower of Morning’s Bones” by Hal Duncan (Originally published in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy.) “Once upon a time, the land of Shuber and Hamazi, Many tongued Sumer, the great Land of princeship’s divine laws, Uri, the land having all that is appropriate, The land Martu, resting in security, The whole […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 171 Tracy Canfield

“The Seal of Sulaymaan” by Tracy Canfield (Originally published in Fantasy Magazine, July 2010.) Back when there were other ifriit to talk to, I’d tell them Morocco was as far as you can get from Mecca without leaving civilization. In Agadir, with its casinos and five-star hotels and nightclubs filled with Moroccan tourists sporting European fashions too […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 170 Dennis Mombauer

“The Breeding Dust” by Dennis Mombauer (Originally published in Outliers of Speculative Fiction.) Silent, angular houses with white plaster, a sand-suffocated well and a couple of stunted palms huddled together on the low ground, a once bustling city that only the ghostly desert wind inhabited now. The sun gleamed down without mercy, hanging in the sky as […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 169 Michelle Ann King

“Where There’s Magic” by Michelle Ann King (Originally published in Kaleidotrope, April 2016.) The witch had a favourite saying: where there’s life, there’s magic. There was a second part — where there’s magic, there’s death — but she usually kept that to herself. She placed the newborn into the father’s arms. He gazed upon the babe with […]

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