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Far Fetched Fables No. 130 Doug C. Souza and Jay Lake & Ruth Nestvold

November 1, 2016 by Gary Dowell

Our new cover art is “Mystery” by Gabriel Barbabianca. Gabriel lives in Barcelona with his family. He loves art and he loves all types of fantasy, and so he tries to serve both at the same time… Find him on Deviant Art here.


Flash Fiction: “Florence de Lattre” by Jay Lake & Ruth Nestvold

(“Tales of the Rose Knights” #9, originally published at Daily Science Fiction.)

She was just a girl in the Armies of the Sun, Florence de Lattre. She would have been ordinary, save that her skin was a shade almost mauve — causing the military doctors no end of distress, solved only by dread incantations of dermatitis pigmentosa and much jabbing of needles — and she always smelled faintly of flowers.

Roses, to be precise.

Despite her name, Florence de Lattre was English. Despite her country, she spoke German like a native. Despite her languages, she served in the Armies of the Sun, those thinspread defenders of reason and human purity in a world gone to moonlight and lovers howling in midnight gardens.

Jay Lake lived in Portland, Oregon until his death in 2014, shortly before his 50th birthday. His books include Kalimpura from Tor and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh from Prime. His short fiction appeared regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay was a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2015, he posthumously received the Locus Award for his collection Last Plane to Heaven.

Learn more about him and his work at jlake.com.

Ruth Nestvold has published widely in science fiction and fantasy, her fiction appearing in such markets as Asimov’s, F&SF, and Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella Looking Through Lace won the Premio Italia award for best international work. She maintains a web site at ruthnestvold.com and blogs at ruthnestvold.wordpress.com.

Jay and Ruth’s collection of short stories, Almost All the Way Home from the Stars, is available at Amazon and via iTunes.


Feature Story: “Diamond Eyes” by Doug C. Souza

(Originally published in Asimov’s.)

Savlo’s scales itched with trepidation as his foreclaws crossed into Troll territory. Thick brush and giant oaks engulfed the trail. Dead leaves crunched under his heavy feet. He yearned to look back at his father for reassurance, but knew it would defeat the purpose of his taking the lead.

“This is your endeavor,” his father had said as they had left the borderlands. “You march in front. I am of a lower class now.”

Savlo couldn’t believe it was less than a month since the change—so much was different. His once sinewy limbs now bulged with muscle, his scales packed like slate.

Doug C. Souza has always had a love for the art of storytelling. His favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, but he enjoys a good yarn of any variety. His story “Mountain Screamers” was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and later read on the StarShipSofa podcast. Other works have appeared in numerous anthologies and ezines. As a member of the local writers’ Meetup group, he helps aspiring writers find their voice (and possibly a paycheck) for their work. Doug teaches fourth grade in Modesto, California, where he lives with his wonderful wife (and main reader/editor), Nicole. Currently, Doughas a story coming out in the Visions V anthology this year, and another in the Young Explorers Adventure Guide anthology. He can be found at dougcsouza.com.

Author’s note: Doug says that he is stoked to have “Diamond Eyes” read in Far-Fetched Fables. He feels StarShipSofa did an amazing job with his story “Mountain Screamers”. He’s had a few of his stories read in podcasts before, but the production quality was so high with StarShipSofa that he stopped after the first couple of minutes and ran to his wife saying, “You gotta hear what they did with ‘Mountain Screamers’!” He can’t wait to hear how “Diamond Eyes” turns out. It was his first cash-prize winner — 1st place — in the “Here There Be Dragons” Contest.

About the Narrators:

Catherine Logan had many years of training in theatre and voice in her youth — then many years of teaching acting, drama, writing, and English literature as a grown-up. She has taken plenty of workshops and has studio experience in narration, commercial and animation voiceover work. Catherine is now involved in a second career which takes her back to her first love. You can find her online at catherineloganvoice.com.

Anthony Babington is a voice in the internet’s head, who looks almost, but not quite, exactly how you expect him to. Having escaped from the sinister forces of Texas, he has retreated to an ingeniously disguised bunker in a secure, undisclosed location in Burnsville, Minnesota. his life goal is to someday annoy Norm Sherman into letting him voice a part on Escape Pod, but until then, he’d be happy to voice a project for you. Yes, you in the checked shirt. Contact him on Google Plus, or on Twitter at @AlephBaker.



  1. I really love the “Rose Knights” stories.

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