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Far Fetched Fables No 22 Elizabeth E. Wein and KJ Kabza

First Story: Chasing the Wind” by Elizabeth E. Wein

Martha Bennett sat on her trunk in the middle of Nairobi Airport watching the other passengers disperse. She had been sitting there for two hours, waiting for her father, and reading over and over again the terse telegram she had received the day before she left Philadelphia:

MAY NOT MEET. TAXI WILSON AIRPORT. HART ALDEN FLY KWALE.

She was not good at waiting. It made her nervous and irritable, but Martha could not quite believe her urbane Philadelphian parents would absolutely abandon her to her own devices in the middle of Africa, and she thought there must be a chance that her father would turn up at the last minute.

Elizabeth Wein is the holder of a private pilot’s license and an increasing collection of random World War II ephemera. Her story of the friendship between a female spy and pilot, Code Name Verity, won the Edgar Award for Young Adult fiction in 2013. Her most recent novel is Rose Under Fire, another World War II thriller for teens. Elizabeth lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. Her website is www.elizabethwein.com and she tweets as @ewein2412

 

Second story: Surface Tension” by KJ Kabza

I hate it when she does this.

Brianna lies in the bathtub on her back, one knee bent and leaning in, making the lines of her hips twist and beckon. She lies in deep water, her eyes in calculating slits, the exhalations from her nose rippling a tiny current atop the surface.

I refuse to acknowledge this. I flip up the toilet seat and take myself out like nothing’swrong.

Brianna’s mouth rises above the waterline. “What are you doing?”

“This is the bathroom. I’m going to it.”

“This is the bathroom, and I’m taking a bath. Can’t you use the other one?”

“What, like you’ve never seen me — ”

“It’s disgusting, Jess.” She gets onto her elbows and the water laps against the sides of her breasts. “And I’m trying to relax.”

KJ Kabza has sold over 50 stories to venues such as Nature, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, where he enjoys being surrounded by thorny cactus instead of thorny people. He invites you to follow him on Twitter @KJKabza and peruse kjkabza.com for links to free fiction and more.

 

About the Narrators:

Rachel Dee is new to the audio world and excited to step in. She has always enjoyed reading and was the child who read out-loud to her mother, not the other way around. Taking away books was also how she was grounded when she was younger. Currently she lives in the DFW area with her husband, cat, and dog and is pursuing film and television acting.

Alex Weinle writes short fiction for magazines and podcasts, his anthology of shock-comedic-tragic stories The Decapaphiliac is available now and his science fiction novel Border is currently in editing. Long time sofanaut, he has finally got up the courage to narrate. He lives in Fulbourn, England in a cottage that consumes bulbs of unusual wattage. You can find him on Twitter at @alexweinle

 

New Art

Kirk Quilaquil is a freelance illustrator who lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.  You can find him on Facebook or at http://kirkquilaquil.daportfolio.com/

Ferdinand Ladera  is a Fantasy Concept Illustrator who was born in Iligan, the city of majestic waterfalls, situated in the southeastern part of the Philippines.  Have a look at his work at http://ferdinandladera.com/105056/environment-illustration

Far Fetched Fables No 10 Adam Browne, Gail Z. Martin and Barbara A. Barnett

First Story: “Neverland Blues” by Adam Browne

Michael Jackson bobs mothsoft and white in the North African nightsky.

His many eyes tic and tick. Expensive lenses shiver into place, swivelling down. He takes in the view.

Morocco. Tangier; the Kasbah; so beautiful, an Aladdin’s Carpet a thousand metres below him.

Wanting to see more, Michael Jackson twitches an aileron. But he’s still clumsy in this body, and the movement is too emphatic. He spins, the city revolving under him, the soukh a disordered whirl, the Old Mosque glimpsed then gone, the Oriental Quarter a flash of red and gold…

Adam Browne, 50, lives in Melbourne, Australia. His story ‘Neverland Blues’ originally appeared in 2008 in Dreaming Again: Thirty-five New Stories Celebrating the Wild Side of Australian Fiction. It won the 2009 Chronos Award for Best Short Fiction. His first novel, Pyrotechnicon: Being a True Account of the Further Adventures of Cyrano de Bergerac among the States and Empires of the Stars, by Himself (Dec’d), was published by Coeur de Lion in 2012, and is still available as a print-on-demand illustrated hardcover. His collection of short stories, Other Stories and Other Stories, was recently published by Satalyte, and will be available as an audio book later this year.

You can find out more at http://adambrowne.blogspot.com.au/

 

Second Story: Excerpt from “Deadly Curiosities” by Gail Z. Martin

“You know each other?” Rebecca said, confused. She looked from me to Teag and back again, as Anthony walked over and gave me a hug.

I chuckled, realizing I’d been set up. “Teag and I work together at the shop, and Anthony is a dear friend,” I said.

“We’re your back-up,” Teag explained, pressing a glass of wine into my hand. “I told Anthony about the email you got and about you coming here by yourself—”

Gail Z. Martin is an American writer and the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer fantasy adventure series for Solaris Books and Double Dragon Publishing.

She began writing fiction as a child (her first story was about a vampire), and says she does not remember a time when she was not enthralled with ghost stories. A voracious reader since childhood, she frequently chose to read books with a supernatural slant, including folktales, compilations of regional ghost stories and gothic mysteries. She credits the TV show Dark Shadows with her lifelong fascination with vampires.

Martin is a frequent contributor of non-fiction articles for local, regional and national magazines. She is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and teaches adult continuing education for Central Piedmont Community College. She is a truly prolific writer and you can learn more about her and what she has written at http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/

 

Flash fiction: “The Swan Maiden” by Barbara A. Barnett

The windowless theater makes it impossible to keep track of the days, but I am certain that years have passed since Fyodor’s last visit. I fear that he has died while his magic has not, for here I still stand, a swan maiden poised forever on pointe. Forever cursed.

I often wonder how our Swan Lake tableau looks from the seats: a circle of ballerinas in white-feathered skirts, one arm raised, the other swept down and back, the entire body mimicking the curve of a swan’s neck.

Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, librarian, Odyssey Writing Workshop alum, coffee addict, wine lover, bad movie mocker, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Fantasy Magazine, Black Static, and Wilde Stories 2011: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Barbara lives with her husband in southern New Jersey and has been known to frequently burst into song. You can find her online at www.babarnett.com, or babbling as a member of the Star-Dusted Sirens writing group at stardustedsirens.wordpress.com.

 

About the Narrators:

James Silverstein is a budding author and role-playing game designer, with credits from the 7th Sea and Stargate RPG lines. He’s working on the upcoming ‘Cairn’ RPG, as well as a series of stories about a 1940’s private eye in a city of the undead. James feels that there are always more amazing stories that need to be told, and he writes, narrates, and runs games to share them with the world. He loves speculative fiction, noir detective tales, and pulp fantasy, and is honored to be a returning reader in the District of Wonders.

Nicola Seaton-Clark lives in the wilds of (almost) Eastern Europe with her long-suffering husband, phenomenal children and a grumpy cat. Trained as an actress and singer, she has worked in entertainment for over 20 years and currently splits her time between writing speculative fiction, helping her husband run their voice-over company, Offstimme, and voicing everything from commercials and documentaries to public transport announcements.  She also hosts this podcast……

Rachel Dee is new to the audio world and excited to step in. She has always enjoyed reading and was the child who read out loud to her mother, not the other way around. Taking away books was also how she was grounded when she was younger. Currently she lives in the DFW area with her husband, cat, and dog and is pursuing film and television acting. You can learn more about her at www.actressracheldee.com