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“Fate, Hope, Friendship, Foe”

The sign for the exit said FATE in blocky white letters, with an arrow pointing the way to town. The old woman laughed and drove on. The seed for this story came to me back in the summer of (I think) 2004, when — for reasons too long to explain here — I drove from […]

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New Worlds, Year Five

In science fiction and fantasy, anything can provide color and conflict -- from soldiers, to schools, to shops, to sexuality. Continuing her comprehensive NEW WORLDS series of worldbuilding guides, award-winning fantasy author and former anthropologist Marie Brennan takes a deep dive into monarchy and democracy, natural disasters, warfare, gender, and the subtleties of language variation both in the world and on the page.

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“The Me of Perfect Sight”

The hall of the Abzu-temple was impossibly vast, and impossibly full. On shelves to either side, on tables down the center, stood the holy me: the decrees of Anu, the supreme god of the land between the rivers, which made all things of the world come into being. As you may have noticed, this is […]

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“Two for the Path”

The proverbial “message in a bottle” is supposed to wash up on a seashore. The one I receive comes by river instead — by river and by ally — and both of those are strokes of luck. I don’t recall what made this idea wander into my head, but I know it happened ages ago, […]

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The Night Parade of 100 Demons

Chaos has broken out in the isolated Dragon Clan settlement of Seibo Mura. On the nights of the full moon, horrifying creatures rampage through the village, unleashing chaos and death. When the Dragon samurai Agasha no Isao Ryōtora is sent to investigate, he faces even more dangers than he expected. In order to save the village, he will have to confront his buried past – not to mention an unexpected visitor from the Phoenix Clan, Asako Sekken, who has his own secrets to hide . . .

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The Mask of Mirrors

Ren is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadežra with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house, securing her fortune and her sister's future. But her masquerade is just one of many. And as corrupt nightmare magic begins to weave its way through the City of Dreams, the poisonous feuds of its nobility and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled . . . with Ren at their heart.

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The Eternal Knot

The monks of the Togashi Order are known for their wisdom, their strength, their mystery, and the superhuman powers they gain from their unique tattoos. For Togashi Kazue, completing her training is only the beginning—discovering the true power of her enigmatic tattoo may be the true test.

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Driftwood

Within the Shreds, a rumor goes around that Last has died. But who really was Last? Lying liar, or heroic savior? A mercenary, a charlatan, a legend? A man, an immortal — perhaps even a god?

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