The issue that nearly didn’t happen.
Shortly after the submissions period, the 101 Fiction laptop forgot how to boot, and though its super future powered android replacement did many shiny wonderful things, none of them were particularly useful (the Win-do-8 model). Then chrono-thieves stole the end of February. Two whole days, gone. (Someone should do something about that.)
So you’ll forgive me for being a little self-indulgent and including three of my own drabbles this issue. I think they’re all of the same quality as the other excellent stories, and I think they all bring something different to the table. I hope you agree. And I hope you’ll forgive me for tempting fate further with a thirteen drabble issue...
Thirteen thrilling fictions that swing through an impressively wide range of different styles, ideas and moods. All inspired in some way by one or both of the issue’s themes: spring, and elementals or spirits of nature.
We like to mix things up at 101 Fiction, so we begin with an Interlude by R.S. Bohn. Things get serious in Chris White’s Famine, and with the coming of spring, Paul Cosca’s AN-723 brings a moment of poignancy to the post-apocalypse. John Xero Maroons us on an alien world, then Ryan Cox brings the aliens to us. Elizabeth Archer dishes up a cautionary Breakfast, but watch those eggs, because Thomas High’s Hatchlings are up next, and we follow them into space to meet John Xero’s Exile. Nathan Alling Long’s protagonist may not be Alone, but Stella Turner’s Alcohol is definitely not a reassuring answer. Kymm Coveney wraps us in a dreamy Rapture. John Xero Whittles myth from words. And Christian Bone brings us full circle with battling Seasons.
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