An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “The Cult of the Hyalad” by Adrik Kemp

The sisters stared into the flames, fingers clasped around their matching glass pendants, threaded with small beads of different smoky hues. Mina’s pale blue, and Winnie’s pink. The colours reflected firelight, sending patterns dancing over their skin. Behind them, Penny and Edith strung together branches and felled palm leaves to form a shelter large enough…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Abra” by Lawrence Berry

Abra slips out a doorway webbed with shadows and walks down Ninth Street, kicking at rain-dimpled puddles of water, the air around him roaring with the steady cadence of the rainstorm. Street lamps gleam above the worn cement like demon’s eyes, seeming to bend and examine Abra’s soul. Twilight is an hour away, but an…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Aeolian Variations” by Robert Walton

We stepped onto his apartment’s balcony. Like most Upper L.A. apartments, Felix’s balcony had no railings. We admired the unimpeded view for a moment. Then, Felix stepped over the edge. The building was on the job, of course, and instantly provided him with an energy path that looped over to connect to the nearest permanent…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “The Treasure of the Wind-Walker” by Bryan Dyke

The sea around him turned choppy. The palm trees convulsed. The shallows blossomed with odd waterspouts and turbulence. Even closer, an unnatural twister formed across the beach dunes and rushed toward him and his claim, the air charged and alive. Within the tumult, the outline of a human figure formed: tall and muscled, garbed with a…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Float” by Alex Zalben

As the wind whipped and pulled at Laney’s hair, she paused on the last snap. If she did this—really did this—that was it. She was gone, forever. But honestly, who would care? Her heart pounded, blood rushing over the wind in the park. Do it, she willed herself. You coward. Was this cowardice, though? Giving…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Burke’s Mission” by Victor Hawk

He gave himself back over to the mechanical work of bicycling. Put enough leg effort into something, you don’t have the glycogen available for putting thoughts together. The sun rolled across the blue backdrop. “Posted. No trespassers.” Throop had put in a new cattle guard. Treacherous things on a road bike. Hickey had once caught…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Silap Inua” by Joanna Koch

The palace of the Frost King was as silent as snow. A library towered through the core of the mountain to its tallest peak. Not books or words or pages, but amorphous crystalline shapes in a calligraphic dance spoke from the volumes extending on shelves up through the sky and out to the stars. Movement…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Just Another Word For” by Deanna Smith

“This world was a wild and turbulent place when I was your age. Younger than you. I wanted all of it, body and soul. So I threw myself to the wind.” “Throwing to the wind noted.” His voice was almost pious, letting his cloak briefly flutter open for a brief glimpse of his skin. “You…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Spore” by Lorraine Sharma Nelson

When Reva pulled into her driveway, her neighbor’s odd stance at the edge of her rose garden drew her attention. She hopped out of her car. “Hey, Mrs. Bonifassi.” The woman gave no indication of having heard her. Reva took a couple of steps toward her. “Mrs. B.? Are you all right?” The woman whirled,…

An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Easy as the Wind” by Bill Davidson

I hadn’t seen hide nor hair of Bobby and Mags in weeks, but from time to time, I caught glimmers of light coming from gaps round the back windows. That made sense. They wouldn’t ever light a candle near the front for fear of bringing attention to themselves. Because people were desperate now, you understand?…