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Toasted Cake 176! In which we fling ourselves into perilous orbits.

We all look like Harrie, when we can afford it. Even the boys. Even the girls.

This story first appeared in the anthology XIII from Resurrection House, edited by Mark Teppo.

Andrew Penn Romine is a writer and animator living in Seattle. When he's not wrangling words, robots, cavemen, or dragons, he dabbles in craft cocktails and virtual reality. His fiction appears online at Lightspeed Magazine, Paizo and Crossed Genres as well as in the anthologies Fungi, After The Fall, By Faerie Light, and Help Fund My Robot Army. You can find his full list of publications at and on Twitter at @inkgorilla.

Toasted Cake 175! In which we manifest.

Congratulations! Your magic manifested itself. Maybe your teenage years won't suck quite so much, right? WRONG.

First appeared right here in Daily SF.

Nebula-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the new Blood of Earth Trilogy from Harper Voyager. Her newest novel is CALL OF FIRE. She's a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Follow her at and on Twitter at @BethCato.

Toasted Cake 174! In which we puree.

Begin by placing the Seasoning Mix in a small bowl. Refer to page 842 for Seasoning Mix ingredients. Glance at the clock and roll your eyes as you wonder how many more detours you'll find in this recipe.

This story first appeared in Wild Musette.

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about half-truths and double-crosses. His fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as a convoluted employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Plan B Magazine. His debut novel, Titanshade, is forthcoming from DAW Books. Dan can be found on the web at

Toasted Cake 173! In which we let Bonesy ride.

Hey folks, I know it's a tight squeeze for the manufacturing deadline for the Little Miss Apocalypse playset, but we got new market research results on the pony names.

First appeared right here in Fireside.

Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the "Women Destroy Science Fiction!" special edition of Lightspeed Magazine, Galaxy's Edge, Analog, Fireside Fiction, and PodCastle, amongst others. Effie lives in San Francisco, where she likes to make sculpted cakes and bad puns. Her day job as a marketing consultant definitely had nothing whatsoever to do with this story. You can follow her on twitter at @effies, or read more stories at

Toasted Cake 172! In which we still pass on the word from generation to generation.

Ten things were created on the eve of Shabbat, between the lights of night and day, and they are: the mouth of the earth, the mouth of the well, the mouth of the donkey, the rainbow and the manna, and the staff, and the shamir, the writing, the missive and the tablets.

This story first appeared in Uncanny.

Bogi Takács is a Hungarian Jewish agender person and a resident alien in the US. You can find Bogi as @bogiperson on Twitter, Instagram and Patreon.


Toasted Cake 171! In which we go spelunking.

In his future, I see a fish.

This story first appeared in Diabolical Plots.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (2015 and 2017). He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent are currently available. His website is

Toasted Cake 170! In which we are an egg.

The Hoffenphaafs know it, the mud-men know it, the steam urchins sprouting in their vesicles know it, even the protein-sellers that carry the thick-frozen slabs between slaughterhouse and tower on their enormous calloused shoulders know it - the pillars of the earth shiver in the heat, the golden-tiled floors of the playtime levels are bending, the face of the earth below buckles until it near breaks.

This story was first published in Grendelsong.

Samantha Henderson lives in Southern California. Her stories have been published in Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and Interzone, and the anthologies Tomorrow's Cthulhu and the Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She's the author of the Forgotten Realms novels Dawnbringer and Heaven's Bones.

Toasted Cake 169! In which we stay on the red line for like a really totally annoying long time.

When the invading hordes sack your city and raise triumphant flags over the monuments like a pledge to tackiness, the underground metro is simultaneously the best and worst place in the world to be.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Andrea Tang is a speculative fiction writer and international affairs wonk based out of DC. Her stories have previously appeared at Apex Magazine, PodCastle, and a variety of other publications. When not hunched over a notebook misusing her imagination, she's known to enjoy theater, music, and martial arts. Drop by for a hello and a virtual cup of tea at, or on Twitter at @atangwrites.

Toasted Cake 168! In which we call someone with our song.

Ianthe went down the long steps singing because she hadn't stopped singing in a week.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Megan Lee Beals is an old sea witch who lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband Erik, and a one-eyed cat called Mr. Peepers. She has stories in The Iowa Review and InterGalactic Medicine Show. Visit her online at

Toasted Cake 167! In which we level-up for sure.

Students streamed from Yvonne's geology class, rolling their flexible displays and shoving them into backpacks.

This story first appeared right here in Nature.

H.E. Roulo is a Pacific Northwest writer of science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. The first book in her Plague Masters trilogy released in 2015. Her short stories appear in dozens of publications, including Nature and Fantasy's special Women Destroy Fantasy issue. Fractured Horizon, her science-fiction podcast novel, was a Parsec Award Finalist. Find out more at

Toasted Cake 166! In which we peel back many layers.

Borobor lived alone in a taupe mini-McMansion with all-over carpeting.
This story first appeared in Goldfish Grimm.

Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their fiction and poetry have appeared in Lightspeed's Queer Destroy Science Fiction, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other venues. Rose's work has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards. For a full bibliography, please visit

Toasted Cake 165! In which we eat the cake. Or don't!

As a reward for her philanthropy, Ambassador FE927C (Effie for short) was the first android to achieve Mexican citizenship.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

David Steffen is the editor and publisher of The Long List Anthology series of stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list. Volume 3 just released in December, with stories by Caroline M. Yoachim, Cat Rambo, Cassandra Khaw, Mary Robinette Kowal, Joseph Allen Hill, and more! He is also the editor of Diabolical Plots which has been publishing original fiction since 2015, and co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, an online tool for writers to find new publishers for their work.

Toasted Cake 164! In which our hallelujahs pulse electric.

In an outlet behind the altar of the First Baptist Church, the Roomba's red glowing eyes blink in time with Pastor Smythe's exhortations.

First appeared right here in Diabolical Plots.

Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee, Tiptree Award honoree, and winner of Writers of the Future. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues worldwide, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and PodCastle. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones.

Toasted Cake 163! In which we wear the festive red velvet.

The magic was all in the hat, of course.

This story first appeared in 10Flash Quarterly.

C.L. Holland is a British writer of speculative fiction, and past winner of Writers of the Future. She has a Bachelors Degree in English with Creative Writing and a Masters degree in English. She is taking steps to avoid collapsing the floor of her house by replacing her books with Kindle editions, but it's just not the same. Find her at

Toasted Cake 162! In which we use the rib cutter.

Place a body block under the back of the cadaver so that the chest protrudes and the neck and arms fall backwards.

This story originally appeared in Interfictions.

Natalia Theodoridou is a writer of strange stories that have appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Apex, and elsewhere. For more, visit her website,, or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.

Toasted Cake 161! In which we give advice to Squeakybuns.

Dear Mr. Squeakybuns,
Thank you for contacting Research for You.

This story first appeared in Mothership Zeta.

Laura Pearlman's work has appeared in Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and a handful of other publications. She lives in California with two cats who have, to the best of her knowledge, always been cats. You can find her on Twitter at @laurasbadideas.

Toasted Cake 160! In which we iterate.

When it's dark and no one would notice, we'll break into the office.

A version of this story first appeared right here in Flash Fiction Online.

Shane Halbach lives in Chicago, where he writes software by day and avoids writing stories by night. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He blogs at, or can be found on Twitter at @shanehalbach.

Toasted Cake 159! In which we dance.

Was all over in a fraction of a second, but then again ain't everything?

First published in the Daily Cabal.

Ken Brady is a writer, strategist, filmmaker, brewer, and car dork. His fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies around the world, including ANALOG, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Writers of the Future, and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. He splits his time between Oregon and Japan. Though he occasionally updates, he can be found more easily in the usual social media places.

(Content warning for mild language)

Toasted Cake 158! In which we hear the chime of new comments. 

The girl behind the counter is a waif with mottled cheeks, swaddled in a blue barista's apron.

First published right here in Flash Fiction Online.

Sarah Grey was born on Bloomsday, but prefers her fiction short. Her stories have appeared in a number of publications including Lightspeed Magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Flash Fiction Online. She lives with her family near Sacramento, California.

Toasted Cake 157! In which we discuss some new rules with Gleeb. 

We are so happy that you are part of our family this academic year!

First published in Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Sci-Fi.

Tara Campbell is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Litbreak, Masters Review, Luna Station Quarterly, Procyon Science Fiction Anthology, and Toasted Cake Podcast. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, with be published in fall 2017.

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