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Toasted Cake 70! In which we have a story for Mother's Day. 

She had my teeth. I hadn't expected to recognize myself in her, but when she greeted me, her maroon lips parting into a crescent, there they were. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Krystal Claxton writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a three-year old with her amazing husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys attending Dragon*Con in costume, science magazines, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at or @krystalclaxton on Twitter. 

Toasted Cake 69! In which we try to blow out the candles. 

The therapist's waiting room was plain--white sterile walls and carpet floors that smelled of chemicals. 

Dr. Kenneth Kao is a graduate of Odyssey Writing Workshop and Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. His fiction has sold to OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, Drabblecast, and others. He is the chiropractor and owner of Vital Balance Chiropractic. He is also a Parkour/Freerunning/Kung Fu instructor, and besides being a writer, he is an avid pole dancer. Find him at

Toasted Cake 68! In which we have a great personality. 

I put out the ad so long ago I thought that no one was going to respond, I mean some people did respond but they were all really weird and kind of crazy, and then you responded, and at first I thought it was a joke, but now you're here! 

Alexandra Grunberg is a student at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Mustang's Monster Corral, and Garbled Transmissions. She loves Stephen King, Game of Thrones, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.  

Toasted Cake 67! In which we catch the foxes.

They've sunk a shaft deep in the dirt of the meadow and chained her there. 

(First appeared in Grendelsong.)

Samantha Henderson's short fiction and poetry have been published in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit and Weird Tales, the anthologies Running with the Pack and Fantasy, and reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and the poetry collection, The House of Forever. Her website is at

Toasted Cake 66! In which we adjust a slightly askew shade of green . . . and keep going.

One day Adrian decided to rebuild the world.

First appeared in Nine.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, One Buck Horror and many other 'zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at, and his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects, is at And check out Alex's kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!      


Toasted Cake 65! In which we have always moved to the left. 

"I feel good, actually. Quite normal. I'm not aware of any odd cravings or a stray compulsion to go out and tickle the bellies of Basset hounds." 

Canfield's phobias run to politicians, lawyers and oil company executives. Some of his current work includes stories in Atomic Avarice and Mad Scientist Journal. He likes dogs and beer.

Toasted Cake 64! In which we fly.

My body remembers what I can't. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that changed six or seven owners in the last 100 years, learned English from Star Trek reruns, and is now a pediatrician in an area of Brooklyn, New York, where English is the fourth most commonly spoken language. He is a SFWA member with stories in Nature, Ideomancer, Kasma, Stupefying Stories, and Andromeda Spaceways, among other publications. Unlike most other writers, he is not owned by any cats. 

Toasted Cake 63! In which we ponder the fate of Mayoress Deely.

Please come in, sir, madam. Finest jewel store in the district, madam, certainly.

(First appeared in Fear and Trembling)

Nicki Vardon: Hard-core scientist, soft-hearted metalhead, seasoned night owl and part-time catsitter. Dutch by birth, British by tea addiction. Nicki can be woken up in the middle of the night for - or by - metal concerts and Twining's Lady Grey, but always at one's own risk. Her work has appeared in Niteblade, The Red Penny Papers and Fear & Trembling.

Toasted Cake 62! In which our shells grow thick. 

The shining ones came and took us from the boiling acid pools. 

(First appeared in Redstone SF.)

Steve grew up listening to his dad's ghost stories and never recovered. He attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp in 2009 and currently lives in Oklahoma in a small house full of girls. His stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Redstone, Daily Science Fiction, and others. His nonfiction blog posts have been featured by SFWA.

Toasted Cake 61! In which we try to placate the Troll Council. 

The plumber's deep voice resounded from beneath the maintenance hatch by the main pool at Cascade Reef waterpark. "You've only got one troll left." 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF) 

David works for an engineering design firm in Minnesota. His fiction has appeared in many magazines: Escape Pod, AE, Bull Spec, Pseudopod, Drabblecast, and many others. He edits the ezine Diabolical Plots which posts nonfiction articles related to the field of speculative fiction, including The Best of Toasted Cake. You can visit Diabolical Plots for his full bibliography. He is also the co-creator of The Submissions Grinder, an always-free writer's tool that provides a submission tracker and fiction market listings with response time statistics.

Toasted Cake 60! In which we drop nails. 

The nahual smiles, showing off its yellowed teeth, as it stands under the streetlamp. 

First appeared in Bull Spec. (In the current issue!

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work appears in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Book of Cthulhu and other places. She has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including Future Lovecraft, and the recent anthology Fungi, with stories by Jeff VanderMeer, Laird Barron, Lavie Tidhar and many others, which can be purchased at She operates Innsmouth Free Press and blogs at

Toasted Cake 59! In which we skitter from singularity to singularity. 

The time of Kali has passed. 

(First appeared in Poe Little Thing's 'In Space No One Can Hear You Scream' anthology, and can be read online at After Ever After.) 

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Her stories have appeared in Nature's Futures, Cosmos and Daily Science Fiction. You can frequently find her in the British Museum, or on her blog at


Toasted Cake 58! In which we wind up a bird with hammered-copper wings. 

When Rivka was eight years old, she built her first automaton.

(First appeared in Steam-Powered: Steampunk Lesbian Stories, ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft) 

Shira Lipkin has managed to convince Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Chizine, Interfictions 2, Mythic Delirium, and other otherwise-sensible magazines and anthologies to publish her work; two of her stories have been recognized as Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and she has won the Rhysling Award for best short poem. She credits luck, glitter eyeliner, and tenacity. She lives in Boston with her family and the requisite cats, most of whom also write. She also fights crime with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, does six impossible things before breakfast, and would like a nap now.

Toasted Cake 57! In which we imbibe. 

Susan's hair had always smelled of coconut and jasmine. He still had a half-full bottle of her shampoo in the shower, waiting. 

(First appeared right here on Daily SF.)

D. Thomas Minton's fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Daily Science Fiction. While he currently resides with his wife and daughter on a little speck of land in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, big changes are afoot. This is his second story to appear on Toasted Cake, leaving him to wonder how he managed to get his cake and eat it, too. His idle ramblings hold court at and would appreciate your visit.

Toasted Cake 56! In which we are as brilliant as a biolume tattoo. 

You can hold the city in your mind for a month if you are lucky, and skilled. 

(First appeared in Bull Spec.) 

Erin Hoffman is the author of the Chaos Knight trilogy from Pyr Books, whose concluding volume, Shield of Sea and Space is forthcoming in 2013. Her work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Bull Spec, Electric Velocipede, and elsewhere. You can read more at or follow her on twitter at @gryphoness

Toasted Cake 55! In which we are all too human. 

"It's so very green," said Iolanthe. "Why can't we have colors like this on the ship?" 

(First appeared in Stupefying Stories.) 

Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, One Buck Horror and many other 'zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at, and his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects, is at

Toasted Cake 54! In which the Moon loves the Earth too much. 

(AND! In which we kick off the 2013 year of Toasted Cake!)

"When I was little," Dad says, softly chuckling, "the Moon was so small I thought I could put it in my pocket, like a coin." 

(First published right here at the ever-awesome Daily SF, Nov 1st, 2012) 

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula, a Hugo, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

[ETA: The correct title of this is "Mother Ship"]

Toasted Cake 53! In which we live in the traveling. 

My mother was a colony ship.

(First appeared right here in Lightspeed.) 

Caroline M. Yoachim is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She had six new stories come out in 2012, including appearances in Lightspeed, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. For more about Caroline, check out her website at

Toasted Cake 52! In which we try to be a good elf.

They tried to give me other jobs more suitable to my gifts, like reindeer euthanasia technician and pest exterminator. 

(First appeared right here in Thaumatrope)

Samuel Montgomery-Blinn is the publisher of Bull Spec, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction and in the blog of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; his fiction has appeared in Thaumatrope, PicFic, and 52 Stitches: Volume 2. He lives in Durham where he works as a software engineer, raises 2 wonderful kids with his amazing wife, and defends his guitars from 3 rampaging cats. He loves audiobooks, so if you have recently listened to one you really love, drop him a line at sam at bullspec dot com, find him on Facebook, or on Twitter as @montsamu.


Toasted Cake 51! In which we drop the ice cream. 

Approximately 21,973,000 people will die this year. 

(First appeared in Abyss & Apex) 

Caren Gussoff is a SF writer living in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming, a novel (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), published by Serpent's Tail/High Risk Books, Gussoff's work has also been published in anthologies by Seal Press and Hadley Rille, as well as in Abyss & Apex, Cabinet des Fées, Fantasy Magazine, and M-BRANE. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, and in 2008, was the Carl Brandon Society's Octavia E. Butler Scholar to Clarion West. She's currently shopping around a novel set in post-pandemic Puget Sound. She is spitkitten everywhere online, especially at

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