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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

Toasted Cake 50! In which we gamble. 

I won my almost-husband in a game of poker. 

(First appeared in Every Day Fiction.)

L. Lambert Lawson's work has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Cast of Wonders, Liquid Imagination Online, Travelers' Tales, Perigee-Art, Nanoism, and 7x20 and is forthcoming in Roar and Thunder. His non-fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Toasted Cake 49! In which we play with our cars.

It was summer, a hot humid North Carolina summer, and there was nothing else to do.

(First appeared in Marti and Bridget McKenna's magazine "Aeon Speculative Fiction.")

David D. Levine is a lifelong SF reader whose midlife crisis was to take a sabbatical from his high-tech job to attend Clarion West in 2000. It seems to have worked. He made his first professional sale in 2001, won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2002, was nominated for the John W. Campbell award in 2003, was nominated for the Hugo Award and the Campbell again in 2004, and won a Hugo in 2006 (Best Short Story, for "Tk'Tk'Tk"). A collection of his short stories, Space Magic, from Wheatland Press, won the Endeavour Award in 2009. In January of 2010 he spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert, and you can read about that at He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate Yule, with whom he edits the fanzine Bento, and their website is at

Also! Check out his new website at, and watch for the ebook of his short story collection Space Magic, coming very soon!


Toasted Cake 48! In which we sample the gruyere.

It was three o'clock in the morning and Steve stood in an alley, awaiting the underground cheese tasting.

Eric Stoveken is a writer based in Allentown, PA. He is the author of the short story collection The Devil Yearns for the Perfect Denver Omelet and Other Revelations. His work can be found at various places. Also check out the kickstarter for the revival of Loquacious Broadsheet, a literary broadsheet meant to put fiction in new and exciting places.


Toasted Cake 47! In which we have a good deal of patients.

The supernatural set could be so sensitive.
J. M. Vogel lives in a suburb of Columbus, OH.  She is setting out to show the world that a degree in English does not predestine you to life in the unemployment line.


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