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Toasted Cake 35! In which things become kittens.

The kitten, wedged in the glove compartment, gave a discontented mew when we pulled her out.

E. Catherine Tobler's recent sales include Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is an active member of SFWA and the senior editor at Shimmer. Find her at


Toasted Cake 34! In which we fit in a LOT of clowns. 

Forty-two clowns in all; one car much too small. 

First published right here in 10 Flash Magazine

D. Thomas Minton's fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Daily Science Fiction. He resides with his wife and daughter on a little speck of land in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. His idle ramblings hold court at and would appreciate your visit.


Toasted Cake 33! In which we remember our future. 

"I remember dying," my husband tells me.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Caroline is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She's a graduate of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop, and her fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy Magazine, Lightspeed, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places. Her novelette "Stone Wall Truth" was nominated for a nebula award last year and has since been reprinted in Chinese and Czech. For more about Caroline, take a look at her website at


Toasted Cake 32! In which we examine our toes. 

For the first time, Emily realized that her hair was the color of honey and her eyes were the color of wedding soup. 

This story first appeared in Superficial Flesh

Romie Stott is an author and narrative filmmaker whose work has been published in Strange Horizons, Reflection's Edge, She Nailed A Stake Through His Head, and shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Gallery in London, and at festivals around the world. Her under-construction portfolio is at


Toasted Cake 31! In which we storm the castle. 

(AND! In which we are finalists in TWO Parsec categories: Best New Podcast & Best Magazine Podcast! Squee!) 

Deep in the bowels of the Toys-R-We in a space which smells of plastic and stale air conditioning, the Barbie aisle's occupants are plotting, fomenting conquest.

This story first appeared in Expanded Horizons

Cat Rambo writes, edits, and teaches, all from the shore of eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish, where she co-exists with two cats, a software developer, and a large number of plastic dinosaurs. See her website at for links to more of her fiction.


Toasted Cake 30! In which we conflagrate. 

In 1863, a nanophage spontaneously appeared in Louis Pasteur's yogurt.

Alkahest first appeared in Brain Harvest, as "Phases of Alkahest".

Wlliam T. Vandemark can be found wandering the back roads of America in a pickup. He chases storms, photographs weather vanes, and prospects for fulgurites. His hand lettered fiction has appeared on sidewalks, on bridge abutments, and on the backside of billboards. Published work has appeared in Apex Magazine, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Word Riot, and assorted anthologies as detailed on his website: Currently he serves as a multimedia producer and web editor for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Toasted Cake 29! In which we talk to knives.

We were covered in mud and never came clean. That's what we shared, all of us 'Niners. 

First appeared in Phantom.

Vylar Kaftan has published about three dozen stories in places such as Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her 2010 Lightspeed story, "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno," was nominated for a Nebula. She founded FOGcon, a new literary sf/f convention in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she blogs at


Toasted Cake 28! In which we consider retirement.

Welcome, welcome!  I hope the Hylonomus eggs at breakfast were satisfactory? 

This story first appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Ken Liu is a writer and translator of speculative fiction. His stories have appeared in F&SF, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. He lives and works near Boston.

Toasted Cake 27! In which we decide things.

Sheila considered it an unexpected stroke of good luck. She had little reason, after all, to think that anyone would ever take an interest in her heart again.

First published in Brain Harvest.

Nicole M. Taylor is a writer, Excel master and tiny gargoyle wrangler living in LA. She likes highlighting things unnecessarily and Fig Newtons. She bloggerates here:

Toasted Cake 26! In which we have blindingly white legs and bad Humphrey Bogart impressions.

When Dr. Evyl set his nuclear bomb to explode in the top of the Eiffel Tower, Cindy had grabbed it and tossed it, all 5,000 pounds of steel casings and uranium, into the sky, where Fred caught it and carried it into space, beyond the moon's orbit.  

Jude-Marie Green has sold short stories to twitter, online magazines, and various anthologies.  She has edited with Abyss&Apex, Noctem Aeternus, and 10Flash.  She attended Clarion West in 2010 and has the tattoo to prove it.  She likes oranges, chicken, and being warm.


Toasted Cake 25! In which we upclock.

The Unitard processor used in domestic apparata is also used in such diverse devices as spacecraft, surgical robots, and attack drones, and because of high-volume manufacture is quite reasonable in price.

First appeared in slightly longer form in Kasma.

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 24: In which we fire the coals and RAKE THEM TOO.

They don't build us with windshield wipers over our glass eyes.

A Toasted Cake Original, and a Giant.

C.S.E. Cooney collects knives and books. Her fiction and poetry can be found in Rich Horton's Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 and 2012, SteamPowered II and Clockwork Phoenix 3, at Apex, Subterranean, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Goblin Fruit, Cabinet des Fées and Mythic Delirium. She was this year's recipient of the Rhysling Award in the Long Poem category. Her novella Jack o' the Hills is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. Her poetry collection, How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, just came out from Papaveria Press. She thinks we should all sing Zing-Zou-Zou. 


Toasted Cake 23! In which we tell you three very short stories. 

Alberto Yáñez - Driving for Peanuts
Eli Effinger-Weintraub - Spirit of Leadership
Wendy N. Wagner - Stone Queen, a poem that first ran in Abyss & Apex

Alberto Yáñez is a writer and photographer. A native Californian, he now lives in Portland, OR, and tells himself that he really likes the rain. Among other things, he's a graduate of Clarion West 2011 and Viable Paradise XII. His middle name is Maximiliano, and you can find him on Twitter at @freelance_max. You can send him email at amaxyanez at gmail dot com and visit his website at

Eli Effinger-Weintraub writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and stageplays. Her work has been anthologized in the recent anthology from the Minnesota Spec Fic Writers, Sky-Tinted Waters, as well as We Don't Need Another Wave, and Best Date Ever, published in Steampunk Tales and Witches & Pagans Magazine, and performed at Patrick's Cabaret and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Her semimonthly column Restorying the Sacred for No Unsacred Place explores the possibilities of science-based myth-making. Eli lives, arts, and cycles in the Twin Cities watershed with her wife, artist Leora Effinger-Weintraub, and two buffalo disguised as cats. Follow her doings at or on Twitter as @AwflyWeeEli

Wendy N. Wagner's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in over a dozen publications, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine and the anthologies The Way of the Wizard and Armored. Her first novel, Dark Depths, is due Summer 2012 from Dagan Press. Ms. Wagner lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family--and most unfortunately, no dinosaurs. You can keep up with her at

Toasted Cake 22! In which things are so very bright. 

There was something wrong with the light. There was too much of it. 

First published in SPARKS.

Nathaniel Lee is a writer living in North Carolina with his wife, child, and obligatory cats. He puts words in order, and sometimes people give him money for them. His work, including a full bibliography, can be found at his daily writing blog, Mirrorshards, where he publishes a 100-word story every day.

Toasted Cake 21! In which we are efficient.

When I told you George was the solution, you didn't really think I meant him to be eaten, did you? A four-foot-long lizard? 

First published in Darker.

An Englishman now transplanted to small-town New Mexico, Brian Dolton has played volleyball on a sandbar in the Pacific Ocean, watched the sun set over the Sahara from the back of a camel, and stayed in a Buddhist monastery on a sacred Japanese mountain. He's been writing for as long as he can remember (which is longer than he would care to remember) and will continue to do so until they pry the keyboard from his cold dead hands. Whoever "they" are. If you know, he'd like to hear from you so he can make suitable preparations.


Toasted Cake 20! In which we meet Domesticus.

I started with the idea of a time travelling Autobot but not as a time traveling vehicle, like a Delorian or the Jet Car from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.

J. Bradley is the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Falconer of Fiction at NAP, a contributor to the Specter Collective, and lives over at


Toasted Cake 19! In which we follow Grandmere's recipe. 

Her knives, usually set aside on baking day, are positioned prominently just outside the flour-strewn area where she will knead. 

First published in Abyss & Apex.

K Bird Lincoln spent 4 years in Japan precariously perched on a bicycle with her 2 daughters. Now she lives in the shadow of Laura Ingalls Wilder out on the Minnesotan Prairie and drives them around in a mini van. Other short stories have been published hither and thither in places such as Strange Horizons, Abyss and Apex, and the Lethe Press anthology, Japanese Dreams. Her YA historical fantasy Tiger Lily is now available on Amazon. 

Toasted Cake #18! In which we petition the moon.

Dear Mr. Moon Man or Ms. Moon Lady,
I would like very much for gravity to continue to suck or pull or whatever it does, but if you could do so with just a bit more nuance I would be very grateful. 

This story first appeared right here at Daily SF.  

Liz's work has been published in a range of journals and anthologies including The Pedestal Magazine, Pseudopod and Strange Horizons. Her previous incarnations include circus manager, refuge worker, research officer for the Order of Australia Awards, and extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. These days she is a freelance writer, and is an occasional artists' model.  


Toasted Cake #17! In which A nearly gets a shiv in the crossbar.

The letter SH paused in the anteroom of A's antebellum mansion.

These two stories first appeared on The Daily Cabal.

Luc Reid grew up in northern Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, not far from where he now lives with his family. He is a Writers of the Future winner, a former radio commentator, an amateur musician, a systems analyst, and the founder of the Codex online writing group. His stories and articles have appeared in venues like Abyss & Apex, Clarkesworld, and The Writer. His first book was Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures, followed by The Writing Engine: A Practical Guide to Writing Motivation, Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories, and the novel Family Skulls. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan, and he blogs about writing and the psychology of habits at

Episode #16!  In which we hear tiny truths.

The D string on the guitar in your bedroom is slightly flat. That'll be a nickel.

First appeared right here in Flash Fiction Online.

D. T. Friedman is an Internal Medicine resident who lives in the seediest hospitals in New York. She would write in her spare time, but she is an Internal Medicine resident who lives in the seediest hospitals in New York. Sometimes she juggles fire.

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