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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 www.alexshvartsman.com.



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 andreatangwrites.com, 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 beehills.me.




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 heatherroulo.com.



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 roselemberg.net




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 and Tiptree Award honoree. 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 clholland.weebly.com.



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, www.natalia-theodoridou.com, 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 shanehalbach.com, 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 kenbrady.net, 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.



Toasted Cake 156! In which we fail to press the bell.

It's the kind of night that beckons you home.

This story first appeared in Syntax & Salt's April 2016 issue.

G. V. Anderson is a British writer whose first professional short story, "Das Steingeschöpf", was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2017. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in StarShipSofa, Strange Horizons, and F&SF. Find her at gvandersonblog.wordpress.com





Toasted Cake 155! In which we begin to suspect that our new cat is not normal.

VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT READ THIS OUT LOUD IN THE PRESENCE OF THE CAT OR LET THE CAT READ THIS LETTER.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

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 BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato



Toasted Cake 154! In which we follow the tracks in the slush.

The footprints were as big as my snowshoe, the narrow heel a crisp outline, the impression not more than a couple of hours old.

This story first appeared in Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix.

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Escape Pod and many other publications throughout the world. You can find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com.




Toasted Cake 153! In which we are eager to ensure our own nutritional security.

Don't just survive -- with Missionwhisper, you can THRIVE!

First appeared in Mothership Zeta.

Darusha writes science fiction and speculative poetry as M. Darusha Wehm and mainstream poetry and fiction as Darusha Wehm. Science fiction books include: Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective series. Mainstream books include the Devi Jones' Locker Young Adult series and The Home for Wayward Parrots (forthcoming from NeWest Press). Darusha's short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Arsenika, Nature, Escape Pod, and several anthologies. Darusha is originally from Canada but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years sailing the Pacific.



Toasted Cake 152! In which we make the chevre. 

Eljay went to the goat enclosure with two plastic jugs and a resource acquisition ticket.

First appeared right here in Daily SF.

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather. She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in 2016. For more about Caroline, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com


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