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Toasted Cake 39! In which we eat.

Matthias Fenstermacher loved onions, but hated slicing them, and so he labored to produce a tearless variety.


That first day, my salad plate was garnished with leaves of lemon balm, tiny citrus-scented flowers, signifying that one is looking for love.

Ann Leckie's "The Sad History of the Tearless Onion" first appeared on Podcastle, and Cat Rambo's "Appetite for Love" first appeared in Sybil's Garage.

Ann Leckie has published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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 38! In which we archaeologe while riding around on a badger. 

It was from the plastic, not from the frame of the building we uncovered later, that we knew this was a site of the Right-Angle Culture.

First appeared right here in Nature

After a short foray into the great wide world--he has lived in Central Europe and in Turkey--T. F. Davenport has returned to the womb of university. He roams at large in the University of California system, studying linguistics and cognitive science. You can find his work at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature Futures, and other magazines.


Toasted Cake 37! In which we arm ourselves with sporks. 
Course Description: The world will end, is ending, has ended. Nuclear winter, Yellowstone's supervolcano, robot zombies or zombie robots--what do you do now? 

First appeared right here in Booth

Alexander Lumans graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from Clarkesworld, Brain Harvest, Story Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, The Normal School, American Short Fiction, Surreal South '11, and The Book of Villains. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers' Conference and he won the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from The Yalobusha Review. Recently, he was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Blue Mountain Center Fellowship, and a scholarship to attend the ART342 Artist Residency. He now lives and teaches in Denver, CO.


Toasted Cake 36! In which we hear about books we cannot read. 

For the entirety of its 475 pages, Why I Want to Love consists of one uninterrupted string of words. 

Excerpted from the story "Vermilion Dreams: The Complete Works of Bram Jameson", first published in Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories (Edge 2010), edited by John Robert Colombo & Brett Alexander Savory.

Claude Lalumière is the author of the collection OBJECTS OF WORSHIP (2009) and the mosaic novella THE DOOR TO LOST PAGES (2011), both from CZP. He has edited nine anthologies in various genres, with a tenth -- BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA (Dagan Books) -- due out in autumn 2012. He's the Fantastic Fiction columnist for The Montreal Gazette and, with Rupert Bottenberg, is the co-creator of Lost Myths, which is a live show, a collection of pop artefacts, and an online archive of cryptomythology hosted at For more about Claude, visit

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


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