Jul 25, 2017 | #Blackspecfic

A Note from the Editor of the #BlackSpecFic Responses

by Mikki Kendall

When I agreed to work on the #BlackSpecFic project as an editor I wanted to broaden other writers' platforms in the same way that I have expanded mine over the years.

A woman stands over a body lying prone on the ground.

short story


by M. E. Owen

The inside door handle was loose. That should have been a clue. But Rebecca didn't notice, just went on in, whistling, smacking the garage door button as she passed.

Jul 24, 2017 | #Blackspecfic

The 2016 #BlackSpecFic Report

by Cecily Kane

A couple of years ago, we noticed an alarming pattern in speculative fiction publications: while sometimes diverse in other ways, they published few to no stories by Black writers. Last year's report confirmed that perception. A year later, how are we doing?

flash fiction

The Witch in the Tower

by Mari Ness

Only one girl at a time, of course. One girl. She regretted that she could not do more, but she was only one woman, and she had other responsibilities.

Jul 13, 2017 | news

Announcing The Fisher of Bones by Sarah Gailey

by Pablo Defendini

I’m pleased to announce that starting on August 2, Fireside will begin publishing a brand-new serial in twelve parts by none other than Sarah Gailey.

Jul 13, 2017 | essay

The Importance of Being Monstrous

by Meghan Ball

The next time someone tells me to smile, I want to bare my razor-sharp teeth instead.

flash fiction

We Who Stay Behind

by Karl Dandenell

You are Explorers. You are First Contact. You go through the Portal. We do not. We are the ones who stay behind.

Jul 7, 2017 | news

Teach Me How To Say Goodbye

by Brian J. White

Let’s just rip off the band-aid: I am stepping down from Fireside.

flash fiction

Queen Aster, Who Dances

by Tina Connolly

There are two of us, my twin and I, the two youngest princesses they never thought would rule. We found our own paths in life, I in dance and Gentian in song.

Jun 28, 2017 | essay

The Narrative Spectrum

by Malka Older

We are in the early stages of a narrative disorder epidemic. True, narrative disorder isn’t an official syndrome yet, but (unless I’m misreading the plotlines) our society is primed for it.

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