GlitterShip

An LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy podcast

Month: May 2015

Episode #8 – “Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass” by Penny Stirling


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Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass

by Penny Stirling

The seasick lover becomes a saltwater cistern

She built her first lover out of glass.

“I was often disappointed,” she said as she showed her creation around her gallery, “that the things I make with such skill cannot admire my handiwork.  Now at last I have made something that can look on itself with wonder.”  But, she had to admit, she liked it even better when the lover looked upon her with wonder.

Her lover’s skin was glass, her lover’s touch was soft.

The nights were fine since she was skilled enough at glassblowing to give her glass lover skill enough, but soon she began to dread the mornings.  More often than not when the sun had risen and they roused from their sleep, her lover would turn to her and say something like, “I dreamed the ocean bore down on me, rubbing and grinding me down until I was nothing but the finest fragments scattered all around the world.”

 

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Episode #7 – “Stalemate” by Rose Lemberg

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Stalemate

by Rose Lemberg

 

He wakes to warmth. The floor beneath his head. He stares at the spider-patterns etched into the ceiling, tiny and dense, gray against darker gray. No power runs through them. Inert now. Unneeded.

He wants to make the patterns work again.

—how could anyone survive a descent through Calamity storms?  Above him, someone’s shiny dark shirt smells of static, a faraway storm passing. How are they still alive?

Alive, forever, trapped inside this loneliness.

 

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Episode #6 – “And Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness” by Lisa Nohealani Morton


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AND OUT OF THE STRONG CAME FORTH SWEETNESS

by Lisa Nohealani Morton

After the Collapse and the Great Reboot, Lila moved into the city and opened a barbershop.

Great things were happening in the city: spaceports and condominiums and public works projects outlined their soon-to-be-erected monuments to great men and women and superior city living in holographic glows. Angels patrolled the sky, resplendent with metal wings that sparkled in the sun when they banked for a turn. Everyone seemed to be full of exciting plans for the future, but Lila came from a long line of barbers and her humble shop only seemed fitting. She called the shop The Lion’s Mane, because there were lions, once.

 

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Episode #5 – “The End of the World in Five Dates” by Claire Humphrey


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THE END OF THE WORLD IN FIVE DATES

by Claire Humphrey

I: May 21, 2011 (according to Harold Camping)

Robin called it an apartment, but it was really part of an old carpet factory in the Junction: an echoing space where one of the looms used to be, furnished with a broken church pew, two wheelchairs, and the bench seat from a minivan.

The smells of paint and dust were good, banishing the phantom smells of antiseptic and latex gloves from my nose.  I leaned in the doorway of the breakroom and watched her sweep.  “Where’s everyone going to sit?”

“On the floor,” she said.  “That’s why I’m sweeping it.”

 

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