196 - Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. Finlay
Interstellar travelers contemplate love and existence
197 - Death Comes But Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal
A mad scientist cheats death... or does he?
198 - Love in the Pneumatic Tube Era by Jessica Grant
An alternate reality romance - two separated loves keep passion afloat by sending it down the tubes
199 - In the Octopus's Garden by James S. Dorr
A murdered man reanimates as a being comrpised of undersea detritus.
Bsides 14 - Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Clown by Fraser Sherman
A review for an imaginary novel, detailing a businessman's transformation in to a clown
201 - Fiddleback Ferns by Sarah Monette and/or Killipedes by Jens Rushing and/or The Difficulties of Evolution by Karen Hueler
Fiddleback Ferns: a space infestation sends a mother to her breaking point. Killipedes: a dark, humorous tale where a doctor breaks down a patient’s nasty parasitical infection. The Difficulties of Evolution: a mournful parent contemplates her child’s anthropomorphic metamorphosis.
202/203 - Boojum by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
A space pirate forms a unique bond with her living ship.
204 - A Day Out, with Stereoscopes by Tina Connolly and/or Hard Choices by Tina Connolly
A Day Out, with Stereoscopes: An automated narrator details the many options available in a madcap journey through a Stereoscope park. Hard Choices: a choose your own adventure featuring two sisters in an alien world/
205 - Just Be by Sandra Odell and/or Wonder by J.R. Hamantaschen and/or You Had me at Rawwwr by Nicky Drayden
Just Be: A passing of the torch between two devils. Wonder: the results of a terrible, disfiguring curse on a child and its parents, described by a spiteful narrator. You Had Me at Rawrr: A wistful, domesticated zombie details the plight of a time-traveling scientist working to prevent mankind's extinction.
206 - Creature by Ramsey Shehadeh
A life form of untold power teeters between humanity and inhumanity.
207 - Pinion by Stellan Thorne
A hardened detective chases a fugitive angel
208 - Hokkaido Green by Aidan Doyle
A man's life course is altered by via supernatural interaction with a talking panda.
209 - Babyhead by Aliya Whiteley
A couple's life together is destroyed by the growth of mewling baby heads in the garden, and a woman's subsequent obsession.
210 - P is for Parade by Tim Pratt and/or F is for Forever by Heather Shaw and/or C is for Crate by Greg van Eekhout and Jen Reese
P is for Parade: A description of an otherworldly independence day parade in an alternate reality America. F is for Forever: a hell-dweller details the new tortures developed for modernized damnation. C is for Crate: a woman of humble means runs afoul of a dark, dream-eating, crate creature.
211 - At the End of the Hall by Nick Mamatas
A bitter, elderly woman's delirium leads to robots and destruction.
212 - Ancient Engines by Michael Swanwick
An inventor explains to a cyborg that immortality is not quite what it seems
214 - The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk by Eugie Foster
An extra-dimensional demonic entity is transformed in to a teddy bear. It kindles a tender relationship with a frightened, young girl.
215 - Dread Unlocks by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
A snarky, professional dispeller of dread is put to the test by her new newsman client and his terrifying van.
216 - The Book of Eternity by Mike Resnick
A student of the arcane and esoteric pursues immortality, only to receive just, eternal punishment.
217 - Followedby Will McIntosh
A man struggles to understand his child corpse, in so doing comes to terms with his guilt.
218 - Orange by Susan Forest
The end of the world and exodus from earth as told from multiple perspectives
219 - The Big Splash by George R. Galuschak
A young man seeks advice from a beach bum alien who possesses magical powers.
220 - Bad Habit by Richard Weems and/or Tags by Andrew Gudgel and/or A Happy Family by Nathaniel Tower
Bad Habit: a nun struggles to subdue a rowdy, naked man. Tags: a girl dependent on futuristic technology is compelled in to a struggle with ordinary yet foreign, un-tagged reality. A Happy Family: a woman gives birth to a boot, familial strife follows.
221 - Year of the Rabbit by An Owomoyela
Beleaguered survivors in a post-apocalyptic future repel a darkness threatening their absorption and dissolution.
222 - Rules for Living in a Simulation by Aubrey Hirsch
Rules for living in a simulation.
223 - Bearing Fruit by Nikki Alfar
The fable of a young girl, impregnated by an errant mango, navigating the river of life in pursuit of her true beau.
224 - Unintended Consequences by John P. Murphy and/or Expired by John P. Murphy
Unintended Consequences: A recovering alcoholic is compelled in to old habits by meddlesome sprites. Expired: A new employee is made aware of the terrifically wasteful, secret nature of manufacturing.
225 - David Is Six by Amanda C. Davis and/or The Best Boy, The Brightest Boy by Megan R. Engelhard and/or Broken by Steven Saus
David is Six: A boy wishing to grow up is tricked and imprisoned by faeries. Best Boy, The Brightest Boy: The pied piper describes the rearing of his frightful protege. Broken: a man is given the terrible choice between his afflicted son and a faery's replacement.
226 - The Heroics of Interior Design by Elise R. Hopkins
A trouble woman's super power is all too ordinary. A breakdown occurs.
228 - A Fairy Tale of Oakland by Tim Pratt
The origin story of Santa's dark servant, Krampus, set in Oakland.
229 - Singularity Knocks by Will Ludwigsen
The earth's last remaining luddites are seduced by a heavenly digital existence.
230 - Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson
The world is thrown in to tumult by bears acquiring technology and drastically altering their habits. Meanwhile a man copes with a complex family situation.
231 - Whit Carlson's Trespasser by Will Ludwigsen and/or The Six Pieces of Everett Montrose by Jamie Killen and/or Boll Weevil by Nathan Lee
Whit Carlson's Trespasser: Whit explains to local law enforcement the threat represented by a trespassing clown. The Six Pieces of Everett Montrose: a clandestine group possessing the disembodied pieces of Evertt Montrose commiserate. Boll Weevil: alien weevils destroy the world - one man enjoys his final, bittersweet hours.