Cover Art by Juan Ochoa
Main Fiction: “Trading Rosemary” (Part 1) by Octavia Cade
Among those who could accurately judge such things, it was generally acknowledged that Rosemary’s library was the finest of its kind in the entire archipelago.
Rosemary was justifiably proud of it. Begun by her great-grandfather, it had passed down through the family, with each generation adding to the collection— at considerable personal expense. She had contributed many exquisite pieces herself, and introduced order and organization into what had been a fine mess. Each coin was now carefully preserved, and suitably labeled according to its age, provenance, and properties. They were boxed in slim rectangular cases with burnished leather covers, and arranged according to catalogue, so that if one particular coin was required it could then be easily plucked from among its thousands of companions without hesitation or mishap.
Octavia Cade is a PhD candidate in science communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Cosmos Magazine, and Aurealis, amongst other places. “Trading Rosemary” is her first novella, published earlier this year by Masque Books. She can be found at http://ojcade.com.
Narrator: Ruth Stearns
Ruth Stearns got her start as a narrator by reading to her husband on car trips through the empty grasslands of central Florida. She last read for Starship Sofa in Episode 295. One of her own written works of weird fiction will appear in Stupefying Stories sometime soon. Contact her via her blog at letmewritethat.wordpress.com .