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Main Fiction: “Etude for an Extraordinary Mind” by Julie Novakova
Originally published in Futuristica
Julie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Analog and other magazines and anthologies, and her translations of other authors’ work appeared in Tor.com, Strange Horizons and F&SF. Her work in Czech includes seven novels, one anthology (“Terra Nullius”) and over thirty short stories and novelettes. Julie is an evolutionary biologist by study and also takes a keen interest in planetary science. She’s currently working on her first novel in English and on translating more Czech stories into English. Read more at www.julienovakova.com, Twitter @Julianne_SF and Facebook fb.com/JulieNovakovaAuthor.
Narrated by: Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and futuristic fairy tales. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles her children, pets, and the mad scientist she keeps in the attic. When not writing or wrangling, she collects folk tales and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it. Win one of ten signed copies of A Circus of Brass and Bone, a post-apocalyptic steampunk alternate history, by going to her Goodreads giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/273408-a-circus-of-brass-and-bone, open February 12 – March 12.
Short Fiction: “Butterfly Eyes” by G. V. Anderson
‘G. V. Anderson is a British writer whose professional debut, Das Steingeschöpf, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction in 2017. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Syntax & Salt, Strange Horizons, and F&SF.’
Narrated by: Logan Waterman
Logan Waterman has a degree in Technical Theatre from California State University, and has worked in many theatres, large and small, professional and amateur. Logan currently lives in Northern California with Grendel, a huge black beast whose primary occupations are sleeping, stalking the fish in the aquarium, and keeping the house safe from the hordes of invisible monsters that come out after dark; and Morgana, a small fluffy Queen who rules her domain with an iron paw. The fish are unimpressed. He has narrated for The Drabblecast and all five District of Wonders shows and is the only story narrator to do so.