Jim Burns is Interzone's 2013 cover artist. This is 'Tachyonic'.
The Pursuit of the Whole is Called Love by L.S. Johnson
illustrated by Wayne Haag
Today I am to be a boy; Cam, a girl.
She tells me this as she crouches over our sleep-slicked nest, painting her hair brown with her fingers, drawing it out longer and longer until the curls brush the wings of her shoulderblades. Behind her the television speaks in bright voices and static; she turns to it, distracted, her beautiful red eyes turning blue in its glow, her hips swelling in its waves of light and sound. She mimics the woman on the screen, twisting her torso to and fro, pressing her buttocks together. Her fingers are perfectly straight when she picks up the imagined bottle of water and strokes its long sides. Silently she mouths its magical properties, casting the world into a state of thirst.
Automatic Diamanté by Philip Suggars
illustrated by Richard Sampson
I have lots of dreams [sequences of involuntary sleep images]. I’ve told them all to my therapist, Derrida. He is a specialist in withdrawal cases. I am still learning about people. I want to like them. 10024. I want them to like me too, though I worry [anxiety, fear] that Derrida and I are not communicating well.
Just As Good by Jacob A. Boyd
illustrated by Richard Wagner
One day, the Exchange wasn’t real. I cake-walked through my Freshman finals, Amy covered the fridge with new drawings of our tabby Rodeo, and Mom started coffee before powering up her work-at-home laptop. Waiting for the coffeemaker’s beep, I lounged in my pajamas at our cluttered kitchen table, coiling the end of my ponytail around a finger and a thought – I would lean back into summer and let it catch me. The next day, Mom and Dad divorced, and the Exchange showed up.
The Cloud Cartographer by V.H. Leslie
illustrated by Martin Hanford
The plain stretched boundlessly into the distance, an uninterrupted path of white. Frontier land as untouched as virgin snow. The wind at this height blew unrestrained, buffeting the terrain, shaping it, creating a rolling appearance like the crests of waves ebbing and flowing against the horizon. It looked pure, solid from afar, but when up close, in the midst of it, you could see how insubstantial it was. Not even white but a medley of misty colours, grey or blue or pink. In a certain light, you could almost see the particles, the ground grainy underfoot as if you were seeing it drunk. If you looked at it too hard, at the hazy floor beneath your feet, your body would become conscious of the laws it defied and it was easy to imagine yourself plummeting back to earth. So you kept your eyes level with a point at the horizon and kept on walking.
Futile the Winds by Rebecca Schwarz
illustrated by Daniel Bristow-Bailey
The plant died in her hand, but first it sprouted and grew. Feathery, transparent roots twined around her fingers. A delicate stem rose unsteadily, the cotyledons at the top balled like a pair of tiny fists. The roots thickened, clasping her hand and wrapping around her wrist. The speed of growth was astounding. A breakthrough at last, she thought, her heart pounding. Her head spun and her eyes filled with tears.
The Frog King's Daughter by Russ Colson
illustrated by Richard Wagner
Arnie Ashton didn’t remember much from his years as a CEO, although sometimes when he lassoed a fly on his sticky tongue he found the idea of eating insects vaguely repulsive. More than anything else, he remembered his daughter, Amy. Surprising, since he’d paid so little attention to her in the busyness of his former life. But she often came down from the house to toss stones in his little pond, and that kept her in his thoughts.
Ansible Link by David Langford
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