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Aleksandra Hill, Kanika Agrawal, Rowan Morrison, Zhui Ning Chang, Isabella Kestermann, and Sachiko Ragosta

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Coming soon: excerpt of Liar, Dreamer, Thief and an interview with its author, Maria Dong!

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Out from Tachyon Publications

Bride of the Gulf
Danai Christopoulou

Mothership Connection
Melissa A. Watkins

D. K. Lawhorn
Phong Quan
Simo Srinivas

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Mothership Connection

By Melissa A. Watkins | | Melissa A. Watkins
Edited by Kanika Agrawal || Narrated by - || Produced by Lian Xia Rose
2300 words

The first beat sent a rumble through the entire Mothership. Metal squealed. Another beat struck, then more followed, unspooling a string of funky percussion that hung in the air above the mechanical noises of the ship. The passengers and crew dangled from it, suspended breathless and hopeful, muscles held tight in anticipation.

The string snapped. The dance erupted. Everyone climbed out of their safety harnesses and flowed onto the floor in an ecstatic wave. Waists twisted and arms angled, bodies bent just so to capture the quirk in the singer’s top notes. The ship shivered from the motion of so many joyous black bodies. It quivered like the skin of a drum and continued lifting through and beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, leaving the launchpad at Jamestown Spaceport far below.

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Melissa A. Watkins is a new writer, an old teacher, and a lifelong fan of fantasy, sci-fi and speculative fiction. She's surprised every time Luke Skywalker finds out who his real father is, fights the air whenever Rue dies in The Hunger Games, and wonders out loud why Frodo never met a Black elf. She spends a lot of time reading and thinking about diverse books and diverse readers, which is explored in her blog Equal Opportunity Reader. You can find her non-fiction writing in the anthologies Trailblasian: Black Women in East Asia and Black In Asia: A SpillStories Anthology. Her fiction has been published in midnight & indigo and Flash In A Flash.
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