speculative prose

Sir Balin the Savage and Good Sir Balan, by Craig Hinds

The fire of Heaven is not the flame of Hell. —Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Balin and Balan” In the darkness of the cave, they battle, one redder with blood than the … Continue reading

December 10, 2021

Issue 24 (Fall 2021) – Botanicals


Issue 22 Table of Contents

Though professional archivists may scold us for saying, we like to think that archives can be more than sacred hoards in various states of array. Fate finds creative ways to … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

Issue 22 Foreword

Memory feels more important than ever this year, while people, places, and activities we love are cut off from us in the midst of this pandemic. Memories of the past … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

“Lost and Found: Recollections of Space and Time” at the Museum of Thousandfold Worlds, curated by Xue Xihe

In loving memory of Bobbin FREE ENTRYOPEN ROUND-THE-CLOCKALL WELCOME Contact us: (Please visit our website, or download the app, for real-time coordinates.) Welcome! Lost and Found: Recollections of Space … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

Collections, by E.L. Chen

Jack finds the little god huddled in the antechamber outside the archives, a shivering oilslick shadow slumped against the door. Jack’s breathing quickens, not because a god has wiggled their … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

The Feather Stitch, by Mike Allen

The stout woman behind the cash register stares without smiling as Audra stammers through her request. This front room with its age-warped glass and wholesome brick, with its bolts of … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

Tatreez, by Sonia Sulaiman

“We’re not history; we’re not even myth. We’re apocryphal.” The Palestinians… The archives are emptied of her people. The university library has a lived-in sort of smell that makes itself … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

What the Marsh Remembers, by B. Pladek

May 1930: Clearwater Marsh, Wisconsin. Rand began at dawn, with the peat. Ten years ago the state had dredged the marsh for farmland, but it had grown nothing but summer … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

Sokal, by Joseph Tomaras

The cage closes around the pre-war elevator in the pre-war building in Forest Hills. For Joshua Davidovich, a childhood of ample Sunday lunches in his great-grandmother’s sixth-floor rent-controlled apartment has … Continue reading

June 7, 2021