It’s all Mary Robinette Kowal’s fault

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Dec 30, 2008

There is, in the heart of the world, a sound like ice on stone. Mary’s at home watching Leno but you won’t be back tonight. You hear it.

Jan 11, 2009

After the crucifixion Dad took us out for ice cream. The zombie apocalypse sucked, but living at Disneyworld was awesome.

Jan 15, 2009

Come ten thousand light years to find you sitting in a Denny’s in Hoboken. I gesture with the blaster;finish your hash browns. I can wait.

Jan 31, 2009

Lying in drag, waiting for the little girl, the wolf wonders what his own grandmother would say about how his life has turned out.

Feb 1, 2009

Zombie rights? Only right they have is a bullet between the eyes. Marriage is for living men and women. How those dead kids gonna grow up?

Feb 7, 2009

“Tell me a scary story,” the boy says, holding marshmallows over the fire. “OK” says the man, pulling out a knife. “This escaped killer...”

Feb 14, 2009

She screamed when the goons I’d hired beat me and fainted when they chopped off my head; a historically accurate Valentine’s was a bad idea.

Feb 21, 2009

Hour later we pull over and kick his green ass out. Wasn’t us killed him — who knew beer would? No more picking up hitchhikers near Roswell.

Feb 22, 2009

Michael Myers, fresh out of prison, puts an ad in the local paper as a children’s entertainer. Nobody calls.

Mar 2, 2009

I leave the car running, lean against the doorframe. Waiting for Mary. Nice night. Zombies coming, but still a perfect Springsteen moment.

Mar 17, 2009

Officer Dooley, torn between sworn duty and Celtic heritage: sure he’s drunk and disorderly, but can he really arrest a Leprechaun today?

May 10, 2009

Dog just ran past with a hairy chunk of meat in its mouth. They wanted the ape off the Empire State, but nobody wants to clean up the mess.

Jun 26, 2009

Years later, the sorcerer regrets. The boy had shown initiative. But beaten by mops and drowned in a bucket — no spell can reverse that.

Jul 11, 2009

Beaten, blinded, his men killed or fled, Robin speaks a shibboleth. He will die tomorrow, but another will take the hood. Thus legends grow.

Jul 30, 2009

Singularity? All we had was a clip round the ear if we didn’t eat our beans. These kids today, they don’t even know they’re instantiated.

Aug 3, 2009

Even after all these years, the old ways are best. The barbarian king splits his advisor’s head, throws the axe on the table. “Anyone else?”

May 12, 2010

For Sale: One secret moonbase fortress. Excellent views of Earth. Owner selling due to existential despair and cat allergies.

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