“Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde
In the sky behind, a group of children Calli’s age swooped and dove in unison, followed by one of the tower’s magisters. Calli heard scraps of song. A lesson about wind shifts. The students’ wings cut patches of bright color in the deep blue air. Calli knew each span and spar, even from this distance. She’d tested them all.
“Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer
Moogh decided, with regret, that he would have to temporarily abandon his trek due west and instead walk alongside this water for a bit until either he outlasted or outpaced whatever curse made it seem to go on forever. He declared its true name to be the Tricksy River, and decided if he ever found the trickster responsible for it he might justifiably commit some minor violence upon their person.
Author Interview: Fran Wilde
Audio Fiction Podcast: “Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde (51 minutes, 30 seconds)
Liras tried to remain at his workbench and finish the customer’s wings, but the pain grew too much.
From the Archives: “My Father’s Wounds” by Ferrett Steinmetz (from BCS #75)
Father guides my hand to the ruin of his belly. My fingers sink into the wound, touching something moist and pulsing —
Fran Wilde’s story “Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” is set in the same world as her just-released debut novel from Tor, Updraft. And we recently reviewed Suzanne Palmer’s excellent story “Tuesdays,” from the March 2015 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
Issue 181 was published on September 3, 2015. Read it online completely free here.
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The cover art this issue is “Kodran Migrant Fleet” by Tyler Edlin. We last covered Beneath Ceaseless Skies with issue 180.