Issue #212 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies is now available, completely free on their website. It is dated November 10 and features fiction by Stephan Case and Evan Dicken, a podcast by Evan Dicken, and a reprint by Kenneth Schneyer.
Over at Tangent Online, Robert Turner seemed to especially enjoy the story by Stephan Case.
In “The Aeroliths” Stephan Case creates a world of floating stone, exiled nobles and political intrigue. The story is framed as a scroll read by the current wizard Theodulus. In it we learn the history of the wind spirit that is tied to the floating house. The world created is imaginative and the language rich and evocative. The pace is slow with a focus on world building, rather than action. Overall, this is an interesting read and suggested for those who prefer a slower paced, magical story.
Read Robert’s complete review here.
Here’s the complete Table of Contents for issue 212.
“The Aeroliths” by Stephen Case
We walked through the empty, echoing corridors of my family’s manor. I watched the Is flow by the manicured gardens where my ancestors had walked and dined. Through the wide windows of the manor’s upper levels, I looked for the shape of mountains in the distance, beyond the ivory teeth of the Capital’s broken walls. I wanted to go home. me.
“The Uncarved Heart” by Evan Dicken
I used to dream of the heart our masters would give me; spend my days sketching rough cordiform shapes in the corners of Father’s quota sheets and the backs of letters Mother sent from the front. I was sure all the other girls back at the Roost already had their hearts, that the Volant had carved each of them for a special purpose just as they’d carved my Mother, my Father, everyone but me.
Audio Fiction Podcast
“The Uncarved Heart” by Evan Dicken (Duration: 37:37 — 25.84MB)
I used to dream of the heart our masters would give me.
From the Archives
“Serkers and Sleep“ by Kenneth Schneyer
I could see it in my mind: the desperate sorcerer, obliterating the host of the eastern plains but fearing that he would turn on his own kin.
Read issue 212 online completely free here.
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This month’s cover, “Ambush,” is by Raphael Lacoste. We last covered Beneath Ceaseless Skies with issue #210.