Toasted Cake 102! In which we have grandiose plans for the future.

"Do you think she's post-human?" I whisper to my husband. 

First appeared right here in Nature.

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration.

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Toasted Cake 101! In which we are desperately sobbing, but it could mean a number of things. 

This time when Roo woke them up, some of the colonists began to cry.

This story first appeared right here in Every Day Fiction. 

 C.L. Holland is a British writer of speculative fiction, and past winner of Writers of the Future. She has a Bachelors Degree in English with Creative Writing and a Masters degree in English. She is taking steps to avoid collapsing the floor of her flat by replacing her books with Kindle editions, but it's just not the same. 




Toasted Cake ONE HUNDRED! In which we interrogate. 

1. When you lifted my body into the belly of the great gray ship, did you know I was sentient?

First appeared right here in Daily SF. 

Erica L. Satifka's short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, and Ideomancer. She lives in a currently undefined location with her husband Rob and three needy cats. Visit her online at ericasatifka.com

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Toasted Cake 99! In which you must not forget the ships, O Best Beloved. 

Once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, when the world was one world with one moon and the stars did scintillate and sparkle in the sky, astronomers discovered a Beast of a Meteor flying through the vast black toward the Sun.

First appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Lee Hallison is a transplanted New Yorker who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and her teenaged daughter. She has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Drabblecast and Beam Me Up. You can read more about her at leehallison.com




Toasted Cake 98! In which we decipher our fortunes. 

I had a problem--and only one cat could solve it. 

First performed at the 2009 Odyssey Writing Workshop public reading. 

K.G. Jewell lives and writes in Austin, Texas. He has never lost a cage match. His website, which is rarely updated, is lit.kgjewell.com

David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets including Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. You can hear him reading his own award-winning short story collection Space Magic on an audiobook that's available from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, and his website is at daviddlevine.com



Toasted Cake 97! In which a woolybooger meets a recipe for disaster. 

Little Alycia came upon a dark cave one day while walking in the forest.

Gary Cuba's short fiction has appeared in more than fifty magazines and anthologies, including Jim Baen's Universe, Flash Fiction Online, Grantville Gazette: Universe Annex, Abyss & Apex and Andromeda Spaceways. He lives in South Carolina, USA, with his wife and way, way too many dogs and cats. He is a member of the Codex writer's group. Visit his website at thefoggiestnotion.com for links to some of his other quirky stories.

Graeme is a Software Solution Architect and Voice Actor living in Melbourne Australia. He is the sound producer for the horror podcast Pseudopod, and host of the YA podcast Cast of Wonders. You can find him on Google+ and he occasionally tweets as @kibitzer on Twitter.



Toasted Cake 96! In which we tend the psychosis grass. 

"Do as I do," Mama tells me, "and you'll be safe. We walk this road together."

(This story first appeared right here in Daily SF.)

Caroline M. Yoachim is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She had six new stories come out in 2012, including appearances in Lightspeed, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. For more about Caroline, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com



Toasted Cake 95! In which we keep an eye on the cookies. 

When Mrs. Wallace looked through her oven door, the gingerbread man woke up. 

(First appeared right here in Raven Electrick.)

Vylar Kaftan has published several dozen short stories in such places as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and COSMOS, as well as an Incan Empire alternate history novella in Asimov's. She was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2011 for her short story, "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno". Four years ago, she founded FOGcon, a science fiction convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs at www.vylarkaftan.net and tweets as @vylar_kaftan



Toasted Cake 94! In which you tell stories of the sea. 

You will come to me tonight. You will press your feet into the damp sand, and I will creep to you, soft and cold

Spencer Ellsworth wrote his first novel at seven years old and never recovered. In the years since, he's worked in wilderness survival and publishing; he's currently an English teacher, ruining Shakespeare for first-year college students. He also plays bass in the band Pawnbroker. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, fantasy artist Chrissy Ellsworth, and three children of the apocalypse. 

Dave Thompson is the host and co-editor of PodCastle, the weekly fantasy fiction magazine. Recently, he's been narrating a lot of audiobooks including Tim Pratt's Briarpatch, Greg van Eekhout's Norse Code, and James Maxey's Bitterwood. 



Toasted Cake 93! In which we reconsider disco. 

Peter had a weakness for glam rock and roller skating -- bad habits from his days at Cal. 

Writer Brent Bowen is co-host and producer for the Parsec award-winning podcast Adventures in Scifi Publishing, and he's studied at the 2009 Viable Paradise XIII writer's workshop. He lives in a Kansas City suburb with his wife, two children, mutt Monty and pretty boy golden retriever Rufus. Learn more about Brent and his work at splitlegend.com. You also can follow Brent on Twitter where he goes by the handle SplitLegend

A Maine transplant, our narrator Matt Haynes has been happily playing in PDX for over 8 years. He is delighted to be with Toasted Cake, narrating for the first time. Matt is the artistic director of The Pulp Stage theatre company, currently taking submissions for the "Pocket Pulp Project" at thepulpstage.weebly.com.



Toasted Cake 92! In which we slip out to the giant camp by the lake. 

Franklin Connor said once that the world came to an end the day Misty Connor did three cartwheels on the front lawn of the Connor Savings & Loan. 

(First appeared in On Spec.) 

Tina Connolly lives on a puffy white cloud with her family of three hedgehogs, two grand pianos, and a copperhead hydra. Her stories have been written in moon dust and inscribed on the rings of Saturn. Her plays have been performed by a traveling troupe of vervet monkeys. Her podcasts are beamed into your earballs every time you go under that one bridge on the way to work. Oh, and COPPERHEAD, the sequel to the Nebula-nominated novel IRONSKIN, comes out this Tuesday from Tor.



Toasted Cake 91! In which we dissect. 

My holding cell fills with the gas, the sedative they use when they wish to experiment. 

(First appeared in the War of the Worlds: Frontlines anthology.) 

David works for an engineering design firm in Minnesota. His fiction has appeared in Escape Pod, Bull Spec, Pseudopod, Drabblecast, and many others. He edits the ezine Diabolical Plots, and is also the co-creator of the Submissions Grinder, a free writer's tool that provides a submission tracker and fiction market listings with response time statistics. Find him at diabolicalplots.com




Toasted Cake 90! In which we sprout fur. 

Her son was a year grown when the dream started.

First appeared right here in Clarkesworld.

Samantha Henderson's short fiction and poetry have been published in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit and Weird Tales, the anthologies Running with the Pack and Fantasy, and reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and the Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and the poetry collection, The House of Forever. Her website is at samanthahenderson.com.



Toasted Cake 89! In which we attend a wedding, with a cat in a handbag. 

An English church. An August wedding. 

(First appeared right here in Nature's Futures.) 

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Her stories have appeared in Nature's Futures, Cosmos and Daily Science Fiction. You can frequently find her in the British Museum, or on her blog at deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.com



Toasted Cake 88! In which we complicate literary criticism. 

... the researcher in parahistorical literature faces a multitude of new worlds, each following its own timeline and offering its own literary development. 

Benjamin Blattberg is a freelance writer currently living in Texas. He writes a webcomic called Voyages, about a Franciscan monk lost in Fairyland, which borrows freely from Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse and which can be found at voyagercomicsonline.com



Toasted Cake 87! In which we dive and defend. 

In diving Thumbs-up does not mean okay. 
   Surface, it signals. Abort

"Dalton's Law" by Helena Bell first appeared right here in Rattle


In your strange stomach, 
This delicious pastrami 
May well be poison. 

"Seven Standpoints From Which to Defend Your Sandwich From a Hungry Alien" by D. T. Friedman first appeared right here in After Ever After


Helena Bell is an occasional poet, writer, and international traveler which means that over half of what she says is completely made up, the other half is probably made up, and the third half is about the condition of the roads. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer. 

D. T. Friedman is a doctor of Internal Medicine, specializing in Palliative Care with a focus on in-hospital bioethics and guidance for patients and families in difficult decision-making circumstances. She is currently starting an MBA, writing a science fiction novel geared toward teenage girls, and doing some rather exciting research on sickle cell disease. Her short stories can be found in venues such as Shimmer Magazine and the Dark Faith Anthology. Sometimes she juggles fire.



Toasted Cake 86! In which we consider our vacation dimensions. 

Were you folks caught up in that solar flare on the way in? Oh, so sorry to hear that, but the Aurora must have been beautiful! 

Tara Campbell is a Washington, D.C.-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German Language and Literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power, despite living in a city obsessed with both. Her work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books, Potomac Review Blog, Hogglepot Journal, Lorelei Signal, GlassFire Magazine and the WiFiles. Find her at taracampbell.com



Toasted Cake 85! In which we confront our duplicity. 

I am shadow. Michael repeated his mantra like a ward. I am night personified. I am as constant as time. 

Jeff lives with his wife in the woods of Northern Minnesota, where he divides the seasons into canoeing, cross-country skiing, and those few weeks in between when his writing output improves. His fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Jim Baen's Universe, and the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology from UFO Publishing.



Toasted Cake 84! In which we make good use of OKCupid. 

It started with the caterpillars. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley is an aviation and fantasy writer. Born in Heidelberg, she spent her childhood in California and now splits her time between southeast Wales and Andalucia, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. Her new non-fiction book, Why Planes Crash: 2001, came out in May. The series explores 21st century aviation disasters and brings the investigations to life. Find out more about it at fearoflanding.com. Find out more about Sylvia at intrigue.co.uk



Toasted Cake 83! In which we avoid being mid-rats.

Mother died today, or maybe it was yesterday; I wasn't there to notice. 

First appeared in Penumbra, in the Zombie Apocalypse issue. 

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that changed six or seven owners in the last 100 years, learned English from Star Trek reruns, and is now a pediatrician in an area of Brooklyn, New York, where English is the fourth most commonly spoken language. He is a SFWA member with stories in Nature, Ideomancer, Kasma, Stupefying Stories, and Andromeda Spaceways, among other publications. Unlike most other writers, he is not owned by any cats. 




Toasted Cake 82! In which we go to that Prairie Sun, Prairie Star thing, whatever it's called.

"They do still feed us in first class, don't they? It may have been a few years, but I do remember that." 

First appeared in Brain Harvest. 

Cat Rambo writes, edits, and teaches, all from the shore of eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish, where she co-exists with two cats, a software developer, and a large number of plastic dinosaurs. See her website at kittywumpus.net for links to more of her fiction. 



Toasted Cake 81! In which we are you.

Are they weapons?

First appeared right here in Jabberwocky.

Bogi Takács is a psycholinguist, a popular-science journalist, a religious fundamentalist and a fan of Spivak pronouns. Eir speculative work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Innsmouth free Press and Astropoetica, among others.



Toasted Cake 80! In which we arrive at our destination. 

In one half mile, take the exit left, then turn left. 

First appeared at Every Day Fiction. 

Robert Lowell Russell, a native Texan, lives with his family in southeastern Ohio. He is a former librarian and current nursing school student. Rob likes to write about all sorts of stuff but frequently includes action and humor in his work. He once aspired to become a history professor but found working with the real world too constraining. He's currently working on an alternate history fantasy novel incorporating elements of his previous research in Native American history and culture. For links to more of Robert Lowell Russell's stories (or to see him dressed like a ninja) visit: robertlowellrussell.blogspot.com 



Toasted Cake 79! In which we call her, simply, the Moon in the Hill. 

Do not seek her at night, hum the grasses poking through cracks in the concrete underneath. That is when she is meant to be brilliant. That is when she rages against her chains. 

Cheryl A. Warner lives and writes in Silicon Valley with her husband and two super-dogs, Lois and Clark. She has been published in Swamp Biscuits and Tea and Luna Station Quarterly among others and is also a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine. She blogs about her writing and reading habits at cherylawarner.com



Toasted Cake 78! In which we swim with sharks. 

They dragged me into the lifeboat, fingers digging in to my arms. 

Originally appeared right here as the winner of the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest, 2012. 

E. C. Ambrose is the author of "The Dark Apostle" historical fantasy series inspired by 14th century medicine: when bleeding was a way to heal, and magic, a way to die. The series launched with Elisha Barber, on July 2, 2013 from DAW books. The author lives in beautiful New England with a very patient dog. Find more info at TheDarkApostle.com.



Toasted Cake 77! In which we reconsider our alliances. 

"You're breaking up with us?" Supreme Chancellor Rosalita Singh fought to keep her voice from rising above the general hubbub of the room. 

Evan Dicken's work has most recently appeared in 10Flash Quarterly, Stupefying Stories, and Ray Gun Revival, and he has stories forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Chaosium, and Tales of the Unanticipated.



Toasted Cake 76! In which we hold your memories. 

Every time the shadow puppets play someone is saying goodbye. 

First appeared right here in Daily SF.

Liz's short stories and comics can be found in places like Strange Horizons, Apex, Daily Science Fiction, The Girls Guide to Guy Stuff, and This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death. Her previous incarnations include circus manager, refuge worker, artists' model, research officer for the Order of Australia Awards, and extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. As Betsy Nails she is a Non Skating Official with the Rat City Roller Girls, and she has an ongoing webcomic, Things Without Arms and Without Legs. Find her at lizargall.com or at her Clarion Write-A-Thon page.



Toasted Cake 75! In which we litigate. 

Marlene Hazelwitch and Doreen Sneed were married on February 14, 2007. Marlene Hazelwitch's kitten, Snuggles, was, with assistance, the ring bearer in the ceremony. 

Cross promotion! This story is simultaneously appearing over at The Mad Scientist Journal, a/o 2013 June 17. 

K.G. Jewell lives and writes in Austin, Texas. He has never lost a cage match. His website, which is rarely updated, is lit.kgjewell.com




Toasted Cake 74! In which we try to drag Ma into the 21st century (plus a bit.) 

I stood in front of Ma's door and shifted the packages to get at my key. Before I could reach the lock, she opened the door. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Lee Hallison is a transplanted New Yorker who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and her teenaged daughter. She has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Drabblecast and Beam Me Up. You can read more about her at leehallison.com 



Toasted Cake 73! In which school gets out. 

The bell rang, and the countdown was on.  

Nathaniel Lee puts words in various orders. Periodically people give him money for this. The correlation is weak at best, but present. He lives somewhat unwillingly in North Carolina with his wife, son, and obligatory cats, where he maintains a vague sort of career that provides sufficient money to continue his writing and board game habits. Coincidentally, he is the Assistant Editor of both Escape Pod and the Drabblecast (the posts were each offered independently and without knowledge of the other). As a result, he has read enough stories about penises, serial killers, and time travel. He is also an assistant editor for the humorous anthology series Unidentified Funny Objects. Check out his blog at Mirrorshards where he does Very Short Stories. 100 words. No more. No fewer. Every day. 





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Sorry, all - came back from the Nebulas and promptly came down with a cold and laryngitis. :( See you next week . . . .
Toasted Cake 72! In which the flutes of birthdays break. 

The entryway tiles were covered in a puddle of spilled memories--a week in the hospital, his grandfather's last ragged breaths, the funeral service in the pouring rain. 

First appeared right here in Daily SF. 

Caroline M. Yoachim is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She had six new stories come out in 2012, including appearances in Lightspeed, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. For more about Caroline, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com



Toasted Cake 71! In which we use our social media. 

Beth pointed at the browser window. "I don't know how he got there." 

First appeared right here in Every Day Fiction. 

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley is an aviation and fantasy writer. Born in Heidelberg, she spent her childhood in California and now splits her time between southeast Wales and Andalucia, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. Her new non-fiction book, Why Planes Crash: 2001, is just now out. The series explores 21st century aviation disasters and brings the investigations to life. Find out more about it at fearoflanding.com. Or, find out more about Sylvia at intrigue.co.uk



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Toasted Cake 70! In which we have a story for Mother's Day. 

She had my teeth. I hadn't expected to recognize myself in her, but when she greeted me, her maroon lips parting into a crescent, there they were. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Krystal Claxton writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a three-year old with her amazing husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys attending Dragon*Con in costume, science magazines, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at krystalclaxton.wordpress.com or @krystalclaxton on Twitter. 



Toasted Cake 69! In which we try to blow out the candles. 

The therapist's waiting room was plain--white sterile walls and carpet floors that smelled of chemicals. 

Dr. Kenneth Kao is a graduate of Odyssey Writing Workshop and Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. His fiction has sold to OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, Drabblecast, and others. He is the chiropractor and owner of Vital Balance Chiropractic. He is also a Parkour/Freerunning/Kung Fu instructor, and besides being a writer, he is an avid pole dancer. Find him at pkchiro.wordpress.com



Toasted Cake 68! In which we have a great personality. 

I put out the ad so long ago I thought that no one was going to respond, I mean some people did respond but they were all really weird and kind of crazy, and then you responded, and at first I thought it was a joke, but now you're here! 

Alexandra Grunberg is a student at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Mustang's Monster Corral, and Garbled Transmissions. She loves Stephen King, Game of Thrones, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.  



Toasted Cake 67! In which we catch the foxes.

They've sunk a shaft deep in the dirt of the meadow and chained her there. 

(First appeared in Grendelsong.)

Samantha Henderson's short fiction and poetry have been published in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit and Weird Tales, the anthologies Running with the Pack and Fantasy, and reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and the poetry collection, The House of Forever. Her website is at www.samanthahenderson.com




Toasted Cake 66! In which we adjust a slightly askew shade of green . . . and keep going.

One day Adrian decided to rebuild the world.

First appeared in Nine.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, One Buck Horror and many other 'zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at www.alexshvartsman.com, and his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects, is at ufopub.com. And check out Alex's kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!      


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Toasted Cake 65! In which we have always moved to the left. 

"I feel good, actually. Quite normal. I'm not aware of any odd cravings or a stray compulsion to go out and tickle the bellies of Basset hounds." 

Canfield's phobias run to politicians, lawyers and oil company executives. Some of his current work includes stories in Atomic Avarice and Mad Scientist Journal. He likes dogs and beer.

Toasted Cake 64! In which we fly.

My body remembers what I can't. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that changed six or seven owners in the last 100 years, learned English from Star Trek reruns, and is now a pediatrician in an area of Brooklyn, New York, where English is the fourth most commonly spoken language. He is a SFWA member with stories in Nature, Ideomancer, Kasma, Stupefying Stories, and Andromeda Spaceways, among other publications. Unlike most other writers, he is not owned by any cats. 



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