Toasted Cake 39: The Sad History of the Tearless Onion by Ann Leckie, and Appetite for Love by Cat Rambo

Toasted Cake 39! In which we eat.

Matthias Fenstermacher loved onions, but hated slicing them, and so he labored to produce a tearless variety.


That first day, my salad plate was garnished with leaves of lemon balm, tiny citrus-scented flowers, signifying that one is looking for love.

Ann Leckie's "The Sad History of the Tearless Onion" first appeared on Podcastle, and Cat Rambo's "Appetite for Love" first appeared in Sybil's Garage.

Ann Leckie has published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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 for links to more of her fiction.


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