You Are Here‘s editors have gone through all the submissions and we are pleased to present the final Table of Contents.
Before I announce the final line up, we want to thank everyone who contributed a story. Though we may not have chosen your story, I was – once again – amazed at the inventiveness of fantasy and science fiction authors. Truly, you put my own efforts to shame.
With that said…here’s the final list of stories for You Are Here:
- Walked About by Jez Patterson – a neat little piece of horror where a map leads folks to a special cairn.
- The Bilingual by Andrew Leon Hudson – a tale of cultures clashing in which a map bridges the gap between understanding, but may lead to the collapse of one.
- Mapping the Buzz of Insects by Daniel Ausema – living maps infuse the most unlikely of creatures in this swamp-inspired tale of an indigenous culture pressing against their boundaries.
- The Final Atlas by Robert A. Francis – when searching for the devil, one need not go farther than one’s skin…an excellent horror piece that exemplifies the meaning of commitment.
- Forward by Igor Ljubuncic – using a map of time, a lively investigator attempts to outsmart the very man who invented time-travel.
- Wetware by Wilson Geiger – maps play an integral part to any military infiltration or defensive tactics and that proves true in this immersive far-future, military science fiction tale that will having you seeing double… or sexdecuple?
- The Bronze Man and the Second Son by Lee Blevins – exploration is dangerous, even for a golem. In this quiet and thoughtful piece, seemingly indestructible explorers find the limits of their maps.
- The Shape of the World’s Skin by Adam R. Shannon – a strangely satisfying tale of a boy in an post-apocalyptic world who eventually embraces his idiosyncrasies and follows his inner map.
- The Map of Secret Desires by Alec Hutson – this is a fun fantastical story with an imp and a map. What can possibly go wrong?
- The Cell Wall by Christopher Walker – in this meta-literary (is there such a thing?) piece, set on an alien world, we learn the importance of telling our stories.
- Eleusinian Mysteries by Charlotte Ashley – a great adventure piece about a cartographer making her way to the moon.
- Road to Pareidolia by P.J. Richards – this enticing study of patterns just might lead us to other worlds.
- Literary Walks: The Cartographer by Martin Croft by Neil James Hudson – this follows in the footsteps of other literary pieces but the story doesn’t meander too much. At heart, this is a love story. Mr. Hudson takes us on a trip through geographic dimensions that will have you re-reading this story to find all the clues to his subtle mystery.
- Flow of the Road by Jason LaPier – about the consequences of our actions, this story is set on a world much like our own, but with one key difference – a road with no end. Beset with painful memories, a young driver sets out to map the road, determined to prove it does circle back at some point, but there are darker things traveling the road and consequences to be met.
- Mapping Out the Future by Kate Cole – an urban fantasy featuring a thief looking to complete a job, but finds their life path instead.
- Safe Haven by Lynn Rushlau – a steam-punk tale of misadventure and unwelcomed reveals.
- The Memory Monster by Joseph A. Lopez – a thoughtful piece about the regrets we have at the end of our lives, and how troublesome they can be. But so much more so when there’s mental illness involved. When a map throws a life line, there’s the possibility for some redemption.
- Remnants by Lindsay Buroker – in true form, this military space-faring action-adventure features two of Mr. Buroker’s favorite characters, Alisa and Mia. When the space pilot and her engineer get swallowed by the asteroid that’s about to blow up, only a map can save them – if it doesn’t kill them first.
(Those in bold are SFFWorld.com forum members.)
That’s 18 stories, totally over 100,000 words of wonderful, geographic fiction. We managed to find stories to represent just about every branch of the speculative fiction genre. From horror to fantasy (in all its flavors) to science fiction, we are sure to have a story to suit your tastes.
To top it off, next week I’ll be posting an extra: a story by Igor Ljubuncic called A Tale of Guns and Goats and Velvet Coats.
Until then, watch this space for our release date.