“Scraps” by Michael Haynes:
A poignant story about the power of memories, both good and bad.
“Burning Love” by Jeff James:
Quirky, humorous story about a sentient toaster. Fun read.
“Robot” by Helena Bell:
I’m usually not a fan of stories told in second person, but in this case it works. Powerful language. Moving story.
“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson:
Another awesome, unusual story from Kij. Makes me happy I’m not married to a mantis.
“You Bet” by Alex Shvartsman:
Fun story about tropes playing Texas Hold’em. Nice payoff at the end.