Full Disclosure: I know Sarah and Sunil IRL.
Also Full Disclosure: I wouldn’t be telling you to read these stories if I didn’t think that they are very very good, even if I’d never met their authors.
“Homesick,” from Issue 36 of Fireside is a Very Sarah Gailey story. It’s full of haunting language, humanity, crab-people, and [spoilers]. Sarah’s world-building and subtle humor are on point. Come back here after you’ve read it and just try to tell me that it isn’t so Very Very Gailey.
Read “Homesick” here.
Also on deck this week is Sunil Patel’s “The Robot Who Couldn’t Lie,” which originally appeared in IGMS but is brought to you now by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, who already published one of my favorite stories this year (another of Sunil’s, too: “Girl in a Blue Dress (1881)”).
You’ll want to gird your feels for “The Robot Who Couldn’t Lie,” especially if you’re reading it right after of “Homesick,” because damn. This story takes a very different tack from “Homesick,” but is no less affecting. It is sweet and funny (and sneaks in a Portal joke) even as it gut-punches you with feels. Grab a couple tissues.
You can read “The Robot Who Couldn’t Lie” right here.