First line: “Roger came back in the middle of Christmas break, when Chas had two essays due and a soon-to-be-full house to deal with, and was struggling not to sleep more than ten hours every day.”
“Find Me” by Isabel Yap, published by Apex Magazine.
First line: “From early morning the sky had been overcast with clouds; the day was still, cool, and wearisome, as usual on grey, dull days when the clouds hang low over the fields and it looks like rain, which never comes.”
“Gooseberries,” by Anton Chekov, originally published in The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories.
First line: ““A coyote got my cat,” Nico says.”
“Please Undo This Hurt” by Seth Dickinson, published on Tor.com.
First line: “Winter will always remind you of three things: the smoke rising from the fire that burned your home; the cold floor you slept on as a pageboy in the teahouse; and the peculiar shade of your brother’s skin, the way his bruises grayed like melted snow.”
“The Oiran’s Song” by Isabel Yap, published by Uncanny magazine.
First line: “Spring followed Horimachi as she hiked up the steep trail.”
“Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim, published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
First line: “There are words laced through the skin that peels from my sunburn.”
“Glaciers Made You” by Gabby Reed, published by Strange Horizons.
First line: “My older sister, Carol, is selfish.”
“The Circle of Life” by Aline Carriere, published by Daily Science Fiction.
First line: “You won’t save yourself that easily, Foxman!”
“The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts From an EPIC Autobiography” by Kelly McCullough, published by Tor.com
First line: “My wife and I are celebrating our twentieth anniversary today.”
“Security Check” by Han Song, and translated by Ken Liu, published by Clarkesworld.
First line: “You don’t know me, but I changed the world.”
“Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies.