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: “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.
First line: “The first time the fit came over me it was as if I’d plunged into a deep well, and though my hands scrabbled for purchase on the slime-covered brick casing, all I did was sink farther into the murky dark.”
“The Cure” by Malinda Lo, published by Interfictions.
First line: “Eliza, tell me your secret.”
“Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma, published by Tor.com
First line: “Hinahon didn’t belong in that hotel.”
“Red Run” by AMJ Hudson, published by Lightspeed.
First line: “Madeleine remembers being a different person.”
“Madeline” by Amal El-Mohtar, published by Lightspeed.