Children's fiction. Larry and Tyler were best friends and did everything together, until Tyler's family moved away. Now a new lady lives in Tyler's old house, and the garden that Larry and Tyler planted together is dying. Doesn't Miss Black care what happens to the garden?
Fantasy short story. The villagers of Lexby have barely survived a magic-induced plague. Sarah lost her husband to the flesh rot that nearly killed her and her daughter. She's not about to let the Pantaj do more damage to the village. But what can a handful of women and children do against an invading army?
Science fiction novelette. Winin is a wayfinder: he uses ancient Micronesian navigator's art to navigate starships through overspace in a virtual reality outrigger canoe. Winin is chosen for a rescue mission seeking a starliner adrift in overspace. When the virtual reality in his ship goes down, are his knowledge and reflexes enough to guide a starship through the Maelstrom?
Young Adult Science Fiction Short Story. The underwater domes of Chai complex are breaking down, and Modlene and her family will have to leave if Mod can't fix the water purifier. But as she and her brother Simon search for the parts they need in an abandoned dome, someone tries to destroy it.
Science fantasy novelette. Hallelujah Tuckett came to Midway to escape her home world's slums, only to discover that Midway was probably the most boring planet in the galaxy. Augmenting her salary as a forklift driver by moonlighting in a beauty salon, she's saving every penny so she can get off the planet. Then she discovers that the alien taleweaver she has been visiting can really do magic.
Science fantasy short story. Lasai's sole purpose in life was to bring peace to the ghosts of the alien Ebchians, who had died a thousand years before. He did not foresee what would happen when archaeologists began excavating the ancient Ebchian cities.
Fantasy novelette. Tiva was apprenticed to Yongosona, who painted soul walls for the village. But she was never allowed to paint--just gather materials and prepare them. Would she ever learn what she needed to know to become a painter?
Science fiction short story. Life on the new colony world is good now, and Camille is surrounded by her loving family. So why isn't Camille happy this Christmas? Why do memories of death and deprivation haunt her?