March 1, 2020

Issue 6

Welcome to Issue 6 of Zooscape! As winter melts into spring, readers and bears alike awake from their hibernation. Emerge from your cave, dear reader-bear, look around, and see the new stories we have for you to read! * * * Dragon Child by Stella B. James Double Helix by Lucia Iglesias The Bone Poet and God by Matt Dovey The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone by Gwynne Garfinkle As If Waiting by A. Katherine Black The Adventures of WaterBear and Moss Piglet by Sandy Parsons * * * Once you’ve seen these stories—full of dragons and bears; creatures gigantic and minuscule; voyages both out into the universe and inward to the…

March 1, 2020

The Adventures of WaterBear and Moss Piglet

by Sandy Parsons Deep in the 100 mm petri dish, WaterBear and Moss Piglet played. Light signaled the arrival of Crystal Robin. She had so many fun toys. “What do you think she’ll do to us today?” asked Piglet. He was a very timid tardigrade. “Maybe she’ll put us on the Merry-go-Round. We’ll get dizzy.” “No, I don’t think I’d like that.” The last time Crystal had centrifuged them he’d been a tun for weeks. “I’m still trying to get back to my full size.”

March 1, 2020

As If Waiting

by A. Katherine Black The fur on Aainah’s legs shifted as Jwartan’s tail wrapped around her ankles, seeking to comfort, or maybe to be comforted.  She reached for his hand, unable to pull her gaze from the enormous serpent stretched across the valley below, at the creature that could not be and yet was, and she realized she should be filled with dread.  But it was something else entirely that pressed against her ribs and somersaulted under her skin.  It was exhilaration. Large as half the village, the serpent oracle was still as stone, impossibly dark.  Dark as all the tales told, rejecting the light of all four moons in…

March 1, 2020

The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone

by Gwynne Garfinkle This is the story of Purple and Green, two hedgehogs who were the best of friends. They rolled and played on the forest floor. The hedgehogs were spiny and guarded, but they knew how to reach each other. They feasted on berries and mushrooms, bright frogs and luminous snails, while they told each other the funniest and saddest and strangest stories they could think of. Some were stories they’d read in books, while others were anecdotes they’d heard from other hedgehogs or happenings from their own lives. Even calamities that had befallen them became fodder for their stories, offered up for each other’s enjoyment. Then one morning,…

March 1, 2020

The Bone Poet and God

by Matt Dovey Ursula lifted her snout to look at the mountain. The meadowed foothills she stood in were dotted with poppy and primrose and cranesbill and cowslip, an explosion of color and scent in the late spring sun, the long grass tickling her paws and her hind legs; above that the forested slopes, birch and rowan and willow and alder rising into needle-pines and gray firs; above that the snowline, ice and rock and brutal winds. And above that, at the top, God; and with God, the answer Ursula had traveled so far for: what kind of bear am I meant to be?

March 1, 2020

Double Helix

by Lucia Iglesias I stepped into the bath. The stone floor sloped, a gentle helix, spiraling me into the steaming pool. Water beaded the cavern walls, as if the entire bathing cave were strung with pearls. Stepping through veils of steam, I spiraled deeper into the pool. At the center, I was waist-deep. As water seeped into my pelt, I felt like a lodestone, water drawn to me like iron filings, turning my fur black and dragging at my edges.

March 1, 2020

Dragon Child

by Stella B. James From the mouth of my cave, I can see the destruction; thick pillars of smoke, almost black in color. I can hear the cries of many people, men and women alike. The villages are being pillaged, the castle under siege. I lay my head back down with a snort and close my eyes. Those silly humans have nothing better to do than allow their greed to consume them.

January 9, 2020

Awards Eligibility Post for 2019

With awards season upon us, we wanted to make a quick and easy reference list of all of our stories from 2019 that are eligible for awards. Cat of Thunder by John Taloni (3,700 words) Bibelots and Baubles by Shauna Roberts (700 words) New Hire at the Final Library by Laurence Raphael Brothers (900 words) The Move by Kristi Brooks (1000 words) ¡Viva Piñata! by L.D. Nguyen (300 words) Clyde and the Pickle Jar by Steve Carr (1,400 words) A Warm, Dark Place in the Earth by Mackenzie Kincaid (4,100 words) Sealskin by L Chan (700 words) Good, Better, Best by Rachel Rodman (3,400 words) Dragons Are Made by Searska GreyRaven (2,600…

December 1, 2019

Issue 5

Welcome to Issue 5 of Zooscape! Frogs, toads, and mind-altering experiences… Is there any more powerfully, permanently mind-altering experience than reading a story?  A good story doesn’t just stay with you, it can change you.  It can expand your mind.  Stories are how we navigate the world, and when we let others control our stories, we lose our voices, our power, our agency, and even who we are.  But when we are free to explore and find the stories that resonate—they can give us voice, power, agency, and help us understand who we are. The great thing about furry fiction is that it doesn’t accept the normal constraints laid upon…

December 1, 2019

Toad’s Grand Birthday Extravaganza

by Lena Ng There is nothing so joyous—as the snow melts away, and the early green buds burst from the branches, and the sun grows stronger and brighter, and the winter’s chill departs from your bones, and the vibrant colours of Easter flowers and emerald grass begin to paint the land—as a heavy, hearty, welcome-to-a-new-spring breakfast. So thought Mole as he stretched and yawned, and stretched and yawned again, belly up under a blue-and-white quilt, while the perfume of spring seeped into his cozy, underground abode.