Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World

This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Caroline M. Yoachim showcases a wide-ranging selection of dark and beautiful stories, fiction that explores human nature against vividly imagined speculative backdrops. Here you'll find time travel, alien invasions, Japanese mermaids, and more—stories of struggle, heartbreak, and hope. The book features twenty-five of Yoachim's most popular published pieces, and two brand new stories exclusive to the collection.

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, August 2016

Distributed by Fairwood Press
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Printed in the United States of America

ISBN: 978-1-933846-55-2

Copyright 2016 by Caroline M. Yoachim

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Fairwood Press
21528 104th Street Court East
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Electronic version by Baen Books


“Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion” (Clarkesworld, Issue 95, August 2014) | “Betty and the Squelchy Saurus” (Fireside Magazine, Issue 28, October 2015) | “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Love, Death” (Lightspeed, Issue 66, November 2015) | “The Philosophy of Ships” (Interzone, Issue 243, Nov/Dec 2012) | “Temporary Friends” (Escape Pod, February 2015) | “A Million Oysters for Chiyoko” (Daily Science Fiction, January 21, 2015) | “Carla at the Off-Planet Tax Return Helpline” (Unidentified Funny Objects 3, ed. Alex Shvartsman, October 2014) | “Do Not Count the Withered Ones” (Daily Science Fiction, August 12, 2014) | “Pieces of My Body” (Daily Science Fiction, June 19, 2014) | “Everyone’s a Clown” (Unlikely Story, Issue 11.5, April 2015) | “Harmonies of Time” (Daily Science Fiction, January 1, 2013) | “Stone Wall Truth” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2010) | “The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth” (Drabblecast, Episode 370, September 2015) | “On the Pages of a Sketchbook Universe” (original to the collection) | “Seasons Set in Skin” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue 177, July 2015) | “The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown” (Electric Velocipede, Issue 27, Winter 2013) | “Paperclips and Memories and Things That Won’t Be Missed” (Apex Magazine, Issue 60, May 2014) | “Please Approve the Dissertation Research of Angtor” (Unidentified Funny Objects 4, ed. Alex Shvartsman, October 2015) | “Grass Girl” (Daily Science Fiction, September 25, 2015) | “One Last Night at the Carnival, Before the Stars Go Out” (Flash Fiction Online, April 2014) | “Honeybee” (Flash Fiction Online, September 2014) | “Elizabeth’s Pirate Army” (Fireside Magazine, Issue 8, December 2013) | “Mother Ship” (Lightspeed, Issue 23, April 2012) | “Four Seasons in the Forest of Your Mind” (Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2015) | “Press Play to Watch It Die” (original to the collection) | “Ninety-Five Percent Safe” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, January 2015) | “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” (Lightspeed, Issue 64, September 2015)