“Foundations” by Michael Gardner: A house is supposed to protect its family, not turn on one of its own.
“Molting Season” by Tim Boiteau: An alien invasion leads to a suicide epidemic on Earth, and years later one of the survivors, a hotel clerk, struggles to make sense of the events and reconnect with the world.
“Stolen Sky” by Storm Humbert: An artist leaves her homeworld to perform for humans across the galaxy, but finds that everything the humans have given her people may pale in comparison to what they’ve taken.
“The Trade” by C. Winspear: An alien visit to the International Space Station to provide a potential solution to climate change, for a price!
“Trading Ghosts” by David Elsensohn: A guilt-ridden cargo captain on a remote mining colony decides to help a fallen angel who desires to die.
“Yellow and Pink” by Leah Ning: Nathan Reed steals the opportunity to repeat his life and prevent his wife’s untimely death.