Far Fetched Fables No. 123 Spencer Ellsworth and Jeremy Szal

“The Ifrit's Trial” by Spencer Ellsowrth

(Originally published in Human Tales.)

Noble courtiers, wazirs, Sultan and lovely Sultana, salaam. Such fanfare for a poor Ifrit you
have brought! I see you have seven red-robed sorcerers arrayed about the room, and seven
white-robed holy men, each holding the seal of Suleyman whom the Hebrews called Solomon the
Wise, and chanting the psalms of David, may peace fall upon him. In the yards of the palace you
have arrayed seven times seven of these fork-bearded sorcerers, and seven times seven of these
shaven holy men, and they each hold the seal and speak psalms and suras. After the time I have
spent in your service, noble Sultan, do you think that I would be so foolish to not stand at my
trial? I am a foolish Ifrit, this much is true, but there is enough sense in my head of air and
fire to know that I owe you an explanation.

This is the crime of which I stand accused: of my own malicious nature, I cast a wicked spell
upon the Sultana Jalima and caused her to love me.

Spencer Ellsworth lives in the top left corner of the USA, the Pacific Northwest, with his wife
and three children. By day he works as a faculty/admin combo at a tribal college on a Native
American reservation; by night he writes fiction. His short fiction has appeared and is
forthcoming at Tor.com, Lightspeed Magazine, F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other
places. His first novels, a space opera trilogy called Starfire, will be released in short
increments by Tor.com in 2017.



“Last Age of Kings” by Jeremy Szal

(Originally published in Fantasy Scroll Magazine #10.)

Fog approached the town.

Roshar knew it would happen, but it was still unsettling to see it touch the outskirts of his
home. The day before, you could still see the fields. And the week before that Lithgard was
still visible if you looked hard enough. But they had all been swallowed up by the spectral fog
that scrubbed them out of existence.

And soon it would be Northam’s turn.

He was almost glad that Robin would never have to see this.

Born in 1995 with a twisted sense of humor and a taste for craft beer, Jeremy Szal’s fiction and
nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in such venues as Nature, Nature: Physics, Abyss &
Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and others. He is the fiction editor for a rubbish
little-known podcast you probably haven't heard of called StarShipSofa, a Writers of the Future
Finalist, and also has a useless BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing. He’s written multiple
novels and is on the hunt for literary representation. He carves out a living in Sydney,
Australia. Find him on Twitter at @jeremyszal or at his blog, jeremyszal.com.



About the Narrators:

Heath Miller is an actor from Perth, Western Australia. Often found in theaters, recording
studios, comedy clubs, television sets, convention centers, and YouTube videos, Heath currently
finds himself living on an island off the coast of Maine with two improbably large cats, one
improbably large dog, one rather small puppy, and a brace of regular-sized chickens. You can
follow him on Twitter at @zaboots or at heathmiller.net.

Mark "The Encaffeinated One" Kilfoil loves fiction, so much so that he's written some (such as
the Parsec-nominated Tainted Roses), read quite a lot (a library of over a thousand half-read
books and growing), and now narrates it (sometimes actually recorded for others). He's found
that volunteering for a dozen years in radio was a decent way to get a full-time job as a
Program Director at a community radio station in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, but not
such a great way to finish his thesis, so he stopped at a Masters in Computer Science. He can be
heard frequently on CHSRfm.ca, and two of his shows regularly appear as podcasts, and can be
found at encaffeinated.ca and theweirdshow.com. He likes cats enough to pet them but not enough
to own one, and computers enough to own several but pet none of them. He will someday write a
million words, but at this rate, that will require life extension, so he eagerly awaits the
ability to upload into a computer, if that hasn't already happened and this is all only a
simulation.