Editorial: The Complexity of Connection

For our September issue, we dive into the intricate and often misunderstood world of sex and sexuality. But not to worry—our focus isn’t on the erotic but rather on the sensual and romantic aspects that add depth and nuance to human connections.

In a world where many find themselves pigeonholed or marginalized, fiction can offer a sanctuary of understanding and compassion. Literature serves not merely as an escape but as a lens through which we can examine our own lives, question our assumptions, and broaden our perspectives. We’ve made it a point to be as inclusive as possible, and we’re proud to feature stories that span a variety of sexual orientations, genders, and ages.

Before proceeding, we want to issue a content warning for mature themes. Rest assured, the intent of this issue isn’t to provoke but to foster a deeper understanding of the human experience.

Our first story is “Name of a Storm” by Anastasia Jill. This literary tale delves into the life of a mature woman exploring her sexual interests without pretext or apology. It’s a nuanced look at desire that transcends age.

FFO alumnus Sylvia Heike brings us “Quantum Love.” Venture into a futuristic realm where a quantum computer learns the essence of human affection, offering a unique spin on the “Happily Ever After” ending.

“Button Mashing” by Josh Pearce uses the backdrop of a video game to unfold an erotic romance that’s both thrilling and fulfilling, adding narrative distance while engaging with physical intimacy.

Our reprint, “Grandma’s Sex Robot” by William Hawkins, explores the shock and humor of a family dealing with Grandma’s unconventional companion, while also touching on themes of posthumous love and acceptance. Previously published in Tin House Online.

Also in this issue, FFO assistant editor, Jawziya F. Zaman offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into “Tips on Surviving the Slush Pile.” This insight into the world of fiction submissions is a must-read for aspiring writers and curious readers alike.

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