CURRENT ISSUE

SEPTEMBER 2022

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By Andrew Najberg

The air smelled like hyacinth, stale popcorn, and the ever-pervasive damp of underground irrigation that kept the lawn green. The streetlamps around the square were hung with summer garlands, and an old man sold balloons from a cart. Short gasps of helium pierced intermingling café speakers. The crowd had diminished as the afternoon carried on, but family clusters dotted the landscape while pedestrians crisscrossed the lanes to and from storefronts. 

Emma, in her yellow dress printed with white daisies, tugged the hem of her mother’s blouse. The girl hopped, pointing with her free hand across the square.

“Mommy, mommy, can we go to the window and see what the robot is doing?”

Her mother, Susan, rolled her eyes and emitted a sound that combined a sigh with ‘ugh.’ Overcast was setting in on a soft, steady breeze. The last thing Susan wanted was to be caught in a storm. Her whole body felt a bit heavy. Her energy had been low for so long now. 

“Please,” Emma said with extra ‘E’s. “I won’t ask for anything else, and I’ll even buckle myself in the car!”

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FICTION

The Robots Inside Us
by Andrew Najberg

 Clairvoyage
by Gideon Marcus

Solar Bear Plunge
by Jason A. Bartles

ESSAYS & INTERVIEWS

Peace Systems
by Randall Hayes

Thucydides, the First Science Fiction Writer?

by Hunter Liguore

POETRY

 

Unexpected

By Lisa Timpf

Canon

by Amelia Gorman

The Choice is Yours

by Lauren McBride

FROM THE EDITOR

Letter from the Editor
by Jonathan S.

Other fiction in this issue:

Wright's Sunken Cathedral

by Dorian Wolfe

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Ike

By Soren Berg

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Surface Tension

By James Blish

Other poetry in this issue:

Again

by Mary Soon Lee

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Cats of the Future

by Lisa Timpf

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Other non-fiction in this issue:

Interview with Anna Sui