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Issue 134 Volume 13 July 2009


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The Senior Editor's usual rants about whatever…

Serials and Novellas

A Shadow in the Hills
Glenn Hackney
A dark fantasy tale about Humans, Trows, and Trolls.

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Short Stories

A Chance Encounter
Byard Clemmons
The Royal Mail, Mining Division, carried supplies and cargo to the furthest colonies in the Solar System, thrilling in principle, but boring (months on end alone except for the ship's artificial intelligence) in practice. Of course, hearing voices out of empty space that then started coming from inside the ship livened things up considerably.

Buried In Tomorrow
Alex P. Perdian
For hundreds of thousands of years, the living Earth had watched while humans rose from a few scattered tribes to a horde numbering in the billions, threatening the existence of every other species on the planet. Now it was time to do something about it.

James Michael White
The missile base on the dark side of the Moon was falling apart — or rather its people were. One one, they were dying — accident (maybe), suicide (maybe), or murder.

He Waits
S. P. Nicolee
Her one true love had moved away years before — and now she had learned that he was dead. Her children were grown, and her mother was dying — so going to join her love seemed like the thing to do.

Once Upon Some Time
Richard Tornello
Harlan Ellison once said that all gods are mad. But what if some of them are just not very bright?

Pet Adoption
John Winn
Jeremy, a sleek and strong orange tabby, awakens in a place that he doesn't recognize, with slimy green creatures instead of his two-legged family. Whatever they want with him, they are in for trouble…

Shadow of the Dragon
Kyra Dune
Micayta was an unlikely dragon hunter — fighting monsters was not something expected of former barmaids. But she and her brother had their own reasons for seeking out one dragon in particular.

The Everlasting Sorrow of Silence
Michael C. Keith
He knew that it was not unheard of for the dead to visit the living — rare, but not unheard of. Still, he was not prepared for his mother's arrival at his back door after two years in the grave.

Wood, Mud, Blood
Mark Ward
The wizard Edmund Farrier had been sent to investigate trouble in the North Country — an escalating battle between the king's soldiers and an army of ludkin — magically animated wooden men…

E. S. Strout
The sudden discovery of an Earth-like planet around Zeta 2 Reticuli caused a sensation. And everything the manned expedition found there raised more questions than they answered.

June 2009 Forum Challenge

Sepp Rosario, winner* of the Steampunk Forum Flash Challenge. Check out Sepp's entry Contents Under Pressure and five more tales of steam-powered fun — after you have read and commented on our other stories, novellas, poetry, and features, of course. All entries are available via the Flash Index in the Fun and Games section of the Forum, provided by Nate Kailhofer, Flash Editor and Challenge Master.)

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Poetry and Filk Music

Café Place San Michael
Jon Stocks

Chameleon Boy
J. B. Hogan

Dave Weaver

John Grey

Electric Blue Sparks
Richard H. Fay

Memento Mori
J. Davidson Hero

William Landis

Robert Laughlin

Why They Don't Make Contact
Richard Tornello

Versailles & Washington Conference Redux
Richard Tornello

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Articles and features

Thoughts on Writing #11: Suffer For Your Art
Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire takes apart the engine of writing to find out how it works, and offers her insights into how to put it back together again.

The Good, The Bad And the Lovely
McCamy Taylor
McCamy takes a closer look at the art of manga and anime.

From the Balcony: Ice Age 3 - Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D
Mark Edgemon
Mark takes in the latest installment of this animated movie series.

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