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Issue 11 (Summer 2016) – Possessions

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Issue 10 (Spring 2016) – Governments

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Issue 11 Table of Contents

This is our “Possessions” issue, which plays with more than one meaning of the term. Read stories about ownerships—of lands, of powers, of beliefs, of beauty, of things—and their elaborations of … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

Issue 10 Foreword

“It’s a comfort to say one’s piece, even to no real effect.” So muses a character in Kate Heartfield’s “The Automatic Prime Ministers” (and Kate’s third Lackington’s story to date). … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

Wax Names, by Evelyn Deshane

“The word?” he asked. Through the slot in the doorway, I saw the black line, made from soot and ash, across his eyes. The King wanted this feature on all … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

The Problem with Thunderstorms, by Dennis Mombauer

There was thunder in the distance, and a fine veil of concrete dust rained down from the ceiling. The people who had fled from the storm into the subway cringed, … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

A Million Future Days, by Charles Payseur

“I’ve been here before,” says a me from two years from now, from a world covered in ash and darkness. “This is how it starts. This is how it all … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

Tiny Guns, by Steven Earnshaw

The dogs were homeless dogs and not liked and the parish meeting agenda was dominated by the problem of anarchic pariahs. In general the dogs were well-behaved, shitting in obscure … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

On the Occasion of the Treaty of the Thousand Rivers, A Visit to the Gallery, by Wren Wallis

Ah, you flatter me, General. I suspected you would enjoy my little collection; you are plainly a man of discernment. That one? A gift, a treasured gift to me from … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

The Transfigured Knight, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

(Content warning for torture and sexual assault) Chapter One The Knight awoke from the longest sleep of his life and found that his armour had become too heavy to bear. … Continue reading

July 5, 2016

The Automatic Prime Ministers, by Kate Heartfield

Flora embraced Maryam under the gaze of their respective security details. The alien spacecraft was on the wrong side of the Earth to be watching, but somehow Flora felt its … Continue reading

July 5, 2016
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