Letter From The Editor - Issue 59 - October 2017

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Stories
Trinity County, CA
by Peter S. Beagle
The Mystery of Miranda
by David Simons
Forcing Coin
by William T. Vandemark
The Quanta of Art
by Adam Colston
How About It, Roomie?
by Chase Guyman
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by Orson Scott Card
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The Mystery of Miranda
    by David A. Simons

The Mystery of Miranda
Artwork by Scott Altmann

I learned about the canyon from Shelley, an ex I hadn't seen or thought about for fifteen years.

I almost deleted the message unread when I saw who it was from. But Shelley being Shelley, she'd known just what to say to get my attention.

"I've found something," she began, "which might interest you."

She sent the message from the surface of Miranda, one of Uranus' inner moons, where she was trailing a team of miners on a geological survey. Deep inside Miranda's Chevron Valley, they'd stumbled upon the rim of a previously uncharted canyon. It was narrow, crescent-shaped, mostly obscured by shadow, missed by both the Voyager and Bard probes. The miners scanned a few rock samples at the lip, found nothing which interested them, and moved on.

But Shelley had lingered. She'd dropped in a stream of radar balls, constructing a crude map of the canyon's interior. When she saw the results, she didn't share them with the miners. She sent the map directly to me.

It was the deepest canyon in the solar system. Twenty-three kilometers, straight down, from surface to floor. Three times deeper than the Hebes Chasma on Mars, twice as deep as the Herschel crater on Mimas, deeper even than the ice rifts of Tethys. A dark void in the ground, like an open mouth, plunging to depths never encountered by man.

The moment I received Shelley's message, I began making plans. I would be the first to reach the canyon's floor.

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