Letter From The Editor - Issue 69 - June 2019

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by Wayne Wightman
The Devil's Rematch
by Spencer Ellsworth
by Edmund R. Schubert
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    by Edmund R. Schubert

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Brian Byrd was headed, with much relief, to prison again, when he spotted a small patch of nothingness overhead. It was located near the North Star, a void of light where HD172167 should have been. Given that HD172167 - also known as Vega - was the fifth brightest star in the sky, Brian was eager to get to prison so he could get a better look at what was going on.

With the yellow headlights of his dented old jeep reaching into the night, Brian pressed even harder on the gas pedal, speeding down the deserted stretch of Route 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

Glancing upward through the windshield again, Brian found his gaze drifting from the splotch of nothingness where Vega should have been to the bright orange orb that was Mars. He couldn't help it; as compelling a mystery as the sudden disappearance of Vega was, Brian was hopelessly in love with the Red Planet. There was something about Mars that had always captivated him, and this summer a happy coincidence of orbital mechanics had brought the Earth and Mars closer together than they had been in almost 60,000 years.

Sweet Mars . . .

Brian pinched his lips and exhaled through his nose. If only the proximity of Mars and Earth could do something to improve the relationship between Mars and Venus. But it didn't - not in the Byrd household, anyway.

Where did I go wrong, Brian wondered for the thousandth time. How did my wife become my boss? My overseer? My warden?

It hadn't always been that way. It had been wonderful. Once.

But now . . .? Now Brian was happy to be going to prison once a week, just so he could get away from her. Warden Emma.

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