Letter From The Editor - Issue 58 - August 2017

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The Butcher of Londinium
by J. Deery Wray
Riding the Signal
by Gary Kloster
Cloudsinger
by Jared Oliver Adams
For Lenore
by Kenneth Kao
Dark and Deep
by Holli Mintzer
The Flower of Memory
by Michael Haynes
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For Lenore
    by Kenneth Kao

For Lenore
Artwork by Nick Greenwood

People always ask me why I do it. They wonder how a man can stand in front of a rift-bomb and calmly defuse it, knowing that at any moment it might suck me into oblivion.

I never answer them, or answer the question myself, but today is different because floating in front of me is the rift-bomb that will kill me. I recognize it. It was meant for me, designed for me. I am its trigger.

I should turn around and let someone else deal with it. But I don't.

No one is sure who sends the bombs or why. Are they sent to our reality by terrorists? By bored alien children looking for amusement? No one knows. But they began appearing a decade ago, popping up as tiny balls of antimatter in technological shells, waiting for the right trigger. We thought we could contain them within our shield zones, little areas where nothing could come in contact with the floating devices and absorb the antimatter should it explode, but there are too many bombs now. We can't keep up.

And if the right trigger comes in contact with the right rift-bomb, without a shield zone --

Kaboom. No more world. Our reality is gone.

That's what our scientists believe, at least.

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