Letter From The Editor - Issue 39 - May 2014

4th Annual InterGalactic Awards Winners

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Beauty's Folly
by Eugie Foster
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by Margit Elland Schmitt
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by William John Watkins
Original Audrey
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Who Is Snape?
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When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer
    by Jamie Todd Rubin
When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer
Artwork by Jin Han

When I kissed the learned astronomer, I never expected to fall in love, discover intelligent alien life in the universe, and end up in jail. Up until the moment our lips first touched, I had never so much as been sent to the principal's office. My biggest infraction had been fibbing to my folks about looking for after-school employment. Up to that point, my biggest discovery had been (much to my dismay) a complete lack of any visible talent in chemistry lab. This made me think twice about becoming a doctor, veterinarian, chemical engineer, or any other profession that required mixing skills (including chef), and which resulted in yet another change in my major.

As for love, well, there was Summer Halfast, but I'm not sure it counts when the person for whom you pine over doesn't recognize your existence.

Tracing back the chain of events that led to my accidental fame and incarceration, it boggles my mind to think that it might never have happened if I hadn't been on that particular shuttle to the moon, and hadn't been assigned that particular seat. I'm no predestinarian, but it's hard for me to swallow the fact that it was all just happy circumstance. Yet what else could it be but happy circumstance?

And to think it all started with that kiss. Well, not quite . . .

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