Letter From The Editor - Issue 68 - April 2019

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Issue 63
by K. D. Julicher
A World Without
by Aimee Ogden
Comrades in Arms
by Bud Sparhawk
Sin Titulo
by Dan Stout
IGMS Audio
The Life Cycles of Goldfish
Read by Stuart Jaffe
Vintage Fiction
The Rhythm Man
by James Beamon

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The Life Cycles of Goldfish
    by Jamie Lackey
    Read by Stuart Jaffe

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Day 563

The light in the fish tank started flickering. I have enough food to last one person centuries, thousands of lightbulbs for every other fixture in the shelter, and more than enough fish food to feed them for the rest of my life. But I don't have another light for the fish tank.

Will they die if it goes out?

Will they leave me completely alone?

Day 570

I've rigged up three desk lamps, clipped to the stand and pointed at the tank from various angles. I alternate them and the normal light, and the fish don't seem to notice a difference.

It's a huge relief.

I watch them swim, silver and orange scales flashing in the new angles of light. They're alive. They're real.

I watch them for a long time.

Day 580

The days blur together. I wake up, I exercise, I shower. I'm grateful that I don't have to worry about losing power or running out of water. I'm grateful that I still have hot water, fluffy towels, toilet paper. I really am.

After my shower, I usually read. I'm trying to teach myself how to play the flute, because I found one in storage. It's something to do, anyway. I never thought I'd get tired of reading. Sometimes I watch movies, but that's harder. It means actually seeing other people. Complete, unbroken other people. Not like the ruins of humanity that shuffle past the observation cameras.

I don't look at the cameras, if I can help it.

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