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Note from the Editor, Issue 9

It’s the week before Christmas, so I’ll keep this brief. I am very happy to give you three wildly different stories by three fantastic authors. First up, Sylvia Schwartz’s quiet but punishing piece of science fiction, “The Loss of Superlatives.”  It caught my attention with the way it told a tender story that nearly hides...

The Loss of Superlatives

Rosie, an eighty-seven-year-old woman, who lived in a well-fortified home in a remote part of Maine, regretted her charge to eradicate the word “great” and now vowed to make amends before she died. Nationalist tendencies toward “greatness” had been the problem. Every nation strutting their military greatness until one nation went too far, resulting in...

Red Tide

Craig and Darla Adams drove from California to Arizona, then slipped across the border into Mexico. Their escape route had been nightmarish under a pissing rain that wouldn’t let up until they left America. After reaching the decaying coastal hotel eighty miles south of the border, they waited inside a stolen Volvo in the parking...

Dreams out of Bugtussle

People get accustomed to seeing something one way, then it doesn’t matter how many changes you make, they won’t see the change until you make them see it. Like the rusted out 1960 Rambler that sat in my great aunt’s front yard. The chassis was as dusty earthen red as the Oklahoma soil here. Dry...