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Blot Out the Sun

“Hear me!” The man stood legs apart, arms cast wide, robed in multicolored fabrics in overlapping layers. “God has spoken to me!” A crowd gathered, listening. “In this, the year of our Lord eleven hundred thirty-three, He has spoken to … Continue reading

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Not Ever

It was ten feet tall, assembled from smoothed stone with cunning concealed joints, at least a ton, and covered with large, glowing runes. Awl stared up at it, and it loomed over him without even trying. “This? This is what … Continue reading

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Cronus and Rhea

Cronus looked down at the child in Rhea’s arms, already soaking through its swaddle. “I never thought a baby would look so… delicious.” “What was that, dear? You’re muttering again.” “Nothing, sweetie.” Predictably, Rhea was upset when their son disappeared. … Continue reading

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Number Forty-Seven

“What’s that?” Jenny pointed up to an opalescent ebon sphere that floated, apparently unsupported, about a foot from the ceiling of my room. It was not quite in the center, not quite in a corner, just there. I looked up … Continue reading

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The Long-Buried Truth

The science says that the Earth formed out of accreting dust from the sun’s protoplanetary disc. The truth is that our planet is the hardened shell of Hnturi-N’gburo, hibernating comfortably within. That molten iron core we’re so sure of? The … Continue reading

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Of Sandstorms and Burning Rocks

In the Green Age, everything you see had something growing and green. Not green like the algae we eat, but a bright green, a shining green that had its own light. That was when we still knew the secrets of … Continue reading

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Houseplane

“The whole house is a plane!” Ollie said, swinging his arms wide. I smiled. A warm breeze blew from the lake up through the trees, and only a motor from the distant road reminded me that anyone outside our cabin … Continue reading

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Business Suit and Dressed-in-Goodwill

Dark-suited guards admitted the man to the eightieth-story office. “I present Dressed-in-Goodwill,” one intoned. “Your ten-thirty.” Business Suit turned from her floor-to-ceiling window to face the supplicant. “You have two minutes.” “Yes, CEO Business Suit,” said the man. “I come … Continue reading

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Come See Me

“If you didn’t come see me while I was alive,” she said, “don’t come see me once I’m dead.” We knew she was trying to shame us into visiting, but we didn’t think she’d hire a bouncer for her funeral. … Continue reading

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To Walk

He wanted to walk, so he walked. “You’ll get tired and wish you hadn’t gone so far,” the said. He didn’t get tired. “You’ll get homesick,” they said. “Once you’ve been away too long, you’ll come back.” It turned out … Continue reading

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