Author Archives: Editor

In the Valleys of Venus

Deborah L. Davitt In the Valleys of Venus I fell in love with a shadow today, where it stretched dim and faint before my feet in the burning lands where Venus holds sway. I might be as mad as Narcissus, … Continue reading

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Dear First Officer,

M.C. Childs Dear First Officer,   Jupiter and Venus punctuate the pumpkin sunset. You know the voices of Sandhill Cranes a thousand feet overhead, the cessation of photosynthesis, the mathematics of frost.   Nevertheless when the snowmen invade, the trees … Continue reading

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Teeth of the Lion

“Teeth of the Lion” by Jennifer Shelby “I’m half dandelion on my father’s side,” he told me, catching a sunbeam as it trickled through the forest and weaving it between his fingertips. I nodded and hoped he wouldn’t notice the … Continue reading

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Rain Walker

”Rain Walker” by S.J. Logan Brooke finds cover before the sky opens and death rains down on the city that once thrived. The air tastes of chemicals and dampens a warning for others to scurry from the broken streets. She … Continue reading

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In This Together

  “In This Together” by Robert Allen Lupton Mom and Dad were at the Federated Planets reception and I was stuck with the stupid babies in the nursery. They get to meet the representatives of forty intelligent races who invited … Continue reading

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Breach

“Breach” by Gunnar De Winter It was as if some cosmic god had punched a hole in the moon. The shuttle descended into the skylight. Almost a kilometer wide and several hundred meters deep, the near-perfect circle in the lunar … Continue reading

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A Rose for Revenge

     “A Rose for Revenge” by Nancy Hatch I brush my human hand through the prickly rose bushes, letting the thorns nip at my skin. Clove laces the damp, mossy scent of the conservatory. The nagging ache at the … Continue reading

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The A to Z of First Contact

  “The A to Z of First Contact” by Gareth D Jones   Advance planning. As a Captain of the Exploration Guild, a First Contact situation is almost inevitable at some point in your career. Plan now for how you … Continue reading

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Dieselpunk and Peak Resources

Back in 2012 I wrote an A&A editorial titled “Steampunk and Peak Resources.” Much of it still resonates. For example, $10-a-gallon doen’t seem so far fetched nowadays, does it? A flight simulator for a modern, real-life, dieselpunk airship. (photo credit: … Continue reading

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The Ones Who Walk

“The Ones Who Walk” by Rebecca Schneider A ghost? Yes, I’ve seen ghosts. But you don’t want an old woman’s tale. You will call it nonsense. You want to hear it? Well, sit beside me, daughter of my daughter. Your … Continue reading

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