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Issue 110 – April 2024

“Ten Easy Steps To Destroying Your Enemies This Arbor Day,” by Rachael K. Jones

1. Raid the army surplus warehouse, NASA’s scrapyard, and Aunt Diabolica’s volcano lair for parts. On the way home, swing by CatCo to buy more Fancy Feast for Mr. Wibbles.

“Six-Month Assessment on Miracle Fresh,” by Anne Liberton

The original pitch described a holy club soda blessed with droplets of blood from our devoted Messiah. This idea was abandoned shortly after the company realized a soft drink would appeal to a greater audience

Issue 109 – March 2024

“Level One: Blowtorch,” by Jared Oliver Adams

Usually Friend gives me three food pouches after sportsgames, but today only one.

“Did I do wrong parameters?” I ask.

“Naw, Graciela,” says Friend. “You were grumper to the leez! You sealed your suit with no mistakes, and you dodged all the obstacles on the course. Nineteenth time in a row!”

“If I was grumper to the leez, how come one pouch?” I say. “I’m not a four-year-old anymore.”

“The Offer of Peace Between Two Worlds,” by Renan Bernardo

At age 3, on the planet of Orvalho, Alberto is conjoined with the ship called The Offer of Peace Between Two Worlds. When they leave the tank, dripping dark goo, crying and whirring, they have become one, bound to each other.

Alberto is a child: gaunt, dark-skinned, green-eyed; born to be a captain.

The Offer of Peace Between Two Worlds is a ship: silvery, slender, streamlined; born to be an offer.

Issue 108 – February 2024


Do not distribute, the feds don’t take kindly to these handouts.

“The Geist and/in/as the Boltzmann Brain,” by M. J. Pettit

Lem had existed for all of ten nanoseconds (give or take) when she realized she was a Boltzmann brain pulsing away in the otherwise nothingness of space. She consisted of a conglomeration of particles that had randomly bounced off one another until they spontaneously formed into a structurally-sound and fully functional human brain.

Entities like herself were absurd.

Issue 107 – January 2024

“A Descending Arctic Excavation of Us,” by Sara S. Messenger

The surface of the iceberg has long had its taste of bitter cuisine: shimmering snow, wriggling bacterial filament, microplastic granules from the stolen boat you steered across the choppy Arctic waves. But this is new: the woody whisper of your matrilineal family map. The iceberg leeches the warmth from the paper, like sucking air through teeth, trying to latch on— but you bend, shake the map, and tuck it back into your pocket.

Scraping into the snow: your ice drill, the auger bit modified using forbidden ancestral smithery. Encased around the drill: your gloved hands. Encased within your hands: a flourishing commune of microflora.

And so you begin.

“They Are Dancing,” by John Stadelman

They knew it was time to go when Vicky mumbled that he needed to brush his teeth, and Nash said that she’d had too much to drink last night.


They took a moment to recollect, looking first at the tent walls, then the travel bags at their feet.

“I guess it’s time to go,” Vicky said.

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