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Issue 28

October 2016


In the Otherwise Dark

by E. Catherine Tobler

The earlier it happens, the better. If, in infancy, a child can focus its young eyes upon the apparition, one has a chance of keeping the vision one's entire life. If the lack extends into young adulthood, the ability is, in ninety percent of cases, lost. […]

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What a Wolf Wants

by Nikki J. North

The doctor turned to watch the great baroque tower falter and sway. A single, skeletal digit, it stretched to brush the pale cheek of the broken moon above, shedding bits and battlements and synth as it grew. The moon was called Izanagi, and the planet it circled was called Izanami[…]

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Decay

by Michael J. DeLuca

The jenkem pot lies on the floor between us, its tear-inducing fume of alcohol and excrement weighing like plague on the basement's dank air. A red-white crack of light cast by the cop car in the alley stabs through a ragged hole in the wall, illuminating particles of worse-than-dust, but neither I nor Mbesi stir from sprawled repose […]

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Negligible Senescence

by Mel Kassel

The sea is rife with immortals and healers. Soft things with cells that never quiet, but keep dividing into pouches of seething organelles. They need never fear that their children will cart them off to a retirement home that smells of nectar and licorice. Much of the time, their children are themselves, cloned afresh […]

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The Jicotea Princess

by Alex Hernandez

When Demi Dominguez roared in on her skateboard, the stink of diesel and pulsing ambulance lights slammed her to a stop. The ominous vehicle hunched directly in front of her house, surrounded by all her neighbors, nosy, gossiping. Her heart sank like a stone thrown into a pond […]

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Juliea's Door

by Julia August

The first time I saw the summer country was when the first fugue of Vivaldi's Dixit came together, finally, for a single perfect moment one wintry night. The rain beat against the drafty windows and fifty voices sang out together, split into two choirs, which means eight different harmony lines, which is quite hard when […]

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Issue 28

October 2016

3LBE 328

Front & Back cover art by Rew X