#5: Hello

“Hello,” a short story by Brendan Flaherty, introduces Benjamin S. Marshall, an assassin who will work for anyone, so long as the cash is good. Feared and respected by both the mob and its enemies, he seems a nigh invincible figure until a curse from his days serving in the U.S. military comes back to haunt him.

This volume also features “The Way Back Down,” by E. Christopher Clark, a tale of a lost sister found and her quest to get back to the strange underground civilization from whence she came. 

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This issue will be released on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

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#4: Beneath Metal and Bone

In “Beneath Metal and Bone,” a short story by Ilana Wilson, war rages between human settlers and the native people of a distant planet. Among those natives, nature spirits who now inhabit robots rather than trees or water or air, is one who refuses to choose sides. And she, along with a ragtag group of humans, is trying to escape the fray before it’s too late. Of course, nothing happens exactly as planned.

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#3: Found & Lost

A collection of five short stories, including the winner of 2011 io9.com Environmental Writing Contest!

In “Beneath It All” by Holly Day, a worm rustles through dry leaves as a man contemplates the end of his world; in “Carbon” by Jef Cozza, a scientist discovers a way to turn back the apocalypse; in “The Game of Memory” by Thomas Kearnes, cousins play a game of Memory where the cards turn out to be more than twin suns and puppy dogs; in “Blackfriars” by Naomi Elster, the city of London is consumed by madness; and, in “Memento” by Maria Herring, a woman wakes to find her living room destroyed and her boyfriend gone, with no memory of how it happened.

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#2: Demons & Dandelions

A collection of five short stories with art by two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee Sheri L. Wright!

In “Dandelion Girl” by Caren Gussoff, we meet a girl who can afford to change history; in “Dracula” by Mark Mazzenga, we meet a modern Dracula who isn’t a vampire in any traditional sense; in “Jean Genie” by Anna Tizard, something strange is born of a bar of soap; in “Womb Envy” by S. MacLeod, we get a tale of murder, corpse removal, and scary movies; and, in “Ideal Reader” by Jake Walters, a writer learns to be careful what he holds onto and what he casts aside.

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#1: Ghosts & Golems

A collection of five short stories, including one by Hugo and Nebula Award Winner James Patrick Kelly!

In Kelly’s “Happy Ending 2.0,” we get a wife-swap involving time travel; in “Your Guide to Becoming a Computer Technician” by Todd T. Castillo, we get a guide to surviving the dangerous world of computer repair; in “When You Hear This Sound” by Sam Verrall, we learn of an audio tape that might just drive us mad; in “Emma’s Cup of Tea” by Heather Chrisler, we hear tell of a trade we might not want to make; and, in “A Husband’s Hobby” by Jon Arthur Kitson, we get golems, golems, and more golems!

This issue also features a cover by Luke Spooner.

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