“Don’t take my word, just look skyward. They that dance must pay the fiddler.”
– Tom Waits, “Starving in the Belly of a Whale”

Dia De Los Muertos by Cesar Valtierra

F I C T I O N

“This Is the Thing” by Chloie Piveral

In the deep dark, a respirator kicks on. It whispers, let me go, let me go, let me go, in a long hushing exhale.

“Points of Reverie Aboard the Gen Ship” by T. D. Walker

The echo of the launch craft still shook her, the echo of the seat still pressed into her back and legs…

“Tips Welcome” by Anna Zumbro

The airport bar is called Baggage Claim, and my bartender, Manuela, isn’t even five feet tall.

“In Charybdis Bide” by Sean R. Robinson

Tell me your story, sailor-man, teach me the secrets of you, the way you rig your sails…

“Of Peach Trees and Coral-Red Roses” by Mina Li

It was late winter when Lin Kairu, Princess Yongan of Yue, arrived at the Borders.


P O E T R Y

“Social Dinosaurs” by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

“At the Center” by Mari Ness

“What They Once Did” by Theresa Lockhart


Illustration: Cesar Valtierra is a graphic designer from El Paso, TX. To escape the drudgery of life, he draws. He also hangs out with his fiancée Victoria, and their cats, Chubs and Pretty Boy. Check out his work at www.cesarvaltierra.com and www.orderfromkhaos.com. His comic can be viewed at www.tonybalazo.com.

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