The Month That the Rains Came

John F. McMullen
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Old Growth

Steve Zisson
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Grass Still Grows

S. A. McKenzie
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Flight of the Storm God

Mike Adamson
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Demeter Seeks Persephone in the Year 2210

In  by July 29, 2022
1. OVERWORLD We, the chorus, welcome you to today’s stage, a patch in the rocky landscape once known as Attica. Close your eyes and inhale the subtle sweetness of sun-warmed grass. Hear the soft rustle of dresses, giggling young women whose whispers counterpoint the chirping birds. Soon you realize there’s no variation in the birdsong, […]

An Intersection of Parallel Lives

In  by July 8, 2022
“You don’t need a reason to save people,” I argue to the boss. But apparently, if I’m flying on her dime, I do. In the end, it’s the chickens that win her over. The records I uncovered deep in the archives state that two centuries ago, when the Novus and its passengers departed to colonize […]

What's A Penguin?

In  by June 24, 2022
Michael stares at the seagull sitting on the ship’s railing; the bird, in turn, watches the half-eaten protein bar in the teenager’s hand. These pests are everywhere, always on the lookout for an easy meal since most of the fish disappeared. Michael crumbles the plastic wrapper and tosses it at the bird. The seagull takes […]

The Long Night

In  by June 10, 2022
I’m alone now, except for Mother’s whispered reassurances that this is what’s best for us all. The long night brings with it many memories: the sunlit park, the clouds bullied from the sky, leaving nothing but uncluttered blue and my true love. “I’m leaving you.” She sat next to me on a park bench in […]

The Trials of the Thorsten Haugen

In  by May 27, 2022
Captain Matt Peasley paced the bridge of the bulk carrier Thorsten Haugen, his low-top hard-sole shoes wearing a path on the painted deck. The relative quiet of his ship, compared to times when its engines ran at full throttle, unnerved him. Speed mattered in the shipping business, and in the past, the thrumming of the […]

A Sea of Plastic

In  by April 29, 2022
The sun was barely up over the plastic sea, but it was already stifling hot. The almost horizontal rays bounced off the bleached, matted remnants of last century’s excesses. The great raft housing the plastic reclamation factory chewed slowly but steadily through them. Phlox checked her diving gear. If she dove off the back, she […]

Reef Renewal Offers Hope for Corals and Fun for Volunteers

In  by April 15, 2022
The sea is a vast and empty place. Miles and miles of uninhabited salty blue waters stretch into seeming infinity without many visible signs of life, except for small patches of coral reef, crowded with every kind of organism. Coral reefs cover only about 1% of the ocean, yet they are home to more than […]

Cetacean Reprocessors, Inc.

In  by March 25, 2022
“Can you understand me?” I call through my underwater translator over the gentle slap of cold, oily blue-green water. The massive smoky-grey Bryde’s whale next to the boat doesn’t react. I look timidly up to the top of their open mouth, jutting from the water like a giant white arrowhead, trap collecting their assigned section […]

Forward Momentum and a Parallel Toss

In  by March 11, 2022
On the marching-band field, everything echoes of Alex. Lacey’s students spread across the sideline and cue their robots, and Lacey sees herself as a teenager in a giant sweatshirt, Alex next to her, looks at the bots and remembers Alex’s head on hers when she curled up around him in the last row of the […]
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