Monday, March 5, 2018

One of the Cities

"One of the Cities," a hard SF far-future story, is out now in the Reading 5x5 anthology, edited by B. Morris Allen.

Two different versions of the anthology are available: a readers' and a writers' version, the latter of which, in addition to 25 great stories spanning five different genres, contains the briefs and the author's notes for each individual piece.

The proceeds from the anthology will go to the Jo Clayton Memorial Medical Fund.

(Cover art by Kathryn Weaver)

The City of Ionos Prime hung in its orbit like a ripe peach.

The urge to pluck it overwhelmed us; to rid our cosmos of rot, expose and exterminate the source of so much suffering. We were but a gamma ray burst away from turning Gomorrah’s qubits into an unreadable scramble, but Captain stayed her hand, allowing this drop of poison suspended in vacuum to continue coruscating around its star.

(Continue reading.)

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