Plugs

Jonathan Wood’s story “Notes on the Dissection of an Imaginary Beetle” from Electric Velocipede 15/16 is available online.

Alex Dally MacFarlane’s story “The Devonshire Arms” is available online at Clarkesworld.

Trent Walters, poetry editor at A&A, has a chapbook, Learning the Ropes, from Morpo Press.

Sara Genge’s story “Godtouched” may be found in Strange Horizons.

Shrinkage

by Jonathan Wood

I’ve done it! I’ve bloody done it!” he cried, leaping into the air, clapping his hands, beaming, the problem finally solved.

What is it?” Carol asked, regarding the tiny black speck, suspended like a drop of midnight in the magnetic field.

It’s the answer. It’s the source. It’s the power. It’s energy. It’s cash. It’s everything we need.”

Looks like a little black hole,” Carol replied and she was unerring in her accuracy.

At the news, the academic establishment perked up its head, cocked its ear.

Next to follow were the corporations, the marketers, the slogan writers.

Mass energy—Mass distribution” “Black holes puts us in the black.”

Then—distribution, a proud owner in every household.

And the good inventor was a savior, and was rich.

Until, a mistake, an instability discovered.

And no matter how he raced to fix it.

Everything he loved, even Carol.

Going, going…

Gone.

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