Plugs

Ken Brady’s latest story, “Walkers of the Deep Blue Sea and Sky” appears in the Exquisite Corpuscle anthology, edited by Jay Lake and Frank Wu.

Luc Reid writes about the psychology of habits at The Willpower Engine. His new eBook is Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories.

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

Kat Beyer’s Cabal story “A Change In Government” has been nominated for a BSFA award for best short fiction.

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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