Fetch – B. Morris Allen

She had died from overheating. It was an unlikely death, in the star-spark darkness beyond the atmosphere, where the outside temperature measured in single digits Kelvin. Yet temperature in space flight was a tricky thing. In Laika’s case, a part of the ship had failed to separate. Torn insulation and a compromised control system had cooperated to simulate an intolerable summer day. She had died in hours.

September 2020

Metaphorosis

Table of Contents

  • Fetch — B. Morris Allen
  • Where the Old Neighbors Go — Thomas Ha
  • Pages Missing From the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq. — David Berger
  • Tower of Mud and Straw I: The Duchy — Yaroslav Barsukov

Cover art by Gabriel Rosswell.

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