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Allen M Steele’s July/August 2018 novella introduces us to the enigmatic city of Landencyte and its mysterious planet. There’s much to unravel in “Starship Mountain,” and much that will remain a conundrum. Don’t miss this exciting tale! The rest of the issue is chock full of novelettes and sprinkled with short stories. In an alternate universe where Seward’s folly didn’t occur, Harry Turtledove’s leathernecks find other means for “Liberating Alaska”; unusual “Rules of Biology” become apparent in Dale Bailey’s disturbing new story; socks and lost humans end up in Jack Skillingstead’s “Straconia”: Octavia Cade creates a suspenseful view through “The Backward Lens of Compromise”; for Michael Cassutt’s hapless teen, being “Unter” can be terrifying; and let’s hope the best future wins in Suzanne Palmer’s “Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain.” Take a few minutes to meet Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s aptly named “Lieutenant Tightass”; puzzle out the heartbreaking nature of Ian R. McHugh’s “Ephemera”; discover why “Attachment Unavailable” is a little more unsettling than usual in the latest tale from Leah Cypess; and learn some of the secrets of the “True Zing” in a first sale from brand new author Zack Be. In his latest Reflections, Robert Silverberg doesn’t need a GPS to visit “Terra Incognita”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net suggests we “Listen, Watch, Read”; Paul Di Filippo’s On Books reviews works by Annalee Newitz, Andy Weir, Darrell Schweitzer, Rhys Hughes, Hugh Howey, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.

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