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The pentagram glowed, and the demon appeared.
"Hi, what can I get you?"
The demon handed over a list.
"Mhm, uh-huh, cool. I've got this."
"Um," said the demon, "are you sure this is..."
"What?"
"They summon me to learn forbidden knowledge."
"And they'll get it. I am a librarian."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Published for the first time in English in 2016 โ€” if you haven't read it yet, you should defnitely get your hands on a copy! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

"In that city nothing was more ordinary than death. But the authorities still functioned, and while the authorities functioned, the city stood..." They didnโ€™t care about "us," they only cared about โ€œP for Populationโ€ which could be acceptably sacrificed or even eradicated...

rbth.com/arts/literature/2016/

Randomly decided to look at the Beksinski website today and found this piece titled Quarantine. One of my favorite artists. Also seems to be a bunch of things I've never seen on there before. Wish I could go to visit the museum in Poland.

...
๐˜ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ,
๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฎ;
๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ.
...

(๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข "๐™‰๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™จ," ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ƒ. ๐™‹. ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™˜๐™ง๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ)

[shutterspeed]

Summary makes
for quick solace

When sense is twisted
Out into spaceโ€”

Struggle is pasted
Across the make

Of cosmic face

And what matters
Is pressed

In question against
Curiosityโ€™s quest

To taste the universe

1/2 ๐Ÿ“š William Golding considered "The Inheritors" his finest novel, and it is a beautiful tale about the last days of the Neanderthal people and our fear of the โ€˜otherโ€™ & the unfamiliar... The action is revealed through the eyes of the Neanderthals whose peaceful world is threatened by the emergence of Homo sapiens.
The struggle between the Neanderthals and the malevolent modern humans ends in helpless despair...

You can listen to the audiobook here:

youtube.com/watch?v=9CDhUHTzQc

Frank started the engine, set the coordinates on his onboard navigation system and lifted his Coupe Deville effortlessly through the thin Drodan atmosphere and into the dark of space...

Enjoy Frank's Escape.
Part II of Space Cadillac.

thecoastalunderground.com/post

#IncredibleStories

Here's a by emerging author Kirtan Desai that might just help beat the Wednesday blahs...

In order to win his campaign against lies for the greater good, the seemingly well-intentioned, paternalistic dictator Sweeni Vlac deploys *the ray* which instantly makes people incapable of telling a lie. Once the inevitable dust settles, the utopia that Vlac had envisioned does not come to pass...

"Veritas radium mea โ€” the truth is in the ray"... Or is it?

LINK: bit.ly/3vXv0os

๐Ÿ“„ This article discusses the political and historical context within which the work of the Strugatsky brothers took shape. The Strugatsky brothers are best known for their incredible opus "Roadside Picnic," a combination of science fiction, mystery, and thriller, and the inspiration for Tarkovsky's 1979 masterpiece, "Stalker."

"The Strugatskys in Political Context"
by Erik Simon

LINK to PDF: warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english

2/2 Fiona Chew-Mcleod joins granfalloon.org as our in-house copy editor, but she intends to wear several hats as layout supervisor, typesetter, and designer! She has been an editor and content writer for 5 years. As a Literature grad from the University of Edinburgh, she loves to read all genres of fiction. Fiona has worked at a print magazine and at campus newspapers before, and she is looking forward to applying her skills at granfalloon.org!

Meet the editors at Granfallon.org! First up is our editor-in-chief, Albert (Al) Mamet โ€” Al was born in London, and has lived in Reykjavik, Bruges, and Taipei. He's a big Star Wars fan. His literary idols include: Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Stanislaw Lem, Ursula LeGuin, C.L. Moore, Norman Spinrad, & others... He's been editing fiction for 7 years. This is his first zine. He's especially excited to be able to provide a platform for new sci-fi/speculative fiction authors to publish their work!

When it was found that any given time and place could only be visited by a time machine once, "first events" became expensive collectibles.
Premieres, product launches - anything that let a billionaire say "I was there, the first time".
Until one went to see the first time trip.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Defecating ducks, talking Turks' heads, and mechanized Christs... In the trial issue of Granfalloon, Prof. Jessica Riskin of Stanford U. discusses the wonderful history of โ€” machines built to mimic the processes of intelligent life! ๐Ÿค–

Here's the link: bit.ly/3cT2mfs

Women writers have largely been underrepresented in sci-fi, even though it was Margaret Cavendish, who, in 1666 wrote the book, "The Blazing World," considered the earliest example of sci-fi! In the book, she imagined a utopian kingdom only accessible via the North Pole where she became Empress! The trial issue of Granfalloon celebrates women authors of science fiction short stories from the golden era of the 50s and 60s. Women authors of sci-fi, fantasy, cyberpunk, we welcome your submissions!๐Ÿ›ธ

This *amazing* #visualization of #sciencefiction #history just dropped in @katycns's talk & I am *smitten*. Data visualization can be so beautiful! And how genre-appropriate! #DS2conf

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