Making the Rounds by Allan Weiss

Eliezer ben-Avraham, wizard, Kabbalist, and kvetch, not only can but must help. Because he poked around in areas of forbidden knowledge, he is obliged to wander the world and use the powers he gained to perform good deeds—mitzvot—for anybody who asks, no matter how bizarre the task. Ably assisted by his trusty but cynical steed, Melech, Eliezer does what he can, although transforming into a bird and flying around is difficult when you have arthritis in your shoulder.

Humorous, philosophical, and very weird, Eliezer’s adventures as he makes his rounds demonstrate how important it is to be generous with your gifts, even to the craziest goyim.

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Weather is a Zero-Sum Game by Judith Field

An essay by Sam Keegan, as provided by Judith Field
(Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2014)

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Birthing Fire by Dantzel Cherry

An essay by Dr. Henrik Ahlstrom, as provided by Dantzel Cherry
(“Birthing Fire” previously appeared as the 2nd place winner in the Story Star Publishing Short Story Contest in 2012; reprinted in Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017)

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Dreamers by Donna Glee Williams

At the age of sixteen, the Dreamer has given up her own life to act as the conduit for the divine dreams that must be interpreted for the survival of the village. Love and relationships are forbidden. Even though her needs are provided for, she longs to be free. The cost of being the Dreamer is not just freedom. When her dreams begin to wane beneath the weight of duty, she is to be killed, quietly replaced by the next Dreamer. Hers is a fate that is kept as quiet as the sacred Garden that is her prison and her place of dreams; guarded night and day against the wayward trill of even the most well-meaning songbird.

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Sticks and Stones by Angèle Gougeon

Sandra Daron knows what it’s like to die. Every time she touches someone, she experiences their last moments; burning, drowning, choking, dead.

Her visions shatter any pretense of normal she might wish she had. She’s a freak, isolated and alone in her small town junior high school. Her parents don’t care what she does or where she goes and all she wants to do is get by without being noticed.

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Beltrunner by Sean O’Brien

As an independent beltrunner mining asteroids in the frontier of space, Collier South is a dying breed. Scrounging and cutting corners to work cheap, Collier isn’t a stranger to lean times and make-do repairs; in fact his onboard computer hasn’t had outside maintenance in years and its beginning to show its personal quirks.

When Collier finds an asteroid that shows promise, he thinks he’s bought himself some time. But his claim is stolen out from under him by his vindictive ex-lover and her shiny new corporate ship. Powerless against the omnipotent mining corporations, Collier has always been too stubborn to give-up without a fight. Broke and desperate, Collier has one last chance to land a strike. If he doesn’t come back with ore, he’ll end up destitute and trading his own biologicals for his next meal.

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Yesterday’s Savior by Keith Bliss

By the year 2075 most of the western world has converted to the religion of the Church of the Second Coming. From its humble beginnings, as the figure of Christ began to appear all around the globe, the Church has grown to achieve absolute world power. But rumors surround the Church of the Second Coming, and hint, like so many regimes before it, of deeply held secrets and the use of brutal power to quiet ‘those who oppose.’

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Wild Card by Dover Whitecliff

Lady Kenna Wolfesdaughter, the Superspy with the Clockwork Eye, steps out on the town to find the one person who can decipher the riddle of the Wild Card before chaos reigns.

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The Rosetta Man
by Claire McCague

“Your eyes catch it, and your brain gets something else.”
“Unless it wants you to see it.”

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The Genius Asylum
by Arlene F. Marks

The truth is out there…
Earth Intelligence and Space Installation Security each think Drew Townsend is working for them. They’re wrong.

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