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Al Snow’s Advice for SF Writers

by on Sep 4, 2012 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

By Peter M. Ball Unless you’re a professional wrestling fan, you’ve probably never heard of Al Snow. A wrestler who hit the heights of the mid-card in the nineties, he’s never been one of the wrestling fraternity that has broken through into the public consciousness the way main...

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L’esprit de L’escalier

by on Sep 13, 2010 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

3,400 Words Rat opens the double doors and the stairwell smells of baking, the air thick with dull warmth and the smell of yeasty dough. He wrinkles his long nose and wonders if it will be like this for the entire way down, or if the doughy stink will gradually transform itself into the...

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To Dream of Stars: An Astronomer’s Lament

by on Oct 5, 2009 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

By Peter M. Ball The first time he sees the Royal Observatory he is three days shy of his twelfth birthday. It’s spring, a clear night, the stars unveiling themselves in small groups as the sky overhead grows dark. The tower rises from the hills, dominating the uneven horizon, a crooked...

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