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J. R. Vogt has recently joined the ranks of the full-time freelancers. This constitutes his twentieth short story sale, though it’s his first appearance in Galaxy’s Edge. In May of this year he sold a pair of novels, Forge of Ashes to Paizo and Enter the Janitor to Wordfire (which has since bought his The Maids of Wrath).

ESCAPE MECHANISM
by
Josh Vogt

“Found him,” Rachel said, peering through the telescope. “Bastard couldn’t hide forever.”

Bryan glanced up from his beer. “Who? The man in the moon?”

She straightened and adjusted her pink earmuffs. “Idiot. I spotted God. And I was right. He’s a space squid.”

“I’ve...either had too much to drink or not enough.”

“God. Is. A. Space. Squid. What part doesn’t make sense?”

Bryan sighed. Date night had begun oddly enough when Rachel lugged her telescope along, chattering about fluxing gravitational tides. “The individual words are okay. All together? Not so much.”

She pointed at the telescope. “Just look.”

“Fine.” He shuffled over and squinted through at the interstellar expanse. “It’s...black.”

She snorted. “Duh. God activated his escape mechanism. You’re looking at a galactic ink cloud. Totally explains dark matter and black holes.”

“Totally.”

Her huff plumed white. “You never respect my beliefs.”

“Since when have your beliefs included space squids?”

“I told you I study astronomy to find God in the stars.”

“I thought you were being poetic!”

“You’re so narrow-minded!”

“Seriously?” Bryan reached to the heavens. “Oh, Divine Space Squid! Accept this offering of cheap beer and hear my plea. Free me from this madwoman and I shall forever serve you!”

A writhing column obscured the stars; Rachel shrieked as a tentacle yanked her into the night.

As Bryan stared, another swooping tentacle snatched the can from his hand.

After time unfroze, he retrieved the pink earmuffs from by his feet.

“I’m guessing this means no more calamari...”

Copyright © 2015 by Josh Vogt

 

THE ARM OF THE STONE
by Victoria Stauss

“Treated with unusual depth.”—Locus
“An intelligent, fascinating novel"—SF Site

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HOME

The Editor's Word
The End of Worldcon
As We Know It

FICTION
The Colossal Death Ray
by Ron Collins

Multiples

by Robert Silverberg
Miss Darcy's First
Intergalactic Ballet Class

by Dantzel Cherry

Tidal Effects
by Jack McDevitt
Do Not Fear to Touch Flesh
by Leena Likitalo

Islands in the Sargasso
(Sargasso Containment)

by Alex Shvartsman

Form and Void
by Elizabeth Bear
Escape Mechanism

by Josh Vogt
Saul's Diary

by Lawrence Person

The Eagle Has Landed

by Robert J. Sawyer
A Mild Case of Death

by David Gerrold
(Worldcon GOH 2015)

INTERVIEW
David Gerrold
(Worldcon GOH 2015)

by Joy Ward

SERIALIZATION
Reboots (Part 1)
by Mercedes Lackey
and Cody Martin

COLUMNS
From the Heart's Basement
by Barry Malzberg
Science Column
by Greg Benford

Book Reviews
by Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett

 

 

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