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1Spaceports & Spidersilk

October 2018

Edited by Marcie Tentchoff

Published by Nomadic Delirium Press at Smashwords

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Cover Art: “Hiding From Stinkbottom Troll” by Richard Fay


From the Editor

Cemetery Secrets by Rebecca Herzog

3PM Group by Brian Michael Riley

Feeling the Burn by Lisa Timpf

Negotiations by Andra Dill

Hurl Scouts by Francis W. Alexander

Take Me to Your Leader by Laura Jane Swanson

What to Be by Daniel Galef

The Ink-Eater by R.C. Mulhare

Their Protocol: Purposefully Rude by Lauren McBride

Baba’s Museum of Oddities by Lara Hampton

From the Editor

It’s October again, and, looking through the stories in this issue I’ve been thinking:

It’s easy to underestimate small things.

There’s something in our earthly culture that equates size with ability. One often hears the words “big” and “strong” paired, but seldom the words “small” and “strong.” Which, to anyone who watches female gymnasts perform seems seriously silly.

Wasps are not large, but they pack a heck of a sting. Actually, there are a lot of very small bugs that can do some serious damage. And there are other bugs, such as ants, that can do really amazing (if often less painful) things despite their size.

Bullets are small. The edge of a finely honed blade grows sharper the smaller it is! A computer chip is tiny, but the amount it contains and the things it can do go far beyond the abilities of basketball players and circus strong men.

And yet, still, we underestimate things, creatures and people we consider to be undersized.

Including children. They are often thought of as weak, as helpless, and as ineffectual.

One of the things I most love about reading YA and middle grade fiction is that the best works of the category show young people solving their own problems, finding ways to deal with situations that not only surprise those larger and older than them, but might in some cases be impossible for them to match.

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