43, Aditya

43, Aditya

Stories

Caroline Kim Older Women
Jay Ruben Dayrit Artifacts of War
Ashley Lopez This Side of the Fjord
Mary Hamilton Your Friends Are All Plotting Your Destruction
Leigh Camacho Rourks Forty Days After the First Explosions
Shasta Grant Cross Your Heart
Archana Sridhar Rechargeable Moons
Hannah Seo I Cut My Hair
Madeline Gobbo Help a Hungry Goat
Ifeoma Nnewuihe Something to Write Home About
Kyra Kondis How to Get by (While Your Partner Is in Europe, on Work)
Ryan Lee Liu Drift On, the Hours
Jessica Cavero Whorl

 

Editor’s note

A fun fact about the sun – a fun sun fact – is that the sun makes up 99.8% of the solar system’s mass. It looks so small, and yet it’s almost everything. Oh! Like flash fiction. Anyway, that’s why this issue is called Aditya – the Sun God. Urban Dictionary defines Aditya as a very awesome person who is well rounded and good at everything. Thanks, Urban Dictionary. The sun always reminds me of the story of Icarus, and also of a story by Ben Loory about a squid who decides he wants to go to the sun. His friends call him stupid, but he doesn’t listen to them. This squid is well rounded and good at everything – a regular Aditya. He teaches himself the most advanced science of the age and builds a rocket ship, and it’s only when he’s so close to the sun that the pull of its gravity makes escape impossible that he realizes it’s hot. So hot he can’t survive it. His last act before dying is to share as much knowledge as he can, in the brief time he has left. It’s a beautiful, thoughtful, funny story. Plus it has squids in, and who doesn’t ❤ ❤ ❤ that?

Thanks to all the writers who contributed to this issue – I’m so proud and happy to get to share your work.

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Issue 43

 

Art Tamara De Lempicka (Irina) CC2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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