Vol. 2, No. 2: Spring 2022

The personal, the societal, and the global all collide in this issue’s stories, with views of the deindustrial future both sweeping and intimate. In a future England, the fight over precious tin shapes the destinies of nations and their leaders. On the Mediterranean, the tall ships sail again, but bring tricky new situations to traders in Beirut. Flash stories of common people tell of the meteoric rise of Joaquín I, Preziden of Texas — woven together with stories from the past two issues. A man low on hope struggles with a drug that promises pure happiness — but at what cost to him and his world? And the fragile balance at a home for cast-off people is threatened when conditions shift and an unexpected guest appears. This spring the Circuit Rider’s ride also comes to a finish, and columns for deindustrial tinkers and tailors round out a grand new issue.

Contents

Introduction   iv
Letters   1
Essays & Reviews    
Cheap Thrills: The Downwardly Mobile Dandy
and the Trailer Park Quaintrelle
 
Justin Patrick Moore
 
5
Editor’s Soapbox: No User-Serviceable
Parts Inside (A Tinker’s Damn)
 
Nathanael Bonnell
 
13
Sundries & Episodes    
The Circuit Rider, Ep. 3: Bad Seed David Littlehale 21
Stories    
Of Tin and Tintagel Daniel Stride 27
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily Aldrian Estepa 42
The Middle Sea Daniel Crawford 54
Cobbage Wesley Stine 77
Broken Home Clint Spivey 87

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