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Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis 02:30

Main fiction: “Bugs” by Ron Collins 15:30

Dr. Caulder kept talking, but John could scarcely follow along.  The government needed authorization.  Would he sign a waiver?  Of course, Jesus Christ, of course.  His hospital gown disappeared.  A nurse sprayed his chest with shaving creme.  Carol’s beautiful face filled his view, tears streaming down lined cheeks.  She said something long and drawn out, but all John heard was “I love you.”  Then he was gone.  Preparations continued as they rolled.  IV bottles hung from steel rods.  An elevator door closed.  A needle pricked his arm.

Bugs, he thought.  They’re going to use the bugs.

Then he was asleep.

Ron Collins’s work has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Nature, and several other magazines and...

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