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About John P Murphy
John P. Murphy is a speculative fiction writer and engineer. His short work includes science fiction and mysteries, and his 2016 novella The Liar was nominated for a Nebula Award. He has a PhD in engineering, drinks a lot of coffee, and lives in New Hampshire.
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When an asteroid miner comes to Station 35 looking to sell her cargo and get back to the solitude she craves, she gets swept up in a three-way standoff with gangs and crooked cops. Faced with either taking sides or cleaning out the Augean Stables, she breaks out the flamethrower.
Pastor Julie is new in town, and she and Greg seem to keep bumping into each other. Greg likes it that way. But when she brings him a job one crisp fall morning, they get drawn into a town mystery: an old lie and a string of deaths that might catch up to Julie’s troublesome daughter. Greg’s a damn good liar, but this job might call for some hard truths instead.
The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novella.
A short story of 9,500 words.
The Liar John P. Murphy
The Ghost Penny Post Marc Laidlaw
Red in Tooth and Cog Cat Rambo
The Language of the Silent Juliette Wade And Sheila Finch
A Mother's Arms Sarina Dorie
Belief Nancy Kress
Nanabojou and the Race Question Justin Barbeau
Diamond Chris Devito
The Silver Strands of Alpha Crucis-d N.J. Schrock
Golden Gate Blues James L. Cambias
Books to Look For Charles De Lint
Musing on Books Michelle West
Films: The Potato Farmer Who Worked the Problem Kathi Maio
Plumage From Pegasus: The Prince and the Pulpster Paul Di Filippo
Curiosities Douglas A. Anderson
CARTOONS: Danny Shanahan, Arthur Masear, Arthur Masear,
Joseph Farris, S. Harris, Mark Heath.
COVER: Jason Van Hollander for "The Ghost Penny Post"
Our fifteenth issue features a novella by John P. Murphy ("Claudius Rex"), a short story by Cat Rambo ("Memories of Moments, Bright as Falling Stars"), and a novelette by Gardner Dozois ("A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows").