Issue #229
July 06, 2017

Featuring a special five-hour audio podcast of Rose Lemberg’s novella “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” in celebration of episode #200 of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast!


A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, Pt. I

Across great distances I hear her voice rolling over the sand, traipsing gently above bones of impossible beasts that perhaps had one day populated the desert. The Tumbleweed Star speaks to its twin sibling, the star to which I am tethered. She speaks of secrets I will never understand and do not want to overhear; of time above the clouds, of darknesses, of absences.

Ora et Labora

But the litanies Obb calculates during divine offices can only ever be approximations—even if he extended one to a hundred thousand places, and worked out x99,999/99,999! + x100,001/100,001!, et cetera, this wouldn’t cure but only bury the imperfection, dormant, deep below the surface, powerful and secret.

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A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power
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Across great distances I hear her voice rolling over the sand, traipsing gently above bones of impossible beasts that perhaps had one day populated the desert.
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