They clashed in Bear Forest, and the trees sighed around them. Unarmed, dressed only in shadow, they explored each other with sore fingers and hungry eyes. The enchantments of battle cast aside, they were two men of flesh and bone—no taller than any others and no stronger.

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Read “Bearslayer and the Black Knight” by Tom Crosshill, in Issue #92

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Tom Crosshill's fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award and has appeared in venues such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. After many years spent in Oregon and New York, he currently lives in his native Latvia. He's a satellite member of the writers' group Altered Fluid. In the past, he has operated a nuclear reactor, translated books and worked in a zinc mine, among other things. Visit him at

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