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  • Dystopia: Summerblind | Litro
    city awoke some mornings to find Summerblind littering the ground in alleys and parks lips finally at peace with the infinite The Committee for the Return of the Rain sent scientists into the mountains where they shot crystals at the sky The air was cool in the high altitudes and the scientists did not return People stepped out of offices and stores and houses and looked up and stood transfixed in the street The city swept past It kept its eyes down It did not look at these people with their split bags of groceries and briefcases dropped open on the sidewalk The Committee for the Care of the Summerblind went bankrupt Mothers fathers sisters brothers daughters best friends old flames sons cousins classmates and co workers were seen tapping their way through the city They were browned and smiling and talking to themselves It was not uncommon to see a businessperson drop crying to their knees in the street The city simmered Tanned skin turned to leather Fights broke out at the supermarket and the courthouse and the opera The Mayor went on TV and showed his dimples and asked for calm The Committee for the Return of the Rain asked a group of Indians to come and dance a rain dance but they were booked solid for months The river ran low Riots broke out The police donned helmets and bulletproof vests and already sweating went to do battle The violence raged for hours It was street to street The fire department showed up and turned its hoses on the crowd The crowd cheered and rubbed its bruises The cops dropped their nightsticks and raised their arms The firefighters pumped river water into the sky The streets ran wet and clean The storm drains filled with blood There were reports of bodies floating in the river More rested in the soft surf at the beach Sometimes the Summerblind were seen tapping their way onto the harbour bridge Upstream the dry riverbed cracked in the sun The turbines at the hydroelectric station slowed then stopped The engineers in their white coveralls and hardhats locked the door to the plant and piled into their vehicles and drove to the mountains The Mayor went on TV and announced electricity would be rationed His jowls drooped and his skin had spots The Committee for the Return of the Rain gathered a crowd and stormed city hall They charged up the marble stairs to the Mayor s office Official reports said that the Mayor leapt from his window but there were rumours The Committee for the Return of the Rain appeared on TV They wore serious expressions and banged their fists They increased power rations They dissolved all other committees They sent police commandos into the mountains to bring back the scientists and the engineers but the commandos did not return The city grew desperate for a breeze Businesspeople jumped from their glass towers Doctors held hands with nurses and leapt from hospitals

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2013/12/dystopia-summerblind/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Adam Roux, Author at Litro Magazine
    to the sirens and the murmurs outside as neighbours trade boogeymen on the sidewalk Read more Adam Roux The author has 2 posts published in Litro Magazine Adam Roux is from Massachusetts He is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston Maine He lives in London Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a particular interest in literature instead Litro believes in reaching the general reader whether they be a commuter someone browsing in a bookshop or in

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/agroux/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Dystopia: Love and Transformation
    won t help me sans toxic air we both seem to need it now like fucking in public fucking under the eye of the angry god of Chemical Freedom Better Living Through Chemistry GE inside my wife s twat and Dupont in my brain forever it s gonna be okay I ll make tea she says and I watch the colours swirl outside the bunker The clean up crew came the following month Like a toxic avenger set to stun wading into the peepshow booth long after all titillation is through murmuring to themselves in their moon suits I wanted to cry and not with joy It was the end We couldn t do it after that I d pour her a glass of wine and put on some music in our new apartment under the artificial ozone generator above the ruins but it wasn t the same it could never be and so I left before she would I knew it was over I paint now in watercolour I watch the disaster from the windows and we ve got a lot of windows the government doesn t want us to forget where we re at and what we ve done and the beauty of it is so tantalizing and that is the word you see Tantalus who ate the flesh of his own son albeit by accident and was condemned to Hades to always see the grapes and never be able to reach them that s me looking down on the cross breeding mutant heaven a horrific hard on in my pants but only my brush to keep me sane I paint My wife takes other lovers we don t bother with a divorce most have dispensed with marriage altogether in our hermetic community here there are only 400 of us But I know it will never be the same for her either and this gives me a strange joy About Robin Wyatt Dunn Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in The Town of the Queen of the Angels El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in Echo Park He is proud to have been born in the Carter Administration He is a Member of the Horror Writers Association You can find him at www robindunn com Mail Web More Posts 2 Comments comments Prev Dystopia Rota Next Dystopia Summerblind Related Posts Owen Hyrick The Grooves of the Blade of the Key Short Stories Reality Reality nbsp by Jackie Kay Menengai Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2013/12/dystopia-love-and-transformation/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Robin Wyatt Dunn, Author at Litro Magazine
    for more than a week but this is where the Rat wants it Read more Robin Wyatt Dunn The author has 2 posts published in Litro Magazine Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in The Town of the Queen of the Angels El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in Echo Park He is proud to have been born in the Carter Administration He is a Member of the Horror Writers Association You can find him at www robindunn com Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/settdigger/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Dystopia: Rota
    At the point of contact he raised his hand and Rota gripped the steel shaft of his pistol Yet there was nothing in the assailant s hand and in a split second he was upon the president who shook his hand in shock and surprise before detail pushed him to the floor amid the din encompassing the room Rota fell on the assailant but something was wrong Pressed down on his back he held up his hands in an impassive gesture motioning to be helped back to his feet Shouting came from the other side of the room and as Rota turned his head the would be assailant grasped his hand and fled Rota felt a coarse itching on his hand yet there was nothing there but his eyes didn t betray what he saw next the president falling amidst a clutch of Secret Service holding out his right hand in agony They found traces of thallium on Rota s hand At least that s what he learned from the warders The speed at which he was hooded and pushed into a car had him in no doubt as to what fate would befall him All will be judged equally under the eyes of God they said yet the lord had not judged him fairly Society had judged him he was guilty before he set foot in the courtroom The people on the sidewalk didn t sneer they threw rocks and spat on the unmarked van as it hurtled through the streets The officer opposite couldn t even look at him he stared intently at his steel toe capped boots the whole journey The clatter of stone made Rota jump each time something thumped into the side as visions of his fate flashed in front of his eyes Justice was swift especially when meted out to a black man accused of the murder of a public figure he was sworn to protect He knew they meant to make an example of him He wasn t going to San Quentin or Guantanamo even the chair wouldn t be judged to be adequate enough He was about to learn the true meaning of the phrase rot in hell He pursed his lips arched his back and let his neck support the full weight of his head as he looked upwards He recalled the words of an old college professor who was the first to praise his astonishing capacity for information retention and concentration The only purpose of being is to make heartfelt contact with others The series of numbers he d scrawled on the wall told it all eight years today Happy Birthday He would remain here until the end of his days all for the sake of a handshake a murderer and enemy of the state forever a prisoner serving time in solitary alone with his thoughts on the moon About Jon Veal Writer of short stories working on my first novel due out early 2014 Jon Veal offers quick moving

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2013/12/dystopia-rota/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Jon Veal, Author at Litro Magazine
    44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/jonveal/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Dystopia: Joe's Ark
    penny of his redundancy money and Linda spat fury but Joe didn t enlighten her He stayed out of her way in the garage customizing the boat a seventeen foot Arran He added an outboard motor a petrol tank and an automatic pump He extended the tiny day cabin and carpentered drop down stabilizers so the boat could function as a trimaran He went on a course and got his skipper s ticket went on more courses astronomy meteorology and botany He took up running All this and more would be needed soon Joe was busy in the kitchen when Linda came home He knew she was home by the slam of the front door Linda Steel was almost entirely sure she hated her husband She would look at his soft eyes his mouth was soft almost flower like But appearances were deceptive He was hard in Linda s opinion cruel unyielding implacable They sat eating in silence rain down the window thick as dog slobber Something to tell you Joe said suddenly over a forkful of tomato She eyed him warily Oh aye Great Flood s coming again She goggled at him You what The Great Flood he said and took another mouthful of salad Coming soon he went on with his cheek full of lettuce Want to ride it out with me come with me I ll be taking the boat down to Tynemouth the day after tomorrow Linda spluttered and began to choke Joe watched impassively noting that her eyes were the exact shape and colour of gooseberries wondering why he d used to think she was so pretty He got up and gave her a few desultory slaps on the back Water she croaked flapping her hand He went to fetch it for her and sat down again You know he said as if nothing had happened we ll need to be well out to sea when that wave comes Then when things calm down we can sail up to Hexham Or mebbes the Cheviots Whatever Suzette ll help us find the best place I d laugh she said still pop eyed and wheezing Except I m not sure you re joking For heaven s sake talk sense Joe She drained the tumbler of water Aye well he said clearing their plates away Cassandra couldn t tell them either Eh The wooden horse Joe explained She knew it was bad news but you can t tell people can you But I have to try You re my wife for what it s worth Oh I see she said not seeing at all Well thank you kind sir That night Joe had The Dream again Somewhere warm and bright a mountain held its ground but somewhere silver grey and blue a sea bed began to boil and vast walls of rock began to shake Linda heard him whimpering through the wall Let him she thought pulling her duvet over her ears Next evening the boat was ready

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2013/12/dystopia-joes-ark/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Katie-Ellen Hazeldine, Author at Litro Magazine
    9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/hesperus/ (2016-02-15)
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