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On this day 100 years ago ...

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... something big went down. Something so big that, eighty-five years later, it would allow a movie director (who has since plumbed depths that other directors can merely dream of) to fabricate a hideously expensive movie with an ending so well known that the concept of 'spoiler' would be, for once, entirely obviated; something that would, in its way, become one of the defining incidents of the twentieth century. (And no, I'm not talking about the birth of Kim Il-Sung, father of North Korea, although curiously today's the centenary of that, as well.)

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that Anatoly Belilovsky's short story, 'Durak', set on a certain ocean liner, has just now been released as a free-to-view story on the Andromeda Spaceways website. Please check it out!

I chose Anatoly's story for the yet-to-be-released ASIM issue 54 (and it is imminent; I'm hoping it'll be available in print and e-book before the end of the month). 'Durak' will still feature, as intended, in issue 54, but ASIM felt that we couldn't let the centenary go past uncommemorated. And Anatoly graciously agreed to the story's appearance on the website. So think of 'Durak' as a trailer for the issue, and please read it.

Because I'd hate to see it sink without trace.

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