Rated G. Contains whimsy.
by Ellen Klages
God cocked his thumb and aimed his index finger at the firmament.
Ka-pow! Pow! Pow! A line of three perfect glowing pinpoints of light appeared in the black void. He squeezed his eyes almost shut and let off a single shot. Ping! The pinprick of light at the far edge of the firmament, just where it touched the rim of the earth, glowed faintly red.
About the Author
Ellen Klages grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a few blocks away from the public library, and remembers: “When I was a kid, access to books was segregated. Until you were 12, you could only check out books from the Children’s Room, which had its own rules and customs. I remember picking out a book that had a rocket ship on the spine, but one of the librarians told me I wouldn’t like it. It was science fiction and that was for boys. “The message stuck, for a while. But after graduating from college—with a degree in Philosophy—I moved to San Francisco and worked at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception founded by physicist Frank Oppenheimer. And the rule of thumb there is: Everyone is a scientist. Everyone is an artist. “All it takes is curiosity and the urge to explore—what would happen if… Every day at the museum I’d hear someone exclaim, ‘Wow! Look at this!’ Later, I began to think of history and fiction the same way, getting hooked on a fact or a picture or a chance remark that make me say, ‘Wow! I never thought about that…’ “It’s an attitude I want my characters—and my readers—to share.” Her story, “Basement Magic,” won the Nebula Award in 2005. Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot for the World Fantasy, Nebula, and Hugo Awards, and have been translated into Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, and Swedish. A collection of her short fiction, Portable Childhoods, was published in 2007. Her first novel, The Green Glass Sea, won the Scott O’Dell Award for historical fiction and the New Mexico State Book Award. It was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, the Quills Award, and the Locus Award. A sequel, White Sands, Red Menace, was published by Viking in 2008. It has a rocket ship on the cover.
About the Narrator
M.K. Hobson recently decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off all social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting.