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Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post 2016

The simplest brief tales from The Saturday night submit nice American Fiction Contest 2016 gains 31 new must-read tales, together with Celeste McMaster's dizzying portrait of Zelda Fitzgerald, "Zelda, Burning," the 2016 successful story.

Past contest winner N. West Moss ("Omeer's Mangoes," top tales 2015), introduces this exciting choice of characters who race via Alexandria, Virginia, on bicycle; vie for a moment probability in a video game exhibit with dying; and make a house in 20th-century long island urban.

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Noblemen employ dwarfs as clowns and jesters in France, Italy and the Germanic states," Jehan observed. " "I am not a clown, Master Jehan," the dwarf said. "Nor am I a jester. " "History often makes mistakes," Jehan assured him. "Master Zacharius never received credit for the fusee, because there was a man named Jacob the Czech who worked in Prague, and Prague is a far better source of fame than poor Geneva. I do not charge this Jacob with theft, mind, for the device is obvious enough once a man's mind turns in that direction, just as your pendulum-clock might be.

They were, however, far better ventilated than the initial barrier of bat droppings had suggested and many of them were dimly illuminated by daylight creeping through window-slits and cracks in the masonry. One such slit overlooked the "garden" to which the master of the ruins had referred - which was actually a vegetable-plot and orchard. Jehan Thun saw immediately why he had not caught sight of it before; the dell in which 28 BRIAN STABLEFORD it was situated was itself a covert, hidden by a massive buttress of rock.

He was a printer, after all, not a locksmith or clockmaker. He had played at being a locksmith and a clock-* maker when he was a child, using the very same tools that had served him so well now, but it had always been play rather than work. Clockmaking had never been his vocation, even though circumstance seemed to have turned him into something more like clockwork than flesh, at least for a while. He watched the dwarf set the hands of the clock. He watched the pendulum swing back and forth, with a regularity that was quite astonishing, in spite of its utter obviousness.

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