“The Rocket Farmer” — Interzone 271 (July/August 2017)

“The Rocket Farmer” — Interzone 271 (July/August 2017)

My story “The Rocket Farmer” was published in the July/August 2017 issue of Interzone.

First Lines


I sit at my kitchen table and watch as my soon-to-be ex-husband, David, assembles cardboard boxes and labels each one in neat block letters. This is David’s third packing weekend and once again our daughter has made herself scarce; Sophie has no problem with late-at-night drunk mom or lonely stoned dad, but watching us sort through the flotsam of our former marriage—it’s too much.

“What’s up with those burn marks on the driveway?” David says. “I can setup the fire pit if you want.”

“No. Thanks.” Burn marks? I have no idea what he’s talking about. Not that I’m going to admit that particular fact, or any of the other “wrongness” that has invaded my life. These days I wake up sweat-soaked each morning from the same dream: a rocket-launch conflagration—my charred body no longer screaming beneath the flames.


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Buy a copy of Interzone, the British fantasy and science fiction magazine where “The Rocket Farmer” appeared (Issue 271): http://ttapress.com/interzone/backissues/

Art work by Richard Wagner.

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