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“Deus Ex Arca” by Desirina Boskovich

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A crystalline day in June at the Springfields' Market. Seven year old Jackson spots a strange box under one of the tables. One of the stall holders touches it and turns to celery; another disappears. The crowds disperse. Only Jackson seems safe, cradling the box under his arm and taking it home. But the authorities want to know what secrets lay inside the box. And they want Jackson to tell them.

Deus Ex Arca

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About the Author
Desirina Boskovich’s short fiction has been published in F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, Drabblecast, and anthologies such as The Way of the Wizard, Tomorrow's Cthulhu, What the #@&% Is That?, and The Apocalypse Triptych. Her nonfiction pieces on music, literature, and culture have appeared in Lightspeed, Weird Fiction Review, Huffington Post, Wonderbook, and The Steampunk Bible. She is also the editor of It Came From the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction (Cheeky Frawg, 2013), and, together with Jeff VanderMeer, co-author of The Steampunk User’s Manual (Abrams Image, 2014). Find her online at
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