"I could have gone on flying through space forever."

Yuri A. Gagarin, Soviet Cosmonaut

"For many weeks you have been exploring what seemed to be a profitable way of doing. You discover that there was a fork in the road, so first you followed what seemed to be the less promising, or at any rate the more obvious, of the two branches until you felt that you had a good idea of where it led. Then you returned to investigate the more tangled way, and for a time its intricacies seemed to promise a more complex and therefore a more practical goal for you, one that could be picked up in any number of ways so that all its faces or applications could be thoroughly scrutinized. And in so doing you began to realize that the two branches were joined together again, farther ahead; that this place of joining was indeed the end, and that it was the very place you set out from, whose intolerable mixture of reality and fantasy had started you on the road which has now come full circle."

John Ashbery from "The System"


Preface

A painter starts with a blank canvas and creates stunning works of art that have the ability to take your breath away. Writers start with just a pencil and do the same by mastering the art of the written word. Equipped with only an idea, a writer can probe the depths of the imagination to evoke emotions and images unlike any other medium. The enraptured reader ceases to see mere words on paper, and enters a realm somewhere between fantasy and reality. Suddenly the story ends, jolting the reader back into the everyday world. The haze of intrigue gives way to disappointment--gone so far, and back already . . .

~ The Editors


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