Down in the Tunnels at Midnight
    Scott Yarbrough
The reach and grasp of science fiction may be unique. Consider: A Clockwork Orange, Caves of Steel, Solaris, Dying Inside; Doc Smith, Tom Disch and Chip Delany; Carol Emshwiller and Kelly Link; Ray Bradbury and Jimmy Ballard; Phil Farmer, Ted Sturgeon; Howard Waldrop, Brad Denton. Here’s a story gathering up many fish in its net. Strong echoes here of the New Wave of the late 60s and 70s, of Delany and the cyberpunks that were his direct heir, of William Gibson and of Cordwainer Smith’s future-history fables. Not to mention recent mainstream and crime novels.


Scott Yarbrough is a graduate of the Florida State writing program with a Ph. D. from the University of Alabama. He is an English professor at a small college in Charleston, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife Leigh and his golden retriever Sadie. His stories have previously appeared in The Clackamas Literary Review, New Orleans Review, the Main Street Rag, and Apalachee Review. He’s a hard worker, and a keeper.


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