I’m proud to announce that my story, “Elsa’s Spheres” is the cover story for Intergalactic Medicine Show’s 37th issue.
The story was inspired by the stone spheres of Costa Rica, and my trip to Caño Island.
Here’s an excerpt:
They first noticed small Spheres near their feet, softball to basketball sized. Larger ones appeared as they walked deeper into the heart of the island. Elsa trembled with giddiness.
The Spheres were made of granite, painted over with a lime-wash. Their color and shape made them stand out in harsh contrast to the organic lines and tones of the environment.
Elsa found one that loomed a foot above her. Tentatively, she touched the stone. “It’s vibrating, deep inside,” she said with wonder. She wrapped her arms around the perfect globe as far as she could reach. “It’s amazing.”
Amir could see in her eyes what this visit meant to her. She was making a connection to the stones on a personal level — it went deeper than her love of geology or the uniqueness of the experience. There was something spiritual to the way she embraced the stone.
A pair of tourists walked by and she let go, stepping back from the stone as if she’d been caught in a private moment with a lover.
The story is accompanied by this beautiful illustration, created by R.L. Carter (credited on IGMS as Eugene Carter):