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I'm ecstatic to present another four amazing stories for your entertainment. The issue begins with "the Undertow Jackpot" by Karl El-Koura. You really don't want spoilers for this one, so I'll just say that it's a story about parenthood and human nature. The second story in our line-up is a short one, Rich Larson's "TrashureIsland." It's about a positive application of augmented reality. Our third story is one of the best time travel stories I've ever read: "the Law of Diminishing Returns" by Dominic Teague. The story is full of dark humor and smart plot devices. Rounding out issue 3 is the longest story we've published to date, "Intent to Occupy" by Ronald D. Ferguson. "Intent to Occupy" has the feel of golden age science fiction, bringing a wonderful human element to the asteroid belt.

Finally, I need to mention that the schedule of upcoming issues will now be primarily determined by you, the readers. Unfortunately I can't afford to continue spending as much money on Compelling Science Fiction as I have been doing for the last six months, which means that I won't be starting the next issue until we reach $1200 in pledges from readers. This money will go to paying authors professional rates and maintaining the infrastructure of the magazine. If you enjoy reading Compelling Science Fiction, I urge you to both contribute and tell your friends about us. The magazine can only survive through the dedication of its readers.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and thank you so much for your support!

Joe Stech

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