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Ben Francisco is a queer Puerto Rican writer who lives in Brooklyn with their husband, Juan. Their stories range from magic realism to space opera and have been published in Podcastle, Fireside Fiction, and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. Ben recently won the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. Their first novel, Val Vega: Secret Ambassador of Earth, will debut in early 2024. Visit them at

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4 Dec 2023

“Ask me something only I would know.” You say this to your wife because you know you’re human. You can feel it in the familiar ache in your back, and the fear writhing in your guts. You feel it in the cold seeping into your bare feet from the kitchen floor. You know you’re real because you remember.
now, there is the shape...humanoid, but not / necessarily human
He came from a salt mine that used to be solid all the way through
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