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Greetings from the Third-World Country of Texas!

Subfreezing temperatures, an ice storm and half-a-foot of snow. That's what we were experiencing in North Texas last weekend. Rising power demands led to rolling blackouts and ultimately polluted water in some parts of the DFW area. We had an average of six hours of power a day for almost three days. More to the point, the internet slowed to a crawl, making uploading files to the domain server problematic at best.

Fortunately, temperatures eventually moderated, and the internet returned to its former speed. The result was that this issue of 4 Star Stories is now availale for your reading pleasure.

Hi, Readers -

Welcome to 4 Star Stories Issue 23!

Here we are in February, 2021, with COVID-19 raging and no relief in sight. Again we were faced with traveling from Kentucky, where we were, to Texas, where we needed to be. We had to cross Tennessee, with, at one time, the highest rate of COVID infection in the world. You can check out our COVID-related adventures in the Webmaster's Rant, located at Contact Us/Webmaster.

This is the second COVID-overshadowed issue. It is out much later than we would have liked, and for that we apologize, but it promises to be a good one nonetheless. Once again, five fine authors have stepped forward with exciting and innovative stories for your reading pleasure.

Here are the links to the stories:

Maurice Forrester
Maureen Bowden
Florin Purluca
Derek Spohn
Jabe Stafford

In addition, we have a preview of the original art from our upcoming publication Rogue Star Stories on the Guest Artist page. When published, it promises to be a more daring and provocative version of 4 Star Stories. For too long, our wild side has been struggling to get out. Expect to see the premier issue sometime in the middle of 2021.

Also in the future, we will have the fourth Short Short Story Issue for you. At this point we have nine stories accepted. We have room for more if you would like to submit an entry.

As always, we wish you good health, both physical and mental, in these trying times. Practice COVID-safe behavior, and we look forward to seeing you healthy for Issue 24.



From the Editors: M. Gray and D. Gray

P.S. We are open for submissions. If you are a serious writer and you have a story you think meets our criteria, send it along to us. We would like to read it.

At 4 Star Stories, we are looking for well-written, original Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories, preferably with an upbeat, positive attitude.

For all da' rules, checkout our Submissions page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Oh, and writers, remember to self-edit and spell check every story before you send it to us, or to anyone else for that matter. Reading a clean, error-free manuscript makes editors happy, and a happy editor is more likely to publish your story.

Your Editors,

 M. Gray & D. Gray


4 Star Stories is an online speculative fiction magazine that publishes Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories. Tell your friends about us. Read the stories, look at the art, have some fun. We are. It's important.

Hearing from you is important too. We value your opinions. Click on Contact the Editors to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.


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