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Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Stone Cipher by Tony Pi

Writers of the Future XXIII

Marie and Claude discover that statues are mouthing something slowly, so slowly that it’s barely observable. They race--against time, against museum officials, and against the masses who are frightened by the mystery--to translate the words and discover it’s a countdown. But counting down to what?

An engaging puzzle story with some interesting discussion of linguistics. Tony Pi has gone on to publish stories in Abyss and Apex as well as Clarkesworld.

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