The Main Attraction, by Reed Beebe

Ten years after her ascension, the Queen decreed that a celebration occur at the Palace to mark the anniversary. After all, under the Queen’s rule, the world had been conquered. Science flourished. Her subjects lived in a wondrous age, and the Queen had organized a grand event to showcase those wonders.

Antennae quivered and mandibles trembled as the attendees’ compound eyes took in the sights of airships and automatons. Hind-wings fluttered when attendees stood before the main attraction, a giant clockwork replica of that extinct creature known as Man, its moving brass feet evoking everyone’s sympathy for their ancient ancestors.


Reed Beebe writes fiction and poetry in Kansas City, Missouri. His stories have been published by The Were-TravelerFlashes in the Dark, and Fever Dreams.

Posted on October 6, 2013, in Issue 10: The Little Magazine of Magnificent Monsters and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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