The ninth issue of Into the Ruins comes as a high quality PDF packed with 106 pages of stories of our deindustrial future, an Editor's Introduction, and the best (and longest!) letters to the editor section yet.
Friends old and new emerge in this issue of Into the Ruins. Alistair Herbert returns with a follow up to his story "The Change Year" from the Winter 2018 issue, diving deeper into a future in which men and women alternate societal control every twenty-five years--and revealing the secret that created the system in the first place. Jeanne Labonte brings us a new tale featuring Bishop Matteo, taking him on an adventure of danger, intrigue, and justice amongst the Kazakhs. Rita Rippetoe, meanwhile, puts us back on the road to Finx, showing us this time how Pedro came to the Sanctuary.
New friends step off the pages of this issue, too. A hospital administrator in a hard future learns new ways to practice medicine, but struggles to accept them. A man travels by sea toward Tiger Cave Temple, hoping to recreate a trip he took in his youth and finding the experience very different in a future in which travel is not so quick. Finally, we take a trip to the moon--only to find that our future space adventures are not going well. Whether it's reacquainting yourself with old friends or meeting new ones, these stories aren't to be missed.