The last Barbers story to see publication in the print edition of Dimensions, "Lightweight" also has the distinction of the being only tale to date set in its fabulous future setting to not contain any enhancement sequences: bad news for those of you who come to these stories for the WG, though I rather like the piece for the way it adds to the world of the Zones. It was originally written to lead into a more substantial Page Briant adventure with the tentative title, "Attack of the Anorekts," and some day I may actually write that epic work. But 'till then, here's a small glimpse at my favorite future world.

Winter 2009