This month, rez reaches a milestone - one that makes us especially proud. This October issue is our 50th release since the magazine first began publishing in August 2011. But none of it would be possible without the brilliance of our contributors, the tireless work of our staff, and you, our wonderful readers, who have shown us such tremendous support over the years. So, with this golden milestone now under our belt, we offer you a particular rich collection of fiction, features and fun. We start off with the first installment of Jami Mills’ short story, Wishbone One. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Jami’s creative writing. This piece takes us beyond the Earth’s gravitational pull and explores both inner and outer realms. Mariner Trilling is back with another fine poem, Flying Monkeys, about flying primates who ruin just about everyone’s day. Cajsa Lilliehook has contributed probably the finest compendium every written on the difficult subject of Mesh. Meticulously researched, in Dr. StrangeSLove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mesh, Cajsa explains everything you ever wanted to know about the ever-changing world of Mesh. We include a disturbing but very moving poem by DonJuan Writer, Storm Before the Calm - - both provocative and insightful. Art Blue returns from the dead (?) with the next installment of Parallel Lives: The Present Days. No one, living or dead, has written with such verve and passion. Art confounds us all with his observations about our digital/analog lives in the space/time continuum. We’re privileged to have him as a regular contributor. In Independence Day, Consuela Caldwell writes of twisting manipulations that rob her of something precious. SoylentDotBlue (a relation of Art Blue?) reminds us again of how striking a performance Paradise Lost was, and invites our readers to support Canary Beck, who made a huge effort bringing this formidable work to the virtual stage. Hitomi Tamatzui trains her lens on two works of Cica Ghost in Dreamers and Strings. Once again, Hitomi captures the essence of another great virtual artist. Lisa Launay laments about lost love in Warm Cotton, but makes us wonder whether love is ever really lost at all. And it is only appropriate that Jullianna Juliesse, one of the founding members of rez, bring this 50th issue to a conclusion with Bathtub Madonna, her exquisite tribute to a dear friend who passed too soon. Enjoy this milestone issue, but be warned: we’re already starting on the next 50 issues right now.