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Read it here: "When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees"
By Jason Sandford
In Apex Magazine
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 7,500 approx.
A plague has taken over the world, a virus that turns its victims into crystalline trees that bear sharp needles at their tips. This is the world as Miles knows it, where any touch of human skin against skin could awaken the phage.