Sunday, 29 November 2009

SPACE WESTERNS


The ezine of the space western sub-genre


Current issue includes


Star Song
— by T.J. McIntyre —

No Child of Mine
— by Filamena Young —

Deuce of Diamonds
— by Adrian Scanlan —

Plus fiction by Larry Hodges, John Whalen, John P. Wilson and others.

Friday, 27 November 2009

APHELION: UPDATE


The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy

A war long past had erased centuries of technological progress. The naked man Esther found in the ruined church brought some of it back -- but at a terrible cost.

Be Then What You Be By Ann Hasseler De Carrasco
Scamper's new stepmother had a problem: the woman became a small white dog whenever Scamper was around. She claimed that Scamper was a witch...and Scamper's father believed it.

A two-fisted -- well, two-pawed -- tale set in the dark and dirty world of underground interspecies boxing.

Special Effects By Chris Sharp
Christian Hodges was looking for something different to do with his family. What could be more different than the conjuring of a ghost on the beach?

Playing God By Ilan Herman
One minute, Jack had been walking through the park. The next, he was on board a spacecraft, and his host -- or captors -- had a rather unusual job for him to do.

Tithonus Redux By Richard Tornello
It all started when Artie took pity on the cat -- the very large, apparently blind cat -- that had parked itself in the middle of the road. The whole 'three wishes' thing came later.

A.F.T. Inc. By Erin Fanning
Jake was already the star of his high school football team, but the stranger had promised him a shot at the big time. Of course, there was a price to be paid -- in advance.

Blow-Up By Dave Weaver
Eric Payne had been a good employee for Primus Disposal -- right up until the moment when he ran screaming out of the teleportation feed room and tried to cut his wrists.

Imagine Getting Away... By Joseph Thompson
Esau was in a rut, arranging travel for other people, but never traveling himself. Realizing how deep that rut was would change his life.

Ethelbert By Thomas G. Vincent
Prince Ethelbert was something of a disappointment to his father the King. King Felder thought the boy needed to be a strong and skilled warrior to lead the kingdom; Ethelbert had other ideas.





Wednesday, 25 November 2009

CLARKESWORLD


Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine.
Issue 38

Fiction
The Mermaids Singing Each to Each
by Cat Rambo

by Jason K. Chapman

Non-Fiction

by Jason S. Ridler

by Roger Moraga

Monday, 23 November 2009

HUB: UPDATE


Free weekly sf, fantasy and horror

ISSUE 104
FICTION: A Little Respect by Colin Harvey

REVIEWS:
Angel of Death by J Robert King
Slights by Kaaron Warren
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner
Book of Secrets by Chris Roberson
Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic
Winter Song by Colin Harvey
Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero by Dan Abnett



Sunday, 22 November 2009

GUD (GREATEST UNCOMMON DENOMINATOR)

Literary & Genre Fiction

Issue 4 :: Spring 2009


Issue 4 begins with the end of the world and moves on from there. From the unromantically magical take on Ragnarøk in the lead story "Unbound" to the curious history of squid in "A Man of Kiri Maru", this issue is steeped in mythos, making use of the old familiar tales and some new ones, mixing cosmologies from around the world--and from other worlds as well.

But the focus, be it of prose, poetry, or art, is always on the human--on the clashes between imagination and reality, on choices and redemption, on what the Other can tell us about ourselves. And like any GUD magazine, this one's eclectic; browse around between the covers and you're sure to come upon some things you'll like, whether you're a genre junkie or a generalist. We hope you'll find some beauty, something uncommon, and that, for just a moment, the angle of the light will seem a little bit different.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

INTERZONE

The UK's premier science fiction and fantasy magazine.



Here We Are, Falling Through Shadows by Jason Sanford
Miker drove our fire engine through the dark neigh­borhood, the red emergency lights flash-synching to the deep bass of the rumbler siren. Parked cars and flower gardens and mailboxes flashed by, illuminated for seconds before sliding back to night. We used to turn the siren off on quiet streets like these to avoid disturbing the peaceful, sleeping taxpayers. Not anymore. Now we wanted everyone to know there were still those who braved the darkness.

By Starlight by Rebecca J. Payne
I stood on the centre of the deck, wood creaking beneath my feet. I could feel the faint pulse of the ship through the worn-down soles of my boots. Slowly, I tethered a length of rope to the wheel to set our dawn course and, breathing on my fingers for warmth, watched the silvery mainsail as it billowed above, glowing bright against the night sky. Summer nights were too short, and just as cold as winter once you sailed high enough. On our starboard side long wisps of white rose up as our bow cut through a ridge of cloud; tendrils of vapour curled their way around our hull, countless drops of water illuminated by the light of our sails. For a second I allowed my tired eyes to close, and I could still see pale ghosts of them, dancing against the darkness.

The Killing Streets by Colin Harvey
The earth is rich in textures and smells. It hurtles by, your clawed hands scrabbling at earth, stones and tree roots, your prey’s odours hooked into your nostrils, pulling you along with fragrant fingers of meat and blood and ordure. Upwards you go and the too-bright sky burns your eyes and your victims’ screams scour your eardrums, but it doesn’t matter, for your killing bite crunches bone and the hot sweet taste of blood fills your mouth. You spit out the foul cotton and polyester wrapping and as your grasping bite clamps onto the corpse so that you can pull your victim into the hole you erupted from, its head lolls over and you know with a shock of recognition who it belongs to –

Funny Pages by Lavie Tidhar
Midnight. An empty rooftop over Tel Aviv. Lights winking from the seafront promenade. The air warm, scented. Solar panels like dark mirrors facing the night. A tenant’s abandoned barbeque pit, two folding beach chairs, a cigarette stub. He picks it up, smells it, a moue of distaste. Fresh, only recently extinguished. He wears the goggles, starlight turns everything into unreal day. Scans the roof. A figure glides down through the air, silently, behind him, and he turns.

Bone Island by Shannon Page & Jay Lake
It’s not what you think. The chalk-white hills give our place its name, rising cleanly from the cold blue water of the bight. Not anything more nefarious or other-worldly. That’s what we tell the tourists, anyway. Hiding in plain sight.



Thursday, 19 November 2009

THE LORELEI SIGNAL

The Lorelei Signal is an award-winning web based magazine dedicated to featuring strong female characters in Fantasy short stories.








Beyond Caledonia - Matthew C. Plourde
Flash Fiction
Bird Woman - Kyle Hemmings
The Bird Woman takes care of those birds who are lost and hurt - and even lost souls.
Glass Slipper - JM Prescott
Once upon a blah, blah, blah. The most famous fairy tale ever retold about party girls, gossip, baked goods and shoes.
Hubble and the Dragon Gnawing at the Base of the Tree of Knowledge - Robert E Porter
Poetry
Magic, Midnight and Mischief - Mari Mitchell
Who needs a happy ending made by marrying a prince, when you can make your own magic
The Welcome Indifference of Cool Marble - Deborah Walker
Poetry
When Opposites Attack - Rececca Nazar
Will Witch Nettle and Tomas, an unlikely love match, find lasting contentment together? Possibly . . . it makes for a sticky situation.
Perils of Laundry - Abby Rustad
When Bathsheba's vampire fiance accidentally ruins all her laundry by trying to "help", she doesn't panic (too much). But when she finds out that her wedding dress has been ruined in a different fiasco, she needs a way to fix it, and fast. The ceremony is tomorrow--how's a respectable banshee supposed to get married if she has nothing to wear?
The Secret Shaman - Selena Thomason
Fear of failure caused her to withdraw from the world - will the plight of another shaman be enough for The Secret Shaman to finally learn from her mistake and move past it?
Seeds of Healing - JR Tomlin
Three seeds - will they be enough to heal a land desperate for healing? Will they be enough to heal the scars burned into the soul of the young woman sent to retrieve them?

http://www.loreleisignal.com/



IDEOMANCER

Ideomancer - The finest digital window on speculative fiction.


I Don't Exist Without You by Erica Satifka
"Melanie knew--knows--what this means. Either some richy was looking for a maid, or some richy was looking for a prostitute. Either way, Melanie was looking at some new hardware."

Exit Wounds by Stacy Sinclair
"Cases involving loved ones were not, under any circumstances, to be taken on by the intimate party. Too bad Morrison had always insisted on being the exception to every rule. "

Miles Blows His Last by Jason L. Corner
"On September 12, 1991, Miles Davis opened up the closet in his Santa Monica home and found Louis Armstrong, who had been dead for some years, glowering and pointing an accusing finger at him."

Poetry by Ian Creasey, David Kopaska-Merkel, Danny Adams

http://www.ideomancer.com/

LACUNA



Lacuna is a biannual e-journal of historical fiction and alternate history. Our mission is to bring you well-researched, well-written, character-driven fiction and poetry that demonstrates an understanding of both history and human nature.








MUSIC FOR ANOTHER WORLD: THE ANTHOLOGY









Music For Another World: the Anthology


The anthology will be a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories on the theme of music.

Music: intangible, emotional, mathematical, universal, tribal, disposable, ethereal, profitable. Music is increasingly dominated by the machines we have built, yet remains as mysterious as the first pipe made from bone. Music is part of us, yet somehow is outside us; or is greater than us; or is a threat to our morals. Music is simply noise...Music For Another World is an anthology of stories on what music means to us and what it does to us, how we shape and it, and how it might shape us.Scheduled for the summer. Keep your ears open…

Submission Guidelines can be found here:

BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES: UPDATE



An Online Magazine ofLiterary Adventure Fantasy

Issue #30 -- Nov. 19, 2009
Also available in PDF and PRC ebook file formats, downloadable from the Issue's Table of Contents.
"The Manufactory," by Dru Pagliassotti
Harvesting the bodies meant taking a few risks, but it was easy enough for a steady man who did his research and kept himself sober, and anatomists always needed fresh bodies to dissect. And if we dug up a not-so-fresh body, well, wigmakers and dentists pay well for human hair and teeth. We’d lived well back then, Bet and me, and we'd planned to give our baby girl everything she wanted. But then the Anatomy Act passed and the demand for bodies plummeted.

"The Book Thief," by Jennifer Greylyn
I’d almost managed to relax when I smelled the perfume. It clung to the blankets. A cheap floral scent. Violets maybe. I kicked the blankets off, but I could still smell it. I’d had a woman here. Probably a woman I had paid. A whore. And I couldn’t remember that?

Audio Fiction Podcast 027
"Great, Golden Wings ," by Rachel Swirsky, from BCS #28
Lady Percivalia pressed her hand over her mouth, castigating herself for speaking. She hadn't meant to say anything. She didn't want Lady Harrah to realize that she hadn't accompanied her here week after week because she was fascinated by the cinematographist's good looks. She didn't want to lure him into her bedchamber so that she could boast about it later to the other court ladies. She only wanted to watch the beautiful things he made.

http://beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

STRANGE HORIZONS





Strange Horizons is a free weekly online magazine devoted to publishing high-quality speculative fiction, poetry, art and non-fiction.

ARTICLE: Jesse Bullington and The Brutal Invasion of The Brothers Grossbart, by S.J. Chambers
I absolutely love monsters. After all that talk of everything else, I neglected to mention I also wanted to write a book with a lot of monsters. Not just human monsters. I wanted to deal with the question of what is more horrific: a person who is capable of anything, or something that is literally monstrous and out of the bowels of our collective imagination? Rather than just sticking to medieval bestiaries, I tried to incorporate the parallel between different mythologies of similar creatures.
FICTION:
A Brief Investigation of the Process of Decay, by Genevieve Valentine
There was a pause before "interested" that meant "acclimated," as if Mars was going to be just like the rez, except without oxygen.
POETRY
:
Deluge, by Mike Allen
When he learned he could drink the stars, he vowed / that even one burning sphere could never be enough.


http://www.strangehorizons.com/

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

HUB/ ALEPH



Ghost Story by Pliny the younger

Aleph is an occasional series we’ll be doing looking at the best, oldest and oddest genre fiction around. We’ll be covering everything outside the 20th century, the sort of work that laid the foundation for everyone from Lovecraft up to King.


Monday, 16 November 2009

ABSENT WILLOW REVIEW: UPDATE

Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction


November 2009

New fiction from by Morgen Knight, Beth Hudson, Nathan Crowder, Christopher Mari and others.

http://absentwillowreview.com/

A FLY IN AMBER


Fantasy and Science Fiction

Issue 12 features fiction by Alexandra Mazarakis, Steven Mathes, Gregg Winkler, Alex Myers and others.

http://www.aflyinamber.net/



THEAKER'S QUARTERLY FICTION


Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror

Issue 30

Citadel Ninety-Nine by Michael Canfield

DeadSoulsCon by Jon Vagg

Just One Case of Flash: Another Chimera Tale by K.J. Hannah Greenberg

Newton Braddell and His Inconclusive Researches into the Unknown: Cigarettes of the Gods by John Greenwood

The Periodic Honking of the Fruit-Seller’s Truck by Ben Thomas and Skadi meic Beorh

The Zombie Who Went to Town in Style by K.J. Hays

www.silveragebooks.com

Sunday, 15 November 2009

INNSMOUTH FREE PRESS


Innsmouth Free Press is a fictional newspaper publishing faux news pieces – lovingly called Monster Bytes – in a Lovecraftian/Cthulhu Mythos universe, as well as original short fiction stories. We also feature some of Lovecraft’s classic tales.

Current issue:

Prayer at Dark River by Mary Robinette Kowal
What’s in a Shell? by Nathalie Boisard-Beudin
Partum by Lori M. Myers
Something Apollonius Rhodius Left Out by Berrien C. Henderson
The Stones at Spurn Point by Rafe McGregor
Scream Saver by Ann K. Schwader
Beneath the Red City by Matthew Bey


THREE LOBED BURNING EYE


Magazine of original speculative fiction: horror, dark fantasy and magical realism.

ISSUE #18

FICTION
Tabula Rasa by Kelly Barnhill
Union Member #448 by John Medaille
Convergence by D. E. Wasden
Dreams of Elephants and Ice by Mari Ness
Apotheosis of Deacon J by Chuck Von Nordheim
Doors of Seconds by Ward Crockett


ABYSS & APEX



Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction
Issue 32 Contains


Mirror Girl by Paul Carlson
"Desdemona 'Desi' Pringle," muttered the nurse. We were alone in the school's tiny clinic. "Eleven years old, excellent fifth grade scores. Complains of missing extremity."
"Not missing, ma'am," I corrected. "Invisible."
"Let's have a look." The nurse snapped on gloves and patted my left side.
"Raise it." More poking and squeezing. "It's there, all right." She reached my fingers. "Hmm. Left pinky finger seems insubstantial. Better get in the chair."

Lake Of Dreams by Christopher Lockhart
The cave waned into darkness save for my headlamp. I half-walked, half-crawled my way out onto the silvery surface while enduring the maddening screams coming from around me and through me and within me. Of course, I knew that airless Luna couldn't support such crazed banter. A few moments elapsed before I realized that the screams were mine.

Epitaph In Oak by Craig Watson
“What are you doing?” asked Portland.
“It's called immortality, my friend,” said Ben, “or graffiti. Take your pick.”

Out Of The Blue by Lavie Tidhar
He gazed out of the porthole at the oncoming flood. Somewhere in there, he thought, were the remains of the Albert Einstein, torn into molecules. It was a foolish, dangerous thing to do, to approach the Blue, to try and find a way into its naked singularity. But he could not – entirely – condone it. He wished, for a moment, it was him on that ship, instead of Miriam.

The Wrong Basement by David J. Sakmyster
Once our own basement had returned, there was really nothing else to do. The moral choice no longer available to us. We couldn't very well return the stuff, and legally .... I don't know, it had all been in our house anyway, so was it really stealing?

A Recipe For Broke-Heart Bread by K. Bird Lincoln
Five minutes into mincing, her eyes stinging with something more than onion fumes, a tear overflows the corner of her eye, dribbles down her nose and falls onto the cutting board. With oniony hands, Émilie pulls the proofed yeast over and squeezes her eyes tight, forcing more salty rivulets from her eyes into the dough. Good.

The Chinese Chef Was A Hologram by Max Salnikov
He tried to pull himself together, collect his thoughts. The damaged nanomachines launched random searches, comedy sitcoms were auto-downloading themselves into the undamaged nanocells in his hair to cheer him up, but it felt as if it all came from a different dimension.

Nine Views Of The Oracle by Rachel Manija Brown

RAY GUN REVIVAL



Ray Gun Revival is all about space opera and golden age science fiction.

Issue 54

Sky Voices by Alice Roelke
She remembered how she'd wished for the stars. It seemed ironic, now.

Just A Room, Out In Space by Matthew Wimmer
Choices can be hard to make, but what happens when they are made for you?

What World is Made Of by Casey Chan
In a world built on lies, a futuristic test prep expert tries telling the truth with disastrous consequences.

Calamity's Child, Chapter Eight - ROP: King in the Corner by M. Keaton

C.Moira's Choice by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
A space marshal hunts a fugitive on a barren planet but finds things are not as she was led to believe.

Artist Interview: Christian Nauck

Tales of the Breaking Dawn, Part Three by Justin R. Macumber
The crew of the star-freighter First Light Of The Breaking Dawn must race against time and enemy fire, where the finish line lies directly between worlds at war.

The Adventures of the Sky Pirate, Chapter 27: Enter the Barracuda by Johne Cook
We left Cooper Flynn and The Friar of Briar Island at a crucial crossroads nearly a year ago. After a long and brutal bout with writer's block, the series is rebounds with the introduction of... well, you'll see.

Thieves' Honor: Episode Nine: Endgame, Part Two by Keanan Brand

http://www.raygunrevival.com/

Saturday, 14 November 2009

AURORA WOLF


A Literary Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy.


Aurora Wolf is a monthly journal of science fiction and fantasy. Our mission is to transport our readers to inspiring places never visited before. Uplift the down trodden, conquer the forces of evil and bring hope into our world.


Current issue features fiction by Kirby McNarie, Deborah Szajngarten, John Arthur Miller, Mark Wolf and others.




FANTASTIC HORROR


Proudly exhibiting a variety of inspired nightmares and visions captured in writing and art. Dedicated to the advancement of new talents and the admiration ...

Issue 13

Fiction by Richard Eline, Chris Stevens, Chris Narbone, Robert Mammone, George Pastore and others.

http://www.fantastichorror.com/13/

STRANGE HORIZONS


Strange Horizons is a free weekly online magazine devoted to publishing high-quality speculative fiction, poetry, art, and related nonfiction.

ARTICLE:
A History of the Death Ray, by Benjamin Wakefield
Phasers, lasers, masers, disruptors, blasters, pulse rifles, plasma cannons and concussion beams—call it what you will, the directed energy weapon has become a staple element of the science fiction and fantasy genre.

FICTION:
True Names, by Stephanie Burgis
When I let Sam sweet talk me into moving out here to the back of beyond to be his wife, it was all about the romance of the wild, the two of us standing at each other's sides against mountain lions and poisonous snakes, and me learning to be just as fierce against them as any man. Days like today somehow never got mentioned in any of his stories, back then.

POETRY:
f(love) = 0, by Monica M. Eiland
how could I have missed Newton's trick / to finding area where none used to exist?


http://www.strangehorizons.com/

GOLDEN VISIONS


Golden Visions Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy offers both an online and a print version- both are different, each is published quarterly.


Current issue:


Soul Stealer by Martin Turton
History Repeats Itself by Chad Weiss
No Vacancy by Gustavo Bondoni
There Is No Sin by Pembroke Sinclair
The Stragglers by Frank Roger
Daydreams by Fran Jacobs
The Hit by Mark Wolf

Instructions for an Initiate by Lindsey Duncan
Whispers in Amber by David McGillveray
Left-Right-Center Boom by Matt Bowers
The Missionary by Garrett Calcaterra
Alien on the Edge by Guy Belleranti
The Marked Man by Guy Belleranti
Star Crossed By Ursula Warnecke
Rainy Season by Nyki Blatchley

http://www.goldenvisionsmagazine.biz/



MINDFLIGHTS

MindFlights is a publication project of Double Edged Publishing. We strive to provide quality fiction, poetry, and exposition, all in means that respects traditional values and Christian principles.

The current issue contains:

The Elf King Waits by Rosalind Casey
In the Hall of Mirrors...
The Artist by Kat Heckenbach
Everyone has a Talent—it just takes the right circumstances to draw it out.
Shinkyo Bridge by John Albers
The legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi returns in this tale of crossed swords with the denizens of hell.
AutoAvis - A Poem of A Paradise Lost by R. J. Walker Miller
Once lost, the gifts of God can never quite be replicated.
The layers of air by Mary Belardi Erickson
Trust gravity keeps you here, for now.
One Smile at a Time by Fred Warren
There's something special about the girl with the big smile in Mr. Joseph's third grade class, and it just might save the world.

http://www.mindflights.com/

EVERYDAY FICTION


Every Day Fiction is a magazine that specializes in bringing you fine fiction in bite-size doses. Every day, we publish a new short story of 1000 words or fewer that can be read during your lunch hour, on transit, or even over breakfast.

Frequently features SF/F/ Horror fiction.

DARK FIRE


Dark Fire Fiction is an online story showcase where you can find spooky tales to stun, amaze, entertain and send shivers down your spine.

Issue 42

Fiction
Lasting Ties - Philip Roberts
A Vampire Scorned - Brian Barnett
Janie's Room - Travis James
Amanda's Doll House - Brent L. Petretti
Where the Sun Shines - Luke Walker

Review - World War of the Dead by Eric S. Brown

NITEBLADE


Niteblade is published online on a quarterly basis and every fifth issue is a print anthology.


Current issue features:



The Teething Ring by Beth Cato
She made it to the high ridge and leaned her shoulder against a pine tree, every muscle throbbing. She set down the suitcase and reached for her water bottle, and that’s when she heard it. The singing. The high, quivering notes like a chorus of adolescent boys, but with a vibrato more intense than any mere human could muster.
Cold Too Long by Heather S. Ingmar
The bones came out easily, one by one, and he threw them aside. Later, he would lay them in the coffin, re-burying it all.
Prison Dreams by Fred Warren
His eyes traced the path of a thin crack that ran across the block ceiling, and he remembered the dream he’d had every night since his arrest.
Penance by J.A. Saare
The spirits of the departed children turned as I approached, but I made way to one in particular. She was the smallest of the bunch, only five years old when she was killed.
New Neighbor by Jack Thrift
Which isn’t to say I wasn’t curious. Especially after a few months went by and I realized I hadn’t seen the guy. At night I could hear his voice through the walls — not his words, just his voice.
Medusa’s Lament by Aubrie Dionne
He swung and Medusa spun around the dead king, brushing the warrior’s torso with her long, slender arms. She felt the heat of his strong body for a brief moment, before she whisked herself away.
The Return of Chaos by Salena Casha
Like loneliness, in the beginning I did not understand fear. But each time Sapia turned her eyes toward me, fear vibrated in my magma heart, sending shivers through my core, cracking the land into deep divots.
The Real Snow White by Kristin Lanoue
I mean no matter how much of a brat a kid is, there is no reason to have a huntsman take her into the woods to kill her, and the whole bring back her lungs and liver so I can eat them deal, that’s just nasty.
Help? by Scott Wilson
“The longer this takes the more I lose these bastards.”
Dead Teenagers at Make-Out Point by Joe L. Murr
How long has it been since a heart beat inside me? My borrowed body collapses and I try to remember to breathe.
Green by Lisa Marie Andrews
The end of civilization brought the end of culture. The unacceptable became the norm.


BIG PULP


Big Pulp is an online journal featuring genre fiction and artwork of all kinds.
We define “pulp fiction” very broadly – it’s lively, challenging, thought-provoking, thrilling, and fun, regardless of how many or how few genre elements are packed in. We don’t subscribe to the theory that genre fiction is disposable; in our opinion, a great deal of literary fiction could easily fall under one of our general categories.


Current issue features fiction by Barrie Darke, Rochelle Cashdan, Terrie Leigh Relf and others.


Friday, 13 November 2009

JUPITER



Issue 26. October 2009

Features fiction from Edward Rodosek, David Conyers, Rosie Oliver and Will Styler. Cover artwork by Michael King.


ALBEDO ONE

Albedo One: Issue 37

This issue features an in-depth interview with renowned SF author Greg Egan and more informative and entertaining reviews from our columnists Juliet E. McKenna and David Conyers. Our cover this issue, entitled "Moon 13", is courtesy of the highly talented Christian Podgorski. The issue is packed full of the best fiction we can get our hands on, including "Safe" by Hugo Award-winning Robert Reed, an SF story that asks some rathe important ethical questions. The issue also includes the 2nd place winner of the Aeon Award 2008, "Aegis", by D. T. Neal. There is some very distinctive work by Sara Joan Berniker, who at long last returns to the pages of Albedo One, Gustavo Bondoni, Richard Alan Scott, with a highy entertaining mythical addition to the life of Bram Stoker, Gareth Stack, who's first published story here presents a very unsettling cross of SF and Horror, and T D Edge, who has given us what can only be described as a rip-roaring adventure, featuring a most notorious woman that some readers may already be familiar with!

ABANDONED TOWERS




Abandoned Towers is a unique magazine, which provides a wide range of high quality, enjoyable reading material, audio stories, video clips, and entertainment. Our online version provides a nice mixture of classic, public domain material and brand new, never before published material, with a sprinkling of enjoyable reprints thrown in for spice.

http://www.cyberwizardproductions.com/AbandonedTowers/

SILVER BLADE

Quarterly journal of classic and modern fantasy stories, poetry, and serialized novellas.

Poetry
In the Labyrinth by Deborah Walker
Landing on Island 2 by Julie Kovacs

Short Stories
A Nighttime Business Arrangement by Scott M. Sandridge
Father's Sword by Christine Rains
In The Mirror by Therese Arkenberg
Last Laughter by Carolyn Kephart
Lonnie's Gold by Erin Fanning
Sea Storm's Castaway by Aubrie Dionne
The Changing of Magic by Michael C. Pennington
The Darkest Depths by Kristen Lee Knapp

Children's Fiction and Poetry
The Troll by Kellee Kranendonk
Barnacle Bill by DJ Barber
The Castle by Barry Sykes

Columns
Literary Fantasy & Horror Poetry, An Oxymoron? by John C. Mannone
Break the Block - Part 1 by Kellee Kranendonk

www.silverblade.net/

MIRROR DANCE

Autumn 2009 Issue of Mirror Dance.

Fiction by
Poetry by
An interview with D. Harlan Wilson

THE ABSENT WILLOW REVIEW


The Absent Willow Review is the world's fastest growing magazine featuring short fiction works of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

New fiction from Richmond Weems, Simon West-Bulford, Jasmine Giacomo, Carl Rauscher and others.


THE NAUTILUS ENGINE

Every three months the Nautilus Engine offers up a brand new issue filled with a terrific batch of stories from all walks of the imagination


A Cause for Celebration by Jameson T. Caine
As a global apocalypse looms, two generations of drinkers gather at a local watering hole to contemplate the end of the world.

A Place in the Dark by Brent L. Petretti
Walt Wesson, a bachelor for some 58 years, has finally succumbed to the charms of a local widower, and will do anything in his power to please her, even if it means facing his darkest nightmare.

The Moose in the Noosphere by Rob Hunter
Another family sedan whizzed by on the main road. Harry Joe Soctomah straightened up from snow shoveling to shout after it. "Hey, lady, you don't know what you're missing: a failed priest who can't keep it zipped and his sidekick, Dog with No Name."

Burn the Moon by Chris Castle
By the time he reached the top of the hills the city had ignited. There was no noise as it moved, no people screaming, no sounds at all. Just the sight of a silent city being scorched into ash.

Darren Grigsby Raises the Dead by Stephanie Manuzak
They were yelling and calling for the doctor. The ex-dead guy coughed. It didn't matter what he sang. He could probably sing in French, or Icelandic, or Bushman pops and clicks.

Lend Me Your Ears by Robert E. Porter
I offer this collection of documents as evidence of Mrs. George Hackenbush's connivance with blacklisted Hollywood producer Ronald Reagan against our Crusade Against Sexual Perversion.

Moon Dog by Nicholas J. Carter
It's a risk, buying a dog when you're drunk.
Every three months the Nautilus Engine offers up a brand new issue filled with a terrific batch of stories from all walks of the imagination

Nietzsche's Heaven by Adam Dunsby
"Yes, Mr. Lamb, we've found how to identify specific universes and yes, we can get you there!"

The Little Details by Philip Roberts
Be mindful of the deals you make, because eventually, the payment will always come due.

Tomorrow Has to be a Better Day by Jackie Paxton
A soap opera predicts the coming events in the life of Jon Wood. It has just predicted his death. Is there any hope for Jon?

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KINGS OF THE NIGHT


Kings of the Night is a free webzine designed to bring sword & Sorcery and Heroic Fantasy (in all its glorious venues) to fans, new and old.


RESIDENTIAL ALIENS


Headlining this month’s issue is Fred Warren’s excellent science fiction novelet, “Of All Things, Seen and Unseen,” based on the Rescue Sisters Universe created by Robert and Karina Fabian and featured in their anthologies, Infinite Space, Infinite God and Leaps of Faith. The stories in the anthologies are about a future order of Catholic nuns who provide search and rescue services to space workers and travelers throughout our solar system’s asteroid belt. “Of All Things” is a very imaginative and superbly written piece of speculative fiction.

Next up is “The Bee Stone,” a seemingly innocent little magical story by Jasmine Giacomo. This fantasy – told in the fairy-tale tradition – is more than a morality tale, so be careful.
Meghan McVey’s mystical Dune-esque science fiction novelet follows. “
The Bottled City” is a stand-alone tale but feels like the first episode in an epic cycle of far-future Saharan stories. Maybe it will be.


One of the darker pieces ResAliens has published is Kristen Lee Knapp’s science fiction, “The Assassin, The Star, and The Steel-Faced Man.” This PG-13′ish tale is filled with intrigue, sexual tension, and betrayal. If you like gritty space thrillers, this is for you.

Finally, that subversive bit of fiction I was telling you about. Jeff Parish fuses fantasy, SF, and horror into a disturbingly humorous piece, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine.” Yes, that’s the title. It is an experiment in stretching the boundaries for ResAliens and isn’t particularly “spiritually themed” (as per my guidelines) but is intriguing, and speaks to the human experience of death in light of eternal truths.






BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES


Issue #29

An on-line magazine of literary adventure fantasy


Sarah L. Edwards
The Woman and the Mountain
The mountain would not watch her without replying, for such was too close to deceit. But before he turned his thoughts away from the valley and the woman standing in it, he saw once more her face, her eyes that had glittered moments ago with threatening tears. He felt the shapes of her feet, pressing into the soil. Then he looked instead to desolate ridges of stone and silent peaks, but the image of her remained.



Stephen Case
The Silver Khan
I was fascinated by the statues in the Khan’s gardens. They were all of men, clearly warriors, dressed in a strange armor. One night in the gardens I met an artist who sketched the statues in secret. He showed me his portfolio, which contained drawings of the face of a certain statue he had sketched night after night for years. “He is speaking,” the artist said. “See the movement of the lips and the line of the jaw. I do not know what he says, but he is forming words over the months and years.”



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APHELION


Free Science Fiction and Fantasy Webzine which offers original fiction by new and established writers.

Moldable By Blake Datch
All Jenkins wanted was to connect with his teenage son. He thought that giving him a Transficube -- a nanotech device that could become anything its user desired -- might help.

Gynoid By Ben Cooper
Arnold was thrilled when his new gynoid arrived -- the most advanced and lifelike sex android on the market. **CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS**

Rad Day By Roderick Turner
Most people sealed themselves in their homes on Rad Days, when radiation levels rose to dangerous levels. But intrepid reporter Kayla Foster knew that the best stories happened when the weirdos figured there were no witnesses...

Artifact By E. S. Strout
Mysterious radio signals led them to the strange object in two-thousand-year-old volcanic rock. Then they detected more signals, as if the artifact had triggered something dormant for even longer.

The Devil's Compass By Jason Dookeran
Terri couldn't explain why she bought the old -- and apparently broken -- compass from the old man. And surely it could have nothing to do with the sudden series of terrible accidents on her family's plantation...

Cognition By Mike Wilson
The subject for the experiment had to meet certain conditions -- body beyond repair, brain intact. Billy's accident seemed like the perfect opportunity. Of course, nobody's perfect.

Slammer By Chris Nardone
McGee had retired from the game after a horrific accident. Now as an Enforcement Agent, he must face danger of a different kind -- a murderer with powerful connections.

Air By Chris Castle
The young man had been lucky -- somehow, the plague or poison or curse had passed him by. Unfortunately, he couldn't hide in his parents' house forever.

Outpost By Dave Weaver
The astronaut who stayed in orbit while his crewmates took the first steps on the Moon has a secret... (*Lawyers: Any resemblance to actual people and situations is, well, not a coincidence, but not intended to imply that this story is true. At least we hope it isn't true.*
There wasn't anything really wrong with their son Tommy, but John and Ann Williams thought they could do better with their next child.

HEROIC FANTASY QUARTERLY


Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is an ezine dedicated to publishing short works of heroic fantasy. More than that, through both prose and poetry we hope to hearken an older age of storytelling — an age when a story well told enthralled audiences. Traits of great oral storytelling survive the ages to influence treasures of literature, the pulps, radio plays, late-night game sessions, and now Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

Here’s what you’ll find inside Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Issue 2:

Fiction Contents

THE HAND OF AFAZ, by Euan Harvey A perhaps cautionary tale of the dangers of non-secular government. We think you’ll love Farid, a hero who must correct the injustices of his religious masters but do so without turning his back on Afaz — the god both Farid and his masters claim to serve.

MONSTER IN THE MOUNTAINS, by William Gerke This is why you don’t open the door to strangers. Especially if you’re stranger than the stranger.

THE WAKING OF ANGANTYR, by Marie Brennan Ancient magics, old secrets, and new fates meld in this retelling of an old Norse poem. HFQ has found its first female hero!

Poetry Contents

THE LAY OF CUTHRED KING, by Joshua Hampton A shining example of epic poetry by a contemporary writer. How the heck could we be the first outfit to discover this guy? Go Josh, go!
COURAGE, by Teel James GlennA spearman’s last thoughts before the battle is joined. Another reminder of why most of us prefer adventures of the mind to adventures in the field.


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