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fsi-234-340wFantastic Stories of the Imagination
May-June 2016 #234

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  • Fiction:Starf*ckers by Terence Taylor — New technologies enable new temptations… and new crimes.
  • Fiction: When She Was Five by Fraser Ronald — A daughter finds strength in her differences.
  • Fiction: Marcie’s Waffles Are the Best in Town by Sunil Patel — The diner was closed forever… but some things never change.
  • Fiction: The Other Side of Jordon by Allen M. Steele — Even light-years away, she was always on his mind.
  • Fiction: Winter of the Scavengers by David G. Blake — A man came back from the war—but was he still her husband?
  • Reviews: “Read Me! Reviews of Not Necessarily New Books: The Worlds of N. K. Jemisin” by Terence Taylor.
  • Reviews: “The Fan: Microcosm and Macrocosm — Human Woundedness from A(lienated) to Z(ootopia)” by Carole McDonnell
  • Reviews: “The Magic Lantern: The Magic Lantern: The Moments that Eject Us” by Adam-Troy Castro.
  • Reviews: “Area 51 1/2 May–June 2016” by Steven Sawicki.
  • Reviews: “New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction May–June 2016” by Gillian Daniels.

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fsi-ebook-march-april-2016-2500t-medFantastic Stories of the Imagination
March-April 2016 #233

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  • Non Fiction: A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction by Nisi Shawl — Nisi summarizes over two centuries of influential black science fiction.
  • Fiction:Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval — She was a good mother… but not necessarily a good wife.
  • Fiction: Who Ya Living by George Allen Miller — It’s hard to come to grips with your past when you’ve sold it to a stranger.
  • Fiction: The Sweetness of Bitter by Beth Cato — There’s nothing a mother won’t do to save the simulacrum of her child.
  • Fiction: The Universe We Both Dreamed Of by Jay O’Connell — What will you say in your alien interview?
  • Fiction: Under the Bed by Effie Seiberg — A tale of monstrous affection.
  • Reviews: “Read Me! Reviews of Not Necessarily New Books” by Terence Taylor.
  • Reviews: “The Fan: Control Disorientation and The Genre Of Regret” by Carole McDonnell
  • Reviews: “The Magic Lantern: the Questions That Linger” by Adam-Troy Castro.
  • Reviews: “Area 51 1/2 March-April 2016” by Steven Sawicki.
  • Reviews: “New Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction March-April 2016” by Gillian Daniels.

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fsi-232-sidebar-add-227wFantastic Stories of the Imagination
January-February 2016 #232

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  • Fiction: While I Wait by Layla Al-Bedawi — If you don’t feed the strays, they won’t go away.
  • Fiction:Girl in Blue Dress (1881) by Sunil Patel — He made her pretty as a picture.
  • Fiction: Kvetchula’s Daughter by Darrell Schweitzer — Vampire parents were only part of her problem.
  • Fiction: Heiress of Air by Allen M. Steele — Who really kidnapped the Air magnate’s daughter?
  • Fiction: The Held Daughter by Laurie Tom — A princess, forbidden marriage, finds her own way.
  • Reviews: “The Fan: Encroaching Worlds” by Carole McDonnell —Carole looks at season one of The Man in the High Castle series based on the novel by Phillip K. Dick, streaming on Amazon Prime, the movie Attack on Titan based on the anime series, and the Indian epic film spectacle Bahubali-The Beginning. 
  • Reviews: “The Magic Lantern: Enough with the Endless Yammering About Heroes” by Adam-Troy Castro —Adam-Troy discusses what makes a hero in a free-wheeling rant which takes in Marvel’s Netflixed Jessica Jones, Captain Kirk, Mad Max, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and the Dark Knight himself.
  • Reviews: “Area 51 1/2: January-February 2016” by Steven Sawicki —Our Resident Alien reviews The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, Firstfleet by Stephen Case, The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston, The Human Division by John Scalzi Lash-up byLarry Bond, and the short film Cargo.
  • Reviews: “New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: January-February 2016” by Gillian Daniels —Gillian reviews “Telling the Bees” by T. Kingfisher, “Kaiju maximus®: “So Various, So Beautiful, So New” by Kai Ashante Wilson, “A Primer on Separation” by Debbie Urbanski, “In the Timeline Where the Moscow Metro Opened in 1934” by S.L. Harris, and “The Painter of Dead Women” by Edna W. Underwood.

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination
November-December 2015 #231

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  • Fiction: “A Girl Named Bright” by Veronica Viscardi — And you think daylight savings causes problem.
  • Fiction: “Elements of a Successful Exit Broadcast” by Stewart C. Baker — Never underestimate the importance of making a good last impression.
  • Fiction: “Drink and the Devil” by Kelly McCullough — A dance with death within the pause that refreshes.
  • Fiction: “In Another Life” by Kelly Sandoval — In all possible worlds, the heart wants what the heart wants.
  • Fiction: “Real Plastic Trees” by Erica L. Satifka — Will humanity be welcome in its own future?
  • Reviews: “The Fan: Serendipity, Lucky Breaks, and Ill-Advised Choices” by Carole McDonnell — In this month’s column, Carole McDonnell’s reviews include the CBS/Netflix series Zoo based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, The Surprising Imagination of C S Lewis — An Introduction, by Jerry Root and Mark Neal, the US film The Brass Teapot (2013), written by Ramaa and directed by Ramaa Mosley, and the coloring book, The Time Chamber by Daria Song.
  • Reviews: “The Magic Lantern: Getting to Know You” by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam-Troy Castro celebrates the characters at the heart of enduring genre franchises. The ones that hold together over time, the ones who get reinvented, and the ones that aren’t really characters at all. Kirk, Holmes and Chewbacca emote under the microscope.
  • Reviews: “Area 51 1/2 November-December 2015” by Steven Sawicki — In this issue our resident Alien reviews The Exile by C. T. Adams, The Quick by Lauren Owen, Zero World by Jason M. Hough, Lightless by C. A, Higgens, Blood Infernal by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, and the viral video Selfie From Hell, made by Meelah Adams, written and directed by Erdal Ceylan.
  • Reviews: “New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: November-December 2015” by Gillian Daniels — Gillian Daniels reviews “Hundred Eye” by Yukimi Ogawa, “The Closest Thing to Animals” by Sofia Samatar “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong from Nightmare Magazine: Queers Destroy Horror! Special Issue, and “When Two Swordsmen Meet” by Ellen Kushner.

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FSi-230-227wFantastic Stories of the Imagination
September–October 2015 #230

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  • Fiction: “The Attic of Memories” by Sunil Patel — A bucket list with a life of its own.
  • Fiction: “I Miss Flowers” by Alexandra Grunberg — When living forever isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
  • Fiction: “Elvis has Left the Building” by Dario Ciriello — The King was only the opening act.
  • Fiction: “Cartographer’s Ink” by Beth Cato — Conquering a map, literally.
  • Fiction: “Ro-Sham-Bot” by Effie Seiberg — What do you do with an old, obsolete robot’s heart?
  • Reviews: “The Fan: Virgin Ghosts, Virgin Priestesses, and Virgin Vampires” by Carole McDonnell — In this month’s column, Carole McDonnell reviews the American film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, the Korean series Oh My Ghostess!, the 2012 film Chanthaly directed by Mattie Do, the first female Laotian horror film maker, and Abengoni, Charles Saunders African-inspired sword and sorcery novel.
  • Reviews: “The Magic Lantern: Erasing the Origins” by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam-Troy Castro uses the Western as a model for what should and shouldn’t be done to cope with the modern comic book movie epidemic. Err. Renaissance! Full disclosure: A-T C writes comics, as well as other things, and his opinions are fascinating.
  • Reviews: “Area 51 1/2 September-October 2015” by Steven Sawicki — In this issue our resident Alien reviews novels by John Scalzi, Adam Christopher, John C. Wright, short fiction by Kelly Link, and the animated short THE OCEANMAKER, written and directed by Lucas Martell.
  • Reviews: “New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: September-October 2015” by Gillian Daniels — Gillian reviews stories by C.S.E. Cooney, Jei D. Marcade, Arie Coleman, Sofia Samatar, and Charlie Jane Anders.

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fsi-229-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
July-August 2015 #229

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    • Original Short Story: Message from Beyond by José Pablo Iriarte — Can the dead speak for the living?
    • Original Flash Fiction: The Closed Window by Christina Sng — There are windows that should never be opened.
    • Short Story: A Soaring Pillar of Brightness by Nancy Fulda — In matters of faith, the devil is in the details.The Temple’s
    • Short Story: The Temple’s Posthole by M.K. Hutchins — A quest for forbidden magic is a matter of life and death.
    • Short Story: The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown by Caroline M. Yoachim — A magical treat struggles with its destiny.
    • Reviews: Boys, Mechanics and Love by Carole McDonnell — Carole reviews A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen, The Man Who Lived in Inner Space by Arnold FederbushJack, and the films Cuckoo Clock Heart 5 and S.I.N. Theory.
    • Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: Two Deeply Unstable Spiral Staircases by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam revisits the Shirley Jackson adaptation The Haunting as seen through the eyes of Robert Wise — and Jan de Bont.
    • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 February, 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our Alien reviews The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton, The Defenders of Shannara, the High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks, Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons by Tom Purdon, Willful Child by Steven Erikson, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, and the film Lucy.
    • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction, February, 2015 by Gillian Daniels — Gillian reviews “Kia and Gio” by Daniel José Older, “Returned” by Kat Howard, “A Universal Elegy” by Tang Fei, and “Soft Currency” by Seth Gordon.

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fsi-228-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
May-June 2015 #228

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  • Original Short Story: Little Fox by Amy Griswold — Where oh where has Marissa’s clone sister gone?
  • Original Flash Fiction: This Side of Time by Sarah Grey — For fifteen year-old Emily, the future is serious business.
  • Novelette: The Stone Man by Sarah Totton — A little fear can be a very good thing.
  • Short Story: Herbert Hutchinson in the Underworld by Bruce Coville — Some choices are more important than life and death.
  • Short Story: Icarus Falls by Alex Shvartsman — An explorer pays an unforgettable price for the stars.
  • Reviews: The Fan: Ramifications of Imagination, Casting the World Aside by Carole McDonnell — Carole McDonnell’s reviews Beyond (2014), directed by Joseph Baker, Webjunkie (2013), directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia, After the Dark (2013-14), directed by John Huddles, the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014), directed by Mami Sunada, and Wolfcop (2014), written and directed by Lowell Dean.
  • Reviews: The Magic Lantern: Of Plan Nine and other things by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam-Troy Castro discusses why Ed Wood’s notorious Plan Nine from Outer Space (1959) isn’t really the worst movie ever made, and discusses some other contenders that while vile, probably aren’t either: including Manos, Hands of Fate, and the horror that is the film Horror (2003). Honeymoon (2014), Housebound (2014) and Predestination (2015) are also discussed, in a not the worst kind-of-way.
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2, May, 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our resident Alien considers A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias, Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright, The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, Impulse by Dave Barra, and The Mercury Men, written and Directed by Chris Preksta,
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction, May, 2015 by Gillian Daniels — Gillian Daniels reviews “Those” by Sofia Samatar, “Thousandfurs, Or The King Who Wanted To Marry His Daughter” by Mallory Ortberg, “To Preserve Humankind” by Christina Nordlander, and “Let Baser Things Devise” by Berrien C. Henderson.

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fsi-227-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
April 2015 #227

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  • Original Short Story: All That We Carry, All That We Hold by Damien Angelica Walters — Some vows must be broken, while others must be kept.
  • Original Flash Fiction: Molten Heart by Alexis A. Hunter — They made him less than human for a reason.
  • Short Story: The Last Wild Place by Alison Wilgus — The link between them was stronger than death.
  • Short Story: Beautiful by Jay Caselberg — That which does not kill us…
  • Flash Fiction: Rowling in the Year 3000 by KJ Kabza — Some stories never go out of style.
  • Reviews: The Fan: Substance — Bringing Family Back by Carole McDonnell — Carole McDonnell’s reviews include The Scavengers by Michael Perry, Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun, the 2013 film How I Live Now, based on Meg Rosoff’s book, and The Returned/Les Revenants; a French series based on the film They Came Back, created by Fabrice Gobret.
  • Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: Two Tin Soldiers by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam-Troy Castro expects some appalled blowback from his decision to rate the original Robocop (1987), directed by Paul Verhoevenand, and the remake (2014), directed by Jose Padilhaas, as about equivalent in terms of quality, and neither with particular enthusiasm. To which he can only reply, “Ah, well.”
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2, April 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our resident Alien expounds upon the uniqueness of snowflakes and then reviews The Unremembered by Peter Orullian, V-S Day by Allen Steele, Corsair by James L. Cambias, Unbreakable by W. C. Bauers, and the web serial Haphead, by Postopian Pictures, directed by Tate Young.
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction, April 2015 by Gillian Daniels — Gillian Daniels reviews “Sheila” by Rebecca Adams Wright from the anthology The Thing About Great White Sharks and Other Stories, “The Salt Mosquito’s Bite and The Goddess’ Sting” by J. Mehentee from Strange Horizons, “Sweetness” by Toni Morrison from the February 2015 New Yorker, and “The Fox Bride by Mari Ness” from Daily Science Fiction.

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fsi-226-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
March 2015 #226

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  • Original Flash Fiction: Red String by Cassandra Khaw — Will Mrs. Ong continue to rebuff her persistent mortician admirer?
  • Original Flash Fiction: One For Every Year by Dawn Vogel —Sometimes, a picture is worth much more than a thousand words.
  • Flash Fiction: Investments by Simon Kewin — Civilization depends on the ethics of shrewd businesspeople. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Flash Fiction: Extraction by Rebecca Roland — The difficult decisions with memories too painful to keep, but too precious to lose.
  • Flash Fiction: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton — A future where free will is regulated by alien Overseers.
  • Reviews: The Fan: Then, Now, and Female Rescuers by Carole McDonnell — Carole looks at stories which juxtapose the past and the future, the then and the now…and female rescuers, including Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander, Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague, and Avalon (2001) directed by Mamoru Oshii.
  • Reviews: The Magic Lantern: Fixing The 27th Day by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam explores and reimagines the not-quite-classic SF film The 27th Day and in so doing, talks about what science fiction film often do best, if sometimes clumsily, asking and answering big questions about the human condition.
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 March 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our Alien reviews Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge, Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher, Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory, On Her Majesty’s Behalf by Joseph Massise, Old Venus edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and Still by the Chronicle Factory, a Web based series produced by Jonathan Holbrook.
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: March 2015 by Gillian Daniels — Gillian reviews “The Half Dark Promise” by Malon Edwards, “And You Shall Know Her By the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander, “Military Secrets” by Kit Reed, “Medu” by Lisa Bolekaja, and “Black Dog” by Neil Gaiman.

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fsi-225-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
February 2015 #225

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  • Original Flash Fiction: Weight of the World by José Pablo Iriarte — A sick child’s dangerous trip to a strange new world — Destination: Earth.
  • Original Flash Fiction: She Opened Her Arms by Amanda C. Davis — A young woman faces an agonizing choice when her wish comes true.
  • Flash Fiction: A Kite for Sarah by David G. Blake — His love for his daughter was real — even if he was not.
  • Short Story: Nature Witch by Rebecca Lyons — A wise woman knows there’s a perfect place for everyone — and how to get them there.
  • Flash Fiction: Nine-Lived Wonders by Rachael K. Jones — An elusive blue-furred cat proves that you’re never too old for bedtime stories.
  • Reviews: The Fan: Boys, Mechanics and Love by Carole McDonnell — Carole reviews A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen, The Man Who Lived in Inner Space by Arnold Federbush, and the films Cuckoo Clock Heart 5 and S.I.N. Theory.
  • Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: Two Deeply Unstable Spiral Staircases by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam revisits the Shirley Jackson adaptation The Haunting as seen through the eyes of Robert Wise — and Jan de Bont.
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 February 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our Alien reviews The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton, The Defenders of Shannara, the High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks, Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons by Tom Purdon, Willful Child by Steven Erikson, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, and the film Lucy.
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction, February 2015 by Gillian Daniels — Gillian reviews “Kia and Gio” by Daniel José Older, “Returned” by Kat Howard, “A Universal Elegy” by Tang Fei, and “Soft Currency” by Seth Gordon.

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fsi-224-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
January 2015 #224

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  • Heartless by Krystal Claxton — A woman of power ministers to a broken heart, risking her own in the process.
  • Underworld by Katherine Mankiller — A teen grapples with dark forces to save the only family he’s ever known.
  • Backlash by Nancy Fulda — Eugene Gutierrez has flashbacks from the war, but the real danger is what he doesn’t remember.
  • Corner Sofa by Sarena Ulibarri — Sometimes it takes stepping into someone else’s story to more clearly see your own.
  • The Miracle on Tau Prime by Alex Shvartsman — Can an alien be touched by God?
  • Reviews: The Fan: Empathy, Mutual Wavelengths, Wounded Boys, & Points of View by Carole McDonnell— Carole reviews The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent, Dark Skies written and directed by Scott Stewart, In Your Eyes written by Joss Whedon, directed by Brin Hill; Frequencies written and directed by Darren Paul Fisher, and Tokyo Girl directed by Kazuyo Konaka.
  • Reviews: The Magic Lantern: Exodus (2014), Birdman (2014) by Adam-Troy Castro —Adam considers the controversies around Exodus directed by Ridley Scott and Birdman directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 January 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our Alien reviews Thorn Jack, by Katherine Harbour, Pacific Fire, by Greg van Eekhout, Metrophage, by Richard Kadrey, The Witch With No Name, by Kim Harrison, The Wurms of Blearmouth, by Steven Erikson, and Tusk directed by Kevin Smith.
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: January 2015 by Gillian Daniels —Gillian reviews “Never Eat Crow” by Goldie Goldbloom, “No Vera There” by Dominica Phetteplace, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by Greer Gilman, “Kenneth: A User’s Manual” by Sam Miller, and “I Can See Right Through You” by Kelly Link.

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fsi-223-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
December 2014 #223

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  • Original Short Story: Chocolateland by Shariann Lewitt —When they wanted to eat, to really enjoy a good pig out, they could go to Chocolateland
  • Original Short Story: Sleepers by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam —Where did they come from? Where do we go from here?
  • Short Story: Monitor Bot and the King of Pop by Jess Barber —When life gives you lemons… dance like Michael Jackson.
  • Short Story: Floaters By Robert Lowell Russell — Darkness and light collide in an unlikely redemption.
  • Reviews: The Fan: The beautiful, the sweet, the inspirational, the meaningful, the melancholy
    Carole reviews The Feral Child, by Che Golden, Pieces of Me, by Amber Kizer, The Diamond Thief, by Sharon Gosling, A Werewolf Boy, 2012, Written and Directed by Jo Sung Hee
  • Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: By Adam-Troy Castro — A-T C reviews The Rover (2014) Directed by David Michod
    Reviews: Area 51 1/2 December 2014 by Steven Sawicki — Our resident alien reviews The Getaway God, Richard Kadrey, Soda Pop Soldier, Nick Cole, Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising, Sarah Cawkwell, Thrones and Bones #1: Frostborn, Lou Anders, Assail, Ian C. Esslemont, Rogues, George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014, Walt Disney Studios
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: December 2014 by Gillian Daniels — Join us as Gillian explores what’s new in short Fantasy & Science Fiction. This month she reviews “Candy Girl” by Chikodili Emelumadu, “Mothers” by Carmen Maria Machado, “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” By Maria Dahvana Headley, “A Kiss with Teeth” by Max Gladstone

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fsi-222-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
November 2014 #222

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  • Original Flash Fiction: Night of Apophis by Brenda Kalt — Eat Drink and be Merry, for tomorrow we die.
  • Original Short Story: Compassion by Alexandra Grunberg — Sometimes we all need compassion, or do we?
  • Short Story: On the Last Night of the Festival of the Dead by Darrell Schweitzer — It was a festival like no other.
  • Flash Fiction: Sapience and Maternal Instincts by Krystal Claxton — There’s nothing like the love of a mother.
  • Reviews: The Fan: Oliver and the Sea Wigs and Journey to the West by Carole McDonnell — The fan wrestles with Mermaids and Demon-hunters.
  • Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: Three pods and a mouthful of projectile vomit: the four versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Adam-Troy Castro — Which is the real adaptation of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers? A-TC discusses four curiously distinct contenders.
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 by Steven Sawicki — Grunt Life by Weston Ochse, Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Vol 6, Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold, The Hunt for Pierre Jnr by David M. Henley and Snowpiercer directed by Bong Joon Ho.
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction: November 2014 by Gillian Daniels — Join us as Gillian explores what’s new and short in Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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fsi-221-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
October 2014 #221

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  • Original Short Story: Rope Burns by Kelly McCullough — He had a secret to keep, but then don’t we all?
  • Original Short Story: Locomotive Joe and the Wreck of Space Train No. 4 by Allen M. Steele — What price would you pay for a dream come true?
  • Flash Fiction: Sibyl by Deborah Walker — The future can’t be changed, can it?
  • Short Story: Kvetchula by Darrell Schweitzer — A nagging wife can be a curse, but at least you’ll sleep when you’re dead… right?
  • Reviews: The Fan: Beginnings and Endings — Carole McDonnell investigates the alpha and the omega: reviewing Snowpiercer (movie) 2013, Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, The End, My Friend: Prelude to the Apocalypse by Kirby Wright and The Midnight After (movie) 2014.
  • Reviews: The Magic Lantern: Personal Apocalypses — For Adam-Troy Castro this is the way the world ends… Reviewing Henjel gwa Geuretel (Korean movie, 2007, Hansel and Gretel) Haunter (Canadian, 2013; directed by Vincenzo Natali), The Wall (Austrian, 2013; written and directed by Julian Polsner, from the novel Die Wand by Marlen Houshofer), The Last Days (Spanish, 2013; written and directed by David Pastor and Alex Pastor),  Jug Face (USA, 2013; written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle)
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 by Steven Sawicki — Our resident alien reports on various future histories: Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill, The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison, The Hydra Protocol, David Wellington, William Morrow, Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J. G. Ballard, and Transformers: Age of Extinction (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) Paramount, (2014).
  • Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction, October 2014 — Gillian Daniels explores what’s new and excellent in Fantasy & Science Fiction, including “Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye” By Claire Humphrey in Strange Horizons, “Patterns of a Murmuration,” “in Billions of Data Points” By Jy Yang
    Clarkesworld Magazine, “Quick Hill” By M.T. Anderson in Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, and “When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami” By Kendare Blake at Tor.com.

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fsi-220-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination
September 2014 #220

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  • Original Novella: Invisible Friends Too (Or, I have no bananas and Ice must cream) by Steven Sawiki — Monkeys, aliens, and Elvis . . . oh my.
  • Original Novellette: Planting Walnuts by Linda Tiernan Kepner
    They were broke, outnumbered, and outgunned… but they were just getting started.
  • Short Story: The Big Guy by Mike Resnick — Is there anything that compares to the thrill of victory . . . ?
  • Short Story: Time Slip by Hannah Kollef — What if your past, present, and future could commingle?
  • Reviews: The Fan: Backtracking, Dislocations, Learning Curves, and Getting One’s Bearings — in which Carole McDonnell interogates a series of puzzling novels.
  • Reviews: The Magic Lantern: To Start With — in which Adam-Troy Castro reveals and reviews off-the beatean path films; finding some hidden gems amongst those justly obscure.
  • Commentary: Roots of Spec Fic: The Greater Evil of H.P. Lovecraft — in which by Jay O’Connell dissects HPL’s enduring—and troubling—appeal.

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fsi-219-sidebarFantastic Stories of the Imagination,
August 2014 #219

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Original Novella: New Beaches by Daniel Hatch — Power, corruption, and danger rise with the tides.

  • Short Story: Man or Mech by Rebecca McFarland Kyle — Underneath the shiny, indestructible surface is the soul of a man.
  • Novella: Invisible Friends by Steven Sawicki — He’s just an all American boy with a dog that loves to drive his car, some talking monkeys, and a few damned aliens.
  • Short Story: Canceled by Edward J. McFadden III — The damnedest things can happen when a man comes face to face with the reality of his past.
  • Reviews: Area 51 1/2 by Steven Sawicki — A damn alien shares his opinion of Earth’s so-called culture.
  • Reviews: The Fan — Carole McDonnell reviews five dystopian YA novels with teen saviors.
  • Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: In which Leito Leaps Twice by Adam-Troy Castro — Multiple Hugo and Nebula nominee Adam-Troy Castro examines the stories that movies keep returning to. This column will alternate with A-TC’s regular video recommendations.

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