January–February 2016 Table of Contents



wait-300wOriginal Flash Fiction:
While I Wait

by Layla Al-Bedawi

If you don’t feed the strays, they won’t go away.


dress-300wOriginal Flash Fiction:
Girl in Blue Dress (1881)

by Sunil Patel

He made her pretty as a picture.


kvetch-2-300wShort Story:
Kvetchula’s Daughter

by Darrell Schweitzer

Vampire parents were only part of her problem.


air-300wShort Story:
The Heiress of Air

by Allen M. Steele

Who really kidnapped the Air magnate’s daughter?


held-daughter-300wShort Story:
The Held Daughter

by Laurie Tom

A princess, forbidden marriage, finds her own way.



The Fan: Encroaching Worlds

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. 


adam-200Reviews: 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.


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.


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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