1 September 2000

ART GALLERY: Fantasy and Wildlife Works, by Rebecca Kemp

ARTICLES: Interview: Nalo Hopkinson, by Mary Anne Mohanraj

"I was born in Jamaica, lived in Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and the U.S., then moved to Canada in 1977 when I was sixteen . . . I guess I have a sense of many places, not of one. It's given me a sense that all places are unique, so when I write, I try to convey a strong sense of the location in which my story is set."

FICTION: Triage, by Tamela Viglione, illustration by Darryl T. Jones

Forty-eight cases. Currently available public ward beds: twenty. Health care was a constitutional right. Universal health care, government-subsidized medical treatment, was available to all. Within limits.

POETRY: Surreal Domestic, by Bruce Boston

I have a giant flea for a pet.
It has little dogs running around on it.

REVIEWS: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Jen Larsen

As she moves deeper into the story line, Rowling is necessarily moving from the laying of narrative groundwork into the meat and heart of the series. The entire book has a feeling of heat lightning in the air; there is the sense of impending climax, of new heights and twists. Harry's world opens up -- physically and emotionally. As Rowling's plot expands, Harry's world widens, and he's growing up.

EDITORIAL: Strange New Horizons, by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Speculative fiction (which for me encompasses everything from hard sf to vampire stories to magical realism) has been important to me. It's important to the world. These stories make us think. They critique society. They offer alternatives. They give us a vision of the future -- and warn us of the potential dangers therein. They help us understand our past. They are full of beauty, and terror, and delight.