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19 July 2004

ARTICLES: Evolution of a Moralist: J.G. Ballard in the 21st Century, by Jeremy Adam Smith
Ballard has been both celebrated and attacked as a sex-obsessed, amoral nihilist . . . but devotees and detractors alike often miss the meaning behind Ballard's metaphors.
FICTION: Snow and Salt, by Genevieve Cogman
She came up out of the ground even more beautiful than when she had gone down into it. Her face was as white as snow, and her hair as black as ink, and her lips as red as the blood on her gravestone.
POETRY: Making Monsters, by Tim Pratt
In a little workshop / downtown, in a room / without windows, a man / sits at a workbench, making / monsters.
REVIEWS: Self-improvement: Will Self's Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe, by Nick Brownlow
An acidic, pugnacious satirist in the Swiftean mode, Self invests his stories with a kind of grotesque surrealism, undermining reality in order to expose these unconscious, inner landscapes.
EDITORIAL: All the Wrong Reasons, by Susan Marie Groppi
The problem was that in this case, the story about the girl who was sitting in front of us led naturally into the story about the A's fans who started smacking around Red Sox fans after the Sox won that last game in the division series, and that led into the story about Johnny Damon's terrifying concussion-causing collision in the outfield. . . .
[Self-improvement: Will Self's <cite>Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe</cite>, by Nick Brownlow]

12 July 2004

ART GALLERY: Emotional Landscapes, by Teresa Young
Over time, the surreal and the abstract took over my art life.
ARTICLES: The SciFi Superiority Complex: Elitism in SF/F/H, by Tee Morris
The more I watched and listened . . . the more it was impressed upon me that media fans were . . . not needed by those in the literary circles.
FICTION: The Algorithms for Love, by Ken Liu
Every interview we did followed the same pattern. The moment when Clever Laura™ first turned to the interviewer and answered a question there was always some awkwardness and unease; seeing an inanimate object display intelligent behavior had that effect on people. Then I would explain how Laura worked and everyone would be delighted.
POETRY: Soul Searching, by Tim Pratt
On weekends I help my old neighbor look / for his soul. He says he used to be a wizard, or a giant / (the story varies from telling to telling), and, as was / the custom for his kind, he put his soul into an egg / (or perhaps a stone) for safe-keeping.
REVIEWS: Clade, by Mark Budz: Home is Where It Makes You, by Lori Ann White
Sure, Clade has bitchin' new biotech. . . . But Clade also has mothers who love their children, brothers who stand up for each other . . . and a man and a woman who refuse to let this strange new world change what is most basic and human about them.
[<i>Clade</i>, by Mark Budz: Home is Where It Makes You, by Lori Ann White]

5 July 2004

ARTICLES: Interview: James Maxey, by Luc Reid
"In the church I grew up in, Hell was populated by people like Mother Teresa and Gandhi while Heaven had an inordinate number of death row convicts nicknamed Mad Dog."
FICTION: Tracks, by Stacey Gruver, illustration by Nicholas Lawrus
Something's not right in that train yard.
POETRY: After You Die #6: Sunglasses at Night, by David Bain
After you die, you / put on a pair of shades and / go driving at night.
REVIEWS: Four Short Reviews, by J.G. Stinson
A quartet from one of our regular reviewers.
[Tracks, by Stacey Gruver, illustration by Nicholas Lawrus]

28 June 2004

ARTICLES: Our Guardian Uncle: A Star Not Born?, by Peter Jekel
Jupiter . . . may have been a key factor in the evolution of our species, acting as a distant protective uncle over the eons. . . .
FICTION: Straw, by Sarah Monette
"Everyone I loved was dead, kid. Everyone. And I probably killed them, although I don't remember it."
POETRY: Stars, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
you, volcano or limpet, / clinging to my mind's eye / like you were born there, / starlight streaming through your keyhole,
REVIEWS: Dreams of the Real: Dreams of the Sea by Élisabeth Vonarburg, by John Garrison
Dreams of the Sea is a novel that merits re-reading, as scenes and conversations play multiple roles within the novel: advancing the plot, revealing characters, expressing positions on philosophical debates.
[Our Guardian Uncle: A Star Not Born?, by Peter Jekel]
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