There’s all kinds of stuff I could bitch about: that photo of Trump giving a thumbs up and a shit-eating grin while his wife holds a baby orphaned by the El Paso shooting; the continued frustration of realizing that entire generations seem to think history began with the internet (or the beginning of their own existence).
Aside: Everyone is complaining about the bad messaging that Trump sends out regarding white supremacy, but I see few complaining about how future generations may reflect ascpects of his narcissism…
I could complain about our legislator’s failure to address The Gun Issue effectively; I could remind everyone that every time Climate Change is brought up, its effects have accelerated beyond prior predictions (engendered by the recent reports that a few weeks ago our species had already used up “a year’s worth of resources” and that numerous countries are in danger of “Day Zero”, which is when their potable water runs out); I could even bitch about the lack of transparency coming out of a convention that experienced a “violation” of their code of conduct*.
But then I’d be sounding like your daily paper, your local news channel and just about every news and entertainment outlet on the web and I suspect few of you came here for that.
Instead: this coming Monday, I mail out our fifth issue of Amazing Stories – the double length, all color, all fiction issue that’s designed to encourage everyone to subscribe so that we can up our word rate and afford to do other things. (That’s a HINT)
Here’s a fun game to help whet your appetites for this issue: can you match the story’s title image to the title?
A INTRUDER – Jack Clemons
B ANOTHER AVATAR – S.P. Somtow
C THE P&A – Paul Levinson
D ROBOTS AT DAWN! – T.B. Jeremiah
E BUYER BEWARE – Shirley Meier
F ANCIENT HEARTHS – Paul Di Filippo
G HOME – R.S. Belcher
H WHEN KROM-ISH EYES ARE SMILING – Amber Royer
I DOG TALES – Bud Sparhawk
J BREAKING NEWS – Jack McDevitt
K THE NIGHT PEOPLE – Lawrence Watt-Evans
L GENESIS FOR DYSLEXICS – Adam-Troy Castro
M STONE AND STARLIGHT – Wendy Nikel
N THE TYPHOON RIDER – Dave Creek
O BLINDSIDE – Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
P THE DOLL LADIES – Sally McBride
Q STOPOVER AT MEECH’S WORLD – Matthew Hughes
R THE BOY WITH THE METALLIDERM ARM – S.L. Saboviec
S IN THE MOON GARDEN – Sandra Kasturi
*Thanks to K. Tempest Bradford, we have a first hand account of the incident at Armadillocon and the identity of the guest removed – Becky Burkheart, an author who is, apparently, very fond of horses and – according to Bradford’s account – drunkenly eager to tell others why her perspective is the right perspective.