A review of the latest issue of Speculative North magazine
The fourth in a series of anthologies of stories, each written and edited in a 24-hour period, then published “Warts and all.
Gizmos cobbled together from frozen foods, possibly dangerous ladybugs, the tragic roots of bad behavior and more in this review of Fusion Fragment magazine
I’m a bit unusual in that I read every story from beginning to end, no matter how bad it might be.
Ten million people live beneath the sea, their aquaculture and resource gathering vital to the world’s economy. Many are tired of being dominated by what’s left of the land nations and want independence. They are willing to fight for it. The land nations will do anything to prevent it. Anything.
Put a little retro in your classic science fiction with this tale set in Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series
Sage advice from our reviewer: Writers tend to be too harsh in their expectations. Don’t be. To which I add, don’t beat up on yourself. Leave that to your critics. No need to do their work for them.
all of the stories in this issue are interesting, stimulating, well-written, and thought-provoking
…amount(s) to the contents of a history text book packed with concise detail and explanation of situation and events. Since this book begins with genuine history going as far back as the wars of independence from Spain…only gradually slips into alternate history mode… some readers, expecting a wham-bam military adventure novel, may find the text way too dry…
Though an atheist, I was raised Baptist and have read the Bible from cover to cover. So I was able to appreciate the poignant, despairing musings of a blinded, battle-weary angel with a broken wing, the last of his kind
A complete history of Canadian Fantastica! A lot longer than you think, but shorter than it could have been!
You are pulled through the novel like the proverbial fly-on-the-wall riding on a character’s shoulders observing what’s happening with morbid fascination.
Wry humor, political intrigue and alternate history combine in this fantasy romp
Apparently, you CAN rely on the human race for something, and screwing things up would be that thing.
Introducing Polar Starlight, a magazine of Canadian speculative poetry, offering a free download of its first issue
It’s about trees. Trees that collectively form a super computer of unimaginable power. Trouble is each tree thinks of itself as a human being, and you know that means trouble.
Genuine Canadian Speculation. Got the stamp of approval and everything!
a vision of presenting world SF&F in as great a variety as possible.
Augur seems to be bounding from strength to strength. Quite an achievement.
This publication features a Q&A with each author following their fiction.
A wide mix of stories in this latest issue
Stories with low stakes and small rewards, little triumphs, happy chances.
An online tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by “queer POC / Indigenous / Aboriginal creators”
a horror magazine with a Stephen King theme
On Spec always offers an incredible variety of fiction. Not merely a case of something for everybody, but a whole bunch of stuff worth reading
Neo-Opsis returns, and goes digital
A review of Lackington’s cocktails themed magazine issue
Wouldn’t you know it, judging stories on their merits alone nevertheless results in a pleasing diversity of authors. Bonus!
Graeme reviews a collection of stories from the magazine he edits, though the anthology is edited by someone else.
In sum, a classic case of a self-published work that needs a final edit at multiple levels. However, nitpicky points aside, the variety of theme and approach exhibited is pleasing, and the sweep of Dean’s imagination impressive and exciting. It’s actually a fun read.