Posts Tagged "issue 44"

The Patrician

by on Jan 1, 2013 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

Clea Majora walked through the hot streets of Nova Ostia, her sandalled feet lightly treading on the wide, baked, paving stones. She bought a honey cake from a pastry stall and nibbled it as she walked, using the vine leaf wrapper to catch the crumbs. At the wall, a couple of boys she knew from school were playing a covert game of soccer, and called for her to join them, but she waved and kept walking. It was too hot for games, and besides, she had her own plans for her lunch hour. Outside the stifling confines of the city, she kept walking until she came to her favourite gum tree. She unpinned her stola so that it folded underneath her when she sat down on the rough...

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Trixie and the Pandas of Dread

by on Jan 1, 2013 in Short Fiction | 17 comments

by Eugie Foster Trixie got out of her cherry-red godmobile and waved away the flitting cherubim waiting to bear her to her sedan chair. She wasn’t in the mood for a reverent chorus of hosannas, and the sedan chair desperately needed re-springing. She felt every jostle and jounce from those damned pandas. A day didn’t pass that she didn’t regret adopting giant pandas as her sacred vahanas. Sure, it seemed like a good idea at the time. They were so cute with their roly-poly bellies and black-masked faces, but they were wholly unsuited to be beasts of conveyance. The excessive undulation of their waddling gaits was enough to make Captain Ahab seasick, and their exclusive...

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The Performance Artist

by on Jan 1, 2013 in Short Fiction | 10 comments

by Lettie Prell On the first day, she sits there wearing a black dress that is neither provocative nor sexless. Yet visitors who flock in from the cold January streets and ascend to the atrium on MoMA’s second floor are mesmerized, for the entire space is awash in a video installation depicting various interactions between machines and flesh. The footage flashes across the walls and sweeps over the woman sitting in the chair. Some images are recognizable: beams of light illuminating eyes during exams, prostheses being fitted to amputees, a dental hygienist cleaning teeth, a kitchen cook working a meat grinder. Other clips are strange: a small device crawling up a...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Jan 1, 2013 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to issue 44. We have some great works for your enjoyment this month! In our new fiction, Eugie Foster brings us “Trixie and the Pandas of Dread,” a darkly humorous take on gods among us. Lettie Prell’s contribution “The Performance Artist,” sketches the gruesome price of the artistic life for one artist. This month’s classic revisited is Tansy Rayner Roberts’s “The Patrician,” a tale of monster-hunting, family, and history, first published in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press 2011), and republished in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011. In nonfiction, Sarah Kuhn discusses the paucity of the “fake geek girl” debate, and Maggie Slater...

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All the Real (Geek) Girls

by on Jan 1, 2013 in Nonfiction | 55 comments

by Sarah Kuhn When I was in high school, there was one other girl who loved Star Trek as much as I did. Deep Space Nine was our jam, so our bond was forged in the fire caves of Bajor, solidified by amazing-in-our-minds inside jokes revolving around oo-mox and various disgusting uses for Odo’s bucket. We laughed; we obsessed; we wore matching Bajoran earrings obtained at the annual “Trek” convention held at a grimy motel by the Portland airport. We were an all-female club of two—not exclusive by choice, but because no one else wanted in. These days, my geekdom is a much larger, messier, and altogether more complicated club. And recently, that club has disheartened me so...

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