Words from the Editor-in-Chief

Well, that was an experience

I’ve survived a triple resection of my mandible. There’s still plenty of pain, swelling, and a lack of teeth, but considering all things, I’m doing really well. The support of the genre community has been incredible. Your messages of love and healing did a lot to keep my spirits up, and I thank you.

I owe a big debt of gratitude and thanks to my incredible team. Especially Lesley Conner, Jane Clark, and Hannah Krieger. They kept the magazine operating smoothly in my absence. Lesley Conner was a champ taking over the role of ‘boss’ while I was blissed out on pain medication. She is about as good a friend and colleague anyone could hope for.

This month we are featuring stories about resistance to celebrate the release of Do Not Go Quietly later this month. We have two works of original fiction that deal with difficult choices. In “All Votes Will Be Count (We Promise)” by Paul Crenshaw, a father must decide between love of country and love of family. In Amal Singh’s compelling “Professor Strong and the Brass Boys,” a group of androids choose to express themselves in a uniquely human manner. Amal’s story is also our podcast fiction selection this month.

International fiction editor Cristina Jurado brings us an exciting fantasy novelette titled “A Fool’s Baneful Gallantry” from Ugandan author Derek Lubangakene. It’s firmly in the traditional fantasy category, but we think you’ll still love it.

Rounding out our fiction is “Face” by Veronica Brush. It’s a reprint from Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Resistance edited by Lesley and I. We’re extremely proud of the anthology, so after you read “Face” we hope you’ll give the rest of the book a try!

In our nonfiction selection this month, Alethea Kontis ties together the world of stage acting and the act of writing in “The Pros and Cons of Stage Directions.” Andrea Johnson interviews our featured writer Amal Singh, and Russell Dickerson and Marcela Bolívar discuss resistance art in this month’s cover artist interview.

Enjoy the issue! See you next month.

Jason

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