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What if you could read a range of speculative fiction in the one place from science fiction to the edges of what may be termed speculative, the hyper-real, slipstream, experimental?
You are here — in the land of the magic lamp, about to illuminate a science class taught by a man who wears armour, while ants muddy their tunnels with the blood of Schrodinger's cat, causing its wave function to collapse, and its heart to slow, all watched over by coherent lemmings and buddhist monks.
Nine pieces of new fiction, nine realms, nine wry smiles.
I'll meet you there.
Ooroo till next we tweet,
Stan took another chug of beer, burped, and exclaimed, "Kids nowadays just can't be bothered."
His drinking partner Paul didn't miss a beat. Every Friday evening he came over to Stan's beach-side bungalow to sit on the deck, watch the sun set over the ocean, and throw back a few beers. And every Friday evening Stan would start in on something, anything. His pet topics varied.
Gabby pressed the button on the streetlight pole.
"Never works," he mumbled. Then a genie popped out of the yellow light, shining bright purple in the darkness.
"Anything non-magical and your wish is my command. No money, no alcohol, no drugs."
"Holy shit!" said Gabby.
Sam paused at the glass door to the Science Lab and peered inside. Each student sat up on an assigned stool and maintained an almost disturbing unnatural posture — tarsal claws lay flat on counter tops and jewel-like compound eyes stared straight ahead. If it wasn't for the constant swaying of their feathery antennae, they looked like discarded pupae shells.
The lemming tapped away on its keyboard, ignoring us standing around looking at it. It glanced up momentarily, then looked back down at the screen.
"We call that one Stanislawski Lemming," the shop owner said, peering over my shoulder at him. "In fact, the whole augmented-intelligence Lemmings Series has been one of our most popular.
"Higashi-san, look at field!"
There was a flash in the rice fields adjacent to Myo temple. A strange object settled onto the ground, and three green-suited figures emerged. They began walking towards the temple steps.
"They look like Ministers from Kyoto in unknown costume."
Madame Heisenberg looked over her crystal ball at her interrogator. 'I understand the circus has financial problems. But I really don't know what you want me to do about it.'
Klinko, the King of Klowns, sighed. 'Your employer, Hernandez's Circus of Terror, would like you to use your special gifts to help us over a slight pecuniary speed bump.'
The rose tint of first-light warmed the corridor as Geraint picked his way across the previous day's detritus littering the floor. He peeked in through the children's door, taking care not to rattle or knock as he gazed wistfully at their sleeping forms.
Coming In Issue 196
Money Back Guarantee
by Zeb Carter
The Space Between
by Kevin J. Phyland
by DW Walker
by PS Cottier
by Stephen L. Thompson
by Harris Tobias
Scavenger Of The Dead Hand
by David Adès
The Grief Counsellors
By David Scholes
The Three Wise Fools
"The government threatened me with their Time Modulator. It condemns people to re-live one single moment over and over again. I'm not afraid. The government threatened me with their Time Modulator. It condemns people to re-live one single moment over and over again. I'm not afraid. The government threatened me... "
SQ Mag's latest issue, #16 is now available online for your enjoyment.
The publishers encourage a donation if you like the fiction therein.
Six original pieces by US and Australian authors, including Ken Liu's 'Running Shoes'.
Winners of the first annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Awards were announced August 16, 2014, at Gen Con in Indianapolis IN.
"The Golden Knight", K.D. Julicher
"Phoenix for the Amateur Chef", Scott Huggins
"The Girl with No Name", Travis Heermann
The contest focused on adventure fantasy short stories of 8,000 words or fewer. Baen editors judged the entries, with final entries also judged by Larry Correia. The grand prize included publication as a featured story on the Baen website, an engraved award, and an assortment of Baen books.
The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, has announced the 2014 Hugo Award winners. 3587 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.
Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
"Equoid" by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
"The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com /
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...today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups...So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms...it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.
Reach For Infinity
Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Hard SF Anthology
Publisher: Solaris Books
HUMANITY AMONG THE STARS
What happens when we reach out into the vastness of space? What hope for us amongst the stars?
Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan brings us fourteen new tales of the future, from some of the finest science fiction writers in the field.
The fourteen startling stories in this anthology feature the work of Greg Egan, Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald, Karl Schroeder, Pat Cadigan, Karen Lord, Ellen Klages, Adam Roberts, Linda Nagata, Hannu Rajaniemi, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ken MacLeod, Alastair Reynolds and Peter Watts.
By Greg Barron
Publisher: Harper Collins
Action, explosions, adventure, terrorist plots and conspiracies combine for a compelling novel in the vein of Clancy, MacLean and Ludlum. A ship carrying the most deadly cargo in human history is steaming towards the world's great cities ... Intelligence agent Marika Hartmann must make a life and death decision in the skies over Sydney. Her colleague PJ Johnson is leading an unyielding team of Special Forces soldiers against a terrifying new weapon of war, now in the hands of the enemy.Read more...
The Falcon Throne
Published by Hachette
The start of a major new epic fantasy series from the internationally bestselling Australian author of THE INNOCENT MAGE.
When kingdoms clash, every crown will be tarnished by the bloody price of ambition. In a divided kingdom, some will do anything to seize the crown. A BASTARD LORD, rising up against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for. A ROYAL CHILD, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne. A DUKE'S WIDOW, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who would control them both. AND TWO BROTHERS, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery. All of this will come to pass, and nothing will remain as it once was. Royal houses will fall, empires will be reborn,and those who seek the Falcon Throne will pay for it in blood. A major new fantasy epic begins.