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Issue 133 Volume 13 June 2009


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Dan L. Hollifield

The Senior Editor's usual rants about whatever…

Serials and Novellas

Part Two of Two

Dan Edelman
The conclusion to Dan Edelman's epic adventure as Kai Ferracane and friends fight against impossible odds to deliver the mystical Lornlands relic to the Claymage in Zahariad.

Pop Fly
N. J. Kailhofer
A tale of miners versus pirates in outer space. (The author tells us that "An earlier draft of this story won an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest, 2004. Adding up all the different versions, MS word says this story has been revised 76 times since the first draft in '94 (when it was a 3rd person story). Enough is enough."

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Short Stories

By Invitation Only
Noel Carroll
Cassie and her husband wanted to see something special on their vacation in the Greek islands. They got their wish at a quaint, very out of the way restaurant…

E. S. Strout
All Jeff wanted was a nice, easy-to-care-for, fast-growing shade tree. The trouble was, the one he got from the nursery had a few special properties that were not in the sales pitch.

September 12th
Lee Gimenez
What if the World Trade Center and Pentagon had only been the beginning?

Kristen Lee Knapp
Owen Blist had studied insects and used what he learned to create the M-1 — a man-rated flying machine of incredible speed and maneuverability. The military took his invention and turned it into a killing machine — something Owen could not allow.

Some Molecular Self-Assembly Required
Richard Tornello
The man had died of a heart attack — after being mauled a bear and terrorized a wolf and a horde of squirrels and raccoons! Detective Ed Talbot had to figure out who — or what — was responsible.

The Gold and Green Ball
Chris Sharp
"Dr. Love"'s latest subject was a woman who insisted that the ghost of her almost-husband still gave her all the love and attention she needed. The studio audience and the woman's sister weren't so sure.

The Laughter Room
Dave Weaver
When it's a crime to offend anybody, comedy is really hard.

Ben Cooper
The SuperCollider had not destroyed the universe. It had only opened a crack that let things come through, leaving Paul and his younger brother Dylan to find a way to survive while England fell apart around them.

Stuart Plotkin
Clark, Jelan, and Clark's loyal (but invisible, being dead) dog Mrs. Peel were enjoying a day of for-fun gold prospecting, when a bloody scrap of cloth with a call for help sent them upstream…

April 2009 Forum Challenge

"Almost Forever" Forum Flash Challenge. Check out Rob's entry The Fundamental Things Apply and six more tales of love won — and lost — after you have read and commented on our other stories, novellas, poetry, and features, of course. All entries are available via the Flash Index in the Fun and Games section of the Forum, provided by Nate Kailhofer, Flash Editor and Challenge Master.)

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Poetry and Filk Music

Clattering Hooves
Richard H. Fay

Fibre Optic Eating Backhoe
Richard Tornello

Response Haiku
Richard Tornello

Jon Stocks

It Is
J. B. Hogan

Orion's Belt
Ben Cooper

William Landis

The Ship of Theseus Paradox
J. Davidson Hero

For My Sister
Mary Ellen Estes George

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Articles and features

Thoughts on Writing #10: Validate Yourself As Well As Your Parking
Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire takes apart the engine of writing to find out how it works, and offers her insights into how to put it back together again.

McCamy Taylor
McCamy examines Urushibara Yuki's rich fantasy tales in this month's manga review.

From the Balcony: Star Trek
Mark Edgemon
Mark spent some time with J.J. Abram's blockbuster relaunch of a venerable franchise, and checks in with this review.

Star Trek: You Can't Get Here From There
Terence Chua
Terence tries to make the new Star Trek film fit into the context of the old ones.

Off The Shelf
Larissa March
Larissa reviews recent novels by Max Brooks and Emma Bull.

Myth Conceptions: A Thousand Nights and One Night
Jaimie L. Elliot
Jamie reflects on the stories of Shahrazad and the mysteries of the old Middle East.

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