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The Senior Editor's usual rants about whatever…

Serials and Novellas

Two Stone Trolls and a Prince
Glenn Hackney
A sequel to "A Shadow in the Hills." While battling the stone trolls who killed his family, Liam becomes lost underground, where he encounters a strange new race of creatures. Enemies turn to allies as Liam is sent on a mission that will determine the fate of his captors.

The Essential Nightwatch

Our review of pivotal episodes from the Nightwatch series continues with continues with Part 2 of "The Kindness of Strangers", in which Simon must prevent drastic changes to the course of history, and "Tinsel Rime", in which everything Simon thought he knew about Maria, his long-lost wife, is called into question.

Nightwatch: The Kindness of Strangers (Part Two)
Jeff Williams
Time is changing. There's a timequake coming, something so drastic that all Simon knows of the future could be changed, and he is the only one who can prevent any further alterations from happening. If only he can find what is causing them…

Nightwatch: Tinsel Rime
N. J. Kailhofer
The ghosts of Simon's past revisit him in this Christmas future.

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Short Stories

A Lack of Power
K. W. Ramsey
John was, to be honest, a mouse of a man, scurrying fearfully to avoid the roving gangs, tolerating his boss's abuse without complaint. But even mice have teeth and tempers…

A Lifetime of Memories
Lester Curtis
Paul Beaman took almost everything from Lisa Willet: her money, and the memories that had made her who she was. But with the help of a friend, Lisa would make things right.

Bleeding Metal
John Carrick
Dr. Andrew Fox had a secret — an unauthorized invention that gave him an edge over his competitors. The penalty, if he was discovered, would be death.

Coffee With The Last Man On Earth
George Potter
Eric's visits were the highlight of Mary Ellen's day. He was young, and charming, and handsome, and that more than made up for his claims of being from a million years in the future.

Murder at the Space Olympics
Mike Wilson
2052 — the first Space Olympics, with new events tailored to hard vacuum and freefall conditions. Unfortunately, some things that should have stayed earthbound had tagged along into orbit.

The Cassandra Connection
E. S. Strout
When they removed the cancerous mass from Claire Rowland's brain, the doctors feared that she might lose memory, speech, mobility… they never imagined what she might gain.

The Greenhouse
Thomas Goulding
Joseph Brooke valued the well-being of Beatrice above all else — certainly more than he valued the lives of the women he introduced to her.

The Magic of the Quooda
J. Davidson Hero
Frizzle was a shaman and healer… but not a wizard. He would have to believe in magic to be a wizard. But he had to rely on the supposedly magical properties of quooda seeds to save his village from the monstrous gant.

The Ultimate Experiment
Walt Trizna
Dr. Donald Ball had an unusual theory about the nature of one of the eleven theoretical dimensions associated with string theory. To test it, he needed a volunteer — a dying volunteer.

Time of the Season
Christopher Pender
The little group of college students thought they had escaped the plague that seemed to be killing whole cities. But one one, they were dying…

Results of Forum Flash Challenges for April 2010

The April 2010 Flash Challenge asked authors to "fill in the blanks", using specific instances of four "standard" elements in a medieval fantasy setting. Click HERE to read the winning story, Treasure (Box) Hunt, by Sergio Palumbo, and five more tales of questy goodness… after checking out our other short and long fiction, poetry, the Editorial, etc., etc.

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Poetry and Filk Music

Richard Tornello

J B Hogan

By the Numbers
Chrissa Sandlin

Coney Island Feast
Mike Berger

Bob Brill

Heather Kuehl

Parting Red Curtains
Richard H Fay

Shadow Armour
Robert William Shmigelsky

Speak Easy My Friend
Richard Tornello

The Lingering Scent
Bruce Whealton

Stephen Jarrell Williams

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Articles and features

Thoughts on Writing #20: Boundaries
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.

Billy Bat
McCamy Taylor
McCamy takes a look at Billy Bat, the latest offering from Eisner-award nominated Naoki Urasawa.

Off the Shelf: Feed
Larissa March
Larissa spends some time with Mira Grant's dystopian science-fiction zombie political thriller, Feed.

Conventional Wisdom: AnachroCon 2010
Dan Hollifield
Our fearless leader spends a weekend traveling back to a time that never was, at Atlanta's second-annual steampunk convention.

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