Subtopian Magazine Issue 6 is here, featuring “Berlin Ben’s Big Night Out”, a Subterran story aiming to satisfy your tech, German, and gender bending fetishes.
I conduct experiments on the fly. Nobody knows about them and 75 percent are failures. When something does hit though, oh boy. It’s like all the Generik card-giving days at once. Like knowing you’re smarter than everyone else in your class. It’s like being plugged into an electric socket designed specifically for satisfaction. Things start moving into place and you can’t turn back.
I was twelve when I had my first big success. Invented a love-o-meter that analyzed how truly in love a pair of individs were, by means of chemical responses in the brain and so forth. I tested it on my mother and father. This was followed by crying, shouting, and a stubby lawyer with parts of his beard missing.
My mother made me put the machine away, and from then on I had to invent in secret….read more at Subtopian
Vol. 5 of Subtopian Magazine is out. This month it features the short story Hypocrite Wedding, set in the universe of my someday-forthcoming novel, Subterran. So come on down to Infrastratos Headquarters, we have complimentary Gummy Tummies for your everyday needs–pop just a few of these and you’ll be ready to dance the night away.
Also in this issue, I enjoyed Jeff Costello’s “Road Notes”, a little slice of modern-day Americana. Katie Wilson’s “Wunderland in Candyland” is excellent; Trevor Richardson’s editor’s note and his article “Overturning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Why That’s Way More Interesting Than It Sounds” are spot-on.
Marrianne was an angel from another galaxy. Violet-skinned and silver, pointed teeth. Her form vaguely holographic, I could stick my arm right through her and it would come out the other side. She was better than all my friends at any board game and her analysis of classic movies was always spot on.
I wanted to coax Marrianne into staying with me forever. I bought her expensive gifts, but all precious minerals were common to her. I gave her the finest foods we had to offer, but her tastebuds were fashioned for different flavors than those found on earth. (The only flavor of ours she could discern was anise, and she drank a lot of Absinthe, but alcohol had no intoxicating effect on her.) I showed her that I was wealthy enough to provide for her, offered her a home anywhere she liked–the mountains, the desert, a ship on the ocean, but she didn’t want to stay in one place.
When I awoke, I knew she was gone. I was sure I’d merely dreamed her up, an amalgamation of the girl from the grocery store, crime-fighting super heroines, and my sister’s best friend from high school. Missed opportunities, drudgery and the atomic bomb, taking her away from me a little more each day with every shallow breath and every new shampoo commercial.
If it’s not from Japan, quality sci-fi in recent years seems to come out of Night Shade books, I now dream of someday being included in their impressive repertoire.
As I notice more and more traditional book stores closing their doors, this article with Night Shade’s Jeremy Lassen discussing the future of book buying seems particularly relevant. I suppose I’m from the last generation that loves the paperback–I can’t seem to get on board with the whole e-book thing. Being a sometimes graphic designer, I love paper, I love type, and to me seeing my work in print is far more satisfying than seeing it in any digital format. How do you feel about it?
A lovely publication called M-BRANE SF has included a short speculative fiction piece of mine called “Endangered Species”. You can download a free pdf of the issue here. Lots of other great stories here too, much thanks to the editor, Chris Fletcher, for all the time and hard work he obviously puts into this magazine. Being a writer whose work doesn’t always fall neatly into straight-up sci-fi or literary genres, I really love how M-BRANE leans toward cross-genre work, and pieces which are more cerebral and character-driven rather than gimmicky.
“Endangered Species” is a story about what happens when you spend too much time on the internet. It’s only two pages long, so have a quick read and enjoy!
Sfwa.org is an essential resource for science fiction writers. There’s a list of qualified lit markets, getting stories into these magazine will put you on the path to SFWA membership. A helpful article here on first novel data sales. And a personal favorite: may the long sentence live long and prosper, open your brain, your heart, your bowels to the bombardment of the moment.