Donate      Submit      About       Log In

ISSUE no. 17 - WINTER 2014

In this issue of AE, we battle against time; the fair comes to town; and a program unlocks dreams.

Meanwhile, J.J.S. Boyce reviews tales of the Canadian apocalypse; D.F. McCourt revisits an old favourite; and AE celebrates its fourth birthday.

A Girl Who Grew Something in Her Armpit

Cathy Adams

When the creature first began growing in Cassie’s armpit, she hid it with short-sleeved shirts and pretended it wasn’t there.

Lines on a Pamphlet Found Near the Museum

Siobhan Carroll

Fact: Time goes wrong in the Museum.

And All the Clocks Chime Noontime

Konstantine Paradias

“Time,” my mother told me, as she bounced me on her lap, “is killing all of us.”


Jonathan Crowe

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being has managed the rare feat of winning acclaim on both sides of the genre divide: It not only won the Kitchies’ Red Tentacle Prize, a genre award, it was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. (Something similar happened this year with Karen Joy Fowler’s We Were All Completely Beside Ourselves, which was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Nebula.) It’s what genre readers would call (and possibly dismiss as) a mainstream novel, but it’s unquestionably a work of what John Clute calls fantastika: It incorporates both fantasy and science fictional elements — on one level you could say that this a novel in which Zen Buddhism meets quantum mechanics — but those elements are put to use in decidedly non-genre ways.

Interactive Narrative and WordPlay

D.F. McCourt

This past weekend I had the honour of sitting on the jury for WordPlay 2014, an annual festival that celebrates writerly video games. Video games have incorporated text and prose almost since the beginning (“The princess is in another castle”), but the prevalence in games has waxed and waned.

The Apocalypse Comes to Canada

J.J.S. Boyce

The title of the anthology is Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Apocalypse, and it seems like a natural fit. Our wide open spaces are an obvious setting for the frontier lifestyle ascendant. Often American-written apocalypses end up in the Catskills or Appalachians, but Canada’s Rockies, Shield, and Prairies work at least as well. Which is not to say that a crumbling Toronto or submerged Winnipeg is unsuitable for a tale of urban collapse.



AE thanks SF Canada





ISSN: 1925-3141