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ISSUE no. 19 - SUMMER 2015

In this issue of AE, twilight comes; we measure things by the smallest degrees; and advertising comes to life.

Meanwhile, J.J.S. Boyce surveys the Utopian landscape; Jonathan Crowe reviews Suzanne Church; Helen Michaud writes about the state of copyright.

FICTION
Götterdämmerung

William Squirrell

A thousand new stars came to life one night in September; a great sparkling swath of them dancing along the southern horizon. And then as quick as they appeared, they leapt away in a dazzling, white rush.

 
AE Micro 2015

AE Editors

with AE Micro 2015, we launch issue 19 of AE.

 
Rapport

Dan Micklethwaite

I am Billboard 73F, Lower East Side Division. I am what you call freelance ...

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
Whither Utopia?

J.J.S. Boyce

Jo Walton’s latest genre-defying novel, The Just City, revisits a favourite question of mine: Just how exactly should society be run? Her basic setup is that Pallas Athena and her brother Apollo are discussing Plato’s Republic, and decide, being gods: Why not put the plan to the test? So they pull willing thinkers from throughout time to give this social experiment a try. The result is as much an ode to Plato as it is a criticism of some of his ideas.

 
ELEMENTS by Suzanne Church

Jonathan Crowe

The publication last year of Suzanne Church’s Elements, her first collection of short stories, brought a measure of attention to a writer whose work had appeared mainly in Canadian small-press and semi-professional anthologies and magazines. Church, a Kitchener-based writer who attended the Clarion South workshop in 2005, is perhaps best known for “The Needle’s Eye,” a story from the Chilling Tales anthology that won the Aurora for Best Short Story in 2012, and “Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop,” which appeared in Clarkesworld.

 
How Copyright Laws Are Broken, and Why It Matters

Helen Michaud

I am an editor of an online Canadian science fiction magazine that publishes its content under a Creative Commons license, and a refugee from the print publishing industry who found a home in the software industry. So naturally when Cory Doctorow talks about copyright laws and the way they have evolved in the age of the Internet, it is very relevant to my interests. Not everyone is convinced by Doctorow’s perspective, but (to paraphrase his promise in the introduction to Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free), even if he’s wrong, it’s in a well-informed and thought-provoking way.

 

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ISSN: 1925-3141