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ISSUE no. 20 - FALL 2015

In this issue of AE, a small advance in science is made; an old enemy reappears; and an Internet search returns unexpected results.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Crowe, Dale Sproule and J.J.S. Boyce review Jo Walton, Helen Marshall, and Robert Charles Wilson.

FICTION
The Patent Bagger

Suzanne Church

A green Honourable Mention ribbon was pinned to Carl’s display. With both hands, Jonathan picked up the cumbersome jar with the dog inside, turning it this way and that.

 
A Multiverse Love Story

Jakob Drud

“My name is Donald Janson. I am here to marry you so we can be the happiest couple in the multiverse.”

 
Wire Paladin

Stephen S. Power

At first the emails from SearchBot were merely aggravating.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
The Just City and The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton

Jonathan Crowe

Science fiction has often been described as the “literature of ideas,” so it’s no surprise that books have always been arguing with one another about those ideas. Delany’s Triton with Le Guin’s Dispossessed. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers with Harrison’s Bill the Galactic Hero, Haldeman’s Forever War, and Panshin’s Rite of Passage. Each book adds to the genre’s ongoing conversation, generating arguments for the next book to respond to.

 
The Antithesis of SF: Helen Marshall’s GIFTS FOR THE ONE WHO CAME AFTER

Dale L. Sproule

We modern entertainment consumers have universes at our fingertips. Over the course of more than a generation, many, if not most, of us have become jaded to spectacles that were awe-inspiring when science fiction started becoming popular in the middle of the 20th century. But the dazzle, the scale, the concepts — none of it is new anymore.

 
The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

J.J.S. Boyce

Robert Charles Wilson is back in fine form with his latest novel, perhaps his finest since Spin. In it, he tackles Big Data and social networking, children of our nascent century which have nevertheless quickly grown up together, and brought the world with them.

 

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