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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.

FICTION
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.”

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
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.

 
Letter from the Editors, Issue 17

D.F. McCourt

Four years. If AE were a person it would have just started junior kindergarten. But magazines grow up far faster than that, especially today. We say a ten-year old dog is seventy in “dog years” because, like a seventy-year-old human, that dog is starting to get within spitting distance of its life expectancy. If we apply that logic to magazines, AE is ancient. Only 20% of new periodicals survive to celebrate a fourth birthday, making us about 90 in magazine years.

 

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