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ISSUE no. 18 - SPRING 2015

In this issue of AE, a robot helps keep things neat; the last man meets the first man; and all of Earth is haunted.

Meanwhile, we look back on 2014 with our annual podcast; J.J.S Boyce reviews Brent Hayward's Head Full of Mountains; and Helen Michaud dissects the voice.

FICTION
He Likes Things Tidy

Robert Dawson

Its shape was humanoid, though skeletally thin; shallow dents and ridges on the front of its head hinted at features. Despite its size, it walked silently.

 
The Backup

Nestor Delfino

John decided it was time to go for it. He typed one final command to fully disable CORID’s memory inhibitor ... and all hell broke loose.

 
Ghosts of Englehart

Rati Mehrotra

The aliens were there, of course, but then they were always there, no matter what Mum said. Watching me with their gold-dark eyes, waiting to see what I would do.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
IRREGULAR VERBS AND OTHER STORIES by Matthew Johnson

Jonathan Crowe

One of the best ways to understand where a writer is coming from is to read all their stories in one go: You can see more clearly what it is they’re up to — their obsessions, their shibboleths, their literary tricks. This can be a challenge when the writer has a considerable body of work behind them. But even young-ish and emerging writers have patterns to their work that can be subject to examination.

 
AE Podcast 2014

AE Editors

It's January and that means it's podcast season at AE. Looking back at the many fantastic stories it has been our honour to publish in 2014, we have selected three to feature in:

The AE 2014 Podcast

 
HEAD FULL OF MOUNTAINS by Brent Hayward

J.J.S. Boyce

Brent Hayward’s Head Full of Mountains is hardly a beach book. As demanding as it is sometimes meandering, the tightly limited third-person perspective and the author’s utter banishment of exposition force the reader to connect the dots slowly and painstakingly. It can be quite rewarding when another piece of the puzzle in Hayward’s richly detailed (if almost entirely inferred) backstory slides into place. But it is a significant upfront investment of time and concentrated effort, which can be a tough call for an uncertain payoff.

 

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ISSN: 1925-3141