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ISSUE no. 17 - WINTER 2014

In this issue of AE, the fair comes to town; ghosts walk the streets; and a ship races toward love.

Meanwhile, AE invites Dangerous Visions; D.F. McCourt profiles Jim Munroe; and Helen Michaud reviews the book that started the CC revolution.

FICTION
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.”

 
The Carnival on the End of Town

Iain Ishbel

All of the rides were different from the last time the carnival had come. Dylan claimed there was a dog torture booth last time too, but they all agreed he was lying.

 
Dreaming Drones

Rich Larson

The two policemen across from John on the metro were turning off their shouldercams. That was never a good sign.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
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.

 
AE Classics: The Star Diaries

D.F. McCourt

I once knew a Polish lady who had completed a master’s degree in Russian literature at a university in Warsaw before emigrating to Canada and starting a business operating a food truck. We first started talking when she noticed me reading the Constance Garnett translation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. She admonished me. There were so many good novels written in English, she said, that it was a shame to waste my time reading books in translation. But even she made an allowance for Stanislaw Lem. So I want to preface all this by saying that, unfortunately, I cannot read Polish and thus, in every case here, I am talking about the 1976 translation by Michael Kandel.

 
Over the Transom: The Not-So-Dark Future

Helen Michaud

Dark is cool, they say. But stack the cards too much against a story’s protagonists, or society, or humanity as a whole, and dark can become exhausting.

 

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