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ISSUE no. 18 - SPRING 2015

In this issue of AE, technology helps us fall in love; the sky is tucked away for good; and a robot helps keep things neat.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Crowe reviews Matthew Johnson's short fiction; we look back on 2014 with our annual podcast; and the AE Micro contest is in session.

FICTION
Don Juan 2.0

Rich Larson

Jack had only been running Don Juan 2.0 for a week, and he was already getting hella action.

 
Drying Grass Moon

Stephen Case

He imagined a sound no longer heard: an ever-present thrum finally switched off, a vibration on the wind gone still.

 
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.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
CARBIDE TIPPED PENS

J.J.S. Boyce

Carbide Tipped Pens makes no claim to starting or representing a movement within science fiction, nor is it centered around a particular topic or theme. Neither is it a “best of.” All but one story are original to this anthology, with only Jack McDevitt’s “The Play’s the Thing” being a reprint from 2013 (an enjoyable short tale about an intelligent Shakespeare program picking up his writing career where he left off). So the editors also lacked the benefit of posterity in making their selections. Nevertheless, this unassuming anthology is probably the strongest to come out for at least the last couple of years.

 
Announcing AE Micro 6

AE Editors

It’s time once again for our annual AE Micro contest: We give you a one-word theme. You send us a very short story. We pick the best and publish a special edition microzine.

 
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.

 

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ISSN: 1925-3141