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ISSUE no. 23 - SUMMER 2016

In this issue of AE, the food chain surfaces; love conquers a little too much; and September scares May to death.

Meanwhile, we release our annual podcast; Wes Smiderle reviews Jeff Lemire; and J.J.S. Boyce surveys tales about animals.

FICTION
The Crack of the .bat

Andrew Franklin

A quick thumb scan and I was talking with the closest thing to a person in the room. The only expensive thing in the building, the manager’s best friend, and our profiler: Bert.

 
Rare Specimen

Scott Shank

It wasn't how the man clawed at empty air, or how he barrel-rolled once, taking in a final 360-degree view of earth and sky. The memory Johanna held onto was of the man's face, painted black as a new moon.

 
Scar Tissue

Brad Preslar

Dee opens her eyes to a dark room. One cheek rests on the cool concrete floor. Inches from her face, a spider web extends from the concrete up to the ceiling. The web shakes.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
NECESSITY by Jo Walton

Jonathan Crowe

Necessity, the third and concluding volume of Jo Walton’s Thessaly trilogy, is not a book that can be read on its own. You really do want to read the first two volumes, The Just City and The Philosopher Kings, first. As I pointed out in my review of those two books last year, this series is philosophical science fiction in the most literal sense. It’s the story of Greek gods creating a real-world city based on Plato’s Republic as a thought experiment, designed to explore concepts of consent, volition and equal significance.

 
THE GASLIGHT DOGS by Karin Lowachee

Wes Smiderle

Easing a reader into a fictional world can be like coaxing a timid swimmer into an outdoor pool. Sometimes the water’s chilly. The key to successfully introducing a vast new world is verisimilitude. A writer must capture the truth of a place using characters and details that are plainly untrue.

 
TOO FAR GONE by Chadwick Ginther

Helen Michaud

There are trilogies where each volume stands relatively independent, or can be enjoyed on its own merits without deep knowledge of its siblings. Chadwick Ginther’s Thunder Road series is not one of these. Not only do the later volumes draw much of their emotional resonance from the events of the preceding ones, but reading them in the wrong order will also spoil major plot details from the books that have come before. So, if you’re not already acquainted with the adventures of Ted Callan, I’m not going to convince you to start here.

 

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