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ISSUE no. 16 - FALL 2014

In this issue of AE, a ship races toward love; it's hard to make friends; and we witness a fight to the death.

Meanwhile, Helen Michaud reviews the book that started the CC revolution; Gregg Chamberlain talks to Robert Thirsk; J.J.S. Boyce reviews an anthology of political scifi.

FICTION
Automatic Sky

Stephen S. Power

The ansible drops the call. Hub smacks it. It’s an older model, which he bought from this guy he met, and hitting it sometimes works. Not this time.

 
The Good Girl

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Her whole life, she had wanted to feel wind on her skin and grass between her toes, to smell unfiltered air and blow on a dandelion puff, and that particular day had called to her like no other.

 
The Winnipeg Kid

Ken Gerber and Brian Hirt

I’m the meatgrinder, the widowmaker, the last-person-you-ever-look-at. I’m the Winnipeg Kid, and they only let me fight the expendable ones anymore.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
AE Bookshelf: Jim Munroe

D.F. McCourt

Jim Munroe landed a contract with HarperCollins for his debut novel and then, for his subsequent books, opted out. For the last fifteen years, Munroe has self-published, and helped and encouraged others to do the same. A veteran of the zine years, Munroe has latched on to the DIY ethic and embraced the fringe culture of indie publishing, proving, to everyone’s surprise but his, that from that freedom and chaos can come some of the most beautiful, polished, and moving works of art.
 
Disrupting the Publishing Industry, Magic Kingdom-Style

Helen Michaud

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is the kind of first novel any aspiring writer would be proud of. Doctorow’s first sentence exudes confidence; he draws the reader into his vision of the future by running down a rapid-fire checklist of its attributes like so many bullet points. He wastes no time in revealing the broad arc of the story he’s about to tell, and throughout the book he manages a delicate balance of teasing new ideas with one hand and fleshing them out with the other.

 
Robert Thirsk Treasures Outer Space Adventures

Gregg Chamberlain

Robert Brent Thirsk has been in orbit twice now representing Canada on the International Space Station, and he treasures his memories of the rare privilege of seeing Earth in all its glory from space.

The scientist-astronaut now has another special keepsake memory: a visit to Rideau Hall in Ottawa to meet with Canada’s Governor General Daniel Johnston for his induction as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

 

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