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ISSUE no. 20 - FALL 2015

In this issue of AE, looks can deceive; researchers pursue a tea-based breakthrough; and a small advance in science is made.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Crowe, Dale Sproule and J.J.S. Boyce review Jo Walton, Helen Marshall, and Robert Charles Wilson.

FICTION
Love Among Dead and Crawling Things

Brian Trent

It’s been three months since I even bothered to look at a highway billboard: too often they feature bloated bottles crawling on a Caribbean beach or twitching in a dusky-hued tavern.

 
The Tea-Space Continuum

Wendy Nikel

“It’s happening more often, Frank. I’ve lost three cups this week. They have to be going somewhere.”

 
The Patent Bagger

Suzanne Church

A green Honourable Mention ribbon was pinned to Carl’s display. With both hands, Jonathan picked up the cumbersome jar with the dog inside, turning it this way and that.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
Back to School ... In the Future

J.J.S. Boyce

When I’m at the proverbial cocktail party and introduce myself as a teacher, it often gets people talking. After all, everybody went to school at some point, and many people have children who are themselves in school, so people have opinions on what’s right or wrong with the industry.

 
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

Jonathan Crowe

Station Eleven, the fourth novel by the Canadian-born, New York-based writer Emily St. John Mandel, is a prime example of non-genre science fiction — a novel written by an author not normally identified with science fiction, published by a mainstream rather than a genre imprint, but whose subject matter is unquestionably science fiction. Like others of its kind, it has received recognition from both mainstream and genre awards: It was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, but also won this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award and is a finalist for the Sunburst Award and the British Fantasy Award (the latter inexplicably in the horror category).

 
Stepping into a Possible Future

Dale L. Sproule

Karl Schroeder’s five-book Virga series was a spectacular mash-up of popular trends and memes: buccaneers, the courts of Europe, steampunk, AI — all dropped into a breathtakingly visual, theoretically viable science fictional universe. The books are smart and fun with a great cast of characters — and, although the series wasn’t expressly written for a young audience, its sense of adventure, eclecticism and familiarity gained Schroeder an enthusiastic YA following.

 

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