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ISSUE no. 21 - WINTER 2015

In this issue of AE, an officer hopes to compensate for disaster; a touch is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; and a demigod fights battles big and small.

Meanwhile, Helen Michaud reviews Chris Hadfield; D.F. McCourt surveys William Gibson's work; and AE celebrates its fifth birthday!

One Way Trip in a Stasis Suit

Ken Gerber and Brian Hirt

The commander’s voice was a false calm. Mechanical. He was already dead and he knew it.

“All personnel, evacuate sections one through six. Repeat, all personnel ...”

Last Time I Saw You

H.L. Fullerton

“Do you ever dream of touching me?” Evid says, placing her gloved arm atop mine.


Devin Carless

“They still think it’s a stroke?”

“I let them think that.”

Rockstars in Space; Astronauts on Earth

Helen Michaud

I’ve never been one to dream about going into space. Packing for Mars and the movie Gravity, while both entertaining, did nothing to make me think climbing into a Soyuz and being shot into orbit was something I’d personally enjoy, even if it didn’t take years of rigorous selection and training to get there. But Colonel Chris Hadfield’s memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, gave me a taste of what it’s like to want that more than anything and an appreciation of what it really means to be an astronaut.

AE Bookshelf: William Gibson

D.F. McCourt

It’s hard to imagine we’ve made it five years without tackling the incredible oeuvre of William Gibson, the author we are so eager to claim as Canadian that we have forgiven his American birth. Gibson burst onto the scene in 1984 with Neuromancer, the novel that launched a thousand terrible imitations (and a half dozen or so very good ones). Since then, he’s given us ten more novels, a wealth of short fiction, and a string of radically political non-fiction. So where to start?

Over the Transom: Meet Our Readers

Helen Michaud

Over the years, this column has mostly been my attempt to capture my thought process while reviewing submissions, but the actual process that stories go through from our inbox to the front page is much more collaborative. For nearly the past year, we’ve had Tim Ford and Lou Sytsma add their perspectives to the mix, which I believe only makes us stronger. In the hopes of giving a glimpse into how we select our stories, the three of us got together virtually to chat about how we approach reading for AE. This makes for a longer “Over the Transom” entry than the others, but hopefully a more entertaining one as well.



AE thanks SF Canada





ISSN: 1925-3141