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ISSUE no. 18 - SPRING 2015

In this issue of AE, it's important to do things by the book; and technology provides the perfect love (or does it?)

Meanwhile, Jonathan Crowe reviews a collection by Suzanne Church; Helen Michaud writes about Cory Doctorow on copyright; and the AE Micro results will be announced soon.

FICTION
The Correct God Damn Procedure

Chopper German

Seems like, if we were actually an illegal, despicable pirate, we would’ve let it go. We would not have contacted you. But we did, so I guess that means we’re legal and ... spicable? And not a pirate.

 
My Seventh Marilyn

Michael Haynes

Seventeen months from Kiranga Station, I kill my sixth Marilyn as she lies in post-orgasmic bliss, her platinum hair splayed across her pillow.

 
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.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
ELEMENTS by Suzanne Church

Jonathan Crowe

The publication last year of Suzanne Church’s Elements, her first collection of short stories, brought a measure of attention to a writer whose work had appeared mainly in Canadian small-press and semi-professional anthologies and magazines. Church, a Kitchener-based writer who attended the Clarion South workshop in 2005, is perhaps best known for “The Needle’s Eye,” a story from the Chilling Tales anthology that won the Aurora for Best Short Story in 2012, and “Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop,” which appeared in Clarkesworld.

 
How Copyright Laws Are Broken, and Why It Matters

Helen Michaud

I am an editor of an online Canadian science fiction magazine that publishes its content under a Creative Commons license, and a refugee from the print publishing industry who found a home in the software industry. So naturally when Cory Doctorow talks about copyright laws and the way they have evolved in the age of the Internet, it is very relevant to my interests. Not everyone is convinced by Doctorow’s perspective, but (to paraphrase his promise in the introduction to Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free), even if he’s wrong, it’s in a well-informed and thought-provoking way.

 
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.

 

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ISSN: 1925-3141