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ISSUE no. 23 - SUMMER 2016

In this issue of AE, September scares May to death; AE Micro comes out in May for a change; and humans crave contact.

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

FICTION
Jackrabbit's Revenge

Shane Halbach

The Jackrabbit was tight and sleek, small but nimble, and so perfectly tuned to Hadiyah that they moved like a single unit. Where others saw strange protrusions or the marriage of different designs, Hadiyah saw only utility and functionality.

 
You'll Never Walk Alone

Stephen S. Power

He can’t stop trying to touch her, though. It’s habit, and it’s heartbreaking.

 
When Alya Met Rigel

S. L. Saboviec

I may be a hundred and three, but my ability to spot liars is second only to my shooting.

 
NONFICTION & EDITORIAL
THE HEART GOES LAST by Margaret Atwood

Wes Smiderle

Margaret Atwood has always been wary of the term “science fiction.”

She prefers the label speculative fiction and, in a 2005 column for the Guardian, Atwood described what she considers to be the differences between  the two.

 
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby

Jonathan Crowe

Lately I’ve been noticing that thriller tropes and sensibilities are turning up more and more in the science fiction field. It occurs to me that a consideration of the thriller mode is a good way to begin our look at Madeline Ashby’s third and latest novel, Company Town.

 
A.E. van Vogt's Clane of Linn

J.J.S. Boyce

A.E. van Vogt is surely the most famous literary figure in the English science fiction world to come out of the tiny community of Gretna, Manitoba, populated primarily by German-speaking Mennonites during his childhood. Of course this is a comical understatement for a writer spoken of in the same breath as the Big Three of Heinlein, Clarke, and Asimov, and sometimes wedged, retroactively into the number one or number two spot.

 

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