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Issue 120 Volume 12 April 2008


Archives Editorial Serials and Long Fiction Poetry and Filk Music Short Stories Features Series


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The Senior Editor's usual rants about whatever…

Serials and Novellas

Ben Crowell
A story about the how the human heart remains the same even as global warming irrevocably changes the earth. Oh, and where do those Bugs come from?

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Short Stories

Ars Poetica
Lawrence Buentello
Tristine Clover had been designed to be a poet, her DNA customized for that purpose, but tests indicated that her aptitudes lay elsewhere. Of course, no True Artist would accept "reeducation" for a more mundane career without a struggle!

Coffee Anderson
PeeWee was only two years old, and unlikely to make it to three unless an odd assortment of people scattered around the globe could cure the artificial disease in his blood.

Channel Surfing
E. S. Strout
A scientific breakthrough concealed in an innocuous-seeming package put incredible power at the fingertips of whoever possessed it. Controlling that power was another matter…

J. B. Hogan
Some people get a second chance before they make the worst mistake of their lives.

Family Values
Sheri Downing
Violet looked less than half her age, thanks to potions and rituals that had been in her family for generations. Free to use her full powers after two years of restrictions placed on her due to earlier… indiscretions, she had just begun a new campaign to gain wealth and at least the illusion of love when her mother summoned her home.

Stephen Patrick
Lieutenant Daniel Barnes and his Angels were the best of the best. Their mission: destroy the lair of the notorious terrorist leader Gideon. But things went to hell before they even landed — and then they got worse.

The Kill
Mark Phillips
To stem the rising tendency to violence, they instituted a cathartic rite of passage that would determine whether a child was fit to join civilized society. Now it was Joey Bailey's turn.

They Never Knew
Richard Tornello
Rick Stevens stumbled on a box of old documents (or rather just missed having it fall on his head). The contents hinted at a secret that had been hidden for more than a century — but was still worth his life.

Voyages of the Earthship Horus: Alice
Michael Joseph
The crew of the Horus only wanted to take a shortcut. But along the way, they found a living spaceship in need of a pilot — and a threat to galactic civilization.

Results of Forum Flash Challenge for March 2008

Congratulations to Bill Wolfe, winner of the March 2008 Forum Flash Fiction Challenge.
Check out Between Scareds and four more snack-sized morsels of True (sort of) Confessions (after you read and comment on our other fine features, of course…) And check the Fun and Games folder of the Forum in April for another impossible mission in the Flash zone!

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Poetry and Filk Music

Au Naturale
Lyn Perry

Richard H Fay

Michaela Sefler

Full Moon Pulls At Him
Heather Kuehl

King Lear by Ganges, The Bard Of Bladbut
John Grey

Shire Oaks
Jon Stocks

The Artist
Don Coonrod

Toys Toys
Richard Tornello

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Articles and features

Matinee Musings: Cloverfield
Lee Alon
Lee spends an afternoon at the movies, taking in Paramount Pictures' unconventional creature feature.

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