‘Playscape’ Short Review

Playscape follows the tragedy of a mother who has lost her child at a public park and the ensuing evolution of the case against her. We follow from the perspective of another mother who knew her. Opinions continue to evolve from sympathy to blaming the mother to personalizing the tragedy. The child has disappeared without…

‘The Free Orcs of Cascadia’ Short Review

The Free Orcs of Cascadia is a fascinating story detailing the creation of a counterculture where LARPing moves beyond the make believe and becomes reality. We see bands of people identifying as orcs and reverting their society back to pre-modern norms and fighting styles. They’re committed to their way of life, risking everything to live by…

‘Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees’ Short Review

Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees is the story of a robot in touch with their inner poet, embroiled in a decades-long war with no end in sight. The story begins in the midst of a battle with bullets flying left and right, shells exploding hills of sand, and the gore of death permeating…

The Men Who Come From Flowers (Short Review)

The Men Who Come From Flowers is deeper than its few words, giving us a story that’s equal parts romance, fantasy and a discussion on toxic masculinity. It’s written with feeling and a veiled intensity that I admired. THE MEN WHO COME FROM FLOWERS Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October…

Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story (Short Review)

Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story is a bizarre, wild tale following a man trying to cope with a strange situation. The well-done narrative is brilliantly interspersed with clickbait subtitles and article links. Overall, it’s an interesting albeit weird story that turns the impossible into the possible. IMPOSSIBLE MALE PREGNANCY: CLICK TO READ…

The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath (Short Review)

The Gallian Revolt as Seen From Sama-Sama Laundrobath takes us to the sidelines of a revolution, showing what happens in the day-to-day lives of the people in a warring land. The story features a strong main character amidst tightly crafted prose. We feel the fear associated with the changing of the guard, and the relief…

Discover New Worlds in ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’

This month’s issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction features excellent writers introducing us to worlds we’ve never imagined and universes we’ve longed to return to. From magic to time travel to alternate realities to space pirates, it’s all here. THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION July/August 2018 NOVELLAS Freezing Rain, a…

Shorts: Visible Cities

Visible Cities is filled with mesmerizing imagery of places hidden in plain sight, featuring oddities and alternate realities that defy explanation. I’m new to this world Pollack has created, but I found myself enthralled by this character and her abilities as she tries to find her lost teacher. It’s infinitely inventive writing that will set…

Shorts: Broken Wings

Broken Wings is a true action-adventure science-fiction tale, complete with space pirates, a love story, and plenty of quarreling. Ledbetter has adeptly created a character who is more powerful than she knows, who fights for what she wants. BROKEN WINGS William Ledbetter The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2018 STORY There’s intrigue, suspense,…