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Downstate Story XXI

The latest issue is out of Downstate Story, an annual of original fiction from Peoria, Illinois, and one I recommend to fans of short fiction. Editor Elaine Hopkins assembles a fine group of short stories each December, and I’m happy to buy and read it every year. Her selections usually highlight the strange under side […]

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Is Science-Fiction Dying?

IS SCIENCE FICTION DYING? The question may seem dubious or melodramatic, but there’s been a fair amount of talk on the internet about this over the past few years. People in the Yahoo science-fiction discussion groups have discussed it, and bloggers, some of them pros, have  written about it. Myself, I don’t know if SF is dying, but it […]

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Stupefying Stories (January 2012 Issue)

            YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT THE JANUARY ISSUE OF STUPEFYING STORIES. A few of the stories are so-so; they suffer mainly from a tendency to cram in way too much exposition right at the beginning, though they generally have interesting premises and/or situations. A couple of the other stories are gems, though.  “Morality for Alchemists […]

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Remembering Gage Park (a review)

Remembering Gage Park by William P. Shunas; self-published through Xlibris; copyright 2010. Available at Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com), Amazon.com, and at http://www.Xlibris.com/Bookstore.  Paperback $15.00-20.00. Kindle edition $7.69              A fictional memoir, Remembering Gage Park  begins: “I was eight years old when I met   Connor. That was they day he nearly put out my eye. You […]

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