Wednesday, 1 July 2020

New issue: 2020.54

“It hurts me that, if global warming still continues, if global warming continues on a large scale, it’s going to affect our future only; we the children and the coming future generation is going to suffer. So I wanted to do something about that, and that’s why I sued my government.”

—Ridhima Pandey
 [ Issue 2020.54; Cover art © 2020 Fluffgar ]

Issue 2020.54

Flash fiction
Short stories
Poetry
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1 comment:

Vanessa Fogg said...

This issue is so beautifully curated. Stories that play off one another with overlapping themes of darkness and hope, love and rebellion, and dreams of a better world. Juliet Kemp’s lovely flash story is about a dragon and a girl. And it’s also about the weight of and responsibilities of an ordinary life, and about waiting, and a dream followed at last. Celia Neri’s story is an utterly charming tale of an Italian countess with a mind for science, and the stereoscope that takes her on an unexpected journey. Wonderfully inventive, with a light touch even as it looks at some serious issues. Shelley Jones’ story is a strange, enigmatic, and gorgeous tale of a world that progresses through different ages, and a bird woman on her solitary journey. It’s a mysterious tale of birds and time and change. And Jordan Taylor offers a wonderful steampunk world of magic and Mechanicals and war, where a Queen can use the Divine Flame to light gunpowder and prime cannons. A dark, beautiful story of love, yearning, rebellion, and hope.

M Bennardo takes us into another type of darkness, as he probes the recent urban legend of Momo. His tale is an evocative, unsettling, and thoughtful meditation on our darkest fears and desires. And finally, AJ Fitzwater’s piece rounds out the issue beautifully. It’s an unusual story of time travel, in which a group of grieving friends discuss what steps they would take to change the past without changing the current world too much—and only for the better. A truly moving, poignant, and somewhat bittersweet tale of grief and love, that dares to imagine a better future and world.

The poems by Avra Margariti and Hester J. Rook are also lovely and in keeping with the issue’s themes. And so are the illustrations that accompany these stories and poems! Special thanks to Katharine A. Viola for illustrating my own story! I’m so happy to appear in this issue, alongside these talented writers and artists.