Ideographies
  • Review: David Brin&#... Review: David Brin’s “Kiln People”, by Lee Battersby The Deus Ex Machina. Cheapest gag in the book. Bane of first year writing tutor. Great big fat neon glowing...
  • Editor’s Note:... Editor’s Note: Vol. 2, Issue 8 Even though Tim Pratt’s “Annabelle’s Alphabet” has been in print several times we...
  • 7:1: “Seer of ... 7:1: “Seer of Cities” by Nicole Kornher-Stace A day in the life of Seer of Cities. When Seer of Cities was eight, he fell out of the sky. Not that he...
  • Review: Guy Gavriel ... Review: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven, Reviewed by Liz Bourke Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay. Penguin, March 2010, $34.00, ISBN 9780670068098. Reviewed by Liz...
  • Review: M.C. Planck... Review: M.C. Planck’s The Kassa Gambit, reviewed by Liz Bourke M.C. Planck, The Kassa Gambit, ISBN: 9780765330925, Tor, January 2013. Reviewed by Liz Bourke. Planck seems...
Recent Comments
  • Diane Turnshek Says : My favorite line: "But sometime after midnight the...
  • Lynn Says : I felt the emotions. A beautiful story, thank you....
  • Fantasia Says : Quite interesting that by shortening the novel, it beca...
  • Lon Smith Roofing Reviews Fort Worth Says : 12:3: “A Painted Room”, by Adam Smith | Ideomancer Spec...
  • Joseph Marble Says : Pretty darn good. I really liked the dream like feel t...
  • CG Olsen Says : I really enjoyed this--very original and pertinent....
  • Tantra Bensko Says : Brilliant, and deeply moving, feels so real. Great plot...
  • Keri Bas Says : Hi there! Just noted that there's a typo in my last na...
  • Maya Says : Thank you!...
  • Myles Buchanan Says : Lovely....
  • Myles Buchanan Says : What a lovely poem. Fantastical, but with just enough a...
  • Cathy Says : Wonderful story!...
  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam Says : Wonderful....
  • Megan Arkenberg Says : Beautiful work. The world-building and the prose were e...
  • Machesis Says : Great story. The world the characters lived in unfolded...

Current Issue
Vol. 13 Issue 3
Editor's Note
Fiction
"Nothing Must Be Wasted" - Arkady Martine
“Chatarra” - N. M. Whitley
“Tasting Gomoa” - Chinelo Onwualu
Poetry
Three Prose Poems - Claudia Serea
"The Horse Lord" - Mary Soon Lee
"The Glass Men" - Alexandra Seidel
"Unknown Soldier" - Alexandra de Romen
Reviews
Gemma Files's We Will All Go Down Together - Claire Humphrey
Antoine Rouaud's The Path of Anger - Liz Bourke


Editor’s Note: Vol. 13 Issue 3...

Fall is coming in, and for our September issue we’d like to bring you three meditations on disposability and indispensability; what and who is called waste, and how that matters.

Arkady Martine’s “Nothing Must Be Wasted” weaves a sharp statement on the responsibilities and costs of power on a crippled Mongol generation ship; N.M. Whitley’s “Chatarra” shows one crucial day and night in the lives of two Barcelona scrap collectors; and Chinelo Onwualu’s “Tasting Gomoa” finishes this quarter’s fiction with a gut-wrenching tale of two wives, one house, and the subtleties of objectification.

Our poetry this month, from Claudia Serea, Mary Soon Lee, Alexandra Seidel, and Alexandra de Romen, continue the discussion of war, considerations, and how what we choose to throw away truly matters. And as always, our book reviewers bring us their thoughts on two of this fall’s new releases.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.

Enjoy the issue and your autumn, and we’ll see you at the end of the year.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 13 Issue 3
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Nothing Must Be Wasted”Arkady Martine
“Chatarra”N. M. Whitley
“Tasting Gomoa”Chinelo Onwualu
Poetry
Three Prose PoemsClaudia Serea
“The Horse Lord”Mary Soon Lee
“The Glass Men”Alexandra Seidel
“Unknown Soldier”Alexandra de Romen
Reviews
Gemma Files’s We Will All Go Down TogetherClaire Humphrey
Antoine Rouaud’s The Path of AngerLiz Bourke

Editor’s Note: Vol. 13, Issue 2...

It’s the cusp of summer, and for this quarter’s Ideomancer we’re pleased to bring you a matched, lingering pair of contemporary pieces.

Michael J. DeLuca’s “Virtual Goods” builds a quiet statement, among the post-industrial ruins of a Ukraine town, on goals, hope, and the ultimate value of art; beside it, Drew Rhys White’s “Always Forever Now” meditates on Christianity, polyamory, and sacrifice; the future, the present, and the past.

Our poetry this month, from Virginia M. Mohlere, Sara Saab, Adrienne J. Odasso, Dominik Parisien, and Lynette Mejía, ties them together with flourishes on memory, identity, family, and a sweet spring-summer wind. And as always, our book reviewers bring us their thoughts on two of this summer’s new releases.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.

Enjoy the issue, have a wonderful summer, and we’ll see you when the autumn comes in.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 13 Issue 2
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Virtual Goods”Michael J. DeLuca
“Always Forever Now”Drew Rhys White
Poetry
“Cardyssey”Virginia M. Mohlere
“Inheritance, Far from the Center of the World”Sara Saab
“The Memory-Thief”Adrienne J. Odasso and Dominik Parisien
“Princess”Lynette Mejía
Reviews
Will McIntosh’s DefendersLiz Bourke
Jo Walton’s My Real ChildrenClaire Humphrey

Editor’s Note: Vol. 13, Issue 1...

Happy spring, and welcome to our first Ideomancer of 2014!

We open this quarter’s trio of stories on thresholds and the new with Maya Surya Pillay’s debut publication. “ALPINES” is a gorgeously melancholy, intimate tour through one girl’s personal future Johannesburg and the ruins of a friendship. In “The Colorless Thief”, Japanese author Yukimi Ogawa tells a lyrical and biting postcolonial tale about exploitation and the nature of beauty. And finally, Tochi Onyebuchi’s “Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown, Or Cecile Meets a Boxer: A Love Story” twines together two androids, the sweet science, and what we do to become whole.

Our poetry this month, from Shannon Quinn, Sara Cleto, Michael Matheson, and Sonya Taaffe, touch on that divide — and the tie — between the beautiful and the inevitable. And as always, our book reviewers bring us their thoughts on two of this spring’s new releases.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.

Enjoy the issue, have a wonderful spring, and we’ll see you in the summertime.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 13 Issue 1
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Alpines”Maya Surya Pillay
“The Colorless Thief”Yukimi Ogawa
“Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown, Or Cecile Meets a Boxer: A Love Story”Tochi Onyebuchi
Poetry
“Clockmaker”Shannon Quinn
“The Cultivation of Beauty”Sara Cleto
“The Weight of Winter” Michael Matheson
“In Conclusion”Sonya Taaffe
Reviews
Ursula Pflug’s The Alphabet StonesMaya Chhabra
Peter Higgins’s Truth and FearLiz Bourke

Editor’s Note: Vol. 12 Issue 4...

Our final issue of the year presents a handful of ephemeral endings to round out 2013.

A. Merc Rustad’s “Thread” upends light, dark, alien intelligence, and the symbology of far-future science fiction in a story of quiet revolution. In “The Mammoth”, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam guides us through a near-future landscape of ongoing extinctions and the nuances of a waning father-daughter relationship. And finally, Michael Matheson’s “The Last Summer” twines two hauntings together to grasp at a golden childhood moment about to fade away.

Our poetry this month, from Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, Natalia Theodoridou, Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and Ada Hoffmann, circles around those tenuous spaces where some things die and others change. And as always, our book reviewers bring us their thoughts on two of this winter’s new releases.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.

Enjoy the issue and your wintertime, and we’ll see you in 2014.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 12 Issue 4
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Thread”A. Merc Rustad
“The Mammoth”Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“The Last Summer”Michael Matheson
Poetry
“River”Kelly Rose Pfug-Back
“Blackmare”Natalia Theodoridou
“Skin”Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman
“The Changeling’s Escape”Ada Hoffmann
Reviews
Nalo Hopkinson’s Sister MineClaire Humphrey
Mary Anne Mohanraj’s The Stars ChangeClaire Humphrey

Editor’s Note: Vol. 12, Issue 3...

Our fall issue centres around a subject we’ve not often discussed before in these pages: family and parenting.

Adam Smith’s “A Painted Room” quietly tackles the fears and joys and resentments of parenting—and how those changes in turn change you. Sarah Byrne’s “Loved and Lost” struggles with the question of whether there is a world too bad to bring a child into, and the tenuous balance between pain and hope. And finally, Danielle Coombs debuts in our pages with “Melusine”, a breathtaking reply to everything we assume about the selkie story.

Our poetry this month, from Brittany Warman, Sarah Terry, Quinn White, and Dominik Parisien, pries into the relationships we have with our parents and our children: be they here, or far gone, or ghostly. And as always, our book reviewers bring us their thoughts on two of this fall’s new releases.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.

Enjoy the issue, and have an excellent autumn.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 12 Issue 3
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“A Painted Room”Adam Smith
“Loved and Lost”Sarah Byrne
“Melusine”Danielle Coombs
Poetry
“Speech of the Witch of the End”Brittany Warman
“Tuesday Tuesday, Born on Wednesday, Was Born to Travel Time”Sarah Terry
“Cosmology”Quinn White
“When He Fell”Dominik Parisien
Reviews
Beth Bernobich’s AllegianceLiz Bourke
Jaime Lee Moyer’s Delia’s ShadowLiz Bourke

Editor’s Note: Vol. 12, Issue 2...

For our summer issue this year? A lighter note. (Shocked? So are we!)

We’re kicking off with return contributor A.C. Wise’s “Operation: Annihilate Mars! Or, Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron” – because there is no saying no to spacefaring, crime-fighting drag queens. Try it. We’ll wait.

Our second piece for this month, Vicki Saunders’s “Deus Ex Chelonia,” takes us on the most whimsical post-apocalyptic quest we’ve read in years and years.

We’re only running two fiction pieces this issue to make room for an interview with this quarter’s featured author: Ideomancer alumnus Sofia Samatar speaks with us about language, craft, and her first novel, A Stranger in Olondria. Her “Undoomed” is also featured in our poetry section this month, alongside work from Alicia Cole and Rob Bliss, and reviews of this quarter’s new releases.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.

Enjoy the issue, and have a bright and happy summer!

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 12 Issue 2
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron”A. C. Wise
“Deux ex Chelonia”Vicki Saunders
Poetry
“Undoomed”Sofia Samatar
“Artemis Speaks to Aphrodite”Alicia Cole
“Solaris”Rob Bliss
Interview
“Sofia Samatar, author of A Stranger in Olondria”
Reviews
Karen Lord’s The Best of All Possible WorldsLiz Bourke
Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan PoeClaire Humphrey

Page 1 of 1112345...10...Last »