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