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.
Vol. 13 Issue 1
“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
“Clockmaker” – Shannon Quinn
“The Cultivation of Beauty” – Sara Cleto
“The Weight of Winter” – Michael Matheson
“In Conclusion” – Sonya Taaffe
Ursula Pflug’s The Alphabet Stones – Maya Chhabra
Peter Higgins’s Truth and Fear – Liz Bourke