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Current Issue
Vol. 14 Issue 1
Editor's Note
Fiction
"ζῆ καὶ βασιλεύει" - Sonya Taaffe
“Andromache and the Dragon” - Brittany Pladek
“The Changeling and the Sun” - Lee S. Hawke
Poetry
"Twinned at Pasture" - Alicia Cole
"Cyber Saloon" - Steve Klepetar
"under a flowering cherry tree" - Yunsheng Jiang
"For a Lighter Spring Carryon" - SArah Ann Winn
Reviews
Mark Turner's When the Heavens Fall - Liz Bourke


Editor’s Note: Vol. 11, Issue 1...

Our first issue of 2012 tangles, as everything outside the window’s slowly waking up, with the complications of desire.

In Sofia Samatar’s “The Nazir”, two very different women struggle with being kept from the things they want — or, alternately, the price of getting them; S.E. Gale’s “Chorus of the Dead” mingles regret, desire, and silences into a less-usual story about death; and George Galuschak’s “The Wanting Game” defines a line between want, and sacrifice, and need.

Poetry from Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, W.C. Roberts, N. Marin, and Robert K. Gardner yearns for certainty, and completion, and what was and what could be — and as always, there are the usual book reviews.

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, enjoy your spring, and may you get that much closer to the things you uncomplicatedly desire.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 11 Issue 1
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“The Nazir”Sofia Samatar
“Chorus of the Dead”S. E. Gale
“The Wanting Game”George Galuschak
Poetry
“Sweet Mercy, Her Body an Ark of Wild Beasts”Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
“ZuZu’s Petals”W. C. Roberts
“Vintage”N. Marin
“Nightstorm”Robert K. Gardner
Reviews
Elizabeth Bear’s Range of GhostsLiz Bourke
Michele Lang’s Dark VictoryMaya Chhabra

Editor’s Note: Vol. 10, Issue 4...

Our final issue for 2011 speaks on a winter topic: connection, and isolation, for the months when we here at Ideomancer headquarters are hemmed in most by the snow and dark, and reach out most to each other for light.

Michael John Grist’s “The Orphan Queen” shows, slantwise, the terribleness of isolation and the terrible bravery it takes to conquer it; Kenneth Schneyer’s “Neural Net,” one of our first pieces of hyperfiction in much too long, echoes through its intertwined structure the ideas of withdrawal, and love, and hiding from the world; and Erica Satifka returns to our pages with “Signs Following”, a soft, edged story about faraway places and the things we will do when our ties to both friends and universe are threatened.

Poetry from Mary Turzillo, Brit Mandelo, C.G. Olsen, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel dips from relationships to houses to black holes, all places to be alone together, and as always, the usual book reviews.

We’d also like to note another staff departure: Marsha Sisolak has been a part of Ideomancer since 2002, as a junior editor, then publisher, and then the aesthetic eye behind the art that goes up with every story and poem we publish, and after almost a decade in the small press coal mines, she’s moving on to focus more on her own (excellent!) writing. Thank you, Marsha – you’ll be missed!

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.

Happy holidays, keep each other warm, and have a wonderful winter.

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 10 Issue 4
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“The Orphan Queen”Michael John Grist
“Neural Net”Kenneth Schneyer
“Signs Following”Erica Satifka
Poetry
“Persephone in Autumn”Mary Turzillo
“On Moving Into Your New Home”Brit Mandelo
“The Cabin and the Stars”C. G. Olsen
“Taking it Slow”David Kopaska-Merkel
Reviews
Terry Pratchett’s SnuffLiz Bourke
Caitlin Sweet’s Pattern ScarsLeah Bobet

Editor’s Note: Vol. 10, Issue 3...

Our September 2011 issue picks at the notion of time: the time we have, the time we don’t, and the breaking of all those rules entirely.

Georgina Bruce’s “Convent Geometry” reaches across time and space, through walls, against sickness to bring three people together – to somewhat dire consequences; Ian Donald Keeling’s “Broken” splinters it to reflect one man’s splintered heart; and Jen Volant’s “Jacob and the Jane Riches”, finds what might heal our wounds when time doesn’t do the job.

Poetry from Liz Bourke, David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans, Jacqueline West, and J.C. Runolfson goes back towards the classics, stops off at Mark Twain, and dips forward, into the whole of the universe, and this month’s book reviews cover two books which use historical elements to deadly effect.

We’d like to also take this opportunity to thank our long-time (and founding!) poetry editor, Jaime Lee Moyer, on the occasion of her departure from Ideomancer, and to welcome our new poetry editor, former associate editor Beth Langford, to the department.

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.

Have a great autumn!

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 10 Issue 3
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Convent Geometry”Georgina Bruce
“Broken”Ian Donald Keeling
“Jacob and the Jane Riches”Jen Volant
Poetry
“Year of Miracles”Liz Bourke
“The Egg that Exploded”David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans
“Buying the Muse”Jacqueline West
“Mark Twain Feels the Storm”J. C. Runolfson
Reviews
David Nickle’s EutopiaLeah Bobet
Chris Wooding’s The Black Lung CaptainLiz Bourke

Editor’s Note: Vol. 10, Issue 2...

Our June 2011 issue is full of summer travels, both physical and of the mind and soul and heart.

Cory Skerry’s “Rendered Down” sets us off to sea, and across the thin line between one world and the next. Alter Reiss’s “A Letter from Northern Niaro” narrates a trip into the country, and the distance grown between the person one is and the person one used to be. Finally, Anatoly Belilovsky’s “Chrestomathy”, with the misfiring of a bullet, crosses continents and builds a dizzying and breathtaking new history.

Poetry from repeat contributors Megan Arkenberg, Mike Allen, and W.C. Roberts and first-time contributor Shannon Connor Winward rounds out the issue, taking us out to distant, devastated planets; deep into our own skins; back in time, and forward. And our staff reviewers survey a quartet of modern-style mysteries that cross into the Arthurian and the mimetic, and hop across the Atlantic.

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.

Happy summer!

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 10 Issue 2
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Rendered Down”Cory Skerry
“A Letter From Northern Niaro”Alter S. Reiss
“Chrestomathy”Anatoly Belilovsky
Poetry
“Redcap Repast”WC Roberts
“The Conqueror of Mars, To His Beloved”Megan Arkenberg
“Splendours To Devour”Mike Allen
“Beansidhe”Shannon Connor Winward
Reviews
Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London and Moon Over SohoLiz Bourke
Richard Matheson’s Other KingdomsMaya Chhabra
David Bledsoe’s Dark JennyMaya Chhabra

Editor’s Note: Vol. 10, Issue 1...

Spring is springing – slowly – into our back yards and back closets and the backs of our brains alike. So in honour of the best new-old thing that happens all year, our March 2011 issue has three stories full of slanted spring sunlight; stories light enough to float; stories about beginnings.

Sandra Odell returns to our virtual pages with “Just Be,” a story about a warm afternoon and a simple renewal and just how good that can be. Emily Skaftun’s “Apology for Fish-Dude” starts our feet down a brand new road, and shows how, in some ways, wherever we are we stay the same. Finally, Su-Yee Lin’s “Ascension” takes us, birds and leaves and all, into the sky and sailing off to summertime.

We’re also trying a new-old thing ourselves: a featured poet. Our March featured poet is Mari Ness, and this issue showcases three of her poems – “Grandma and the Puka,” “Nile Song,” and “Soul Street,” as well as an interview on both the art of speculative poetry and her take on the field itself.

All that, as well as a double handful of reviews!

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.

Until summertime,

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 10 Issue 1
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“Just Be”Sandra Odell
“Apology for Fish-Dude”Emily C. Skaftun
“Ascension”Su-Yee Lin
Poetry
“Grandma and the Puka”Mari Ness
“Nile Song”Mari Ness
“Soul Street”Mari Ness
Interview: Mari Ness, Featured Poet
Reviews
Connie Willis’s Blackout and All ClearMaya Chhabra
Lauren Beuke’s Zoo CityMaya Chhabra
Daniel Fox’s Hidden CitiesLiz Bourke

Editor’s Note: Vol. 9, Issue 4...

Here in the northern hemisphere, it’s the dark of the year and getting cold fast. Our December 2010 issue’s a solstice one: stories about, and for, the end of the year and the end — and beginning — of the world.

Becca de la Rosa’s “When the Light Left” is a purest solstice story, about darkness and light and dancing. Nadia Bulkin’s “Lucky You” breaks the world and then draws us through to the other side; and Stephen Case’s “What I Wrote for Andronicus” goes even farther, into death and the afterlife and the end of an afterlife, and through that, into spring.

Our poets this month — Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, WC Roberts, and Liz Bourke — round out the issue with a trio of night flights.

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.

Happy longest night, and we’ll see you in the new year!

Leah Bobet
Publisher

Contents
Vol. 9 Issue 4
Editor’s Note
Fiction
“When the Light Left”Becca de la Rosa
“Lucky You”Nadia Bulkin
“What I Wrote for Andronicus”Stephen Case
Poetry
“My Bones’ Cracked Abacus”Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
“No Son of Daedalus”WC Roberts
“Pinion”Liz Bourke
Reviews
Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under HeavenLiz Bourke
Craig Davidson’s Sarah CourtClaire Humphrey

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