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

Editor’s Note: Vol. 9, Issue 3...

Our September 2010 issue delves into some off-kilter relationships: how they go subtly right, or wrong, and what we do about it.

Sandra Odell’s “Afterglow” takes an aspect of love and need and transforms it into something literal and disturbing; Lenora Rose’s “It Shall Come to Pass on a Summer’s Day” hops through time, showing the complications of a narrative that’s usually rendered simple; and Catherine Krahe’s “Fairest in the Land” takes on the most interesting, and maybe most neglected phase of a relationship: after it ends.

Our poets this month—Rachel Swirsky, David Kopaska-Merkel, Mikal Trimm, and Ann K. Schwader—round out the issue.

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.

See you in December!

Leah Bobet

Vol. 9 Issue 3
Editor’s Note
“Fairest in the Land”Catherine Krahe
“It Shall Come to Pass on a Summer’s Day”Lenora Rose
“Afterglow”Sandra Odell
“An Evening in Pompeii”Rachel Swirsky
“diurnal/nocturnal”David Kopaska-Merkel
“Moondance”Mikal Trimm
“Time Ghosts”Ann K. Schwader
Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears DeathElizabeth Bear
Douglas Smith’s ChimerascopeAlyssa Smith
George Mann’s Ghosts of ManhattanJohn Bowker

Editor’s Note: Vol. 9, Issue 2...

Our June 2010 issue focuses on questions of histories, real and imagined: what happened, what we would have liked to have happened; how we imagined things to have been.

Lon Prater’s “The Atrocities of King George” tackles the question of revisionist history head-on — in a slightly revised history of its own. Ilan Lerman’s “Saint Stephen Street” remixes, rejigs, and recurves around a history that its protagonists would rather not remember. Finally, Megan Arkenberg’s “The Copperroof War” shows what happens with the histories nobody wants to tell, and what happens when history itself, dusty and stored away, becomes deadly indeed.

Our poets this month — Larry Hammer, Stephen M. Wilson, Jennifer Crow, Amal El-Mohtar, and Jessica P. Wick — take us from the lofty heights of Alexandria to the more mundane historical questions of he said, she said.

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 autumn!

Leah Bobet

Vol. 9 Issue 2
Editor’s Note
“The Atrocities of King George”Lon Prater
“Saint Stephen Street”Ilan Lerman
“The Copperroof War”Megan Arkenberg
“Kassandra”Larry Hammer
“Tasting Books on her Lover’s Hands”Jennifer Crow
“Imagined World”Stephen M. Wilson
“Courting Song for Selkies”Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica P. Wick
Gemma Files’s Book of TonguesLeah Bobet
Michelle West’s City of NightMarsha Sisolak

Editor’s Note: Vol. 9, Issue 1...

Welcome to our first issue of 2010, and the launch of an upgraded, updated Ideomancer!

We’ve, let’s say, been busy.

It’s been a long time coming and a lot of sweat, but we’ve rebuilt, redesigned, and relaunched the website: as well as the usual fiction, poetry, and non-fiction offerings, there’s now easy access to our Twitter feed and Facebook page, a shoutbox and comments function to let you, the reader, talk back, and a tidier, modernized build. The design credit goes to Erin Hoffman, Associate Editor and our new webmaster, who donated her considerable skill to build us something beautiful. Tip yer hats, folks!

We’re also launching a new feature on the Ideomancer Livejournal Community: Associate Editor Alena McNamara will curate the Ideomancer Atlas of Imagination, a collection of links, bobs, flotsam, and cool stuff we’ve found washed up on the Internet that illumines the geography of the imagination. The Atlas of Imagination will turn a page every Monday and Saturday.

Thanks to the hard design and research work of our poetry editor, Jaime Lee Moyer, we’ve also set up a swag shop at Skreened, which, aside from making tee-shirts, tote bags, mugs, and hoodies, sources from ethical companies, uses green manufacturing processes, and supports projects around the world through Kiva microloans. So: a portion of every purchase from the new Ideomancer Swag Shop finances projects around the world. Another portion helps feed Ideomancer’s authors and poets.

There’s more to come: we have, as they say, Plans (TM) for the next year. But on to the issue!

March’s fiction and poetry explores loss and regrets across time, space, and genre, and in some unexpected ways. LaShawn M. Wanak returns for a second appearance in our pages with “Future Perfect,” a decidedly different take on the question of doing it over again; Nicole J. LeBoeuf’s “The Day the Sidewalks Melted” offers a vivid look at personal apocalypses; and Autumn Christian’s “Sunshine, Sunshine” explores the edges of the things we never even admit are missing in lush, Gothic prose.

Our poets this month — Nebula nominee Rachel Swirsky, Chris Flowers, Liz Bourke, and Shef Reynolds — throw in their own riffs on the questions of loss and regret.

Leah Bobet

Vol. 9 Issue 1
Editor’s Note
“Future Perfect”LaShawn M. Wanak
“Sunshine, Sunshine”Autumn Christian
“The Day the Sidewalks Melted”Nicole J. LeBoeuf
“Mundane”Rachel Swirsky
“Voyager 2, Upon Arrival”Chris Flowers
“Autocannibalism: Not a Love Poem”Liz Bourke
“Lunar Parable”Shef Reynolds
Aliette de Bodard’s Servant of the UnderworldElizabeth Bear
Parsec Ink’s Triangulation: Dark GlassErin Hoffman

Editor’s Note: Vol. 8, Issue 4...

Our last issue of 2009, December, tosses out a shout-out to folktales told against the cold with a lineup of more traditional fantasy fiction and poetry. If our folktales are a little more modern, well, that’s par for the course.

C.S.E. Cooney’s “Oak Park Eris” dips into the everyday problems of a middle-aged witch — in the suburbs of Chicago; Mari Ness reimagines an old fairytale with “Rumpled Skin”; and Autumn Canter narrates the impact of magic on one woman, one family, and one mid-20th century town.

Our poets this month — Megan Arkenberg, Michael Meyerhofer, Jennifer Jerome, and Marcie Lynn Tentchoff — all tackle traditional fairytale material with a modern sensibility: reimagining, recasting, and reconsidering those oldest winter stories.

Ideomancer’s observing the winter as well: we’ll be closed to submissions until March 1, working away on a new website, new material, and some new features in time for spring. From all of us here, have a wonderful winter, and enjoy the December issue!

Leah Bobet

Editor’s Note, Vol. 8, Issue 3...

Since we couldn’t get away from the Death theme for our last issue, the theme of our September issue is logical: the afterlife; what’s out there beyond human existence.

Erica Satifka’s “I Don’t Exist Without You” looks at the ways we try to live on past death: our children, our mentees, and methods less common. Stacy Sinclair’s “Exit Wounds” shows the ways we come to terms with what may or may not be out there, while Jason L. Corner’s “Miles Blows His Last” is…just delightful.

Our poets this month are Rachel Swirsky, Ian Creasey, David Kopaska-Merkel, and Danny Adams, with their respective poems, “String Theory,” “How to Build an Open-Source Deity,” “The Dead King of Midnight,” and “Erasing the Universe’s Chalkboard” all of which reach beyond the waking and living world.


Leah Bobet

Editor’s Note: Vol. 8, Issue 2...

Our June issue is—we tried to dodge it, yes!—an exploration of love and death.

Our first story this month, Ward Crockett’s “It Kills Birds,” looks at the double ties between love and death: when love can kill you, and when one person’s dying inside can quietly kill a relationship. Jacqueline West’s “The Wedding Gift” inverts that, discussing when love—rightly or wrongly—survives death, while Swapna Kishore’s “Home on the Ganges” deftly discusses mourning and blame, and when it is time to let go of both.

Our poets this month are Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Larry Hammer, and Sonya Taaffe, with their respective poems, “Grace in the Desert,” “At Death’s Door,” and “Lamellae (Hipponion and Cambridge,.” all three of which discuss the curious intersection between loving and dying.


Leah Bobet

Vol. 8 Issue 2
Editor’s Note
“It Kills Birds”Ward Crockett
“The Wedding Gift”Jacqueline West
“Home on the Ganges”Swapna Kishore
“Grace in the Desert”Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
“At Death’s Door”Larry Hammer
“Lamellae (Hipponion and Cambridge)”Sonya Taaffe
June ReviewsSean Melican

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