Editorial – A Bad Thursday
Isaac Mitchell-Frey – Unicorn Surgeon
Kij Johnson – 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss
Paul Mitchell – All the Ropes Had Blood on Them
Stanisław Lem – The Fifth Sally (A) or, Trurl’s Prescription
Kaaron Warren – Witnessing
J.G. Ballard – The Intensive Care Unit
Lee Battersby – A Suitable Level of Reward
There are plenty of stories about people coming to terms with the death of a loved one. Some of them are very good. But why aren’t more of them set on a boat doing battle with a giant squid? Why, outside of certain circles, do we not see more stories deal with grief and loss the way Kij Johnson does, in ‘26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss’, with magic shows, strange disappearances and a bus-load of monkeys?
My frustration is that too many writers seem to be limiting their arsenal because of outdated ideas about what constitutes serious literature. Phooey to that. And phooey to the publishers and the teachers who keep propping it up.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our Genre Issue!