The second part of "The Last Division" by Kyle Charles
1. “A Pilgrim at the Edge of the World” by Sarah Frost
No one spoke to him. A red-dyed twist of antelope gut tied loosely around his neck set him apart: no longer a child, but not yet an adult, Kaainka would leave before dawn while the People slept.
2. “Feathers for Tray” by Tyrell Johnson
I’ve heard people say that the cliffs are why they’ve put us here. It’s like leaving a crazy person alone in a room full of knives.
3. “Unknown and Unseen” by Albert Choi
We have mastered the construction of part number 6725D. Our fingers are so familiar with the motion that we can do it without thinking.
4. “New Seasons of the Earth” poetry by Jocko Benoit
5. “Aghostic” by J.P. Boyd
He had fought and won more battles than the Iron Duke and Napoleon combined. His ordered, valiant life was marred only by two problems.
6. “Repair Parts” by Camille Alexa
I didn’t think anyone wore those anymore, he said around his mouthful of food-on-a-stick, a doughy thing deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar, with a name he couldn’t pronounce.
7. “The Ash Queen” by Leslie Brown
The castle had not changed much over the years, but the town nestled below looked larger.
8. “Meet” by L.D. Wilton
No. She’s fine. Just distracted; probably lost track of the days. It wouldn’t be the first time, not by a long shot, not even when she was in the best of health.
9. “Wizard’s Sacrifice” by Shen Braun
He leaned forward, eyes on hers. “The planned battles will be extensive. My magic will be sorely tested, and I cannot depart without my full complement of strength.”
1. “Hey, Mister Spaceman! Won’t you please take me along for a ride? (with thanks to Roger McGuinn)” Editorial by Diane L. Walton
2. “Connie Willis at VCON 37” Interview by Geoffrey W. Cole
3. “Leslie Brown: The Storyteller” Author Interview by Roberta Laurie
4. “Robert Pasternak” Artist Interview by Cat McDonald
Camille Alexa spends much of her time in the gorgeously gloomier parts of the Pacific Northwest. Her stories appear in Ellery Queen’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s mystery magazines and in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She co-edited Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories, and her short fiction collection, Push Of the Sky, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Endeavour Award. More at: camillealexa.com.
Jocko Benoit is the author of two collections of poetry, Standoff Terrain and An Anarchist Dream. His poetry has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Poet Lore, The Malahat Review and Grain, and his stories have appeared in On Spec and Tesseracts7.
J.P. Boyd is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where his daughter is a freshman. His son graduated from Emerson College in 2012 with a BFA in screenwriting. He’s published eighteen previous stories.
Shen Braun lives in Brandon, Manitoba. He is a dedicated nerd, gamer, writer, house-husband, and parent (not necessarily listed in order of importance).
Leslie Brown lives in Ottawa and works as a research technician in the Alzheimer’s field. She has been published in On Spec, Neo Opsis, Strange Horizons and Tesseracts 15. Her website is www.leslie-brown.com.
Kyle Charles is an Edmonton born and raised comic artist who still resides in the city. After graduating from visual arts post-secondary and completing his stint at Happy Harbor’s Artist-in-Residence, Kyle has broken into the comic book industry with upcoming work for Image Comics’‘68:Hallowed Ground.
Albert Choi lives in Toronto and works as a software developer. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Math in Computer Science. As you can see, technology is a big part of his life and he has always enjoyed fiction with a technological slant.
Geoffrey W. Cole’s short fiction has appeared in such publications as Clarkesworld, Intergalactic Medicine Show, On Spec, and Imaginarium 2012: The Year’s Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Geoffrey has degrees in biology and engineering, and lives with his wonderful wife in Vancouver, Canada. Geoffrey is a member of SF Canada and SFWA. Visit Geoffrey at www.geoffreywcole.com.
Sarah Frost lives in Kansas, where she is devoted to feeding the wild birds (and squirrels, and rabbits, and...). She was educated at the University of Iowa. She attended Kij Johnson’s novel writing workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. She enjoys reading, bicycling, gardening, crochet, and dropping everything to watch the birds.
Tyrell Johnson is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Riverside, where he studied fiction and poetry. His reviews are published at hipsterbookclub.com, his poetry can be found in the January 2011 issue of Autumn Sky Poetry, and his fiction in Pinion Journal. He currently lives in Kelowna, BC, with his wife Tessa and their two dogs.
Roberta Laurie won her first writing competition when she was 17, and she’s been writing ever since. She has been published in three anthologies and is co-editing a fourth, Snapshots of Stony Plain: A Writers’ Landscape, due to be released this year. Roberta has written for several magazines including WestWord and Yoga Bridge. You can learn more about Roberta by visiting her website at www.creativewhispers.ca.
Robert Pasternak is a Winnipeg-based visual artist known for his cosmic surrealist meta-sci-fi paintings, assemblages and films as well as his Nakfactorium line of handcrafted novelty products. His work has been published as book covers and in many magazine publications including Amazing Stories, Aboriginal SF, Analog, SF Chronicle and Talebones.
L.D. Wilton is back in Ontario (but misses Nova Scotia, fiercely) attending a variety of animation related duties. She helps stop-motion puppets move around for TV and film (bigger divas than you might think), contributed an experimental film to the TTC subway monitor system for Nuit Blanche and the festival circuit—see “(Re)Cycle” at www.vimeo.com/lynnscrowbar—and finds life necessitates frequent reinvention. Storytelling? Love it—written and visual.
Amber E. Scott, Andrew Bryant, R. Crowle Gray, Mary A. Turzillo, Brent Knowles, Adria Laycraft, Joseph C. Romano, Michael Hamm, Tony Pi, the third instalment of “The Last Division” story and more!•