Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, science fiction thrilled the people with tales of wondrous new futures and what dangers new technologies might pose. We settled Mars, led the Fremen against
House Harkonnen and rendezvoused with Rama.
But then something happened. We stopped reading science fiction. Fantasy became the dominant genre in the land of make believe. Gone were the advanced machines (and humans) on futuristic worlds. In their place came kick-ass heroines with werewolf lovers fighting mages and fae on a city’s dark streets.
Sorry! Both deadlines for the Apocalypse Contest and our regular submissions have now passed. Watch this space for further updates when we are accepting new submissions.
When I attended the When Words Collide convention in Calgary last August, I sat on the ‘Writing Difficult Scenes’ panel with a number of folks, including Lynda Williams (author of the Okal Rel Universe saga), fellow On Spec editor Barb Galler-Smith (author of Druids, Captives and Warriors) and others. I made a comment that I liked gritty scenes and that one of the most personally disturbing stories I ever wrote was about castration. The story was later published in Northern Frights V. After the con, Lynda asked if I might write about violence on her blog, Reality Skimming.
1. “At The End of the World” by David K. Yeh
“Names change,” hissed the devil, “and many creatures have more than one.”
“But you know this one,” said Fobister. “You cannot lie to me.”
2. “Suckers” by Kirsty Logan
Steve’s only problem with sunlight is its effect on the comics: it warps the covers and fades the colours, making the faded edges curl into spirals that get torn when careless customers shove the comics back in the racks.
3. “Drinking Problem” by Hilary C. Smith