“The Forgetting,” by Leah Cypess
Appeared in Daily Science Fiction, February 14th, 2018
This is awesome, and not all that far-fetched. I love the last line.
“A Memory of the Christ by the Apostle John,” by Adam McOmber
Appeared in The Collagist, December 2017
A vision of an uncaring God, and a miserable Heaven? A tastefully blasphemous story.
“A Visit,” by Steven Millhauser
Maybe 4,000 words? Not long
This story feels sad to me—the failure of the narrator to make a meaningful connection with his old friend and his friend’s new wife. It occurs to me that this story could be a parable for a prejudiced person’s reaction to an interracial marriage, or a same-sex marriage, or perhaps a marriage to a transgender person or a severely handicapped person by someone who’s neither: How grotesque this is, how wrong! Yet the narrator does get an intimation of a real and healthy marriage, a thing he’s never achieved himself.
“Don’t go away.”
“I’m not going away.”
“But I’m going away.”
—Kafka and Robert Klopstock, K: A Biography of Kafka, by Ronald Hayman
“We are looking for realistic worlds that exhibit some sort of magical or supernatural element taken by the people in that world to be real. If fantasy shows us a world where ghosts exist, magical realism offers up a world where ghosts are pedestrian. In fantasy ghosts are the whole point. In magical realism ghosts are not the whole point.”
—the guidelines for the magazine doppelgänger, edited by James Hodgson
I’ve always struggled with the distinction, so this is helpful.
“My use of their is socially motivated and, if you like, politically correct: a deliberate response to the socially and politically significant banning of our genderless pronoun by language legislators enforcing the notion that the male sex is the only one that counts. I consistently break a rule I consider to be not only fake but pernicious. I know what I’m doing and why.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin in Steering the Craft (found here)
“Thinking of Dazai,” by Canovaccio
Appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, January 22nd, 2018
970 words, including the epigraph
An intriguing piece. “[S]ometimes people just can’t do the right thing.” If the last line means what I think it does, Helena has gotten herself stuck in a pattern of mistakes and violence.