Cover Art by Yohann Schepacz
Yohann Schepacz is a french concept artist in such sectors as video games, film, and traditional print media. A consummate consumer of the unknown and unknowable, his detailed paintings leave the viewer with a longing for the worlds that exist just, tantalizingly, beyond the confines of the screen. You can view more of his work at yohannschepacz dot tumblr dot com, or email him at oxan studio at gmail dot com to request a commission.
Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis. 04:20
Main Fiction: “Feral Moon” by Alex Jablokov 20:48
The corpses fell from the interior of the moon like drops of water from an icicle. The body repatriation team that hung in the open space just outside the blast crater maneuvered back and forth and caught them in a grid of storage modules, one by one. Behind them, the stars moved slowly past.
Alexander Jablokov is a writer, mostly of science fiction, tending toward higher space opera, social/religious speculation, and ethical romance – much of it of interest even to those who don’t usually read science fiction. He has a small but intense (and patient) fan base, but those who like Jablokov’s work tend to be both interested in other things and uncooperative by personality, so you’re unlikely to find them hanging out much together. Jablokov wrote a lot in the early 90s, retreated for a decade to raise a family and make a living (in his daytime identity as Alex Jablokow, Man of Marketing), but returned a few years ago, with a novel, Brain Thief, and a series of well-regarded short stories, one of them in this year’s Dozois anthology, The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection.
Narrator: Jonathan Danz
Jonathan Danz exists in a parallel dimension that looks suspiciously like West Virginia. When he’s not trundling over rock and root on his velocipede, he labors to hammer stories out of unruly words. With the help of his wife and daughter, he manages to keep track of his car keys, his priorities, and his mind. Should you find yourself in the dusty corners of cyberspace, you may glimpse Words and Coffee, an occasional repository of his thought-mud found at jonathandanz.com.