Clockwork ghosts and the patterns of departed souls comprise a techno-synergetic society. A microcosm of human habitation flies across the vast loneliness of space. Generations aboard it live and die. So long have the people travelled that to them time and history and people of Earth recede into phantom remembrances. Memories collect in the Library of the Dead – so many. Thousands. Until even the oldest among them fade and are kept alive in a second life – memories of memories.
Immortal creatures have forever lurked in the darkness. These undead were once considered myths. Old legend said they called crypts and tombs their resting places. They were said to possess terrible strength and incredible regenerative powers. Their living presence has transmuted from folklore to some of the most popular writing of the 20th century. In some of the world's greatest stories, such as Anne Rice’s contemporary classic, Interview with the Vampire, Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, and the cult film, Blade, staring Wesley Snipes as the Daywalker, the vampire archetype has continued to be re-imagined in new ways. Now there emerges a new story that rebrands these creatures as 'eternals.' Several hundred years from now, they hold complete dominion over the Earth. It is up to the human transient spies to infiltrate the biter factions of the NExUS government and gather reconnaissance information that is vital to their survival and will ultimately be used as a weapon against their enemy. To find out more, read the interview and feature below.
Our curiosity knows fathomless depths when exploring other worlds. Great stories can manifest with an Earth setting. But take the culture of that planet and use it as a narrative device when communicating with alien species with their own customs, and it makes an incredible story on its own. Films like Arrival and Stargate have touched on this theme, where humans and extraterrestrials build an understanding of the other by learning each other’s language and ways. In Michael Reid’s short story, ‘The Transmuted Child,’ which appears in Issue 268 of Interzone, he makes his own indelible mark on this by prompting the question: what happens when thousands of Earth people accept a gift from an alien culture that modifies their children beyond recognition? See the full review at: https://www.sffworld.com/2017/11/short-story-review-the-transmuted-child-by-michael-reid/
What do travellers like to do? 'Real' travellers? Explore. They willingly enter into worlds unknown with their hearts in their hands. They don’t know if they’re going to get lost, waylaid or subdued by the encroaching sprawl of city and its people. Some might say that’s horrible. Others yet again would say its part and parcel of the experience. Writer's lead us to explore unknown worlds. Their tales can tear us up, leave us cold, take us to new heights and blow our minds. The writing of which I speak is the cross-genre work of author, Jeffrey Thomas.
Recently, I invited the author to talk about his work and promote his latest collection of fantastically weird fiction, Haunted Worlds. You can read the full interview and feature below.
Publisher: Hippocampus Press. Cover art by Kim Bo Yung
Edward M. Lerner introduces us to a tale that at once is reminiscent of the stark ever winter world of the Yukon in Jack London’s White Fang or the bitter cold existence of Jeremiah Johnston in the film, starring Robert Redford, that bares his namesake. In Paradise Regained, Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Analog Magazine, we are ushered into a world trapped in cold and snow. A post-frontier future plight of a lone weary soul battling against time, elements and death to do as all living things do: survive. Check out the full review: www.sffworld.com/2017/09/paradise-regained-by-edward-m-lerner-a-short-story-review/