For salvagers Robyn Cartwright and Amanda Martin, a serial killer is the least they have to worry about. Something is going on with the undead outside the Wall, something that could have deadly repercussions for the Safe Zone, and every living thing within it.
“Proteus Rex” is about a genetically engineered life-form that adapts the attributes of animals (a lion’s strength, a bird’s wings) or whatever his survival needs and infinite appetites dictate. Having consumed all the animal life in a small rural community, he begins to eat people. Much of the story is about the local authority’s attempt to identify and apprehend this menace, a significant challenge as Proteus Rex is an extradimensional being that can change his size to as small as an amoeba to as large as a blue whale. “Proteus Rex” is populated by a deep cast of characters, only a few of whom manage not to get eaten.
Imagine the actress Lucy Liu portraying Ian Fleming’s most shrewd creation, James Bond, 007. Only she’s working for TSA—the Teleportation Security Administration—three hundred years in the future. This is after World War VI, and the United States has been fractured into several independent nations. The two Koreas have united and is running the world. Executive Action Officer Sun Park’s mission is to capture or neutralize the perpetrators that sent and detonated an atomic bomb in the TSA X-port Freight Hub in Buenos Aires. This is the premise of “The Price of a Dog,” an action-driven novella, a political science fiction thriller.
In the short story “Slaves of the Cat Goddess,” Buster, the main character (and stooge of General Wanamaker), is charged to take the mysterious cat Bast to a secret research base. Bast’s size and ferocity force a crash landing on an uncharted tropical island inhabited by cannibals. Knowing that it was Buster who was responsible for her mutation, Bast not only protects him in this hostile world, but she sees that he is elevated, serving as the ambassador between the goddess Bast and the humanity she would enslave.
Issue #8 includes 10 short stories and one graphic story:
"The Light Comes" by TONY PEAK
"Minor Disasters" by ELISE R. HOPKINS
"White Horse" by KATE O'CONNOR
"ReMemories" by NANCY S.M. WALDMAN
"The Gunman on the Wall" by ALEKSANDER VOLKMAR
"The Magister’s Clock" by SIMON KEWIN
"From Mutsumi" by KJ KABZA
"Making Ends Meet" by JAROD K. ANDERSON
"Haze" by K.S. DEARSLEY
"For the Heart I Never Had" by RALUCA BALASA
"Shamrock – Part 3 – Fury Uncaged" by JOSH BROWN & ALBERTO HERNANDEZ
In the non-fiction section, this issue features:
Interview with Author Martin Millar
Interview with Author Fran Wilde
Artist Spotlight: Chris Drysdale
Science Corner: A Whirlwind Tour of the Human Genome
Book Review: The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies (Martin Millar)
Movie Review: Time Lapse (Bradley King)
The magazine is open to most sub-genres of science fiction, including hard SF, military, apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic, space opera, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, and humorous. Similarly for fantasy, we accept most sub-genres, including alternate world, dark fantasy, heroic, high or epic, historical, medieval, mythic, sword & sorcery, urban fantasy, and humorous. The magazine also publishes horror and paranormal short fiction.
Williams and his team must use all of their skills to survive in the wilderness ruled by the dead. What the team finds in the zombie-haunted mountains will lead them on a desperate adventure through the ice and snow of winter, in search of a possible cure to the mysterious undead contagion.