Issue #2 includes 14 short stories:
"Winter Solstice" — Mike Resnick
"Da Capo al Fine" — Patrick Jameson
"The Reanimators" — J. Kenneth Sargeant
"A Concert of Flowers" — Kate O'Connor
"These Are The Things Our Hands Have Made" — Andrew Kozma
"A Trade of Tears" — Tony Peak
"Four Scenes From Wieczniak’s Whisk-U-Away, And One Not" — Ferrett Steinmetz
"The Unworthy" — J.W. Alden
"Verdure" — Brandon Barrows
"Million Hearts in the Valley of Death" — Savannah Hendricks
"The Fine Art of Fortune-Telling" — Michelle Ann King
"Marshmallow Walls" — Brittany Foster
"Grimm's Home for Geriatrics" — Rebecca A. Demarest
"JC the Ski Bum" — Joyce Reynolds-Ward
In the non-fiction section, this issue features:
-Interview With Award Winning Author Mike Resnick
-Interview With Author Tim Pratt
-Interview With The Editors of Strange Horizons
-Artist Spotlight: Sabbas Apterus
-Book Review: Warbreaker (Brandon Sanderson)
-Movie Review: Godzilla (2014) (Gareth Edwards)
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.
Between 1989 and 2012, a span of 23 years, the members of the World Science Fiction Society have seen fit to honor Mike Resnick with 36 Hugo nominations, 30 for his fiction, more than any other science fiction author. The 30 nominated short stories, including the five winning tales, are included in this volume.
As you read through these stories, you’ll find Theodore Roosevelt attempting to bring civilization to the Congo . . . and to London. You’ll return, with some regularity, to Africa, whether a mythical version existing on a terraformed asteroid or the historical birthplace of humanity along the Olduvai Gorge. Love and loss are depicted whether for a missing spouse, an old friend, an author one has never met, or a copper-skinned Martian princess. Walk in the dusty footsteps of Koriba or see what it is like to live with Dr. Frankenstein, his monster, and Igor.
Like the fables which are embedded in so many of these tales, these stories will entertain and make you think. Without seeming to, Resnick adds layers of depth to even the most innocuous-seeming story. And when you are finished, you’ll find yourself thinking about all they have to say.
And you’ll say Asante sana, Mike.