Another January/February issue is nearly upon us, and once again, we close out the old year and ring in the new with some top-notch stories.
First among them is our lead novella: it’s not unusual for a killer to have a personal motivation for a series of slayings, but it is unusual when the killer in question is an elephant. What’s more, when a doctor thinks he may be able to curb the animal’s murderous rages, the implications go much further than anyone expects. How far? Find out in “The Elephant Maker,” by Alec Nevala-Lee.
Then our fact article, “Life, But Not Quite as We Know It,” on some very unusual sorts of potential life forms, comes to us from Christina De La Rocha.
And of course we have plenty of other stories, like “EDIE,” a tale with some of the aforementioned unusual life, by James Dick; a pleasantly hardboiled SF yarn in “Hothouse Orchids” by Harry Lang; a look at harmless vacation fun from the other side of the ledger, in “The Bends” by Rajan Khanna; and a clash of values in a quiet little (post-apocalyptic) town upstate, in “The Battle of Wanakena,” by Megan Hyland, as well as much more, including seasonal offerings like “Christmas at Albert’s” by Mark W. Tiedemann, and “A Real Snow Day” by M. Bennardo, and stories both sad and hopeful, as befits the end of one thing and the beginning of another, from authors including Marie Vibbert, Shane Tourtellotte, James Van Pelt, Victoria Navarra, Erik Johnson, Tom R. Pike, Matt McHugh, Lorraine Alden, and more.