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    An Interview with Dorian Graves

    by  • April 25, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Dorian Graves has contributed stories to Mad Scientist Journal and Utter Fabrication. Today, we sat down with Dorian to talk about Bones and Bourbon. DV: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself. Dorian Graves: Greetings and salutations! I’m Dorian Graves, an author and artist hailing from the mountains of Oregon. I tend to write weird fantasy...

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    When Bluebells Die

    by  • April 23, 2018 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Sidney Bover, as provided by Iris Wright Art by Justine McGreevy Stranded in fields of ultramarine flowers, I was paralyzed. The delicate blooms decorated the forest understory, so I, who was unable to swim, could drown in a sea of flowers with one wrong move. I looked down at my boots, but...

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    Strange Science: Anxiety Cells and Future Treatment

    by  • April 20, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Pair of rats

    Scientists have recently been studying the causes of anxiety as they are reflected in the brains of laboratory mice, and they believe that they’ve located the source of anxious feelings, along with a potential way to treat them! By studying mice brains as the mice make their way through mazes, portions of which are...

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    That Man Behind the Curtain: March 2018

    by  • April 19, 2018 • 0 Comments

    A black kitten with a 6-sided die.

    In March, we recovered from our Kickstarter and began accepting submissions for the anthology. Funds cleared for the Kickstarter, but submissions ended up being slow in arriving, and we opted to extend our due date an additional month. Let’s take a look at how it all worked out last month. The Money Aspect Amounts...

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    Review of Long Hidden

    by  • April 18, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Long Hidden

    Long Hidden (Crossed Genres Publications, 2014), edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, is a collection of 27 short speculative stories of people who have been marginalized by history. Within its pages, you’ll find stories of many different races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and more. As a historian, I loved to see...

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    Firing Igor

    by  • April 16, 2018 • 0 Comments

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    An essay by Reuben Archuleta, as told to Lucinda Gunnin Art by Scarlett O’Hairdye “I had to fire Igor today,” I said, casually, as though asking my wife Tessa to pass the mashed potatoes or the salt. She saw through my nonchalance. “Do you have a new one in mind?” she asked, even though...

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    Strange Science: Superbugs and Surfers

    by  • April 13, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Surfer at the Cayucos Pier, California

    Scientist studying bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics have focused their attention on new test subjects–the digestive tract and rectums of surfers. Because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are often found in ocean water (a result of wastewater being discharged into large natural bodies of water), and because surfers swallow a large amount of ocean water, their...

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    Battling in All Her Finery Submissions

    by  • April 11, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Battling in All Her Finery

    If you’re thinking about sending in a story for the Battling in All Her Finery anthology, this is a friendly reminder that you have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on April 30, 2018, to get your story in. That’s 19 days from now! For more information and the submissions portal link, look here! And if...

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    Strange Science: Northern Lights Called Steve

    by  • April 6, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Northern lights known as Steve

    Sometimes, the story behind how a scientific phenomenon is named can be fascinating and strange. In the case of a new type of Northern lights, or aurora borealis, a Canadian photographer who is part of a group who chases and photographs auroras in Alberta, Canada, the lights were named as a joke. In the...

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    How Science Fiction Can Save Us All

    by  • April 4, 2018 • 0 Comments

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    Guest Post by Eve Taft I firmly believe that humans need science fiction. I think it inspires us, in a both a broad and narrow sense—Star Trek led not only to kids who dreamed of being astronauts but also, quite simply, to tablets like Geordi LaForge’s. Scifi forces us to imagine what could be,...

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    Crackpot: An Advance in Mellow Weapons

    by  • April 2, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Crackpot An Advance in Mellow Weapons"

    An essay by Win Chester Brought to our attention by E. B. Fischadler Art by Ariel Alian Wilson Recently, the U.S. Army responded to environmentalist concerns about pollution from toxic components of practice ordinance by issuing a request for biodegradable ammunition.  They are seeking non-toxic replacements for gunpowder and warhead components. More amazing...

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