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    Fiction: Behind Closed Doors

    by  • July 22, 2019 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Emilia O. Anthony, as provided by Johanna B. Stumpf Art by Luke Spooner I swipe my key card in front of the keypad and wait. A short beep and a small green light indicate access has been granted. A hydraulic hum sounds almost inconceivably, and the two metal doors in front...

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    NASA Kids’ Club

    by  • July 18, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Child wearing goggles interacting with an astronaut in a full suit

    If you’ve got younger kids who are interested in space, check out the NASA Kids’ Club! It’s full of games and information about space and NASA, geared towards kids in the primary grades (up to American 4th grade). The activities adhere to National Education Standards, and there’s a whole page that details how the...

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    Alumni Exploring Solarpunk Winters

    by  • July 17, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Snowy scene with a parabolic antenna

    Last year, we reviewed Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, which featured a number of MSJ alumni. Now, World Weaver Press is putting out Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters, and once again, the table of contents is chock full of our alumni! Wendy Nikel, Holly Schofield, Steve Toase, and Jennifer Lee Rossman will all have stories in...

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    Awesome Finds: Stormhaven Techs

    by  • July 16, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Illustration from Stormhaven Techs featuring a ghostly figure, a dark skinned woman in a lab coat, and a white male gnome in a lab coat

    We love graphics novels, so we were excited to find Stormhaven Techs, which is currently funding for a print graphic novel on Kickstarter! Stormhaven Techs is about two technicians who work in the magic department at a high school for mages and knights. One of the characters has a history as an adventurer, which comes...

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    Fiction: In Hindsight

    by  • July 15, 2019 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Decatur Scott, as provided by Shana Ross Art by Justine McGreevy July/August 2055   Q: What technology or scientific advancement was the biggest mistake in human history?   Carey Murphy, research and development, Kinetic Informatics Using quantum entanglement to power garage door openers. I mean, I hate changing batteries on a...

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    Strange Science: Prehistoric Island Construction

    by  • July 12, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Loch Lomond

    Archaeologists studying crannogs, constructed islands in the Scottish lochs, have found evidence that suggests that these islands are far older than originally believed. Originally, the crannogs had been dated to approximately 800 B.C. Newer investigations point to an origin of roughly 3640-3360 B.C., or more than 5,500 years ago. The crannogs are constructed from...

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    Awesome Finds: Weaponized Cats

    by  • July 11, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Illustration of a cat being launched from a catapult

    Our feline interns (a.k.a. feline overlords) would like for us to tell you about this awesome find of a Kickstarter for the Weaponized Cats comic book. While our feline interns find themselves well-equipped with built-in weapons, they know that not all cats are so equipped, and that some cats need outside assistance. More seriously,...

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    Review of The Imaginary Corpse

    by  • July 10, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for The Imaginary Corpse

    The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes (Angry Robot, 2019) mashes up a noir detective story with a world peopled with imaginary friends and ideas their creators have abandoned. In doing so, he’s created a vibrant world filled with whimsy, but also a place in which deep subjects, such as trauma and loss, can be...

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    Summer Time Science Experiments

    by  • July 9, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Negative images of lab experiments

    If you’re looking for fun science activities to do with your kids over the summer, check out this page with fun and simple experiments. Most of these experiments appear to be of the non-messy variety, but your mileage may vary on that account!

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    Fiction: Do You Remember How To Fly?

    by  • July 8, 2019 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Jay Callum, as provided by Paul Stansbury Art by Leigh Legler “Do you remember how to fly?” was how Froug started the conversation. His question caught me off guard. I had been working as a weekend orderly at Wrighthaven Hospital for barely two months. College was costly, and I needed the...

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