• That Man Behind the Curtain: May 2018

    by  • June 28, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Photo of name tags and books.

    May was mostly focused on finishing review of submissions for Battling in All Her Finery and getting the Summer 2018 quarterly together. Otherwise it was a pretty slow month in many ways. The Money Aspect Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses. Web Resources: (-$17.06) Stories: (-$90.00) Art: (-$360.01) Advertising: (-$109.83) Processing Fees: (-$6.09) Printing: (-$19.26)...

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    Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

    by  • June 27, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Glass and Gardens

    Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, edited by Sarena Ulibarri (World Weaver Press, 2018), is a collection of 17 solarpunk short stories, which World Weaver Press defines as “a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies.” Even within that scope, the anthology presents a wide array of stories with...

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    Confessions of a Mycologist

    by  • June 25, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Confessions of a Mycologist"

    An essay by Maria Leticia Gonzalez Santos, as provided by Katherine Cowley Art by Liz Argall In my defense, I was trying to save the planet. A group of graduate students discovered a fungus in the Amazon that could digest polyurethane. Instead of sitting in a garbage dump for hundreds or thousands of years,...

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    Strange Science: Why Do Clowns Frighten Us?

    by  • June 22, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Row of fake clowns

    Many people experience coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. Did you know that there are a number of possible reasons for this phobia? One theory is the “uncanny valley” effect, where something is identifiable as human, but with just a little something that isn’t quite right. This is also the reason why some folks are...

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    Books from Mad Scientist Alumni

    by  • June 20, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Hearts of Tabat

    Several of our MSJ alumni have recently released books that may be of interest to our readers. Cat Rambo has released the second book in her fantasy Tabat Quartet Series, Hearts of Tabat. Though this is the second book in the series, Cat says that you won’t need to have read the first book in order...

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    A Distant Honk

    by  • June 18, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Art for "A Distant Honk"

    An essay by Zoe Torres, as provided by Holly Schofield Art by Luke Spooner The footprints were as big as my snowshoe, the narrow heel a crisp outline, the impression not more than a couple of hours old. The tracks beelined from the forest edge right through my campsite, growing more erratic as they...

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    Strange Science: Sonic Attacks?

    by  • June 15, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Depiction of sound waves

    In 2016, U.S. diplomats in Cuba claimed to have been attacked with some sort of sonic weapon. And just recently, a U.S. employee in China made similar claims. However, scientists who study sound and its impacts doubt that these incidents were actually attacks, and further suggest that the effects on these people probably weren’t a...

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    Review of As Told by Things

    by  • June 13, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for As Told by Things

    As Told by Things (Atthis Arts LLC, 2018), edited by E. D. E. Bell, is a collection of twenty-five stories told from the perspective of inanimate objects. The stories range in tone from humorous to dark, and all are short pieces that can easily be devoured in even a brief amount of time, making...

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    Battling in All Her Finery Table of Contents

    by  • June 12, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Battling in All Her Finery

    We posted this to the Kickstarter at the end of May, but we decided to share it here as well! We’ve received the last of the contracts back from our authors, so we can now announce the table of contents for Battling in All Her Finery. The stories are listed alphabetically by the authors’ last...

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