• Special Call for Submissions

    by  • June 6, 2012 • 0 Comments

    EDIT: I have revised these guidelines here. It has occurred to us that putting together a collection of just the stories we publish for free online is a little silly. So, for the month of June only, we are looking for submissions to be included in our quarterly collection of stories. These submissions must:...

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    An Arcane Methodology to Reach a Perfect World

    by  • June 4, 2012 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Dr. Strangehate, presented by Jetse de Vries Photo provided by Eleanor Leonne Bennett PLEASE DELETE THIS UNREAD.   You didn’t, did you? Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So don’t pretend reverse psychology doesn’t work. Let’s chat. Anyway, as I have perfected this virus you simply won’t be able to delete...

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    That Man Behind the Curtain: May 2012

    by  • June 1, 2012 • 0 Comments

    I have a few quick notes regarding some small changes at Mad Scientist Journal this month. The first is that my wife and fellow author, Dawn Vogel, will be officially listed as the Assistant Editor. She’s been doing all the edits to manuscripts the last couple months, so this is just making it official....

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    Nathaniel K. Miller enters the Clarion Write-a-Thon

    by  • May 31, 2012 • 0 Comments

    MSJ contributor Nathaniel K. Miller has signed on to participate in Clarion’s 2012 Write-a-Thon. This fundraiser benefits the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Those interested can pledge to donate based off of the number of words, scenes, chapters, or stories a specific writer puts down on paper. If you are interested in pledging...

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    The Natural History of Carnivorism in Unicorns

    by  • May 28, 2012 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Dr. E. Haraldson, presented by Torrey Podmajersky Illustration by Katie Nyborg 1. Introduction Evidence of carnivorism in Equus ferus unicornus has been widely recorded, but until now neither studied nor explained by science. Unicorns have been credited and blamed with the deaths of animals including wolves, polar bears, wolverines, and humans....

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    Therium 99

    by  • May 21, 2012 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Virgil Ther, presented by Mark Andrew Edwards Illustration by Katie Nyborg Day 1: Early September Dear diary, Finally getting things set up around here. The grant money from the Department of Defense will be put to great use. And not just for this wicked cool digital recorder. Hello? Hello? Heh, I can...

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    Losing It

    by  • May 14, 2012 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Samantha Higson, as provided by Davin Ireland. “Don’t talk to me about the ironies of life,” Josh Rideout complained for perhaps the twentieth time that afternoon, “I’ve had it up to here with ironies. Big ones, small ones, they’ll be the death of me yet.” Possibly to illustrate the point, he...

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    Our Crystal Sky Is Cracking

    by  • May 7, 2012 • 0 Comments

    An essay by Odette Begichev, presented by Rosemary Jones Illustration by Katie Nyborg Come away from the window, Father. Turn away from the dark reflections in the glass. The lights went out hours ago. Let me warm your hands in mine. I will pour some wine for you. Father, look at me, for I am...

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    That Man Behind the Curtain: April 2012

    by  • May 1, 2012 • 0 Comments

    There has been some positive interest in a regular blog post about the behind the scenes of making an e-zine. I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s been a chance to see what editors face. For this first post, my thought is to also cover the initial genesis and the lead-up to...

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    The Exploded Manifestations of Ari Ascher

    by  • April 30, 2012 • 0 Comments

    An anonymous essay, presented by Nathaniel K. Miller A heavy wave slams against the hull of the skiff, jolting me to awareness. The sea is black around me, full of looming spirit dangers, of the unknown and the unknowable. In the distance, the island juts from the roiling surface, a ten-mile plateau perched just...

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