• Mad Scientist Alumni News

    by  • August 23, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017

    Our MSJ alums (and one of our co-editors) have been up to all sorts of writing excitement recently! Here’s a sampling of what we’ve heard about! Steve Toase has a story in the Janus issue of Pantheon Magazine. Gwendolyn Kiste’s novella, Pretty Marys All In a Row, is due out from Broken Eye Books this...

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    Snap and Crackle

    by  • August 21, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "Snap and Crackle"

    An essay by Doctor Rufus Highgate, as provided by Maureen Bowden Art by Scarlett O’Hairdye My receptionist bounced through the doorway without knocking. “The new one’s arrived, Doc. He’s a jitterer. D’ya want a slug of Mother’s Ruin before I haul him in?” I sighed. “Please show our patients some respect, Becki, and no,...

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    Strange Science: Prehistoric Crocodile Named after Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

    by  • August 18, 2017 • 0 Comments

    A Steneisaurus, similar to the giant prehistoric crocodile recently renamed for Lemmy Kilmister

    Just when you thought science couldn’t get any cooler, paleontologists recently reexamined fossil evidence of a prehistoric giant crocodile and determined that an additional species had been identified in the fossil record. They also decided to give this crocodile an awesome name: Lemmysuchus obtusidens. The Lemmysuchus portion of the name means “Lemmy’s crocodile,” and the Lemmy...

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    That Man Behind the Curtain: July 2017

    by  • August 17, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Gothic Literature Panel @ SpoCon 2017

    We are winding into the last stretch for getting Utter Fabrication out the door, which means expenses are picking back up. We’ve also been doing some different things with content on the site. How does this all break down numerically? Read on! The Money Aspect Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses. Hosting: ($17.06) Stories: ($150.00)...

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    Review of Iron Edda: Sveidsdottir by Tracy Barnett

    by  • August 16, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Iron Edda: Sveidsdottir

    Iron Edda: Sveidsdottir by Tracy Barnett (2015, Exploding Rogue Studios) was a novel born out of a 2013 Kickstarter campaign. While I love both Norse mythology and steampunk fantasy, this book was not entirely what I hoped it would be. Originally described as a novel taking place over nine vignettes, the structure of the...

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    The Window Cleaner

    by  • August 14, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "The Window Cleaner"

    An essay by Venijamin Trayan, as provided by Kaitlin Moore Art by Errow Collins When one wasn’t looking directly at it, the Window was completely invisible. The fine seam between worlds vanished to an edge sharp enough to draw blood. Tomas the Watchmaker had been tinkering in his workshop when he brushed his hand...

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    Review of Starfall by Jessie Kwak

    by  • August 9, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Starfall

    Starfall by Jessie Kwak (2016) is an exciting action and adventure novella set in a fascinating world of intrigue and organized crime in space. The Durga System, where the book takes place, is a system settled by refugees from Earth, and is home to all sorts of seedy underworld types as well as an...

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    5 Ways to Prevent Dimensional Pests

    by  • August 7, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Art for "5 Ways to Prevent Dimensional Pests"

    An essay by Cindy Tan Mei Quan, as provided by E. R. Zhang Art by Ariel Alian Wilson Dimensional Pests, the entities we all love to hate. Who hasn’t had an incident with these little big critters popping up through inter-dimensional portals from time to time? In fact, according to the Interplanetary Scientist Association,...

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    Strange Science: Dialects and Physics?

    by  • August 4, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Bubbles in the sunlight

    A mathematician has suggested that the distribution of dialects can be linked to the physics of bubbles. Sounds weird? There seems to be something to this idea. Just as small bubbles merge into larger ones in the tub, groups of dialect speakers tend to merge with their nearest neighbors, creating larger pockets of a common...

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