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So, you’re in an alternate universe. It doesn’t feel alternate. Your mom is still your mom, who smells like fennel, with red-rubbed knuckles. Your dad still has his large tie collection: his wooden tie, his Yellow Submarine tie, his tie that looks like a large fish.
Hitler was still Hitler, and Stalin, Stalin. The sun outside is very yellow—is it too yellow? Is that the difference?
The scar on your knee is still there. Eileen Fulbright dared you to cross the lake when it was iced over and you were both eleven. She stood on the opposite bank and dared you, double dared you, to come kiss her, and when you fell through, the water came up only to your waist, but the sharp hole in the ice cut open your knee, sliced through your jeans, and you had to suffer through seven stitches and an hour-long lecture from your fennel-smelling mother, your fish-tied dad.
Would this have happened in another universe? Would it have gone further? Would the cut have gotten infected and you lost your leg, gotten a prosthesis, won a medal, and/or told an inspiring story in a Vitamin Water commercial? You want to ask Dylan but you don’t. Now doesn’t seem like the right time.
Dylan is from the real universe. It’s not alternate, not like your universe. This is what he’s told you just now, although you’ve known him for years.
He says “There was another me here.”
“…Did you kill him?”
He says “No.”
He says “It’s complicated.”
“Is there another me there?” you ask.
“Yes,” he says. You have a hundred thousand questions. “I have to get back there,” he says.
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Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
Wings of Sorrow and Bone – Beth Cato
Good Night, Mr. James – Clifford D. Simak
The Ghost of a Model T – Clifford D. Simak
Howl’s Moving Castle #1 Sophie is the eldest of three daughters, and therefore destined to fail first and worst. Soon enough, her stepmother sends her sisters off to safe places, and Sophie has been cursed by a witch. She takes refuge in the castle of an infamous wizard, and things get stranger from there. I’d only heard of Howl’s Moving Castle in recent years, but I’d heard only good of it. So much so, in…
So, you’re in an alternate universe. It doesn’t feel alternate. Your mom is still your mom, who smells like fennel, with red-rubbed knuckles. Your dad still has his large tie collection: his wooden tie, his Yellow Submarine tie, his tie that looks like a large fish. Hitler was still Hitler, and Stalin, Stalin. The sun outside is very yellow—is it too yellow? Is that the difference? The scar on your knee is still there. Eileen…
Q: What’s a typical drawing day like for you?
A: My typical drawing day consists firstly of exploratory doodles. It is all about finding an interesting silhouette and expanding upon happy accidents. When I am designing, I may have something in mind but allow my hand and imagination to do as they please. Drawing for me is fluid, uninhibited creativity.
Vincent Coviello‘s image “Earth, Air, and Fire” is the cover art for our September 2016 stories.
Clockwork Dagger #2.5 Rivka Stout, a recent transplant to Tamarania, is adjusting to life in her grandmother’s house, and its strict social requirements. When she encounters a cruel laboratory run by a cold-hearted businessman, she vows to set its tortured captives free with the help of her chance companion the self-centered Tatiana. A close tie-in to the Clockwork Dagger series. I’m a strong believer that artists should be judged on merit – on product, not…
Benjamin C. Kinney is an itinerant neuroscientist and Viable Paradise XVIII graduate. Despite his New England heart, he lives in St. Louis with two cats and a wife on Mars.
Find him online at http://benjaminckinney.com or on Twitter as @BenCKinney.
Benjamin C. Kinney’s story “Shiplight” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 September 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Simak Complete Stories #8 A collection of mostly science fiction stories by Clifford Simak. The logic behind the arrangement of most anthologies is a mystery to anyone but their editors, and that’s true here. While the last volume (#3) in this series I reviewed had some of Simak’s strongest work, this (#8) has a fair amount of filler – decent, but uninspiring, and not mostly at the level I look for from Simak. Happily, there…