our last issue, no.10, we once again
attempted to bring the magnificent fictions of Barbara Gilly
to the public. Instead, our run of bad luck continued, and the
expensive glossy insert (pages 23-26) painstakingly put together
last winter apparently appeared in only a few copies. Disappointed
as we are, however, we have been energized by the reaction of
those readers who received the full magazine. However, we are
not afraid to admit to our mistakes, and a selection of letters
from those who did not receive the full issue follow.
We extend our apologies
to all our readers.
On consideration, we have
developed a plan that is sure to be a winner: our next issue,
no.12, hitting the stands and subscribers hands in June 2003,
will be an all-Barbara Gilly issue!
To ensure quality and timeliness,
we have had our interns working on it since September -- thanks
guys! (We'll miss them when we move to Northampton -- more on
that later -- but we'll make sure none of these young men and
women lack for glowing recommendations when they leave.)
The interns have had a great
response from some very well-known writers who have promised
us appreciations, reviews, critical looks, and, unexpectedly
and a little puzzling, more.
Issue 12 -- our first special
issue devoted to a single writer -- will be produced concurrently
with issue 13 to satisfy the regular readers of this periodical.
Please note the change of
address. Our thumb was stuck out and we were given a lift. They
took us as far as Northampton, MA, so that's where we will be
for the foreseeable future. It is current as of November 2002,
our new address, thank you. Also, please keep us up to date
with your moves.
A note on the cover: a ticket
from a film, a day together, what happened later.
A note on the type: Bodoni
Book, with creamy highlights that, in a certain light, are reminiscent
of the morning sun over the mountains of the moon.
A note on the printing:
By Design Ink
2208 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
A note on these notes: where
is the copyeditor?
Theodora Goss -- The
Rapid Advance of Sorrow
Neil Williamson -- Messianic Con Brio
Sarah Monette -- Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland*
John Rubins -- Ewe and Eye
Christine Klingbiel -- Enemies and Neighbors
Minsoo Kang -- Three Stories:
Faraway, The Well of Dreams, The Dilemma of the King and the
Benjamin Rosenbaum -- Fig
Molly Gloss -- Eating
of Sarah wearing the Elise Matthesen necklace that inspired the
L. Timmel Duchamp -- What's the
Story? Viewing Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own
Leslie Burmeister -- Newly Important Information
Oil and Greece
William Smith -- The Film Column: Donnie Darko
Notes & Letters
Jimmy Carter -- The Nobel Peace Prize -- Long Deserved
-- The Wolf's Story
-- Names for Bear
David Moles -- Tacoma-Fuji
-- The Mourners
-- What Stopped Jack
Interior and back cover art
-- Mark Rich
Leslie Burmeister was
raised in California and now lives on the east coast. Although an
accomplished surfer and possessed of a flair for mixing martinis,
she presently works in publishing.
Kathryn Cramer grew
up in Seattle. She is married and by the time this is published,
should be the proud mother of a new daughter. She has won a World
Fantasy Award for best anthology.
Despite an early disappointment
when her soccer career was scotched by a low-flying egg, L.
Timmel Duchamp has had some success raising stories and
essays in the wilds of Washington State.
Nan Fry is the author
of two collections of poetry: Say What I Am Called, a chapbook
of riddles translated from Anglo-Saxon (Sibyl-Child Press) and Relearning
the Dark (from Washington
Writers Publishing House). The Poetry Society of America has
installed one of her poems
on posters in the transit systems of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore
as part of its Poetry in Motion Program. Another poem is being carved
into a bench that will be placed at a trolley stop in Bethesda,
MD. She is chair of the Academic Studies Department of the Corcoran
College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., where she teaches
courses on children's literature, the environment, and wolves.
Gloss, a fourth-generation Oregonian, lives in Portland,
OR. She is the author of four novels: Outside The Gates, The
Jump-Off Creek, The
Dazzle of Day, and Wild
Life, and more than two dozen short stories, essays, and
book reviews. Awards include the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award,
a Whiting Writers Award, the PEN Center West Fiction Prize, and
the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.
Wild Life was the Seattle Public Library/Washington Center
for the Book 2002 selection for "If All of Seattle Read the
Same Book." This story is also available on her website.
-- an interview
with Molly Gloss
-- an excerpt
from Wild Life
Theodora Goss dreams
about the University. She wonders why corridors keep leading to
staircases, staircases to corridors. She thinks she may be late
for class, and what is she supposed to be teaching anyway? Find
her, if you can, at theodoragoss.com.
Minsoo Kang has lived
in Korea, Austria, New Zealand, Iran, Brunei, Germany, and is currently
a Ph.D. candidate in European History at UCLA, writing his dissertation
on the symbolic significance of the automaton in the Western imagination.
His historical works and reviews have appeared in American Historical
Review, Times Literary Supplement, Manoa, AZ, Rethinking History,
Comitatus, and two essay collections.
teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, assists in magic
shows, and models for a fantasy artist. She is currently working
on a collection of magic related stories. Secrets may be revealed!
Someone call FOX! This piece was first created for a flash fiction
reading where the second to last line was assigned.
David Moles has lived
in six time zones on three continents and hopes some day to collect
the whole set. In addition to LCRW, his work will also appear
His favorite color is blue and his favorite ape is the siamang (Hylobates
syndactylus). He currently lives in Seattle.
Monette is working on her doctoral thesis, watching "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer," and bracing herself for winter. Another
of her short stories is in press with All Hallows: The Journal
of the Ghost Story Society.
Rich is responsible for many pieces of art within this issue.
Small Beer Press will publish his new chapbook, Foreigners
and Other Faces, in 2003.
Rosenbaum goes with his daughter to buy figs at the Migros
Supermarkt down Gorenmattstrasse on Friday mornings. Aviva can ride
on the back of the bicycle now and she is sooooo excited
about that. But today,
when he came to work in Zurich, there were figs for free in the
cafeteria. He took two. Ben's stories can be found in F&SF, Strange
Horizons, Vestal Review, and Harper's.
John Rubins was once
given an invisible dog on a leash as a birthday present by his fellow
office workers. He thanked them. Other heroic acts of his have appeared
in Surgery of Modern Warfare, The Southeast Review, American
Journal of Print, and elimae. He lives in Vermont with
two women and edits the online fiction monthly tatlinstower.com.
William Smith is chasing
a certain green fairy even as you read this. When you stop reading,
he will stop chasing it. He likes that you are still reading. Smith
lives in a 42-room mansion in northern Pennsylvania, where films
are watched, made, and dissected. He has no website.
Neil Williamson lives
and works in Glasgow, Scotland. His short fiction has appeared in
magazines such as Interzone and The Third Alternative,
and a short, factual treatise on the subject of dental health will
appear in the 2003 edition of that perennial medical favourite,
The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited