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Fireside Magazine, Spring 2012 (Fireside Magazine #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The debut issue of Fireside, a multigenre fiction and comics magazine.

This issue includes stories by Tobias Buckell (“Press Enter to Execute), Ken Liu (“To The Moon”), Chuck Wendig (“Emerald Lakes), and Christie Yant (“Temperance”), and a comic written by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride, illustared by Michael Lee Harris, and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic (“Snow Ninjas of th
Published April 17th 2012 by Fireside Magazine (first published April 13th 2012)
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Alex Ristea
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-2013
Fireside Magazine delivers what it promises: quality fiction, regardless of genre.

Anthologies are always hit-or-miss, and short story magazines even more so, but all of the stories here were fun to read. Interesting concepts, tight writing, and compelling characters—hard to do in a short medium!

Fireside Magazine Issue 8 just hit my inbox, so I'm excited to catch up and start reading month by month.

PS there's a promotion happening until December 15th, with cool prizes such as signed books from C
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
My favorite pieces were the stories by Buckell, Liu, and Wendig. Liu’s was first, and To The Moon is one of the best things I’ve read from him in a while. Liu always has intelligent plots, and he thinks his ideas through to their logical conclusion, instead of relying on a shiny new idea to carry the story without the framework of logic. However, I haven’t always been able to connect to his work. To The Moon combines the writing quality we’ve come to expect from Liu with an emotional exploration ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first issue of Fireside Magazine, seasonal and with more content, instead of the current shorter, monthly editions. It's a strong start for the magazine with some strong stories by a strong selection of authors.

To the Moon by Ken Liu****
A beautifully told tale about the value and perspective of stories and the current immigration issues in the US.

Emerald Lakes by Chuck Wendig *****
I loved this one. Troubled teenager Montana Burns spends time in a mental institution in the aftermath o
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A strong first issue, hard to pick a favorite.

TO THE MOON by Ken Liu. A beautiful, wistful story (which also inspired the issue's cover), about storytelling and immigration and how who we are depends on who is telling our story (or who we are telling our own story to). Liu alternates what feels like a classic Chinese fairy tale with a modern US immigration court. The story is much bigger, much more affecting, than the sum of its parts. Thought-provoking and lovely and just a touch brutal.

Renee Elizabeths
This review was crossposted from my blog. For the full post (and more!), click here.

I backed Fireside's kickstarter campaign a few months ago and one of my rewards was access to all the back issues. I downloaded them a while ago but never got around to doing anything with them. Then this week I was looking for something short and interesting without really knowing what I wanted--kind of like standing in front of the fridge looking for a snack when you aren't really in the mood for anything in pa
This issue is available from the website:

I'm giving this one 5 stars because two of the five stories were 5 stars for me, which almost never happens in a magazine. They managed to bring an eclectic mix of stories together here, and no weak ones in the bunch.

According to the Editors' intro the story order is as follows (different from how they appear on the webpage layout):

To the Moon by Ken Liu - 5 stars - A work of genius. The genre is elusive, because the
Lynette Aspey
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again, I come to something very wonderful a little late.

This one edition -- the very first in Fireside magazine's career -- has stories from three of my favorite authors, and they are all awesome.

Ken Liu manages to rend my heart and widen my soul...again; Tobias Buckell rocks along with a story of assassination and singularity, and Chuck Wendig, who won over my tender heart with his blog, introduces us to his Atlanta Burns character in a prequel to further stories that I MUST NOW HAVE. The
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Fireside issue 1 is a collection of short stories funded by Kickstarter.
1. To the Moon by Ken Liu
I am lawyer who used to work at legal aid. I know just what he means about grey areas and stories. Plus, in Australia at the moment we have declared war on refugees who come by boat, when it is not illegal to request asylum. Beautifully told with stories within stories like Russian dolls.
2. Emerald Lakes by Chuck Wendig
An Atlanta Burns short story. She’s in a juvenile mental health facility. Why? Fin
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ipad-book
The short stories here are excellent once again. My favorite had to be "To the Moon" with its clever comparison. "Emerald Lakes" had a nice twist at the end that I still find myself contemplating. "Temperance" had a good old-fashioned twisty ghost story feel to it that I loved. The last short story, "Press Enter to Execute" was a bit hackneyed at first, but the concept won me over by the end. However, the comic left a lot to be desired with the story. The art work was fine, but the story was sup ...more
Ashley Holstrom
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magazine, own-print, print
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