Issue 0 leads with Debbie Moorhouse's Sundown, a near-future science fiction reflection on death and life. It follows through with a solid variety of works from semi-gritty fantasy; far-future time travel; modern sci-fi humor; historical paranormal; mainstream literary; a fable; poetry that doesn't rhyme but has a rhythm (involving coffee, mayhem, love, death, and television); reports concerning poetry and software and narrating a journey to a poetry conference in Taiwan; and art of all sorts, from humorous and surreal line drawings through haunting brush work and even a single-panel comic from a celebrated illustrator.
Sundown by Debbie Moorhouse; Painsharing by John Walters; A Yellow Sun with a Purple Crayon by Michelle Garren Flye; A Problem With The Law by Neil Davies; Songs Of The Dead by Sarah Singleton and Chris Butler; One in Ten Thousand by Athena Workman; 4 Short Parables Revolving Around the Theme of Travel by A.B. Goelman; The Doctrine of the Arbitrariness of the Sign by Shweta Narayan; The Infinite Monkeys Protocol by Lavie Tidhar; Moments Of Brilliance by Jason Stoddard; Cutting A Figure by Charlie Anders; The Eternal's Last Request by Joshua Babcock; Where Water Fails by Rusty Barnes; Longs to Run by David Bulley; Pepé In Critical Condition by Tomi Shaw; Sown Seeds by Errid Farland; She Dreams in Colors, She Dreams in Hope by F. John Sharp; Chicken by John Mantooth; The Tale that Launched a Thousand Ships by Janrae Frank.
Trying to Make Coffee by William Doreski; Fade In Fade Out by Beverly A. Jackson; As a Child by Kristine Ong Muslim; No Motor Home by Kenneth Ryan; Past Due: Final Notice by Kenneth Ryan; Fortune by Kenneth Ryan; Dialogue with the Hollows of Your Body by Benjamin William Buchholz; Ah Those Letters in the Attics or Modern Lit by Lida Broadhurst; The first day of the last day my face fell off by Rohith Sundararaman.
Invitation To Kaohsiung by Allen McGill; Poetry Code by Robert Peake.
Gutmouth by Konrad Kruszewski (cover); Kmantis Hunch5 by Konrad Kruszewski; Cosmonaut's Last Day by Jamie Dee Galey; Changing Destiny by Fefa; Bird and Ghost by Sarah Coyne; Media Hype by Jamie Dee Galey; The Kiss by Konrad Kruszewski; Having Fun at the Party by Fran Giordano; Jack Rabbit by Jamie Dee Galey.
Belly Busters by Bruce Boston and Larry Dickison.
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Kaolin Fire is a conglomeration of ideas, side projects, and experiments. He loves to program in c, php, jsp; talk in the third person; write fiction; and teach. He supports himself by way of his partnership in a web development firm, and dabbles in doing the odd e-book cover for Renaissance eBooks, and teaching at a community college. Kaolin is especially interested in trends of technology, ritual, consciousness, dreaming, artificial intelligence, the nature of intelligence, the meaning of life, reincarnation, religion, and programming (of all sorts). He's Editor-in-Chief of GUD Magazine and instigated Issue 0. He's had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, Right Hand Pointing, and Tuesday Shorts, among others. A more complete bio and publication credits can be found on his personal website.
eclectic and pretty good, all in all. and I copy-edited it. sort of. my particular favorites: stories from flye, narayan, stoddard, anders, shaw, mantooth; poetry from kenneth ryan. i shouldn't say what i disrecommend, since my feelings may be influenced by the editing experience... :)