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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

On Spec # 107 contains seven short stories, a poetic tribute to Ursula Le Guin, another poem, two interviews, an editorial and a report on Can-Con 2017. As usual, I’ll focus on the fiction. Parson has an odd power in ‘When Winter Comes’ by Hayden Trenholm. People want to please him. Ever since he was […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 3 #106 (magazine review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 3 #106 (magazine review).

‘On Spec’ is another small-size magazine enthusiastically dedicated to speculative stories and is available both in hard copy and e-bookishly. In this issue, the fiction opens with ‘A Lab Of One’s Own’ by Alec Austin and Marissa Lingen which concerns a wealthy young lady named Violetta who dabbles in alchemy. She goes to Wien to […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 2 # 105 (mag review).

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 2 # 105 (mag review).

‘On Spec’ endures, happily, and here’s another little issue. I missed the author interview this month but there’s plenty of other pleasing content. I’ll start with the obvious fantasy and move on to Science Fiction via super-heroes and steampunk as I’m not sure which category they belong in. ‘The Wisdom Of The Serpent’ by Mary […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 27 no. 4 #103 (mag review).

October 14, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 27 no. 4  #103 (mag review).

As Paulo de Costa is this issue of ‘On Spec’s interviewed author, I might as well start with him. ‘Once Dad, Always Here’ shows a future in which privacy and copyright have been abolished and the controllers can track most rebels. There are interactive graveyards where you can visit with a hologram version of the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 4 # 99 (magazine review).

May 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 4  # 99 (magazine review).

The fiction doesn’t start until page 32 of this issue of ‘On Spec’, when you have ‘My Pink Galoshes’ by Krista D. Ball. (Is that a pseudonym?) Galoshes, I believe, are what we in England call Wellington boots, waterproof footwear named after the Duke of Wellington who whupped Napoleon at Waterloo, albeit with rather more […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 3 # 98 (magazine review).

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 3  # 98 (magazine review).

After the contents page and the subscription information, On Spec # 98 opens with an editorial: ‘The Future Of On Spec And The Challenges We Face’ by Diane L. Walton, Managing Editor. Small arts magazines cannot get by on the revenues from advertisers and subscribers alone but need extra funding. Their government grant has been […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 2 # 97 (magazine review).

December 28, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 2  # 97 (magazine review).

On Spec # 97 gets the fiction started with ‘Bugzapper’ by Mikey Hamm, this issue’s author interviewee. It’s a dense story about Josh, a teenage genius who is planning a date with a princess from another dimension in a park infested with dangerous insects. Josh accidentally caused the insect problem when trying to deal with […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 1 # 96 Spring 2014 (magazine review).

September 27, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 1 # 96 Spring 2014  (magazine review).

As revealed in an article last month, ‘On Spec’ is in peril of its life after losing funding from the Canadian Arts Council. The nice reviewer who loves short fiction and wants all the magazines to prosper is therefore tempted to shout its merits from the rooftops yet honesty must prevail. Happily, the two motivations […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 4 # 95 (magazine review).

May 2, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 4 # 95 (magazine review).

This issue of ‘On Spec’ features two post-apocalypse stories, two sad stories and a pair of lightly amusing fantasy tales. First up is ‘When Soft Voices Die’ by Harding Young. In a city full of people sick and dying of a new influenza bug, Perry finds two pretty girls with a nice apartment and food. […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 3 # 94 (magazine review).

May 2, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 3 # 94 (magazine review).

Here be stories. ‘Last Stand At Catesby’s Books’ starts with a chap with a rifle squatting by a pile of books, waiting to shoot. Dallas 1963? No, Catesby’s Books, an independent store in the middle of a city. Modernisers want to close it, use e-readers and save trees. The staff are prepared to defend paper […]

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