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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).

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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).

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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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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2 # 93 (magazine review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2  # 93 (magazine review).

On Spec # 93 has an interview with ‘the most decorated writer in the Science Fiction and fantasy genre’. She has won eleven Hugo awards, Seven Nebula awards, four Locus awards and the John W. Campbell Memorial award. Her name is Connie Willis and I’ve never heard of her before! It’s a big field now. […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1 #92 (magzine review).

September 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1  #92 (magzine review).

‘On Spec’ has editorials, interviews and best of all, fiction. The two opening stories, ‘Bells Of Aberdovey’ by Kate Reidel and ‘Fur Is Dead’ by Lynn Stansbury are both the type that read like an ordinary tale of everyday life until you get to the end when there’s a fantastic conclusion which was hinted at […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3 # 91 (magazine review).

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3  # 91	(magazine review).

This is a particularly good issue of ‘On-Spec’, the Canadian magazine of the fantastic. The non-fiction is interesting but, as ever, it’s the fiction that makes it. ‘10 Thing I Know About Jesus’ by Stephen Popkes is narrated by a young lad who has been adopted by the eponymous hero of the tale. That Jesus […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3 # 90 (magazine review).

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3  # 90	(magazine review).

This is a themed issue of ‘On Spec’ and the theme is… Apocalypse! Themed issues and anthologies are often interesting because it’s fun to see the varied approaches taken by different writers from the same starting point. Old-time SF magazines used to have certain professional contributors write a story based around the painting on the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of The Fantastic: vol 24 – #89 (magazine review).

September 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of The Fantastic: vol 24 – #89 (magazine review).

‘On Spec’ sometimes has good non-fiction. This issue features an interesting article on Steampunk entitled ‘Through a Glass, Brightly; The Goggled Gaze Of Steampunk’ by Mike Perschon who is doing a thesis on the subject. Defining a genre is tricky, especially a fantasy genre, but Mike says that we should not say an item is […]

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