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New Fantasy & Science Fiction

Number 13, November 2001

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Cover illustration by Chris Jouan


Christopher East's "Skullier Than the Average Bod" appears in the anthology Best of the Rest 3 edited by Brian Youmans from Suddenly Press.


Greg Beatty, on the Tangent Online web site, says "All in all, I enjoyed reading this issue of Challenging Destiny; even when the ideas were familiar, there was an energy to these writers that made their stories fun."

Boyce McClain, in Comics Corner (#113, Jan./Feb. 2002), says: "Challenging Destiny features not only some great writing talent but some equally outstanding artwork from up and coming talent. I urge you to find a copy and check it out today."

David Soyka, in Black Gate (Vol. 1, No. 3, Winter 2002), says: "You may not recognize every author that appears in this glossy, perfect-bound magazine with numerous illustrations, but their stories warrant your attention."

John Howard reviews this issue on the New Hope International Review web site. His favourite story is "Losing Face" by Nye Marnach, and he says "A memorable story, and a name to look out for."

Keith Walker, in Fanzine Fanatique (Winter 2001/2), says: "Excellent short SF and fantasy fiction in a nice neatly produced zine. This is what Interzone ought to be but fails in its reverence for the trendy."

Spindoc, in dragon's breath (#71, Spring 2003), says: "What I like most about CD is the winning sense of humour in at least some of the genre fiction." They rate the issue 8/10 ("boss"). You can find their mini-reviews here.

Here are some sneak previews of the stories you'll find in the thirteenth issue of Challenging Destiny:

Judah's Breath by Ilsa J. Bick
illustrated by Rhett Ransom Pennell

Judah travelled for days through the desert, riding on the ass he stole, a griffin-vulture following him in the air. He sought the goddess known as the Mother, because only she could help him. He carried with him the dead body of someone very important...

illustration for Judah's Breath by Rhett Ransom Pennell

Skullier Than the Average Bod by Christopher East
illustrated by Jason Walton

Steffi and Nicole were surprised when the normal guy approached them in the Fleshmart. They were used to mod-bods like themselves. But Steffi knew that normals had upgrade points, and she was intrigued when the guy made them a unique offer...

Astral Talent by Hugh Cook
illustrated by Dwayne Harris

Danzburg Tosterburger isn’t having a very fun 44th birthday. He’s in jail, in a cell with his assassin brother-in-law. The grogs keep him from using his astral talent to escape. And on the autopsy show on TV they’re cutting open his grandfather… Read the complete text here.

The Great Grandelle by Erol Engin
illustrated by Britt Martin

When the national theatre was rebuilt after the war with the Americans, all of Paris was eager to see the Great Grandelle play the role of Merviel. No one could play the tragic noble peasant like the Great Grandelle, and the audience pleasure level was bound to soar...

Losing Face by Nye Marnach
illustrated by Tamlin Williams

In the future no one is judged on the basis of their features--because everyone wears a mask. Mirrors are illegal. Six college friends meet for drinks--they chat about the good old days as they do every year. But this time, two of them go home together…

The Gifts of the Phoenix by Donna Farley
illustrated by John Hancock

An elder tells the children the tale of Aikeso the Maimed. Aikeso would not fight his brother for rulership of the tribe. As Aikeso was leaving the tribe, some of his kinsmen beat him up. He was found by an extraordinary hermit with a golden foot…

illustration for The Gifts of the Phoenix by John Hancock


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland review by James Schellenberg

The original books by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, were published in 1865 and 1871. They have inspired many other versions of the story in a variety of media. James reviews the books, several movie versions, the Alice Symphony by David del Tredici, and the computer game American McGee's Alice.

Interview with Jim Munroe interview by James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer

Jim Munroe’s first novel Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask was published by HarperCollins in 1998. He then self-published his second novel Angry Young Spaceman in 2000. Jim has information about how to self-publish on his web site. Previously he was managing editor at Adbusters.

Where's the Good Stuff on the Internet? editorial by David M. Switzer

When you hear about the internet in the media you’re often hearing about pictures of naked women or hate propaganda against a particular race or religion. But the internet can be used -- and is being used -- for good things too. Dave gives a few suggestions on how to look for things, and also describes some web sites he finds useful.

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