Challenging Destiny Challenging Destiny
New Fantasy & Science Fiction

Number 15, December 2002

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Cover illustration by Stephanie Law


Boyce McClain, in Comics Corner (#124, Feb. 2003), says: "With each progressive issue of Challenging Destiny, the publication gets better and better."

Noel Hannan, on the Project Pulp web site, says: "Challenging Destiny is one of the best small press publications I have seen and read lately."

David Price, in The Fix (Issue 6), says "All in all, this is an impressive issue, and it benefits from the services of some excellent artists. Fans of dark fantasy are sure to find something to please within its pages." You can read the entire review here.

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.

Keith Walker, in Fanzine Fanatique (Summer 2003), says: "There's some excellent fiction, proving that the SF short story is still very much alive and kicking despite publishers' lies that there's no market for the form."

Adrian Green, on the New Hope International Review web site, says "CHALLENGING DESTINY is an intelligent collection of new SF writing which deserves a wide readership and contains some real gems... the magazine is an altogether superior production containing, as you would expect from the title, a challenging and rewarding selection of fantasy writing."

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

Skins by W. D. Glenn
illustrated by Jason Walton

When your uncle died, he left you a large inheritance. Of course, everyone wanted your money. And then there was Harry, who never asked for money. Harry wanted you as a partner in a business that, he said, would define the next trend in American style and culture. It started with a tattoo…

Primitive Thinking by Jeff Dundas
illustrated by Craig Jennion

Every day the tall man would grab his spear, join the others, and leave the cave to venture forth on the hunt. Because their survival depended on trusting each other absolutely, the men shared a special bond. This bond made the tall man want to share his new idea…

Proper Names by Ian Creasey
illustrated by Chris Jouan

You work for the marketing division of CosmoCorp, and it’s your job to name everything that needs naming on new planets. The only problem on this planet, which you’re thinking about calling Jewel, is your manager Hawk who doesn’t appreciate the poetry of the names you’ve chosen…

illustration for Proper Names by Chris Jouan

The Beauty in the Beast by K. G. McAbee
illustrated by Dwayne Harris

Erik’s father has a gambling problem. His latest debt had been paid by the richest woman around, who lives in a huge old castle behind high forbidding walls. In return the woman wants Erik to go live with her, where he will have everything he might desire. But he can never return to visit his father…

illustration for The Beauty in the Beast by Dwayne Harris

Solitary by Corey Kellgren
illustrated by Rhett Ransom Pennell

Garvin Rinne is enduring the worst punishment man has ever devised, when he’s taken out and offered a deal. He’s given the experimental Empathizer drug, which allows him to feel the emotions of people around him. It’s hoped this will keep him free of the correctional system for the rest of his life…


A Survey of SF & Fantasy Art (Part 2 of 3) compilation by David M. Switzer

Dave brings you another selection of artwork from today's science fiction and fantasy artists. Featuring artwork from Dwayne Harris, Eric Wadley, Hian Rodriguez, Jason Walton, Kelly McLarnon, Murat Alimov, Rhett Ransom Pennell, and Robert Pasternak.

The Alien Legacy review by James Schellenberg

It all started with Alien in 1979. Then came Aliens, Alien3, and Alien Resurrection. Each movie by a different director, but each with Sigourney Weaver as Ripley battling the horrifying aliens that can grow inside of you and have acid for blood. James reviews the movies, plus some books and games based on them.

Interview with Karl Schroeder interview by James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer

Karl Schroeder’s novel Permanence was published earlier this year. His previous novels are The Claus Effect (with David Nickle) and Ventus. Karl and David’s story “The Toy Mill” won an Aurora award. Karl wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Science Fiction with Cory Doctorow. He’s been an editor, a teacher, and president of SF Canada.

Peaceful Tomorrows guest editorial by David Potorti

David Potorti shares some thoughts he's had since September 11th when his brother was killed. He points out that when you kill someone, you kill their history, tradition, and connection to their families -- and the severing of that connection is felt for a long time across many generations. We rarely consider the long-lasting effects of war. Every bomb we drop on Afghanistan or Iraq is a World Trade Center.

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