Challenging Destiny Challenging Destiny
New Fantasy & Science Fiction

Number 2, March 1998

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Cover photograph by Graham D. Wall


Jim Lee, in Scavenger's Newsletter (May 1998), says "This well-produced little mag means business and is worth checking out." You can read the entire review here.

Mark L. Lefebvre, contributing editor to Northern Fusion, describes Challenging Destiny as "a cross between Prairie Fire and Amazing Stories ... while it offers great Science Fiction content the writing within also contains a certain literary style enjoyed by a more 'mainstream' publication."

Michael H. Payne reviews this issue on the Tangent web site. Here's what he says about "The Mother" by Michael Mirolla: "Simple, evocative, short--not much longer than a short-short, I guess--and successfully told in the 2nd person, too."

John M. Peters, on the New Hope International Review web site, says "This is a rather elegant Canadian science fiction paperback magazine containing ninety odd pages of diverse sf... Well worth seeking out." You can read the entire review here.

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

War by James Schellenberg
illustrated by Chris Jouan

When virtual becomes reality and someone gets killed, the people at DataScreen want to know what's gone wrong. A representative from their source of funding arrives to tell them what they don't really want to know...

illustration for War by Chris Jouan

The Mother by Michael Mirolla
illustrated by Chris Whitlow

When you're a mother with a small child to feed and protect, you can't spend too much time thinking about your demolished city or the winged creatures that prowl the night. When you're a good mother, you do what is best for your child no matter what...

illustration for The Mother by Chris Whitlow

Making Contact by D. Sandy Nielsen
illustrated by Justin French

Although Runner and his crew look human, they're actually from a more advanced civilization. They've stopped on Earth to refuel and interact with the locals for a while. But Runner falls in love with one of the locals, and it's going to be tough leaving her...

Pieces by Paul Benza
illustrated by Paul Sapkowski

Life is always the same, but it's certainly not boring when you spend all your time on matters of survival--food, water, shelter. And killing. Because it's either them or you, and you'd rather it be you. Until someone new shows up, someone who remembers that life wasn't always this way...

Black Magic by Greg Bechtel
illustrated by Catherine Christie

No one watches when Omar dances frenetically beneath the clock tower. But they know that when there's no way of getting something done, and it absolutely must be done, they go to Omar. He can get it done. Of course, there is always a price...

Doppelganger Voices by Stefano Donati
illustrated by Anne Kushnick

James has a decent job and a loving wife named Lucy. He also has an alter-ego from another universe, Jimmy, with whom he can communicate. Jimmy has had a troubled life, but he's recently met a woman he likes who also happens to be named Lucy...


Isaac Asimov at the Movies review by James Schellenberg

Everyone knows that Asimov wrote 506 books, but exactly how many movies did he write? James reviews the short story "Nightfall" and the movie and novel that are based on it. He reviews the movie Fantastic Voyage and the two novels Asimov wrote based on it. James reviews Asimov's collection I, Robot and Harlan Ellison's screenplay based on it. And he reviews the movie Light Years.

Towards an Ethics of Argument editorial by Graham D. Wall

Graham explores the concept of an argument, and comes up with some guidelines for having an argument that's humane. He examines how people usually argue, and how we should argue. Graham decides that we need to argue from premises that are justified in order to further both human understanding and peace.

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