Challenging Destiny Challenging Destiny
New Fantasy & Science Fiction

Number 22, April 2006

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Cover illustration by Quynh Mai Nguyen

Honourable Mentions

"Eye Teeth" by Jay Lake gained an honourable mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois.

"The Anabe Girls" by A. R. Morlan gained an honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant.

Best Online SF/F

Rich Horton includes A. R. Morlan's "The Anabe Girls" in his list of 15 best stories published online in 2006. You can read the entire list here.


Aliette de Bodard reviews this issue on Tangent. She says this (and more) about "The Anabe Girls" by A. R. Morlan: "This is a clever satire of the fashion world where people will do anything to look good, and where girls will starve themselves to meet impossible standards. The worst part is the nagging suspicion that if events in this story could happen, fashion designers would leap at the chance. It's not a pleasant thought, but it is a credit to Morlan's skills." You can read the entire review here.

Sam Tomaino reviews this issue on SFRevu. He says: "All the stories here got a Very Good from me, so this magazine is highly recommended." You can read the entire review here.

Rich Horton mentions two stories from this issue in his review in Locus (July 2006, Issue 546). You can read the entire review here.

Rich Horton includes Challenging Destiny in his year-end summary on SFF Net. You can read the entire review here.

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

Acid Man by Caroline Misner

The man sat in the furthest corner of the bar beneath a faded poster of a character once known as Mickey Mouse. He was the cleanest miner I'd ever seen, and I noticed that the other miners ostracized him. Because he was different, I knew that by the end of the evening one of the drunks would challenge him...

Heroes and Villains by Steven Mohan, Jr.

One time when Charlie's drunk father hit him, as his nanomed was releasing pain killer into his bloodstream and repairing the damage, Charlie decided right then to become a superhero. But Charlie lived in a world where there wasn't much crime and you'd have to look pretty hard to find someone who went to bed hungry. So he went to another world...

Piñons by Uncle River

Ray lived so far out of town that the mail arrived only twice a week. But he did occasionally get letters. He got one from his niece in New York inviting him to come for a visit and meet her new baby. She'd even sent a voucher for gas and meals, which would help since inflation was around 100%...

Heart-Shaped Hole by Marissa K. Lingen

Ginny didn't tell Nancy she was dying when she asked her to go to Greenland with her -- it might have spoiled the mood. But the village where they were staying had no shaman, and Nerrivik the sea goddess was angry. Ginny agreed to act as shaman, to dive into the icy waters and placate Nerrivik by caring for her needs...

BehaviorNorm by Sue Lange

Shoalie was in her fifth month of her fifth job in as many years. Then she found out her fellow Xeres workers were planning on striking because the Dushens got a pay raise. If they did strike, management would likely fire her as a scapegoat -- since she was still on probation -- so she couldn't allow that to happen...

The Anabe Girls by A. R. Morlan

The models of the Anabe Agency were highly sought after. They were incredibly thin, which allowed garments to hang and drape and flutter perfectly when they walked. They didn't smoke, they didn't chew gum, and they didn't complain. And they had a brand on the back of their neck just under the bottom of their hairline...

Eye Teeth by Jay Lake

Daley ran into Shark who, even though he had known him as a kid, looked pretty scary with teeth all over his body. Shark said that Daley had something that belonged to Big Yakov, and Big Yakov wanted it back. Daley had no idea what he was talking about, and he also had no idea why a beautiful woman would want to kidnap him at gunpoint...


Fantasy Movies Reign Supreme review by James Schellenberg

James reviews the recent movies Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and King Kong.

Interview with Eileen Kernaghan interview by James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer

Eileen Kernaghan has published several novels, including the Grey Isles trilogy, based on the origins of Stonehenge, and the recent historical fantasy Winter on the Plain of Ghosts. She has also written stories and poems for many mainstream and speculative publications. She has won the Aurora award twice for novels and once for a short story. Eileen has been a school teacher, a writing teacher, and a used bookstore owner.

A Few Words About Evolution editorial by David M. Switzer

There are some fascinating things to be learned about how we came to be on this planet and the creatures that came before us. Dave shares some ideas from such sources as the novel Evolution by Stephen Baxter and the nonfiction book The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins.

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