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New Fantasy & Science Fiction

Number 9, April 2000

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Cover illustration by Dwayne Harris


Jonathan A. Gilbert, in his E-Dispatches from the Great White North, says: "Nicely packaged with quality cover artwork, crisp clear printing and sharp interior art reproduction this publication puts similar magazines out of the States to shame. The contents are of an extremely high standard as well." You can read the entire review here.

Keith Walker, in Fanzine Fanatique Quarterly (Fall Issue 2000), says: "Fortunately there are a handful of excellent small press zines like this that print the shorter form of quality fiction... Support brave zines such as CD. Fine reading guaranteed!"

Olga Kenyon, on the New Hope International Review web site, says "CHALLENGING DESTINY offers a skilful range of topics and approaches." You can read the entire review here.

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

When the Traffic Lights Failed at the Crossroads of Time by J. S. Lyster
illustrated by Jesse Moore

A temporal wave is discovered in the Arctic -- when it crests you can surf the wave to another time. Sam Pearson is a graduate student in physics who goes to observe the phenomenon in action. There are many other scientists there, as well as journalists, and some unexpected guests from the future...

illustration for When the Traffic Lights Failed at the Crossroads of Time by Jesse Moore

Bread and Circuses by Kate Burgauer
illustrated by Billy Tackett

While the president speaks, the teleprompter changes his speech based on the results of instant polls. But does he really want to only say what the people want to hear?

Marikaís World by Shelley Moore
illustrated by Anne Kushnick

Karen and Nick are initially very happy with their new house in the country. Karen settles down in a veterinarian job, and Nick tries to do some painting. But thereís someone -- or something -- in the house with them...

The Scapegoat by Joe Mahoney
illustrated by Jason Walton

When his old nemesis shows up, the nothingness is really not in a good mood. For one thing, the nemesis changes the shape of the nothingness against his will. Then the nemesis wants to show him whatís happening on the planet Earth...

Malkai by D. K. Latta
illustrated by Rhett Ransom Pennell

After hunting prackit for many years, Faggin decides to go for the big time -- malkai. Itís a natural energy source that the local aliens provide the humans with. But no human who has gone in search of the malkai source has ever returned...

illustration for Malkai by Rhett Ransom Pennell

The Gift by Chris Reuter
illustrated by Chris Jouan

Thomas Hell's music blits skirted the boundaries of what was considered acceptable by the government. He was also addicted to the nasty drug called trill, which the government frowned upon. But these days not even trill could help him produce good music...


The War of the Worlds review by James Schellenberg

H. G. Wells' novel came out in 1898, and is one of the classics of the genre from before the term "science fiction" was coined. Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation was rather unique -- and so were the results. It was structured in the form of news reports, so that those who tuned in late thought the Martians were really invading. Thousands of radio listeners fled their homes, and thousands more called the police, newspapers, or radio stations...

Interview with Charles de Lint interview by James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer

Charles de Lint writes what he calls "mythic fiction," and has published more than forty books over the past sixteen years. He sets many of his stories in Newford, a North American city populated by humans as well as creatures from myths and folktales. His most recent novel is Someplace to be Flying, and his most recent collection is Moonlight and Vines. He also plays Celtic music, and has recently begun studying fine art.

What Did the Natives Ever Do For Us? editorial by David M. Switzer

The many ways, voluntary and involuntary, in which the Native peoples helped the Europeans and the rest of the world is a huge debt on our part. A debt that has been largely unacknowledged much less repaid. So why was it that so many people saw the Natives as savages and didnít realize how advanced they were in areas such as politics, medicine, and farming?

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