No. 5, summer 2016
F(r)iction #5 is a lush, brambled quest of a summer issue. It’s a darkly dreamy thing, with all the grandeur and beastliness of a mythic tale: unlikely heroes facing off against old gods, ragged and twisting journeys through grief and recovery, caged creatures fighting for their own power. As the Lady of the Lake tells us: Sometimes, you simply cannot wait for an Arthur. Sometimes, you must claim the sword and its secrets for yourself.
This issue includes “The Ripples of History,” an interview with critically acclaimed author Yaa Gyasi and an excerpt of her beautiful, transgenerational debut novel, Homegoing. Mike Raicht’s supernatural short thriller “Leave” and Ed Pavlić’s haunting lyric novella excerpt “Flame” tease out both the chilling and the beautiful in strange wilderness encounters. Our graphic short story excerpt, “A Better Place” by Harry Bogosian, is a sprawling science fiction epic that follows the quest of one small android to end an immortal, omnipotent youth’s reign of terror. From Benjamin Percy’s drama “Red Light” to “The World as We Write It,” an unflappable collection of poetry from the Los Angeles-based organization WriteGirl, the quests and journeys of F(r)iction’s pages abound.
Onwards and upwards, dear reader! Let the strange and luminous whispers of F(r)iction #5 be your call to adventure.
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