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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 2 # 105 (mag review).

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 2 # 105 (mag review).

‘On Spec’ endures, happily, and here’s another little issue. I missed the author interview this month but there’s plenty of other pleasing content. I’ll start with the obvious fantasy and move on to Science Fiction via super-heroes and steampunk as I’m not sure which category they belong in. ‘The Wisdom Of The Serpent’ by Mary […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 27 no. 4 #103 (mag review).

October 14, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 27 no. 4  #103 (mag review).

As Paulo de Costa is this issue of ‘On Spec’s interviewed author, I might as well start with him. ‘Once Dad, Always Here’ shows a future in which privacy and copyright have been abolished and the controllers can track most rebels. There are interactive graveyards where you can visit with a hologram version of the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 4 # 99 (magazine review).

May 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 4  # 99 (magazine review).

The fiction doesn’t start until page 32 of this issue of ‘On Spec’, when you have ‘My Pink Galoshes’ by Krista D. Ball. (Is that a pseudonym?) Galoshes, I believe, are what we in England call Wellington boots, waterproof footwear named after the Duke of Wellington who whupped Napoleon at Waterloo, albeit with rather more […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 3 # 98 (magazine review).

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 3  # 98 (magazine review).

After the contents page and the subscription information, On Spec # 98 opens with an editorial: ‘The Future Of On Spec And The Challenges We Face’ by Diane L. Walton, Managing Editor. Small arts magazines cannot get by on the revenues from advertisers and subscribers alone but need extra funding. Their government grant has been […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 2 # 97 (magazine review).

December 28, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 2  # 97 (magazine review).

On Spec # 97 gets the fiction started with ‘Bugzapper’ by Mikey Hamm, this issue’s author interviewee. It’s a dense story about Josh, a teenage genius who is planning a date with a princess from another dimension in a park infested with dangerous insects. Josh accidentally caused the insect problem when trying to deal with […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 1 # 96 Spring 2014 (magazine review).

September 27, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 1 # 96 Spring 2014  (magazine review).

As revealed in an article last month, ‘On Spec’ is in peril of its life after losing funding from the Canadian Arts Council. The nice reviewer who loves short fiction and wants all the magazines to prosper is therefore tempted to shout its merits from the rooftops yet honesty must prevail. Happily, the two motivations […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 4 # 95 (magazine review).

May 2, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 4 # 95 (magazine review).

This issue of ‘On Spec’ features two post-apocalypse stories, two sad stories and a pair of lightly amusing fantasy tales. First up is ‘When Soft Voices Die’ by Harding Young. In a city full of people sick and dying of a new influenza bug, Perry finds two pretty girls with a nice apartment and food. […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 3 # 94 (magazine review).

May 2, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 3 # 94 (magazine review).

Here be stories. ‘Last Stand At Catesby’s Books’ starts with a chap with a rifle squatting by a pile of books, waiting to shoot. Dallas 1963? No, Catesby’s Books, an independent store in the middle of a city. Modernisers want to close it, use e-readers and save trees. The staff are prepared to defend paper […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2 # 93 (magazine review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2  # 93 (magazine review).

On Spec # 93 has an interview with ‘the most decorated writer in the Science Fiction and fantasy genre’. She has won eleven Hugo awards, Seven Nebula awards, four Locus awards and the John W. Campbell Memorial award. Her name is Connie Willis and I’ve never heard of her before! It’s a big field now. […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1 #92 (magzine review).

September 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1  #92 (magzine review).

‘On Spec’ has editorials, interviews and best of all, fiction. The two opening stories, ‘Bells Of Aberdovey’ by Kate Reidel and ‘Fur Is Dead’ by Lynn Stansbury are both the type that read like an ordinary tale of everyday life until you get to the end when there’s a fantastic conclusion which was hinted at […]

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