Centripetal Motion – Gravity – A Flash of Light – Questions, Answers – Judgment – Execution – and Idyll, a story, Part Five of Five (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)


The previous installments of Idyll are available to read here; of the first volume of Notes for a Mythology, here. Due at the end of this summer, The Dreadful Point No.32 will be devoted solely to the final chapters of the latter, with the second volume beginning next year, and the continuation of another series in between.

*Though I haven’t seen it since, I loved UHF as a kid (it will not surprise you to know that I still have a terrible weakness for novelty music), and wouldn’t have had to search very hard to assign it a large portion of the blame for my becoming a lowly parodist. It makes me happy to think that it may have informed my politics as well.

*The late Gene Wolfe was a much more recent influence. I had already begun Coherence when I first read his Book of the New Sun, which uses satire, parody, and pastiche to create something that is at once a completely satisfying piece of genre entertainment (whether you think of it as science fiction or sword and sorcery fantasy or both) and a transcendent work of art, equal, at the very least, to anything by any of the other great postmodern authors of the last seventy years.

*I was pleasantly surprised to hear about this new novella-length space opera by Grant Maierhofer.

*Thom Cuell interviewed Ruby Cowling, who combines satire and genre elements in her short story collection, This Paradise.

*Likewise, in Girl Town, a collection of five short comics, Carolyn Nowak cleverly uses a number of well-worn science fiction and fantasy tropes to highlight the painfully familiar humanness of her characters.

*Tomoé Hill’s latest piece about food, memory, and desire, stunning in its own right, was also fascinating to read in such close conjunction with Nowak’s Radishes.

*Hugh Fulham-McQuillan has another excellent story to hold us over until his book comes out.

*Pat Foran has a wonderfully disorienting—and reorienting—piece of flash at Milk Candy Review.

*Dan Hogan makes interesting use of a bug.

*And Sublunary Editions has announced upcoming work from Mónica Belevan, Christina Tudor-Sideri, and Judson Hamilton.

Next issue: August 2019