Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Publication.
US Small Press magazine, low-paying but of a quality to be rated above most Amateur Magazines. Published by The Fortress of Words, Lexington, Kentucky and edited by Christopher Rowe and Gwenda Bond, with Alan Deniro as poetry editor. Issued in chapbook form. It began with a single booklet based around the photograph of a cat, with the title ... is this a cat? (anth 2002 chap). This proved to be of sufficient interest that Rowe turned it into a regular magazine, with the running title Say ... followed by a different question each issue. The questions have been ... was that a kiss? (2002 #1), ... what time is it? (Spring 2003 #2), ... aren't you dead? (October 2003 #3), ... why aren't we crying? (2004 #4), ... have you heard this one? (2005 #5) and finally ... What's the Combination? (2007 #6). The fiction is more Fabulation than science fiction, a mixture of Slipstream and introspection, each question seeking a spectrum of imaginations with a sharp example in the original chapbook, "I Remember the Catsuit Kids" by Alan De Niro, which reimagines the true nature of Schrödinger's Cat (see Thought Experiment). Debut stories include that of David Moles. The magazine is similar to Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet with many of the same contributors, including Terry Bisson, Hannah Wolf Bowen, Kelly Link, Maureen McHugh, Mark Rich, Justina Robson and David J Schwartz. It is a rewarding example of how creative the small press can be. [MA]
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