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Apparition Lit, Issue 6: Ambition (April 2019)

Apparition Lit, Issue 6: Ambition (April 2019)

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Apparition Lit, Issue 6: Ambition (April 2019)

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Pubblicato:
Apr 14, 2019
ISBN:
9780463270417
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Welcome to the sixth issue of Apparition Lit! As the sixth issue of our magazine, our theme was Ambition. We wanted stories where people reached further and wanted more. Ambition can be a high-stakes corporate merger for honour and glory, other times it can be a smaller, more personal, goal.

EDITORIAL
*A Word from Our Editor by Amy Henry Robinson

SHORT FICTION
*Hermes VII by Donna J. W. Munro
*Sasha's Pattern, Sonia's Edge by Katherine Quevedo
*Juliet Silver and the Sea of Prosperity by Wendy Nikel
*e-Lon 4 Breaks a Mirror by Aurelius Raines II

POETRY
*Naiad by Cameryn Araduke
*The Muse Does Not Give a Fuck about Your Personal Safety by Jennifer Crow

REPRINT
*The Last by Premee Mohamed

INTERVIEW
*Artist Interview with Erion Makuo

ESSAY
*It’s Cute How Hard You Try: Carol Danvers and Ambition by Tacoma Tomilson

Apparition Lit is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features short stories and poetry. We publish original content with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth.

New issues will be published each January, April, July, October.

Pubblicato:
Apr 14, 2019
ISBN:
9780463270417
Formato:
Libro

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Apparition Lit is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features short stories and poetry. We publish original content with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. Every issue of Apparition Lit includes:*Editorial from the staff*Four short stories that meet the quarterly theme*Two poems that meet the quarterly theme*Interview with the Cover Artist*Nonfiction EssayNew issues will be published each January, April, July, October.

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Table of Contents

Editorial

A Word from Our Editor by Amy Henry Robinson

Short Fiction and Poetry

Hermes VII by Donna J. W. Munro

e-Lon 4 Breaks a Mirror by Aurelius Raines II

Naiad by Cameryn Araduke

Sasha's Pattern, Sonia's Edge by Katherine Quevedo

Juliet Silver and the Sea of Prosperity by Wendy Nikel

The Muse Does Not Give a Fuck about Your Personal Safety by Jennifer Crow

The Last by Premee Mohamed

Interview

Artist Interview with Erion Makuo

Essay

It’s Cute How Hard You Try: Carol Danvers and Ambition by Tacoma Tomilson

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Past Issues

A Word from Our Editor

by Amy Henry Robinson

Ambition is a very personal thing. I’ve always believed that my own ambition level was on the lower end of the scale. It’s a character trait built into my personal mythology. Most of that belief is based on the success I’ve seen other people attain. But everyone has a different passion and a different way to succeed. Ambition is not a competition, but unique to each of us.

When we decided to start publishing really cool spec fic stories and poems, I was all in. I hopped into the project with both feet, both hands, my heart, and all the other viscera. We did what it took to get the magazine up and hopping. I didn’t recognize it as being ambitious, because it was something so important, it felt as natural as breathing. But this project is ambitious, an ambition I am excited to continue pursuing as it grows and succeeds.

With our sixth issue, we are proud to bring you a collection of stories and poems about ambitions that are both universal, personal, and 100% worthy.

The Muse Does Not Give a Fuck about Your Personal Safety, a poem by Jennifer Crow about ambition and toil being greater (and more painful) than waiting for that elusive lightning strike of inspiration

In the poem, Naiad, Cameryn Araduke shows the determination of rising beyond your circumstances and the resulting desire to rediscover innocence

eLon-4 Breaks A Mirror, a unique tale by Aurelius Raines II demonstrates how the ambition to change yourself can be spurred on by external forces

The Hermes VII by Donna J. W. Munro pursuit of basic survival leads to an unexpected discovery and finding your way home out of the dark

A zeal for treasure guides Windy Nikel’s story, Juliet Silver and the Sea of Prosperity, chasing pirates through the skies in airships with very peculiar methods of staying aloft.

In Sasha’s Pattern, Sonia’s Edge by Katherine Quevedo the future of interactive tech, and a sibling relationship spur on advancements in both

This issue’s reprint is The Last from Premee Mohamed, which takes us into last surviving iceberg hunters who must succeed to save the lives of their village 

Rebecca Bennett interviews Erion Makuo on the brilliant, hypnotizing art created for our Issue 6 cover. Finally, in her essay, It’s Cute How Hard You Try: Carol Danvers and Ambition, Tacoma Tomilson encourages you to emulate Carol Danvers and get back up every single time you’re knocked down.

We hope you enjoy these ambitious stories as much as we have! Be sure to check our websites for Creator Spotlight interviews, where our authors discuss inspiration and persistence for these stories and recommendations they have for other things!

Thank you,

Amy Henry Robinson

The Hermes VII

by Donna J. W. Munro

Daniel skimmed his layer of space junk, mining out metals and the components too small for the chopper's grappling pincher to harvest. He cleaned up the pinging fragments into net bags that floated in a line behind his module. Wasn't bad work. Clear O2, no physical labor, a nice pod at the station. He'd used all his family's money to stake claims on the layer he worked. There were only so many miners like him.

Dory, reimagine our flight path to follow the chopper more closely. Our yields are down from last week.

Without a high yield, he'd not be at the station for long, and then owning the claim layer wouldn't matter. He'd be forced back to Earth.

Shifting to the new path, Danny Boy, the boxed-up voice sassed from its tin-plated speaker in the dash. Estimated yield is 12% over yesterday based on the latest scans of the chopper.

Gotta make the quotas, Daniel intoned for the thousandth time since he'd hit the layers as a miner. Being the youngest miner in the quadrant, maybe the whole debris field, made him nervous. He'd risked it all, but what else could he do? His folks died of the city poison when he was a kid. His sibs never made it past primary. Earth's poisons made for a short, brutal life.

Thank the stars Mom and Pop put the idea in his head early.

There's nothing out there that can kill you, Daniel. Nothing poisoned or polluted. No storms. No bad water. Just clean living with created air, Pop told him as he wheezed in the hammock after working in the city streets, patching together rotted and cracked metal pipes with plastic polymers. Nothing that could last.

They'd bought him the layer to mine. It was his job to stay topside by paying rent.

It took all his time just to keep the rent paid.

How's the field looking for the chopper's next pass? Daniel asked Dory as she corrected to follow the chopper's path. It would move down a level by the end of the shift, and his patch wouldn't be worked for another week. In that time, he'd plot a new course for the chopper, preferably one that would take him to a metal horde––an ejected fuel cylinder from the shuttle program, or a rocket stage from the Apollo missions. That would set him ahead for a year or two. Long enough to get some higher-level training, maybe earn his place in the station without rent. Citizenship with no strings. Maybe he could even go to Mars and get a dome of his own. He just needed a break.

Chopper is powering down, boss, she said, not answering his query. Even a low fund per-com like Dory knew what mattered.

What? Why? I paid good money for...

Market closed up. Someone out priced you.

Daniel slammed his fist down on the dash.

Hey Danny Boy, I don't think this slip of a ship can take that abuse. The owner might...

Rot the owner! I paid for that time.

"It will be

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