Saturday, December 11, 2010

My New Favorite Small Press SF Magazine

As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently had a chance to meet with the Altered Fluid Writer's Group here in NYC to have a recent story of mine critiqued. Well, it turns out a good many members of this group also put together a great little SF 'zine that's been garnering rave reviews over the course of its run.

I only found out about Sybil's Garage over the summer, unfortunately -- rather belatedly, to my chagrin. But I recently purchased and downloaded the latest issue, No. 7, onto my iPhone book reader last month. And, WOW . . . I was stunned by not only the amazing stories and poetry pieces themselves, but by the breadth and scope of the different genres covered. All of the works represented within this smartly designed booklet fall under the umbrella of "speculative fiction," so you'll find a little of something for everyone.

My favorite short stories were: "Under the Leaves" by A.C. Wise, "The Noise" by Richard Larson, "The Unbeeing of Once-Leela" by Swapna Kishore, and "My Father's Eyes" by E.C. Myers, to name just a few.

However--and this goes out to all my movie buff friends out there--you really need to check out this amazing non-fiction essay written by Avi Kotzer, in which he explorers the themes (hidden or otherwise) on display within Quentin Tarantino's seminal WWII masterpiece, Inglourious Basterds. The title of the essay is "Glourious Homage: Quentin Tarantino’s Love Letter to Cinema", of which an abridged version appeared in this latest issue of the magazine (click on the link above to read the full version).

This essay just blew my mind. Those of you who I've spoken to about the film already know how much I love Tarantino's latest work . . . but reading this piece brought a new facet of understanding to the way I now see the movie. In other words, Inglourious Basterds is even more awesome than most of us probably realized.

I know! Is such a thing even possible?

Certainly Avi Kotzer believes so, and I have to say he makes a compelling argument for just why it's such an important movie. Especially with regards to Tarantino's self-avowed love affair with cinema.

So if you love great SF, and small press publications of such in particular, you can't do any better than Sybil's Garage. I'm now a devoted fan, and am eagerly awaiting the next issue. If you're interested, click on the link and peruse the various methods by which you may procure a copy for yourself. Whether you're a writer in the genre or just a fan, you owe it to yourself to see what's coming out of this small Brooklyn-based publisher these days. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

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