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Issue 21 (Cocktails)

Full disclosure: we love our mixed drinks in these parts. So much so that, when friends of the magazine suggested we do a “Cocktails”-themed issue (Spring 2020), we couldn’t say no. But we always strive to represent the broadest possible definition for our themes, so this issue contains more than otherworldly admixtures of alcohol and syrups on distant planets or gen-ships. Alchemy comes in many forms and has almost limitless functions (some of them quite unpleasant).

Issue 21 Cover

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Table of Contents


A Selection of Drinks from the Courts of the Five Silver Moons and the Seven Red Stars, by Mari Ness

A Galactic History of the Asmodean Fire Hoof, by Alexandra Seidel

Barley Wine and Potable Myths, by Marie Vibbert

When the Hawkweed Blooms, by Randall Hayes

Tempus Vernum, by Michelle Jäger

Old Fashioned, by Steve Toase

Whiskey and Bones, by A.Z. Louise


P. Emerson Williams (cover and interior art) has an extensive background as a multimedia artist whose work synthesizes alchemical musical expressions with visual art, video, and performance. As a member of UK theatrical company FoolishPeople, his work includes the creation of soundscapes and scores, set and graphic design, and live and voice acting. Williams brings his visual work to performing live with Jarboe around the world, expanding these performances with aspects of multimedia, including painted banners, video using footage shot around the world, and animation created from his own visual art.

ISSN: 2292-5775

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