Plants and speculative fiction have always gone hand in hand. From healers to invasive species to the literal grotesque, botanical beings in fiction refuse to be ignored. We’ve dedicated Issue 24 (Fall 2021) to our fabulous and sometimes fearsome botanical cousins. These growths range from the mundane to the miraculous, but whatever their origin and purpose, their influence is entire.
Table of Contents
Dr. Ormeau’s Botanical Menagerie, by Morgan L. Ventura
I, Mandragora, by Phoenix Alexander
My Face to the Sun, by Kelly E. Dwyer
In Which Mushrooms Carry History Through a Door Between Worlds, by Sharon J. Gochenour
Ten Poisons That Cannot Kill the Queen, by Marie Croke & Anna Madden
Tree Heart, by Beatriz Becker
The Mysterious Theft of St. Aureline’s Arboreal Collection, by Haralambi Markov
Que la grenade est touchante, by Cécile Cristofari
Cover art: Sharon J. Gochenour is a writer, illustrator, researcher, and retail employee. They think a lot about cheese and gardens.
Many thanks to the talented artists who drew interior art for this issue: Carrion House, Michelle Modestino, Marlo Musa, Hannah Seakins, Richard Wagner, Kat Weaver, and P. Emerson Williams.