The issue features fine cover art entitled “The Hunt” from Yuri Kabisher, and interior artwork by Katsushika Hokusai. On the fiction front, the issue includes no less than seven fine stories from our inventory, spanning the speculative fiction genres, as well as the three winning stories of the Aeon Award 2011 Short Fiction Contest.
Stories include “Tokyo Haze” by Michael Banker (1st Place Winner, Aeon Award 2011), “Death in Life and Songs” by Joe L. Murr, “Swamp Harvest” by Francisco Mejia, “Tooth and Claw” by David Loel, “The Time of Birds” by Benedick Johnson (2nd Place Winner, Aeon Award 2011), “The Final Float” by Kevin Brown, and “Where the Sun Shines Brightly” by David Gullen (3rd Place Winner, Aeon Award 2011).
As if all this were not enough, the issue features our regular review collumns by Juliet E. McKenna and David Conyers, as well as a multi-author interview, in which the Albedo One team asks an array of authors, poets, publishers, filmmakers and editors for their opinions on what are the most important issues facing writers today.
Interviewees include: David Gerrold, Robert J. Sawyer, Oisin McGann, David Morrell, Mike Resnick, Ellen Kushner, Seanan McGuire, Ian Watson, Jane Yolen, John Shirley, C. J. Cherryh, John W. Sexton, Ellen Datlow, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Carroll, John Vaughan, Eileen Gunn, Michael Banker, Juliet E. McKenna, Francisco Mejia, Steve Rasnic Tem, Kevin Brown, Oran Ryan, Priya Sharma, James Gunn, Jay Caselberg, Gerard Lough, Jack Womack, Stan Nicholls, Benedick Johnson, Raymond E. Feist, Amber Benson, Todd J. McCaffrey, Joe L. Murr, Cheryl Morgan, David Gullen, Peadar O Guilin, Ann Scarborough, Nick Harkaway, Melinda Snodgrass and Gary Wolfe.