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QUICKIE: In Bed with Gore Vidal by Tim Teeman

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Was [Gore Vidal] “post-gay” before his time, refusing to be boxed in to any category? How does his refusal to define his own sexual identity help us understand him, his passions and personality? In essence—and here imagine the most withering of curled lips from the Master himself—how gay was Gore Vidal?

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REVIEW: Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich

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Yet Mitchell couldn’t help but notice how, as the water pelted the dirt, it did not seep into the ground. It collected in pools, as it would on a tarp. He was suddenly desperate to do research. He knew that most droughts ended not in a single rainstorm, but over weeks and even months—just as droughts didn’t begin overnight, but over months as rains came with less frequency. Normally a drought ended only once a certain minimum amount of rainfall had been recorded over the course of a season. But what happened when a major rainstorm followed a major drought?

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REVIEW: Lovecraft’s Monsters edited by Ellen Datlow

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These are the monsters of H. P. Lovecraft, some of the most fabulous and horrifying creations in all supernatural fiction. Titanic, biologically impossible beings from dimensions outside our own, they appear only infrequently in Lovecraft’s stories, but when they do they sweep aside human beings like so many pesky gnats, leaving a trail of destruction and chaos in their wake.

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QUICKIE: The Parallel Apartments by Bill Cotter

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[..T]he Parallel Apartment[s were] demographically typical in that [they] housed mostly students, but [they were] a atypical in [their] percentage of asocialites: there were far more chess phenoms and shell-shocked cuckolds and shifty, deadbeat dads and warrant-dodging speed eaters and overworked Mexican graveyard-shift grocery-store stockers and lonesome mezzo-sopranos and corrupt eBay rare book dealers and whoever-else-have-you than most other apartment complexes around. The singer was especially noxious; she seemed never to quit practicing, and she lived just two doors down.

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GUEST POST: When Readers Raise Readers by Sigrid Ellis

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Sigrid Ellis is the editor-in-chief of Apex Magazine. She is co-editor of the essay anthology Queers Dig Time Lords and the Hugo-Award-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. She edits the best-selling series, Pretty Deadly, from Image Comics. She lives in Saint Paul, MN, with her partner, their kids, and a host of pets.

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GUEST POST: Six Strong Women Heroines in Science Fiction/Fantasy by Alex Hughes

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Here’s to the long, proud tradition of strong heroines in science fiction and fantasy. They inspired me as a child, a teenager, and an adult to go after what I wanted and work hard. They taught me that I didn’t have to sit in the corner because I was a girl and in fact, in every single way (except arm wrestling), that I could go toe to toe with the boys and win. Or at least go out fighting.

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QUICKIE: Rape Girl by Alina Klein

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”Was anyone else in the house with you on Sunday?” the lady detective asked. “Someone to corroborate your story?”

“No.”

Mom corrected me. “Her sister, Ainsley, was here.” Her voice caught in her throat.

“We’ll have to speak with her as well then, ma’am. Find out whether she saw or heard anything.”

“No!” I shouted, and Mom jumped. “Ainsley wasn’t here! She was next door with Ella, Mom, I told you! Do you think I’d ignore her and take a nap?” I was shaking. Ainsley doesn’t know anything!

The police officers looked at each other.

Ainsley couldn’t know. I didn’t want her to know.

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