October 2019 issue

From the Editor

October 1st, 2019 by Stewart C Baker
This month we’re very excited to bring you all “The Soft Rumor of Spreading Weeds,” a new game from Porpentine Charity Heartscape.

This story is set in the same universe as “With Those We Love Alive,” and while you don’t need to have played that one to enjoy this, doing so might increase your enjoyment. If you want to give it a whirl, fetch a pen or other writing implement and head on over to Porpentine’s website (Go ahead! We’ll wait!).

October also brings an excellent complement of essays by Sharang Biswas and Anya Johanna DeNiro, and our lovely cover art from Laura De Stefani.

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A person carrying a knife and fork walks along a tightrope while various aliens look on in disgust.
Forbidden Garden by Laura De Stefani
[click to enlarge]

Issue Contents

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Forbidden Garden

by Laura De Stefani
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Neon Landscapes & Spell Pyramids: Visuals and Form in Interactive Fiction

by Sharang Biswas
[read essay]

Cryptozookeeper: Inside The Red House

by Anya Johanna DeNiro
Anya reviews Robb Sherwin’s Cryptozookeeper.
[read essay]


The Soft Rumor of Spreading Weeds

by Porpentine Charity Heartscape
In the garden empire, a sovereign’s heart is a stubborn weed.
[play game]

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