Bull Spec #8+9

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Contents of issue 8+9: (update: April 23, 2013)

Fiction Editor and Publisher: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

Managing Editor: Melinda Thielbar

Poetry Editor: Dan Campbell

Non-Fiction Editor: Alex Ward

Art Director: Gabriel Dunston


  • “Omens” by Cynthia Sheppard

FICTION: 15,865 words

  • “Here Be Dragons” by Elizabeth Creith — post-apocalyptic — 3450 words
  • “Ancilla” by Brenda Cannon Kalt (local) — sf — 4875 words
  • “Nahuales” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia — horror — 1185 words
  • “Barren Sky” by Rich Matrunick (local) — sf — 4115 words
  • “Call Down the Snow” by Gwendolyn Clare (local) — contemporary fantasy — 1600 words
  • “Rogue Zombie” by Peter Wood and Paul Celmer (local) — 640 words


  • The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (Orbit, May 2013)


  • Part 4 of 4 of “The Long Lives of Heroes” by Jeremy Whitley (story) and Jason Strutz (art)


  • “Involuntary” by Gale Haut
  • “Among Us” by Hannah Beresford
  • “The Narrow Hours” by Gwendolyn Clare
  • “Fabrication” by F.J. Bergmann
  • “Sparks Between Our Teeth” by Amanda C. Davis


  • The Exploding Spaceship — a new regular column by Gerald and Angela Blackwell, with reviews of recent Baen books, and an interview of publisher Toni Weisskopf
  • Richard Dansky remembers Ray Bradbury
  • Lewis Manalo on ConCarolinas film festival
  • The Clockwork Pen by Joseph Giddings — reviews of 3 Steampunk titles from Pyr
  • Paul Kincaid reviews 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) along with a feature-length interview
  • C.D. Covington reviews Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron, and both Exogene and Chimera by T.C. McCarthy
  • Jason Erik Lunbderg reviews 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Review of Moment of Change — interview with editor Rose Lemberg
  • Farewell editorial from outgoing fiction editor Samuel Montgomery-Blinn


  • Bull Spec patron page — built on the Kickstarter patrons
  • Small Beer Press
  • Apex Books
  • Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Escapist Expo
  • ConTemporal
  • Cynthia Sheppard Illustration
  • The Other Half of the Sky (Candlemark & Gleam)
  • John Hartness
  • Baen