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Vol. 9 No. 1 — 2019

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Essay
2018: A Year of Clarification
    
by L. Timmel Duchamp
Flash Fiction
Astrolabe
    
by Raquel Castro
Poems
chosen
   by Ursula Whitcher


you’ve entered the twilight zone ~ 
Miss Ambivalence
    by Gwynne Garfinkle
Grandmother Magma
“i delight in what i fear”:
Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle
   reviewed by Andy Duncan
Dust Lanes
Short fiction reviews
   by Karen Burnham
Book Reviews
People Change, by Gwynne Garfinkle
   reviewed by Arley Sorg

AfroSFv3, edited by Ivor W. Hartmann
   reviewed by Cynthia Ward

Tentacle, by Rita Indiana
   reviewed by Nisi Shawl

Alphaland, by Cristina Jurado
  reviewed by Kathleen Alcalá

Featured Artist
Margaret Stermer-Cox

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.

Despite the many and continual changes reshaping the world of books and the arts, one factor remains constant: work by women writers is always assigned a marginal status in critical venues (except, of course, in venues that focus exclusively on work by women writers).

The CSZ aims to treat work by women as vital and central rather than marginal. What we see, what we talk about, and how we talk about it matters. Seeing, recognizing, and understanding is what makes the world we live in. And the world we live in is, itself, a sort of subduction zone writ large.

“If your takeaway…is that The Cascadia Subduction Zone sounds really interesting, you’re not wrong—it’s a wonderful journal filled with thoughtful and insightful criticism.”
    — Niall Harrison, The Guardian, May 12, 2016

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