“Alien” is a powerful and flexible word. Aliens are Other, aliens are the stuff of science fiction and fantasy, aliens are traditional literary figures who, when we witness our “normal” lives through their strangers’ eyes, cause us to see ourselves anew. Indeed, we become the unfamiliar ones.
This provocative issue collects works of literary science and speculative fiction: innovative short stories, poetry, and essays that explore the vast precincts of unfamiliarity, of keen difference, of weirdness and not belonging.
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The Million Monkeys of M. Borel
The Showroom Variations
The Process is a Process All Its Own
The Unrivaled Happiness of Otters
Four Atomic Poems