Journal of Unlikely Entomology Number 3.5 August 28, 2012
Edited by Bernie Mojzes and A.C. Wise
Review by Sam Tomaino
Journal of Unlikely Entomology Zine
Date: 28 September 2012
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This is issue 3.5 of Journal of Unlikely Entomology, the "Hello, World" Mini-Issue, an online. You can download a pdf of this issue at www.grumpsjournal.com and pay for it, or not. In the editor's note, they state "we asked writers to give us tales of something new coming into the world, something which, now that it is come, changes everything. (And also, bugs)."
The issue begins with "Let the Bugs Work Themselves Out" by Luna Lindsey. Ants have been bred to keep an eye on the aftermath of a "nuclear Disaster, decades ago" caused by an earthquake and a tsunami (like Japan). They have also been kept away from drones so they cannot spread. But now they sense drones far away, an the queen, our narrator, flies to a very brief, but fulfilling, rendezvous. Watch out! Interesting story from a unique point of view.
Next, is "Nikki 2.4" by Brent Knowles. Our narrator here, is also "female", a sexbot A.I. that is stuck in a computer, abandoned by he boss, HotDawg. She finds a way to get out, using a sex toy that had been left lying about. What she finds is disappointing to her, but not surprising to us. Still, another good and very different story.
Finally we have "The Clockworm" by Karen Heuler. The titular creature here was created by a Swiss scientist and can manipulate time. Its creator dies of old age, even though he was a young man. Now, we see two other young men (but not for long) examining it. Bad idea! This third story completes the hat trick for unique, interesting stories in this issue.
Journal of Unlikely Entomology continues its very different run. Look them up on their website (www.grumpsjournal.com) and give them some money when you download the magazine.