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Unlikely Story issue 12 - October 2015 - The Journal of Unlikely Academia
Edited by Bernie Mojzes and A.C. Wise
Cover Artist: Patricio Betteo
Review by Sam Tomaino
Unlikely Story eZine  
Date: 27 October 2015

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We now refer to this online magazine, collectively, as Unlikely Story. Here is issue 12, The Journal of Unlikely Academia with stories by and interviews with: Nicolette Barischoff, Sean Robinson, E. Saxey, Eric Schwitzgebel, Julia August, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Pear Nuallak, and Rose Lemburg.

Here we have issue 12 of Unlikely Story, The Journal of Unlikely Academia, still an online magazine with an unusual focus. You can download a pdf if this issue at their website (link at the top of this review) and pay for it, or not.

"Follow Me Down" by Nicolette Barischoff -+- Kora, whose father was an incubus, was born seven years ago and is as precocious as she can be. This makes things difficult for Ramona who was present at her birth and wound up caring for Kora when her mother fled. All this is part of a world where many "Superum" children are being born, looking otherworldly while Kora just looks like a normal seven-year-old girl. Ramona finally finds a way. Imaginative world. Good story.

"Minotaur: An Analysis of a Species" by Sean Robinson -+- A faux survey with some interesting responses. Amusing.

"The Librarian's Dilemma" by E. Saxey -+- Jas gets the job to tag the books at St. Simon's. The librarian is adamant that the books should not be scanned or copied. Jas wants information to be free. But he finds out that isn't always easy. Good story.

"The Dauphin's Metaphysics" by Eric Schwitzgebel -+- The Dauphin Jisun Fei sets up the Institute for Mental Transfer with his professor Fu Hao as Director. Under her, it becomes "an institute for the study of memory and teaching and storytelling, guided by an experimental materialist philosophy". The Dauphin is dying of a hereditary disease acquired from his mother and he wants his father's dynasty to continue. The techniques do not involve real mind transfer, just memories. Much philosophy here in this interesting tale.

"Soteriology and Stephen Greenwood" by Julia August -+- An epistolary tale, with e-mails, internet postings, and academic articles, that begins with Cara Falco asking Professor Stephen Greenwood for help translating what had been previously a missing page of something called the Codex Lucis, written by Saint Lucia Lucilla of Nīmes, who lived in the 9th century. When he starts promoting it as real, there is a discussion of its authenticity and provenance. The story gets pretty wild with Cara Falco clearly up to something. Clever.

"And Other Definitions of Family" by Abra Staffin-Wiebe -+- May Espinoza, on the planet Nueva Nova, where she "rents out her reproductive system". Red2, a Bitocktee of the Dives-From-Above clan asks her to carry his "pouchling", because his mate is dead. She agrees to do it so that she can learn all about the Bitocktee. It only lasts sixty station days but that is made difficult by other Bitocktee trying to kill the baby. Another imaginative and different story.

"Candidate 45, Pensri Suesat" by Pear Nuallak -+- Art school and the problems of student Pensri with professor Miss Emily. Did not really come together for me.

"The Shapes of Us, Translucent to Your Eye" by Rose Lemburg -+- Warda is hired by the university to provide some racial diversity. She likes teaching better than publishing which is a problem. She lets her classes fill with unregistered students. A little too real a situation.

Look them up on their website and give them some money when you download this worth magazine.

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