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Fictitious Force #2
Jonathan Laden Zine  
Date: July 2006 /

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Fictitious Force #2 – Available from Jonathan Laden, 1024 Hollywood Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Table of Contents: Even without Deceit by Narissa K. Lingen * The Princess and her Assailants by Bruce Holland Rogers * Song of the Mine-Born by Len Bains * National Geographic On Assignment: Mermaids of the Old West by Sarah Monette * Tulips by Will McIntosh * Play Date by John Sunseri * Sing for Me by Marie Brennan * Supply Ship by Sara Polsky * NA/578934 by Claire O'Brien * Butterfly Jesus Saves the World by Rahul Kanakia * The Rapture, the Nerds, and the Singularity by Tom Doyle * The Call by Jennifer Pelland * Havermeyer's Ink by Peter Mackey

Fictitious Force is a truly unique magazine. It's half bedsheet size, lengthwise! As they say, these are really "tall tales".

The first story, "Even Without Deceit" is a nice little story by Marissa K. Lingen. Toni can see qualities (like Wisdom, Deceit, etc) in human form. "The Princess and Her Assistants" by Bruce Holland Rogers is an amusing spoof of Sleeping Beauty. "Song of the Mine-Born" by Len Bains is an okay story about two men who escape their enslaved life. In "National Geographic on Assignment: Mermaid of the Old West", Sarah Monette tells us a very strange tale about a mermaid in the San Francisco Aquarium. "Tulips" is a nice little story by Will McIntosh about a man who finds a way to sell aliens something from Earth. "Play Date" by John Sunseri is an especially chilling story about a demon menacing a boy. "Sing For Me" is a tragic story by Marie Brennan about the price paid for prophecy.

In "Supply Ship", Sara Polsky gives us a bored teacher's unusual escape. "NA/578934" by Clare O'Brien is a very good story about a childless woman's visions. "Butterfly Jesus Saves the World" by Rahul Kanakia is kind of explained by its title. "The Rapture, the Nerds, and the Singularity" is an unusual article by Tom Doyle on two topics that we would not usually equate. "The Call" by Jennifer Pelland asks the question, "Would you give up your humanity to save everyone else's?" Last, "Havermeyer's Ink" by Peter Mackey is a political tale about disenfranchised people who use a special kind of ink to strike back.

This is a very unusual magazine and worth getting if you want something a little different.

(Source: Jonathan Laden)

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