Sunday, February 18, 2007

Johne Cook's "The Reconstructed Man"

Another free read for you, this one from the former managing editor of DKA, Johne Cook, who is now one of the overlords at Ray Gun Revival.

The story is partly dedicated to the late, great Alfred Bester, and you'll note that immediately in the title, yes?

Read it at Wayfarer's Journal


The man sitting across from me in the restaurant wasn't technically human. It is true he used to be a man, and other than the government-mandated purple eyes, he looked like one now.

I, of all people, knew better.

“Thank you for agreeing to interview me,” he said, moving the flickering candle from between us for an unobstructed view. “Before we begin, I'd like to get this out of the way up front-I prefer the term 'Constructed Human' to 'Artificial Being' or 'Android.'“

Wayfarer's Journal is another and much welcome venue for SF "with a difference," and that difference is:

Wayfarers Journal seeks to publish quality science fiction with a spiritual dimension. This does not mean that every story seeks to teach a moral or tries to convert anyone. Indeed, if you want to send a message use Western Union, as the old saying goes. We are seeking stories with strong characters and engaging plots in the best tradition of science fiction. The spiritual component may come as part of a plot twist (discovery of sentient beings who seem to live free of original sin) or as a character trait (the only devout Christian on an interplanetary survey mission). In general, the spiritual aspect should be present, but not overwhelming.

Read the guidelines HERE, if you are interested in submitting.

And tell me, isn't that eye in the website's header Bruce Boxleitner's? I sure think so, says the Sheridan fangirl.

1 comment:

Terri said...

I don't know whose eye it is. Just liked the clip art, but you might keep an "eye" on the next issue in July. I'm planning an essay on "Messianic imagry in Babylon 5"

Terri Main
Editor Wayfarers Journal