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When you drink from a well, remember those who dug it  — ancient Chinese proverb

I had thought to start out thanking all those who help make Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores possible, because there are many to remember and much to be thankful for.  However the paragraphs proliferated as I went  farther and farther back, and I realized the causal sequence this magazine relied upon would eventually reach the Initial Singularity, the wellspring of all and the presently impassable frontier of the past before which there is no known thing to thank.  As Carl Sagan once said about apple pies, to make a web magazine, you must first create the universe.  So, I thank the universe, and I’ll thank some of  its inhabitants as the magazine goes along.  Meanwhile, I’ll just say:

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Coming Up:

Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales: “Laila Tov — Good Night — “, by Robert B. Finegold, MD
Young People of All Ages: “Noisy World Before the Door”, by Melion Traverse
Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales: “How Thomas Connolly Met the Banshee”, by John Todhunter
Science Fiction: “Mobius”, by Elian Crane

Here for the Reading:

 

 

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Sept. 25, 2016, Science Fiction: “Leon’s Last Meal”, by Shayna Coplan

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Sept. 22, Fantasy: “Hunters of the Dead” by Laurie Tom

When the wild magic meant to the win the war backfired, the king abandoned the people of the wild borderlands. Now there were only hunters between the living and the wandering dead.

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Sept. 19, 2016Science Fiction: “Time Trial”, by Liam Hogan

The device appeared in his parlor.  He was only trying to make it work.  And now here he was, somewhere and somewhen, charged with perverting the  course of time and space.

Star Citizen for CRES by Enrico FrehseJuly 27, 2016: Science Fiction: How Your Mother Killed Me”, by Evan Dicken

Illustration: “Star Citizen” photomanipulation by Enrico Frehse

A quest of many lifetimes begins with a single slice

 

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July 24, 2016: Science Fiction“Negotiations”, by Matthew J. Streett

Where does the commercial domain end

What can it take when you’re not looking

How do you get it back

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mountain farmer's pic final 1July 18, 2016: Stories For Young People from 4 to 499: “The Mountain Farmer’s Bootlace”, by David Sklar

Sometimes, when you’re planting mountains, you may not notice the little things.

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June 18, 2016: Eldritch: “The Rental Heart”, by Kirsty Logan

 

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June 14, 2016, Myths, Legends, and Fairy TalesThe Wild Hunt of Sliabh Mannan, by Philip Brian Hall

When a Goddess asks you to stop a God…

 

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June 8: Fantasy“Gatekeeper, What Toll?“, by Mike Reeves-McMillan

Photograph: “The Final Gate” by Mark Humphreys

 

 

 

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 June 6, Science Fiction: Derelict, by Derrick Boden

What you remember when you forget everything else

Illustration: “Legacy” by Norbert

 

 

 

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June 4, Science Fiction: Mister Bob, by Dan Campbell

Like it says on the door, when you need to know the unknowable… ask Mister Bob

Illustration: “Crab Mutant Creature“by sParzZ

 

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June 2, 2016: Fantasy: Skinchangerby Eduardo Frajman
 

The price of change

Illustration by Mark Purzycki

 

 

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Stories for Young People from 4 to 400: The Lady and the Moon, by Matt Dovey

Why we must love the sea

illustration by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sonical — Locker X
     This fractal animation video was created by Brian May.  He wrote the music first.  While writing it, images of science fiction scenes came to him, and inspired him to make the video!
Sonical — Locker X has found it’s way into six festivals so far, in Germany, Australia, UK, Martinique, and Hong Kong!
Sonical Locker X images and sound  © Brian May

 

 

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April 23, 2016: Fantasy,  Lacrimae Knows, by C..J. Jessop
Even in the dark, especially in the dark, she knows.

illustration by Omnia

 

 

 

 

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April 9: Science for Young People from 4 to 400: Touching the Stars – Primordial Hydrogen”, by J. Eckelkamp

A very short history of our universe, and a cool experiment you can do at home with Hydrogen, that very ancient element that was created just about at the beginning of the big bang — nearly 14 billion years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 9, Science Fiction: With the Taste of Oblivion in Her Mouth, by M.E. Garber

illustration: “Cosmic” © Leozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 23, Fantasy: Dawn Blossom“, by John Eckelkamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

egil-by-chriskuhlmann-pic-magpieMarch 6,   Fantasy:  “The Magpie of Souls” by David Tallerman

Sword, sorcery, and enchanted castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

out of brambles title pic finalMarch 5,  Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales:  Out of Brambles“, by Leenna Naidoo

A short, spooky Halloween story to make you smile.

 

 

 

clockwork_vision_by_thepeakFeb 28, Eldritch:The Clockwork Sky, by Alexandra Davydova,
translated by Anatoly Belilovsky.

Repairing the World, one page at a time…

And here it is in the original Russian version:

Нажмите здесь для языковой версии русской..

 

 

Boomerang ZoneFeb. 27, Science Fiction: Boomerang Zone”, by Robert Dawson,
Illustration “Make a Wish” by Karim Fakhoury,
photographs courtesy of NASA

When even that thin lifeline is cut, what do you rely on?

 

 

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Digital Painting “Silence” by Priya Johal.

An homage to the works of Isaac Asimov

 

 

 

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Oh, what the moon can do to you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDJ Immolation of Brunnhilde   Feb. 10, Interviews, A Talk with Howard David Johnson    We talk with David about his latest projects, and he shares with us special previews of his paintings of Norse mythology he’ll be sending on international tour, and images from his latest project — a fantasy book on Atlantis.  David combines media and legends to bring us his own take on the fabled city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 10, Science Fiction: Bob, JustBob”, by Liam Hogan.  A reprise of the story of Bob, who carries a spaceship in his pocket.

 

 

artifact of a ghost peterle Jan 23, Eldritch:  Tryst”, by Brian K. Lowe — Why don’t you forsake me, oh my darling? photos of women © Peter Allert photo of stairway © stengchen photo of candle © Jeet Sen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

firstfootprint on the moon titled January 14, 2016:   Science Fiction:  A Walk in the Sun”, by Geoffrey Landis  —  Reprise of the classic hard science fiction story.

 

 

 

 

 

January 5, 2016:    Article: A Practical Guide to the Proper Positioning of Space Stations”, by Nancy Fulda —  For those of us writing a story that includes a space station, or have a space station but just don’t know where to park it, here is a handy little article to help out.

 

WendigoJanuary 4, 2016:  Eldritch: The Wendigo”, by Algernon Blackwood, illustrated by Cathal Ó Hanlon and Alexandre Mahboubi.  The classic, chilling tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon Warrior, by Rob ShieldsMidnight, New Year’s Eve, 2015 into  2016.  Greetings and Happy New Year.  Here is the very first of our stories — Fantasy:  “TO THE MONSTERS WITH LOVE”, by A. Merc Rustad, illustrated by Rob Shields    A short wild ride.  Have fun!