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On Spec Retrospective Anthology: Casserole Diplomacy & Other Stories

Casserole Diplomacy and Other Stories



Celebrate On Spec Magazine’s Silver Jubilee with an anthology highlighting select stories from the past twenty-five years.


On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic

From its modest beginnings with a single test issue to its Aurora Award-winning present, On Spec has delighted its fans with tales of the fantastic for 25 years. What better way to celebrate On Spec’s silver jubilee than showcasing some of its best stories?

Spanning two decades of On Spec’s history, these twenty-four stories and poems offer a tantalizing taste of the wondrous, dark, humorous, and surreal tales that have appeared in its pages. Mind-bending tales of adventures and worlds where:

~ Once a generation the clouds part to reveal the stars . . .

~ A widow gives a lesson in Newfoundland hospitality to a trio of aliens . . .

~ A psychic ex-con must help the detective who put her in jail . . .

~ The wives of Sur la Mer hide horrific secrets behind their locked gates-and under garden toads . . .

~ The past and future collide when a Medieval Welsh king washes up on the shore . . .

~ In a post-apocalyptic world, a young man learns what it means to be a railman . . .

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Table of Contents:

Happy Eating on Ugrath 3 by Jason Kapalka

Star-Seeing Night by Alice Major

The Reality War by Bob Boyczuk

Casserole Diplomacy by Fiona Heath

Jubilee by Steven Mills

No Such Thing as an Ex-Con by Holly Phillips

Closing Time by Matthew Johnson

Foster Child by Catherine Macleod

More Than Salt by E. L. Chen

Where Magic Lives by Sue Bolich

The Black Man by A.M. Arruin

Pizza Night by Laurie Channer

Boys’ Night Out by Rob Hunter

Mourning Sickness by Robert Weston

Sticky Wonder Tales by Hugh Spencer

Emily’s Shadow by Al Onia

The Resident Guest by Sandra Glaze

Come From Aways by Tony Pi

Still by Greg Wilson

The Asheville Road by Corey Brown

Buddhist Jet Lag by Christian McPherson

A Taste of Time by Scott Overton

Penultimate by F. J. Bergman

Pilgrim at the Edge of the World by Sarah Frost

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