Challenging Destiny Challenging Destiny
New Fantasy & Science Fiction

Number 12, April 2001

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Cover illustration by Tobias Brenner


A. R. Morlan's "Dora's Trunk" appears (with an alternate ending) in the collection Smothered Dolls from Overlook Connection Press.

Honourable Mention

A. R. Morlan's "Dora's Trunk" gained an honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.


James S. Reichert, on the Tangent Online web site, says "Challenging Destiny is well worth your time if you are looking for a good summer read. It contains tales of high adventure and mystery presented in a very attractive package. I recommend it to you."

Tony Grist, on the New Hope International Review web site, says "CHALLENGING DESTINY went with me on a trip to the hospital. Was it an hour-and-a-half or two hours I spent sitting in the waiting room? I'm not sure, because this handsomely produced sci-fi/fantasy magazine entertained me so much that my sense of time was scrambled."

Zine Kat, in dragon's breath (#69), says: "Superb genre mag in slim p/b form." They rate the issue 9/10 ("rocks"). You can find their mini-reviews here.

Boyce McClain, in Comics Corner (#107, July/Aug. 2001), says: "In Issue #12 Challenging Destiny compiles an impressive selection of stories from creepy horror... to thought-provoking science fiction... I enjoyed each one and I look forward to future issues."

Forrest Aguirre, on the Project Pulp web site, says "No literary fanciness, no dirty surrealism, no pretense, just good, old fashioned science fiction and fantasy."

Keith Walker, in Fanzine Fanatique Quarterly (Autumn 2001), says: "With markets for short SF and fantasy fiction in such short supply, such a marvellously produced and nicely illustrated zine is well worth your support. In return you're promised some excellent reading."

Here are some sneak previews of the stories you'll find in the twelfth issue of Challenging Destiny:

In the Sight of Eternity by Justin E. A. Busch
illustrated by Dwayne Harris

The man was awakened from cryonic sleep by the ship's computer, an incredible 15 billion years after the ship had set out. Had the computer finally found a habitable planet for them to colonize? The final decision was up to him...

illustration for In the Sight of Eternity by Dwayne Harris

Thought Mites by Carl Sieber
illustrated by Chris Jouan

Alex starts trading emails with his old lab partner Owen. Owen tries to tell him that he’s discovered mites that feed on thoughts in people’s brains. Alex doesn’t believe it, but Owen seems serious and says that the mites can even transmit ideas from one brain to another…

The Suction Method by Rudy Kremberg
illustrated by Dave Fode

The person from the carpet cleaning place claims that their exclusive method is the most thorough cleaning process there is. Max is dubious, but his wife’s out of town and the carpet cleaning person is a stunningly beautiful young woman who seems very eager to please…

Swarm by D. K. Latta
illustrated by Rhett Ransom Pennell

Marvox works in the mine on asteroid 6566700911. Like everyone else, he takes his turn in the Kel-427 suit blasting the diamond-hard surface into rubble. That's exactly what he was doing when a swarm of deadly bwakies came by looking for energy to consume... Read the entire story here.

Dora's Trunk by A. R. Morlan
illustrated by Jason Walton

In the early thirties in Cimarron County, dust got onto everything. But Miz Dora just couldn't accept that. She would clean her pillow cases, and then cry when the dust resettled. If she could only open her locked hope chest, that would surely make her feel better...

illustration for Dora's Trunk by Jason Walton

That Nightmare Known as Life by Hugh Cook
illustrated by John Hancock

Daniel Ashrami finds himself on a mountainside, seemingly with selective amnesia. He can't remember anything that happened in the past 20 years. All he knows is that the Seven Numbers of the Sun are important, and that he murdered himself...


Letters From Mars review by James Schellenberg

Everybody’s going to Mars these days. James reviews the new movie Red Planet, as well as the following books: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, Moving Mars by Greg Bear, The Martian Race by Gregory Benford, Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven, River of Dust by Alexander Jablokov, and the nonfiction The Case For Mars by Robert Zubrin.

Interview with Nalo Hopkinson interview by James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer

Nalo Hopkinson’s first novel Brown Girl in the Ring won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. She won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer of 1999. Her second novel is Midnight Robber, and she’s also edited Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root, an anthology of Caribbean fabulist fiction.

What's So Great About the Great Pyramid? editorial by David M. Switzer

All the museums in Egypt and virtually all the books published on the subject will tell you that the Great Pyramid was built by Khufu around 2500 BC to function as his tomb. But there is very little evidence for this, and other evidence that contradicts it. Dave explores a few of the many amazing things about the Great Pyramid including the extreme preciseness of its construction, the complex features inside whose purpose is unknown, and the alignment of it and the other nearby pyramids with the stars in Orion's Belt.

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