What’s the Story: Reading Anna Kavan’s Ice

Wed 6 Jun 2001 - Filed under: Free Stuff to Read, Reviews | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

LCRW 14 Online Extra

Anna Kavan’s Ice is a novel of relentless, evanescent beauty that depicts a world in which two explicitly linked forms of violence dominate and inexorably and insanely destroy it. First published in 1967, on the eve of the second wave of feminism, Ice has never been regarded as a significant work of proto-feminist literature, although scholars occasionally include it on lists of sf by women written before the major works of feminist sf burst onto the scene in the 1970s. The novel’s surrealist form demands a different sort of reading than that of science fiction driven by narrative causality, but the text’s obsessive insistence on linking the global political violence of the Cold War with the threateningly lethal sexual objectification of Woman and depicting them as two poles of the same suicidal collective will to destroy life makes Ice an interesting feminist literary experiment.

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 8

Fri 1 Jun 2001 - Filed under: LCRW | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

No. 8
June 2001

Not a quiet little number. No flab — despite a long winter spent reading zines and eating bon bons. Coming with a chocolate bar if you subscribed at Level 3 (does that sound like Multi-Level Marketers or Dianetiscists?). But Level 3 is, happily, the most popular level. Maybe it’ll catch on and other magazines will do it too. Can’t wait!


“Want to see what the future of science fiction looks like? I’m not talking Star Trek here. LCRW’s literature. Read through an issue or two – they’re thick (52 pages), jam-packed with surprises (short stories, poems, odds & ends), and high quality. This quirky little SF-inspired zine is the work of New York lit types Gavin Grant and Kelly Link. The press also micro-publishes fiction books. Issue 8 features writing by SF great, Carol Emshwiller, no less! There’s also a good story by Alex Irvine, an eerie poem by Lucy Snyder, a deconstruction of SF writer Mary Gentle’s novel “The Architecture of Desire”, and several pages of informative reviews. You’d never guess at the content by looking at the cryptic little cow head on the cover, and the design is nice, if not a little utilitarian. This zine’s guaranteed to last for a full week of transit commutes to and from work. Highly un-American. Highly recommended.”
—Emily Pohl-Weary, Broken Pencil

As If — Carol Emshwiller
Going Private — Eliot Fintushel
Tato Chip, Tato Chip, Sing Me a Song — Alex Irvine
Love Story — Jeremy Cavin
Suspension — Robert Wexler
Three O’Clock in the Morning — Nancy Jane Moore
Faces, Hands: The Floors of His Heart — James Sallis
Cuttlefish — Alan DeNiro
Pretending — Ray Vukcevich

Calling From Eros — Sydney Duncan
Chrysanthemums — Theodora Goss
By Tidal Pools
Helen in Sparta
White — Lucy Snyder
Errand of Mercy — Mark Rudolph
Fourth of July

What’s the Story? — L. Timmel Duchamp
Zines, alphabetical
Giant Worms Search Update
Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops

Variations on a theme
Contributors’ notes

Extended Colophon

For the most part, the paper edition of this zine was printed in Bodoni Book 10/12pt. The titles are in Trebuchet 14pt bold, authors names in Bodoni Book 12pt.

It was put together on an Mac using OS 9.1 and printed on a Lexmark Optra E312L, a decent printer, but it doesn’t have enough memory to deal with graphics. It was printed and bound by the friendly folk at Park Slope Copy, in Brooklyn. It was later than it should have been, there being the usual unusual problems with PageMaker.

It will probably be sold at a loss, or maybe just breaking even, because I fancied playing with the margins, opening the lines, occasionally dropping text below, just for fun. That made it 52 pages, rather than 44. So, there goes my ice-cream — sorry, my sorbet — money. If you see me this summer, hot, with thirst unslaked, consider the sacrifice made for your reading pleasure.

In a departure from previous issues there is no editorial; because there is nothing to say. There is only a gap, a huge hole

where our friend and fellow publisher should be: Jenna A. Felice. She who we bothered all the time with foolish questions, whose brain we picked, who we promised we would let — let! — proofread this issue, just as we had promised (and never managed, deadlines, deadlines . . .) the last two, or three, or four. We miss her.


Jeremy Cavin stories are exponentially increasing in length. We expect his tenth story from now to be approximately 100,000,000 words long. We are interested in seeing which dot.com will consider this a good investment. Mr. Cavin is less interested. He would rather be in Haiti working his fingers to the bone, or working for Medicin Sans Frontiers.

Alan DeNiro‘s fiction has appeared in Fence,Strange Horizons, Minnesota Monthly, Altair,and elsewhere. His first published story was shortlisted for the 2000 O. Henry Awards. He reviews for Rain Taxi, and edits Taverner’s Koans online, “a one room schoolhouse of experimental poetics.” He used to blink a lot when he was Mafia.

L. Timmel Duchamp‘s thus far unnamed column is expected to be a regular feature ofLCRW. Much of her critical writing is available on her website. Her stories have appeared inAsimov’s, Leviathan Two, and F&SF.

Sydney Duncan teaches English at the University of Alabama. Her poetry has appeared various places, most recently inUncommon Places: Poems of the Fantasticfrom Mayapple Press. She lives in Tuscaloosa, AL, with her husband, writer Andy Duncan, and their dog, Lily.

Carol Emshwiller was scared off of writing by Freshman English (take that as a warning, teachers). Her exquisite stories have been collected in Verging on the Pertinent, The Start of the End of it All, and Joy in Our Cause. She is also the author of the novelsCarmen Dog, Ledoyt, and Leaping Man Hill.

Eliot Fintushel‘s stories are a fixture in theAsimov’s pages. It has also shown up inCrank!, The Whole Earth Review, etc. He is an “itinerant showman” and will apparently be appearing at the right hand of God on the Day of Judgment.

Theodora Goss has published poetry in both mainstream and genre magazines. Her family — minor Transylvanian nobility — escaped from communist Hungary when she was four.�Despite wanting to be a writer, she graduated from Harvard Law School and worked as an international lawyer on the 42nd floor of the PanAm building in New York. She is now working on a PhD in English literature at Boston University. We agree that she has a rather nice web site.

Gavin J. Grant still wonders.

Alex Irvine is far too sporty to stay indoors and write, and yet he does. Look at that author photo. He has a story in the anthologyStarlight 3, and probably has one in the nextF&SF. His novel, A Scattering of Jades, will be published by Tor in 2002. In 2001 he was one of the writers on the A.I. webgame and has co-written a novelization (A.I.:The Death of Evan Chan) with Sean Stewart.

The Japanese Prime Minister‘s fiction about a right-wing oilman who takes the Presidency through a series of almost unbelievable events had to be postponed when he, the Prime Minister, did not turn in his rewrite in time, due to being ousted. He expects to be back in power shortly, when either he, or his secretary, will finish the piece. We are very curious as to the ending.

Kelly Link is on tour. Her first collection of short fiction, Stranger Things Happen will be published in July 2001 by Small Beer Press. She prefers trains to planes.

Mark Rudolph, poet and mathematician, is single-handedly revitalizing the fantastic poetry genre. While not gardening or dancing he has been (or will be) published in theLouisville Review, Strange Horizons, Chiaroscuro, Electric Wine, and more.

Nancy Jane Moore and Robert F. Wexlerfigured out within 24 hours of meeting each other in 1997 that they both (a) were born in Houston, (b) lived in Austin for many years (but not the same years), and (c) love Texas singer-songwriters. Although he lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and she lives in Washington, D.C., neither has stopped being a Texan (whatever that is). He has a story forthcoming in The Third Alternative, and his novel, Circus of the Grand Design, is looking for a home. Her fiction has appeared in the anthology Treachery and Treason, theNational Law Journal, and other even-more-unlikely places.

James Sallis‘s story “Faces, Hands” first appeared in Nova 1 (as “Faces & Hands”), then in A Few Last Words. The first part of this story appeared in LCRW no.7. His fifth Lew Griffin novel is due this year.

Lucy Snyder runs the Dark Planet web site. Look out for an electronic collection of her work this year from Eggplant Publications.

Ray Vukcevich‘s first short fiction collection,Meet Me in the Moon Room, will be published in July 2001. He has now published fiction in two magazines with the word Rosebud in their title. He is balancing the first part of his life, where he lived in a very dry place, by living in Oregon.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No.8 the text-heavy, extra-fiction, damn that’s a good one issue, June 2001. Doesn’t explain the playing with the margins, though. LCRW appears occasionally from Small Beer Press. [email protected] www.lcrw.net/lcrw $5 per single issue or $16/4. Contents the authors. All rights reserved. Submissions, checks (made out to Gavin Grant), books, zines, stock certificates (only in companies making a real profit, not a proforma profit), music, chocolate (preferably dark), stationary supplies, caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverages, requests for guidelines &c should be sent to the address above. As always an SAE — or at least an email address — will speed up our reply. Fiction best approached with care. Unfolding will occur. Contents will settle. Satisfaction is hoped for. Enlightenment is unlikely. The plan is we leave this rock, see, we build one of those improbability drives, and we leave this rock, see.