By Kelly Cannon
The student run speculative fiction journal released their tenth issue and a retrospective issue highligahting the past ten issues.
The words washing over the audience spoke of an apocalyptic nuclear war, of robots and genetic modifications, all while eating chocolate brownies and sipping on hot apple cider. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the latest issue of the speculative fiction journal “Warp & Weave” was released at a launch party where students read excerpts from their published work.
The night was unique as it was the first time two separate publications of “Warp & Weave” were available. In addition to the traditional semester issue, the staff also published a Retrospective issue featuring the work previously published in past issues. During the launch party, students read work not only from the latest issue but also from the Retrospective.
Junior Alicia VanNoy Call read her story entitled “Eric.” Call’s work has had several pieces published in “Warp & Weave” and “Eric was republished in the Retrospective issue. “It’s always thrilling for a writer to see their work in print,” Call said. According to Call, her speculative fiction writing is heavily influenced by visions of the future, both post-apocalyptic and dystopian. “I like surreal and dark stories,” Call said.
Other students who read their work included Joan Albright with “Damascus” and Casey Winters with “Number M.” Both won prizes for their submissions, Albright winning second place and Winters winning third. Lyndi Bone also received an award for the best art submission entitled “Gravity.”
At the end of the night, Darek Purcell, Editor-in-Chief of “Warp & Weave” looked relieved. “I’m really happy with how it turned out,” Purcell said. “It had a rocky start but it came together quickly and well.”
Copies of the latest issue of “Warp & Weave” and the Retrospective can be purchased in LA 114 or in the bookstore for $5 each. Past issues can also be purchased for $3.