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Editor’s Letter
IF03 Contributors

Dear Readers,

We have heard our elders say, “if I only knew then what I know now,” or our friends lament for the chance “to do it over again.” But when we entertain the wistful desire for a better past, we ignore something important: what if our mistakes prevented a much larger disaster–what if we got it right the first time?

K. I. Borrowman’s sci-fi tale “Second Chance” suggests that resurrection is overrated, and what may die must die. Meanwhile, Lucky Priele shows us that cycles of life and death cannot always be as serene or merciful as we believe. And in part 2 of E.E. King’s the Card Game, we witness two crippled beings live out a fresh, exuberant existence–yet the youth restored to them relies on a mysterious train, one that is luxurious, dark, and pitiless.

Tread carefully through these stories, lest the fog of “what could have been” swallows you too.

This issue, Isotropic Fiction is unveiling two major changes. First, the symbols used to mark section breaks and the ends of stories (pound signs, omegas, and whatever key strokes that modern publications tend to neglect) have been replaced by images designed by Matt Ahlsen. The symbols break down the magazine’s new logo. And second, Upcoming Releases have been replaced with New Releases. Rather than having to wait until the end of the month to read the books listed, they’ll be available immediately.

Since last issue, two members of the science fiction community have died: Tony Scott, director of Deja Vu, and writer Harry Harrison, most known for his series The Stainless Steel Rat. Both will be greatly missed.

Lucas Ahlsen
Managing EditorIsotropic Fiction Dingbat

IF03 Contributors


Short Story Elementhead shot of IF03 contributor K. I. BorrowmanK. I. Borrowman is a nomadic packrat currently roaming the sands of the Arabian peninsula, with her husband, who wants to believe in aliens, and two Arabic cats. Some of her other short stories can be found online at Death Head Grin and Blood Moon Rising, in Spectacular Speculations e-zine, and in anthologies by Fiction Brigade and Zharmae (upcoming).

When not writing, K. I. teaches high school and climbs mountains.


Serial Fiction ElementE.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls her tales “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend them highly enough.” Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven Plus a Five-Star Rating System for Music, Food, Drink, and Accommodations (September 2010), was recently translated into Spanish (February 2012).

The New Short Fiction Series, the longest running spoken word series in Los Angeles, launched her anthology, Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends, (January 2012). Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books, including her children’s book The Adventures Of Emily Finfeather: the Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on Audible.

King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location.

For more about King, check out her website: www.elizabetheveking.com


Flash Fiction ElementIF03 contributor Lucky PrieleAfter studying law and working too many long hours, Lucky Priele decided to divide her time between her family and writing. She enjoys writing all kinds of stories triggered by a ‘word of the day,’ picked from a dictionary or found in a WordVault.  When she’s not writing, Lucky loves to take care of her husband and son and enjoys long walks with the dog or yoga to clear the head.

More about her can be found on her blog, here.


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