We are blessed with an abundance of riches in this issue: Roddy Doyle discloses the book that made him a reader; Margaret Atwood rearranges our thinking about science fiction; Ed Park picks five great sci fi titles; and Steve Almond talks about Big, little, and self-publishing—and above all, the “inconvenient and ecstatic process” of reading.
As always, we have a bounty of original fiction. I’m thrilled to present Tracy O’Neill’s first published short story, “The Imperfect.” Three of our authors—Dagoberto Gilb, Will Boast, and Sandra Novack—have contributed stories from their forthcoming collections. As for David Crouse, he just blows me away.
If you’re inclined to retain details, you’ll notice a change in our format. Starting with this issue, we’ll feature just one partner lit magazine, always with work from outside the U.S. This fall, we’re highlighting Asymptote, with a stunning wonder tale by Torgny Lindgren. You’ll also notice that we’re linking to other features on the Center for Fiction website, including our craft posts and model short stories for writers.
I'd like to give a special thanks to our intern, Ryan Kaveh Sheldon, for his help with this issue.
Now start reading.
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Dawn Raffel is the author of two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division, and a novel, Carrying the Body . Her fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Conjunctions, Black Book, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Montreal. An illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, is forthcoming in 2012.