Neo-opsis Issue 34

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Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine Issue 34

The thirtieth-fourth issue of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine is available digitally as a PDF or ePub. Click here to buy your copy of this issue!

The cover of issue 34 is It’s Lonely Out in Space by Karl Stephanie Johanson.

In this issue’s editorial Karl talks about where the planet of the apes is.

Letters to the Magazine this issue are from: Mark Silcox, Mark Anthony Brennan, Cat Giczyc, Ken Ames, Zandra Renwick, Paula Johanson, Valorie Lennox, Kim Schliper, Morgan Irish, Bruce Taylor, Craig Bowlsby, Cath Jackel and Al Harlow.

Karl Johanson’s A Walk Through the Periodic Chart is about Copper, with illustrations by by Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson.

The first story is Matthew Hughes’ “Arboghasz Dal Axander.” Matthew writes fantasy, space opera, and crime fiction. He has sold 25 novels to publishers large and small in the UK, US, and Canada, as well as nearly 100 works of short fiction to professional markets. His latest novels are:  Barbarians of the Beyond, an authorized companion novel to Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series, and Baldemar, a fix-up of a series of stories that originally ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and two anthologies. He has won the Endeavour and Arthur Ellis Awards, and has been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Endeavour, A.E. Van Vogt, Neffy, and Derringer Awards.  He has been inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s Hall of Fame. In order to live on the earnings of a modern midlist author, he has given up having a permanent address to become a full-time housesitter.  In the past fifteen years, he has lived in twelve countries and passed through several more.  He has no fixed address. Bibliography:


The second story is Andrew Knighton’s The Machine Man.” Andrew is an author of short stories, comics, history articles, and the fantasy novella Silver and Gold. Working as a freelance writer, he’s ghostwritten over thirty novels in other people’s names—yes, it’s a weird job, and no, he can’t tell you which books. He lives in Yorkshire with a heap of unread books. You can find him at and on Twitter as @gibbondemon.

The third story is John Taloni’s Lightspeed Traffic Jam.” John has been reading SFF since he was eight and stumbled across a copy of Alexei Panshin’s “Rite of Passage.” His major influences include Anne McCaffrey and Larry Niven. Taloni is a long-time attendee at SF conventions, and he met his wife while dressed as a Pernese dragon rider. Their daughter asked at the age of four if they could watch more of the show with “the robots that say 'exterminate,' and the entire family has happily watched Doctor Who together ever since.

The forth story is, Jim Lee’s “Visiting the Big Sandbox. Jim is a freelance writer from Windber, Pennsylvania. He is the associate editor for Market Reports at The Pennwriter Newsletter.

The fifth story is Liz Westbrook-Trenholm’sHomeplus.” Liz has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction on radio, in magazines and in anthologies, most recently in Food of Our People (Exile Press), Seasons Among Us (Laksa Media), Over the Rainbow (Exile Press), Tesseracts 22 (Edge) and Amazing Stories. She won the Prix Aurora Award for short fiction in 2018, had stories nominated in in 2019 and 2020, and is currently nominated with Hayden Trenholm for their co-authored story, Lay Down Your Hearts (Seasons Among Us, Laksa Media). She lives in Ottawa with her husband, Hayden Trenholm.

The sixth story is Xauri’EL Zwaan’s “Tea for Two.” Xauri’EL is a mendicant artist in search of meaning, fame and fortune, or pie (where available); a Genderqueer Bisexual, a Socialist Solarpunk, and a Satanist Goth. Zie has published short fiction, among other places, in Spectra Magazine, Polar Borealis, Cossmass Infinities, and the anthologies Strange Economics and Crunchy With Ketchup. Zie lives and writes in a little hobbit hole in Saskatoon, Canada on Treaty 6 territory with zir life partner and a multitude of cats.

The seventh story is Jeremy Schnee’s “In The Shade.” Jeremy lives in Portland, Oregon. His writing has been published in Buckman Review, Flapperhouse, and Zizzle. Aside from writing, he likes to garden, obsess over random nostalgic topics, and spend time with his family. He recently completed writing his first novel. For more about his writing, check out

This issue includes a review of She Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Awards news includes a listing for the Hugo Awards, the Aurora Awards, and the Nebula Awards.

Additional news is about science fiction and science.

The Last Four Pages is “Fictional Tech We Might Want… Or Not,” by Karl Johanson.


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A science fiction/fantasy novel by six-time Aurora Award winning writer/editor Karl Johanson.A game designer dies and finds himself in the afterlife. He's not sure if it's Hell, Heaven, Valhalla, or wherever. One thing is for sure though, things in the afterlife become much more interesting as advanced game designers die and show up there.