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Featured: X-Cal by Michael Ryder

  • The Knight of the Ice Moon by Pat Bowne
  • A Kingdom for a Horse by Aidan Doyle
  • La Dame du Lac by A.D.R. Forte
  • The Chorus to Nixy’s Swan Song, Allegro by Trent Walters

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Short fiction magazines are a labor of love, time, and money, and while we’ve had a great run, Penumbra eMag is regrettably closing its doors. The final issue for the magazine will be released in December 2014.

We’d like to thank the readers and reviewers for their support over the years, and to the writers, thank you for sending us your stories. We could not have done it without you.


Penumbra eMag

Europa and Callisto - Cold to the Core

Sci-Fi Deak Style by John Deakins Simon Marius discovered the four Jovian moons the same year as Galileo. His names, centuries out of favor, are used today. Jupiter’s moon, Europa, though the smallest, gets the spotlight because of its water content. One model gives it 1-10 km of surface ice; the other argues for 60 – 100 km of ice. Both models predict a salty ocean beneath, perhaps another 100 km deep, stirred and heated by tidal flexi...


by SS Hampton Sr. The week before Thanksgiving I stumbled across the news that Penumbra was closing its doors and could not believe it. I have pleasant memories of Penumbra, both of which required stretching my wings so to speak. There were also a couple of failures, meaning I came close but did not meet the standard for a couple of other submissions to be selected for publication. That is normal in this profession—nothing is guaranteed, not...

INTERSTELLAR - Thrilling and Thought-provoking

My review of “Interstellar”, written by Jonathon and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan. by Tom Olbert Theatrical release poster The first science fiction film in quite a while to revolve around an optimistic imagining of humanity’s first interstellar voyage was a refreshing change from the purely violent sci-fi of the past few years. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. In some ways, I found it disappointin...

My Problem With Short Stories

by Dianna L. Gunn I have a problem. I can't write short stories. Every time I sit down to write a short story, I write a scene and end up outlining a novel. The last time I deliberately tried to write a short story, I ended up plotting a trilogy. It hasn't always been this way... Or maybe it has. I started out writing short stories, but they almost always turned into a series of connected stories that could work quite well put togethe...

From all of us at Penumbra eMag We Wish You and Yours A Happy Thanksgiving
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Queen Mab by Brenda Anderson, When the story plot unfolds, we see the malevolent nature of the fairy queen. I enjoyed the flash of 'reality' with the Tunguska event, and of course the sweet revenge Hugh set in motion...”

Volume 2, Issue 12; Theme: The Fae

Reviewer: Yolanda

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“In Sweet Home by Alex Gorman, aliens have taken over the world. Perversely, they are fond of dressing their slug-like shapes in human clothes and enjoying tea parties. These aliens are the worst kind of Evil Overlords, or the best depending on your perspective.”

Volume 2, Issue 11; Theme: Revolution

Reviewer: Cyd Athens

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The Silhouette and the Smoke by Richard Baldwin, is the story of a pair of lovers in a tribe without verbal language who are taught to speak by a bear... A sweet, sad story of innocence lost, that found me grieving even for Chief, whose first use of speech was to create the tribe's first lie.”

Volume 1, Issue 12; Theme: Native American Folklore

Reviewer: Stevie McMichael

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And When Innocence Falls to the Floor by Damien Walters Grintalis, Amelie confronts the horror and finds peace. Remembering doesn't make her happy, but the knowledge allows healing. She leaves the crumbling house and gets on with her life. Brutal images and a believable character. I enjoyed this. Well done.”

Volume 1, Issue 8; Theme: Fractured Fairy Tales

Reviewer: Sherry Decker

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