Feb 7, 2015 | announcement

Issue 20 — From the Editor

Issue 20. Wow we’ve done 20 of these things? That’s amazing. Fireside has been such a wonderful experience. Bringing stories into the world is a great feeling. Thanks to everyone who has helped us make that happen.

So! Issue 20! Our first short story this month (that’s right, two!) is To Fall, and Pause, and Fall by Lisa Nohealani Morton. It’s a wrenching science fiction story about rebirth, risk, and our sense of self. Our second story is also our first-ever reprint: A Silly Love Story by Nino Cipri, a beautiful little tale of love, identity, and a poltergeist. I first read this a few years ago in Daily Science Fiction, and it’s really stuck with me. I’m thrilled to share it with Fireside’s readers.

In flash fiction, we have Thord D. Hedengren’s My Name is Ronald by the Way, a diary of dying country, and Laura Lovic-Lindsay’s Shoelace, a tale of a little old lady who’s more than a bit worrisome.

And we have Chapter Five of Lilith Saintcrow’s She Wolf and Cub, which finds Abby and Geoff alone in the Waste with just their fourpads and the songs in Geoff’s head…

© 2015 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.