I was going to wait until it was purchasable before posting, but as anyone who knows me will testify, I have all the patience of a toddler with a sugar rush. So ... ASIM #43, including my story The Painted City, is almost entirely out. Frankly, even if I had a bit more willpower I'd still have folded when my copies arrived because it's really kind of fantastic. The cover, as you can see, is lovely - who doesn't dig demonic walrusses? There's also plenty of nice art inside by the same guy, Greg Hughes. My one small complaint regarding the last issue I was in, number thirty, was the flimsy paper cover that suffered in crosscontinental transit, but that's been thoroughly addressed by the shift to perfect-bound format. And this being ASIM, the quality of the fiction is pretty much a cert.
I know I've said this before recently, and I don't doubt I'll say it again, but The Painted City is one of my personal favourites from amongst the stuff I've had out. In this case, I guess it's more because I can switch off my author brain and actually enjoy the story. It's a grand, galaxy-and-decades-spanning tale told from multiple perspectives, and somehow it all fits neatly into under 6000 words. I doubt I could pull it off again, but I think I got it right this one time.