Introducing the February 2023 Issue of Worlds of Possibility
The February 2023 issue contains 3 fantasy stories (2 original, and one brought back into print after being out of print for several years), 1 original science fiction story, 1 original poem, and three original illustrations.
The February 2023 issue of Worlds of possibility is now available for subscribers! If you would like to get a copy, you can subscribe at any time on juliarios.com and visit the February issue page to download it in ebook and PDF formats.
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The February 2023 issue contains 3 fantasy stories (2 original, and one brought back into print after being out of print for several years), 1 original science fiction story, 1 original poem, and three original illustrations. Below is the editor's note I included in this issue.
Welcome to the February 2023 issue of Worlds of Possibility. The ebook version is only available to paid subscribers, but all the contents will be released free to the public on https://www.juliarios.com/ and on the OMG Julia Podcast eventually. If you enjoy what I do with this project, please tell others. Subscriptions make it possible for me to continue paying creators for new work. For those who can’t afford to pay for a subscription, subscribing for free to the OMG Julia Podcast also helps!
The featured artist for this issue is Lesia Korol, a Ukrainian artist whose work previously appeared in the August 2022 issue of Worlds of possibility. I invited her back to create the cover for the February 2023 issue, and she created another piece of traditional Ukrainian inspired art. This time she chose to make it have the look of a paper scrapbook with different layers.
Lesia says, “Despite the constant rocket attacks and blackouts, the Ukrainian people continue to live and work for their future. Thank you for your support, it's incredibly important to us.”
If you can donate to help Ukraine, Lesia suggests sending money to The Prytula Foundation.
All of the pieces in this issue touch on the theme of love in some way. That may mean love between family members (as in Annika Barranti Klein’s poignant story about a grieving mother, “How to Be a Ghost”), romantic love (as in Stewart C Baker’s catalog of a colorful dating history, “The Monsters Your Mother Still Asks About”), love in the form of self care (as in Lauren M. Roy’s “The Last Amanda”), or a mix of everything (as in P.A. Cornell’s charming “Things Most Meaningful”).
In addition to our original cover art (which also serves as the title card for “How to Be a Ghost”), we also have two further original illustrations in this issue. “Things Most Meaningful” is accompanied by a cartoon style illustration created by Ana Rubio, and “The Monsters Your Mother Still Asks About” features a vintage travel poster style illustration by Andrew Sanchez.
We’ve also got a poem in this issue. “Purple/Magenta” by Tiara Mica captures a heady rush of young love (and maybe just a little rule breaking).
There are content notes at the end of this volume for anyone who wants to check. Although my goal for Worlds of Possibility is to publish works that soothe, inspire, and delight, I recognize that many subjects are difficult for different readers at different times, and I encourage you to make informed decisions about what you choose to read and when.