Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday rez Posted

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This year we have combined the November and December issues into a single holiday issue which we hope you will enjoy reading. Starting things off is the second installment of Jami Mills’ short story, Wishbone One, which explores universes without and within. Vigorous training is underway for a controversial manned trip to Mars, but there are many challenges in such a mission in the best of circumstances. Klannex Northmead introduces himself to our readers with his poem, Buddha. We couldn’t be happier to include his wonderful work in this issue.  Art Blue is certainly alive and well in some realm. How do we know this? Because Parallel Lives: A Step Into the Future didn’t write itself (although Art’s AI, Neruval the owl, may be playing us all). As a companion piece, Herbert W. Franke’s German story, Der Traum vom Meer (Ocean Dream), translated for rez by Art Blue and Jami Mills, is a wonderful cautionary tale about the future. Stalking the Aisles of the Supermarket is another wonderful poem by Mariner Trilling, who can resist everything but temptation. Jullianna Juliesse contributes her poem, Waltzing Toward Armageddon, which is an honest, eyes-wide-open look at our world. The Perfect Gentleman, Harry Bailey, is back and has discovered a charming group of ladies called The Iron Roses, a pitch-perfect, ribald burlesque troupe whose main aim is to titillate and entertain, and they hit a bulls-eye on both counts. Will Blake is back with his unique poetic voice, this time bringing us Destry Nurses a Broken Heart, describing the Wild West as never before. And bringing this holiday issue to a close is Kamille Kamala, whose tender poem, The Damask Rose, is a fitting conclusion, tying the thorns and blossoms of this issue together so very nicely.  Enjoy this issue and, above all else, enjoy your friends and family this holiday season. We’ll see you again in 2016.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October rez Posted

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This month, rez reaches a milestone - one that makes us especially proud. This October issue is our 50th release since the magazine first began publishing in August 2011.  But none of it would be possible without the brilliance of our contributors, the tireless work of our staff, and you, our wonderful readers, who have shown us such tremendous support over the years.  So, with this golden milestone now under our belt, we offer you a particular rich collection of fiction, features and fun.  We start off with the first installment of Jami Mills’ short story, Wishbone One.  It’s been quite a while since we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Jami’s creative writing. This piece takes us beyond the Earth’s gravitational pull and explores both inner and outer realms.  Mariner Trilling is back with another fine poem, Flying Monkeys, about flying primates who ruin just about everyone’s day. Cajsa Lilliehook has contributed probably the finest compendium every written on the difficult subject of Mesh. Meticulously researched, in Dr. StrangeSLove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mesh, Cajsa explains everything you ever wanted to know about the ever-changing world of Mesh. We include a disturbing but very moving poem by DonJuan Writer, Storm Before the Calm - - both provocative and insightful.  Art Blue returns from the dead (?) with the next installment of Parallel Lives: The Present Days. No one, living or dead, has written with such verve and passion. Art confounds us all with his observations about our digital/analog lives in the space/time continuum. We’re privileged to have him as a regular contributor. In Independence Day, Consuela Caldwell writes of twisting manipulations that rob her of something precious.  SoylentDotBlue (a relation of Art Blue?) reminds us again of how striking a performance Paradise Lost was, and invites our readers to support Canary Beck, who made a huge effort bringing this formidable work to the virtual stage.  Hitomi Tamatzui trains her lens on two works of Cica Ghost in Dreamers and Strings. Once again, Hitomi captures the essence of another great virtual artist.  Lisa Launay laments about lost love in Warm Cotton, but makes us wonder whether love is ever really lost at all.  And it is only appropriate that Jullianna Juliesse, one of the founding members of rez, bring this 50th issue to a conclusion with Bathtub Madonna, her exquisite tribute to a dear friend who passed too soon.  Enjoy this milestone issue, but be warned:  we’re already starting on the next 50 issues right now.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

September rez Posted

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It's hard to believe that 14 years have elapsed since that inconceivable day when so much was lost. You'll find in this issue a number of allusions to 9/11 and those affected by it, because it is so much a part of our collective consciousness.  We mourn those we've lost and we continue to bond together. Art Blue (who, like Francisco Franco, is still dead) contributes what might be his most brilliant article yet (Parallel Lives - The Glory of Past Times) - - you decide - - but this is Art's voice as we've not heard it before. Death (okay, cryogenic suspension) becomes him, I think. Jolie Carter, new to our pages, brings us a succinct poem, Moment, which makes us consider each capsule of time.  Simonetta Martella is another new poet (we are blessed with a waterfall of wonderful poets thanks to Jullianna Juliesse) who takes us back to that New York state of mind.  And then to Cassie Parker, who with her sheer will, has taken TerpsiCorps ARTWerks from a fleeting idea to actual production. She walks the walk.  Chrissy Rhiano, Art Director and lead dancer (well, let's just say, the "driving force") of TCA, together with a Who's Who of dancers in the dance world, brings us Requiem, a tribute in dance to everyone affected by 9/11. There will be one performance of this sensitive and graceful production. I hope you can say you were there.  Jullianna Juliesse reflects on that fateful day with her exquisite poem, What Color Was the Sky That Day.  And if you want to luxuriate in words and images, enjoy Serene Bechir's in the pine straw blowing, which lulls us into a reverie.  Gudrun Gausman, who has been on deep-cover assignment for several months, is back with an enlightening (and highly illegal) insight into North Korea and its mercurial Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-On. Believe me, only Gudrun could do reportage like this, and we're grateful she safely returned to us. Guilt Has No Room Here is Merope Madrigal's latest contribution.  I can only hope his music graces our pages for months (years?) to come. What can I say about LunaAzulejo? Her A Fish Fable transports us to a simpler time, where silver fish spawned and everything made sense. Cajsa Lilliehook, from whom I hope you will be hearing more in future issues, explores hats in such a fascinating way. But not just any hats ... she makes the case for hats that make a statement - that elevate - that, well, just make us feel good. Special thanks to models Selene Snowpaw and Jewell Ember for making these hats look so damn good. Our rogue reporter, StarGazer Daylight, has discovered another up and coming model, Jaily Bailey. Enjoy Star's interview with Jaily, who enchants us with her beauty and her drive. Who else would you trust wrapping up the issue than Mariner Trilling, who somehow has a way of tying everything up with a beautiful ribbon. Enjoy his poem, So Long and Good Night, which closes our issue, which we hope so much that you enjoy.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August rez Posted

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This is a particularly exciting issue of rez because Jami Mills delivers this month's cover story about one of the most innovative and entertaining shows that we've seen in a long, long time.  I refer to the Disney cavalcade, Imagine!  This show, which just enjoyed its final performance a week ago, was produced by ExtravaDanza, The Elyzium Cabaret, and The Night Theater. Master sim builder, Royal Swippe, delivers outstanding builds, and the dancers, choreographers, and other entertainers treat a magic carpet riding audience to a great show. For those of you who think that Art Blue is dead,'re right.  He is.  But that doesn't mean he's lost the ability to communicate with us from whatever dimension what's left of his brain inhabits.  Parallel Lives is Art's offering this month, speaking to us from God knows where.  He is no less fascinating dead than he was alive - - our most provocative voice from beyond the grave.  Jullianna Juliesse, who has returned to rez from her too-lengthy sabbatical, has encouraged professional writer, Mariner Trilling, to contribute a powerful poem, Hunger, which appears opposite one of Julie's sensuous poems, Sunday at the Met, and it's hard to imagine a most incendiary combination.  Cassie Parker continues to provide unique insights (as a professional theater producer in RL) into her process of developing and nurturing talent in her piece,On the Nature of Nurture.  In it, she gives more details about her new virtual company, TerpsiCorps Artwerks, which will launch its first show early next month.  We wish her great success, but with her formula, we think it's a foregone conclusion.  Cute chronicles Hitomi Tamatzui's introduction into the world of virtual babies, from birth and beyond.  Raising a virtual family has come a long way over the years, and it's quite the challenge, even without the smelly diapers.  To Kazantzakis is a thoughtful poem by newcomer (torez) poet, Mario Zecca, who conjures up sumptuous images of ancient Crete.  We hope to hear his engaging voice again in future issues.  Merope Madrigal is another poet who is new to our pages, and she introduces herself to our readers with a wonderful, evocative poem, Nine Pianos, in this month's issue. We hope to hear her playing again, too.  The Perfect Gentleman, Harry Bailey, recounts his recent woes of being Homeless in Second Life, following his banishment (he did nothing to be ashamed of) from his home and put out like last week's trash.  Basking in a seaside hammock, he doesn't seem to have it too bad.  295L To Get Your Privacy is a Q&A with our publisher, Jami Mills, and Harry Hacker, whom you will remember from Sedona Mills' noir serial that appeared earlier this year.  It seems Harry can speak from the great beyond as well.  More cyber mystery comes from his lips.  Hitomi Tamatzui covers the social event of the horse racing season with her piece, High Society Horse Racing, which closes the August issue.  She covers the 125,000L prize winning horse, as well as the toney social scene that is horse racing society. All in all, a very strong and hopefully entertaining issue for your reading pleasure.  We hope you enjoy it.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July rez Posted

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This month’s issue is a watershed event, as it marks the last offering (CODE64 in Space) of Art Blue, learned futurist, virtual art archivist, and accomplished performance artist in his own right. His groundbreaking installment at LEA14, Moonrezzer, which has been featured in prior issues of rez, ended its run on June 29th.  Art felt it was only fitting for him to end his run as well on that sad day.  He did not want to call attention to himself, but neither did he want to linger after his opus work closed, preferring instead to “go out on top.”  Luminaries of the virtual art world bid him adieu and all that is now left of Art Blue is what is contained in all of Art’s code that Neruval (his AI owl) has scrupulously preserved.  There will never be another Art Blue.  We can only hope that some of his insightful talent survives in one form or another.  (Neruval, of course, knows more than he’s letting on.)  We are very fortunate to be able to introduce our readers to a new luminary of the written word, LunaAzulejo, whose tone poem, Salt Song, is achingly beautiful.  We’re hopeful that her story continues, as we’re certainly left wanting more from this phenomenal writer.  In her fascinating piece, The Byway Nigh Me, Cassie Parker pulls the curtain back on her process as she takes us behind the scenes into the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of her exciting new arts production company, TerpsiCorps ARTWerks.  As with everything that Cassie touches in both her worlds, she unapologetically insists on a commitment to excellence.  Her now-forming troupe intends to launch its first performance in September. For those readers who have ever pondered what the Gor experience is all about, you’ll never read a more insightful description than in this month’s piece by zari, The Heart of a Gorean Slave. Bright, witty, articulate – zari helps us understand how she reconciles her own belief in the importance of empowering women with her personal yearnings to be a slave girl, subjugated by a male-dominated society. And after a hiatus, Jullianna Juliesse returns to rez with a wonderful poem, Your Sybarite. We couldn’t be happier that Julie is back, and I’m not the only one who is looking forward to some wonderful pieces from her in the future. Building a Show is Hitomi Tamatzui’s in-depth examination of dance in the virtual world, from staging to choreography and everything in between. Hitomi brings together dancers, designers and choreographers in a round table discussion of the challenges and joys of putting on a professional quality dance performance.  All in all, assembling this issue was both poignant and thrilling. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June rez Posted

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Some people really don’t need any introduction, even though they are new to us.  Cassie Parker is one such person.  A huge talent in both worlds, Cassie brings a perspective on the performing arts that few possess. Cassie produces world-class theatrical productions in real life, which makes us immensely proud to have her join our staff at rez.  Not only will you enjoy her second piece for rez, What If?, but you’ll enjoy many future articles as well. Cassie asks some very important questions about what makes a virtual production special. All wonderful food for thought. Welcome to the asylum, Cassie. Speaking of needing no introduction, Art Blue is back with a thought provoking piece (when is Art never thought provoking?), Ex Reality. Futurist, mad scientist, bon vivant, Art sheds light on places and times we never knew existed. But he always manages to bring them into clear focus. Coming off the success of the LEA performance art piece, Moonrezzer, which people are still talking about, Art can’t sit still. Whether his AI, Neruval the owl, is really behind Art’s burst of creativity, we may never know. For those of you who have ever thought about your family history, great-great grandparents, and cousins once removed, genealogy is the subject of Jami Mills’ article, Connection. Genie Wezzles and Barbara Collazo met with Jami recently and discussed family trees and all of the digital tools that are now available to make a search of family histories so easy, any one of us might be tempted to start a search. Who knows? Maybe we’ll all find out we’re related to Charlemagne. Save June 6 for a gigantic SL/RL family reunion at the SL sim, Just Genealogy, to celebrate our inter-connectedness. And this month, The Perfect Gentleman (aka Harry Bailey) brings his noir crime spoof, Murder: Rated PG, to an unexpected close. Did Sed do it? Will justice be done? Will Harry get paid? And one last thing: our monthly piece of Crap. This month’s microfiction blast is Mouse, which proves that technology isn’t always used for Good. Does Crap have a dark side? Read on.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May rez Posted

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Harry Bailey (aka The Perfect Gentleman) has always had a weakness for a nice pair of legs.  This month he revisits his past in the first of a two-part SL spoof on the 30s crime noir genre, tackling a murder most foul in Murder: Rated PG.  Believe me, you'll never look at the 4" heels on a pair of Bax boots quite the same again.  With his Girl Friday, Friday Blaisdale, keeping Harry centered (how she endures the smoke from Harry's Havanas, I'll never know), they're on the case.  It won't be solved until next month's issue, but this is an exciting first chapter.  Speaking of excitement, Art Blue will be opening his long-awaited art project at LEA14 this month called Moonrezzer.  It's safe to say there's never been anything remotely like Moonrezzer before, nor will there be in the future (and Art knows a thing or two about the future).  As an added bonus, Art opens reveals a "big lie" popularized on The Simpsons. We're used to Hitomi Tamatzui finding one SL gem after another, and this month is no exception. Hitomi chats with two of the brightest stars in the SL art metaverse, Misprint Thursday and Gracie Kendal, who also have exhibits at LEA this month. LEA, it seems, has definitely stepped up its game.  And we know about Hitomi's photographic prowess from prior months. This time, she really brings these dazzling artists' works alive.  Our newest addition to the rez writing staff, Cassie Parker, asks probing questions about the performing arts in both RL and SL, having been captivated by the dance productions of Chrissy Rhiano.  We look forward to many, many articles on the arts (as well as some short stories if we get lucky).  Crap Mariner reveals another of his fetishes (of which there are many) this month in his 100-word piece of microfiction, Kissing Booth.  And bringing the issue to a close is one of our very favorite poets, Zymony Guyot, who shares with us his passion for Picasso in his stellar work, Picasso in the Cloudy Afternoon.