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Non-Fiction

Notes from the Editors

Here’s what we’ve got lined up for you in this special issue: Original fantasy—edited by Christopher Barzak—by Catherynne M. Valente, Kai Ashante Wilson, Carlea Holl-Jensen, and Richard Bowes; Reprints—selected by Liz Gorinsky—by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Austin Bunn, Shweta Narayan, and Nicola Griffith; Nonfiction articles—edited by Matthew Cheney—by merritt kopas, Matthew Cheney, Keguro Macharia, Ekaterina Sedia, Mary Anne Mohanrag, and Ellen Kushner; plus an original cover illustration by Priscilla Kim and original interior illustrations by Goñi Montes, Odera Igbokwe, Sam Schechter, Elizabeth Leggett, and Vlada Monakhova.

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Author Spotlight: Megan Arkenberg

My original concept for this story—and I have no idea where it came from—was the part I now think of as Antoine’s subplot, the ghost hunter in search of his wife’s ghost.

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Tamsyn Muir: To Live Unworried

I spent some of my academic life around the Medieval Literature department, and in my opinion if there is anyone likely to live unworried by their magic house it is someone from Medieval Lit.

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Films of High Adventure: Beetle Juice

The original script had Beetlejuice himself as a winged demon who transforms into a “short Middle Eastern man,” and whose dialogue was primarily in “African American Vernacular English.” Indeed.

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Imaginative Play: Jeff VanderMeer and Gio Clairval

Jeff had this strange book of his, and he suggested that I pick a story I liked. He had already used several cool ones, but when I stumbled across the lizard one, I couldn’t resist (I’ve always loved lizards).

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How We Construct Our Society: An Owomoyela

Defining sex and gender is something people get downright vitriolic about—probably the natural result of having a culture in which gender roles are foundational to a lot of how we construct our society.

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Darby Harn: It’s In Our Blood

I don’t believe the fantastic and the realistic are oil and water—I don’t know they’re necessarily different things. The circumstances may be ‘unreal’ but I can’t think of a reason why the people would be.

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Films of High Adventure: Yor, the Hunter from the Future

Lots of things that are awesome are not very good at all.

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Author Spotlight: Priya Sharma

Bereavement seems to be a recurring theme in my stories. We all experience loss, in one way or another, and grief alters us.

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Lauren Beukes: Inspired by Art

It’s classic Twilight Syndrome—trying to save the tortured bad boy/girl. It’ll only lead to heartbreak and therapy and frankly, they’re not as interesting as they’d like you to think.