From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism



Editorial, October 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-five of Fantasy Magazine!

Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month.

October 2011October 3

There are some places so magical they can change the very course of your life. In Tim Pratt’s “The Secret Beach,” one man stumbles across such a remarkable place. Now the question is: What will he do to stay there?

In our feature interview this month, Andrew Liptak talks to Richard K. Morgan about switching (and blending) genres, cynicism and economics, and what’s next for Ringil Eskiath, the protagonist of Morgan’s epic fantasy The Steel Remains.

October 10

In “Absolute Zero” by Nadia Bulkin, one man must confront the monstrous truth about his family—before it destroys his town.

It’s not easy loving a deity. Genevieve Valentine explores human-god relationships in her article “The Downsides of Dating a God.”

October 17

When a big-city cop takes over as a small-town sheriff, trouble is bound to happen. But in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Unnatural Disaster,” the trouble comes in a surprisingly weird package.

Jeremiah Tolbert explores the strange creatures that lurk in the barely explored depths of our oceans in “Five Ocean-Dwelling Creatures That Look Like Aliens (But Aren’t).”

October 24

In “The Invisibles,” by Charles De Lint, one artist rediscovers the belief in magic he thought he’d buried years ago.

Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige, explores the arts of misdirection and magic in his article “Are You Watching Carefully?”


So that’s our issue this month. Thanks for reading!

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph AdamsJohn Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as editor of Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. Upcoming anthologies include: Lightspeed: Year One, Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Armored, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination. He is a finalist for the 2011 Hugo Award and the 2011 World Fantasy Award, and he has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & John is also the co-host of io9’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.