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August 2011 (Issue 53)

Welcome to issue fifty-three of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month … Fiction: “The World Is Cruel, My Daughter” by Cory Skerry, “The Pragmatical Princess” by Nisi Shawl, “Crossroads” by Laura Anne Gilman, “The Edge of the World” by Michael Swanwick. Nonfiction: Feature Interview: Seanan McGuire by Paul Goat Allen, in “The Messengers, Monsters, and Moral Instructors of Islamic Literature” by Saladin Ahmed, “How To Stock Your Magic-Fighting Toolkit” by Abby Goldsmith, “The Weirdest Fairy-Tale Wishes Ever Made” by Genevieve Valentine.

In This Issue: August 2011 (Issue 53)

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Editorial, August 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-three of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month … Fiction: “The World Is Cruel, My Daughter” by Cory Skerry, “The Pragmatical Princess” by Nisi Shawl, “Crossroads” by Laura Anne Gilman, “The Edge of the World” by Michael Swanwick. Nonfiction: Feature Interview: Seanan McGuire by Paul Goat Allen, in “The Messengers, Monsters, and Moral Instructors of Islamic Literature” by Saladin Ahmed, “How To Stock Your Magic-Fighting Toolkit” by Abby Goldsmith, “The Weirdest Fairy-Tale Wishes Ever Made” by Genevieve Valentine.

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Editorial, August 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-three of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month … Fiction: “The World Is Cruel, My Daughter” by Cory Skerry, “The Pragmatical Princess” by Nisi Shawl, “Crossroads” by Laura Anne Gilman, “The Edge of the World” by Michael Swanwick. Nonfiction: Feature Interview: Seanan McGuire by Paul Goat Allen, in “The Messengers, Monsters, and Moral Instructors of Islamic Literature” by Saladin Ahmed, “How To Stock Your Magic-Fighting Toolkit” by Abby Goldsmith, “The Weirdest Fairy-Tale Wishes Ever Made” by Genevieve Valentine.

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Artist Spotlight: Laura Diehl

Seasons, in my mind, are particularly charged with their own color feelings. In brainstorming things to do as personal pieces, they were a fun way to give myself a theme.

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The World Is Cruel, My Daughter

One day it was, “Why haven’t you any hair, Mother?” She stroked her own golden locks, which now swept her ankles, as she waited for an answer.

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Author Spotlight: Cory Skerry

People who try and protect their children from the world by enforced ignorance strike me as blinding themselves in the most tragic of ways.

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Feature Interview: Seanan McGuire

I can say with complete sincerity that I am not a group of human individuals working to produce my annual output. I cannot comment on the possibility of my actually being an alien hive-intelligence here to conquer your world.

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The Pragmatical Princess

Princess Ousmani had fallen asleep in her chains, from boredom. She woke to the weight of a dragon’s head resting uncomfortably on her stomach. One rough, scaly paw kneaded her left shoulder, pricking at her skin.

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Author Spotlight: Nisi Shawl

I felt rather presumptuous using the word “pragmatism” in the story the title. I know it has a bunch of baggage. My research has been in other areas of the discipline.

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The Messengers, Monsters, and Moral Instructors of Islamic Literature

Angel, Djinn, and Ghoul: each of these creatures appears in numerous Islamic scriptures or stories, from the Qur’an to the Thousand and One Nights to epic poetry.

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Crossroads

John came to the crossroads at just shy of noon, where a man dressed all in black stared up at another man hanging from a gallows-tree. No, not hanging; he was being hung.

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Author Spotlight: Laura Anne Gilman

In this week’s Author Spotlight, we ask author Laura Anne Gilman to tell us a bit about her story for Fantasy, “Crossroads.” What inspired your story “Crossroads”? Could you tell us about the process of writing it? The story, or at least the opening lines, came out of a writing assignment that I gave my class during […]

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How to Stock Your Magic-Fighting Toolkit

Supernatural evil is perhaps the oldest fear among humankind. Every culture throughout history recognizes some form of the evil eye, and acknowledges some form of a curse.

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The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World lay beyond the railroad tracks. The streets were narrow here, the sideyards crammed with broken trucks, rusted out buses, even yachts up in cradles with stoven-in sides.

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Michael Swanwick: Author Spotlight

The problem Donna, Russ, and Piggy have is that they live in a world which is, so far as they can tell, entirely devoid of magic. Also, they’re adolescents, which amounts to the same thing.

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The Weirdest Fairy-Tale Wishes Ever Made

Thanks to a tireless awareness campaign on behalf of folklorists everywhere, the dangers of your standard wishes are well-known these days. In the wrong hands, we all know, a wish can go terribly wrong.